Enjoy Fall With A Brain-Friendly Dish!

Sunrise Senior Living  |  November 1, 2012

Fall is a great time of year, not only for the beautiful foliage, but also for some of the great foods that are in season this time of year. Most of us like to take advantage of eating as many pumpkin flavored things as we can, and we have a recipe that not only fulfills the craving, but is also great for the brain.

WebMD reports nuts are a great source of vitamin E, which has been shown to improve cognitive outcomes as people age, and adding them to a pumpkin dish makes the perfect Fall flavor combination!

Bon Appetit Magazine offers a great way to start a fall morning with Pumpkin-Walnut Flapjacks, which combines the seasonal flavors we love with brain-enriching foods, such as walnuts.

Pumpkin-Walnut Flapjacks
Makes 14

1 1/4 cups buttermilk
3/4 cup canned pure pumpkin
4 large eggs, separated, room temperature
1/4 cup sugar
3/4 teaspoon vanilla extract
1/4 cup (1/2 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 1/3 cups cake flour
1 3/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
1 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon baking powder
1/2 teaspoon salt
Vegetable oil or butter for greasing skillet
1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
Pure maple syrup to taste

With a whisk, mix buttermilk, egg yolks, sugar, pumpkin and vanilla in a medium size bowl. Add in melted butter. In a large bowl, whisk flour, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, salt and baking soda before adding it to wet mixture.

Use a hand mixer, beat egg whites in a separate bowl until peaks form, then pour in with the rest of the ingredients.

In a large skillet, use oil or butter to grease it over medium heat. Pour batter in small batches onto skillet and cook until bubbles form on top, about 1.5 minutes. Turn flapjack and cook for another minute. Transfer to plates and sprinkle nuts on top. Drizzle with syrup and enjoy!