Vegan Pumpkin Pancakes

Try this easy, vegan pumpkin pancake recipe for a wonderfully satisfying Fall breakfast!

These yummy pancakes are the perfect way to enjoy Fall flavours at breakfast. They’re lightly sweetened, perfectly spiced, fluffy and tender, yet made without eggs, dairy or oil.

They’re easy to make too, you’ll need just 15 minutes and a few simple, plant-based ingredients. Enjoy a stack topped with butter and maple syrup for the most delicious and comforting Fall breakfast!

RECIPE FEATURES

  • Dietary Features: Vegan (egg-free and dairy-free), nut-free and oil-free.
  • Can be made gluten-free by substituting a 1:1 gluten-free baking flour.
  • Perfect yummy Fall breakfast and great for holidays too.
  • Easy to whip up in less than 15 minutes.

INGREDIENT & SUBSTITUTION NOTES

Visual list of ingredients for making vegan pumpkin pancakes. Each ingredient is labelled with a text overlay describing the ingredient.
  • Pumpkin: Use plain, canned pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling). Sweet potato puree also works!
  • Milk: Any kind of plant-based is milk suitable. I suggest unsweetened almond or cashew milk.
  • Maple Syrup: Can be substituted with any other sweetener, liquid or granulated. You can use stevia or monk fruit sugar for sugar-free pancakes.
  • Flour: Use all-purpose flour or a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour blend.
  • Vinegar: Apple cider vinegar can be substituted with white vinegar or lemon.
  • Pumpkin Pie Spice: If you don’t have this you can use 1 tsp cinnamon, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/4 tsp nutmeg and 1/4 tsp allspice or cloves.

STEP-BY-STEP PHOTOS

Step 1. Mix together the pumpkin, plant-based milk, vinegar and maple syrup in a large mixing bowl until fully combined.

Pumpkin and milk mixed together in a mixing bowl.

Step 2: Add the dry ingredients and fold everything together until all of the flour is wetted. To avoid over mixing, stop mixing once the flour is incorporated.

Thick pumpkin pancake batter in a mixing bowl with a whisk resting in the bowl.

Step 3: Let the batter rest while you heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat. Once it’s ready, scoop 1/4 cup portions of the batter onto the pan and cook for 4-5 minutes.

Once the edges appear dry and firm, flip the pancakes and cook for another 30 seconds to 1 minute.

Enjoy your pancakes topped with a drizzle of maple syrup. For a special breakfast or brunch, serve with whipped cream!

Hand pouring maple syrup from a jar over a stack of pumpkin pancakes topped with whipped cream.

NOTES & TIPS

  • For a special treat, say for Thanksgiving weekend or a family brunch, serve with vegan butter, coconut whipped cream, pumpkin seeds and maple syrup.
  • Chocolate chips also make a fun addition! You can either mix them into the batter or plop a few into each pancake after adding the batter to the pan (before you flip).
  • Other yummy add-ins include cranberries, coconut, oats or raisins.
  • For more topping ideas, try almond or peanut butter, coconut yogurt, apple butter, pumpkin butter, jam, nuts, seeds, coconut or banana.

FAQS


Can you freeze pumpkin pancakes?

Sure! To freeze these, let them cool then store in a freezer-safe bag for up to 3 months. I’d suggest putting a piece of wax or parchment paper between each pancake so they don’t stick together, or you can freeze them on a baking tray before transferring to a bag.

To reheat them, pop them in the microwave for 15-20 seconds, heat them in the oven or use a toaster.

Can I make these gluten-free?

Yes, you can use a 1:1 gluten-free all-purpose flour such as Bob’s Red Mill instead of wheat flour.

I have not tested these with a single flour such as oat flour. They will not work with coconut flour.

Do I need oil for cooking?

It depends on your pan. You may need a bit of cooking spray. I like avocado oil, coconut oil or olive oil cooking spray but you can also use any cooking oil.

If you have a good non-stick stick, you shouldn’t need any cooking oil.

Can I make pumpkin waffles with this recipe?

Yes you can. Use the batter as is in your waffle maker.

Forkful of pieces of pumpkin pancakes in front of a stack of pumpkin pancakes on a plate.

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