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Light and fluffy with crisp edges, these spiced pumpkin pancakes are the perfect fall weekend breakfast.

pumpkin pancakes

Leaves changing, nights cooling down—are you feeling those pumpkin vibes yet? It’s time to whip up these light and fluffy pumpkin pancakes with deliciously crisp edges. They scream fall with every bite and pair perfectly with your morning coffee on those brisk days. They’re also an excellent way to use up that leftover pumpkin purée from your fall baking projects. Since the pancakes freeze well, I suggest making a double batch over the weekend to make weekday breakfasts a breeze. If you want to get fancy, top the pancakes with toasted pecans (or, better yet, candied pecans), or keep it simple with a drizzle of maple syrup and bacon on the side (for perfectly crispy bacon, see how to cook bacon in the oven).

Craving more pancake goodness? Try my banana pancakesblueberry pancakes, or ricotta pancakes. Or go the classic route with my go-to breakfast pancake recipe, a family favorite I’ve been making for decades.

What you’ll need To Make Pumpkin Pancakes

ingredients for pumpkin pancakes

Step-by-Step Instructions

Begin by combining the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and salt in a medium bowl. I always add the ingredients in neat little piles in case I lose track of what I’m doing.

flour and spices for pumpkin pancakes in a bowl

Whisk until well combined and set aside.

whisking dry ingredients for pumpkin pancakes

In another bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and melted butter.

mixing pumpkin puree and butter for pumpkin pancakes

Whisk in the milk.

adding milk to wet ingredients for pumpkin pancakes

Then whisk in the eggs and maple syrup.

wet ingredients in a mixing bowl for pumpkin pancakes

Add the flour mixture to the liquid mixture.

adding dry ingredients to wet ingredients for pumpkin pancakes

And whisk until just smooth.

pumpkin pancake batter

Heat a griddle or nonstick pan over medium heat and coat with vegetable oil. Drop the batter from a large spoon and cook until the puffy and bubbling on top and golden and crisp on the bottom, about 2 minutes.

cooking pumpkin pancakes

Flip and cook the pumpkin pancakes until the bottom is golden, about 30 seconds.

cooking pumpkin pancakes

Serve immediately with maple syrup or keep warm in the oven while you cook the remaining pancakes. Enjoy!

pumpkin pancakes on a plate with maple syrup and butter

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Pumpkin Pancakes

Light and fluffy with crisp edges, these spiced pumpkin pancakes are the perfect fall weekend breakfast.

Servings: 12 pancakes
Prep Time: 10 Minutes
Cook Time: 15 Minutes
Total Time: 25 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1½ cups all purpose flour, spooned into measuring cup and leveled off
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ¼ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ cup pure pumpkin (such as Libby’s)
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • Vegetable oil, for cooking

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 200°F and set a rack in the middle position. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean-up.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, allspice, ginger, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a large bowl, whisk together the pumpkin and melted butter. Whisk in the milk, followed by the eggs and maple syrup. Add the flour mixture and whisk until smooth. If the batter seems too thick, add 1 to 2 more tablespoons of milk. Do not over-mix.
  4. Heat a griddle or nonstick pan over medium heat and coat lightly with vegetable oil. Drop about ¼ cup batter from a small ladle or large spoon and cook until the puffy and bubbling on top and golden and crisp on the bottom, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook until the bottom is golden, about 30 seconds. Serve immediately with maple syrup or place on the prepared baking sheet to keep warm in the oven until all of the pancakes are ready.
  5. Freezer-Friendly Instructions: The pancakes can be frozen for up to 3 months. After they are completely cooled, place a sheet of parchment or wax paper between each pancake and stack together. Wrap the stack of pancakes tightly in aluminum foil or place inside a heavy-duty freezer bag. To reheat, place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and cover with foil. Bake in a 375°F oven for about 8 to 10 minutes, or until hot.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Per serving (12 servings)
  • Serving size: 1 pancake
  • Calories: 143
  • Fat: 7 g
  • Saturated fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 17 g
  • Sugar: 4 g
  • Fiber: 1 g
  • Protein: 3 g
  • Sodium: 143 mg
  • Cholesterol: 41 mg

