Pumpkin Pancakes

Do you love the taste of pumpkin? Why don’t you try making pumpkin pancakes? This recipe we’re about to share will give you a filling breakfast!

The Fall season might be over and yet you still have a lot of pumpkin puree leftover. What can you do with all of it? Well, you can turn them into a ton of pumpkin-flavored meals. For instance, I have this recipe for pumpkin pancakes that is just divine. For the most part, it’s similar to how you make an ordinary pancake. The only difference is you’ll be incorporating pumpkin, some spices, and walnuts. It’s actually quite easy to make. In fact, there are only six steps you need to know.

How do you make Pumpkin Pancakes from scratch?


1 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1 large egg
1 cup buttermilk
1 cup pumpkin puree
2 tablespoons butter melted
2 tbsp sugar
3 tsp baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp vanilla powder
¼ cup crushed walnuts

Instructions to make Pumpkin Pancakes

1. Firstly, mix all dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, cinnamon, vanilla powder) in a bowl.

2. Secondly, pour in the buttermilk, beat in the egg, add pumpkin pure, butter. Whisk it until all ingredients are blended.

3. Thirdly, heat a skillet and add a small piece of butter. Spread it over the surface as it starts melting.

4. Fourthly, place 2 tbsp scoops of the pancake batter on the skillet to form a circle.

5. Fifthly, cook for 3 minutes until one side becomes golden. Then flip on the other side.

6. Lastly, serve with some whipped cream, honey and crushed walnuts.

As you can see from the pictures above, these pumpkin pancakes are light and fluffy with a crisp exterior. You’ll have the perfect pumpkin-flavored meal for breakfast or brunch! Just to recap why you should make these delicious pumpkin pancakes, one, they’re quite easy to make! You can have them in just six steps! Two, you’ll be able to get rid of your fall pumpkin leftovers. Lastly, you’ll get a taste meal that you can share with your loved ones.

Tips for Pumpkin Pancakes

Make a big batch of pumpkin pancakes and freeze them.

These pancakes freeze well. As such, if you want to make your mornings a little less hectic, you can cook a big batch, freeze some, keep them in an airtight container, and then keep them in the freezer. You can then pop them in the freezer every morning and they’ll taste good as new. Can you believe they can last up to three months in the freezer?

Freeze them properly for future consumption.

If you’re planning to make a really big batch and store them in the freezer, there is a suggested storage method. It involves parchment paper, aluminum foil, stacking, and a freezer bag. Firstly, after you’ve cooked all your pancakes, allow them to cool completely. Next, stack your pumpkin pancakes with parchment paper in between. Afterwards, use aluminum foil to wrap around your stacked pancakes. Lastly, place them inside a freezer bag.

Heat frozen pancakes in the oven.

If you want frozen pancakes to really taste like freshly-cooked pancakes, whip out your oven. First, neatly place your pancakes onto a baking pan and then cover it with foil. Second, place them in the oven at 375°F for 8-10 minutes. Third, serve them with whipped cream or honey.

If you decide to use fresh pumpkin puree, give enough time for the moisture to drain.

Some people prefer to use fresh pumpkin puree and I understand why. There are definitely differences texture-wise and flavor-wise. That being said, if you’re going to use fresh pumpkin puree, just make sure you let the moisture drain because you’ll incorporate all that excess moisture into your pumpkin pancake batter. As a result, you may have runny pancake batter. Furthermore, you’ll end up with flat instead of fluffy pancakes.

pumpkin pancake

FAQs about Pumpkin Pancakes

Who has pumpkin pancakes?

If you’re really looking for pumpkin pancakes and don’t have the time to make them, you can go to your nearest IHOP. They should have their signature pumpkin pancakes that are made using real pumpkin. In addition to your pumpkin pancake order, you’ll also be able to order other breakfast food such as eggs, hash browns, or bacon.

Is canned pumpkin the same as pumpkin puree?

Yes. Don’t be confused by the labels. Canned pumpkin and pumpkin puree are the same thing and can be used interchangeably. Sometimes, manufacturers even use the term “solid-pack pumpkin.” In any case, you don’t have to worry about it. What you do have to watch out for is mixing up pumpkin puree with pumpkin pie mix. Those are two different things.

Can you eat pumpkin pie mix out of the can?

Speaking of pumpkin pie mix, many people ask whether or not it can be eaten straight out of the can Again, the answer is yes. If for some reason you want to eat pumpkin pie mix on it’s own, go for it. It’s safe to consume. The pumpkin has already been steamed, pureed, sweetened, and flavored with different spices.

Can you substitute pumpkin pie mix for pumpkin puree?

I would not recommend doing this. Pumpkin pie mix already has sugar and spice mixed into it. In that regard, using it in place of pumpkin puree could cause complications to your recipe. For example, your pumpkin pancake could taste too sweet or too spiced. For this reason, I recommend you stick to pumpkin puree. That way, you can control the flavor of your pancakes.

How do you substitute canned pumpkin for real?

Instead of canned pumpkin, you can use fresh pumpkin. However, just take note that it’ll take more effort to do. If you’re in a hurry during the morning, you probably shouldn’t go for this method. Alternatively, you can prepare it a night before or anytime beforehand.

To do this, you just have to have the same volume. For example, 1 cup of canned pumpkin puree is also equal to 1 cup of fresh pumpkin puree. Remember that one 15 oz. can of pumpkin puree is is roughly 1 3/4 cups of fresh pumpkin puree.

Is pumpkin in the can really pumpkin?

Surprisingly, the answer is no. Most of the times, canned pumpkin is made of a mix of different winter squashes.

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