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Pumpkin Pancakes

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Quick and easy pumpkin pancakes recipe, homemade with simple ingredients from scratch. Loaded with pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree. Super soft and fluffy and best served with maple syrup.

These are the perfect breakfast choice during Fall and the Thanksgiving season. They bring all the warmth and flavors of Fall together in one delicious bite! Fluffy Cinnamon Pancakes and Mocha Pancakes With Mocha Syrup are two more favorite pancake recipes in our home during the holidays!

How To Make Pumpkin Pancakes From Scratch?

  1. In a bowl– Add milk, pumpkin puree, egg, and oil. Mix until smooth.
  2. In another mixing bowl– Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice.
  3. Dump the dry mixture into the wet mixture– Mix until just combined.
  4. Heat a griddle– Spray some oil. 
  5. Pour 1/4 cup batter on the pan– Let it cook.
  6. Flip and cook the other side.
  7. Serve warm with maple syrup– Enjoy!

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes Toppings

The obvious choice is maple syrup, but there are so many other choices! Try a few of these options:

Whipped creamHomemade whipped cream adds a sweet and beautiful toppings.

Sauce/syrup– Such as Caramel sauce, Dulce de Leche, melted chocolate, honey, or Nutella Syrup

Ice cream– Vanilla is a perfect pairing, but caramel, butter pecan, or any other sweet warm flavored ice cream would go well.

Nut butters– Warm up peanut, almond, or cashew butter and drizzle it from added flavor and protein.

Warm Biscoff or cookie butter– This adds an additional layer of decadence!

Fruits/dried fruit– Add fresh apples, banana, pomegranate seeds or dried cherries, raisins, or cranberries.

Chopped nuts– Such as peanuts, pecans, cashews, almonds, or walnuts.

Chopped up candy bars– like heath, toffee bars, any caramel based or chocolate candy.

Chocolate chips– Change it up with dark, milk, semisweet, or white chocolate chips.

Flavored yogurt– Such as vanilla, honey, pumpkin, or caramel.

Dusting of powdered sugar– This adds a little sweetness, and a lot of beauty.

Pie fillings– Such as Cherry Pie Filling  or Apple Pie Filling

Pancake Add-Ins

Chopped Nuts- Such as peanuts, cashews, walnuts, pecans, or almonds.

Fruit– Add apple or banana chunks or slices, or dried cranberries, raisins, or cherries.

Chocolate chips– Add dark, semisweet, or white chocolate chips. I like the mini size best.


Refrigerate– In a sealed container for up to 2 days.

Freeze– These can easily be frozen in a freezer safe bag or container for up to 2 months.

Reheat– In the microwave or toaster oven.

Variations For Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

Healthy vegan pancakes– Use coconut milk and a flax egg.

Add spices/seasonings– Such as more cinnamon, nutmeg, cardamom, ginger, or All- Spice. Add apple pie seasoning.

Add extracts– Such as vanilla, bourbon, maple, or almond.

Make them mini sized– Pour a smaller amount onto your pan, and then cook both sides until golden brown.

Tips And Techniques

Canned pumpkin vs. fresh pumpkin– Either can be used in this recipe! I used canned for time saving purposes.

Buttermilk vs. regular milk– I prefer regular milk. Buttermilk makes it heavier and dense instead of fluffy so I don’t recommend using it.

Pumpkin pancake mix– Mix the dry ingredients and keep them in a sealed jar. Then when you are ready to cook and eat them, add the wet ingredients. This saves so much time!

How to make fluffy pancakes? Do not over-mix the batter! Over mixing makes for dense pancakes. Also, make sure to use fresh baking powder.

Why are my pancakes gooey and dense? This means the pancakes are under cooked if they are gooey. If they are dense, then the batter is most likely over mixed.

What is the difference between pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie filling? Make sure to use pumpkin puree in this recipe. This is pure pumpkin with nothing added to it. Pumpkin pie filling has seasoning and sugar added to it which will change the flavor and yield different results. I don’t recommend it.

Make sure pan or griddle is hot– This allows quick and even cooking.

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Easy Pumpkin Pancakes

Quick and easy pumpkin pancakes recipe, homemade with simple ingredients from scratch. Loaded with pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree. Super soft and fluffy!

Servings: 5 People
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade pumpkin pancakes, thanksgiving breakfast
Calories: 351 kcal
Author: Abeer Rizvi


  • 1.5 cups Milk Preferably whole or 2%
  • 1 cup Pumpkin puree Not pumpkin pie filling
  • 1 Egg Large
  • 2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 cups All-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup Brown sugar Can be replaced with granulated sugar too
  • 2 tsp Baking powder
  • 1 tsp Baking soda
  • 2 tsp Pumpkin pie spice


  1. In a large mixing bowl, add milk, pumpkin puree, egg, oil and mix until smooth.

  2. In another mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda and pumpkin pie spice.

  3. Dump the dry mixture into the wet mixture and mix until just combined. Don't over-mix!

  4. If the batter is too thick, mix in some more milk.

  5. Heat a griddle or a nonstick pan over medium heat and spray some oil. 

  6. Pour 1/4 cup batter on the hot pan and let it cook until the top becomes bubbly.

  7. Then, flip and cook the other side until golden brown.

  8. Serve warm with maple syrup. Enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days but truly taste the best when served warm and fresh.
Nutrition Facts
Easy Pumpkin Pancakes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 351 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 40mg13%
Sodium 304mg13%
Potassium 480mg14%
Carbohydrates 58g19%
Fiber 3g12%
Sugar 16g18%
Protein 9g18%
Vitamin A 7792IU156%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 208mg21%
Iron 4mg22%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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