This website is written and produced for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and the nutritional data on this site has not been evaluated or approved by a nutritionist or the Food and Drug Administration. Nutritional information is offered as a courtesy and should not be construed as a guarantee. The data is calculated through an online nutritional calculator, Edamam.com. Although I do my best to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures should be considered estimates only. Varying factors such as product types or brands purchased, natural fluctuations in fresh produce, and the way ingredients are processed change the effective nutritional information in any given recipe. Furthermore, different online calculators provide different results depending on their own nutrition fact sources and algorithms. To obtain the most accurate nutritional information in a given recipe, you should calculate the nutritional information with the actual ingredients used in your recipe, using your preferred nutrition calculator.

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Comments

  • These are delicious! I used some puréed Lakota squash (from my freezer) which came from our garden, in place of the pumpkin. Truly a farm to table dish! I will make it again with pumpkin but it’s great to know it’s so versatile! Thank you Jenn for another great recipe.

    • — Jules on February 18, 2024
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  • Nutmeg no allspice

    • — Rachel Kraemer on December 2, 2023
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  • I made pumpkin pancakes with your recipe this weekend..they turned out perfect and delicious. 10/10 Next time I have extra pumpkin puree, I’m going to make the pumpkin scones.

    • — Linda Campbell on November 28, 2023
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  • These were delicious, and a wonderful way to kick-off a the holiday season. Everyone loved them. I saved these and will make them a holiday tradition. Thank you!

    • — Lisa Edgerton on November 25, 2023
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  • This recipe was delicious!!! I am not even a pumpkin fan, but my boyfriend loves pumpkin pie. I thought this would be a nice, fun recipe to try outside of the normal plain pancakes. These are awesome! They are fluffy and not overly sweet! Great breakfast! Definitely worth trying!

    • — Sarah on November 12, 2023
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  • Yum! I like pumpkin, but my son LOVES pumpkin so I had to make these for him. They were delicious! Definite pumpkin flavor without smacking you in the face and the spices were perfect too – there, but not overwhelming. The whole family will happily eat these again and again. 🙂

    • — Erin on November 11, 2023
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  • These pumpkin pancakes are so quick & delicious. Thank you, Jenn, for this great fall recipe that makes even busy mornings seem special!

    • — Mindy on November 2, 2023
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  • Doubled the recipe and used fresh made pumpkin puree. Excellent fluffy pancake recipe. Delicious! Thank you 🙂

    • — Melissa on October 1, 2023
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  • These came out v.well. My wife and I had this for our 7year wedding anniversary brekkie and these were divine.

    • — They call me baby j out on these streets on October 1, 2023
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  • Maybe it’s just me, but the batter was waaaaaay too thick! Thud! Here’s your pancake. I kept thinning the batter out with water, and by time I got to the end, the pancakes were finally more pancake-like instead of cake-like. That said, the flavor was pretty good.

    • — Bee on October 1, 2023
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    • I agree. Had to thin them out with milk to get more of a pancake consistency

      • — Mk on December 3, 2023
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  • First time making pumpkin pancakes! Where have I been?! These were super easy and Uber delicious! Thank you.

    Love your quiche recipe too! It’s how I first discovered your site.

    Happy Fall!

    • — Brandy on September 24, 2023
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  • Delicious! Make these.

    • — Caroline on September 5, 2023
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  • These are incredible! Fluffy, light, flavorful. I added a little cream cheese and maple syrup to the top. Will definitely save this recipe!

    • — Elaine on August 20, 2023
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  • Just made these for myself and my 8 month old baby. We both absolutely loved them. I honestly think they might be the best pancakes of any kind that I’ve had. Safe to say we will save this recipe for the future!

    • — Destin on July 19, 2023
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  • I love pumpkin pancakes, and have made a lot of different recipes in my time. Tried these this morning, and they were far superior than any other recipe I’ve tried!

    A perfect balance in the spices, and pumpkin. I used a cup of leftover buttermilk I had, and then ended up needing to thin them out with a little almond milk to reach that perfect consistency.

