Easy Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes

How to make extra fluffy, delicious pumpkin pancakes from scratch. Jump to the Easy Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.

Easy, Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

The Secret to the Fluffiest Pumpkin Pancakes

There are some recipes that you always come back to, these pumpkin pancakes are that kind of recipe. These pumpkin pancakes are simple to make and call on ingredients you probably already have in your kitchen.

To make them, you will need pumpkin puree. You can use canned puree or homemade pumpkin puree. If you’ve never made pumpkin puree from scratch before, it’s easy! Here’s our simple tutorial for how to do it.

We like our pancakes to be fluffy and light, have you seen our essential pancake recipe, yet? Well, that recipe was the stepping off point for these easy pumpkin pancakes.

There are two tricks for the fluffiest pancakes:

  1. Mix the dry and wet ingredients separately. Then when you’re ready to cook, slowly stir the dry ingredients into the wet. Once you see most of the large lumps of flour disappear, you’re done. No more mixing required. We use the same approach when making quick breads and muffins.
  2. Use the right amount of leavener. In this recipe, we are using baking powder and baking soda to get nice, tall fluffy pancakes.
Easy Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes

More Pumpkin Recipes

  • Easy Pumpkin Mac and Cheese — How to make extra creamy pumpkin mac and cheese in under 1 hour. The perfect Fall dinner!
  • Pumpkin Pancakes with Butter Pecan Syrup — Fluffy pumpkin pancakes recipe with pumpkin puree and warm spices. Plus, a recipe for homemade butter pecan syrup.
  • Homemade (and easy) Pumpkin Pie — How to make classic, unfussy pumpkin pie from scratch. This is our favorite way to make pumpkin pie. It’s easy, too!
  • Pumpkin Scones — How to make the best spiced pumpkin scones inspired by Starbucks.
  • Chocolate Orange Pumpkin Bread — This quick bread has pumpkin, orange, and is packed with chopped chocolate. Not too sweet, extremely moist and perfect for fall!
    Homemade Pumpkin Spice Latte — How to make the best pumpkin spice latte at home with pumpkin puree, coffee, milk, and fall spices. Better than store-bought!

For more pancake recipes, check out our Delicious Whole Wheat Pancakes, these Cinnamon Pancakes with a Cinnamon Roll Glaze and our Spiced Buttermilk Banana Pancakes.

Recipe updated, originally posted November 2011. Since posting this in 2011, we have tweaked the recipe to be more clear. – Adam and Joanne

Easy Homemade Pumpkin Pancakes

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We love these pumpkin pancakes: not too sweet with a hint of spice. If you do not have pumpkin spice mix at home, combine 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon, 2 teaspoons ground ginger, and 1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg to make 2 tablespoons of mix. For the recipe below, you will need 2 teaspoons of that mix, leaving you with just over a tablespoon for next time.

Makes approximately 4 servings

You Will Need

2 cups all-purpose flour

3 tablespoons brown sugar

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice mix

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 3/4 cups milk

1 cup pure pumpkin puree, see our homemade pumpkin puree recipe

1 large egg

2 tablespoons vegetable oil


    In a medium bowl, whisk the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin spice mix, and salt.

    In another bowl, whisk the milk, pumpkin puree, egg, and oil until blended.

    While stirring, slowly add the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture until blended; try not to over mix the batter. As soon as you see large clumps of flour disappear, stop stirring.

    Lightly spray hot skillet or griddle with non-stick cooking spray or lightly brush with melted butter. Then, use a 1/4-cup measuring cup to spoon batter onto the skillet or griddle.

    When you begin to notice the edges of the pancake look dry and little bubbles start to appear on the top surfaces of the pancake, turn over. This takes about 2 minutes. Once flipped, cook another 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked in the middle.

Adam and Joanne's Tips

  • Nutrition Facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA Supertracker recipe calculator to calculate approximate values.

If you make this recipe, snap a photo and hashtag it #inspiredtaste — We love to see your creations on Instagram and Facebook! Find us: @inspiredtaste

Nutrition Per Serving: Calories 405 / Protein 12 g / Carbohydrate 64 g / Dietary Fiber 3 g / Total Sugars 14 g / Total Fat 11 g / Saturated Fat 3 g / Cholesterol 55 mg
AUTHOR: Adam and Joanne Gallagher

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27 comments… Leave a Comment
  • Margaret December 6, 2013, 8:44 pm

    This is an easy recipe and very delicious! I added chopped pecans after putting the batter into the pan. My pancakes turned out so nice!

