Pumpkin Pancakes

filed under: Pancakes + Waffles on October 25, 2011

Pumpkin Pancakes are fluffy pancakes made with pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree that are the perfect way to start your day! If these sound good to you, be sure to try the Pumpkin Waffles next!

Pumpkin Pancakes

These pancakes have been a staple in our family for the last 15 years. They are the perfect breakfast for cool mornings, especially when it is Pumpkin Spice, I mean Fall, season. Go all out and pair the pancakes with a homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte!

Stack of Pumpkin Pancakes

Pancakes Ingredients

Pumpkin Pie Spice: Be sure to have pumpkin spice around your house for everything pumpkin. And, if you don’t have any on hand, it is super easy to make your own homemade pumpkin pie spice!

Pumpkin Puree: Be sure to look for pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling. Pumpkin puree is cooked pumpkin that is blended or mashed into a smooth texture. There should be no seasoning, spice, flavoring, or sugar added. We are adding our own seasoning and sweetness into these pancakes so just want the pure pumpkin flavor of the puree.

Molasses: You will notice that molasses is optional in the recipe. I used molasses to get the most flavor in the pancakes. However, you can leave it out if you don’t have any on hand.

Pumpkin Pancake Batter on Skillet

How to Make Pumpkin Pancakes

This pancake batter is easy to mix together and trust me, you will want this recipe close by for the rest of the year! It’s almost like eating dessert for breakfast, and even if you are not a huge pumpkin fan, I think you may still like these pancakes. They are soft and fluffy every time with just the right amount of pumpkin flavor.

To make the pancakes, first, heat your griddle to 325°F. Then, in a large bowl, combine the dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, combine the wet ingredients. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients, mixing by hand until the ingredients are just incorporated.

Using a 1/3 cup scoop, pour the batter onto the heated griddle. It is a thick batter! Cook for 2-3 minutes on one side, flip, and cook another couple of minutes on the other side. Timing will depend on your griddle. Serve the pancakes warm with butter, maple syrup, and chopped pecans.

Pouring Syrup over Pumpkin Pancake

Optional Maple Whipped Cream Topping

Another optional (and delicious) topping would be to top the pancakes with maple whipped cream. To make the whipped cream, I started by whipping 1 cup of heavy cream. Then, I added approximately a teaspoon of maple syrup and stirred by hand. It ends up being a very loose Maple Whipped Cream but perfect for these pumpkin pancakes. Finish it up with another drizzle of syrup and you have a decadent breakfast!

Stack of Pumpkin Pancake

Can I Freeze Pancakes?

Yes, you can definitely freeze pancakes. In fact, I like to double or triple the recipe when I have the time just to make extra for the week! To freeze pancakes, let them cool to room temperature. Then, place the pancakes individually on a baking sheet to put in the freezer for about 30 minutes. (This is so they don’t stick together when you pack them in a freezer bag.)

After they are slightly frozen, put them in a labeled sealable freezer bag. Be sure to include the date and what kind of pancakes are in the bag. They will last up to three months.

When you are ready to enjoy the pancakes, just take as many as you need out of the freezer and microwave them for about a minute.

PRO TIP: To make the edges a little crisp, pop them in the toaster for a bit. Once you see how easy and tasty this is, you will definitely make extra pancakes next time!

Fork in Pancakes for Pumpkin

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Pumpkin Pancakes
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
6 mins
Total Time
11 mins

Pumpkin Pancakes are fluffy pancakes made with pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree that are the perfect way to start your day!

Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin pancakes
Servings: 4
Calories: 453 kcal
Author: Amanda Rettke--iambaker.net
  • 2 cups (250g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ cup (50g) light brown sugar, packed
  • 1 cup (245g) pumpkin puree
  • cup (163g) whole milk
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons butter, melted
  • 1 tablespoon molasses, optional
  1. Preheat a griddle to 325°F.

  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and brown sugar.

  3. In a separate bowl, stir together the pumpkin puree, milk, eggs, melted butter, and molasses (if using).

  4. Add the flour mixture to the pumpkin mixture, stirring by hand until just combined.

  5. Using a ⅓ cup measuring cup, pour the thick pancake batter onto the griddle. Cook until the edges bubble slightly, 2-3 minutes. Then, flip over and cook the other side for another 2 minutes. Timing will depend on your griddle.

  6. Serve pancakes warm with butter, maple syrup, and optional chopped pecans.

This recipe has been updated as of Oct. 13th, 2021. More pumpkin added, per request! 🙂 


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  • Bethany says:

    I finally tried them! SO very yummy. Becca wants them for her birthday breakfast. 😉

  • Ansa Hogan says:

    Oh..Im drooling!

    How many will this recipe make and will they freeze ok?


  • Brian @ A Thought For Food says:

    I don’t make pancakes very often, but pumpkin pancakes are always so fluffy and full of wonderful flavors. These look marvelous!

  • Elaine Yard says:

    I like pumpkin pancakes topped with apple butter and whipped cream

  • Gillian @ The Haas Machine says:

    Yum! We are making pancakes right now (& by “we” I mean, my husband, since I’m blog reading & sitting in the couch…) Looks like I’ll have to encourage a slight change of plans to see if we can get these pancakes in our bellies instead!