Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes (that actually taste good)

Pumpkin paleo pancakes that actually taste like a real pancake!

Of all the things in this world to cook or bake, I seriously never thought pancakes would give me such a hard time. But this stack right here has been about 2 months in the making. And let me tell you, eight weeks of failure ridden, Sunday morning breakfasts was getting pretty annoying.

I find breakfast to be one of the hardest meals to do grain free. I know so many paleo advocates out there will say, “just treat it like another meal!” but here’s the thing…I don’t want to! I freakin live for breakfast. I go to sleep the night before thinking about it, when I randomly wake up in the middle of the night, it’s the first thing that pops into my head and I just flat out refuse to let my restaurant quality waffle maker sit unused in a corner cabinet while I eat chicken and broccoli or some other “dinner” meal first thing in the morning. Not happening. So I googled paleo pancakes a few months back and let me just say this, just because it’s on the internet, does NOT mean it’s good.

Paleo pumpkin pancakes

Holy eff.

The amount of disgusting paleo pancake recipes out there is mind boggling. I’m not naming any names, but just be prepared to waste a lot of eggs, bananas and almond flour if you’re ever testing some out. If you want an eggy souffle like pancake, you might be in luck because that’s what most taste like. I, however, wanted a pancake that tasted like a pancake minus the flour part. Simple sounding, difficult in execution.

Paleo pumpkin pancakes

So after trying other people’s recipes for 8 weeks to try and get that without any success, I gave up, got all my go-to paleo ingredients out, threw some pumpkin on the counter for good measure and totally winged it until I got a batter consistency I liked, crossed my fingers and came out with these.

These are good.

These taste like a pancake, not a banana-y egg casserole in the shape of a pancake.

When eaten on a weekend that includes 30 clean & jerks to support breast cancer prevention, motorcycle rides to Vermont, apple cider, pumpkin picking, pumpkin chip and salted caramel ice cream and riding dirt bikes around the yard to tire your dog (who must.chase.it) out, your life will be pretty complete.

Pumpkin paleo pancakes

You can also just eat them for breakfast with a cup of coffee and they’ll be pretty damn good too.

4.5 from 38 reviews
Pumpkin paleo pancakes (that actually taste good)
 
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Paleo pancakes that actually taste like a real pancake!
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Recipe type: pancakes
Serves: 2
Ingredients
  • ½ cup almond flour
  • 2 tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon ground flax seed
  • 2 tablespoons vanilla protein powder (optional)
  • pinch of salt
  • ½ tablespoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ cup pumpkin puree
  • ¾ cup egg whites
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • ½ teaspoon vanilla extract
  • coconut oil for cooking pancakes
Instructions
  1. Heat a pancake griddle over medium heat.
  2. Combine dry ingredients in a bowl.
  3. Whisk together wet ingredients in a small bowl.
  4. Add wet to dry ingredients and stir together.
  5. Add enough coconut oil to the pan to grease the center.
  6. Pour batter in approximately ¼ cupfuls onto pan and spread out into pancake shape (the batter will be a bit thick and need some help to form a circle)
  7. Cook for about 3-4 minutes on the first side, carefully flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes on the second side.
  8. Repeat with remaining batter, adding more coconut oil to the pan as needed

 

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  1. 76

    Michael says

    Nice recipe. The first time I made them they were a little flat, and the texture was a little custardy. So I made them again, but this time I whipped the egg whites into a meringue before folding them into the dry ingredients. Came out much fluffier, with more of a pancake texture. Give it a try.

  2. 77

    Ashlee says

    These pancakes were great! I used the entire egg (not just the white) and cooked them in a bit of grass fed butter. Delicious – thanks!

  3. 80

    Alaina says

    Oh my goodness! This is my second paleo pancake recipe I’ve tried and you really blew this recipe out of the water! After my last endeavor I was pretty skeptical that there was even such a thing as “just like regular pancakes” out there. I chose your recipe this time around due to your high star rating. These pancakes really do have the consistency of regular buttermilk pancakes. I seriously felt like I was eating a cheat meal even though this is a much healthier pancake version. The last recipe I tried left me so disappointed! No one craving pancakes for breakfast wants to eat a cardboard “pancake” that needs to be drenched in syrup just to get a little bit of softness to eat bite. Yuk!! I do have to mention however, that I did not completely follow the recipe… There were a few things I didn’t have on hand so I made some adjustments. I subtracted the ground flax, and protein. I also substituted 1 1/2 ripe bananas for the pumpkin pure. They tasted great though :) like a pumpkin banana nut bread pancake. Next time when I have the other ingredients on hand I would like to try this out again, following your recipe to a T. Thank you so much for sharing. I will forever be using this recipe for all future pancake cravings! :)

  4. 81

    Alaina says

    Also I noticed a few prior comments regarding a “thick” batter consistency. I did not have this problem. Since I made a few adjustments I’m not entirely sure how my batter came out like that of a normal pancake batter consistency. I assume it was because I did not add the ground flax seed and protein powder (less dry ingredients). Also I used 3/4 a cup of liquid egg whites, not egg whites from the shell… Try that next time with the 1/2cup of pumpkin and it might be okay.

