These moist pumpkin pancakes are one of our favorite weekend breakfasts.
They are so moist, fluffy, and full of fall flavors like pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and ginger. If you like pumpkin spice you are going to love these pancakes.
One of my favorite things about this recipe is it uses a full can of pumpkin. I despise those pesky recipes that call for a partial can and then I am left figuring out what to do with the remaining pumpkin puree.
They also freeze and reheat really well so you can enjoy them any day of the week.
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These pancakes start off with pretty basic pancake ingredients; flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, brown sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, and butter.
What makes them special is the addition of:
Pumpkin Puree: A pet peeve of my is having partial cans of ingredients leftover, which is why this pumpkin bread uses an entire can of pumpkin puree. Make sure you are using pumpkin puree not pumpkin pie mix. The pumpkin pie mix has additional spices added in. If you only have pumpkin pie mix then I would suggest not adding any additional spices.
You could also make your own pumpkin puree.
Spices: Often I will use just cinnamon and nutmeg but warm fragrant spices like cardamon, ginger, cloves, or allspice could work well too. You could also substitute two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice.
Kitchen scale: Kitchen scales make baking faster and neater. Accuracy matters in baking. Scales are more precise than measuring cups. Too much flour or not enough sugar can dramatically change a recipe. The most accurate way to bake is to measure your ingredients by weight rather than volume.
A kitchen scale also reduces the number of dishes you will need to wash because you are measuring each ingredient directly from the container into the mixing bowl without the use of measuring cups.
This scale from OXO is the one I use after it was recommended by Alton Brown. What makes this scale great is the display pulls out to make viewing measurements easier when using a large bowl.
Mixing Bowls: These are some of my favorite mixing bowls. They come in a huge range of sizes, nest together for easy storage, and are easy to clean.
Rubber spatula: For folding batters together, I prefer a stiffer spatula like this one from OXO. It fits comfortable in my hand, is dishwasher safe, and is heat-resistant up to 600 degrees Fahrenheit. Both the handle and head are silicone coated which makes it easy to clean and safe to use with my non-stick cookware and bake ware.
Electric Griddle: While not completely necessary, you could cook the pancakes in a skillet on the stovetop, I prefer cooking items like pancakes and french toast on an electric griddle because I can cook larger batches. This is my favorite electric griddle for making pancakes. It is huge! I can cook nine pancakes at one time.
How to make pumpkin spice pancakes
Whisk together all of the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices) into a large bowl.
Whisk together the wet ingredients (brown sugar, eggs, milk, vanilla, melted butter, and pumpkin) in a separate bowl.
Fold the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, until just combined do not overmix.
Preheat a griddle or skillet to medium heat. Grease with a little butter, cooking spray or my personal favorite bacon grease. I love the extra flavor I get by cooking bacon first and then using a little of the grease to oil my griddle or pan before frying my pancakes.
Pour 1/4 cup portions of the batter onto the prepared griddle/skillet. Flip the pancakes when they are puffy and bubbles start to form on top. Cook for an additional 1-2 minutes until golden brown.
Serve immediately or keep warm in the oven while you cook the remaining pancakes.
- Don’t overmix the batter! A few lumps are fine. If you overmix the pancake batter too much gluten will form and your pancakes will be tough and chewy.
- Use canned pumpkin puree, not pumpkin pie mix. Pumpkin pie mix already has spices added.
- This is my favorite electric griddle for making pancakes. It is huge! I can cook nine pancakes at one time.
How to keep pancakes warm
Keep cooked pancakes warm on a sheet pan in a 200 degrees Fahrenheit oven.
How to freeze pancakes
- Once they are completely cooled, freeze pancakes in a zip-top bag with layers of parchment paper in between each pancake.
- Label the bag with the contents and date.
- Pancakes will keep in the freezer for up to 6 months.
- Reheat pancakes directly from the freezer using your toaster or microwave.
Looking for more breakfast carbs?
- How to Make Amazing French Toast
- Homemade Crispy Waffles
- French Toast Recipe Roundup
- Sourdough Banana Bread
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