With this pumpkin pancakes recipe, you won't have to wait until Thanksgiving dinner to celebrate.

As the leaves paint the world in hues of red and gold, and the air turns crisp, there's no denying that November has arrived. It's a month of transition, a bridge between the warmth of autumn and the anticipation of winter. What better way to welcome the season than by indulging in the perfect November breakfast—fluffy, flavorful, and utterly irresistible pumpkin pancakes?

Pumpkin is the undisputed hero of fall flavors, and incorporating it into your morning routine is a delightful way to celebrate the season. Not only does pumpkin add a velvety texture to pancakes, but it also brings a rich, earthy sweetness that complements the spices we associate with autumn—cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves.

Picture this: you step into the kitchen, and the air is filled with the warm, comforting aroma of pumpkin and spices. That alone is reason enough to whip up a batch of pumpkin pancakes. The scent lingers, creating a cozy atmosphere that invites everyone to the breakfast table. It's a sensory experience that sets the tone for the day ahead.

Pumpkin pancakes recipe


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3/4 cup semisweet chocolate chips


Stir together flour, oats, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, cloves, and salt.

In a separate bowl, lightly beat together the milk, egg, pumpkin, and oil.

Stir the flour mixture into the pumpkin mixture, blending just until moistened.

Heat a lightly greased griddle over medium-high heat.

Pour batter, 1/3 cup at a time, onto the prepared griddle.

Add chocolate chips in the desired pattern (the kid's names, Happy Thanksgiving etc).

Cook until bubbles appear on the surface, then flip and cook until golden brown on the other side. About five minutes per side.

* Originally published in November 2010. Updated in November 2023.