  5. 82

    Sarah says

    Once again, these pancakes have been on my menu for months, but I had yet to make them. Thank goodness they tasted awesome because they looked ugly! There was absolutely no possibility of these pouring from the bowl. The only substitution I made was to put in two eggs instead of egg whites and I found myself pressing the batter out in my hand like hamburger patty. My 2 yr old loved them though, “Bite? Bite?” and scarfed them down without hesitation. I might need to figure out how to sneak some veggies into these next time.

  6. 83

    Jamie c says

    Well… What a find!! I too have crashed and burned and crumbled and fallen apart through several failed paleo pancake, alleged recipes.

    This one works. I didn’t have all the exact recipe but put buckwheat and rice flour instead if almond flour. I even used an egg yolk or too so as not to waste them. I didn’t have pumpkin spice so used Chinese 5 spice (nutmeg, cinnamon etc…). The mixture needed a little more moisture so I put in a splash of coconut oil.

    The pumpkin turns them a beautiful orangey yellow colour. I cooked sliced banana into them which was delicious. Served with natural plain yoghurt, a dab of butter and z drizzle of honey. Tipped with fresh strawberries sons blueberries.

    My kids and I devoured them !!!!!!

  7. 84

    kirby says

    So it seems like over half the people commented with five stars didn’t even try to make them yet or at least when they commented. I’m not sure how you can rate something without trying it yet. Well i found the recipe, bought everything and was very happy with the end result. It’s always nice to find a recipe that is spot on. Nice work on the ingredients mix from trial and error!

  8. 86

    Karen Richards says

    I just read this post, and in addition to being excited to try these pancakes, I just wanted to say hello to a fellow “30-clean and jerk” motorcycle riding fellow paleo food lover. It’s just a small world. Awesome recipes here! I’ll be an avid follower.

  9. 88

    Heather says

    This recipe says it serves ‘2’ but I ended up with enough mix to to make at least 12-16 pancakes. It must say because the author knows that more than half if them aren’t going to make it out of the pan because of the terrible consistency. I’m not sure what I did differently but this was not good. And my children wouldn’t eat them at all. Disappointed…

  10. 89

    spookiewon says

    I’m pretty sure paleo man didn’t eat pancakes, or anything like them. How is it a paleo lifestyle if you spend so much time trying to make something so non-paleo while following some silly set of rules that then makes it “paleo?” FFS, just eat what you like.

  11. 90

    Alexandra says

    These look wonderful. I’ve tried a few paleo pancake recipes using coconut flour and bananas but never one with almond flour. I have all the ingredients on hand and will likely make them tomorrow for a Sunday breakfast. Just discovered your blog, by the way and I’m subscribing!

  12. 91

    says

    I just made these for myself and my grown son. Except for the fact that I did not have any protein powder, I followed the recipe exactly. They were delicious, and quite filling. You do have to press them down, and I used the bottom of the 1/4 cup measuring cup to help that process. They were not overly sweet, which I like, and did not fall apart like most coconut flour pancakes. Thanks for all your effort. :o)

  13. 92

    Jaime says

    I made these this weekend, LOVED them! I have never liked pancakes (gasp) but these were delicious and did not have that gritty, consistency issue that causes my dislike for regular pancakes! My non-Paleo roommate also loved them! Thanks for sharing and this will become a regular in my recipe box!

  14. 93

    Amy says

    SO GOOD! These have become a staple in our household. My two year old just can’t get enough and I am more than happy to indulge! Although, I must admit we add a few of the goodlife chocolate chips and strawberries to the top of ours- heavenly!

    For those with sticky/ crumbly pancakes they have trouble flipping-
    1. Check the temp you are cooking on, I had to play with mine to get the right heat level to maintain. On my gas stove I do just below the medium setting.
    2. They take a while to cook. Give them plenty of time before you attempt flipping. The tops look almost cooked through with just a bit of raw batter left on top when I turn them.
    3. Make sure you spread the batter out so the pancake is pretty thin. I use a plastic serving spoon so that it doesn’t stick as I move it around.
    4. I actually prefer a coconut cooking spray for the grease as apposed to the jarred coconut oil. I feel like it cooks a little more evenly.