  • Cheryl November 3, 2013, 1:19 pm

    These are Scrumptious! I tweaked the Recipe. I used all natural pancake mix instead. Followed the recipe except added more milk. I also used all spice and Cinnamon and a tsp of vanilla. They weren’t fluffy but I had to flatten so the middle would cook thru. I’m pretty happy with them and so was my picky family : )

  • Tyler November 3, 2013, 11:31 am

    Just finished making these. While the flavor is good, my pancakes are anything but light and fluffy. They are very moist and dense and do not want to “get done” in the middle. Read the comments and this was common if the pancakes were too thick or the mix to dry. Mine was neither. This is the second pumpkin pancake recipe I’ve tried that has turned out this way (remaining very wet in the middle… not getting done before browned and done on outside). Any suggestions?? Love the flavor and want to try them again. Thanks!!!

    • Joanne November 3, 2013, 3:39 pm

      Hi there, We have recently added another pumpkin pancake to our site. We’ve found they turn out a little lighter. Here’s the link

      Other thoughts are to add a little more milk to thin the batter a little, cook at a slightly lower temperature and to spread the pancake batter a little once in the pan so they are not as thick. Hope that helps 🙂

  • nknightsd November 3, 2013, 8:45 am

    These pumpkin pancakes were fluffy and delicious! My toddlers loved them too. I substituted coconut milk for milk and reduced the brown sugar to 2 TBS. My pumpkin spices were a little old, needing to be replaced for sure, so the spice flavor didn’t come through as much as it should have. Next time I’ll use fresher pumpkin spices and I’m sure the flavor will be perfect.

    • Adam November 3, 2013, 10:32 am

      Thanks so much for sharing your substitutions. We love that you used coconut milk – bet that was tasty 🙂

  • Denise November 2, 2013, 4:36 pm

    These are really good. I made them today for a late brunch and they turned out super yummy. I really like that there is not a lot of added sugar. It keeps them from being to sweet. My batter came out a bit thick so I just added a little more milk and it worked just great! Thanks for the recipe.

  • Wendy November 1, 2013, 9:58 am

    These were delicious! Better than some of the other pumpkin pancake recipes out there. I must have made my pancakes too thick or had my skillet too hot, because they didn’t cook all the way through before they browned. Still yummy. My 1yr old and I loved them!

    • Joanne November 2, 2013, 11:24 am

      Next time, add a tiny splash (tablespoon or two) of extra milk if you find the batter is too thick. Glad you enjoyed the pancakes 🙂

  • Jane October 20, 2013, 3:11 pm

    I made it this morning and it was delicious! Moist but fluffy with a distinct pumpkin taste. The spices were not overpowering but complemented well. I added a touch of vanilla as well.

  • sierra May 11, 2013, 2:46 pm

    Can the batter be refrigerated overnight and then cooked in the morning? I would love to make these for mother’s day tomorrow, but my mom is going to be out tonight and I’d rather have the kitchen clean tomorrow morning.

    • Joanne May 13, 2013, 1:51 pm

      They should be okay, but to be sure, we suggest keeping the wet and dry ingredients separate in two bowls overnight. Then just before making the pancakes gently mix the two mixtures (wet and dry) together.

  • Heather March 29, 2013, 1:09 am

    This recipe looks great, but is there a way to make it with whole wheat flour instead of all purpose flour? Thanks!

    • Adam April 8, 2013, 10:59 am

      We haven’t tried making these with whole wheat flour but it should work just fine.

  • Sheila Foraker January 1, 2013, 5:08 pm

    This is a great recipe. I pureed a crookneck pumpkin and used it in this recipe. We had it for New Year’s Day breakfast this morning. I fed both adults and children and they loved the pancakes. This is one that I will make over and over. Also my guests asked for the link.

  • jmue November 3, 2012, 7:01 pm

    This is the first time I made pumpkin pan cakes. I researched several recipes and picked this one. To my delight it was perfect. The pan cakes turn out really light and fluffy. The flavor is amazing. I used already seasoned pumpkin pie filling but still added the spices that the recipe called for and it was just right. Great job on the recipe!!

  • lo October 24, 2012, 5:41 pm

    Made these for breakfast yesterday and they were delicious! I am a big fan of anything pumpkin so I really loved the flavor of these babies. However, I may have added a little too much flour because they were slightly thick, I’ll have to watch my measuring more closely next time!

    The next time I make these (which will probably be tomorrow!), I think I may add walnuts for some crunch!

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

    • Joanne October 24, 2012, 5:46 pm

      So happy you liked them! Let us know how your next batch come out 🙂

  • Peggy December 1, 2011, 2:31 pm

    Can I use pumpkin pie spice, it has the same ingredients.

    • Joanne December 1, 2011, 2:32 pm

      Yep! Pumpkin Pie Spice will work just fine.

  • Stephanie November 28, 2011, 6:07 pm

    Yum…these look fantastic! I’m making these for dinner. I just posted on brunch, as well at partydish.net. Enjoy!

  • Katie November 20, 2011, 1:47 pm

    These look and sound amazing! I’ve yet to make Pumpkin pancakes and definitely need to put them on my list of things to try!


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