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Pumpkin pancakes stacked on a plate with syrup, a pat of butter, and pecan pieces on top.

Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

These healthy Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes are a part of our family’s regular breakfast rotation for good reason. They have sneaky vegetables (i.e. pumpkin this time) and 100% whole grain in them but retain their light, fluffy texture.

Yield: 7 servings (2 pancakes per person) 1x
Prep: 10 minutesCook: 20 minutesTotal: 30 minutes


  • 2 cups white whole wheat flour (sub: 1/2 whole wheat and 1/2 unbleached all-purpose flours)
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (or 12 drops liquid stevia)
  • 2 cups milk (sub: plain almond milk)
  • 4 teaspoons avocado oil or melted butter/coconut oil, plus more for greasing skillet
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree (sub: sweet potato puree)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

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Make It Now:

  1. Mix Dry Ingredients: In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, and brown sugar.
  2. Mix Wet Ingredients: In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the milk, oil (or melted butter), eggs, pumpkin, and vanilla.
  3. Combine: Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Stir together just until smooth, but do not over mix!
  4. Cook Pancakes: Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Grease the pan with cooking spray or butter. Using 1/3 cup batter per pancake, cook until bubbles form on the surface. Then flip and cook until golden brown.
  5. Serve: Serve warm with butter and real maple syrup (and perhaps Maple Whipped Cream).

Freeze For Later: Fully cook and cool. Freezer in single layers, divided by parchment or wax paper, in a gallon-sized freezer bag or container. Squeeze out all the excess air, seal tightly, and freeze.

Prepare From Frozen: Pop them in the toaster. Then microwave for about 20 second intervals, as needed to heat through.


    • To make sure these whole wheat pancakes turn out light and fluffy, you will need to find white whole wheat flour OR replace it with half all-purpose flour and half regular whole wheat flour. Find white whole wheat flour in health food stores, larger grocery stores, or online here.

    • I chose to add a small amount of brown sugar because it adds a hint of sweetness and goes so well with the pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg. However, feel free to either leave it out or use a healthier sweetener option like coconut sugar, xylitol, or liquid stevia.

    • I’ve tested this recipe with nearly every kind of milk, including plain, non-dairy milk. It always turns out fine, so use whatever kind you have on hand.
    • For Gluten-Free: Replace the flour with 1:1 gluten-free baking flour like Bob’s Red Mill.
    • The pumpkin puree can be replaced with sweet potato puree, butternut squash puree, mashed overripe bananas, or applesauce. If using the bananas or applesauce, leave out the brown sugar ingredient.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size: 2 pancakes
© Author: Rachel Tiemeyer
Cuisine: American Method: Stove Top