    Thank you for a great recipe!!

  15. 94

    Amanda says

    Thank you, these are fun and tasty! Five months new to Paleo eating and my husband and I really enjoyed the pancakes. Thanks for sharing the recipe. Made ours with EnerG Egg Replacement since can not eat eggs, perhaps a bit thicker than your picture but we so enjoyed the taste and great to have something different for breakfast. Homemade Nutella on top was a favorite, though your picture of butter and pumpkin seeds looks amazing. Cheers!

  16. 95

    Mel M says

    Thanks for this fantastic recipe! The pancakes are delicious and have become my favourite morning tea snack … spread with nut butter!!

  17. 96

    MarnyW says

    I think the idea of how many bad paleo pancake recipes there are out there can be expanded to include paleo baking in general, lol. I can’t even tell you how many dozens of eggs and other expensive ingredients hit my trash can in my early days of eating paleo >:( But thankfully this recipe does not fall into that category! It is, in a word, DELICIOUS. I followed the recipe exactly and the pancakes turned out perfectly. They are sweet and moist and have a really nice texture. Thanks so much for sharing! This one will go into my morning staples for sure :)

  18. 97

    Kori says

    I don’t get it! Mine don’t hold together or look like yours at all. I have made my fair share of gluten free, “Paleo” pancakes that didn’t taste as good but never had these problems. I wish I could figure out what I am missing. I tried 2 batches, made exactly as written (minus the protein powder). I have tried different cooking times, different temperatures, and different amounts of oil. It is a thick pile of batter that won’t spread willingly and then burns (even on a low temperature) and crumbles when I turn it (even with a greased metal spatula). I just ate a pile of crumbles which taste good but don’t resemble a pancake at all.

    • 98

      Melkat says

      Kori, as I said in my general comment on this recipe, I added some kefir to my batter after it started to thicken up, and that helped a lot. I just kept adding a bit until the batter was reasonably spreadable (but it still won’t be thin and runny like flour-based batters). Didn’t hurt the taste at all. A bit of milk or thin yogurt might work just as well.

      It does brown faster than old flour-based pancakes. Perhaps your skillet bottom is too thin, and/or your burner heat just can’t be turned down low enough. A combination of those two factors is probably the problem. You might try other skillets, or get a little “simmer plate” to place between your pan and the burner to help control the heat better. I bought a couple of those for use on my current gas stove, but I think they can be used on low heat on an electric burner too.

  19. 99

    Melkat says

    I LOVE this recipe! I’ve made it with and without the protein powder, and it works either way. Great with peanut butter on top, (esp. with a tiny bit of non-paleo maple syrup – a rare naughty treat). When the batter started getting thick yesterday, I drizzled in some homemade kefir to thin it, and it still worked fine — a little easier then to pour and spread. Have shared the link on Facebook more than once.

    • 100

      Running to the Kitchen says

      So glad you like it! And thanks for helping out some other commenters with your suggestions :)

  20. 101

    Anne Marie says

    I am going to give these a try. I’m excited! I can’t eat gluten or corn so finding recipes for things like pancakes can be a challenge. I’m going to use ground vanilla bean instead of protein powder or vanilla extract as a concession to my food allergies, but that shouldn’t change how they come out at all :)

  21. 102

    Alura says

    Just made these and used oat flour instead of coconut. Texture came out perfect. Loved these other than baking soda taste came through so I will cut it down next time. Thanks!

  22. 103

    Margaret says

    These are, by far, the best darn paleo pancakes EVER! I’ve tried so many other recipes, and was always disappointed with the consistency of the pancakes. These are so delicious, I didn’t even need any syrup. My only pet peeve is what to do with the leftover egg yolks….I have to find another recipe that just uses egg yolks, because I hate wasting the best part of the egg! Must try….absolutely delicious!!!

    • 104

      Running to the Kitchen says

      So glad you liked them! Do you have a dog? Ours loves an egg yolk mixed in with her food :) Although, I totally hear ya if you don’t want to waste it on the dog! haha

    • 105

      Joanne says

      My naturopath (who is paleo) is encouraging me to use egg yolks in my smoothie to get natural protein and fat rather than using protein powder. With this recipe, I have a use for the whites! Or I also mix in with dinner for my 3 dogs.

  23. 106

    Redhairedgirl says

    I have made these a few times and they are fabulous! The only thing is they didn’t look like the photo. The batter seemed a little too thick and dry so I added a little coconut milk. Is the batter supposed to be so thick?

