Pumpkin Pancakes

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Quick Summary

These fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes are sweet, satisfying, and easy to make. Enjoy a stack with butter and pure maple syrup for the perfect fall breakfast!

stack of pumpkin pancakes with butter and maple syrup on plate with fork.

Perfect Fall Breakfast

We love making pancakes, waffles, and French toast for breakfast every weekend. It is one of our favorite family traditions.

During the fall months, I like to switch things up and make our favorite Pumpkin Pancakes. The pancakes are light, fluffy, and full of fall flavor.

Top a stack with butter, pure maple syrup, and if you want to go all out, you can add whipped cream! Pumpkin lovers will go crazy for these pancakes!

The pancakes make a great fall breakfast or brunch. They would also be perfect for Halloween or Thanksgiving morning. Every special occasion should start with pancakes!

Pancake Ingredients

  • Flour– I use all-purpose flour, but whole wheat will work too, the pancakes will just be a little denser in texture. If you need the pancakes to be gluten-free, you can use all-purpose gluten-free flour. I like Cup4Cup.
  • Brown sugar– to sweeten the hot cakes.
  • Baking powder– baking powder gives the pancakes the bubbles in the batter and makes them light and fluffy.
  • Salt– a little salt to enhance the flavors.
  • Spices– cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves.
  • Buttermilk– at room temperature.
  • Pumpkin puree– not pumpkin pie filling, just pure pumpkin!
  • Egg use a large egg.
  • Butter– to give the pancakes a rich, buttery flavor.
  • Vanilla extract– always splurge for pure vanilla extract.
Pumpkin Pancakes on plate with butter and maple syrup.

How to Make Pumpkin Pancakes

These pumpkin pancakes are easy to make from scratch. There is no need to go out for breakfast, you can make perfect pancakes right at home and they only take about 20 minutes to make.

  • Start with the dry ingredients. Whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Make sure there are no brown sugar clumps in the mix.
  • The spices REALLY make the pancakes so don’t skip them!
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, pumpkin, egg, melted butter, and vanilla extract.
  • Make sure you buttermilk, egg, and melted butter are all at room temperature.
  • Use canned pumpkin puree. A 15 oz can will give you more than enough pumpkin. You can keep the leftover pumpkin in container in the refrigerator for up to one week. You can use the leftover pumpkin to make bread, cookies, overnight oats, energy balls, or scones.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix until JUST combined. Don’t over mix the pancake batter or they won’t be fluffy.
  • Cook the pancakes on an electric griddle or in a large skillet on the stove. We like to use an electric griddle because we can cook several pancakes at the same time.
  • Use a measuring cup to pour about ⅓ cup of batter onto the hot griddle or pan. Cook on one side for 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbles appear all over the pancake. Flip and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Don’t smash the pancakes down with your spatula, gently flip them and let them cook. If you smash down the pancakes, they won’t be fluffy.


If you want to stir chocolate chips into the batter, go for it! Chocolate is always a good idea, especially with pumpkin.

You can also top the pancakes with a variety of fun toppings. Here are some ideas!

How to Store & Freeze

How to Store: Store leftover pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

How to Freeze: You can freeze pumpkin pancakes. Let the pancakes cool completely and wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and then store them in a freezer-safe bag or freezer container. Freeze for up to 2 months. To reheat, put the pancakes in the toaster or microwave.

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Pumpkin Pancakes

This easy pumpkin pancake recipe is sure to be a fall favorite! Enjoy for breakfast, brunch, or even make pancakes for dinner! There is not a bad time to enjoy these delicious pumpkin pancakes!
4.59 from 73 votes



  • Preheat an electric griddle to 350 degrees F. You can also make the pancakes in a large skillet.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, brown sugar, baking powder, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, pumpkin, melted butter, and vanilla extract. Add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Don't over mix the batter. The batter will be thick. You can add a little more buttermilk if you want thinner pancakes.
  • Coat with griddle pan with nonstick cooking spray. Pour about ⅓ cup of batter onto heated skillet. Cook on the first side until bubbles begin to form, about 2-3 minutes. Carefully flip pancake over and cook for another 2-3 minutes or until golden brown. Continue this process to make the rest of the pancakes.
  • Serve pancakes warm with butter and maple syrup, if desired.


If you don’t have an electric griddle pan, you can use a skillet and make the pancakes on the stove. Heat the pan to medium heat, spray with nonstick cooking spray, and cook the pancakes in the pan. You can use whole wheat flour or all-purpose gluten free flour.
Feel free to stir in chocolate chips! 


Calories: 235kcal, Carbohydrates: 42g, Protein: 7g, Fat: 3g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 230mg, Potassium: 403mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 10g, Vitamin A: 4925IU, Vitamin C: 1.3mg, Calcium: 186mg, Iron: 2.6mg
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  1. Love that syrup puddle! It’s the best – and only – way!
    I need some pumpkin pancakes in my life!