    They had crispy edges and a light, fluffy center just as you described.

    It’s summer like weather in Virginia, but it was a cozy fall morning in my heart. I will make again and again!

    • — Tara on June 15, 2023
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  • These were so delicious! I happened to have a bit of pumpkin purée left from making smoothies, and decided pancakes would be a good use for it. I looked up recipes and I’m so happy I found this! I cut down on the amount of spices a little because my kids are a little picky, but otherwise left it as is. Yum!

    • — Channon on May 19, 2023
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  • These are superior quality. Never thought pancakes could be so delicious. I personally used an additional 1/2 banana and brown sugar. Cooked them in 1/2 cup portions to make bigger pancakes. Soft, fluffy and delicious. LOVE IT

    • — Gonzalez on April 20, 2023
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  • Made these this morning…absolutely delicious! Mixed them up yesterday and kept batter in the fridge overnight. They were light and fluffy . Will definitely make again!

    • — Nancy on March 6, 2023
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  • These pancakes are delicious. Definitely a keeper. Will make these often.

    • — Veronica on February 26, 2023
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  • These are so yummy if you subsitute clove and anise instead of allspice and ginger. I made them!

    • — Gastritis Girl on February 26, 2023
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  • Absolutely perfect, and way fluffier than I expected. My American self was looking to spice up pancake day for my British husband. He rolled his eyes when I told him we were having pumpkin pancakes but I couldn’t cook them fast enough after he tasted them. My 17 month old also gobbled them up. I did substitute pumpkin pie spice for other spices since that’s what I had and it worked beautifully. I will most definitely make again.

    • — Christina on February 21, 2023
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  • Loooooove these pancakes.

    • — Nancy Mueller on February 7, 2023
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  • So disappointed!!

    • — Lisa on December 20, 2022
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  • Loved these. Despite a rather hot pan, which meant that my pancakes were not as beautiful as yours, they tasted great. I have frozen half, to enjoy with ice cream as a dessert during the week.

    • — Lisa on November 26, 2022
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  • There is way too much flour In this recipe. The end result is more like a gingerbread than pancakes. Definitely try a different recipe!!

    • — Andrea on November 7, 2022
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  • Can I replace the cinnamon, allspice, and ginger with pumpkin pie spice? If yes, how much would you recommend I use?

    • — Lele on October 28, 2022
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    • Hi Lele, that’s fine — you’ll need 2-3/4 teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice. Enjoy! 🙂

      • — Jenn on October 28, 2022
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  • Made these this morning with my fresh pumpkin purée. Changed allspice to cloves
    Great recipe!! Perfect for a beautiful Fall morning!!

    • — Sue on October 25, 2022
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  • We loved these pancakes! I thought the pumpkin and spice flavor was spot on. They were light and fluffy and went perfectly with butter and syrup. Will definitely make again!

    • — Andrea on October 16, 2022
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  • Beyond yummy!! I had some leftover pumpkin from a dinner recipe and decided to get creative. This are so fluffy and tasty. I used a heaping ladle full to make jumbo pancakes, made about 5 jumbo. Saving this recipe to make regularly throughout the fall. Thanks!!

    • — Taylor on October 14, 2022
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    • I halved the recipe and made these for myself on a quiet Sunday morning. Loved the flavour made with pumpkin purée from a blue doll pumpkin grown at a neighbouring farm. Needed a special recipe for a special pumpkin and this one hit the mark, loved it will make again for my family💕

      • — Marlee on November 20, 2022
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  • My first pumpkin pancakes, made with pumpkins I grew, and I was disappointed. No pumpkin flavor, and a lingering metallic aftertaste.
    Spices were definitely present and they were very fluffy. They absorbed syrup well, and didnt fall apart when cut.
    Maybe garden grown pumpkins dont have the concentrated flavor of commercially canned pumpkins?
    More recipe testing needed.
    Any insights from others who were happy with their pancakes.

    • — Larry on October 11, 2022
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    • Hi Larry, did you purèe your pumpkin? I think it might also need to be “overripe” like bananas in banana bread to give it more pumpkin flavor. I used canned pumpkin purée here.

