Sweet and Simple Pumpkin Pancakes

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These Pumpkin Pancakes are a favorite pancake recipe for the fall season. It’s like eating dessert for breakfast!

A stack of pumpkin pancakes with caramel syrup.
Featured with this recipe
  1. Ingredients in Pumpkin Pancakes
  2. Basic Homemade Pancake Recipe
  3. Secret Tips for Cooking the Best Pancakes
  4. Toppings for Pumpkin Pancakes
  5. Caramel Maple Syrup
  6. What Readers are Saying About these Pumpkin Pancakes
  7. More Ways to Make a Breakfast Feast
  8. Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

When it comes to fall, I want to make all things pumpkin, starting with these Pumpkin Pancakes. Light, fluffy, with the perfect blend of pumpkin and cinnamon, these pancakes are a real show stopper! They pair beautifully with sausage, bacon, and eggs for a hearty brunch, but they taste just as elegant on their own with a drizzle of homemade Caramel Maple Syrup.

These luscious pumpkin pancakes look and taste fancy, but they’re super simple to make with the help of store bought pancake mix. Serve up a batch for a holiday brunch or a lazy autumn Saturday morning. Your family will love them!

Ingredients in Pumpkin Pancakes

Give yourself a break sometimes and take advantage of a some store bought wet ingredients and dry ingredients like plain dry pancake mix and canned pumpkin to create an easy, yet incredibly delicious meal for your family.

  • Pancake mix – Use your favorite dry pancake mix from the grocery store. I always seem to have Krusteaz on hand in my food storage, but you can use any kind you like. To make this recipe gluten-free, simply swap out regular pancake mix for a gluten-free mix and you’re good to go!
  • Brown sugar – Just a couple of tablespoons adds a nice sweetness to balance out the pumpkin. Add another tablespoon if you want your pancakes a bit sweeter.
  • Pumpkin pie spice – You can find this spice in the baking aisle at the grocery store. It has fragrant combination of ginger, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. 
  • Pumpkin puree – I always keep a few cans of pumpkin in my pantry so I just use about half a cup in this recipe. You can also make your own pumpkin puree with real pumpkins too! Check out our 3 easy ways to make pumpkin puree.
  • Add a bit of water, and that’s it!
Stack of pumpkin pancakes on a white plate.

Basic Homemade Pancake Recipe

I took some shortcuts on this recipe and used some ready made dry pancake mix as my base for the pancakes, which ended up tasting every bit as good as made from scratch.

If you don’t have pancake mix and want to make the batter from scratch here is a quick recipe for dry pancake mix (once you mix it up, just measure out 2 cups for the pumpkin pancake recipe):

  • Flour – You can substitute oat flour if desired.
  • Dry milk – This is a great substitute of milk and is easy to store if you don’t keep refrigerator milk on hand.
  • Sugar – Adding sweetness to the pancakes always helps!
  • Salt – This helps rise the pancakes as well as combines the flavors together.
  • Baking powder – Helps assist in rising the pancakes as well as makes them fluffy.

Secret Tips for Cooking the Best Pancakes

To get the perfect golden pancakes, here are just a few tips:

  • In a large bowl, stir in all the dry ingredients, then whisk in the water and pumpkin.
  • Use a griddle on medium heat to cook four to six pancakes at a time. 
  • Spread the hot griddle with butter or cooking spray before adding the batter.
  • No griddle? That’s okay! Use a large skillet on the stovetop. You’ll probably be able to fit two or three pancakes on the skillet at a time.
  • I like to use an ice cream scoop to ladle the batter out onto the griddle, so the pancakes are all the same size.
  • Wait for bubbles on top and using a spatula flip the pancake until golden brown.
  • Keep pancakes warm by placing on a baking sheet, covering with foil and keeping warm in the oven until time to serve.
A stack of pumpkin pancakes with butter on top.

Toppings for Pumpkin Pancakes

Top a stack of beautiful orange pumpkin pancakes with a pat of butter and some maple syrup or try some of these other ideas:

  • Toasted pecans – This is perfect for adding on top and gives an extra crunch!
  • Whipped cream – Light and fluffy with that extra sweetness.
  • Mini chocolate chips – For all the chocolate lovers out there, this one is for you!
  • Candied pecans – Mix together some chopped pecans with brown sugar and cinnamon, and cook in a fry pan until the sugar melts and coats the pecans. A little extra work, but totally worth every bite!
  • Caramel sauce – A great combination with pumpkin.

Caramel Maple Syrup

This homemade caramel maple syrup takes these pumpkin pancakes to the next level! It’s really easy to make and tastes sinfully sweet!

  1. Whisk brown sugar, heavy cream, corn syrup, maple flavoring (you could substitute with some vanilla extract) and a sprinkle of cinnamon together in a saucepan.
  2. Let simmer until the sugar dissolves, stirring continuously.
  3. Store the rest in the refrigerator in a jar or air tight container up to a week. This syrup cannot be stored in the freezer.

