For pumpkin lovers, you’ll find any excuse to get that pumpkin flavor, won’t you? Of course! But hey, there is absolutely no shame in that. In fact, why not start your day off on the right foot with pumpkin pancakes? They’re easy if you know how to make pumpkin pancakes with pancake mix!
It couldn’t be easier to transform your ordinary pancake mix into a pumpkin-spiced breakfast you’ll fall for.
How to Make Pumpkin Pancakes With Pancake Mix
To make pumpkin pancakes with pancake mix, you only need a few things…
– Pancake Mix
Whatever pancake mix you have in your pantry, it’s going to work beautifully as your base for pumpkin pancakes. Yes, even if you have a gluten-free, vegan, or paleo pancake mix! Mixes that just require water are the easiest to use. You’ll want to measure out 2 cups.
– Pumpkin Puree
Canned pumpkin puree makes these pancakes have a dense and delicious texture and flavor. You could make your own pumpkin puree or use a can, but the fresh stuff will make it a little more watery. And you technically could use the pumpkin pie filling, but then you probably shouldn’t add any other seasonings. You’ll need 2/3 of a cup at this ratio.
– Milk or Water
If you have milk, it will make your pancakes taste more homemade. But if not, water will do the trick to help form your batter. Whether milk or water, you will want to measure 1 ½ cups.
When using pumpkin puree, you need to give these pancakes that pumpkin-spiced flavor. If you have pumpkin pie spice, that will work beautifully. If not, just add ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and ground ginger to your mix. About ½ teaspoon of each should do the trick!
Pumpkin Pancakes from Pancake Mix Tips
It’s super easy to make pumpkin pancakes with pancake mix. These tips will make sure you get it right.
– Separate the Ingredients
Your pumpkin pancakes will turn out better if you put the dry ingredients in one bowl and mix them. In another bowl, you’ll want to do the same with the wet ingredients. Then you can combine the dry and wet ingredients together.
– Don’t Overmix
The reason you put the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls first is so you can combine everything better. In doing so, you won’t overmix things when you put both dry and wet ingredients together. Stir by hand without going overboard – some lumps are fine. If you mix it too much, your pancakes won’t get that lift they need.
– Preheat Your Griddle or Pan
For those golden and delicious pumpkin pancakes from pancake mix, you need to be patient and let the pan heat up properly. Scooping the batter in too soon will result in uneven cooking and less attractive pancakes.
– Feel Free to Add More to the Batter
You can throw in some granola for crunch or some chocolate chips. Make them healthier with flax seeds or chia seeds. Another great idea is adding a hint of vanilla extract. You can also add a bit of maple syrup to the batter too.
– Go Crazy with Toppings
If you don’t want the chocolate chips in the batter, put them on top. Pile it high with whipped cream, and you’ll have pumpkin pancakes that rival even the best pancake houses. A sprinkle of cinnamon on that whipped cream would also be a delight.
Or how about some nuts? Pecans, walnuts, or sliced almonds make a wonderful addition. They give your pumpkin pancake breakfast some more nutrition too. Other healthy toppings include apple slices, berries, and Greek yogurt.
If you’re a traditionalist with pancakes, you can add butter and maple syrup or even pumpkin spice pancake syrup. Yes, they have it. Then again, if you’re even surprised by that…they have pumpkin spice EVERYTHING!
Want a chocolaty addition but don’t have chocolate chips? Chocolate syrup drizzles would work with these pumpkin pancakes too. And if you have minimal ingredients, a little shake of cinnamon and powdered sugar will be a nice finishing touch that really brings out the flavors.
Make Your Pumpkin Pancake Breakfast Complete
Now that you know how to make pumpkin pancakes with pancake mix, you can serve them straight up with the topping suggestions listed here. But why stop there when making a showstopper breakfast?
In fact, why just make these for breakfast? They could be brunch, lunch, or even a most spectacular breakfast for dinner. They only need a few additions to complete the meal.
- Coffee is a must, especially with pumpkin spice coffee creamer.
- Hot chocolate. For those that don’t drink coffee or the kids, hot chocolate or cocoa complements the pumpkin flavors.
- Bacon. Need we say more?
- Sausage. Or even better, a bacon and sausage casserole.
- Eggs. Scrambled, fried, poached, or any way you like them.
- Potatoes. Make some hashbrowns, home fries, or seasoned roasted breakfast potatoes.
- Cinnamon apples. You can serve these on the side or make them a tasty topping for these pumpkin pancakes.
- Fresh fruits. They help brighten the meal and keep the flavors from being too heavy.
- Yogurt parfaits. Another healthy yet tasty option that can go with your pumpkin pancakes…especially if you add pumpkin pie spice on top.
All in all, you’re going to find any excuse to make pumpkin pancakes with your pancake mix now. And we don’t blame you in the slightest. It’s the perfect fall breakfast to fall for any time of day!