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Pumpkin Pancakes are loaded with delicious fall flavor. They’re the perfect warm and cozy start to any chilly morning.

Pumpkin Pancakes are loaded with delicious fall flavor. They’re the perfect warm and cozy start to any fall morning.

Last week I received an email from a gal named Sarah (hey, Sarah, hey!) about my Pumpkin Crunch Cake. She wrote to tell me how much she enjoyed the recipe and that she’d be making it along with a pumpkin roll for Thanksgiving dinner.

By the way, if you haven’t tried those recipes, you need to!

Sarah then asked why I don’t share more of my daily life on social media. She said she’d love to see behind the scenes stuff on Snapchat or Instagram Stories for a sneak peek into my life as a full time blogger and toddler mom.

Well, I didn’t really have an answer, so I had to think about it.

Pumpkin Pancakes are loaded with delicious fall flavor. They’re the perfect way to start your day!

Okay, wait… I did have an answer for the Snapchat question. I don’t use Snapchat because I kinda hate it. However, I do love me some Instagram Stories.

Then I started to think about why I love certain bloggers’ stories so much. And I think it’s because things are more unfiltered there.

Obviously I’m not talking about the photo filters that will make you look ahhh-mazing after 3 hours of sleep coupled with zero coffee. Can this mom get a real life “pretty” filter, please?

I’m talking about the way some of my fave bloggers present themselves on Instagram Stories. Ya know, messy buns, boxed mac and cheese for lunch and less than perfectly lit, over-styled photos. Just kind of real life, and I love real life.

But guys, I struggle with real life sometimes.

Pumpkin Pancakes are loaded with delicious fall flavor. These are perfect for Thanksgiving morning!

Anyone that knows me in real life knows that I am a perfectionist in every sense of the word. And to be honest, I can be pretty hard on myself if I don’t think things are good enough. It’s something I’m working on, and probably always will be.

I guess I shy away from Instagram stories and other behind the scenes stuff because it sort of terrifies me to put myself out there for people to see.

And let’s be real, it would probably take someone like me 45 minutes to record 4 clips for a total of 30 seconds of footage because I’d keep filming them over and over.

Plus you guys might be able to tell I’m on day 3 hair and the dry shampoo just isn’t cutting it anymore and that I live in my favorite hoodie. Or that I don’t have pretty white marble counters and white brick in my kitchen and I just fake it in photos.

Pumpkin Pancakes are loaded with delicious fall flavor. If you're looking for the perfect Thanksgiving breakfast or brunch, you just found it!

For the record, I have cream cabinets and granite that I loathe.

So, this is me, putting myself out there a little bit more. I’m not saying I’m jumping on the InstaStories bandwagon this very second.

But it’s possible I’ll try to share more. More of me, more of Elle and Eric.. all of it. Speaking of, you guys – husband with a torn ACL? It’s just no fun for anyone. Send pro tips if you have them.

These pumpkin pancakes are a side effect of baking with pumpkin pretty much non-stop since the calendar flipped to September, and a need to not make anything complicated for dinner.. Or brinner, as my friend Amber calls it.

Pumpkin Pancakes are loaded with delicious fall flavor. Perfect for breakfast, brunch, or brinner!
They’re a great way for you to feel fall-ish without a whole lot of effort, which, let’s face it, is me most days. I wasn’t kidding about Day 3 hair, y’all.

These pancakes would be great for breakfast on Thanksgiving morning – not complicated, but enough fuel to get you through to turkey time. But they’re also just really great every day of the year.

They freeze well. And if you’re like me and love pumpkin no matter the season, then these pumpkin pancakes are just as perfect in April as they are in November.

To reheat, simply pop them in the toaster oven for a few minutes, or the microwave for one to two. Don’t forget the maple syrup, please!

So, what do you think? More than just recipes on my Insta Stories? Tell me.

For more delicious pumpkin recipes like these pumpkin pancakes, be sure to check out this pumpkin bread, this marshmallow pumpkin pie and these pumpkin cheesecake muffins. Can ya tell I have a serious thing for pumpkin? If pumpkin isn’t your thing, these Easy Homemade Pancakes are always a great idea.

Pumpkin Pancakes are loaded with delicious fall flavor. They’re the perfect warm and cozy start to any fall morning.

Pumpkin Pancakes

Yield: 4-5 servings
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes

Pumpkin Pancakes are loaded with delicious fall flavor. They’re the perfect warm and cozy start to any chilly morning.


  • 1 1/2 cups low fat buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1 1/3 cups pumpkin puree
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup finely chopped and toasted pecans (see how to toast nuts)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, whole milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vanilla.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, pumpkin pie spice and salt.
  3. Stir dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture until just combined. Fold in toasted pecans.
  4. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or nonstick frying pan over medium high heat.
  5. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/3 cup for each pancake. Cook until surface of pancakes have some bubbles and a few have burst, about 1 to 2 minutes.
  6. Using a thin spatula, carefully flip each pancake and cook until browned on the underside, about 2 minutes more. Transfer cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and keep warm in oven.
  7. Continue with more oil and remaining batter.
  8. If desired, top with additional toasted pecans, butter and high quality maple syrup.

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Saturday 28th of November 2020

I made these this morning. They are absolutely divine!


Tuesday 8th of December 2020

So happy to hear you enjoyed them! -Jamie


Tuesday 3rd of November 2020

WOW all the talking was so unnecessary!!! I'm trying to make a recipe not scroll through someone's entire life story. I know you get paid for ads on your website not by writing a book to go along with each recipe. Also making my phone freeze up when scrolling past the ads and nonsense is annoying. These pancakes came out kinda dry anyways. It's okay I'll go elsewhere now on


Thursday 28th of October 2021

@Jamie, how rude. Some of us like to know the blogger’s and have a sense of connection to them. BTW this is a great recipe. I love your site and your recipes.


Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Please do.

Douglas McMillan

Monday 19th of November 2018

I tried this recipe over the weekend, and wow! They are some of the best pancakes I've ever had in my life! I wish I could upload the pics that I took of these gorgeous orange masterpieces... Keep up the awesome work!


Monday 19th of November 2018

So happy to hear you enjoyed the pancakes, Douglas! Thanks so much for stopping by and leaving your feedback! -Jamie

Mary White

Monday 17th of September 2018

Love your old time recipes!!!


Sunday 23rd of September 2018

Thanks so much for stopping by, Mary! I appreciate you taking the time to comment. Happy Baking! -Jamie


Sunday 5th of August 2018

I am looking forward to making these pancakes,but I have a few questions. I cannot have gluten, buttermilk, or nuts...may I substitute gluten free flour, milk, and leave out the nuts without compromising the recipe? Thank you


Wednesday 8th of August 2018

Hello! I haven't attempted this recipe with these substitutions, so I am not sure of the result. If you happen to give it a try, I'd love to know how they turned out. Thanks so much for stopping by. -Jamie

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