Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes {Recipe}

This fall, wake up to a stack of these healthier pumpkin pancakes made with whole grains, aromatic spices, honey, and 100% pure pumpkin puree. 

Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes | This fall, wake up to a stack of these healthier pumpkin pancakes made with whole grains, aromatic spices, honey, and 100% pure pumpkin puree. Recipe @jlevinsonrd.

What would autumn be without all things pumpkin?! Now that fall is officially here, it’s time to start cooking and baking with all the winter squash I can get my hands on. Hopefully there won’t be any shortages of canned pumpkin this year because I definitely want to get my fill of this beta-carotene-rich veggie!

I actually posted these Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes back in 2011 as part of The Recipe ReDux theme “Fresh From the Pumpkin Patch,” but back then my food photography was baaaaad, and to be honest, the recipe needed some tweaking too. So just in time for the fall season, and with the help of my assistant Kaleigh, here is the new and improved recipe and, even better, these gorgeous photos!

Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes | This fall, wake up to a stack of these healthier pumpkin pancakes made with whole grains, aromatic spices, honey, and 100% pure pumpkin puree. Recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Kaleigh really deserves a major shoutout for her talent in getting these amazing pour shots. Let’s give this girl a round of applause, shall we?! (By the way, Kaleigh has a recipe of her own for Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes, so be sure to check that out too! Hers are downright healthy, mine are just a little bit healthier, lol!)

When making these pancakes be sure to use 100% pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie filling or mix. The only ingredient you should see on the label is pumpkin; the pie filling has added sugar and spices. No need for any of that since this recipe calls for you to include a tablespoon of honey and aromatic warming spices of your own, including cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg.

Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes | This fall, wake up to a stack of these healthier pumpkin pancakes made with whole grains, aromatic spices, honey, and 100% pure pumpkin puree. Recipe @jlevinsonrd.

 

Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes | This fall, wake up to a stack of these healthier pumpkin pancakes made with whole grains, aromatic spices, honey, and 100% pure pumpkin puree. Recipe @jlevinsonrd.

I don’t think you’ll find these pancakes too sweet, so I like to serve them the same way I serve most other pancakes – with some low-fat plain Greek yogurt for a protein boost, warm maple syrup for some added sweetness, and a side of fruit to round out your breakfast meal.

I think a batch of these Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes is in order this weekend. What about you?!

Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes | This fall, wake up to a stack of these healthier pumpkin pancakes made with whole grains, aromatic spices, honey, and 100% pure pumpkin puree. Recipe @jlevinsonrd.

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This fall, wake up to a stack of these healthier pumpkin pancakes made with whole grains, aromatic spices, honey, and 100% pure pumpkin puree.
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Recipe Type: Breakfast, Brunch
Serves: 12-14 pancakes
Ingredients
  • ¾ cup all-purpose flour
  • ¾ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¾ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 large egg whites
  • 1½ cups nonfat milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • Coconut oil or butter for greasing the griddle
  • Maple syrup, for serving (optional)
  • Non-fat plain Greek yogurt, for serving (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, egg whites, milk, vanilla, and honey. Add in the pumpkin and whisk until combined.
  3. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined and smooth. Allow batter to rest 10 minutes.
  4. Over medium-low heat, grease griddle with oil or butter. Using a ¼-cup measuring cup, drop the batter onto the griddle and smooth with a spatula. Cook until the edges are set and the batter begins to bubble in the middle. Flip and cook on other side for another couple of minutes until bottom is lightly browned and pancake is cooked through.
  5. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve hot with warm maple syrup and yogurt.

Are you excited for pumpkin season?

What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?

Photo credit: Kaleigh McMordie

This post originally appeared on Nutritioulicious in October 2011. 

Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes | This fall, wake up to a stack of these healthier pumpkin pancakes made with whole grains, aromatic spices, honey, and 100% pure pumpkin puree. Recipe @jlevinsonrd.
Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes | This fall, wake up to a stack of these healthier pumpkin pancakes made with whole grains, aromatic spices, honey, and 100% pure pumpkin puree. Recipe @jlevinsonrd.
Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes | This fall, wake up to a stack of these healthier pumpkin pancakes made with whole grains, aromatic spices, honey, and 100% pure pumpkin puree. Recipe @jlevinsonrd.
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22 Responses to Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes {Recipe}


  1. YUM!!! Totally making this tomorrow morning. One of my all time fav ways to eat pumpkin….second to a pumpkin spice latte! Yours look devine! Love the Greek yogurt topping, great idea. xoxo

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks! Enjoy them tomorrow. Perfect for a chilly, fall morning!

  2. Pumpkin pancakes make a regular appearance at our house, although I do it the “cheaters” way by using pancake mix {Bob’s Red Mill gluten-free} to which I add 1/2 can of pumpkin and a liberal amount of cinnamon. My kids like to melt chocolate chips on top. Your version sounds really yummy! Have a wonderful weekend!

    • Jessica says:

      mmm…chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes sound delectable!

  3. Yes! I love pancakes made with whole wheat flour. My family prefers the run of the mill all purpose variety, but these remind me of the ones my grandmother used to make.

    So glad to have you participating in The ReDux this month… and once again, love the new site. It’s lovely!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Regan! My husband usually prefers the all purpose variety too, but he loved these! So happy I am still able to partake in the ReDux – it’s so much fun to see everyone’s creations every month!!

  4. I LOVE pumpkin pancakes! These sound right up my alley!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Kristen!

  5. Kara says:

    I was just sitting here thinking what I am going to do with the leftover pumpkin pulp I have from the pumpkin ravioli I made. Then I remembered there was a pumpkin pancake recipe this month! I am all about this recipe. Now you know what I will be doing Saturday morning!

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks Kara! Hope you enjoy them Saturday morning!!

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  12. These look so delicious and fluffy! If I was in town this weekend I would definitely be making the family pumpkin pancakes! I did make them pancakes this morning but not pumpkin.

    • Jessica says:

      Thanks so much Sarah! There’s always next weekend 😉

  13. A big round of applause for you and Kaleigh! Awesome recipe and gorgeous photos! I’m also in the process of updating the photos from my early posts- it’s fun seeing how far we’ve come 🙂

    • Jessica says:

      Aw, thanks Sonali! It’s always so much fun to see the improvement in pics!! Can’t wait to see some of yours!

  14. Sabrina says:

    Made these this morning. The girls said it was the best thing I had ever made them! Thanks!!

    • Jessica says:

      oh yay! That makes me so happy to hear!!! Thanks for sharing that with me!

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