Yesterday I plunged myself into an ice bath.

It was very out of character.  I was living on the wild side.

But sometimes, after you run 13 miles.  You just can’t predict what you’re going to do next.

In my case, I filled the tub halfway with lukewarm water.  Got in, wearing nothing but a sweatshirt.  And then poured two of those huge bags of ice cubes all over myself.  This is what I like to call “icing it where it counts”.

My calves are still in serious amounts of pain.  So I’m not quite sure that it counted.


After that traumatic experience.  Endorphins still coursing through my veins in a better-than-sex kind of way.  I decided that what I really needed was a huge stack of pancakes.

But we’re not just talking any old flapjack or silver dollar.

No, no, no.  I wanted pancakes stuffed with soul.


Cinnamon.  Nutmeg.  Ginger.  The spices that evoke fireplaces, Christmas morning, Thanksgiving dinner, that dream you had where you got locked in a supermarket that was filled entirely with every variety of winter squash in existence and then when the owner found you, he felt so bad that he offered to lug the lot of them over to your apartment in a UHaul.  Sigh.  If only.

And yes, these pancakes.  Bring. It. All.

Especially when topped with maple cinnamon greek yogurt.  And sprinkled with ginger salt.

They’re the cherry on top of that tub full of ice water you just sat in.   I swear it.


**This recipe along with the photos are my entry into MarxFoods’s Photography Challenge: Fine Salts.  I received five samples of finishing salts – Flor de Sal, Hawaiian Red Salt, Hawaiian Pink Salt, Ginger Salt, and Espresso Salt.  Per the contest’s guidelines, I am to submit two photos – one photo must feature at least one of the salts on its own, without food (notice my extremely artistic collage below.  You know you want that hanging on your wall) and the second photo must be of a recipe that uses the salt.  I chose to make pumpkin pancakes topped with a maple syrup Greek yogurt topping (think whipped cream but healthier), with a bit of ginger salt sprinkled on top to compliment the pumpkin pie spice flavors as well as to cut the sweetness of the topping. Delicious, it was.  Although I received these salts for free, I received no monetary compensation for them and my opinions about them are all my own.

Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes
Makes about 12, adapted from Bon Appetit’s Fast/Easy/Fresh

1 1/4 cup AP flour
3 tbsp brown sugar
2 tsp baking powder
1 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
3/4 tsp salt
1 1/3 cups almond milk
3/4 cups canned pumpkin
4 large eggs, yolks and whites separated
1/4 cup butter, melted (1/2 stick)
1 tsp vanilla extract

In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and salt.  In a second bowl, whisk together the almond milk, pumpkin, egg yolks, melted butter, and vanilla.  Mix the liquids into the dry ingredients, whisking just until smooth.  In a third bowl (or you can clean and dry the second bowl and use that), beat the egg whites with a mixer until soft peaks form.  Fold the egg whites into the batter in 2 additions.  Preheat a large nonstick skillet, spraying it with cooking spray or brushing it with vegetable oil.  Pour the batter onto the pan in about 1/3 cup increments.  Flip the pancakes when bubbles start to form, cooking about 1 1/2 minutes per side.

Cinnamon Maple Greek Yogurt and Ginger Salt Topping
Makes 2 cups, an Eats Well With Others Original

2 cups Greek yogurt (I used Fage 0%)
1/3 cup REAL maple syrup
1/2 tsp cinnamon
ginger salt**

Mix the maple syrup and cinnamon into the greek yogurt.  Pile three pancakes up on each person’s plate.  Top with a dollop of Greek yogurt mix and a sprinkle of ginger salt.

As these would be perfect for a Thanksgiving breakfast, I am submitting these to Nutmeg Nanny and Edible Mosaic’s All Through The Year Cheer: Thanksgiving event!  I am also sending these over to Chaya’s Meatless Mondays.  Because I’m the kind of girl who eats breakfast for dinner.  Good stuff.

Remember to submit your entry for Regional Recipes: BRAZIL by December 1st!

salt collage

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111 Responses to Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes Topped with Cinnamon Maple Greek Yogurt and a Hint of Ginger Salt

  1. Pam says:

    15 words in your title! I think that’s a record. These pancakes look amazing, one year for Thanksgiving, I was all motivated and made pumpkin pancakes. They were amazing and they didn’t look or sound half as good as these. *hope your calves are better!

  2. doggybloggy says:

    ice bath???? OK then – great pancakes bur an even better yogurt topping – glad to see you are ever so active with marx foods…..

  3. Lea Ann says:

    I don’t even like pancakes and I want these now! Great recipe. I’ll be serving this when my mom is here for the holidays. Yum.

