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These pumpkin waffles are the perfect fall breakfast. With pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar, you get all the warm spices you love packed into a light and fluffy waffle.
Featured with this recipe
- Ingredients for Easy Pumpkin Spice Waffles
- Preparing Homemade Pumpkin Waffles
- What if I Prefer Pancakes?
- Health Benefits of Pumpkin
- Tips for the Best Pumpkin Waffles
- Variations for Perfect Pumpkin Waffles
- Frequently Asked Questions
- Storing and Making Ahead Waffles
- More Pumpkin Recipes
- How to Make Pumpkin Waffles
- Pumpkin Waffles Recipe
Pumpkin waffles are a must-have fall breakfast meal! They are crunchy on the outside, and light and fluffy on the inside. Start your day off with the perfect breakfast, brunch, or dinner when serving these pumpkin pancakes. I love this particular recipe because you can use a basic Belgian waffle box mix as a base. Then just add a few pantry staples and you have a delicious, warm, comforting breakfast that the whole family will love!
Crisp and cool mornings call for this pumpkin waffle recipe! The best way to serve these pumpkin waffles is by drizzling with maple syrup and topped with a bit of whipped cream. Add a cup of hot chocolate with a dash of cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice, and you have the perfect breakfast. For more delicious breakfast ideas check out our 25+ Easy Breakfast Ideas!
Ingredients for Easy Pumpkin Spice Waffles
Skip your pantry staples and make these homemade waffles in no time! These quality ingredients work well together creating a warm, spiced, and comforting breakfast during the fall season. It is even easier with the waffle mix that eliminates several ingredients all at once. It is the perfect way to make the best pumpkin waffles!
- Krusteaz Belgian waffle mix – Skip the all purpose flour and use this simple mix that has all the dry ingredients ready for you. You can find this brand and packaging during the fall season at your local grocery store. It is the best way to use dry ingredients without all the work!
- Eggs – This binds all the ingredients together giving the waffle mix a fluffy texture.
- Oil – Make it simple with vegetable oil or canola oil. Oil helps provide a fattening to the pumpkin waffle recipe. You can use butter as a substitute if needed.
- Water – Cold water or room temperature water is best. This gives the pumpkin waffles moisture and flavor. Milk is a great substitute for water. It makes them thicker and flavorful!
- Pumpkin puree – This gives the waffles the pumpkin flavor it needs. It is bursting with a sweet and savory blend that is cozy and warm in every bite. Avoid pumpkin pie filling. This is a different texture that you are looking for with these pumpkin waffles.
- Seasonings – Cinnamon and nutmeg are the perfect fall ingredients that blend well with pumpkin. Combined they have a sweet and savory flavor that is comforting and warm to the taste!
- Brown sugar – A subtle sweetness added to the batter. Brown sugar is perfect for softening and giving a sweet taste to the waffles.
Preparing Homemade Pumpkin Waffles
Grab a large bowl and let’s start mixing these pumpkin waffle ingredients together! We used a Krusteaz mix that has all the dry ingredients you will need. Simply mix the dry and wet ingredients together then cook in a waffle iron. It is the perfect fall breakfast recipe! Kids to adults will be raving about these pumpkin waffles!
- Box mix – This recipe starts with a simple Belgian waffle box mix. We like to use the Krusteaz brand. You can also make your own Belgian waffle mix from scratch if you prefer.
- Combine – Pour the mix into a large mixing bowl. In a separate bowl lightly beat two eggs, then pour them in with the waffle mix. Add oil, water, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Using a whisk, mix until combined.
- Cook waffles – Heat up your waffle iron and spray with cooking spray. Pour batter onto the middle of the waffle iron. Cook in batches according to your waffle maker’s instructions. Serve immediately.
- Serve – Top with butter, syrup, whipped cream, and pecans. You can also top it with some powdered sugar if you prefer. Feel free to use whatever syrup you have on hand. If you want to make homemade syrup, we recommend our Copycat Kneaders Syrup or our Homemade Syrup Recipe.
What if I Prefer Pancakes?
I fully acknowledge that many people prefer pancakes to waffles. They have several things that are similar as well as a few differences. I fell in love with pumpkin pancakes when they started serving them during the fall and winter seasons several years ago at IHOP. Even Krusteaz pancake mix is amazing to make at home!
If you are on team pancake, I have got an option for you as well. We created a recipe that tastes every bit as good as the pumpkin pancakes you can get at a restaurant. Try our Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel Maple Syrup and Candied Pecans for another fall breakfast idea. These are amazing and won’t disappoint!
Health Benefits of Pumpkin
There are great health benefits that come from eating pumpkin. This Krusteaz pumpkin waffle recipe uses real pumpkins, so you are basically eating a vegetable for breakfast. Here are just a few health benefits of eating pumpkin!
- Vitamin A – Pumpkin contains a lot of Vitamin A, which helps your eyesight and immune system.
- Antioxidants – There are a ton of antioxidants in pumpkin which can reduce your chance of chronic illness and prevent your skin from sun damage.
- Weight loss – Adding pumpkin to your diet can help with weight loss since it is nutrient-dense but low in calories.
- Heart healthy – Pumpkin is high in Potassium, Vitamin C, and Fiber, which can all help your heart health.
