Our super easy, three ingredient pumpkin pancake recipe is one that you’ll want to use over and over. It creates such light and fluffy pancakes, in just a few minutes, that are so full of pumpkin and spice flavors that are delicious. Kick them up a notch by adding some of your favorite add-ins or creating gourmet toppings that add give that added visual appeal. It’s just like Krusteaz Pumpkin Pancake Recipe, but it doesn’t even require a seasonal mix.
Ingredients For Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe
You’ll need just three basic ingredients to make these fluffy pumpkin pancakes. Those ingredients are:
Pumpkin pie puree
Complete pancake mix (just add water)
Ingredients Needed For This Recipe
The 3 ingredients needed for this recipe are quite straightforward and are basic pantry ingredients. If you’re making this in the summertime and are having a hard time finding a canned pumpkin source, we have listed some substitutes in the frequently asked questions section below. So be sure to check those out.
Easy, Fluffy Pumpkin Pancakes (using Krusteaz pancake mix)
You might be wondering what kind of pancake mix to use for these delicious pancakes. And our answer is any complete pancake mix will do. If you’re not sure that the pancake mix is a complete mix, the best clue is that it will say “just add water”. If you’ve found one with just add water then you’re all set.
You can use Krusteaz Complete pancake mix, Hungry Jack Complete pancake mix, or any brand that you like. It doesn’t only have to be Krusteaz. Our favorite tends to be Hungry Jack because it makes pancakes that melt in your mouth and are so light and fluffy. Seriously, they’re like wow, fluffy. And it takes literally no effort to achieve that fluffiness.
Cooking The Pancakes
The best way to cook the pancakes is to achieve a perfectly golden-brown exterior while the inside is nice and fluffy and light. Following our ingredient list and step by step instructions will help you do that.
If you’re using a griddle or frying pan for cooking, you’ll want to be sure that the pan has been greased well with oil to keep the pancakes from sticking.
Watch the pancakes as they cook and when bubbles begin to form in the batter and the edges begin to get done, you’ll know that the pancakes are likely ready to be flipped.
FAQ’s and Tips
Following are questions and tips that are asked frequently about making Krusteaz pumpkin pancake recipe. We trust you’ll find this information helpful. If you have additional questions, please feel free to ask.
Do I need to buy pumpkin pie spice?
No. If you’re using canned pumpkin pie puree you don’t need to buy pumpkin pie spice because it’s already included in the pumpkin. If your canned pumpkin is plain pumpkin puree, then you’ll want to add pumpkin pie spice to give it good flavor.
What if I can’t find canned pumpkin?
If you can’t find canned pumpkin, then you still have a couple of options. You can buy and cook a pie pumpkin and scoop that out for use in your pancakes. Please note there is a difference between pie pumpkins and pumpkins that are used for carving. Pie pumpkins are much smaller in size and typically have a smoother, darker skin.
Another option is to use a butternut squash in place of a pumpkin. Bake the squash first by poking holes in it and baking it until it’s nice and soft. We typically bake it at 375F for about an hour and a half. This squash can be scooped out, seeds removed, and used as a pumpkin substitute.
Can I use pumpkin pie filling?
Yes, in fact we recommend using pumpkin pie filling because all of the spices are already included. It makes for the easiest recipe.
What if I want to kick it up a notch?
If you want to kick up your pumpkin pancake recipe, there are some fun ways to do that. You can use add-ins or toppings to make an extra fancy or tastier outcome. Here are some ideas:
Pumpkin Pancake Add-ins:
Shredded, sweetened coconut
Nutmeg Whipped Cream
Maple Whipped Cream
Sweet Cream Cheese Syrup
Homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice
Sometimes it can be challenging to find pumpkin pie spice at the store. We’ve been there. And if you can’t find it in the spice section, you might be surprised that you might already have the spices in your cupboard to make pumpkin pie spice. Here’s how:
3 tablespoons ground cinnamon
2 teaspoons ground ginger
2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
1 ½ teaspoons ground allspice
1 ½ teaspoons ground cloves
Mix these spices together and add 2 teaspoons to the ¾ cup of plain pumpkin puree. The leftover pumpkin pie spice can be stored in an airtight container in your cupboard for future use.
