Healthy pumpkin pancakes are the perfect cozy fall breakfast or brunch! Made with whole grains, no added sugar and a gluten-free option!
Pumpkin pancakes bring back lots of great memories for me. Memories of my first apartment in college with my best friend. Memories of the early stages of when my husband and I first stated dating, of our first fall together. A fall filled with pumpkin spice warmth and love and yumminess.
Back then I lived close to campus. Close enough to walk so that I didn’t have to buy a parking sticker, but far enough that when it was cold out, it was not a fun walk to class in the morning. But guess who had a parking sticker? Mr. Table.
He would drive over to my apartment at 7 in the morning to drive me to class, pumpkin spice lattes in hand. Sometimes he would bring us bagels, and sometimes I would cook us breakfast to eat before class. And one of his favorite things that I would make him were these healthy pumpkin pancakes. The warmth of the spices and yummy pancakes were so perfect for the cold days, and still remind me of our young puppy love. Our time together eating breakfast and my sweetheart driving me to class is still one of my favorite memories.
Over the years I have perfected the pumpkin pancake recipe and tweaked them to be more healthy. They are so yummy and comforting, and perfect for a lazy Saturday breakfast in the fall. Serve them with some warm maple syrup, toasted pecans, pumpkin spice granola, or honey greek yogurt, if you wish. I hope you enjoy these pancakes as much as I do!
Healthy pumpkin pancakes are the perfect cozy fall breakfast or brunch!
- 1 cup oats
- 1/2 cup white whole wheat flour (replace with GF flour for GF option)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 3/4 tsp baking powder*
- Pinch salt
- 2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp nutmeg
- 2 egg whites
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
- 1 to 1 1/2 cups club soda or milk of choice
- Preheat pancake griddle or skillet to 350°F or medium heat.
- Grind oats in a blender or food processor until they are the consistency of flour. (I like to use my NutriBullet.)
- In a large bowl, mix dry ingredients. In a separate bowl, mix all of the wet ingredients. Add to the dry ingredients and stir until just combined. Let stand for a couple of minutes.
- Spray a preheated skillet pan or griddle with cooking spray or lightly grease with coconut oil.
- Pour about 1/4 cup of batter (more or less, depending on the size you want) onto the pan to form a circle. You may need to spread it a little with the bottom of you measuring cup. Let cook until you see bubbles forming in the batter's surface. When the bottom is golden, flip and cook the other side until it is cooked through, about a minute.
- Repeat with remaining batter. Serve warm with honey or maple syrup.
- *If using milk, increase baking powder to 1 tsp.
These pancakes are not sweet. If you want them sweeter, add 1 tbsp honey or 2 tbsp brown sugar to the batter!
(psst… you can make your own pumpkin pie spice! Get the easy recipe here.)