  4. Debbie says:

    Oh those pancakes sound to die for! I love pumpkin pancakes and had just been thinking of making some soon. Hope your calves feel better soon! (Also LOVE that maple and Greek yogurt topping…delish!)

  5. Amy says:

    An ice bath, like what you do to food to stop the cooking. 13 miles – stick a fork in you…you are done!

    I spent a year perfecting my pumpkin pancake recipe, so I’ll stick with those, but I’m loving your yogurt topping and ginger salt. The filled bottles are a beauty.

  6. Shannon says:

    ooh, i wish i hadn’t just made a smoothie for breakfast… or i wish i had just run 13 miles, it was a fabulous day! LOVE this, and i will be trying it 🙂

  7. Pierce says:

    Pancakes are my favorite but my husband likes waffles more. So we take turns.
    An ice bath…I just don’t know how to comment on that!!!!

  8. Omg, and hope that really worked:-))
    These pancakes so remind me of the super delicious pancake my nanny used to make ,different types of fruits ,loved them then, love them now:-)
    Oh the toppin tops!!
    Oh u creative chica, u have delicious taste buds!!
    What is the last picture about?

  9. Mo 'Betta says:

    Ginger salt?! How fan-tabulous! 13 miles…ugh…that’s 10 more than I can do 😛 I made spiced pumpkin scones this morning with crystallized ginger and ginger molasses icing…my mouth is still recovering from the orgasm it had. I hate to think how many miles I need to run to burn these babies off!!!

  10. Beth says:

    This post was one of those that made me want to eat it more, the longer I read. Sorry about your calves, and I hope you’re feeling better soon.

  11. Katie says:

    I wish I hadn’t already eaten breakfast so that I could whip up a batch of these. I wonder how they would be with sweet potatoes instead of pumpkin (I love both, but I’m more likely to have sweet potatoes lying around)…

  12. gotnomilk says:

    I love that you use almond milk! These look so inviting. Ginger salt, eh? Sounds divine.

  13. Julie says:

    Oh I wish I had a few of these for breakfast this morning! Delicious flavors! Love the idea of ginger salt, amazing!

    Hope the legs are feeling better!!!

  14. These spiced pancakes look really fluffy and delicious! I love the yogurt topping too.

  15. Now that is what I am talking about when I mention comfort food. It may be a new way but as you said the warm spices evoke taste memories of special holidays, sitting by a warm fire, etc, etc..

  16. elra says:

    Very enticing really, I can’t resist !

  17. holy hell. post-run better than sex pancakes with fancy salts?! jesus. when again am i coming over for brunch? i am entertaining and funny. i promise.

  18. Rosabela says:

    Holy moly, girl! You ran 13 miles?! And then and ice bath? The pancakes you made are well deserved (and oh so delish)!!!

  19. What could be better than breakfast for dinner. I could eat breakfast three times a day and be happy.

    The link is going up, late this afternoon. I am so glad, I will see this there. It will be a reminder to make it although I do not have ginger salt. Where would I get that>

  20. Its all squashes and pumpkins for you these days! Ooo I would love to have that ice bath too..but when its 100F in vegas 🙂
    Loved the idea of greek yogurt topping vs cream..healthy and yum!

  21. This sounds so incredibly good right now! I love spicing my own plain yoghurt with cinnamon or other spices and have it with fruit for breakfast, delicious! 🙂

  22. Simply Life says:

    oh those salts look fun and those pancakes look incredible! Nice job running 13 miles!

  23. theUngourmet says:

    Your dream of winter squash cracked me up! Your pancakes are amazing! We are having plain old omelets and turkey bacon but I may just make some pumpkin bicuits to jazz things up. Oh, and that salt is awesome too! Glad you made it through your run. 🙂 Have a nice Sunday!

  24. Elizabeth says:

    These look so great – I’m just discovering a love of sweet pumpkin stuff. And congrats on the 13 miles!

  25. Got your email. Forget going out to lunch tomorrow. I demand you make me lunch, woman!!

    But seriously. These look scrumptious. I want my hands on that ginger salt.

    And expect to get asked about that ice bath tomorrow. You’re crazy.

  26. Katerina says:

    Cinnamon and nutmeg my two loved spices and Greek yogurt need I say more. This is one heck of a breakfast.

  27. Nazarina A says:

    I would loved these delicious looking pancakes after any Boulder Boulder race. who would not?

