Pumpkin Pancakes

October 4, 2014
Pumpkin Pancakes - Perfect for fall .. a stack of pumpkin pancakes made with buttermilk are hard to beat.

What are you up to this weekend?  I can't wait to ..

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Turn off our alarms so we can sleep in and have breakfast in bed; it's been far too long

Fall in Iowa

Colorful leaves and walnuts blanket the yard.  I've found my jacket and given up flip flops for jeans and tennis shoes.  The electric blanket has found a permanent home on the bed, a warm spot for afternoon kitty naps

Of course, the season can't pass by without something(s) made of pumpkin, and there aren't many things better than a big stack of hot pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes - Perfect for fall .. a stack of pumpkin pancakes made with buttermilk are hard to beat.

These are wonderful.  Pancakes made with buttermilk, and a touch of baking soda is hard to beat.  Don't get me wrong, they can still be good, but certainly not amazing.  As a bonus, the batter here is nice and thick, which helps control the shape of the pancakes on the griddle.

A few of my favorite tips when it comes to pancake making:

No matter what I do, the first pancake of the batch is never how I'd like it to be.  It happens to everyone.  Feed it to your puppies and move on to the next

Keep an eye on your griddle's temp; you'll want to make sure it's hot enough, but not too hot.  I usually start low (200 – 250 degrees) and play around with it while I'm cooking

Resist the urge to over mix your batter; you'll end up with tough pancakes, which will be terribly unfortunate

Freeze leftovers.  When you want one for a snack, pop it in the toaster for a quick reheat.  It's never as good as fresh-off-the-griddle, but it'll still be a pretty darn good treat

Pumpkin Pancakes - Perfect for fall .. a stack of pumpkin pancakes made with buttermilk are hard to beat.

For a little something special on top, try a blend of Greek yogurt, maple syrup, and spices.  A few toasted pecans or walnuts would also be great

Or maybe a maple apple compote?

I wish for you the happiest of weekends ahead


ps:  A fun article from Bon Appetit – 10 Common Pancake Making Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

pps:  Pumpkin pie puree is different from pumpkin pie filling.  Both can be found in the same section at the grocery.  Be sure to choose the plain pumpkin 

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~ Adapted from Honey and Jam

Pumpkin Pancakes


  • Dry Ingredients
  • 2 ¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • cup natural sugar (Sugar in the Raw or Turbinado) - brown sugar is great too
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 1 ½ tsp cinnamon
  • 1 ½ tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of cloves

  • Wet Ingredients
  • 2 cup buttermilk
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten (large or XL)
  • 2 Tbsp butter, melted
  • cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 big handfuls walnuts, chopped

  • Maple Yogurt Topping
  • ¼ cup Greek yogurt
  • ½ Tbsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp vanilla
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon

  • Optional Toppings
  • pecans or walnuts, toasted
  • fruit of your choice
  • maple syrup


  • Whisk together the dry ingredients, and set aside
  • Whisk together the wet ingredients until thoroughly combined
  • Using a spatula, mix the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. (For tender pancakes, use a light hand while gently folding the batter together with the spatula)
  • Let the batter sit for about 10 minutes
  • Use your favorite pancake cooking method, a griddle or pan on the stove
  • Top with your favorites - maple yogurt, nuts, fruit ..
Serves: 12
Nutrition + Show
Calories 285
Total Fat 11.7g
Saturated Fat 3.3g
Carbohydrates 38.1g
Fiber 5.4g
Sugars 9.5g
Protein 7.8g
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