Adventures in Healthier Eating with 2 Kids and a Picky Husband

Pumpkin Pancakes

6 WWPP Posted by 6 years ago 33 Comments

I’ve been making these things for weeks now and I can’t remember what inspired me the first time around. I think it was because I wanted to make banana pancakes but I didn’t have any bananas. I glanced over at our Halloween pumpkins and der…. why haven’t I thought of this before?!?

The kid is a HUGE fan. He likes to dip them in a maple/pumpkin sauce I make. I like them straight up and the people at work preferred them with good old fashion maple syrup. I made about 3 dozen to bring for a charity event. A few people went for seconds so I’m assuming they liked them. I realize not everyone is a whole grain nut like me so if they were expecting traditional white fluffy pancakes they were disappointed. These are a bit denser, real moist and tad bit sweet. Just the way I like them! :) pumpkin pancake

  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour (60g)
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (120g)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp Agave Nectar or Honey (20g)
  • 1/2 cup Skim Milk or Almond or Soy

Mix the flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon.

In another bowl add the pumpkin, egg, agave and milk. Whisk until frothy.

Combine the flour mixture and pumpkin mixture, mix until just blended.

Pour batter in a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. Cook about 1-2 minutes a side, small bubbles will form but not as many as traditional pancakes. Peak underneath for a light brown color, then flip.

Approx Nutritional Information per serving
Servings Amt per Serving
2 2-4 cakes based on size
Calories Fat Fiber WWPs
225 4g 6g old: 4 new: 6
Sugar Sat Fat Carbs Protein
11g 1g 41g 11g

See other recipes using: pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, whole wheat flour

Leave a comment

I’d love to hear your story or thoughts on mine.

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *


There are 33 comments so far. Join in on the conversation.


    November 5, 2009

    Thanks. Looks great. Reply


    November 5, 2009

    Can't wait to try these! I know what I am having for breakfast on Saturday! Reply


    November 5, 2009

    I've been meaning to try pumpkin but didn't know how I would guess how much pumpkin puree to use. Glad to know you tinkered with it first :) I just made your banana pancakes but ran out of bananas and I'll have to make more for the toddlers on Saturday so I will definitely be going the pumpkin route! Besides, it's Fall...mmmm...pumpkin! Reply


    November 5, 2009

    What is your pumpkin/maple sauce? I hate using syrup and always looking for something new to put on them? Reply


    November 5, 2009

    these do look good I have been wanting to make a pumpkin pancake as well just haven't got around to it. A few mini chocolate chips in it would be good also. I tried the apple pancakes last weekend and really liked them. I bought some agave nectar recently and have not found a recipe to use it in yet so this will be a first. Reply


    November 5, 2009

    These look delicious! And they'd be a perfect way to use up the half a can of pumpkin I have left in the fridge from making Pumpkin Pie Oatmeal earlier in the week. Reply


    November 5, 2009

    I recently found another recipe for pumpkin pancakes and I have been eating them like crazy. I'll definately have to try this one too. When I make mine, I mix up a "spread" to eat them with. It has a little light cream cheese, pumpkin butter (from Trader Joe's or you can make your own), a little pumpkin puree, and a little water to thin it out. I spread it on instead of using syrup. Reply


    November 6, 2009

    Made 'em this morning and they were delish! Even my picky 4 year old gobbled them up. We'll see what the toddler thinks when he wakes up. Thanks, Roni! Another wonderful recipe to add to my rotation. I'm curious about this pumpkin spread as well and would love to know how you make it. Reply


    November 6, 2009

    Nichole - I'll post about the spread this weekend. It's supper easy! Reply

    Liz Rosenbaum

    November 6, 2009

    I made these this morning for my family and we LOVED, LOVED, LOVED them! I'm going to have to blog about these and point my readers in your direction! :) Thanks for the recipe! :) My kids had them with regular maple syrup, but my husband and me thought they were perfect with just butter! Mmmmm... delightful! Reply


    November 6, 2009

    try adding a bit of cloves to them and pecans...I use your whole grain pancake recipe and add pumpkin to it plus cloves and pecans and they are sooooo good. Just the teensiest bit of cloves though, otherwise they will really overpower everything :) Thanks for all your great recipes! Reply


    November 6, 2009

    oops! Just saw the pumpkin pie spice, which I'm pretty sure has cloves in it:) Sorry Reply

