I found pumpkin!!! You would have thought I had won the lottery if you had seen my face when I looked on the bottom shelf to see 100% canned pumpkin. I went from doing the running man in the isle, to a person looking as if they had just broken the law. LOL I guess I was so surprised to finally find it (after looking at over 20 stores in 3 different states) in a store. I guess the pumpkin shortage caused a panic and caused everyone to load up when they found it-which is exactly what I did. I am now the proud owner of 20 cans!!! Well, now 19.
What on earth do I do with all this pumpkin? Believe it or not, I am NOT a pumpkin pie lover. Pumpkin for dessert? Heck no. Pass me some chocolate. But, if you were to tell me that I could have more VOLUME by using pumpkin, my ears perk up. In ½ cup of pumpkin (122g) you only have 40 calories and 9 carbs. I never use that much in the majority of my recipes unless I am making pumpkin pie. I use it so I can add flavor to my pancakes or oats, while still being able to enjoy some fruit on the side versus mixing it in. So I am able to have a pancake that tastes flavorful AND still have a bowl of oatmeal with a lot of fruit in it.
Amy’s Low-Carb Pumpkin Pancake
20g Protein Powder (I used unflavored buybulkwhey)
2 egg whites
10 g pumpkin
2g sugar-free fat free cheesecake pudding mix (helps to keep pancake moist)
Dash of cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice
123 Calories 1.4g Fat 4.4g Carbs 22.8g Protein
Next time I will add 20 grams of pumpkin instead of 10 grams. At only 6 calories, it is well worth it!
Now check out my high-tech video on how to make it. ;)