Gingerbread Truffles

in I Love Pumpkin!

I might have peaked when I created Pancake Truffles.  Who knows if I’ll ever dream up anything else as delicious?



I’ve made one variation of the original recipe, Strawberry Pancake Truffles, but the classic version was still my favorite.


Here’s another new twist!


Gingerbread Truffles


Ingredients (for 3 truffles or 1 serving):

  • 1/2 cup raw oatmeal
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat pancake mix
  • 1 egg white
  • 1/4 tablespoon cinnamon
  • Heavy pinch cloves
  • Heavy pinch nutmeg
  • 1/2 tablespoon molasses
  • 1/8 cup almond milk
  • 4.5 inches of banana (cut into three 1.5 inch pieces)
  • Powdered sugar for decoration



  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  • Combine first eight ingredients in small bowl.
  • Separate mix into three piles.
  • Take one segment of banana and coat in the pancake mix.  It will be kind of sticky and wet, but that’s fine.
  • Form ball around the banana segment.
  • Place on greased cookie sheet.
  • Repeat with other banana segments.
  • Bake at 350 for 15 minutes.
  • Remove, plate, and dust with powdered sugar.
  • Enjoy!



The original recipe is still the best.  🙂


Get Your Carve On!


I am happy to announce the Great Blogger Pumpkin Carving Contest, hosted by the lovely Carly.


Carly thought it would be fun to create a virtual carving contest for bloggers + readers .  There’s awesome prizes and bragging rights at stake!  Head over to her blog to learn more – a photograph of your entry is due October 30.


Holly and I are going to be the judges.  I’m excited to see what everyone comes up with!  I tend to just crack open my pumpkins for the goodies INSIDE (mmm, pumpkin seeds!).  This is the best I can do, usually:


Meghann and I carved these in 2008!  I distinctly remember almost cutting off my hand.


Have a GREAT day!



  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg October 12, 2010, 8:13 am

    Ha! How fun! I always get super ambitious with my pumpkins– once, I tried to carve a raccoon crawling out of a pumpkin ON our pumpkin. Yeah…it didn’t really turn out. Oops.

  • Tina @ Faith Fitness Fun October 12, 2010, 8:16 am

    I think those gingerbread ones sound more amazing!

    And what a fun little contest. My family and I are carving pumpkins next weekend. Maybe I’ll participate just for the fun…since I know my artistic capabilities would rival yours. 😉

  • mindy @ just a one girl revolution. October 12, 2010, 8:19 am

    Your pumpkins are masterpieces compared to what I can manage to do! I always have great ideas in my head…the execution never looks quite the same, though.

  • Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday October 12, 2010, 8:20 am

    Did you leave out ginger in the recipe when you typed it up, or was there no ginger in the truffles?

    • Caitlin October 12, 2010, 8:21 am

      no ginger

  • Heather @ Side of Sneakers October 12, 2010, 8:23 am

    This is just what I needed to convince me to carve a pumpkin this year. 🙂 The seeds never taste as good when I bake them myself though…

  • Gabriela @ Une Vie Saine October 12, 2010, 8:24 am

    I’ve yet to try those truffles, but I always want to reach into the screen and grab them when you make them. Definitely a creative idea!!

    After cutting the tops off of five pumpkins this weekend, I’ve decided I will never have the guts to really carve one. Big sharp knives freak me out!

    • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) October 12, 2010, 10:45 am

      Painted pumpkins can also be entered. I’m with you on scary knives!

  • Rachel (Two Healthy Plates) October 12, 2010, 8:25 am

    Those truffles sound perfect for october! yum =)

    I love your pumpkins too

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman October 12, 2010, 8:25 am

    That’s such a great idea. I always wanted to be one of those people who could carve an intricate spider web into a pumpkin’s face. I usually ended up with two warped holes and a jagged smile.

  • Freya October 12, 2010, 8:26 am

    Gosh those truffles look so luxurious!
    I love your carved pumpkins – I so wish I had some knife it is, i cut my fingers just slicing up parsnips, so i dread to think what would happen if i were let loose on a pumpkin :s

  • Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen October 12, 2010, 8:28 am

    WOW…now all I want is gingerbread. 🙂

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) October 12, 2010, 8:30 am

    OOOO yeah gingerbread! YUM! The pumpkin carving is a highlight of our fall! We go a little crazy with them!

  • Tabitha (From Single to Married) October 12, 2010, 8:35 am

    What a fantastic idea – I totally want to make these!

