Sunflower Seed Pancakes

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My Miami-girl naiveté might be showing when I admit this, but I actually thought spring was here in Charlotte.  Winter over by the end of February? I can do that!  Unfortunately, as the sun set last night, I had a sneaking suspicion winter was about to make a roaring comeback.  A chilly breeze was in the air!


I woke up to 36-degree weather.  Sigh.


I took James on a long walk this morning.  This will be my exercise for the day!  My legs are too sore to run, bike, or do yoga.  Hence, a surprise rest day, which I welcome with open arms.  The chilly walk helped ease some of the soreness.


Sunflower seed pancakes:



I simply added a bunch of sunflower seeds to the whole wheat pancake pancake and prepared the pancakes as usual.  The seeds added a little something-something to it.  Topped with bananas and a little vanilla Greek yogurt. 


I have a long, full day ahead of me, so I better get crackin’.   I hope you have a nice day as well! 🙂



  • Jackie @ Baking Charms February 23, 2011, 8:54 am

    So disappointed when my fingers almost froze off this morning!!

  • jen @ taste life February 23, 2011, 8:55 am

    North Carolina is VERY tricky like that! There have been many times that flowers have started to bloom in my neck of the woods in Feb/March and another terrible cold snap or freeze comes through. I’m vacationing in Florida right now and I am seriously thinking I want to move here someday. How did you deal with the hot summers?

  • Megan February 23, 2011, 9:01 am

    Your pancakes look great! I’ve found I really don’t like PLAIN pancakes or waffes, so I’ve been looking for some tastier options. I’ll have to give yours a try!

    OH, the ABCs of me have been floating around the blog world and I thought maybe you’d want to take part as a fun little post, (like when you did the accent vlog) just sharing another side of you to your readers. I did mine at
    if you want to copy the format.

    • Caitlin February 23, 2011, 10:00 am

      So cute! I’ll do it right now:

      ABC’s of me

      A: Age: 26

      B: Bed size: Queen

      C. Chore you hate: Unloading the dishwasher, laundry, taking out the trash.

      D. Dogs: Two – Maggie and James

      E. Essential start to your day: Coffee, blogs, Pandora

      F. Favorite color: Pink – such a brainwashed female.

      G. Gold or silver: Silver

      H: Height: 5 foot 3.5

      I: Instruments that you can play: I cannot play a single instrument!

      J: Job title: Blogger, Speaker, Writer, Author, Coach, Secretary

      K: Kids: Two furchildren

      L: Live: Charlotte, NC

      M: Mom’s name: Joy

      N: Nicknames: Katie, CJ, Babe

      O: Overnight hospital stays: None, and hopefully never!

      P: Pet peeve: Strangers talking to me on the airplane or on public transportation.

      Q: Quote from a movie: I am actually not a big movie-quote kind of girl.

      R: Righty or lefty: Right handed

      S: Sibling: None – only child!

      T: Time you wake up: You don’t want to know.

      U: Underwear: Thong… VPL is horrible.

      V: Vegetables you dislike: I don’t think I dislike any veg!

      W: What makes you run late: The dogs… making sure they pee and are crated always sets me back.

      X: X-rays: Oh geez… I’ve had a ton! Most recently it was of my hips to make sure they were properly aligned.

      Y: Yummy food you make: Grilled Banana Sandwich

      Z: Zoo favorite animal: Penguins

      • Erin February 23, 2011, 10:05 am

        hahah so you really wake up early, huh? 😀

        • Caitlin February 23, 2011, 10:07 am

          hahah if that’s how you’re going to take that answer….

    • Ellie@fitforthesoul February 23, 2011, 4:42 pm

      Wow Caitlin! You look so much taller than 5.3-ish! I say that b/c you look much taller than I am, and I’m only 5’1 or 5’2?

      • Caitlin February 23, 2011, 9:56 pm

        I am shortie!

  • Holly @ Couch Potato Athlete February 23, 2011, 9:03 am

    I also thought winter was almost over — no luck for me either!

    Those pancakes look delicious and adding the seeds sounds like a good idea!

  • Hope February 23, 2011, 9:05 am

    It’s freezing where I am in PA right now. I think my car said it was 19 degrees this morning! Brr! Those pancakes look so good! I love the addition of the greek yogurt on top!

  • Samantha @ Health, Happiness & Skinny Jeans February 23, 2011, 9:08 am

    I wish that winter was over. I don’t need summer all year long but I am so over the cold winds and icy sidewalks!!

  • Victoria (District Chocoholic) February 23, 2011, 9:14 am

    This is timely. It’s national pancake week. Keep on celebrating.

  • Marina February 23, 2011, 9:15 am

    Sunflower seeds are an awesome addition to pancakes! gotta try that out!
    Enjoy your rest day!

  • Cait February 23, 2011, 9:17 am

    that looks FABULOUS yum for greek yogurt!

  • Amanda (Eating Up) February 23, 2011, 9:18 am

    Winter in Chicago sometimes stays around until June! I remember wearing my North Face fleece to my finals.

