Easy Pumpkin Waffles

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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. 

A stack of pumpkin waffles on a plate with whipped cream, pecans, and syrup.
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  1. Ingredients for Easy Pumpkin Spice Waffles
  2. Preparing Homemade Pumpkin Waffles
  3. What if I Prefer Pancakes?
  4. Health Benefits of Pumpkin
  5. Substitutions for Perfect Pumpkin Waffles
  6. Frequently Asked Questions
  7. Storing and Making Ahead Waffles
  8. More Pumpkin Recipes
  9. How to Make Easy Pumpkin Waffles
  10. 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. 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.

The best way to serve these pumpkin waffles is drizzled 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!

Pumpkin waffles cooking in a waffle iron.

Ingredients for Easy Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Skip your pantry staples and make these waffles in no time! l have more eggs than pancakes and oil. 

  • Krusteaz Belgian waffle mix – Skip the flour and use this simple mix that has all the dry ingredients ready for you.
  • Eggs – This binds all the ingredients together.
  • Oil – Make it simple with vegetable oil or canola oil.
  • Water – Colder or room temperature water is best.
  • Pumpkin puree, cinnamon, and nutmeg – The perfect fall ingredients that blend well with pumpkin.
  • Brown sugar – A subtle sweetness added to the batter.

Preparing Homemade Pumpkin Waffles

  1. 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.
  2. Pour the mix into a large 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.
  3. Next, 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.
  4. Top with butter, syrup, whipped cream, and pecans. You can also top with some powdered sugar, if you prefer. Feel free to use whatever syrup you have on hand. If you want to make a 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 pumpkin waffles to pancakes. Can I say I love them both? I fell in love with pumpkin pancakes when they started serving them during the fall and winter seasons several years ago at IHOP.

If you are on team pancake, I’ve 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.

Health Benefits of Pumpkin

There are great health benefits that come from eating pumpkin. This pumpkin waffles recipe uses real pumpkin, so you are basically eating a vegetable for breakfast. Here are just a few health benefits of eating pumpkin:

  • Pumpkin contains a lot of Vitamin A, which helps your eyesight and immune system.
  • There are a ton of antioxidants in pumpkin which can reduce your chance of chronic illness and prevent your skin from sun damage.
  • Adding pumpkin into your diet can help with weight loss since it is nutrient-dense, but low in calories.
  • Pumpkin is high in Potassium, Vitamin C, and Fiber, which can all help your heart health.
  • Pumpkin puree is also good for dogs! It can help with upset tummies or digestion problems.

Substitutions for Perfect Pumpkin Waffles

  • 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 flavor and blends ingredients together.
  • Waffle mixture – If you don’t have a waffle mix on-hand simply use flour mixture, salt, baking powder, milk, and oil.
  • Dessert – Make your waffles sweet not savory! Add ice cream, caramel sauce, and garnish with pralines or chopped walnuts.
  • Top with fresh fruit or berries for a refreshing twist.

“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

Is there a difference between waffle and pancake mix?

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.

What is the difference between Belgian waffle mix and regular?

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—the better for filling with butter, jam, maple syrup, or whipped cream.

Is pancake mix the same as waffle mix?

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.

What temperature is best for waffles?

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 a waffles.

Pumpkin waffles with maple syrup drizzling down them

Storing and Making Ahead Waffles

Waffles are a little different than most breakfast recipes. It is best not to make it ahead and freeze or put in the refrigerator.

READ NEXT: 33+ Super Easy Breakfast Ideas

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 Easy Pumpkin Waffles

A stack of pumpkin waffles topped with whipped cream, pecans, and syrup.

