Classic Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

Simple Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes

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It’s just me and these simple cinnamon pumpkin pancakes.

Breakfast, lunch, and brinner: we’re talking about whole wheat goodness that meets the completely fluffy, golden brown, cozy delicious of pumpkin pancakes. Both the healthy and the good, together in one.  Nothing else needed here except a big slab of creamy melted butter (er, ahhmm, I meeeean, just close your eyes for a second) and a thick drizzle of real maple syrup, a rich Americano with extra cream, and a few new kitchen cabinets being installed upstairs.

OH MY GOSH, yes! That!

The new kitchen cabinets are heeeeyyyerrrr.

Warning: I’m going to clap obnoxiously loud at the beginning of this video. Cover ears of sleeping children and skittish animals. And self.

Kitchen Update (2 MINS):

Big big big BIIIIG thank you to our fantastically talented crew of construction-ers who are making this all happen one hard working day at a time. They allow us to continue geeking out with our “jobs” (aka wearing black stretchy pants and oversized hoodies from high school while Instagramming, responding to emails, making scrappy videos, and experimenting with pancakes in the basement) while they do the important and difficult things needed to make this kitchen come together. We will be eternally, geekily thankful to these guys every time we open the drawer for a spoon and watch in awe as it soft-closes without a squeak. Bless.

I have been making some actual meal food in the basement during these last few weeks of kitchen reno. I promise I have. Making goat cheese scrambled eggs on a panini press is one of my new ninja basement tricks, and we’ve only eaten Chipotle 27 times so far. Success.

Pancake batter in a blue mixing bowl.

But the truth is that sometimes all you really want for dinner-brinner is simple cinnamon pumpkin pancakes that fry up into perfectly round and evenly golden brown fluffy circles with a nice big glass of milk, and the other truth is that this feeling is multiplied one thousandfold when you operate out of a janky basement kitchen whose primary cooking tool is a panini press. But you know what? Look what’s on my plate right now. Don’t even think for one second that this girl is complaining about a dang syrup-soaked thing.

It’s like every reason I could ever think of against eating breakfast for dinner (like, all one and a half of them) no longer exists when I know that the quickest path to dinner involves one mixing bowl, five minutes, and a bottle of real mapley syrup, and pancakes left in my fridge for tomorrow morning.

Shh. Do you feel that? It’s The Deep Down Fall Happy Feelings.

Pancakes stacked on three plates.

I’ve actually already made a really similar version of these pancakes for Pinch of Yum – I posted it last year right around this time when I was feeling the annual fall onset of simple comfort food nostalgia (read: obsession). I decided to share the recipe again because ::

  1. I’ve changed it up a bit this week based on what I currently have in the basement mini-mini-mini-fridge, and
  2. I am a firm believer that really good food doesn’t have to be fancy, and that what you see on the blog should be a reflection of what we as REAL PEOPLE actually eat day in and day out. And day in and day out and day in and day out and da– okay. Point taken.

As a food blogger who is exposed to tons of creative and incredible ideas in this extremely talented foodie-friendly web world, I am always inspired and challenged to take recipes higher and higher and higher – more creative combinations, more zazzly-fun ingredients, more stuff sprinkled on top.

Not today, guys. Today we’re staying low to the ground with pumpkin pancakes. Really, really, REALLY good simple cinnamon pumpkin pancakes.

Also, the no-kitchen-thing sort of dictates the low to the ground approach.

But still.

Pancakes with butter and syrup.

We are off to Kansas City this weekend. Woot! I am so thrilled to have this sweet, sweet season of life that allows me to travel around with mah boiy slash business partner (we just said that out loud a few hours ago, the part about the you-are-my-business-partner thing, and I internally panicked – how did this happen? is this the worst or best idea ever? let’s just break every rule in the book?) and talk about food blogging and meet my food blogging friends in the real-life-friend way. Per the usual during our “work-ish trips,” I’m actually coming to you live in this post via keyboard, laptop, and iPhone hotspot in the passenger seat from somewhere on a highway in the middle of Iowa. You’re weirded out now, aren’t you? That’s what you get for actually reading what I write.

One of the things I love about getting away from home for a few days is the comfy old feeling of coming back home again, and even when we are halfway living in the B-word (BASEMENT), it always feels good to pull back into the garage, bring the suitcases inside, slip into my old slippers (which are so ratty right now just FYI in case anyone has my name for Christmas) and settle in for a toe-tingly comforting meal in front of a Netflix show NOT LIKE WE DO THAT. Jeez.