  • Estela @ Weekly Bite October 12, 2010, 8:39 am

    Can’t wait to see the pumpkins 🙂

    Oh, and your breakfast looks like heaven!

  • Wei-Wei October 12, 2010, 8:41 am

    I just love pancake truffles. They are like the epitome of your genius… until you come up with something even better 😀

  • Jamie @ Food in Real Life October 12, 2010, 8:41 am

    Those truffles are really cute- I’m assuming you need to eat them right away though? I’m already starting to think about pumpkin carving, i might just have to enter that competition!

    • Caitlin October 12, 2010, 11:44 am

      I’ve never frozen them but some people have and said it worked.

  • eatmovelove October 12, 2010, 8:45 am

    Wow, they look amazing. And the recipe looks healthy! And simple ingredients. Maybe a must-try…

  • Food & Other Things October 12, 2010, 8:55 am

    I want to try these I love anything gingerbread!!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) October 12, 2010, 8:55 am

    How fun! I love this idea 🙂

  • Paige (Running Around Normal) October 12, 2010, 8:55 am

    I love the idea of the pumpkin carving contest!! I haven’t carved one since 2007! But the husband and I already talked about carving some this year:)

  • megan @ whatmegansmaking October 12, 2010, 8:57 am

    I’m terrible at pumpkin carving. No artistic (or cutting) ability whatsoever. Sounds like fun though. And I agree it’s all about the pumpkin seeds

  • Holly @ couchpotatoathlete October 12, 2010, 8:58 am

    We’re going to be the best judges 🙂

    I would definitely have those gingerbread truffles swimming in a maple syrup bath!

  • Stacey October 12, 2010, 9:16 am

    I hate pumpkin carving with a passion. Last year my boyfriend and I thought it would be fun to pumpkin carve and make really awesome pictures on the pumpkins..he picked a castle!! It took hours and hours and I was ready to slam my pumpkin against the wall lol

    • Caitlin October 12, 2010, 11:45 am


  • Meg October 12, 2010, 9:19 am

    Oh my gosh these look amazing! You’re a genius 🙂 and hooray for pumpkin carving!!!

  • Kelly October 12, 2010, 9:23 am

    Hahaha pumpkin carving always seems so fun, and then you start and realize how damn hard and frustrating it is. I still want to do it this year though!

  • Rachel October 12, 2010, 9:25 am

    What a great idea! I’ll have to go back and check out the original recipe but these sound like a great healthy treat.

  • Claire (Low Impact Fashionista) October 12, 2010, 9:26 am

    Must. Make. Pancake Truffles. Those look amazing!

  • Jenn @ LiveWellFitNow October 12, 2010, 9:27 am

    Gingerbread truffles, I heart thee! And I will be united with you tomorrow morning. 🙂

    Pumpkin carving is the ultimate October thing to do. It’s a must in my book. Even though I always butcher the poor face.

  • Camille October 12, 2010, 9:46 am

    Haha, love it!
    Can I submit my pumpkin from last year? It was so freaking epic! I don’t know if I can duplicate it…

    • Caitlin October 12, 2010, 11:45 am

      I’m not sure – ask Carl!

  • Jolene ( October 12, 2010, 9:46 am

    A few times the hubby and I have gotten together with a group of friends for a carving competition … there are some really talented pumpkin carvers out there!!! I lost every time 🙂

  • Brittany (A Healthy Slice of Life) October 12, 2010, 9:58 am

    aw, I love pumpkin carving, but I’m not quite talented enough to win a contest 🙂

  • sarah k. @ the pajama chef October 12, 2010, 10:02 am

    looks yummy 🙂

  • Orla October 12, 2010, 10:04 am

    I chopped up one of the pumpkins I grew at the weekend but I made the most amazing soup instead of carving it up. It was too hard to get all of the pulp out without chopping it!

    Saying that I purchased a very orange and perfectly pumpkin shaped pumpkin so that I can carve. I think I will get the neighbours kids in to help!!! they are very creative in that regard! You should see their house already!!! decked out for hallowe’en already!

  • Natalia - a side of simple October 12, 2010, 10:15 am

    Your pancake truffles are probably one of the best things ever. Definitely my favorite recipe of yours! Thanks for reminding me of them 🙂

  • Ashley October 12, 2010, 10:17 am

    My friends and I are carving pumpkins this weekend! I’m so excited, although mine will definitly not be winning any competitions!

