Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

This pumpkin pancake recipe is just the thing for a special Halloween breakfast! The flavors of pumpkin and cinnamon complement each other perfectly - and your kitchen will smell wonderful.

pumpkin pancakes

Kids love these - especially if you make a jack-o-lantern face on each pancake! (Directions are below.)

This is one of my favorite easy Halloween recipes.

Check that you have these staples at home

  • in the cupboard

    • whole wheat flour
    • baking powder
    • baking soda
    • cinnamon
    • canned pumpkin

  • in the fridge or freezer

    • eggs
    • milk
    • butter

Get out your equipment

  • Essential

    • two mixing bowls
    • measuring cups and spoons
    • a can opener
    • a mixing spoon
    • a skillet
    • a pancake flipper or spatula

  • Nice to have but not necessary

    • a whisk for beating the eggs (if not, use a fork)

    The pumpkin pancake recipe

    2 cups/500 mL whole wheat flour

    2 tsp/10 mL baking powder

    1 tsp/5 mL baking soda

    1 tsp/5 mL cinnamon

    2 eggs

    1 1/2 cups/375 mL milk

    1/2 cup/125 mL water

    3 Tbsp/45 mL melted butter

    1 cup/250 mL puréed pumpkin

    In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and cinnamon.

    In a large bowl, beat the eggs.
    Add the milk, water and butter.
    Stir to mix well.
    Add the pumpkin.
    Mix well.

    Add the flour mixture to the egg mixture.
    Mix well.
    Add more water if needed to make a fairly runny batter.

    Heat a skillet over medium heat.
    When the skillet is hot, spoon batter onto it.

    When bubbles cover the surface of the pancake, use a spatula to turn the pancake over.
    Cook for a minute or so longer, then remove and serve.


    • Use another type of flour in place of the whole wheat.

    • Use a non-dairy milk substitute (rice milk, soy milk, etc.) instead of milk.

    • Use canned squash instead of canned pumpkin.

    • Cook and mash your own pumpkin instead of using canned pumpkin.

    Ideas for making this recipe your own

    • Make a jack-o-lantern face on each pancake! Using a small spoon, drop tiny eyes, nose and mouth on the hot skillet. Wait for several seconds, and then cover the features completely with batter. When you turn the pancake over, there is the jack-o-lantern face!

    • Top the pancakes with your favorite toppings. We like butter and maple syrup. You could also use berries, sliced bananas or kiwis, whipped cream, chopped nuts, or your favorite syrup.


    • Freeze any leftover puréed pumpkin to use next time.

    • Cook your own pumpkin! Cut the pumpkin in half, remove the pulp and seeds, cut into smallish pieces and peel each piece. You can then either steam or boil the pieces until they are tender. I prefer steaming; it takes about 50 minutes. Boiling works, too; it takes about 25 minutes. Let the cooked pumpkin cool, and then mash it or purée it. You'll get about 3 cups of purée from a small pumpkin.

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