If you’re using pumpkin pie puree for your pancake recipe, then it already has pumpkin pie spice added and you don’t need to worry about making it or adding it yourself. You’ll only need to add this if you’re using plain pumpkin puree.
Classic Topping Ideas for Pumpkin Pancake Recipe
Following are some of our classic topping ideas for pumpkin pancakes that are just plain wonderful.
Pumpkin Pancakes with Nutmeg Whipped Cream
To make nutmeg whipped cream, you’ll need 1 cup heavy cream, ¼ cup sugar, 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ¼ teaspoon nutmeg. Using a whisk attachment, whip the three ingredients together until stiff peaks begin to form. Serve and enjoy.
Maple Whipping Cream
To make maple whipped cream, you’ll need 1 cup heavy cream, 2 tablespoons of maple syrup, and ½ teaspoon vanilla. Using a whisk attachment, whip the three ingredients together until stiff peaks begin to form. Serve and enjoy.
How to Make Sweet Cream Cheese Syrup
To make sweet cream cheese syrup, you’ll need 4 ounces of softened cream cheese, ¼ cup powdered sugar, 1 teaspoon vanilla, and ¼ cup milk. Mix until completely incorporated. Serve and enjoy.
Starbucks Caramel Syrup Copycat Recipe
Starbucks caramel syrup is made with sugar, water, heavy cream, butter, and salt. It’s perfect as a pumpkin pancake topping, among many other things. Get the recipe here.
Recipe Tips and Substitutions
Following are recipe tips and substitution suggestions to help you achieve the best results for your pumpkin pancake recipe.
Gluten Free. To make this recipe gluten free, use a gluten free complete pancake mix. All other ingredients (water and pumpkin puree) are naturally gluten free.
Pumpkin. Though our recipe calls for pumpkin pie mix in a can. You can use any kind of pumpkin puree or even substitute butternut squash. We talk more about that in the frequently asked questions. If you’re using pumpkin that is not spiced, we recommend adding pumpkin pie spice for delicious flavor.
Pancake Mix. Krusteaz has a great complete pancake mix that works well. But if you’ve got another favorite brand laying around, why not use that? You’ll know it’s a complete pancake mix if it says “just add water”.
4-Ingredient Pumpkin Pancakes With Pancake Mix
If you’re not able to find a can of pumpkin pie mix, then your three ingredient recipe will likely turn into a four ingredient recipe. You’ll either want to find pumpkin puree and add the two teaspoons of pumpkin pie spice to the mix.
Or you can use a butternut squash and add pumpkin pie spice. The other ingredients of complete pancake mix as well as water will remain the same.
3 Ingredient Pumpkin Waffles
Some people prefer waffles over pancakes. And waffles can be a great way to change up the way these delicious pumpkin pancakes (or waffles) are served. The pancake recipe below can be cooked in a greased waffle iron for similar great taste.
The difference is the end result is that waffles provide a crisper exterior, which is preferred by some.
How To Make Pumpkin Pancakes
These easy pumpkin pancakes can be made with any complete pancake mix, pumpkin pie mix, and water. Just mix the ingredients and fry them in oil. It doesn’t get any easier than that. And they come out so light and fluffy.
1 cup Complete pancake mix (just add water)
¾ cup Water
¾ cup Pumpkin pie puree
Oil for cooking
- Heat griddle to 375F degrees. Spread oil to keep surface from sticking.
- Mix pancake mix, water, and pumpkin pie puree until smooth and slightly runny.
- Pour pancake batter on the griddle in desired sizes. Cook until bubbles begin to form and edges begin to get crisp.
- Flip pancakes with a spatula and cook remaining side.
- Serve with desired toppings and enjoy.