  • Kara February 23, 2011, 9:18 am

    Winter always like to make a comeback! I woke up to 20 degrees and I’m so tired of layering up to go running outside! Between me getting dressed and getting the baby ready, I think I spend more time preparing for a run than actually running!

  • Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat February 23, 2011, 9:19 am

    Very cool idea to add sunflower seeds! If it makes things any better, just know that it’s colder where I am than where you are! Hope the legs are feeling strong again soon. 🙂

  • Kristen @ That Hoosier Girl February 23, 2011, 9:20 am

    Your pancakes always look so perfectly round and golden. I inevitably flip all over the place. One of these days… 🙂

  • Elizabeth@The Sweet Life February 23, 2011, 9:21 am

    Beautiful photo of the sun against the trees! Good luck today.

  • Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg February 23, 2011, 9:22 am

    Yep– we’re back in winter too. Sigh. That warm weather was SUCH a tease!

  • eliza February 23, 2011, 9:23 am

    well 36 degrees is a lot warmer than it is in Maine 🙁 Feel lucky!!

  • Michelle February 23, 2011, 9:23 am

    I thought the same thing about Boston too. 🙁 Then I woke up to snow on Monday morning. You know you have had a crazy winter when you welcome running in 23 degree weather like I did this morning. It almost felt like a heat wave!

  • Tricia February 23, 2011, 9:35 am

    I know it, it was in the 20’s here in VA….and close to 80 last Friday! What the heck!

    Those pancakes look awesome….I bet they would be even better topped with sunflower butter! Mmmmm

  • Sarena (The Non Dairy Queen) February 23, 2011, 9:38 am

    I am with you…I wanted it to be spring too! Atlanta is definitely chilly this morning!

  • Kathie February 23, 2011, 9:41 am

    That sunset pic is breathtaking.

    • Caitlin February 23, 2011, 9:55 pm

      Thank you 🙂

  • Tina February 23, 2011, 9:41 am

    What a beautiful sky!!!

  • Amanda February 23, 2011, 9:42 am

    Be thankful, I woke up to -2 this morning. Winter is getting old!

  • Amanda- The Nutritionist Reviews February 23, 2011, 9:43 am

    That looks yummy! Especially with the bananas!

  • Tracey @ I'm Not Superhuman February 23, 2011, 9:49 am

    As a former New Englander, I think the opposite way. Virginia had a 75-degree day last week and I was like, wait, I thought spring wasn’t here until at least May!

  • Alex @ Healing Beauty February 23, 2011, 9:52 am

    I never thought of adding sunflower seeds to pancakes, that’s a great idea! Here in CO we were supposed to get snow a few days ago but the weather has thankfully been nice. I just adopted a dog so I need to be taking him on long walks to get his energy out! Have a great day as well!

  • Jen @ keepitsimplefoods February 23, 2011, 9:52 am

    The pancakes look lovely! I feel your pain about the cold weather. Those warm days were such a tease.

  • Sarah for Real February 23, 2011, 9:58 am

    Hah! You’re funny Caitlin.

    Here in Spokane, we’re expecting winter to slap us silly again. 4-8 inches of snow this afternoon, more overnight. Lows in the single digits. 32 sounds nice to me!

    Question for you… Is that pancake mix super wheat-y flavored? I’ve been trying different mixes to find a good wholesome one but they’re more heavy than I prefer for my pancakes. Still good, just a different flavah.

    • Caitlin February 23, 2011, 10:03 am

      Yea, it is pretty wheaty. That was the Hodgson’s Mills Buttermilk kind.

  • Camille February 23, 2011, 10:15 am

    I feel the exact same way about the weather! In San Diego it would be summer right now but here in Oregon it is snowing!

  • Amy B @ Second City Randomness February 23, 2011, 10:21 am

    I really like multi-grain/grainy texture in bread and pancakes, so that’s a smart move… I might have even added some sunflower seed nut butter to really knock it out of the park? But maybe that’s just me… I sometimes like to live in excess. 😉

  • Kristen February 23, 2011, 10:24 am

    I don’t even start to THINK about spring until April…I’d love it if March meant spring, but it doesn’t usually work that way.

  • Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table February 23, 2011, 10:33 am

    I know what you mean about spring… I was actually hoping that Atlanta was going to suddenly become San Diego (sans June Gloom) and stay 70 degrees and sunny year round.

  • Sarah @ The Strength of Faith February 23, 2011, 10:36 am

    I was thinking about your trip to New Haven yesterday when I took a picture in front of a snow bank at my church – – the pathetic part is that I think it’s not as big as it used to be! Ha! Have a fabbbbulous day!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2011, 9:54 pm

      That is INSANE SARAH!

  • Meaghan February 23, 2011, 10:41 am

    Mmmm those pancakes look delish 🙂 I love reading yours and other blogs cause I get ideas I honestly wouldn’t have thought of otherwise! Even something as simple as topping with the vanilla greek yogurt, which I love on its own but wouldn’t think of putting on my pancakes.

