Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes

September 23, 2016

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 Close Up

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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, and these healthier pumpkin pancakes!

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 here is the new and improved recipe and, even better, these gorgeous photos!

Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes On Plate

Ingredients & Preparation

The first step to making healthier pancakes is to use whole grain flour. I have been using white whole wheat flour for most of my baking, but you can also use a combination of all-purpose flour and whole wheat flour.

These pancakes are also healthier than many other recipes you’ll find because they only call for a little bit of added sweetener (in this case honey). To boost the flavor without adding calories and sugar, I add aromatic warming spices, including cinnamon, ground ginger, and nutmeg.

Lastly, when making healthier pumpkin 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, which you don’t need since you’ll add your own.

Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes with Syrup Pour

Making these pancakes is pretty straightforward and easy, and it’s a perfect recipe to get the kids to help. Most kids won’t turn up their noses at pancakes, but if they hear “pumpkin” they may be less inclined to try them. Not once they’re involved in the pouring and mixing!

Young children can help with spooning flour into measuring cups, pouring ingredients into bowls, whisking ingredients together, and even cracking eggs. Older kids can help cook the pancakes too – just be careful around the hot stove and pan!

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 with Syrup Drizzle

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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. Get the vegetarian and nut-free recipe @jlevinsonrd.

Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes

Yield: 12 -14 pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

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


  • 1.5 cup white whole wheat flour, (or use 3/4 cup all purpose flour & 3/4 cup whole wheat flour)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon table salt
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups nonfat milk
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 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)


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and salt. 
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, honey, and vanilla. 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 1/4-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.

Healthier Pumpkin Pancakes Image with Text Overlay

Are you excited for pumpkin season?

What’s your favorite pumpkin recipe?

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  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

  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!

  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!

    1. 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!!

    1. Thanks Marie! I’ll confess I don’t make them all that often either, but my kids do love them and ask for them a lot!!

    1. Thanks Kaleigh! So glad you enjoyed mine and even more so that you made them given you have your own awesome recipe! Hope you enjoyed yours this weekend!

  4. These look so fluffy I just want to devour a stack! The pumpkin bug hasn’t bitten yet but I know it’s coming. It got cold the week before last and I baked a loaf of bread, then last week was hot and humid and stopped that. Today it was rainy and cold and after seeing these on social media debated on making them for the girls for dinner but they weren’t feeling pancakes (so shocking but one isn’t feeling well). These need to be made soon!

    1. I hear you Sarah. The back and forth weather has certainly impacted what I cook too. It’s a funny time of year – I have corn and tomatoes on the menu, but also pears and pumpkins. I love eating by the seasons though. Hope you get to make these healthier pumpkin pancakes soon!

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