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This easy pumpkin pancake recipe is made with pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Cozy autumn mornings are best paired with the fluffiest pumpkin pancakes!
Getting out of bed on a cool, crisp autumn day doesn’t have to feel like a struggle. The only wake-up call you need is this pumpkin pancake recipe.
The smell of pumpkin pie spice filling the air and the promise of perfectly light and fluffy pancakes awaiting you will surely motivate you to leave your sanctuary of pillows and covers.
After all, these delicious pumpkin pancakes come together so easily and quickly that you don’t even need an electric mixer or other fancy tools.
In fact, you can make these pancakes even in your groggy, just-got-out-of-bed state. (I can attest to this! 😪)
What Is Pumpkin Pancake?
To make things simple, think of this pumpkin pancake recipe as your good old-fashioned pancake recipe tweaked to fit fall’s sweet and cozy vibe.
And what better iconic autumn ingredient to add to everyone’s favorite breakfast than pumpkin? Specifically, this spiced pumpkin pancakes recipe uses pumpkin puree. 🎃
It’s up to you if you want to make your own puree or use a canned one as long as it’s not too watery for the batter.
And as if the addition of pumpkin puree is not enough to make these pancakes ready for autumn, we’ll also spice things up with…drum roll please…pumpkin pie spice for the perfect marriage between warm and sweet!
These pumpkin spice pancakes are perfect for those days when you want something else besides pumpkin muffins, but a pumpkin pie just feels too decadent.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Quick And Easy: The crisp autumn weather can lead to lazy mornings. The good news is this pumpkin pancake recipe is super easy to whip up with just a few everyday ingredients, so you have no excuses!
- Full Of Fall Flavors: Sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and everything nice; these are what you’ll get once you dig into these light and fluffy spiced pumpkin pancakes. I’m sure these pancakes are about to become an autumn breakfast classic in your household.
- For Breakfast And Beyond: Customize this pumpkin spice pancake recipe with your favorite toppings or add-ins. Pumpkin pancakes are perfect with classic syrup and butter for breakfast, but they can easily transform into a fall dessert with cinnamon apples and caramel!
What Do Pumpkin Pancakes Taste Like?
This recipe for pumpkin pancakes will please anyone, sweet tooth or not.
The pumpkin puree doesn’t taste overbearing but just gives a gentle sweetness to the spiced pumpkin pancakes. They’re just ready to welcome any drizzle or topping of your choice.
And, of course, the pumpkin pie spice makes every forkful nice and warm. The comforting aromas from these warm pumpkin pie spices are also a nice bonus!
Read this entire post to find out what else you can add or pair to these pumpkin spice pancakes for the ultimate fall breakfast.
Is This Pumpkin Pancake Recipe Healthy?
One of the best things about going to your kitchen and making this pumpkin pancake recipe is it’s healthier than settling for a boxed pancake mix.
Making the batter from scratch is quick and easy anyway, and you can add or substitute the ingredients to suit your diet.
Incorporating real pumpkin puree into pancakes also means you can reap the health benefits of the fall veggie! For example, pumpkin is a good source of fiber and vitamin A, which benefit our metabolism and immune system.
However, these pumpkin spice pancakes are still pancakes, and we all know pancakes can be high in calories.
The solution? Enjoy your pumpkin pancakes in responsible portions, and be mindful of the toppings you’ll use to keep your breakfast’s sugar content in check.
What Are The Benefits Of This Recipe For Pumpkin Pancakes?
The best thing about this spiced pumpkin pancakes recipe is you’ll get perfectly moist and fluffy pancakes thanks to pumpkin puree!
You don’t even need to make a fresh pumpkin puree. Just grab and can, and you’re good to go.
Then, don’t overmix the batter, and your pumpkin pancakes will come out light and soft.
And, of course, feel free to modify the recipe. Some people find other warm spices too aromatic, so you can always substitute pumpkin pie spice with just some cinnamon.
Overall, this recipe for pumpkin pancakes proves that pumpkin is not just for bread, muffins, or pie.
It can also make the comforting breakfast classic extra delicious and perfect for fall mornings.
And speaking of pancakes for autumn, I just remembered another fall pancake recipe that’ll suit the crisp and cozy weather. Can you guess what is the main ingredient?
