Flapjacks and Balls

Over the weekend I found a lone can of pumpkin in the back of my pantry.  Since it still feels like fall around here, I decided to make me and my boss pumpkin buttermilk pancakes.

I really, really loved how these came out.  While my boss loves all things sweet for breakfast, me?  Not so much.  These had just the right amount of sweetness since there is only 2 teaspoons of sugar in the whole recipe.  Paired with sauteed apples and 1/4 cup of sugar free pancake syrup, it was just the right amount of sweet.

Light Buttermilk Pancakes

  • makes 12 pancakes (I used a 1/4 cup measure per pancake)
  • per pancake:  117 calories, 2.7 fat, 476 sodium, 16 carbs, 2.6 fiber and 5.7 protein


  • 2 cups whole wheat white flour (I used King Arthur)
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 2 teaspoons of sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 cups non-fat buttermilk
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda

In a large bowl, mix the flour, sugar, salt, baking powder and baking soda.  In another bowl, mix together the pumpkin, buttermilk and eggs.  Combine the two and just mix until all the flour is incorporated. Let the batter sit at least 15 minutes.  This is what produces fluffy pancakes because the baking powder has time to do its magic.  I actually made my batter within minutes of waking up, and my batter sat for about 30 minutes.

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Using my 1/4 cup measure, once I poured the batter into my non-stick pan, I put a heaping teaspoon of slivered almonds in the pancake, pushing down a bit to make sure they stick before flipping.  I had a couple pieces of deli ham on the side, which was a nice salty balance to the breakfast.  My boss couldn’t believe this whole plate was only 295 calories!

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A check of my blood sugar gave me the green light to workout.  I know I need to add more strength training to my routine.  I am a cardio woman through and through.  I was going through some apps on my phone and found a 60 strength training program.  It cost .99 cents on iTunes.

Since yesterday was Day 1, I had to do a 25 minute fitness test.  The reason being that after 60 days, I should be better than I was yesterday.  Holy shizz, 2 minutes of jump squats, 2 minutes of burpees?!  After each exercise there was a 30 second break and I had to type in my results after each exercise.

Then I ran a mile and then walked for 5 minutes for a cool down.

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My blood sugar before and after – perfect! 

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I ended up having leftover veggie chili that I made a while back for Souper Friday and had in the freezer.   I had a cup of that and added 1/2 a cup of cooked white rice.  It was really hot so I let it sit and as it did, it became more of a dip than soup, but it was still delicious!   I had a serving of tortilla chips on the side.

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I actually had Nicole’s pretzel chicken bites on my menu last night, but at the last minute I decided that I wanted Buffalo Chicken Balls.  And I knew I was going to be deep frying the chicken and I thought the pretzels might burn before the chicken was done.

This is really a super easy weeknight dinner.  And it cured my buffalo jones I was having!  And you knew I couldn’t go a whole week without having the word balls in my blog post, did you?!

Buffalo Chicken Balls

  • makes 4 servings, 6 balls each
  • 312 caloires, 6.8 fat, 735 sodium, 2.6 carbs, 1 .8 fiber and 32 protein


  • 1 pound of chicken breasts, cut into bite size balls
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt, divided (Tony said it could have used a bit more salt, but he didn’t have buffalo sauce on his)
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (King Arthur)
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup of non-fat buttermilk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup Frank’s Wing Sauce

In a shallow dish, mix 1/2 teaspoon of salt with the buttermilk and egg.  Let the chicken soak there for about 5 minutes.  In a ziploc bag, add flour, 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt, black pepper.  Toss in six pieces of chicken at a time and completely coat the chicken.  Heat a fryer or a pan with oil to 375 degrees.  Cook for 3 minutes.  Toss in Buffalo sauce.

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So good – with a couple steak fries on the side, 1/4 cup of tzatziki sauce and carrots, this was a winning dinner. 

After putting my stats in though, I realized yesterday that I had 4000 mg of sodium!  Eek!  Which is no surprise that my WI today, I am up .2.  Well that, and maybe the afternoon of beers and cheezy beef and tots on Saturday!

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I am still under 170, so it’s all good.

Stats for Tuesday:

  • 25 minute fitness strength test
  • 11:14 mile
  • 5 minute cooldown
  • 1337 calories, 30 fat, 200 carbs, 26 fiber, 65 protein

Today I will be running for Boston.  Will you?


Storms are coming in and its time to get my shit together for the day.  Make it a great day!


43 thoughts on “Flapjacks and Balls

  1. The buffalo chicken balls look amazing, right up my husbands alley!

    And yes, today, I will walk with the bebe for Boston pending the weather holds out!