What Readers are Saying About these Pumpkin Pancakes

“What a delicious recipe and perfect for fall! Looking forward to enjoying this all season long!”

-Sara

“Oh my goodness! I’m trying not to lick my computer screen right now! These pancakes look amazing! I’d wake up extra early for a plate of these. YUM!”

-Jess

“I’d love to have this for breakfast during the fall and winter! The caramel maple syrup and candied pumpkins really take this over the top! Amazing!

-Jamie
How do you make pancakes light and fluffy?

It is best to sift the dry ingredients together using a whisk or a sifter. Let your batter sit for 15 minutes. Make sure that your griddle or frying pan is preheated to medium heat.

What is the secret to making good pancakes?

Don’t over-mix the batter! Over-mixing your batter will create tough and chewy pancakes. That is the number one secret! You will have some lumps and that is okay.

How do you cook pancakes properly?

You will want to make sure that the griddle is on medium heat. Add batter to the griddle and cook until bubbles break the surface of the pancakes. This process will take about 2 to 3 minutes. Flip the pancakes over until golden brown.

Does milk or water make pancakes fluffier?

Milk helps make the pancakes fluffier. It is a thicker liquid and you will want your batter to be thicker than thiner.

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More Ways to Make a Breakfast Feast

There are plenty of delicious ways to enjoy a breakfast feast. Once you try the delicious Pumpkin Pancakes, you can give some of these other great breakfast foods a try.

Syrup pouring onto a stack of three Pumpkin Pancakes.

Pumpkin Pancakes

5 from 9 votes
These Pumpkin Pancakes are a favorite pancake recipe for the fall season. It's like eating dessert for breakfast.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine Greek
Servings 6

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Equipment

  • Electric Griddle

Ingredients

For the Pancakes:

Caramel Maple Syrup (optional)

Candied Pecans (Optional)

Instructions

  • Mix together the pancake ingredients to make the batter.
    Bowl of Pumpkin Pancake batter. Whisk on the side.
  • Pour about ½ cup batter for each pancake onto a griddle over medium heat and lightly brown each side, turning once.
    Griddle with flipped Pumpkin Pancakes.

Caramel Maple Syrup

  • In a medium sauce pan, add the ingredients for the Caramel Maple syrup. Cook over medium heat for about 6-8 minutes until the sugar completely dissolves.
    Caramel maple syrup for Pumpkin Pancakes.

Candied Pecans

  • In a small fry pan, cook the chopped pecans, brown sugar, and cinnamon over medium heat (stirring frequently) until sugar melts and coats the pecans. 
    Brown sugar and chopped pecans in a skillet to make topping for Pumpkin Pancakes.
  • Immediately remove from heat and spread into a flat layer on a plate. Once completely cooled you can break apart the candied pieces.
    Candied Pecans on parchment paper for Pumpkin Pancake topping.
  • To serve: place pancakes on individual plates and top with syrup and candied pecans.
    Pumpkin Pancakes with syrup and candied pecans missing a cut out.

Notes

Secret Tips to Making the Best Pumpkin Pancakes 

  • In a large bowl, stir in all the dry ingredients, then whisk in the water and pumpkin.
  • Use a griddle on medium heat to cook four to six pancakes at a time. 
  • Spread the hot griddle with butter or cooking spray before adding the batter.
  • No griddle? That’s okay! Use a large skillet on the stovetop. You’ll probably be able to fit two or three pancakes on the skillet at a time.
  • I like to use an ice cream scoop to ladle the batter out onto the griddle, so the pancakes are all the same size.
  • Wait for bubbles on top and using a spatula flip the pancake until golden brown.
  • Keep pancakes warm by placing on a baking sheet, covering with foil and keeping warm in the oven until time to serve.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 594kcalCarbohydrates: 99gProtein: 7gFat: 22gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 45mgSodium: 278mgPotassium: 321mgFiber: 3gSugar: 81gVitamin A: 3327IUVitamin C: 2mgCalcium: 205mgIron: 2mg

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Emily Walker

Emily lives in Meridian, Idaho, with her husband, Beau, a physician assistant, and her three incredible children: a son and two daughters. Travel is one of her favorite ways to experience new cultures and cuisines, and she has a love for all things Disney.

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  1. 5 stars
    What a wonderful fall breakfast these are going to be! My family loves pancakes, and pumpkin! I know these are going to be a big hit!

  2. 5 stars
    I’d love to have this for breakfast during the fall and winter! The caramel maple syrup and candied pecans really take this over the top! Amazing!

  3. 5 stars
    Oh my goodness! I’m trying not to lick my computer screen right now! These pancakes look amazing! I’d wake up extra early for a plate of these! YUM!

  4. I hate using corn syrup, has anyone tried using pure maple syrup mixed with the caramel sauche made from brown sugar and cream?