Pumpkin Pancakes | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Does anyone else feel like the world has gone completely insane lately? It feels like every morning we’ve woken up to news of another natural disaster or political debacle. We humans are having some very bad karma right now. We’ve got to get back to taking care of one another. Like fast.

If you’re thinking about what you can do to help these days, my suggestion is always the food bank. And while a food drive is always hugely helpful, a monetary donation goes even farther because food banks can usually purchase food for cheaper and make your money go farther to feed more people. Plus, they need to keep the lights on. 

There are so many worthy charities out there. Take a breath and give yourself five minutes on GuideStar before clicking donate. Give smart.

Pumpkin Pancakes | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

So what’s all this got to do with pumpkin pancakes? You’re right, absolutely nothing. The truth is, I rarely know what I’m going to set out to write about before I begin. I just have a recipe I’m ready to share and a blank page. I know most people just scroll to the recipe anyway, so I feel less and less compelled to make things go together.

Pumpkin pancakes remind me of when I used to make these for Christmas for my family, and we all need a little comfort right now. This recipe is extra awesome because it contains some cornmeal which add a bit of crunch and texture to the whole situation. And don’t be a heathen. Make sure you have plenty of maple syrup.

Pumpkin Pancakes | How To Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Times are hard all over the world. Dig deep and find the love, then share it with everyone you see. And eat pumpkin pancakes because you can, and that’s awesome.

Pumpkin Pancakes
Serves 3
Pumpkin Pancakes will make you happy no matter what's happening in the world.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
5 min
Ingredients
  1. 1 cup all-purpose flour
  2. 1/2 cup cornmeal
  3. 1/4 sugar
  4. 2 tablespoons baking powder
  5. 1/2 teaspoon ground all spice
  6. 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  7. 1/2 cup canned pumpkin puree
  8. 1 cup buttermilk
  9. 1 egg
  10. 1 teaspoon vanilla
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl combine flour, cornmeal, sugar, baking powder, all spice, and cinnamon. Give it all a gentle mix to make sure everything's coordinated.
  2. In another container (I use my big measuring cup) whisk together pumpkin puree, buttermilk, egg, and vanilla until well combined.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and gently stir and fold until just combined. Don't overmix and don't worry about a few little lumps.
  4. Put your skillet or griddle over medium heat and add a bit of butter to avoid sticking. Spread it evenly around the pan with a paper towel and tongs.
  5. Once your pan is sufficiently hot, add your pancake batter to the pan. I used my third cup measure. Cook them about two to three minutes per side. Serve warm with butter and syrup.
Adapted from I am Baker
Adapted from I am Baker
http://awesomeon20.com/
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

I like pumpkin, and I don’t care who knows it. If that makes me basic, I’m totally fine with that. The last thing I want to be is a Kardashian. Too much makeup, who knows how much plastic surgery, and endless self-worship? Is that what we’re considering interesting these days? Sign me up for not that. 

Just leave me alone with my pumpkin spice chai, my Isadora Duncan scarves and my Joni Mitchell albums and let me do my YouTube yoga in peace. I’ll be as basic as I want to be. Except now that I think about it, I might even be too weird to be basic. Can you still be basic if you’re jamming to the Flaming Lips on the subway on your way to theatre jazz class at the age of practically 40? I don’t know. Just give me a damn muffin.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Guys, these Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins are ridiculous. They’re a triple threat. You’ve got your moist, sweet, and spicy pumpkin muffin action, then there’s the sweet and crunchy crumb topping, and hidden inside is a hit of creamy sweet cream cheese that just takes it right over the top. 

All this awesomeness means there are a few components to bring together which might make it seems a bit fiddly, but I assure you, it’s all quite simple. Maybe don’t attempt this before you’ve had your first cup of tea or coffee, but if you give yourself some time, you can definitely accomplish this. Also, don’t panic if some of your cream cheese erupts out while they’re in the oven. Everything’s gonna be fine.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins | How to be Awesome on $20 a Day

Look kids, just be whoever you are, and do whatever you want to do. And eat pumpkin cream cheese muffins whenever you can.

Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Serves 12
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins are a totally awesome triple threat.
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Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
3 hr
Prep Time
30 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
3 hr
For the filling
  1. 4 ounces cream cheese
  2. 1/2 cup powdered sugar
For the muffins
  1. 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  2. 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  3. 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  4. 1 teaspoon ground cloves
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  7. 2 eggs
  8. 1 cup sugar
  9. 1 cup pumpkin puree
  10. 150 ml vegetable oil
For the topping
  1. 1/4 cup sugar
  2. 2-1/2 tablespoons flour
  3. 3/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  4. 2 tablespoons cold butter, in chunks
For the filling
  1. Mix together the cream cheese and powdered sugar in whatever way you want until smooth. I used an electric hand mixer to bring it together quickly.
  2. Pour your cream cheese mixture onto some plastic wrap and carefully mold it into a cylinder about an inch and a half in diameter. Carefully wrap up your cream cheese log in the plastic plus a layer of foil. Stash this in the freezer for about two hours.
For the muffins
  1. Preheat your oven to 350F (175C) and line your muffin cups with your favorite paper.
  2. In a mixing bowl, sift together flour, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, salt, and baking soda. Give it a whisk to combine.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, use an electric mixer to beat together the eggs, sugar, pumpkin and oil until fully combined. Turn your mixer down to low, and slowly add in the dry ingredients until just combined.
For the topping
  1. Combine all the topping ingredients in a bowl by squishing it all together with a pastry cutter, fork, or clean fingers. You want a rough, oatmeal like texture. Stash it in the fridge until you're ready for it.
  2. To assemble your muffins, start by adding about a tablespoon of muffin batter to the bottom of each muffin cup. Spread it a bit to make sure that the bottom of each cup is completely covered.
  3. Next, take your cream cheese log out of the freezer and cut it into 12 even discs. Place on cold cream cheese disc into each muffin cup.
  4. Evenly divide the remaining batter between the 12 cups. Try to completely cover the cream cheese if you can.
  5. Finally, evenly distribute your topping over each muffin. It might seem like too much topping. Trust me, it's not.
  6. Pop your muffins into the oven for about 25 minutes. Give them a little more time than you normally would because you've put something frozen in the center. It's tricky to test them because of the filling. Use your baking instincts. 25 minutes was perfect for me.
  7. Allow the muffins to cool a little bit longer than you might normally so that you don't burn your face off on molten cream cheese. Because of the pumpkin, these stay moist for days.
Adapted from Annie's Eats
Adapted from Annie's Eats
http://awesomeon20.com/
Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Double Chocolate Muffins

Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

I’m curious. How do you feel about perfectionists? Are they striving for greatness or suffering from some sort of mental illness? I’ve fought against this urge to be perfect for a very long time. I’ve never come close to achieving my unreasonable expectations for myself. Most days I can be okay with that, but sometimes the personal disappointment is borderline debilitating.

My goal these days has been to strive for balance. I’ve been making talking myself into doing what I want to do instead of what I need to do. This may seem easy, but believe me, the internal debate is harsh. I have strong feelings of guilt when I sit down to watch a TV show or read a book knowing that I should be writing a blog post. I’m probably deeply disturbed. You should stop reading now before I corrupt you.

Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

In the vein of pure indulgence, I’m trying to feed you chocolate for breakfast with Double Chocolate Muffins. You’ll definitely have to turn off the voice in your head that shouts at you to eat more carrots. Just drown it out with the voice that thinks chocolate is one of Earth’s greatest creations. 

Double Chocolate Muffins are pretty simple to make. Just a bit of measuring and stirring. No machine required. I use a big ice cream scoop to fill my muffin tins, so it’s not even that messy. And the result is heavenly. Use chocolate chips or chunks, whatever you have on hand, and please please please eat them while they’re still warm for maximum pleasure.

Double Chocolate Muffins | How to Be Awesome on $20 a Day

Tell yourself you’re awesome even when you don’t tick off everything on your to do list. Then go eat a Double Chocolate Muffin. Everything is gonna be alright.

Double Chocolate Muffins
Yields 15
Double Chocolate Muffins are so good, you forget to feel guilty.
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Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Prep Time
20 min
Cook Time
20 min
Ingredients
  1. 270 grams (2 cups) all-purpose flour
  2. 92 grams (3/4 cup) cocoa powder
  3. 1 tablespoon baking powder
  4. 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  5. 1/2 teaspoon salt
  6. 263 grams (1-1/4 cup) sugar
  7. 113 grams (1 stick) butter, melted and slightly cooled (Just melt your butter first thing. It will be cool enough by the time you get to it)
  8. 2 eggs
  9. 1 cup buttermilk
  10. 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  11. 1 cup chocolate chips or chunks
Instructions
  1. Preheat your oven to 375 and grease your muffin pan.
  2. Combine flour, cocoa powder, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. In a smaller bowl, whisk together sugar, melted butter, eggs, buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
  4. Pour wet ingredients over dry ingredients and quickly fold them together with a spatula. Work as quickly and lightly as possible. Try to make sure everything is moistened, but don't worry about getting out all the lumps. You'll end up with tough muffins if you overwork it.
  5. Fold in chocolate chips.
  6. Scoop your batter into your muffin pan. The cups will be nearly full.
  7. Put the pan in the oven and increase the heat to 400. Bake for 18 to 20 minutes or until a toothpick comes out clean.
  8. Turn out your muffins as soon as possible. You can give them a couple minutes to cool off so you don't burn your fingers off. If you leave them in the pan to cool, they may have soggy bottoms and you won't get that lovely muffin crust.
  9. Serve warm.
Adapted from How to be Awesome on $20 a Day
http://awesomeon20.com/
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