  2. Pumpkin pancakes sound awesome!

  3. Your balls look pretty amazing! hehe

  4. Yayy for strength! We all need a good balance of cardio, strength and stretch. I neglect the stretch area, but I’m working on it! Soup/chili/stew and tortilla chips is like the perfect pairing. Glad your balls were delicious 😉

  5. Look at those saucy balls!!!!! YUM! How does Tony feel about eating balls?

  6. Ha, I was just going to say that you say “balls” a lot. I love it!! 🙂
    And yay for strength training!! It’s running a close 2nd to running for me right now…..

  7. I love the Run for Boston idea. I am aching for a run, but due to school vacation and other obligations I haven’t run since Saturday. I have a race on Sunday and will be running it with a heavy heart. I will have my signature Red Sox cap on of course!

    Biz you are so in tuned with your blood sugar. I think you would make a great diabetes educator. Enjoy your run today!!

    • I am just glad that you and Carlos are okay – so scary! Aw, thanks – while diabetes is a pain in the ass, it is a manageable disease, you just have to figure out what works for you!

  8. I love that chicken recipe! They look like adorable little chicken nuggets. Thanks for sharing, Biz!

  9. Aw, Biz, you’re titles are so awesome and eye catching; I love tuning into your blog every morning.
    Okay. I am putting a link into this email with the article I wrote on sourdough and starters so you can have all the written instructions and, if you want, I would be happy to send you some starter–I’m fairly certain it could be mailed since it’s not too warm out yet. If you’re interested, just shoot me and email.


  10. Pumpkin! I wish I had some to make some pancakes…and muffins.

  11. Ah Biz….now I want pumpkin pancakes!!!

  12. myjourneytofit

    I love that you’re running for Boston – did you know, that movement was started in my town, by the race director of our local marathon? It’s amazing how far the word has spread about it! Don’t forget to take your picture with a sign that says “Run for Boston” with your city and state, and upload it to their FB page!

  13. I love your great recipes and and fun stories. I appreciate your perspective on living, exercising and dieting. Even with exercise, I can’t eat fried food and carbs and still lose weight. A little jealous!

    • Ahem, well let’s just say, I’ve maintained 168 pounds for nearly five years, so I am not doing all that great in the weight loss department, but I do love good food – thank goodness for exercise so I can maintain! 😀

  14. Yep….that sodium can be a real killer!!! Your blood sugars mystify me. I am reading a book about Candida – yeast fungus….too much sugar, carbohydrates, white flours, rice etc causes a multitude of problems in the body. It’s been an interesting read. Starting off the day with red clover tea cleansing for the kidneys. Worth a try.

    • What’s weird Louise, is if I workout first thing in the morning and my blood sugar is at 100, after I work out it jumps to the 300s! Something to do with fasting overnight – so I have to give myself insulin before working out in the morning to maintain.

  15. Can’t run yet… Another six weeks until I can slowly get back into it. But I’m not quitting! I”m going to walk the 5k I signed myself up for months ago. It will be the 1-year anniversary since my first 5k. So I’ll complete that for Boston. I want to.

  16. Your balls look great! (a statement I never thought I would make, haha)

    I’m so tired of these horrible tragedies taking place and innocent people losing their lives over absolutely nothing. It makes me so SAD!

  17. Looking at that soup is making me crave a nice warm bowl for dinner tonight . . . it’s so yucky outside! Brutal. We’re having friends over, and I set ground bison in the fridge to thaw to make burgers and grill. Guess I’ll have to come up with another plan.

    Have a great day! Stay dry!

  18. I shared the pumpkin recipe with my daughter-in-law, she will love it!! You have me craving balls now, those look awesome!! I pinned Tony’s vlog yesterday and quite a few people repinned it, he’ll be a star in no time! 😀

  19. love how you lightened up those cakes…and your balls…I mean, who doesn’t love a good plate of spicy balls?? lol

  20. OMG on that sodium intake! Great looking food Biz! Drink lots of water and flush out the sodium!

  21. I made buffalo chicken meatballs a couple weeks ago (ground chicken, carrots and celery in my food processor and stirred in Frank’s and bleu cheese and baked) and they were amazing. Darren was in heaven.

    Also, I finally found that marsala cooking wine so that’s on my to-make list now 🙂

  22. Oh biz, you are a running machine! and those pancakes sound great.

  23. good for you for running for boston, such a tragedy. i can’t stop thinking about them.

    those are some good looking balls 🙂 i love anything buffalo flavored.

  24. Sodium for both Tom and I is such a hard thing, why does it have to be so delicious Oh and nice balls. 😉

  25. […] still had leftover pumpkin buttermilk pancakes from last week, so I brought them but made a banana apple syrup.  Just cooked a diced apple in […]

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