  2. Love how these use such little butter and sugar; so much moisture from the pumpkin! 🙂

    1. 5 stars
      Our entire family loves these but especially my son (8). This is the second weekend he’s handed me a bowl ready to go all I do is cook them.
      5/5 would totally recommend.

  3. 5 stars
    These were so delicious!  We had these for breakfast this morning with whipped cream & syrup.  Everyone was in heaven.

  4. 5 stars
    I made these and LOVED them! they turned out really well and were very simple to make. I would definitely recommend them for any pumpkin lover.

    1. It’s not fall but it’s a cold rainy June day! These were perfect with my King Arthur gluten free flour. I doubled the recipe and added the second cup of buttermilk in slowly and didnt quite use it all, but we like them big and thick. We ended up with about 18 6″ cakes. And so good cold!

  5. 5 stars
    I made these for my Go Blue Bridge League Opening Breakfast & Bridge !

    All of the Ladies loved the Pumpkin Pancakes

    18 Ladies

    So light & fluffy and they only need a small amount of syrup

  6. 5 stars
    I made these for breakfast this morning for the first time. They were delicious! I didn’t have buttermilk so I did a cup of unsweetened almond milk with a tablespoon of organic apple cider vinegar and let it sit while I prepared everything else. I love the pumpkin flavor which was just right – not overwhelming. I ate four! Great recipe when you have some canned pumpkin left over.

    Thank you for this yummy pumpkin pancake recipe Maria❤️

  7. 5 stars
    Made these for breakfast today. I didn’t have buttermilk, so I substituted cider vinegar mixed with milk. The pancakes were delicious! Thank you for sharing the recipe!

  8. Thanks for articles, this made me more knowledgeable in reading your articles

    I love pankakes so good.

  9. These are fantastic and easy! I loved them because they are not TOO pumpkin-ey…some other recipes that I looked at had a full cup of pumpkin, and that’s just way too much for my, and my daughter’s, taste. I didn’t have buttermilk, so I added a tsp. of vinegar into regular milk and let it stand for a few minutes. I also substituted a 1/4 c. ground flaxseed and 1/2 c. whole wheat flour for some of the AP flour. I actually made them for myself, and will freeze the leftovers for easy school breakfasts next week!

  10. I’ve made these countless times before and never commented but today I am. Today I was in my own world surrounded by butter, syrup and the ultimate pumpkin pancake! Love love love this recipe! Thank you. I have a question though – have you made this in a muffin form.

    1. Glad you like the pancakes. I have a few pumpkin muffin recipes on our blog. Try those!

  11. 5 stars
    We love pumpkin and these were fantastic with pure maple syrup and pecans sprinkled on top! I will definately add this recipe to my recipe box. Thanks for sharing!

  12. The batter was super thick — is this normal? How can I lighten/loosen it up. It was super thick . Thicker than cake batter.

    1. It is a thicker batter due to the pumpkin. You can add more buttermilk if it is too thick.

  13. 3 stars
    Unfortunately I followed this recipe exactly and my batter was very thick. The pancakes never bubbled as typical batter will do. I kept them on the griddle a lot longer than normal and they cooked through to be able to serve them. Totally bummed!

  14. 5 stars
    So delicious!! Thank you for this recipe! I had some leftover pumpkin from a cake my daughter made and couldn’t figure out what to with it. Thankfully I found your recipe for Pumpkin pancakes. I think it will be a seasonal favorite. My kids were dancing in their seats! Thanks again!

  15. My son made these for his Nutrition and Wellness class. First time he tried eating pumpkin pancakes too :0) Enjoyed them for dinner and they were delish!!

  16. These pumpkin pancakes were absolutely delicious. So light and fluffy. Will definitely make them again.

  17. 5 stars
    I just made this recipe and it is fantastic! Those are the best pumpkin pancakes I have ever had. My boyfriend requested chocolate chips so I added dark chocolate chunks and yum!! Thank you, I have made several of your recipes and have loved them all.

  18. A couple of people asked, but there was no reply…..about how many pancakes does this make when using 1/3 c. batter per pancake? That will be more helpful than “4 servings” because it does not say what a serving is. These sound delicious! I have a large family though, and need this information.

    1. So if I am making this for 40 people and each of them want 2 pancake, am I 20x-ing the recipe?

  19. 5 stars
    We made the pumpkin pancakes just yesterday morning for breakfast. And you could smell the aroma of the spices throughout the house! We knew we were in for something good. Great flavor and relatively easy to make. Right after we ate, I jumped on my laptop to save this recipe.

  20. 5 stars
    Our entire family loves these but especially my son (8). This is the second weekend he’s handed me a bowl ready to go all I do is cook them. I’ve made them for family events and they all rave about how great they are with so little sugar.
    5/5 would totally recommend.