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Pumpkin Pancakes with Apple Cider Syrup

Thick and fluffy, with crisp golden brown edges, these pumpkin pancakes are a warm and inviting fall breakfast.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword buttermilk pumpkin pancakes, easy pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin pancakes, pumpkin spice pancakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Resting Time 10 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 15 large pancakes total
Calories 161kcal
Author Blair Lonergan



  • 2 ½ cups self-rising flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoons pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ½ cups buttermilk, well shaken
  • 1 cup canned pumpkin (not pumpkin pie filling)
  • ½ cup packed light or dark brown sugar
  • ¼ cup butter, melted and slightly cooled (I use salted butter, but use unsalted butter if you prefer slightly less sodium in your pancakes)
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 large eggs
  • Vegetable oil or canola oil, for greasing the griddle or skillet


  • 4 cups (1 quart) apple cider



  • In a small Dutch oven or saucepan, bring cider to a boil over medium-high heat. Boil, uncovered, until the cider reduces to about 1 cup (this will take approximately 40-50 minutes). Stir occasionally as the liquid boils. The syrup will still be fairly thin, but it will thicken a little bit as it cools. If you prefer a thicker syrup, continue boiling until the liquid is reduced to about ½ cup. Serve warm, or cool to room temperature. Store in an airtight jar in the refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the self-rising flour, pumpkin pie spice, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, pumpkin, brown sugar, melted butter, vanilla extract, and eggs.
  • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients; stir just until combined.
  • Let the batter rest for about 10 minutes, which will give it time to thicken and allow the flour to hydrate.
  • Place a skillet or griddle over medium heat. When the skillet is hot, coat or brush with oil. Working in batches, measure 1/3 cup of batter for each pancake. Spread batter, if necessary, so that each pancake is at least 4 inches in diameter. You want them thick, but if they're too thick, they may be dense or undercooked in the center.
  • Cook until bubbles form on top, about 2 ½ - 3 minutes per side. If the pancakes start to get too dark before the inside is cooked through, reduce the heat to medium-low or low. The pancakes need at least 2-3 minutes per side to fully cook through.
  • Transfer the pancakes to a baking sheet and place in a 200ºF oven to keep warm, if desired. Repeat cooking the remaining batter, adding more oil to the pan as needed. Serve with apple cider syrup or maple syrup.


  • Buttermilk Substitutes: In a pinch, you can make your own buttermilk at home to use in this recipe. To do so, pour either 1 ½ tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice or 1 ½ tablespoons of white vinegar into a large measuring cup. Add enough milk to equal 1 ½ cups of liquid. Give it a stir, let it sit for about 5 minutes, and then use it in the recipe as directed!
  • How to Make Self-Rising Flour: If you don't have a bag of self-rising flour in your pantry, that's no problem. You can make 1 cup of self-rising flour by placing 1 cup of all-purpose flour in a bowl. Whisk in 1 teaspoon of baking powder and ¼ teaspoon of salt. This recipe calls for 2 ½ cups of self-rising flour, so you would need to combine 2 ½ cups of all-purpose flour with 2 ½ teaspoons of baking powder and ½ teaspoon plus ⅛ teaspoon of salt.
  • Instead of pumpkin pie spice, use 1 ¼ teaspoons cinnamon, ½ teaspoon ginger, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon allspice.
  • Make sure that you use 100% pure canned pumpkin -- not pumpkin pie filling or pumpkin pie mix. You don't need an entire can, so just measure out 1 cup.
  • Mix-Ins: Prepare this base recipe, and then sprinkle any desired mix-in's onto individual pancakes once they're on the griddle. Good options include blueberries, chocolate chips, or chopped nuts.
  • Let the batter rest for about 10 minutes before cooking the pancakes.
  • When you drop the batter onto the griddle, it will be fairly thick. Use the back of a spoon or spatula to spread the pancakes into a diameter of at least 4 inches. This will help them cook through in 2-3 minutes per side. You want them thick, but if they're too thick, they may be dense or undercooked in the center.
  • Large Batches: This recipe yields approximately 15 pancakes. For a larger batch, double (or triple) all of the ingredients and keep the cooked pancakes warm in a 200°F oven while you finish the remaining batter.
  • The apple cider syrup will thicken slightly as it cools, but it will still have a fairly thin consistency. If you prefer a thicker syrup, continue boiling until the liquid reduces to ½ cup.


Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 161kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 100mg | Potassium: 108mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 2709IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 48mg | Iron: 1mg