  28. Oh my! I want this yogurt topping (and the pancakes!!). Never had ginger salt, and it does look really pretty!

  29. An ice bath wouldn’t exactly be my idea of a good time but you certainly deserved those delicious pancakes after that run! I love those beautiful salts and I can imagine how delicious the ginger salt was on the pancakes.

  30. Elizabeth says:

    Well, pumpkin pancakes are the perfect post-running food, and I love the color. Very nice, esp. with the Greek yogurt variation. Beautiful combination.

  31. **shuddering at the thought of the ice bath**

  32. Shannon says:

    I’d totes hang the photo of the salt up in my apartment.

    And please please do something with the pink salt and do tell because I keep eyeing it but have so far told myself that “pretty” does not make it worthy of forking over my hard earned money.

  33. It’s been a while since I made pumpkin pancakes, but the last time I did, they were incredibly fluffy. These pictures are drool-enducing and I LOVE the idea of topping it with a little ginger salt. Gorgeous!

  34. Joanne, these pancakes look incredible – it’s so unfair that we can’t get canned pumpkin here. Just love the idea of the cinnamon and maple yoghurt – I’m making that tonight just to go on a big bowl of fresh fruit. I bet that ginger salt tastes amazing too. Very envious that you can get these incredible products. Your photos are fabulous too – good luck 🙂

  35. Jessica says:

    These sound delicious!!

  36. Ice bath? Brrrrrrrr…..I’m cold just thinking about it! Those pancakes though are hot! I love the topping- they’d be a perfect holiday breakfast. 🙂

  37. Rachel says:

    If I ran 13 miles I’d want to eat one of these pancakes for every one of those miles!
    Usually I’m a breakfast for dinner kind of girl too. In fact, that’s when I do most of my pancake consumption.

  38. OohLookBel says:

    Those pancakes look mouth-wateringly good. It’s a toss-up between the 2nd pic and the lovely salt shaker collage as to which I am going to blow up and put on my wall (only half joking, hehe!)

  39. Victoria says:

    Your photos are gorgeous! Good luck with the contest! These pancakes look super comforting for a post ice bath feast 🙂

  40. Nirmala says:

    Congrats on your 13 mile run! I see you’re making great use of the all those $1 pumpkin cans you bought. I bet your home smelled awesome.

  41. Two things:
    1. The cinnamon yogurt looks a-mazing!!! YUM!
    2. You have to get some Biofreeze… it’s like crack for your sore muscles 🙂 I use it all the time!

  42. Scrumptious pancakes! I especially like the yogurt topping with the combination of cinnamon and maple, and the addition of ginger salt is very neat!

  43. Kerstin says:

    What gorgeous salts and pancakes! I would like to gobble up a full stack. And yay for 13 miles

  44. Christy says:

    Oh, my heavens, at first I thought you put the salt in your bath – but on the pancakes??? Genius!

  45. I’ve been trying to get my pumpkin pancake recipe JUST RIGHT. I’ll try yours. Yum!

    Nice on the 13 miles! My bro is going to do his first half marathon soon.

  46. Swathi says:

    These are delicious looking pancake recipe. I love the ginger maple yogurt. You did an ice bath ?

  47. Taylor says:

    Oooh the joys of ice baths after a long run…they hurt so good! The pancakes look so fluffy….just how I like ’em! And I love the greek yogurt topping!

  48. naomi says:

    Wow-these pancakes are definitely filled with soul-I love it!

  49. Monet says:

    So two thumbs up for the run and for the pancakes…but that bath? I would have just died. I’m such a wimp when it comes to being cold. I’m so sorry to hear that you are that sore, but I agree that carbs are always a great way to deal with pain. Thank you for sharing, love. I hope your week brims with hope and joy.

  50. Debinhawaii says:

    Gorgeous pancakes–love the combination of ingredients. Isn’t that salt yummy?! I got to try it for the challenge. Great job on the training –hope you get less sore. Maybe more pancakes? 😉

  51. Lizzy says:

    The combination is killer stuff..Spices and pumpkin who can think of something like that but you!

  52. 13 miles… I don’t think I can even finish 2km! I am intrigued by the Ginger salt. I have Ginger sugar which makes a nice warm drink when dissolved in hot water but have never heard of Ginger salt!

  53. Vivienne says:

    Def a pancake with da soul! haha. i LOVE that cinnamon yoghurt topping…so my kind of thing!
    eeeek. ice bath? i thought only crazy ppl in movies do that? lol jk.

