Pumpkin Spice Pancakes Recipe

These pumpkin spice pancakes are the perfect autumn breakfast!

Love pumpkin spice flavors this time of year? You aren’t alone! These delicious pumpkin-flavored pancakes can be made vegan, gluten-free, or just as is. But no matter how you make them, they are delicious every time!

An overhead view looking down on a golden brown stack of Pumpkin Spice Pancakes.

Where Does Pumpkin Spice Come From?

Supposedly, the “…McCormick spice company created the Pumpkin Pie Spice—a blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice—in 1934 as a shortcut for flavoring the traditional harvest dessert.

CookingLight.com

What Is Pumpkin Spice Made Of?

Sugar and spice and everything nice! That’s what pumpkin spice is made of!

I’m just kidding. But seriously, pumpkin spice is just a blend of spices, including ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground ginger, and ground cloves. You’ll find variations on those spices just about anywhere. You can find my recipe for pumpkin spice mix here.

A side view of a large stack of Pumpkin Spice Pancakes on a white plate.

Is There Pumpkin In Pumpkin Spice?

Nope! Not a single drop! The spices are simply intended for seasoning this popular orange squash, typically in pie form (see my pumpkin pie recipe here). But it also has many other uses, such as the ever-popular pumpkin spice latte (find my delicious pumpkin spice latte recipe here!), kettle corn (find my kettle corn recipe here), or even as a spice in this delicious almond butter spread (found here). But where you won’t find any pureed pumpkin is in this recipe! That’s right, I only used the spices here.

Topping Ideas For Your Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

  • Walnuts
  • Pecans
  • Almonds
  • Maple syrup
  • Honey
  • Chopped persimmons
  • Apple sauce
  • Chopped or grated apples
  • Melt butter to pour over the top
Maple syrup pouring over a stack of Pumpkin Spice Pancakes.

Ingredient Checklist

Whole wheat pastry flour – Or try white whole wheat flour. Either will work.

Unsweetened almond milk – Or any milk other than full-fat coconut milk which is too thick

Pumpkin pie spice – No sugar added (see link above)

Baking Powder – Make sure it’s fresh so it works properly. This is not the same as baking soda. Do not substitute one for the other.

Large egg whites – Or a large egg. For vegan pancakes, you can simply omit them.

Pure vanilla extract – Use the real stuff. Not vanilla flavoring.

Maple syrup – For the topping

Salt – This is optional but helps bring out the sweetness of any syrup you put over the top of these pancakes.

How To Make Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Flour and spices sitting in a mixing bowl.

Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.

Milk and vanilla added to a flour mixture in a mixing bowl.

Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture.

Whisked Pumpkin Spice Pancake batter in a mixing bowl.

Whisk together into a smooth batter.

Spaying a pumpkin shaped pancake maker with oil.

Using an oil sprayer, spray a pancake maker or nonstick skillet with a very light coat of olive oil.

Closing the pancake maker lid on batter that has just been ladled on.

Ladle on your pancake batter and cook until done. If you are cooking these on a stovetop, cook over medium heat and flip as needed until cooked. If using a baking sheet, bake at 425 F. for 15 to 20 minutes.

An overhead shot looking down on a stack of Pumpkin Spice Pancakes.

Serve a stack of hot pancakes topped with maple syrup and a side of scrambled egg whites.

How To Store Pancakes

Pancakes will last in the fridge for 2 to 3 days if kept in an airtight container.

Can You Freeze Pancakes?

You can! But I highly recommend putting a small piece of parchment between each pancake so you don’t end up with a clump that is stuck together. Thaw overnight in the fridge.

How To Reheat Pancakes

You have a few options.

  • Microwave – Undoubtedly the fastest option.
  • Toaster oven – Works well, but don’t overcook, or your pancakes will get really dry.
  • Stovetop – Warm them in a dry skillet (cast iron works best), flipping frequently to avoid burning.

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An overhead view looking down on a golden brown stack of Pumpkin Spice Pancakes.

Pumpkin Spice Pancakes

Enjoy the flavor of the season in these delicious pancakes this morning!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 pancakes
Calories: 53kcal

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Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tbsp. pumpkin pie spice (no sugar added)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt (optional)

Wet Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups unsweetened almond milk, (or any milk other than coconut milk which is too thick)
  • 2 large eggs (optional)
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract

Topping

  • maple syrup
  • chopped nuts
  • unsweetened apple sauce

Instructions

  • Whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
    Flour and spices sitting in a mixing bowl.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the flour mixture.
    Milk and vanilla added to a flour mixture in a mixing bowl.
  • Whisk together into a smooth batter.
    Whisked Pumpkin Spice Pancake batter in a mixing bowl.
  • Using an oil sprayer, spray a pancake maker or nonstick skillet with a very light coat of olive oil.
    Spaying a pumpkin shaped pancake maker with oil.
  • Ladle on your pancake batter and cook until done. If you are cooking these on a stovetop, cook over medium heat and flip as needed until cooked. If using a baking sheet, bake at 425 F. for 15 to 20 minutes.
    Closing the pancake maker lid on batter that has just been ladled on.
  • Serve a stack of hot pancakes topped with maple syrup and a side of scrambled egg whites.
    An overhead shot looking down on a stack of Pumpkin Spice Pancakes.

Notes

Please note that the nutrition data below is a ballpark figure. Exact data is not possible.

Nutrition

Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 53kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.003g | Cholesterol: 31mg | Sodium: 102mg | Potassium: 85mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 0.2g | Vitamin A: 47IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 63mg | Iron: 1mg

Recipe from the Gracious Pantry® archives, originally posted on 10/16/2011.

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40 Comments

  1. Elizabeth says:

    Hi everyone! Im planning on making these on Saturday with my family. If you add baking soda for extra fluffiness – how much do you recommend?

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Maybe 1 teaspoon.

  2. Brooke Lane says:

    Is there a certain reason you don’t use the egg yolks? Just curious. ๐Ÿ™‚ I follow recipes that call for whites only all the time.. but just wondering why it makes a difference. Thanks so much for filling me in!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      I did it to cut down on fat. But you can certainly use them. I use 2 egg whites for every whole egg.

  3. Hi! I am looking through all of your Clean Eating Thanksgiving meal recipes and a lot of them list “whole wheat pastry flour” as an ingredient. Can you tell me the specific brand of pastry flour you use and where I could find it? Also, I only have King Arthur’s unbleached organic white whole wheat flour in my pantry. Could I use this flour as a substitute for the whole wheat pastry flour in your recipes? Thank you!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Esther – I get mine in the bulk section at Whole Foods. But I believe Bob’s Redmill has it in packages. You can find it online or at a local health food store. You can use the flour you mentioned, but the resulting texture will be just slightly more coarse and dense. But it’s the next best thing if you can’t find the pastry variety.

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Esther – My pleasure! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Lori Runkle says:

    Made these this morning,so easy and so yummy!! Thanks!

    1. The Gracious Pantry says:

      Lori – My pleasure! ๐Ÿ˜€