  • Ellie @ The Mommyist February 23, 2011, 10:42 am

    Don’t feel bad about your naivete regarding the end of winter. People all around me seem to have thought the same thing and we are WAY farther north than you. I think it’s just wishful thinking!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2011, 9:52 pm

      Yeah – I cannot resist wishin and prayin.

  • Joanna@ Drizzle of Sunshine February 23, 2011, 10:43 am

    ooo… chilly. Even here in Sunny Southern California it’s a nippy 40 degrees. We don’t know what to do with ourselves here in the cold…haha!

  • monicanelsonfitness February 23, 2011, 11:11 am

    those pancakes look amazing! I loved reading your list too. 🙂

  • Katy (The Singing Runner) February 23, 2011, 11:12 am

    That first picture is breath taking! You are making me miss Rock Hill, SC where I was at school during my first year of college! 🙁
    Have a great day! 😀

  • Alyssa February 23, 2011, 11:23 am

    We went from 77 to 18 in 4 days…Thanks for the trick mother nature!
    I love the picture of the sunset – those are my absolute favorite pictures 🙂

  • megan @ blackberries for jam February 23, 2011, 11:24 am

    Ha! 36 degrees IS spring here in Vermont . . . and that’s an afternoon temp!

  • Katherine: Unemployed February 23, 2011, 11:52 am

    thanks for the links to other posts; in fact, I do need to catch up

  • Stacie @ Imperfectly Healthy February 23, 2011, 11:54 am

    Don’t feel bad. I got overly excited when it got up to 67 degrees in NY last Friday….and then it snowed on Monday. Boo!

  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama} February 23, 2011, 11:55 am

    Yum-I love the idea of adding a little crunch INSIDE the pancakes. Great idea!

  • Coco February 23, 2011, 12:01 pm

    OH MAN. It’s already noon here but EVERY BLOG I FOLLOW has been posting pancakes for their breakfast….maybe I’ll do pancakes for lunch? Or dinner…..

    • Caitlin February 23, 2011, 9:51 pm

      Do it. Pancakes are great all day long.

  • Mary @ Bites and Bliss February 23, 2011, 12:15 pm

    Oh those sound perfect!! I bet the sunflowers give them a really nice slight salty flavor. Perfect for pairning with sweet toppings!

  • Carolyn @ Lovin' Losing February 23, 2011, 12:18 pm

    Never fear! Spring IS on the way! Just wait and see! I moved to SE Virginia from Florida (8 years ago) and Spring is one of my favorite times of the year. It’s so exciting to see the flowers bloom and the weather can be just perfect!

  • Natalia - a side of simple February 23, 2011, 12:18 pm

    I just added some sunflower seeds to pancakes I made the other day! I didn’t have any other “filler” (well, I could have gone with chocolate chips) and the seeds worked perfectly for the extra something I wanted 🙂 Plus, it meant I could then put chocolate on TOP of my pancakes…

  • Erica February 23, 2011, 12:33 pm

    Josh is a huge sunflower seed fan, so I’m always adding them to bars & cookies. I totally need to add them to pancakes- great idea ;). Enjoy the well deserved rest day

  • Amber K February 23, 2011, 12:34 pm

    Ugh, I am beyond done with winter. And we’re expecting snow tonight. Boo!

  • Teresa @ Teresa Tastes & Travels February 23, 2011, 1:02 pm

    These pancakes are making my mouth water and I just ate! I’ll try them out (with my gluten-free batter). Thanks!

  • Amanda February 23, 2011, 1:51 pm

    Those pancakes look delish! We got teased with spring 2 weeks ago too….. it was 50* and all the snow melted. I was driving around with the sun roof open. Then….. boom: 10* again. Ugh. I’m going to the smokey mountains in 18 days….. I can’t wait!

    • Caitlin February 23, 2011, 9:50 pm

      Oh I love the Smokey’s! You should stay in this cabin!

      • Amanda February 23, 2011, 11:18 pm

        Believe it or not we’re staying in the star gazer cabin : D My boyfriend and I were really interested in the smokies when you posted your pics from there!

        • Caitlin February 24, 2011, 9:28 am

          Have funnnn!

  • Kacy February 23, 2011, 2:35 pm

    I had a surprise rest day yesterday. Sometimes the body just tells you what’s up!

    The pancakes look awesome!

  • annette @ enjoyyourhealthylife February 23, 2011, 2:57 pm

    YUMM-I like the idea of sunflowers in my pancakes 😉

  • Allison @ Happy Tales February 23, 2011, 3:19 pm

    That breakfast looks deliiiish! And I also thought spring was here to stay and was shocked by the cold weather coming in last night, ugh! Being from Ohio, though, I should know better…

  • mary (what's cookin' with mary) February 23, 2011, 3:30 pm

    Such a beautiful picture of the sunrise!

  • Rachel @ Healthy Teacher February 23, 2011, 11:16 pm

    Pancakes are mah faaayyvvee.

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