Run Nelly Run

Run Nelly Run

Running through life as self-proclaimed house wife, mother, homeschooler, and wanna-be chef

Pumpkin Pancake Recipe, Yoga Challenge, how are the boys?

I had quite a few requests for pancake recipe after I posted a picture on Instagram of my dinner the other night.  I have been craving breakfast for dinner and dinner for breakfast, have you ever had that? 

Last night I had a can of pumpkin, felt inspired by fall, and am trying to really hone my orange chakra for yoga teacher training….pumpkin pancakes seemed logical 😉


The recipe is really simple.  I took my blueberry pancake recipe, added/subtracted a few ingredients, and these were born 🙂

Pumpkin Pancakes (gluten-free, dairy-free, not taste-free)

serves 3-4 for dinner

3/4 C. canned pumpkin

3/4 C. vanilla almond milk

1 tsp. vanilla

2 eggs

1 T. oil

1 tsp. cinnamon

1/4 tsp. nutmeg

2 T. baking powder

1 1/2 C. gluten free flour (I use Bob’s Redmill Blue bag)

2 T. coconut palm sugar


Crack eggs in large mixing bowl; whisk until light and frothy.  Add pumpkin, almond milk, vanilla, coconut palm sugar, spices, and oil; whisk until thoroughly combined.  Add in flour, baking powder, and a pinch of salt.  Whisk all ingredients until combined and no dry clumps are present.  I added blueberries, but I really wanted to add raspberries and the store didn’t have any frozen ones available.

Cook on stove top the way you would with pancakes, top with almond butter, pure maple syrup, I personally added Applegate Farms Maple Chicken Sausage for a savory component…think pigs in a blanket, but better, (sorry for all my vegan/vegetarian readers!)


Most of you know that I was fortunate to have found a 200 hr yoga teacher training course come here to my home town, (which is a miracle in itself).  I have wanted to teach yoga since I started practicing it myself way back in high school.

I consider yoga the yin to running’s yang.  Yoga teaches breath, fluidity, self-care, an inward perspective, strength while in a stretched out pose.  Yoga is beyond poses and really has become a way of life for me.

Most of you also know that I do not have a lot of time in my day to divide between my boys, my household “duties”, running, and then yoga.  However, in going to yoga teacher training I have learned that yoga is really part of every moment of every day.  When I am frustrated with Bodhi for not listening while homeschooling; yoga is present in reminding me to take a breath before I speak or lose my cool.

The physical practice of yoga is important to me as well.  A classmate of mine told me about yoga challenges that go on, on Instagram.  I love the idea of not having to leave my home to attend a class…those challenges were not only doable, but a fun way to make yoga asanas (poses) more doable in my every day.

@lizarch and @yogajournal put on a challenge specifically targeting the shoulders….I am in love! I am determined to get into shoulder stand and hand stand poses more fluidly and this is a great way to work toward that goal.


Day #1 this pose was hard for me. My shoulders tend to be pretty tight, especially on my right side, from carrying the boys.


There have been a few variations of plank so far. Plank is a great all-over pose that really works all parts of the body. It looks simple, but it takes 100% focus to remember to activate each and every part of the body involved.


puppy pose next to my puppy 😉 Again, looks super simple, but when done safely and with form in mind…it works your shoulders!

If you are like me and fitting in any kind of yoga seems daunting…I encourage you to search yoga challenges over at Instagram.  I will be posting my favorite you tube channels for yoga too soon.

I thought I would also mention that the two blondies are doing well! 


Pregnant or not…these two never skip a beat! they don’t care if I am tired or feeling sick…they want to play and I love them for keeping me going when crawling in bed seemed like the only right answer.  

Trout has really taken his big brother’s lead and taken up the love of wrestling…Poor Bodhi didn’t realize that this meant wrestling moves would come out of no where at any time…like while eating a sandwich while listening to his mom read 😉






  • Amy W says:

    I haven’t done a yoga challenge on Instagram yet but I did find some free YouTube yoga videos that have helped me motivate me! Running and yoga really do mix well.

    The little boys enjoy mom’s yoga, too… mostly climbing on top of/under me and hanging on me. Not so relaxing, but it’s better than nothing right? And seeing our 1.5 year old do a “downward dog” is hilarious 🙂

    Thank you for sharing your pumpkin pancake recipe – they look absolutely delicious!

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