Boy… do we have the PERFECT Fall Breakfast idea for your little chefs to try at home!pumpkin-waffles_final3Welcome to The Step Stool Chef!  One of our core values is to promote is kid independence and leadership.  We encourage kids to be leaders in the kitchen by providing tips, tools and recipes that make independent kid cooking approachable and fun.  We also love to inspire kids to try to create their own recipes as well.

This recipe for Pumpkin Cinnamon Waffle Sticks is one of my little chef’s creations after brainstorming some fun fall recipes.  We started with thinking about fall which led to thinking about Halloween and pumpkins. 

Pumpkin WaffleI was excited about his willingness to go outside his comfort zone as he normally doesn’t suggest cooking with pumpkin.  But then he said, “you put anything in a pancake or waffle and I’m in!”

Plus, I was excited to see the healthy benefits of pumpkin puree.   A 1-cup serving of pumpkin puree supplies 3.4 grams of iron and 7.1 grams of dietary fiber.  Awesome!

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pumpkin-waffles_pumpkinThe recipe is super simple… First, add 1 cup of your favorite pancake mix , 1 cup of pumpkin puree and 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon into a bowl.

pumpkin-waffles_milkThen add 2/3 cup of milk, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.

pumpkin-waffles_mixFully mix all the ingredients until it becomes a golden batter.

pumpkin-waffles_brush_oilThe key to making waffle sticks is using a Waffle Stick Maker.  We use it all the time…. It’s perfect for sleepovers, birthday parties or whenever you want to put a fun spin on breakfast.


True Story: I didn’t realize that we had run out cooking spray before starting this recipe.  So while I’m trying to figure out how I can stop taking pictures long enough to run to the store, my little chef got creative and decided to just brush olive oil on the pan instead.  That’s the type of creative problem solving and leadership skills that cooking helps develop in kids.


pumpkin-waffles_pourNext… pour your batter onto the preheated waffle stick maker and let cook for 5-10 minutes. Pour just enough batter to fill it to the top.  My little chef ended up pouring too much (as shown above and it oozed out on the sides. But cooking is all about trial and error so he learned from that experience.

SOUS CHEF MOMMY TIP:

Two quick tips to make clean-up easier:

1) Pour the batter into a liquid measuring cup to make it easier to pour it onto the waffle iron 

2) Place a plate or wax paper under the waffle iron to catch any extra batter that oozes from the sides

pumpkin-waffles_plate2Once the waffles are done, use an oven mitt to carefully open the waffle stick maker as it will be very hot.  With a spatula in the other hand, remove the waffle sticks and place on a plate.

pumpkin-waffles_cutCarefully, cut the edges of waffles to make them into waffle sticks.  You can use a knife or kitchen shears… which can be easier and fun for kids.pumpkin-waffles_enjoyWhat’s great about waffle sticks is that it’s perfect for dipping in your favorite syrup, whipped cream or a simply honey.  It was super duper yummy and got a big thumbs up from me and The Chef!  

Let your little chef impress you with this perfect fall breakfast recipe.  I promise you will be just as proud of your little chef as I am of mine.  pumpkin-waffles_final2

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Pumpkin Cinnamon Waffle Sticks
Perfect fall breakfast with a fun twist on waffles
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Ingredients
  1. 1 cup of pancake mix
  2. 1 cup of pumpkin puree
  3. 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon
  4. 2/3 cup of milk
  5. 1 egg
  6. 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla
  7. 1 tablespoon of brown sugar
Instructions
  1. Preheat a waffle stick maker and spray with cooking spray.
  2. Add 1 cup of pancake mix , 1 cup of pumpkin puree and 1/2 tablespoon of cinnamon into a bowl.
  3. Add 2/3 cup of milk, 1 egg, 1/2 teaspoon of vanilla and 1 tablespoon of brown sugar.
  4. Fully mix all the ingredients with hand mixer until it becomes a golden batter.
  5. Pour your batter onto the pre-heated waffle stick maker and let cook for 5-10 minutes. Pour just enough batter to fill it to the top.
  6. Once the waffles are done, use an oven mitt to carefully open the waffle stick maker as it will be very hot. With a spatula in the other hand, remove the waffle sticks and place on a plate.
  7. Carefully cut the edges of waffles to make them into waffle sticks. You can use a knife or kitchen shears… which can be easier and fun for kids.
  8. Serve and enjoy
Notes
  1. Pour the batter into a liquid measuring cup to make it easier to pour it onto the waffle stick maker
  2. Place a plate or wax paper under the waffle iron to catch any extra batter that oozes from the sides
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The Step Stool Chef has had a love for cooking since the age of 3. Now a self proclaimed foodie, he loves to try new recipes and share it with friends & family. With the help of small step stool and his assistant Sous Chef Mommy, the Step Stool Chef prepares easy to follow recipes that kids can try at home with their parent’s help.

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