Delicious Pumpkin Pancakes with a drizzle of maple syrup and a hot cup of coffee are the perfect breakfast for crisp fall mornings. If you love all things pumpkin, you'll find that this is one of the best homemade pancake recipes you can make.
The secret to perfect pumpkin pancakes is using the right ingredients including real pumpkin puree, making sure your griddle is nice and hot before adding the batter and serving them with warm maple syrup.
Adding pumpkin to any recipe just makes it more moist and delicious, which is why these pancakes are downright perfect for fall. I love adding some nuts or sweetened pumpkin seeds for that added crunch too!
Why I love this recipe
- Full of fall flavor
- Made with everyday ingredients you probably already have
- Light and fluffy texture with the perfect amount of pumpkin flavor
Ingredient needed to make perfect pumpkin pancakes
The exact quantities are listed in the recipe card below, but here's a summary so you know what to put on your grocery list.
- all-purpose flour
- brown sugar
- pumpkin pie spice (can also use cinnamon)
- baking powder and baking soda
- teaspoon salt
- pumpkin puree (you can also roast fresh pumpkin)
- oil (light olive oil recommended, but other vegetable oils or melted butter will work)
- butter (for greasing the griddle)
How to make this pumpkin pancake recipe
Mix dry ingredients
In a large bowl, sift together flour, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon), baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
Mix wet ingredients
Stir together the remaining ingredients, including buttermilk, pumpkin puree, eggs, and oil, in a separate bowl.
Combine the wet and dry ingredients
Pour the pumpkin mixture over the flour mixture and stir gently to combine, taking care not to over-mix. The pancake batter should be slightly lumpy.
Cook the pancakes
Heat a large griddle or nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Once the griddle has completely heated through, grease with a small amount of butter or cooking spray and place ¼ cup portions of the batter on the hot griddle. Allow the pancakes to cook for 4-6 minutes per side until the edges of the pancake are golden brown. Flip the pancakes only once. Reapply a little butter before each pancake is poured.
Serve and enjoy
These pumpkin pancakes are best enjoyed with a small pad of butter, pure maple syrup, and crushed nuts on top.
Substitutions and variations
- Whole wheat flour can be used in place of the all-purpose flour if you're wanting to make slightly more healthy pumpkin pancakes.
- Chocolate chips or a swirl of peanut butter make a fantastic addition to these pumpkin spice pancakes.
- If you need a dairy free option, almond milk or any other alternative milk can be used in place of the buttermilk.
- Easy eggs substitutions may include store bought egg replacers, flax eggs, or aquafaba.
Storage and reheating
Store any leftover pancakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They can also be wrapped tightly in plastic wrap and frozen.
To reheat, you can pop them in the toaster oven or in the microwave just until heated through. If you plan on reheating a big batch of fluffy pumpkin pancakes, you can arrange them on a baking sheet and warm them in the oven. Reheated leftover pancakes are perfect for busy mornings.
Favorite sweet pumpkin breakfast recipes
- Healthy and Delicious Pumpkin Oatmeal
- Super Moist Pumpkin Bread
- Sweet and gooey Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls
- Decadent Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
- Pumpkin Coffee Cake with Streusel Topping
- Homemade Pumpkin Monkey Bread
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Fluffy Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes
- 1 ½ cups all purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons brown sugar (packed)
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice (or use cinnamon)
- 1 ½ teaspoons baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ½ cups buttermilk
- 1 cup pumpkin puree
- 2 large eggs
- 3 tablespoons oil (light olive oil recommended, but other vegetable oils or melted butter work)
- butter (for greasing pan)
- Mix dry ingredients: In a large bowl, sift together flour, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice (or cinnamon), baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- Mix wet ingredients: Stir together the remaining ingredients, including buttermilk, pumpkin puree, eggs, and oil, in a separate bowl.
- Combine: Pour the wet ingredients over the dry ingredients and stir gently to combine, taking care not to over-mix. The batter should be slightly lumpy.
- Cook pancakes: Heat a large griddle over medium-low heat. Once the griddle has completely heated through, grease with a small amount of butter and place ¼ cup portions of the batter on the hot griddle. Allow the pancakes to cook for 4-6 minutes per side, until golden brown. Flip the pancakes only once. Reapply a little butter before each pancake is poured.
- Serve: These pumpkin pancakes are best enjoyed with a small pad of butter, warm maple syrup, and crushed nuts on top.
This recipe was originally published in November 2015 and has been updated with helpful information, ingredient and process photos, as well as recipe tips. Don't worry - the recipe hasn't changed!
This looks like the perfect breakfast to serve on thanksgiving! I would love to use this as a new tradition!
These sounds perfect for Fall! I adore pumpkin in all forms!
These pumpkin butternut pancakes were the best! Loved every bite - can't wait to make them again.
These are perfect fall morning breakfast treat. I'm going to surprise my family with these this weekend. Yum!
My pancake-hater hubby said yum and asked for seconds, so definitely thank you for sharing this. Now we can all finally enjoy a great pancake breakfast. 🙂
T Rae Jones
Thank you for this simple but delicious recipe. My three boys raved!
These were delicious! So many special pancakes have a mushy center but these didn't. I ate them with pancake syrup.