Healthy Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

These fluffy whole wheat pumpkin pancakes are light and full of delicious autumn spices. Packed with some seriously healthy ingredients, these pancakes are THE BEST!

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So I have this thing about pancakes.

When I was younger, most Saturdays we would make enough pancakes to feed like 25 people. When in reality, only 6 or 7 people were going to be eating them. Uh-huh.

So we ate, and we ate, (and we ate), until all the pancakes were gone. All 56 of ‘em. So now, eight years later, I cannot stand to eat more than three pancakes. And not just any pancakes. They’ve gotta be light, fluffy, and made with real ingredients. No more of that boxed mix where you only have to add water.

Cause I don’t roll like that.

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I really like pumpkin in my pancakes. So much so that I bought like 8 cans of pumpkin puree from Whole Foods last week for the sole purpose of making pumpkin pancakes.

I bought another 10 cans for all kinds of other fall baking. Because this girl ♥’s pumpkin.

You guys—these pancakes are the bomb. And a drizzle of good ‘ol maple syrup makes it all the better. Oh, and you can’t forget the butter! If there weren’t tree nuts allergies in my house, I would top these babies with a little bit of chopped pecans or pistachios. Mmmm.

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The buttermilk in this recipe makes the pancakes oh-so tender and moist. You can’t go wrong with buttermilk. (If you don’t have any buttermilk at home, you can simply sub in sour milk. The ratio is one cup milk to 1 tablespoon vinegar or lemon juice.)

Now, in case you’re not convinced that these whole wheat pumpkin pancakes are so worth making, maybe this will change your mind.

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Is your mouth watering yet, because I know mine is. 

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This recipe calls for maple syrup as the sweetener because the flavor pairs well with pumpkin, but you could always use honey or any other sweetener you’ve got lying around.

You guys are seriously going to love these easy, fluffy, moist, tender healthy whole wheat pumpkin pancakes. After a long line of pumpkin pancakes that were hit and miss, these were definitely the BEST!

Here’s the recipe:

Healthy Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes
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Yield: 12-15 medium-size pancakes
  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour (where to buy)
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ¼ teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1½ teaspoons baking powder
  • 1½ cups buttermilk
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup, plus more for topping
  1. In a large bowl, toss the flour, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, wheat germ, baking soda, and baking powder until combined.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the buttermilk, sour cream, pumpkin puree, vanilla extract, eggs, and maple syrup and whisk to combine.
  3. Pour the wet mixture into the dry ,mixture and stir until JUST combined. You don't want to over-stir because the result will be dense, dry, hard pancakes. And we don't want that.
  4. Heat 1 teaspoon of the vegetable oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat .
  5. Wipe out pan with a paper towel leaving a thin layer of oil on pan.
  6. Pour ⅓ cup (or ¼ cup for smaller pancakes) of batter on the pan. Cook until the bubbles on surface begin to break. This will be about two to three minutes. Flip pancakes and continue to cook one to two minutes longer.
  7. Serve pancakes immediately with butter, maple syrup, and chopped pecans/pistachios. (That last part is optional but definitely recommended!)
Recipe adapted from The Organic Family Cookbook

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  1. says

    Do you think this recipe could also be used in a waffle iron, for waffles? It looks so delicious, and my family likes waffles so much. Thanks for your input. Sincerely, Linda B.

    • says

      Hi Linda! Waffle batter is usually a lot thinner than pancake batter, so if you wanted to make waffles out of this recipe, you’ll need to increase the amount of liquid until you get a nice thin pourable consistency. Hope this helps and I hope you enjoy them! :)

  2. says

    Thanks for a delish recipe. Just made it tonight and my toddlers thought it was delicious. The recipe does make a lot, so I made them small and froze a bunch as my family loves pancakes!


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