Pumpkin Waffles

4.94 from 16 votes
With this Pumpkin Waffles recipe you can turn a waffle mix into something special! It only takes a few simple ingredients and some canned pumpkin.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 7 mins
Total Time 12 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6

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Equipment

  • Waffle Iron

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Mix waffle mix, eggs, oil, water, pumpkin, spices, and sugar in a medium-sized mixing bowl until smooth. 
    Pumpkin waffle batter in a bowl
  • Pour batter onto waffle iron and cook until golden brown (or to desired doneness). 
    pumpkin waffles cooking in a waffle iron
  • Top with butter, syrup, whipped cream, and/or pecans.
    A stack of pumpkin waffles on a plate with whipped cream, pecans, and syrup

Notes

Nutrition Information

Serving: 1waffleCalories: 313kcalCarbohydrates: 30gProtein: 9gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 104mgSodium: 467mgPotassium: 232mgFiber: 3gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 3350IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 213mgIron: 2mg

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Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her three beautiful girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. 5 stars
    I added mini chocolate chips to my kiddos waffles and they devoured them! These waffles are…a cozy pumpkin fall flavor that really hits the spot on a cold morning when all you want to do is lounge and relax! Thank you for this recipe!! Made those for my freshman in college that came home for the Veterans Day weekend! I already had a canned pumpkin whip cream in the fridge that really upped the game on these waffles!! Thanks again for sharing this recipe!

  2. 5 stars
    This has become my go to for pumpkin waffles.
    I’ve been processing my own pumpkin lately (beats canned pumpkin by a LOT) and these are awesome with it! But, I’ve only made Belgian waffles with it 🙂

    1. Thank you fro your comment and the 5-star rating! We also like to process our own pumpkin. This is our recipe: How to Make Pumpkin Puree. Are you also canning your pumpkin? Just curious where you get pumpkin this time of year. We can only get pumpkins in the fall.

  3. 5 stars
    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!

  4. I used only 2 cups pancake mix and it was perfect. Would have been thick like cookie dough and low on flavor if I tried 3 cups.

  5. 5 stars
    This recipe is sooooo good, thank you! I customized by adding a tablespoon or two of ground flax seed and a little extra liquid. The spice level is perfect for us. My toddlers devoured them, and my own waffles didn’t even make it to the plate as I made more for the rest of my family, lol.

  6. 5 stars
    Made these exact except added one tsp pumpkin pie spice. Made in Belgian waffle maker. Hands down BEST waffle I’ve ever eaten and I’m very picky about pumpkin. Perfect texture – delicious!!!
    I will use this recipe for the rest of my life! Thank You!!!!

    1. 5 stars
      These were fantastic. I had leftover pumpkin purée for a pumpkin cheesecake I made yesterday and I found this recipe. The waffles were delicious!

  7. 5 stars
    I made these over the weekend and they turned out perfectly! They were super fluffy and had just the right amount of pumpkin spice!

  8. 5 stars
    These were really good! I love pumpkin everything so needless to say I added a little more spice. In addition to your measurements of spices I added a teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice. I also made a compote of fresh apples, cinnamon and a touch of sugar to pour over top. A little fresh maple syrup on the side was a perfect dipping experience to not overwhelm the flavors.

  9. Can I use Carbon’s Malted Original Mix ? How much pumpkin puree and spices are added? Have a 32 ounce can….which will mix totally….Thanks for your help. Could not purchase their pumpkin flavored mix in time for an event…

    1. I’m sorry, I’m not familiar with the Carbon’s Malted Original Mix. If it is a Belgian waffle mix you can use it in place of the Krusteaz mix in the recipe with the same amount of pumpkin puree and spices.

  10. 5 stars
    These were absolutely delicious! I followed the recipe exactly and served with butter, syrup and powdered sugar sifted on top! Everyone loved them, especially my 3 year old! I wish I could add a picture, your mouth would water!

  11. 4 stars
    Are you sure this isn’t a muffin recipe? I had to more than double the water (closer to the ratio of the Kristen recipe). Also I’d recommend mixing the fluid ingredients and the dry separately then adding together so as not to over mix the batter. Otherwise, very easy and yummy recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  12. 5 stars
    I made these. Kind of. I made my own waffle recipe than I added your pumpkin recipe and direction. It was delicious. So very, very yummy.