Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

The When and Where of Prayer & Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes

Mark 1:35 (nirv)

It was very early in the morning and still dark. Jesus got up and left the house. He went to a place where he could be alone. There he prayed.


Prayer is such a difficult topic for me to write about; not just because it’s so important, so personal, and so necessary. Because it’s something I personally struggle with. I find myself searching the Bible, looking for devotionals, and listening to sermons about prayer and still feeling like it’s difficult.

In theory, prayer should be one of the easiest things we do as Christians, right? I mean, it’s talking. I can talk someone’s ear off – anyone really. Even if I don’t know them. Yet, I struggle to connect with the God who created me, saved me, loves me, and knows me. I find myself distracted and tired every time I sit down to pray. And once I get there, I can’t think of anything I need or want to say. It’s not that my life is perfect or that I haven’t established the need for Jesus (have you seen my Instagram? It’s blatantly obvious). I just can’t seem to connect my heart to my mind.

As I’ve searched for answers, I’ve spent some time studying how Jesus prayed. First of all, can we just stop for a second and jointly express our confusion about the fact that Jesus prayed? Jesus is God, and God is Jesus, but they’re separate too… and prayer was a necessary part of Jesus’ time here on earth. If you don’t take anything else away from that, just know this: if Jesus, who is God, still needed and wanted to pray, it’s definitely a necessity for us. That’s one of my key takeaways.

But aside from that, I thought that using Jesus’ prayer life as example might be helpful, because after all, we are being made more and more like Him each day. There’s tons of great passages in the Word that talk about prayer and Jesus even gives specific instruction about how to pray in Matthew 6. But this particular verse stood out to me because of Jesus’ intentionality in when and where He prayed.

Of course prayer can be done anywhere, at any time. For the sake of trying to make this easier to understand, let’s think about another relationship in our lives. Maybe it’s one of our best girlfriends, or a sister; someone you talk to regularly. Sometimes, we send a short, quick text message about something that’s on our hearts or that we want to say. But a relationship isn’t built on texts alone, having intentional time to connect and bond is also a large part of really growing and knowing one another. Our relationship with God is the same.

Jesus sent “quick texts” a lot throughout the Bible, but He also took the time and space that He needed to have real one-on-one times to connect with God. He knew that His days would be busy and there would be people surrounding Him. He would be needed to perform miracles, heal, teach, and gather in community with His followers. So, He intentionally got up early; He didn’t let His schedule get away from Him or take priority over His prayer time. And He intentionally removed Himself from the possible distractions. I’m not sure where He was staying at the time, but it’s probably certain that someone would hear Him, early in the morning, fumbling with the Keurig, and swoop right in to take over the time He had planned to spend with God.

Prayer can feel difficult, but I’ve personally found that the hardest part is simply showing up. Sometimes, just being the presence of God is more than enough. Other times, He starts the conversation. And every once in awhile, I really can’t think of anything to say. But I’m there, in the darkness of the early morning, away from the distractions, and so is He.


Do you have a scheduled daily time for reading the Word and connecting with God? Are there any additional steps you need to take in order to make sure you’re showing up to build and strengthen your relationship intentionally each day? If so, spend time thinking about what those steps are and create a plan to make the most of your quiet time with the Lord.


Spend today simply chatting with God about anything on your heart and mind. If you can’t think of anything, don’t be afraid to sit, distraction free in His presence and listen.

Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Pancakes

2 minPrep Time

5 minCook Time

7 minTotal Time

Serves 1 • 3-4 Silver Dollar Sized Pancakes

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  • 1/4 cup spelt flour
  • 1/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp pure maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 T dark chocolate chips
  • dash of salt
  • non-stick spray


  1. Combine flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a bowl and mix
  2. In a separate bowl, combine all remaining ingredients except for chocolate chips and mix
  3. Pour the dry mixture into the wet mixture and add chocolate chips
  4. Mix just until combined
  5. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray
  6. Spoon batter onto hot surface and cook for around 2 minutes
  7. Flip pancake to the other side and repeat
  8. Top with additional chocolate chips if desired

Tips & Tools

If you’re feeling really pumpkin-y, you can add 1/2 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice to this recipe for a little extra flavor!

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