  • Amber K October 12, 2010, 10:33 am

    I’m much better at decorating pumpkins. Stickers and Sharpies are all that’s needed! 😉

  • Julia October 12, 2010, 10:42 am

    Those truffles sound delicious!!!!

    Do you have any suggestions to make them without using a pancake mix?

    • Caitlin October 12, 2010, 11:46 am

      People have used wheat flour + baking soda and said it worked 🙂

  • Carly (Swim, Run, Om) October 12, 2010, 10:46 am

    No offense, but gingerbread belongs solely in cookies and lattes. 😉

  • Chelsea at Striking Balance October 12, 2010, 11:17 am

    I love carving pumpkins, but I have NO creativity or skill when it comes to carving them. I really need to try your pancake truffles, they look so decadent. Perfect weekend breakfast, I’d say!

  • claire October 12, 2010, 11:32 am

    I can’t believe that I still haven’t made these pancake truffles…so good I am sure! I don’ think I will be entering this pumpkin contest considering I haven’t carved on in years and I have a feeling it won’t be soo great. ha.

  • Chelsea @ Strawberry Sweat October 12, 2010, 11:39 am

    I also love carving pumpkins, but I always have to trace a design on a pumpkin to get it to come out right. At least it’s a fun activity to do!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat October 12, 2010, 12:10 pm

    The truffles are so cute! love the banana bits inside them. I also like carving pumpkins but haven’t done it in a while – maybe it will be a good activity for my roomie and i this year!

  • Megan (Braise The Roof) October 12, 2010, 12:17 pm

    Haha I’m totally awful at carving pumpkins, too! (Unless I cheat and use a template) Sounds like a fun contest, though!

  • Marina October 12, 2010, 12:25 pm

    truffles look great, I can’t wait to make some, probably this weekend..
    I love carving pumpkins, although halloween isn’t a holiday over here. it’s just so much fun!

  • Lauren October 12, 2010, 12:36 pm

    These are such a fantastic idea! 🙂

  • Jemma @ Celery ad Cupcakes October 12, 2010, 1:15 pm

    Those truffles look delicious and I’m loving the pumpkin carving!

  • Jemma @ Celery ad Cupcakes October 12, 2010, 1:15 pm

    Those truffles look delicious and I’m loving the pumpkin carving!

  • Kjirsten- Balanced Healhty Life October 12, 2010, 1:40 pm

    The truffles sound amazing! I love the idea of a pumpkin carving contest!

  • Clare @ Fitting It All In October 12, 2010, 2:53 pm

    I literally JUST emailed some girlfriends to see if they wanted to carve pumpkins…now I have a reason!!

    My mom always advocated pumpkin PAINTING to avoid the mess and knives…they are cute, but not the same!

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss October 12, 2010, 4:27 pm

    Oh those looks so delicious!! Much healthier than actual truffles, too of course 🙂 Yum!

  • Ellen@FirednFabulous October 12, 2010, 5:43 pm

    Holy yum balls, those look so good! Love the banana in the middle. Awesome carving skills, btw 😉

  • carlee October 12, 2010, 6:00 pm

    Those look unreal! I totally am going to make those asap!
    I love having a blog and sharing tasty recipes! That are healthy? Thats my kind of food.

  • Lou October 12, 2010, 6:37 pm

    The pumpkin carving contest sounds fun. My artistic capability only allows me do the simplest carving. I am really looking forward to seeing what everyone comes up with.

  • Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin October 12, 2010, 7:33 pm

    I’m terrible at carving pumpkins – I always end up hacking them to bits! 😛 It’ll be fun to see all the entries though!

  • Kate D October 12, 2010, 7:57 pm

    I haven’t carved a pumpkin in a very long time (since middle school maybe)!

    Why don’t your pumpkins look hollow? did you scoop out the middle before you carved?

    • Caitlin October 12, 2010, 8:26 pm


      • Kate D October 12, 2010, 11:56 pm

        My Bad!

        Looking at the photo closer I can see they are carved!

        Silly flash.

  • Amanda - Small Home Big Start October 13, 2010, 2:54 pm

    These look sooo good! I’ll have to try them for breakfast this week!

  • Kelsi October 14, 2010, 7:33 am

    Gingerbread pancake truffles? These sound amazing! They are now officially saved in my recipe file and begging to be whipped up. Thanks for sharing.

  • Katie October 17, 2010, 11:34 pm

    Um – YUM! Those look delish…I want to try these soon!

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