The end of October means Halloween season which also means pumpkin season! Pumpkins are not only popular for carving for Halloween but there are so many tasty dishes to make out of pumpkins!
There's pumpkin soup, roasted pumpkin, pumpkin bread, pumpkin risotto, the lists goes on and on. The first thing that came in my mind to make was Pumpkin Pancakes.
They are super easy to make in less than 18 minutes. Not to mention, nice and fluffy and also a healthy version to your normal pancake recipes as they are made with wholefoods.
The pumpkin spice flavour in the pancakes feels so nice and warming, and even though I use pumpkin puree, the taste of the pumpkin isn't overbearing at all. Its gives a beautiful natural sweetness to the pancakes.
Ingredients to Make Pumpkin Pancakes
- Pumpkin puree is the key ingredient for these pancakes. You can buy these canned however depending on which country you live in you may have to make this from scratch. See below for my recipe
- Rolled oats for this recipe I use oat flour as the base. I create my own oat flour by blending regular rolled oats to form the flour
- Baking powder is essential to help the pancakes rise along with creating a fluffy texture
- Pumpkin spice, includes 5 spices mixed together. See below for the recipe
- Egg, I’ve used 1 egg in this recipe however you can replace with a flax egg to make it completely vegan
- Milk, I use almond or oat milk however any plant-based milk will work
- Rice malt syrup is used as it’s a natural sweetener. It also has a slight caramel taste. You can also substitute for maple syrup.
- Vanilla extract is a great addition to enhance flavours
- Coconut oil, is my preferred oil for pancakes. I like the subtle taste and also the health benefits, however, if you don’t like coconut oil, you can substitute with your preferred oil
Pumpkin Spice Recipe
October is Fall season in the United States where Pumpkin Spice is very popular in so many dishes, coffee and sweets. Since pumpkin spice isn't available in Australia and other countries, I’ve made my own spice mix.
These are the ingredients that you'll need:
- 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
- Pinch of allspice
Simply place all ingredients in a bowl or jar and mix together.
How to Make Pumpkin Puree
In some countries, it's super easy to find canned pumpkin puree. However, if you cant purchase it or prefer to make it yourself, it's actually quite simple!
Here are my 3 easy steps to make pumpkin puree:
1. Cut a pumpkin (I've used butternut squash) into half lengthways and place face down on an oven tray lined with baking paper
2. Cook in the oven until it becomes nice and soft, approx. 45 minutes at 200°C/400°F
3. Once it's cooked, the skin should just be able to be easily peeled off, let It cool down slightly and blend in a blender to make a puree consistency. Ensure to check your blender can take hot ingredients first otherwise let it cool down completely.
To top it off, I like the addition of some ricotta which offsets the sweetness with a creamy touch. Enjoy!
More Breakfast Recipes
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- ½ cup pumpkin puree
- 1 ½ cups rolled oats
- 2 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon pumpkin spice (read above for the recipe) or you can substitute cinnamon
- 1 egg
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tablespoon rice malt syrup or maple syrup
- ¼ teaspoon pure vanilla concentrate
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil plus more for frying
- Rice malt syrup or maple syrup
- Dollop of ricotta cheese
- Blend oats in a blender to create a fine oat flour
- Add to a bowl with baking powder, pumpkin spice and salt
- In a new bowl, crack your egg and add all remaining wet ingredients. Mix to combine well
- Pour dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix altogether with a spoon. Don’t over mix however you want to create a batter type consistency
- Heat some oil in a fry pan on medium heat. Spoon some batter into the pan in a pancake shape. Allow it to cook for a few minutes until bubbles start appearing and then flip over with a spatula
- Remove from the pan and continue process with remaining batter.
- Stack in a pile, add a dollop of ricotta cheese ontop and drizzle over some syrup and enjoy!