    Shannon, Tropical Eats

    November 7, 2009

    You are quite the cook! These look so hearty and delish :) Perfect for Fall! Reply


    November 8, 2009

    Wow,you really a good chef,can do so many delicious food, really hope can have a mother like you. Reply


    November 8, 2009

    roni, i made these this morning. the batter was super thick- i had to spread it around on the griddle a little, and i had trouble getting them to cook through. it was more like cake batter. the result was delicious and we ate it all... but i'm wondering if mine turned out like yours? was your batter very thick? Reply

    Skinny Jenny

    November 8, 2009

    Loved it!!!! Turned out perfect. Reply


    November 9, 2009

    aimee - I get varying thickness every time I make them. The batter should be on the thicker side but you can always add more milk to get it to the consistency you like. Reply


    November 10, 2009

    I made a double batch of these and froze them in packs of two. It is easy to pull out of the freezer for breakfast quickly. I add a little non fat plain yogurt and have a great breakfast. I do the same with your chocolate and banana whole grain pancakes too. Thanks for the idea. Reply

    Lindsay Morrison

    November 13, 2009

    Ohh.. So all of those ingredients only make enough for one person?? So it doesn't matter how big or how little I make the pancakes, I'd still have a serving size of 225 calories?? Reply


    November 13, 2009

    oh no! Sorry that's a type! It's 2 servings. I usually get 8 cakes. Reply


    November 15, 2009

    Just tried them, and they were really good. I made waffles instead of pancakes. They were delicious. I love pumpkin, and I'm a diabetic, so I'm happy to find a recipe that is a healthy use of pumpkin. I will definitely make these again, even try them out on the grandchildren. Thanks! I look forward to trying more of your recipes. Pamela Reply


    November 15, 2009



    November 16, 2009

    CIRI- If I have some time I'll run some experiments for you! I have a few ideas using splenda and pumpkin. :) Reply


    November 18, 2009

    I'm so looking forward to making these. Lately I've been making up a batch of banana pancakes on Sunday and freezing them for the week, but I'm ready to try something new. I'll probably have to double these but that's okay. They sound amazing! Reply

    Amanda B

    November 23, 2009

    I just made these today though I'd been looking forward to doing it for about a week now. They are wonderfully delicious! I was so happy when I found a recipe that used the whole wheat flour. I used honey this time but I intend to find some agave nectar to use next time. I'm going to try more of your recipes! I'm very inspired by your story. I've lost 70 lbs so far and need another 70 to go and cooking for myself more often seems like a perfect way to keep motivated and eating healthy. =D Reply


    December 11, 2009

    I made these this morning. WONDERFUL! I love them! IMO you can't really taste the wheat. These are a definite breakfast staple for me now! Reply


    June 16, 2010

    Hi! I found your blog about two days ago and I can't stop looking through your recipes! So healthy and delicious! Tonight I decided to do a pancake breakfast - and I whipped up these pumpkin pancakes with ease! However, we ran into a little chaos when we realized we needed another batch of batter - ASAP!! My family couldn't get enough of these, and my father (and picky eater who does not like "health food") could not tell these were whole wheat! He even said they were better than IHOP's pumpkin pancakes! My only little change was using 1/4 cup water, 1/4 greek yogurt in place of the milk. A++++ Recipe!! I can't wait to see what other recipes you come up with, thanks for posting!!! Reply


    October 24, 2011

    My little boy and I made these for breakfast this mornin, and we both loved them. Thanks for sharing! Reply


    October 24, 2011

    Oops, my comment posted with my old URL - not that it matters. :) Here's the new one. Reply


    October 31, 2011

    I have to try these. I am a pumpkin addict. Yep I am the lady with the shopping cart full of pumpkin. I just love making bread, muffins and hubby loves pumpkin pie. Reply


    March 18, 2012

    I made these this morning! Didn't have honey or agave so I substituted with some light brown sugar.... They were OUTSTANDING! First time using whole wheat flour for pancakes, and by far my favorite! Huge hit! Great way to start off the day! Reply


    November 25, 2012

    Love this recipe, but hate coming to your blog as you have that audio recipe on auto play at full blast... not cool. Thanks for sharing anyway. Reply


    November 25, 2012

    Nothing should be auto playing but the video in the upper right hand corner and it's muted.. Not sure what you are talking about. Reply