- Dogs benefit too – Pumpkin puree is also good for dogs! It can help with upset tummies or digestion problems.
Tips for the Best Pumpkin Waffles
By following these tips, you can make perfect pumpkin waffles that are flavorful, fluffy, and a delicious addition to your breakfast, brunch, or dinner. These helpful tips will make the best pumpkin waffles every time!
- Pumpkin puree – It is best to use pumpkin puree rather than pumpkin pie filling. They have some of the same ingredients but the pumpkin pie filling has sugar and spices. Using the pumpkin puree allows you to add your own sweetness and spice amounts to your pumpkin waffles.
- Measuring ingredients – Measuring the ingredients out properly is important for the perfect pumpkin waffles. Use the proper measuring tools for dry ingredients and liquid ingredients.
- Preheat waffle maker – Make sure the waffle maker is already heated properly and at a good setting the pumpkin waffles will cook through and not be overcooked. Use a cooking spray to avoid the pumpkin waffles from sticking to the waffle maker.
- Don’t overmix – Try avoiding mixing the batter too long. Overmixing can cause the waffle batter to cook dense and tough. There may be a few lumps in the mix.
- Keep waffles warm – If you are making waffles for your family and friends, preheat the oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the cooked pumpkin waffles on a baking sheet in the oven until they are all cooked. They will stay warm in the oven.
Variations for Perfect Pumpkin Waffles
The Krusteaz waffle recipe is an easy and delicious breakfast recipe that can be made morning or night! They are filled with simple ingredients using a waffle mix that has all the main pantry staple ingredients. Try these variations to make these pumpkin waffles creative and your own! The variations are endless!
- Wet ingredients – Change the oil to melted butter or instead of eggs use egg whites for a lighter version.
- Vanilla extract – Always adds a touch of extra flavor and blends ingredients together.
- Waffle mixture – If you don’t have a Krusteaz waffle mix on hand simply use flour mixture, salt, baking powder, milk, and oil for this homemade waffle recipe.
- Dessert – Make your waffles sweet not savory! Add ice cream, and caramel sauce, and garnish with pralines or chopped walnuts.
- Fresh fruit – Blueberries, strawberries, or raspberries are a great addition for a refreshing twist.
- Toppings – Top with chocolate chips, toasted pecans with syrup, or caramelized apples and syrup for a savory and sweet fall flavor.
“Yum yum…these waffles are delicious!!! I’ve always used the Krusteaz Belgium waffle mix because it’s better than homemade!! This pumpkin spice version is just what I was craving!! Thanks!”-Molly
Frequently Asked Questions
Pancake batter and waffle batter contain the same essential ingredients, but there are critical differences between these breakfast foods: 1. Ratios: Waffle batter contains more sugar, butter, and eggs than pancake batter, making it a richer batter with higher fat content.
Belgian waffles are usually thicker than their American counterparts. These Belgian beauties are made with a recipe that includes yeasted batter and crunchy pearl sugar. Belgian waffles have extra-deep pockets—they are better for filling with butter, jam, maple syrup, or whipped cream.
Both waffle and pancake recipes share some of the same basic ingredients, like eggs, milk, and flour, but their batters are not the same. Waffles usually contain more fat and sometimes more sugar.
There are no two ways about it: the best way to get delicious waffles is to have a properly heated waffle iron. And by properly heated, we mean 375°F (191°C). Only by heating your waffle iron enough, but not too much, can you get that crisp outside and that steamy inside that everyone wants in waffles.
Storing and Making Ahead Waffles
Waffles are a little different than most breakfast recipes. It is best not to make it ahead and freeze it or put it in the refrigerator. These pumpkin waffles are perfectly made the day of and enjoyed during that time. If you do need to make ahead or store, follow these quick and easy guidelines for the best pumpkin waffles!
- Storing – All your leftovers can be stored in an airtight container or ziplock bag. The pumpkin waffles need to be stored in the refrigerator for three to four days.
- Freezer – Take your cooked waffles and freeze them on a baking sheet. Once they are frozen, take them and place them in an airtight bag or container. Your pumpkin waffles will stay frozen without sticking together. They will last in the freezer for two to three months.
- Reheating – Stick your pumpkin waffles in the toaster oven to reheat or in the microwave until they are warmed through. This should only take one to two minutes. You do not want to overcook the pumpkin muffins. They will dry out and become hard.
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More Pumpkin Recipes
Pumpkin is surprisingly versatile! You can use it in a lot of different recipes. My favorite pumpkin recipes are desserts, of course, but pumpkin is also very good in soups and casseroles. If you loved these pumpkin waffles, try some of our other delicious pumpkin recipes!
How to Make Pumpkin Waffles
- Waffle Iron
- Mix waffle mix, eggs, oil, water, pumpkin, spices, and sugar in a medium-sized mixing bowl until smooth.
- Pour batter onto a waffle iron and cook until golden brown (or to the desired doneness).
- Top with butter, syrup, whipped cream, and/or pecans.
- Nutrition does not include toppings.
- Turn breakfast into dessert! Add ice cream, caramel sauce, and garnish with pralines or chopped walnuts.
- More of a pancake person? Try our Pumpkin Pancakes with Caramel Maple Syrup and Candied Pecans for another fall breakfast idea.
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