  24. 107

    says

    For folks who are looking for something to do with the egg yolks– make homemade mayo! There are lots of recipes out there but the easiest I’ve found is Mark Bittman’s, which uses a food processor. To keep it “clean” I like to make it with avocado oil.

  25. 109

    Beth says

    Had left over fresh and canned pumpkin so decided to make these for breakfast…followed recipe other than flax seed; the batter was very thick from the beginning so I am assuming that could be from the protein powder;blackened very quickly in frying pan; couldn’t flatten out so first few were very thick…all in all…YUMMY!
    Added one whole egg to egg yolks and made scrambled eggs. Will make these again and try adding some almond milk to thin out. Made 9 thick pancakes.

  26. 110

    Courtney says

    I’m confused as to why everyone is raving about these pancakes? not to be rude in anyway…but these turned out horrible. The taste is ok but they were so thick they never cooked through. Ended up having to make it into muffins…did anyone else have this problem?

  27. 112

    Gretchen says

    These tasted delicious, but I also had the sticking problem. In three types of pans. The final magical mix was cast iron skillet and butter instead of coconut oil. Thanks for the recipe!

  28. 113

    says

    I made these tonight, LOVE!! So delicious and filled with skin-loving ingredients. I didn’t use pumpkin pie spice and make a few tweaks, and no ground flax as I just ran out but to me these tasted like a soft gingerbread cookie… Will make again for sure!! <3 <3

  29. 114

    Carol says

    I can’t see how they are going to be like pancakes with almond flour….. so grainy…. could you use all coconut flour?? Anyone know how to convert and try it with all coconut?

  30. 115

    says

    Just made them, really good. When my five kids want seconds and there isn’t a crumb left… it’s good! Added a little almond milk to thin, otherwise I’d describe it like cookie dough. Thank you our house smells great!

  31. 117

    Rita says

    Just made these and they came out perfect!! Thank you SO much for posting these delicious pancakes and for all the time and frustration it took you to master the recipe!!!

  32. 118

    Heather says

    These were delicious! I’ve been doing the primal diet for almost 30 days and was getting tired of eggs everyday for breakfast. These were just what I needed! The pumpkin flavor is sweet but not too overpowering. I followed the directions but didn’t use the flaxseed powder. Very filling as well!

    • 119

      Running to the Kitchen says

      awesome! so glad you liked them. I hear ya on the eggs, there’s only so many bacon & eggs breakfasts one can do in a row ;)

  33. 120

    Tessa Ramsay says

    Thanks for doing all the experimenting! I’m a college student going Paleo. Everywhere I go in this great town (Santa Cruz) there is amazing food that is mostly bad for me. I have the most intense cravings and my food can start to look boring pretty fast at that rate.

    I have missed my granola and pancakes and muffins. It used to take me 5 minutes to make breakfast but eggs and bacon take their time plus the dishes afterwards. These look easy and like I can make a bunch at once for my 5 minute brekkie and portable too.

    Thank you!
    Tessa

  34. 121

    Pam says

    Do these freeze/reheat well? I’d love to be able to make up a few batches so I have them on-hand for busy school mornings. Thanks for any guidance in this area. Looking forward to trying (with some mini chocolate chips…)

  35. 122

    natalie says

    I can’t thank you enough for this recipe! I’ve tried several paleo pancake recipes with awful results and this was my last ditch effort to give the paleo-cakes a try. Absolutely love these! They taste great and they really do have the texture of pancakes :)

  36. 124

    Joanne says

    Excellent. I need to tweak them a bit but they are much more substantial than some that are just eggs, banana and a bit of almond meal that end up paper thin and don’t hold together. Yes, these were thick so I’ll need to master spreading them out. I added a bit of almond milk but it didn’t make them pourable so I scooped them onto the skillet. I threw everything into my Blendtec blender along with an extra egg to add liquid. Very tasty. Even added turmeric for that extra boost of nutrient as the other spices would mask its flavour. I also made a compote of frozen berries to act as “syrup”. Did I mention they were very tasty? I might try a version with less spice and make up some for those days (which are few and very far between) when I want a “sandwich”.

  37. 125

    says

    The texture on your Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes looks perfect. So, pumpkin is the trick. I have tried several other recipes that used almond and/or coconut flour and was unable to get the moist, fluffy texture I like., and that yours obviously have! Will try this recipe for sure. Thanks!

  38. 126

    Niki C. says

    Ok, I almost never post but…..These….are….AMAZING! I made them for myself and traditional pancakes (wheat flour..) for the rest of my family. Most of them liked these better….and I have been making the other recipe for years. I made the recipe exactly as posted except I beat my egg whites and then folded them in, as someone else suggested.

    Thank you for a wonderful recipe.

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