Pear Spice Pancakes

Happy beginning of September! Autumn is my absolute favorite season! Maybe it has something to do with all the colors, jackets and smell of cinnamon, apples and pumpkin spice, it is great! I also love the abundant harvest that comes during this season! Harvest time seems to make it easier to live abundantly. At the beginning of 2012, President Monson challenged us to live abundant lives, or to live a “life filled with an abundance of success, goodness and blessings”. I think that this is a good challenge for us to aspire to every day, not just at the beginning of a new year or during autumn’s abundant harvest. He suggested 3 things that will help us live abundantly (the ABC’s): 

1. Have a positive Attitude
“The way we choose to see things and respond to others makes all the difference.”

2. Believe in yourself
“Believe – in yourself, in those around you, and in eternal principles.” 

3. Face challenges with Courage
“Courage becomes a worthwhile and meaningful virtue when it is regarded not so much as a willingness to die manfully but a determination to live decently.”

I appreciate these three simple steps, because they make an abundant lifestyle seem so obtainable, and I know it is. I especially relate to the first principle of having a positive attitude. Sometimes I have so much on my plate – motherhood, school, cooking, house chores and church responsibilities – and I get super stressed. I know how far a positive attitude goes in moments like this, and it helps even when those around me are struggling to stay happy. The way we choose to look at our situations really does make all the difference. 

Well back to autumn…September is prime pear season, so here is a great autumn recipe for you! 

Once again, pancake variety to my rescue! We usually eat pancakes at least 2 times in a typical week. If I didn’t switch it up a bit I would never want to eat a pancake again! Actually though, when Limi is the one to make pancakes they always taste different. Maybe it is because he adds different amounts of mix to water, or he adds more butter, or maybe it is just because they are made with love. This morning he made me breakfast in bed, pancakes of course, and it was so great! Plain old pancakes have never tasted so good!

Pear Spice Pancakes are a nice change, though, when I am feeling tired of plain pancakes. They are a nice festive breakfast for an autumn school morning. :) They are slightly dense, like a banana pancake, and have a yummy cinnamon accent! They would be super good with Apple Cider Syrup too!

This recipe uses pear fruit cups, but fresh pears can by all means be used in place of pear cups! Just fill a 1/2 measuring cup with diced pears and fill the spaces with pear juice (or water if you don’t have anything else) to maintain the right wet-to-dry ratio.


1 cup pancake mix
1/2 cup water
1/2 cup pears and juice (we use the Dole cups with 100% juice)
1 tsp cinnamon


Preheat the pancake griddle to 350 F.
Blend the pears and juice in a blender until smooth (or small chunks remaining, if you like). Combine the pancake mix, water, pear puree and cinnamon. Whisk until smooth. Add more water if you like your pancakes to be more thin. 

Pour the pancake batter onto the griddle and cook until golden brown. Flip the pancake and repeat.

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