It’s apple, and these caramel apple pancakes would make a delicious addition to your fall pancake platter alongside these pumpkin spice pancakes! 🍎
Ingredients For Pumpkin Spice Pancake Recipe
- All-purpose flour – For best results in this pumpkin pancake recipe, use good old all-purpose flour.
- Baking powder – This is your reminder to check your baking powder’s expiry so it will work as expected: to make our pumpkin pancakes fluffy! When opened, baking powder’s potency will decline after 6 months.
- Salt – Enhances the sweet, warm flavor of this pumpkin spice pancake recipe.
- Brown sugar – Any sugar will work, but the deeper flavor of brown sugar pairs perfectly with pumpkin puree.
- Pumpkin pie spice – You can also make your own pumpkin pie spice if you already have the warm spices in your kitchen cupboard!
- Whole milk – Emphasis on “whole.” This ingredient is essential for rich, light, and fluffy spiced pumpkin pancakes.
- Pumpkin puree – Our fall ingredient that makes these pumpkin pancakes super moist and tasty! Make sure you’re using pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.
- Egg – The binder for the pumpkin pancake batter.
- Unsalted butter – Any pancake recipe can use butter’s rich flavor. Fat also lends moisture to the pancakes.
- Non-stick cooking spray – You can use any neutral oil or even melted butter to fry your pancakes. However, it’s easier to control the amount and distribute oil on the pan with non-stick cooking spray.
Tools Needed To Prepare Pumpkin Pancakes
- Whisk for mixing the ingredients
- Mixing bowls for the batter
- Skillet for cooking the pumpkin pancakes
Ingredient Additions & Substitutions For Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe
This recipe for pumpkin pancakes is ready for fall. And what better add-ins to have in the pumpkin pancake batter for the cozy season than diced apples? 🤤
Sure, we can just use chocolate chips for this spiced pumpkin pancakes recipe. But why take the usual route? I say, let’s try something different and fold some toffee bits into the pancake batter instead!
Maple cream cheese frosting
Turn your pumpkin pancakes into dessert pancakes with a decadent topping! Without straying far from the autumn theme, you can beat cream cheese and maple syrup for a delicious maple cream cheese frosting!
How Do You Make Pumpkin Pancakes?
- 1 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 tbsp brown sugar
- 2 1/2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1/3 cup pumpkin puree
- 1 egg, room temperature
- 2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- Non-stick cooking spray
Tools you need:
STEP 1: Gather and measure the ingredients for this pumpkin pancake recipe.
STEP 2: Whisk the dry ingredients together and set aside.
STEP 3: Mix the milk, pumpkin puree, egg, and melted butter until combined.
STEP 4: Fold the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Do not overmix; just stir until everything is incorporated.
STEP 5: Let the pumpkin pancake batter sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
STEP 6: If using a pancake griddle, preheat it to 350°F. If using a skillet, spray it with cooking spray and bring to medium heat.
STEP 7: Pour 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake into the hot skillet or griddle.
STEP 8: Flip the pancakes once their edges are starting to set and bubbles are appearing on top. Each side usually takes 3 minutes to cook.
STEP 9: Serve with your choice of topping. Enjoy!
What To Serve With Pumpkin Puree Pancakes
Serve these pumpkin spice pancakes with the classic pairing of syrup and butter, but take it up a notch with something savory, like turkey sausages. 🤤
Or, to keep things simple, just spread some apple butter on top of warm pumpkin pancakes, and you’re golden! The only thing missing is a cup of coffee or tea.
Are you hosting a fall gathering? Introduce a new experience to your family and friends, and plan a casual brunch party!
Tips About Making This Pumpkin Pancake Recipe
- Both homemade and canned pumpkin puree will work for this pumpkin pancake recipe. But if the puree looks watery, strain the excess liquid with a cheesecloth to avoid altering the batter’s consistency.
- Overmixing the batter leads to tough pumpkin pancakes, so stir the ingredients just until they’re combined. Then, allow your batter to rest so the dry ingredients have more time to absorb the wet ingredients. These tricks will give you lighter and fluffier pancakes!
