Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes

Back when I lived in Oregon for college, I adored the changing colors of fall.  The crisp air and the way warm, earthy foods started showing up everywhere.  It made me feel cozy. 

Although Maui doesn’t necessarily experience any falling leaves or big seasonal changes, fall remains my favorite season. 


To celebrate the coming of fall, Ben and I ate some amazing whole wheat pumpkin pancakes last weekend – made with homemade pumpkin puree from a pumpkin I picked up at the Upcountry Farmer’s Market [canned pumpkin works just fine, but if you’re interested I can post the recipe for how I made my own puree, too]. 


Whole Wheat Pumpkin Pancakes



  • 1 1/2 c whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1-2 Tbsp ground raw sugar/sugar substitute


  • 2 eggs – beaten
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp canola oil
  • 1 c buttermilk or vegan buttermilk [place 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar in a measuring cup + fill to the 1c line with dairy-free milk]
  • 1 c pumpkin puree


Heat skillet or griddle to medium-high heat.

Make buttermilk by mixing apple cider vinegar + dairy free milk, then placing it aside to “curdle”. 

Whisk dry ingredients together in a large bowl. 

Whisk wet ingredients in a separate, medium bowl.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and mix just until combined [add more buttermilk if it seems too thick, but don’t worry so much about lumps].


Drop pancakes onto the heated griddle [I used a 1/2 c measuring cup and flattened it with a wooden spoon].  Flip the pancakes once there are bubbles in the center and the edges dry out.


Enjoy!  Top with Earth Balance and maple syrup, or coconut butter, or sliced fresh fruit.  Or eat these plain on a hike.  These are good no matter what! 


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