  54. Pancake looks yummy Joanne…esp the yogurt topping sounds delicious:)

  55. girlichef says:

    Oh, pretty salt shots!! These sound awesome…and ginger salt…fugudaboutit!! Sounds amazing…the shebang ;D

  56. Barbara says:

    Oh my, don’t those look absolutely divine?? I love the idea of the yogurt topping and the ginger salt is a new one on me. How unusual!

  57. What I wouldn’t do for this plate right this second! I have been off the treadmill now though for two days so I would need to put my time in first I guess!

    Beautiful pancakes!!!

    13 miles!!!! Crazy impressed! 🙂

  58. I just never seem to learn that I shouldn’t read your blog before breakfast–or any meal for that matter. Now I’m going to have to get dressed and go out for ginger salt. I have everything else.


  59. Kristen says:

    After torturing yourself with both running and ice, you certainly deserved pancakes. Those look wonderful. I am intrigued by the salts. Marxfoods is so much fun.

  60. Dawn says:

    Love your very artistic salt photos. And yes, very interesting about the ice bath. I can’t say I will follow you on that one. I myself love a nice almost-scalding one. But then again…I haven’t been running and power yoga and weights don’t seem to call me to ice.
    I love these pancakes and I will go check out the salts. The espresso one sounds like something right up my alley.

  61. Giovanna says:

    Gorgeous darling! Absolutely gorgeous! Great photos!
    I do love the smell of Christmas on my plate : )

  62. Mary says:

    I definitely could eat and enjoy a stack of those. They look absolutely delicious. I hope you are having a great day. Blessings…Mary

  63. Rachana says:

    These panckaes look so irresistible… Loved the yogurt topping with ginger salt.

  64. Yosha says:

    I am eating oatmeal pumpkin pancakes with maple syrup and PB as I read this! I really want to try cinnamon yogurt….

  65. Anderburf says:

    These sound so good! I just got some coarse Himalayan pink salt, HimalaSalt, from Sustainable Sourcing https://secure.sustainablesourcing.com and I’ll have to make my own ginger salt. YUM!

  66. Koek! says:

    I hope you realise you are responsible for me having panckes for supper. On a week night.

    Robyn x

  67. Ms. Meanie says:

    Joanne!! I know I have been so out of the loop for so long, but I am so glad to see/read that you are running again!! Yaay! I know, I know, this is probably old news for you but it’s great news! 🙂 You need to have a ‘running’ section of your blog so you can keep other running freaks (like me) updated.

    By the way, these pancakes looks so awesome, I am seriously considering making them this weekend (I would make them tomorrow), but now I only have time to cook on weekends. Pancakes are my all-time comfort food, and pair them with pumpkin and spices…and you’ve got Thanksgiving on a plate!! I am so with you too on having soul-filled food. I love regular pancakes, but sometimes a girl (runner) needs something more filling. These look perfect!

  68. teresa says:

    girl, 13 miles! that’s awesmoe, and these pancakes look so healing. they’re practically singing to me!

  69. Reeni says:

    I’ve heard of the ice bath but imagining it makes me want to jump out of my skin! These warmly spiced pancakes would sure help – I might need an extra one. The yogurt topping adds a little something special to them – not that they needed it!

  70. Cara says:

    As long as the ice bath isn’t part of the recipe, I’m all for it 🙂

  71. Alisa Cooks says:

    Running a half marathon and jumping in an ice bath? Sorry, that is at the other end of the “better than sex” spectrum for me!

    But, those pancakes, do look like a more fitting reward for that run!

  72. De-lish!! I could probably eat that Maple Greek yogurt by the bucketfull. Good luck with the contest! I hope you win. =)

  73. tigerfish says:

    The salt must be that magic plunge to the pancakes! …just like how you plunge into the ice-bath :p

  74. Nicole, RD says:

    13 miles! You go, girl! Those are no ordinary flapjacks, that’s for sure!! 🙂 Delicious!

  75. Deborah says:

    Ok, those pancakes look divine, but that yogurt topping has me drooling!

  76. polwig says:

    I have never taken an ice bath and never will, even after I ran a marathon all I wanted was a HOT bath… Thank goodness I didn’t take one… next time I will dream of hot bath and these pancakes.

  77. These look so fancy! I love the look of that sauce too – sounds great!

  78. Ginger salt sounds fantastic and yes, these would be wonderful for Thanksgiving breakfast! Thanks for submitting the recipe to All Through the Year Cheer!

  79. I’ll be over for breakfast. Expect me at noon.

  80. Tasha says:

    We love a good sweet potato pancake in our house and I imagine pumpkin ones would go over even better.

    And that topping- yum! Sounds like pure awesomeness to me.