- Always use medium heat for cooking the pancakes because if the pan is too hot, the pancakes will be burnt but runny inside. I also suggest using a cooking spray for light and even oil distribution in the pan. Frying in pools of oil can lead to uneven cooking!
How To Store Pumpkin Spice Pancakes
- Fridge: These pumpkin spice pancakes can last up to 5 days in an airtight container in the fridge. But would you really wait that long to devour these fluffy pumpkin pancakes?
- Freezer: You can freeze these amazing pumpkin pancakes in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months!
- Reheating: It’s so easy to reheat these pumpkin pancakes! Use the toaster oven, microwave, or oven for a few minutes until the leftover pancakes are warmed through.
What Is the Secret to Good Pancakes?
The secret to good pancakes is…are you ready?
Letting your batter rest!
This extra time is worth it because you’re also giving the leaveners enough time to do their job and give you the lightest pancakes. The brief rest is also essential for fluffy pancakes because the ingredients will have more time to combine.
By the way, are you tired of the typical golden brown stack of pancakes? I have some unique pancakes that you can add to your pancake recipe book.
- Purple Pancakes – There’s a secret ingredient behind these Instagram-ready purple pancakes. They taste amazing too!
- Pancake Cereal – Click to know why this is a viral recipe. You won’t believe how easy it is to make these super cute tiny pancakes,
Can I Add Pumpkin to a Pancake Mix?
Yes! In fact, this is a quicker way to make this recipe for pumpkin pancakes.
Use your favorite pancake mix with pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, milk, and maybe some vanilla extract to make the easiest pumpkin pancakes.
FAQ About Making Pancakes At Home
What makes pancakes more moist?
Melted butter. That’s it. That’s the secret ingredient for super moist homemade pancakes!
What happens if you use water instead of milk in pancakes?
Your pancakes won’t be as rich and flavorful if you use water instead of milk in the batter.
How do I know when to flip a pancake?
Flip the pancake when the edges look matte and defined. I’m sure you were also told to flip the pancake when you see bubbles. But hold on! Wait a bit more because the best time to flip is when the bubbles pop on the surface of the pancake.
Why do my pancakes fall apart when I flip them?
You might be flipping the pancakes too soon. Your batter might also be too watery because the ingredient ratios are incorrect.
- Gather and measure the ingredients for this pumpkin pancake recipe.
- Whisk the dry ingredients together and set aside.
- Mix the milk, pumpkin puree, egg, and melted butter until combined.
- Fold the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Do not overmix; just stir until everything is incorporated.
- Let the pumpkin pancake batter sit for 10 to 15 minutes.
- If using a pancake griddle, preheat it to 350°F. If using a skillet, spray it with cooking spray and bring to medium heat.
- Pour 1/4 cup of batter for each pancake into the hot skillet or griddle.
- Flip the pancakes once their edges are starting to set and bubbles are appearing on top. Each side usually takes 3 minutes to cook.
- Serve with your choice of topping. Enjoy!
- You can use canned or homemade pumpkin puree for this pumpkin pancake recipe. However, make sure it's relatively dry to avoid altering the consistency of the batter. You can always strain the excess liquid of the puree using a cheesecloth.
- Do not overmix the batter, or your pumpkin pancakes will be tough! Letting the pancake batter sit for at least 10 minutes will also give the dry ingredients more time to absorb the wet ingredients for lighter and fluffier pancakes.
- Cook the pancakes over medium heat. If it's too hot, the pumpkin spice pancakes will be raw inside but burnt outside. And to ensure even cooking, I suggest using a cooking spray for light and even oil distribution in the pan. If using butter, use a pastry brush!
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 41Total Fat: 2gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 27mgSodium: 11mgCarbohydrates: 5gFiber: 1gSugar: 2gProtein: 1g
* Please note that all nutrition information are just estimates. Values will vary among brands, so we encourage you to calculate these on your own for the most accurate results.
Just when we thought pancakes couldn’t get any better, the fall season has something in store for us!
This pumpkin pancake recipe is full of autumn’s sweetness and warmth thanks to pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice.
The moist, light, and fluffy pancakes are so easy to make. They’re surely worth jumping out of bed for! (Yes, even if it feels super cozy under the sheets!) 😅
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