Epic Bon Voyage Dinner!


Apparently, I have lost my mind!

This morning, exactly one line after wishing you a happy hump day, I proclaimed it Three Question Thursday! Problem is – it’s Wednesday! I’m as confused as you are. My mind has clearly already gone on vacation. How’s the weather down south, mind? At any rate, now I know how you all feel about babies and aliens. Good information! ;)

Well, I’m going to get right to it, because dinner tonight was epic. E.P.I.C. Pumpkin Chia Pancakes!


I started by whipping out my new Cuisinart Griddler and the Trader Joe’s Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle Mix the North Carolina girls sent me.


I had never tried this mix, but after my show stopping pumpkin bread from Starbucks yesterday (I seriously contemplated getting another one this morning!) I knew I had to make use of it tonight, to try and recreate the flavors.


The directions on the back of the box were for 1 cup of mix, to make 6-8 pancakes. While I would gladly eat 6-8 pancakes in one sitting, my puffy morning cheeks would not, so I used 1/3 cup dry mix, for 2-3 pancakes worth.

Then I thought – well, how do I divide an egg in three easily? The answer is, you can’t. Then I remembered that you can use ground flax seeds as an egg substitute. But I don’t have any of those. Then I thought, chia seeds are similar to flax seeds and they goo up when mixed with liquid. That should act as a binder like an egg would, right? I decided to go for it!


I pre-heated my Griddler to 375 degrees, then combined 1/3 cup dry pancake mix, 1/2 Tablespoon chia seeds and enough milk to take the mixture to pancake consistency.



Hoping for the best, I poured my batter onto the griddle. It was a bit soupy at first, I’ll admit.


But suddenly, out of nowhere, I saw little air bubbles. Then the pancakes started rising in the middles! Success?


Then it came time to flip these babies. Now, we all know that I suck, I mean really suck, at flipping pancakes. 


Luckily the Griddler plates were super slick and they flipped with zero effort. Yes!


After plating, I drizzled with ~1 Tablespoon of Agave Nectar, dug in and hoped for the best.


Ummm – I hereby proclaim these Best Pancakes Ever!!!


Take the best pumpkin loaf, muffin, bar, scone – whatever – and kick it up 10 notches. Then you’ve reached the deliciousness that is Pumpkin Chia Pancakes!!


Sweet pumpkin, spicy cinnamon and a perfectly creamy, light texture. Plus you’ve got the health benefits of chia, to boot! Glad to know that chia seeds can be used as an egg substitute in pancakes and, perhaps, other baked goods as well. May be worth some experimenting…


If you’ve got a Trader Joe’s nearby, I highly suggest you pick up a box of this mix – it is a must buy! :D


Oh, I also had a side salad of spinach, baby carrots and sliced almonds.


What, you don’t eat salads with your pancakes? ;) A little random, but I can’t bear to let food go to waste when I’m on vacation!


Splashed with some local, olive oil vinaigrette. The best.


Well, you know how you prepare all week to go on vacation, and you think you’ve got everything taken care of? Then the night before you leave, you realize you still have a million things left to do? Well, that’s me. Right now. We leave tomorrow morning and I’ve got a laundry list of things to do before I go to bed. 8O

Don’t worry, I’ve already packed the necessary reading material.


Priorities, people.


I’ll be popping in from time to time during my trip to New Orleans, but in the meantime, I hope you enjoy the guest post recipes that will be popping up throughout the next several days. Make sure to check back often, because these are some recipes that you’ll definitely want to add to your arsenal.

Have a great rest of your week and, Bon Voyage! :D

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  1. K. Bell 03.24.2010

    I’m new to your blog but you’ve already inspired me in several ways. Just one question (and forgive me if you’ve already covered it – I haven’t made it all the way through the archives!) – what time do you eat dinner?! Did you really already eat tonight?

    have a great trip!

  2. Have a great trip my dear!!!

  3. I always allow myself to buy a couple magazines when I go through an airport. It makes traveling seem a little more special.

  4. Kristen 03.24.2010

    Today’s post reminded me of something – Last fall, when I just started reading your blog (and loving it!), you wrote about making pumpkin pancakes. I immediately wanted that for dinner. We had a fall salad (spinach, craisin, almond) to go with our fall themed pancakes. So yes, I do eat salads with my pancakes. :D Have a great trip!!

  5. Ms. S 03.24.2010

    Have fun and enjoy the food! Inspire us to recreate something scrumptious you have and try it in our own homes. :)

  6. Those pancakes do sound darn fine! Have a fabby trip, I can’t wait to read all the guest posts :)

  7. Evan Thomas 03.24.2010

    Have a great trip!

  8. So good to know that pancake mix is a keeper! I tried to make Pumpkin Chia Pancakes from scratch…EPIC FAIL!

    Enjoy your trip!!!!

  9. I always travel with magazines for flights and hanging out in the hotel. Enjoy your trip!

  10. ShutupandRun 03.24.2010

    My mind is so gone I didn’t even realize you called it three things Thursday. So don’t feel bad. Pancakes look amazing!

  11. Kaitlin 03.24.2010

    Mmm this just made me really want pancakes! I’m kinda mad now that I just finished eating dinner…Have a great time in New Orleans, enjoy the weather!!

  12. Have a great trip! Love the magazine stash :-)

  13. Oh wow, those pancakes look SO good!!! I almost got a box from TJ’s but there was only one left on the shelf and I walked away for 1 minute and when I turned around, it was GONE!! Darn. :( I’m going to have to try chia seeds in my usual pancake mix though!

  14. Ashley 03.24.2010

    Have a fantastic trip! Can’t wait to hear all about it! :)

    And I just love pancakes! Yumm!

  15. Lauren 03.24.2010

    Love this mix so much!

    Good luck packing and hope you have an amazing time in New Orleans!!!

  16. I’d have to say pumpkin anything – sold! You just can’t go wrong! =) Have a wonderful trip down South!

  17. Bridget 03.24.2010

    I wondered why you did 3 question Thursday on Wednesday but I thought you were just planning ahead! :) Have a great trip!

  18. Samantha 03.24.2010

    HAHAH I didn’t even notice the title and the day difference! I must be out of it too. I still love that griddle/panini maker. You make me jealous each time you show pictures!!

  19. Lindsay 03.24.2010

    Must get that mix now!!

  20. Lindsay 03.24.2010

    And duh! I forgot to say…have FABULOUS vacation!

  21. Those pancakes turned out beautifully! Glad to hear they tasted good too!

  22. Thirtyandhealthy 03.25.2010

    I had no idea you could use flax instead of an egg. I may have to try it! I don’t have chia seeds yet- I wasn’t able to find them here, in Scotland. Have a great trip!

  23. Mmmm, those pancakes look scrumptious!

    Have a great trip!!! :D


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  25. penny. LA 03.25.2010


    There is a place called Kokomo Cafe on Beverly Blvd. in LA where I like the pumpkin pancakes.

    BUT, I must give these a try… they’re cheaper, and perhaps healthier?

    Thanks for the post. :)

  26. Elizabeth 03.26.2010

    I found out about this website bakerella. I don’t know if you have already heard of it…it’s definitely not “healthy” but it reminded me of the fun cookies and things you like to make. It’s so cute and fun!!

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