  81. Catherine says:

    This looks delicious Joanne! Lovely presentation too.
    My daughter would love for me to try making this for her.

  82. Pam says:

    The ice bath sounds horrible… I guess I will never run 13 miles. Who am I kidding? I probably won’t ever run 1 mile. But I WILL enjoy these pancakes someday – they look delightful.

  83. Karen says:

    WOW! That is one serious stack of pancakes. And that topping sounds amazing. I think I will skip the 13 mile run, the ice bath, and just go straight to breakfast!

  84. These pancakes sound so homey and comforting. That maple yoghrut dressing sounds good too!

    Sorry to hear your calves are still aching. Hope they feel better soon.

  85. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    Wow these pancakes look delicious! Thanks for entering them into the All Through the Year Cheer event. The MckLinky will be up and running on the 20th!

  86. Jess says:

    What have I been doing with my life?!! Why have I been making plain boring old pancakes that have absolutely no other flavour to them other than “pancake”? Ugh, I’ve been a fool. I should be adding cinnamon and ginger and… whatever pumpkin pie spice is… just kidding, I know what it is, it just isn’t sold here but our “mixed spice” is pretty much the same thing. Now I’ve just got to wait until the weekend when I actually have time to make pancakes… sigh, so far away…

  87. this is SO food porn!


    xo Alison

  88. Oooh nice idea with the greek yogurt topping. I like that much better than maple syrup!

  89. Claudia says:

    Joanne it does look as though you added blueberries to your pancakes? I like the tasty, healthy topping too.

    Jumping into my cold pool gives the effect of an ice bath (sort of). But, sometimes if you’ve got a hot flash, or even gardening sweat, it’s perfect.

  90. Julie says:

    I’m sure these pancakes could take all my pain away..mmmm!

  91. woww a stack of soulful pancakes indeed! i love pumpkin in anything…maybe including in ice bath 😀

  92. stephen says:

    I’m just so surprised with the toppings.

  93. Natalie says:

    when I saw your tweet about these the other day, I was jealous. Now that I’m seeing the pictures, I’m even MORE jealous! So delish!

    …and now I know how to use my leftover espresso salt 🙂

  94. Kim says:

    These pancakes do look soul-satisfying. Love the spices in the pancakes and the maple and cinnamon greek yogurt topping. Sounds like the perfect thing to help warm you up after an icy cold bath. Hope your calves are better by now.

  95. Indie.Tea says:

    Those do have soul to spare. I want some, they sound heavenly!

  96. sophia says:

    Girl!! Isn’t it already frigid there?! Dang! But yeah, these pancakes are the best to carb-load after a 13 mile run! Just don’t overdo yourself, ok? 🙂

  97. Eliana says:

    The next time I’m training for a marathon I want you to come to my place and make me these pancakes after my long runs. They look sick!

  98. Thanks for linking this up at My Meatless Meals. I am debating, if I should change my plans, and make it tonight. I am having a breakfast night, each week, if I can pull it off.

  99. Great use of ginger salt. I still have some left from the recipe challenge so I am going to try this.

  100. Beth says:

    AHHHHHH this looks incredible! LOVE pumpkin and can’t think of a better way to eat it than with pancakes! And greek yogurt! YUM!

  101. Wow, that is a wild recipe, and I love the flavoured salts! And no, you will never convince me that running is better than sex. ?

  102. Chris says:

    I never could do the ice baths back when I was into the triathlons. I’d do a solo 70 mile ride for the “fun” of it but I never, never, never thought, “Wow, that was better than sex”.

  103. Johanna GGG says:

    those salts look amazing but I think I would prefer to bypass the run and go straight for the pancakes – they sounds delicious

  104. grace says:

    stop it. cinnamon maple yogurt? ginger salt? you slay me, joanne. i am slain. 🙂

  105. Katy ~ says:

    Joanne, I’m too old to run very far, but I’d certainly limp a mile for these delicious pancakes! Superb!

  106. This looks so tasty! I think I’ll give the ice cold bath a miss though!

  107. Haha ice baths with cherries? Sounds kinky and romantic at once ;p. I am proud that I ran a 5k without walking once, so 13 miles blows my mind. Great job and on these delicious pancakes, too.

  108. Kelsey says:

    im amazed by the spices in the yogurt! it reminds me so much of vanilla bean ice cream with all the little flecks. i can just taste the flavors is my mouth- simply delectable <3

  109. Nicole says:

    I love anything pumpkin and these pancakes sound good!

  110. SnoWhite says:

    Thanks for linking this up, Joanne! The combination sounds just delicious.

  111. These look amazing. And I love your photos! Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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