Everybody loves pancakes for breakfast or brunch and adding sweet, juicy pumpkin to the mix elevates plain pancakes to the next level! These easy pumpkin pancake recipes make a nice treat for the kids, or you might like to make them for a special Thanksgiving breakfast.
So if you’re looking for a change from pancake cookies, bars or bread, consider using this delicious ingredient in your next pancakes.
Pumpkin is suited to both sweet and savory recipes, and without a doubt it is amazing in homemade pancakes. Depending how much time you have, you can either use a readymade pancake mix or else make the pancakes from scratch.
Tips for Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes
Make sure all your ingredients are fresh before you begin. Use stale baking powder, for example, and your pancakes will be flat discs instead of fluffy treats!
Whisk the dry ingredients to get rid of any clumps and remember not to over-mix pancake batter else the pancakes might come out a bit rubbery in texture.
Let the batter rest (for at least 5 minutes!) before cooking the pancakes, so the flour can absorb some of the liquid. This gives the pancakes a better texture.
Use a griddle or skillet to fry your pancakes. If you’re using a nonstick pan, you don’t have to use butter or oil. Also, warm up the oven before you begin so you can keep the cooked pancakes warm in there while you cook the remainder. If you’re using a large griddle however, you should be able to cook several pancakes at once.
How to Serve Pumpkin Pancakes
Whether you are making pumpkin buttermilk pancakes, pancakes using a pancake mix or another kind, there are different serving ideas to try.
Many people prefer their pumpkin pancakes with butter on top and maple syrup is also a great topping. Perhaps you want to add whipped cream and some chopped nuts for a change of pace.
Chocolate syrup is also really good drizzled over hot, cooked pancakes. Add more nutrients to the dish by adding sliced banana or fresh juicy berries on top. Prepare these ingredients while the batter is sitting, so you have everything ready to go.
Perfect Pumpkin Buttermilk Pancake Recipe
Although you can always add pumpkin spice to pancake mix, it’s just as easy to rustle up your own pancakes from scratch. If you don’t have buttermilk you can add 2 tablespoons of white vinegar to 2 cups of whole milk and wait for 10 minutes to make your own version.
Don’t have pumpkin pie spice? No problem – you can use a teaspoon of cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon each of ground cloves and ground ginger, and ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg instead. This recipe will make about 12 pancakes.
- 2 cups buttermilk
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 2½ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1/3 cup white sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- Add the buttermilk, pumpkin, eggs, vanilla, and butter to a bowl and whisk well.
- Combine the flour with the baking soda, baking powder, sugar, salt, and spices in a second bowl.
- Pour the flour mixture into the buttermilk mixture and stir briefly without over-mixing.
- Let the pumpkin buttermilk batter sit for at least 5 minutes.
- Heat a skillet over a moderate heat and melt some butter in it. If you’re using a nonstick pan you don’t have to add butter.
- Pour 1/3 cup of the pancake batter into the pan.
- Flip the pancake after a minute or 2, or when it’s dry at the edges and starting to bubble.
- Cook the other side for another minute or 2, or until golden brown.
- Repeat with the remaining batter.
- These are best served hot and topped with maple syrup and/or butter.
How to Make Pumpkin Pancakes with Pancake Mix
This is the time of year when everyone is craving the sweet, comforting flavor of pancakes. These fluffy treats are easy to make, since you are using pancake mix. Feel free to add other ingredients to the recipe, such as raisins, chocolate chips or chopped walnuts or pecans.
- 1 2/3 cups pancake mix (you can use any kind)
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 cups milk
- Nonstick cooking spray, as needed
- Whisk the pancake mix with the pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon in a bowl.
- Mix in the oil, pumpkin puree and milk until only just combined.
- Let the batter sit for 5 minutes or more.
- Heat a skillet over a moderately high heat and add nonstick cooking spray.
- Add the batter to the skillet ¼ cup at a time.
- When you see tiny bubbles in the batter, flip the pancakes over and cook the other side.
- Now you know how to make easy pumpkin pancakes with pancake mix, you will want to make these often.
Gluten-Free Pumpkin Oatmeal Pancake Recipe
Ground oats take the place of flour in this tasty pumpkin oatmeal pancake recipe. Make sure the almond milk (or regular milk if you prefer to use that) is at room temperature before you begin, so the butter or coconut oil stays liquid.
- 1½ cups gluten-free rolled oats
- 1 cup almond milk, at room temperature
- ¼ cup ground flaxseed
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
- 1 egg
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 6 tablespoons pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup melted butter or coconut oil
- Grind the oats in a food processor or blender for 1 minute.
- Put the ground oats in a bowl and stir in the flaxseed, pumpkin pie spice, salt, and baking powder.
- Combine the almond milk, maple syrup, egg, butter or oil, and pumpkin in a bowl.
- Now mix the dry ingredients with the wet ones.
- Warm some butter or oil in a skillet over a moderate heat.
- Add the batter, ¼ cup at a time, to the skillet and cook for 2 or 3 minutes or until set.
- Flip and cook the other side, and serve with maple syrup.
Whichever of the above recipes you want to try first, you are guaranteed to love the sweetness pumpkin adds to homemade pancakes.