Well we all have them… lazy days. Sometimes being a mom and having a lazy day just do not go together. But, we deserve lazy days too right? The answer to that questions is YES! I’m sure I am not alone in feeling like I literally never get to relax. Constantly feeling pressure to have the house clean, healthy dinner prepared, children clean and in good behavior, etc, etc, etc…
I love baking, cooking, experimenting in the kitchen. However, there is not always time to make an extravagant totally from scratch meal… and that is OK! IT REALLY IS OK. Take a deep breath, and accept it… allow it. Everything does not always have to be perfect. The kids will not know. 😉 As long as you are trying your best that is all that matters. This is why I jotted down Mom’s Lazy Day Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes recipe.
They utilize a pancake mix as the base. So hard to really call a “recipe”, but sometimes this is just enough (and all we have the time or energy for). Adding your special touch to a basic food item in your house will = very excited children. A little effort will go a long way, trust me.
I stacked these Mom’s Lazy Day Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes up basically just for the picture, and then they were so good I continued to eat this entire 4 pancake thick stack. I enjoyed every bite too. I sat there in my little quiet corner as the children actually played nicely and enjoyed every. single. bite of these.
Sometimes you need to just have YOUR moment. 99% of the day is about those awesome children of yours and that’s ok too, but it is also ok to have your moment – even if it is just scarfing down delicious chocolate chip pancakes in the corner.
So, that being said. How many times do you save a recipe on Pinterest and then never quite have the time to make it? Or you start making it and kind of bail on it half way through because children are demanding drinks and snacks and shows and well then that all happens. So, today I was thinking they need something to do (preferably educational or at least crafty while I’m cooking).
You can get your dinner or breakfast or whatever meal cooked, prepped ,etc. And the kids enjoyed a fun little activity! Win win!
I made these simple little activities for my kiddos to do while I am making, say a pancake breakfast. Griffin has just discovered he can use safety scissors so just cutting out the pancake toppings will take him probably a good 20 minutes! Add glue to the project and whoa he is gonna be excited. Calvin will probably just scribble some “toppings” on top of the pancakes with crayons but that’s ok too!
Now that you have your printable activity for the kids, you can focus on making these Mom’s Lazy Day Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes. Please don’t forget to eat your own stack of pancakes. Take that moment… enjoy it. You deserve it. 🙂
Mom’s Lazy Day Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes
The perfect recipe for a lazy day. Simple and easy yet still just as delicious.
- 1 cup pancake mix one that only requires adding water
- 1 1/4 cup water might need more depending on what mix you are using
- 2 tbsp ground flax
- 1/4 cup 100% pumpkin puree canned or fresh
- 1/4 cup chocolate chips I used mini
- 2 tbsp butter
- 6 tbsp syrup for serving
Mix the pancake mix, water, flax, and pumpkin puree until smooth. Depending on what pancake mix you are using you might need to add more water until mix is a good consistency (not too thick or too thin)
Add in the chocolate chips, fold to combine.
Heat griddle or pan to med low heat. Melt 1 Tbsp butter in pan.
After butter is melted cook pancakes according to directions on package. Top with syrup and more chocolate chips if desired. Enjoy!
Don’t be a pre-flipper. Let the pancakes bubble up nicely before flipping or they will be slightly raw inside. No good. I also do not suggest leaving out the chocolate chips, because the pumpkin puree is actually NOT sweet. The chocolate adds just a bit of sweetness that the recipe needs. 🙂
Nutrition facts includes the 2 Tbsp syrup for each 3 pancake serving stack 😉