      • — Taylor on October 14, 2022
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    • Larry, I made mine with my pumpkin purée that I grew. Sugar Pie small pumpkins. It was excellent!! Could not be happier.

      • — Sue on October 25, 2022
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  • Made these for my sister and me… husbands away so their loss… these were SO yummy!!!!! Light, fluffy, perfect spice… was concerned about that full tsp of allspice…
    Next day threw the extra ones in the toaster and enjoyed another great meal. Definitely a keeper and will make again when the husbands are back! 😁

    • — Kimberley on October 7, 2022
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  • These didn’t taste super pumpkin-y to me. Definitely have had better.

    • — Hannah on October 7, 2022
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  • Delicious. Easily made gluten free with equal measure gluten free flour blend (I used cup4cup) and doubling of baking powder. Used pumpkin pie spice blend and a dash of cardamom. Wonderful topped with toasted pecans and maple syrup.

    • — CW on September 24, 2022
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  • Made these pancakes as specified but added chopped pecans. I was afraid it would be too “spicey” but the flavor of these pancakes is wonderful. The whole house smelled amazing. The pancakes were so good with more butter & maple syrup on top. Thanks Jen for another great one!

    • — Rebecca Silverstone on September 18, 2022
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  • Another “these were excellent” vote. I swapped out half of the flour with whole wheat flour but otherwise followed the recipe exactly, and it was delicious. Very puffy and had a good rise.

    • — Mellie on September 18, 2022
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  • Looking to make this tomorrow. Can the batter be made ahead as in the night before and if I use pumpkin spice instead of those ingredients separately, how much should I use?

    • — Anne Marie on September 17, 2022
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    • Hi Anne Marie, I wouldn’t make the batter ahead of time (it will lose it’s oomph and won’t rise well). If you’d like to use pumpkin spice, I’d use 2 teaspoons. Hope that helps!

      • — Jenn on September 18, 2022
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  • Delicious. I really liked the spices, especially the ginger. I used homemade pureed acorn squash instead of pumpkin. Made these the Sunday morning before my eldest son left for college for the first time. Special memories.

    • — Lisa on August 14, 2022
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  • Hi jenn, two questions:
    1. If I want to make half the recipe for 6 pancakes, can I just halve all the ingredient amounts?
    2. Can I sub an equivalent amount of sugar or honey for the maple syrup?

    • — Tanuja on May 20, 2022
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    • Hi Tanuja, It’s fine to halve the ingredients, but these freeze nicely if you want to make the full recipe. And I’d replace the syrup with honey. Hope you enjoy!

      • — Jenn on May 20, 2022
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  • I tripled this for a family vacation, adding sugar instead of the syrup, plus a little extra so that no syrup would be necessary. This recipe is delicious!!

    • — An Mel on May 14, 2022
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    • Oh! Forgot to mention that I used only whole wheat flour, and these pancakes were still magnificent!

      • — An Mel on May 14, 2022
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  • We loved these pancakes! I will definitely make them again.

    • — Adrienne on April 27, 2022
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  • Amazing. I used bobs all purpose gluten free (not the 1:1 kind) and they are awesome every time. I make them weekly and have been doing so for months. A definite keeper.

    • — Amber on April 9, 2022
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  • Added about 1 T sour cream to the batter and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes before cooking. Pancakes were thick but light with wonderful spicy flavor and great texture. Will definitely make these again.

    • — Celeste on March 5, 2022
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  • Made a double batch of these this morning. I was really hoping that they would be a hit because I wanted to freeze them for quick weekday breakfasts. OH MY GOODNESS!!! They are amazing!!! I made them exactly as written (although I did add 1 teaspoon of vanilla extract). I can’t say enough about this recipe. Thank you!!

  • These are easy to make and are excellent

  • What a nice variation from the regular pancake! I also had a little bit of pumpkin left after using it in other pumpkin filled recipes. They turned out delicious! I saved myself time in the morning by combining the dry ingredients together the night before.

  • These pancakes were amazing!!

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