Pancakes, though. Food for the heart and soul.

Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes with syrup.
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Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes cut with bite taken out.

Simple Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes

  • Author: Pinch of Yum
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 1214 pancakes (nutrition is for one pancake out of 14) 1x


Simple Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes! So simple and deliciously sweet. Perfect treat for a cozy fall morning. Or dinner? Or both?


  • 3 eggs
  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 cups almond milk (regular milk is fine too)
  • 5 ounces plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder (yes, tablespoons!)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 heaping teaspoon cinnamon
  • a pinch of nutmeg, cloves, and/or all spice


  1. Whisk the eggs, pumpkin, olive oil, brown sugar, almond milk, and Greek yogurt together until smooth.
  2. Add the whole wheat flour, baking powder, salt, and spices. Stir until just combined.
  3. Preheat a skillet or griddle to medium high heat. Pour 1/3 cup batter onto the hot griddle and let cook for 3-5 minutes until bubbles rise to the top and the edges look dry. Flip the pancakes and let cook for another 2-3 minutes. Remove and keep warm until ready to serve. Top with butter and maple syrup (or other ideas in the notes section below!) Keep leftovers in the fridge for a few days or freeze them to enjoy later.


Other topping ideas –> peanut butter and raw honey (yummm), pecans, pumpkin seeds, yogurt, turbinado sugar, almond butter, banana slices, and whipped cream.

  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: pumpkin pancakes, cinnamon pancakes, pumpkin, cinnamon, breakfast

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  1. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I would love to know what percentage “real” people make of the recipes they see on food blogs. Now I’m a big food blog reader, but mostly I’m just addicted to Food Pictures, I don’t actually make the recipes unless, they are easy like this one!

    Easy, real, raw, these are the recipes those of us who don’t cook for a living actual implement, and that’s the whole point….with actual ingredients we have as staples in our kitchen.

    Loving the simple elegance of these pancakes. And I’m hyperglycemic so I need the cinnamon or I can have pancakes in any form.

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Yes – real ingredients that people actually have – that’s what I always try to keep at the forefront of my cooking! My family likes to keep me in check, like, Lindsay why are you using TOMATILLOS? and what are they? 🙂 It’s all kind of pointless if people don’t feel like they can actually make this stuff!

  2. Pinch of Yum Logo

    I wonder why I’m suddenly craving pancakes…hmm….

    Love the use of whole wheat flour and Greek yogurt here. You don’t always have to sacrifice flavor. This just proves it by looking at the pictures. Breakfast is served! Wait…I’m dreaming again. 🙂

    Have a great weekend!

  3. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Kansas City!!! Be sure to wear something blue because we are celebrating the Royals in a BIG way around here!

  4. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Congrats on the cabinets! I LOVE pumpkin pancakes, the pumpkin makes them so moist and delicious. Maybe we’ll have those for dinner too!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Sometimes I get annoyed having to go pick things out and then I’m like WAIT A SECOND. This is a mini dream come true!

  5. Pinch of Yum Logo

    This is excellent, I have pumpkin pure in a freezer usually for festive pumpkin latte or pumpkin bread but I will definitely try this lovely pancakes

  6. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Best idea EVER to be business partners with your spouse 🙂 I think it’s so neat. I can’t get over how amazing your photos are…these in particular, are some of my favorite that I’ve seen on your blog!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      Thank you so much! That means a lot to me! 🙂 I’m working on redefining my style a bit so I appreciate your feedback.

  7. Pinch of Yum Logo

    Oh my, these look amazing! I want some right now, especially since Im still in bed reading this post and ready for brunch, haha. I’m not sure if it’s the photography taken in the basement but I’m loving how sexy and mysterious these pancakes are looking! Great job capturing the hot steam coming off the pancakes

  8. Pinch of Yum Logo

    And I just bought a can of pumpkin and I have absolutely no idea what to do with it, since here inAustralia we only really cook savouries with the real stuff!

    Well I know what I’m making this a.m fo’ breakfast!
    Thanks Lindsay!!

    1. Pinch of Yum Logo

      We debated the title with the thumbnail for the intro shot because… well.. suggestive might be the right word. But ANYTHING FOR VIEWS. 😉