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Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes

Whole wheat buttermilk pancakes made with white whole wheat flour, pumpkin puree, pure maple syrup,  pumpkin spice and pecans – a perfect lazy Sunday morning breakfast.

I’m not a big breakfast person, usually a green smoothie[1], a simple hard boiled egg or some overnight oats in a jar [2]is all I need to keep me fueled until lunch. But on Sundays, we wake up a little later and have more time to make a more extravagant breakfast. My kids love pancakes so I often treat them to Sunday pancakes. Now that pumpkin season is here, I’ve been making these nutty pumpkin muffins – they are so good no one knows I use whole wheat flour in place of white flour. Happy Sunday!

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pecan Pancakes
Servings: 4 • Size: 2 pancakes • Old Points: 5 pts • Points+: 6 pts
Calories: 234 • Fat: 8 g • Carb: 31 g • Fiber: 4 g • Protein: 10 g • Sugar: 11 g
Sodium: 497 mg • Cholesterol: 3 g


  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp pure maple syrup
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 tsp oil
  • 3 tbsp chopped pecans
  • cooking spray
  • warmed maple syrup, for topping (extra)


Mix all dry ingredients (first 5 ingredients) in a bowl.

Combine buttermilk, egg whites, canned pumpkin, 1 tbsp maple syrup, oil and vanilla in a bowl and mix until smooth. Combine wet ingredients with the dry and mix well with a spoon until there are no more dry spots then fold in pecans. Don’t over-mix.

Heat a large skillet on medium-low heat. Spray oil to lightly coat and pour 1/4 cup of pancake batter. When the pancake starts to bubble and the edges begin to set, about 2 minutes then flip the pancakes and cook an additional 1 1/2 to 2 minutes. Repeat with the remainder of the batter. To serve, top with warmed maple syrup.


  1. ^ green smoothie (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ overnight oats in a jar (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

Crispy Pork Carnitas – These “Little Meats” are Special Treats

There’s nothing like carnitas. Cubes of fragrantly spiced pork are slowly cooked in lard until they’re crispy on the outside, while at the same time remaining soft and succulent inside. Bust some up on a warm tortilla, drizzle with braising liquid, top with a little salsa, onion, and cilantro, and you’re probably enjoying the world’s best taco.

I said probably, since these things can be debated forever, and who has that kind of time when there are carnitas to make? This is a very simple recipe to adapt to the home kitchen, and as long as you cook the pork until it’s fork tender before crisping, you’re almost guaranteed a gorgeous pile of memorable meat.

I show how to do a whole pan at once under the broiler, but you can just as easily crisp up small batches in a frying pan set on medium-high heat. Just spoon in some reserved fat, and cook until crisp. Either way, this is a very important step, and not to be skipped.

There are hundreds of different spice combinations you can use here, and I often switch things up. I always include the salt, pepper, orange, garlic, and cinnamon, but then see where my mood takes me. Having said that, this is a pretty typical ingredient list, except for maybe the Chinese 5-Spice.

Mine contained cinnamon, fennel seed, clove, ginger, and star anise; so if you can’t find any, just add a pinch of each of those things instead. It seemed to add a little extra sweetness to the meat, and I may even use more next time. Besides that, oregano and/or thyme are nice additions, as are various chili powders.

If you’ve never tried to make carnitas at home, I really hope this inspires you to try. If you’ve never had carnitas at all, I need you to call in sick tomorrow, and make this recipe immediately. It’s that good. And don’t forget the fire-roasted salsa. Enjoy!

Ingredients for 6 servings Carnitas:
3 pounds boneless pork butt (shoulder), rind removed, cut into 2-inch cubes
1 tbsp kosher salt (this needs to be salted generously!)
1 tsp fresh ground black pepper
3/4 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp Chinese 5-spice
1 orange, peel and juice
8 cloves peeled whole garlic
2 bay leaves, torn in half
1/4 cup olive oil
Roast at 275 F. for about 3 1/2 hours or until fork tender

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Applesauce Nut Bread

Moist cinnamon apple bread made with homemade applesauce, small chunks of fresh apples and walnuts in every bite. It’s so moist and delicious, you won’t believe it’s low fat!

I’m going apple picking tomorrow upstate New York and I am totally planning on making my crock pot applesauce[1] and this awesome applesauce bread so I thought I would revive this from the archives for anyone else out there who might also be apple picking. The scent of cinnamon and apples baking in the oven all morning makes my kitchen smell like Fall.

You can also make this with store bought apple sauce, but it is so much better with homemade so if you have lots of apples, I highly recommend you do so. I’ve made this with and without the apple chunks, but I love the extra sweetness and moistness the chunks add to the bread, I highly recommend them. Be sure to dice them small so they cook through.

Skinny Applesauce Nut Bread

Servings: 16 slices • Serving Size: 1/2 inch thick slice • Old Points: 3 pts • Points+: 4 pts
Calories: 122.1 • Fat: 3.7 g • Protein: 2.4 g • Carb: 23.9 g • Fiber: 2.5 g • Sugar: 14 g

Sodium: 134 g


  • 1 large finely diced, peeled apple, diced into 1/4″ pieces
  • 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1 tbsp agave
  • 1/8 tsp + 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups homemade applesauce[2] (or store bought)
  • 1 1/2 cups King Arthur white whole wheat flour
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar, not packed
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • pinch allspice
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • baking spray
  • 1 1/2 oz chopped walnuts


In a medium bowl combine apple, 1/8 tsp cinnamon, agave, and lemon juice. Set aside.

Preheat oven to 350°. Spray a 9 x 5 inch loaf pan with baking spray.

In a medium bowl, combine flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and salt with a wire whisk. Set aside.

In a large bowl mix oil, egg whites, sugar, apple sauce and vanilla; beat at medium speed until thick. Scrape down sides of the bowl.

Add the flour mixture, then blend at low speed until combined. Do not over mix. Fold in apples and walnuts.

Pour batter into loaf pan and bake in the center rack about 55 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted in the center comes out clean.

Let the pan cool at least 20 minutes, bread should be room temperature before slicing.


  1. ^ crock pot applesauce (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)
  2. ^ homemade applesauce (www.gordon-ramsay-recipe.com)

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