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healthy pumpkin pancakes

Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes (Vegan) Recipe

These vegan Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes are fluffy, sweet and delicious. The ultimate fall breakfast, Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes are made with a few pantry staple ingredients and tastes just like pumpkin pie. Serve with maple syrup for a delicious breakfast recipe the whole family will love.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 10 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 4 Servings
Calories 300 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree
  • 1 ½ cups all purpose flour (or use gluten free flour)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or any unsweetened plant based milk)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or stevia sweetener)
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon salt

Instructions
 

  • Preheat:
    Preheat a greased griddle or pan on medium heat. You can use vegan butter or non-stick cooking spray to grease the pan.
  • Combine Dry Ingredients:
    In a bowl, mix together the flour, salt, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, baking powder and sugar. Use a whisk to sift through any clumps of flour and to help fully incorporate the ingredients.
    pancake dry ingredients
  • Add Wet Ingredients:
    To the same bowl, slowly add in the unsweetened almond milk (or any plant-based milk.) and the pumpkin puree.
    Fold the batter until the dry and wet ingredients are completely combined to form a batter.
    If the batter is thick, add 1/2 tablespoon of water to thin it out, otherwise the batter should be just right.
    vegan healthy pumpkin pancakes
  • Cook the pancakes:
    Use a ladle or large spoon and pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the greased hot griddle or pan.
    Cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes until you see bubbles forming on the surface of the batter. That signals that they are ready to be flipped.
    Flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes. The pancakes are ready when they are golden brown, slightly crispy on the outside and fluffy on the inside.
    vegan healthy pumpkin pancakes
  • Serve the pancakes hot off the griddle. Drizzle with organic pure maple syrup and enjoy.
    pumpkin pancakes

Notes

HOW TO STORE AND REHEAT HEALTHY PUMPKIN PANCAKES

  • Fridge: store cooked vegan pumpkin pancakes in an air-tight container for up to 5 days.
  • Freezer: store cooked pancakes for up to 3 months in the freezer. To freeze, let the pancakes cool completely and store in sealed freezer safe container or ziplock bag.
  • Reheat: To reheat, place frozen or refrigerated pancakes in the toaster or toaster oven. Alternatively, microwave using 30 – 60 second intervals until warmed through (it does help to cover them so they do not dry out).
 

TIPS AND FAQS FOR MAKING HEALTHY PUMPKIN PANCAKES

Is it better to use canned pumpkin or fresh pumpkin for this recipe?
Use canned pumpkin for this recipe as fresh pumpkin can be watery and alter the texture. Fresh pumpkin may also change the consistency of the batter and effect the recipe. Remember to use plain pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie mix.
How thick or thin should my pancake batter be?
The recipe directions yield the perfect consistency of pancake batter- not too thin but not too thick. Thin batter will make thinner and lighter pancakes. Thicker batter will make thicker pancakes but risk being dense. Either way, they come out tasting great.
Why are my pancakes turning out dense?
The first reason is that the batter may be over mixed. This will result in dense, rubbery pancaked. You may also be measuring the ingredients incorrectly. To correctly measure flour, spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level off with the back of a knife. Do not dig the measuring cup into a bag of flour. This will compact the flour and you’ll end up using too much.
Can I make this recipe gluten-fre?
Yes. To make this recipe gluten free, use a gluten-free all purpose flour.
Can I use coconut or almond flour for this recipe?
Avoid using coconut or almond flour when making pancakes. These flours do not bind well and it will most likely ruin the recipe.
Can I use this recipe to make vegan healthy pumpkin waffles?
Yes! Follow the recipe and cook in your waffle maker.
Can I store healthy pumpkin pancakes?
You can store pancake batter overnight in the fridge since this recipe doesn’t use eggs. After one day, that’s up to you. I suggest making all of the pancakes and then storing leftovers in the fridge. Leftover cooked pancakes last up to 5 days in an air-tight container.
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