October 8, 2013 | 3 Comments

I’m always looking for a way to tempt J-Bear into eating breakfast.  But he leaves the house to catch the school bus at 7am, and he just isn’t awake enough to be hungry that early. It’s only gotten worse now that he’s a teenager.  He eats nothing before school, but then comes home starving.  These Hearty Pumpkin Pancake Bites are equally great for breakfast, or as an afternoon snack.  And since they’re deep fried, they cook up in a jiffy.  (I know, I know – but I never claimed to be a diet blog y’all!)

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If you have leftover batter, you can drop it in a hot pan to make pumpkin pancakes for the more health conscious members of the family.

Hearty Pumpkin Pancake Bites prep

Hearty Pumpkin Pancake Bites

Serves 6
Prep time 15 minutes
Cook time 10 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Meal type Breakfast, Snack
Misc Child Friendly, Serve Hot

Here's all you need

  • 1 cup Bisquick
  • 1/2 cup Cornmeal
  • 1 cup Pumpkin
  • 1/2 cup Milk
  • 1 Egg
  • 2 tablespoons Pancake Syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon Pumpkin Pie Spice
  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 box Hormel Little Sizzlers (browned according to package directions)


Heat oil to 375 degrees
Whisk together first eight ingredients
Cut sausages in half and blot to remove any excess grease
Dunk in batter to coat. I used a toothpick to hold the sausage for this.
Drop in fryer and cook until golden brown. About a minute.
Drain on a paper towel and serve hot.






You can serve these with warm syrup, or if you’d like something a little more special, mix up some Cinnamon Pancake Syrup to use as a dipping sauce.

Cinnamon Pancake Syrup

Here's all you need

  • 1 teaspoon Vanilla
  • 1 teaspoon Cinnamon
  • 1/2 cup Pancake Syrup
  • 1 tablespoon Butter (melted)


Stir together vanilla and cinnamon until cinnamon is dissolved and smooth
Add butter and syrup and stir to combine.
Warm slightly if desired. Serve with Pumpkin Pancakes, or as a dipping sauce with Hearty Pumpkin Pancake Bites

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