Butternut Squash Whole Wheat Pancakes with Cranberry Syrup

Butternut Squash Whole Wheat Pancakes with Cranberry Maple Syrup

A GIANT stack of pancakes is about the only thing that could save this Monday. Actually, scratch that… there are a few things that could save this Monday:

Option 1: A tropical vacation with lots of cocktails, 90 degree weather, a beach or pristine pool, and a stack of non-work-related books.

Option 2: A day spent under the warm covers of my Tempur-Pedic bed catching up on Parenthood, bad reality television, and HGTV shows. And endless cups of coffee.

Option 3: A huge Thanksgiving dinner and the all-day eating fest that goes along with it.

OK, or a giant stack of pancakes. Which frankly, is the most realistic of the above options, considering I don’t have any plane tickets, my work would look down upon me staying in bed all day, and Thanksgiving is still 3+ weeks away and my office kitchen doesn’t exactly house the resources I’d need to make a turkey dinner. Then again, pancakes would be tough, too. Blerg. Monday.

Luckily, I had a fabulous weekend and was able to fit in plenty of pancakes and other glorious breakfast foods. Including these pancakes that were made with a couple different grains and the ever so seasonal butternut squash. Plus, cranberries in the syrup. Because I am in full-on fall mode over here in freezing cold Boston (but seriously… it snowed yesterday). I made these pancakes in collaboration with the Grain Foods Foundation. Their website is GrainsForYourBrain.org, which I think it basically the best URL ever. Plus, the website has TONS of great recipes and information about how grains can benefit your brain health.

Butternut Squash Whole Wheat Pancakes with Cranberry Syrup (serves 4):
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  • 1/2 C old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 C all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 C whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 t baking powder
  • 1 t baking soda
  • 2 T sugar
  • 1/2 t cinnamon
  • 1/4 t salt
  • 1 1/2 C buttermilk
  • 1/2 C squash puree
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 C cranberries
  • 1/2 C maple syrup

Butternut Squash Whole Wheat Pancakes with Cranberry Maple Syrup Ingredients

Put oats in a food processor.

Oats in Food Processor

And process until finely ground.

Oats in Food Processor 2

In a large bowl, whisk together ground oats, all-purpose flour, whole wheat flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, cinnamon, and salt.

Oats Whole Wheat Flour

Then, in a medium bowl, combine buttermilk, squash puree, and the egg. Whisk until well-combined.

Eggs and Buttermilk

Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture and stir until just combined, taking care not to over-mix.

Pancake Batter

Now, on a lightly buttered skillet or griddle, pour about 1/4 C of pancake batter.

Pancake Batter Griddle

Cook for 2-3 minutes, before flipping to cook another 2 minutes.

As pancakes are done, keep them warm in a lightly heated oven.

For the syrup, place the cranberries and maple syrup into a medium saucepan and cook over medium heat until the cranberries begin popping.

Cranberry Maple Syrup Saucepan

Continue to simmer to let syrup thicken.

Cranberry Maple Syrup Boiling

Then move to a separate bowl and cool.

Cranberry Maple Syrup

It’s totally necessary to serve these by the stack-full. And to drizzle (fine… POUR) plenty of cranberry maple syrup over the top.

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Bonus points if you stay in bed to eat these. Or find a way to whip them up at your office and sit at your desk and dig in during your morning meetings.

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I’ve probably said this about pancakes before, but these really were the absolute best pancakes I’ve made to date. The squash made them super moist. Honestly, some people think whole grains make pancakes and baked goods dry, but I think that’s totally false. Not only do they keep you full longer, but they add more sustenance to the typical pancake.

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Also, could I please drown in this syrup? If you’re going to pick a way to die, that wouldn’t be too bad of one. Then again, I’d rather live forever so I could eat this a million more times.

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Even my alleged squash-hating husband loved these. But for real, if you’re a squash hater, too, remember that it’s really, really similar to pumpkin. Especially when put into pancakes.

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Between the squash, the oats, the whole wheat flour, and the cranberries, I’m pretty sure this is an amazingly healthy way to start your day. These would be pretty perfect for enjoying on Thanksgiving morning before you dig into all that other good stuff later in the day. The grains would help keep you nice and full as you work to prepare your turkey and bake your pies.

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Then again, they’d also be perfect on a freezing cold Monday morning. Or a hot one. If you’re lucky enough to be in some sort of tropical location. make these before you go out to hit the beach. I won’t be jealous. Nope, not at all.

What’s your favorite grain to add to pancakes?


Full disclosure: I was compensated to write this post for the Grain Foods Foundation, but as always, all opinions are 100% my own!

25 Responses to "Butternut Squash Whole Wheat Pancakes with Cranberry Syrup"

  1. Chris says:

    Can we still do option #1 if we’ve already done option #3?

  2. I have never seen pancakes so perfect for the holiday season!!!! Love these!

  3. Well I know what’s for brunch this weekend! YUM!

  4. Catalina @ Shades of Pink says:

    Love how you combined the two flavors, and how you used grinded oats in the recipe. Adding this to my must have breakfasts list.

  5. Wow, what’s not to love about these pancakes.
    The syrup was an inspired choice for them. I made a similar pancake this weekend with pumpkin, but my syrup was totally ho hum in comparison to this.

  6. Ok now this is one brilliant recipe!!Squash pancakes with cranberry syrup!! Count me in!

  7. Yum these look delicious and healthy! Best start to the morning

  8. Megan says:

    I still can’t believe it snowed yesterday. These look awesome for weekend breakfast!

  9. A giant stack of pancakes sounds perfect for Monday, Sue! I love that you used squash and oats in these cuties. Healthy, delicious, and so full of flavor. Love it!

  10. Option 2 sounds like my ultimate dream day. I don’t think I would change a thing, except to hop out of bed just long enough to whip up these pancakes (and that syrup!!). I love the extra heartiness these have, and they’re so festive too!

  11. celyn says:

    Butternut squash pancakes sound so interesting! thanks for sharing, this looks delicious!


  12. Joanne says:

    Pancakes make ANY day better, but especially mondays! Love how fall appropriate these are. Not that that won’t stop me from hoarding cranberries into next spring so I can still make them then!

  13. Now all I want to do is eat a giant stack of pancakes in bed while binge watching HGTV!

  14. Justine says:

    I love the color of these and would eat them in option 1, 2 or 3!

  15. Pam says:

    They look and sound wonderful!

  16. love love love the syrup on these. I mean it is the perfect savory but sweet dish.

  17. Can I join you on your tropical vacation? Better yet, can we enjoy these pancakes while on a tropical vacation? They sound delish!

  18. Daniela says:

    Just discovered your blog through Pam@for the love of cooking and I’m glad I did.
    The butternut squash pancakes look and sound divine.

  19. Odetta says:

    Lovely pancakes! They look both healthy and yummy!!!

  20. The perfect autumnal treat! I’d love these with an extra dousing of cranberry syrup!

  21. I too could have stayed home for these!

  22. Oh I love this twist on pancakes! It’s making me feel so festive for the upcoming holidays. What a great breakfast!

  23. These look wonderful! I adore all kinds of pancakes and really like the ground oats in these.

  24. Juliana says:

    Nice pancakes, I love that you incorporated squash…and yes cranberries sound and look great on it!
    Hope you are having a lovely week 🙂

  25. butternut squash pancakes??! whoa, great idea. i made cranberry syrup a few years ago and it was delish. will have to make it again sooN!

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