Pumpkin Walnut Pancakes

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I feel like pumpkin has overstayed its welcome on this blog.

I PROMISE (maybe) this is the last pumpkin-related recipe! It’s going to be all salads and grown-up food from here on out. Ok so that’s a blatant lie, but I am going to try and incorporate “real food” (read: adult food necessary to live a balanced life that extends past age 40 AKA no ramen and fewer brownies) into this blog to create a better-rounded recipe index for you all. Sacrifices must be made.

That said, everyone knows you don’t start sensible eating during the holidays.
pumpkin walnut pancakes |www.whatkumquat.comThese pumpkin walnut pancakes are something of a tradition in the Leavitt household post-Thanksgiving. I believe they arose out of necessity due to an excess of pumpkin puree following the big day. Honestly, does anyone use pumpkin puree when it’s not fall? I think not. The pumpkin industry is not a very lucrative one.

But back to the pancakes.
pumpkin walnut pancakes |www.whatkumquat.com pumpkin walnut pancakes |www.whatkumquat.comPicture little individual pillows of pumpkin cakey goodness. Then picture them with the added crunch of walnuts and the sweetness provided by a generous drizzle of maple syrup. Quite a mouthwatering combination, if I do say so myself. And I do, because I’m a blogger and a healthy dose of narcissism comes with the territory.
pumpkin walnut pancakes |www.whatkumquat.comOf course, there’s no need to restrict yourselves to eating these in the autumn months. My love for these babies knows no seasonal bounds… and I’m sure that after you try these, you will feel the same way.
pumpkin walnut pancakes |www.whatkumquat.comPUMPKIN WALNUT PANCAKES

You Will Need

  • 1 1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 4 large eggs, separated
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 3/4 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1/4 cup melted butter
  • 1 1/3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. ground cloves
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • FOR GARNISH: chopped walnuts and maple syrup, or whatever your little heart desires


  1. In a large bowl, beat together the buttermilk, pumpkin, egg yolks, sugar, and vanilla. Whisk in the melted butter, making sure to dissolve any clumps that may form.
  2. Separately, sift together the dry ingredients. Add to the pumpkin mixture and whisk well until all lumps are gone.
  3. Beat the egg whites in a separate bowl until soft peaks form. Gently fold into the batter until everything is combined and looking gorgeous.
  4. Melt some butter in a large pan or griddle and begin making your pancakes: the trick to perfectly golden cakes is to flip each one as you see little bubbles forming on the tops.
  5. Serve hot with chopped walnuts and maple syrup… or go full glutton and scoop a dollop of leftover homemade whipped cream over top to make pumpkin pie pancakes. Tis the season, after all!

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  1. Om nom nom!! This recipe looks super delicious and easy! | carmelapop.com

  2. Oh my gosh I love any kind of pancakes! These look incredible!

  3. GREAT batch of pancakes! i love their color and think the walnuts are essential!

  4. These look fabulous. I am going to try them with gluten free flour!

  5. Pumpkin can never overstay its welcome 😉 Thanks so much for sharing! Cannot wait to try these!
    Peace, Sarah

  6. I just had the most amazing pumpkin pancakes this weekend. I am so inspired to try them at home!

  7. These almost look too pretty to eat (keyword: almost). Looove pumpkin anything 🙂

  8. Pumpkin can never overstay its welcome 😉 Love this recipe – the pancakes look so fluffy! Perfect for a cozy brunch in

  9. You’re so right! sensible eating during the holidays kinda defeats the purpose:-) I’m in love with those pancakes, they look deliciously amazing, love the colour the pumpkin gives it!

  10. I am a huge pumpkin fan, and I love making pumpkin pancakes year round! Your recipe looks super duper yummy! Do you think that gluten-free all purpose flour would work well for these pancakes? I am trying to create more gluten-free recipes for my gramps. Cheers!

    • Thank you so much! I’ve never actually used gluten free anything (though I might try soon), but it should work just as well with gluten free flour. Let me know how it goes and good luck! xx


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