Healthful, hearty, and tasty, these glorious whole grain pumpkin pancakes are a delicious power-packed breakfast.

I’ve talked hot breakfasts to death around here but let me just plug these perfect pumpkin pancakes as the newest best thing to serve for breakfast.

Even my non-pumpkin lovers (sadly, we have a few of those in this house) enjoyed them.

A big stack of pumpkin pancakes with a bite getting taken out of all of them.

That may or may not have been due to the chocolate chips dotting the pancake (not pictured, we ate all the chocolate chip ones before I could snap a shot), but I still count it as a pumpkin victory.

Healthful and hearty, these glorious whole grain pancakes are a delicious power-packed breakfast.

And since many of you might be burned out of cooking this week by, say, Friday (hmmm, I wonder why?), these pancakes are definitely not off limits for a quick breakfast-for-dinner option.

A stack of pumpkin pancakes getting syrup poured over them.

In case you are wondering (and even if you’re not), here are a few of our other favorite breakfasts we’ve been rotating through lately:

One Year Ago: Apple Dapple Cake with Warm Vanilla Cream Sauce
Two Years Ago: Brownie Batter Truffles
Three Years Ago: Vegetable Sauté with Simple Cream Sauce


Perfect Pumpkin Pancakes

4.63 stars (27 ratings)


  • 2 cups (284 g) whole wheat flour
  • ¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 ¾ cups buttermilk (see note)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup (185 g) pureed pumpkin, canned or homemade
  • 2 tablespoons coconut or vegetable oil
  • 1 cup (170 g) chocolate chips, optional


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients. Make a well in the center and add the buttermilk, egg, oil, and pumpkin. Whisk together until just combined (it’s ok if there are a few dry spots remaining; over mixing pancakes can make them thick and dry).
  • Preheat a griddle or skillet on the stovetop to medium. Pour about 1/3 cup or so batter into circles on the griddle or skillet. Sprinkle with chocolate chips (if using). Cook until bubbles appear on the surface of the batter, 1-2 minutes. Once the bubbles begin popping, flip the pancakes and cook for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.


Flour: if you don’t have whole wheat flour, all-purpose flour could be used.
Buttermilk: remember that making your own buttermilk is super easy (a quick suggestion would be to use 1 3/4 cups milk and 2 tablespoons lemon juice or vinegar).
Serving: 1 Pancake, Calories: 184kcal, Carbohydrates: 28g, Protein: 4g, Fat: 7g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 20mg, Sodium: 306mg, Fiber: 3g, Sugar: 11g

Recipe Source: adapted a little from a recipe my friend, Kim B. sent me (thanks, Kim!)