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It is truly pumpkin season everywhere you look these days, isn't it?? If you've been following our family's journey these past few months you'll know we're currently living in Bucharest, Romania or as I like to call it, the land of horrendous traffic and no canned pumpkin. Yes, that's right folks. There is not one can of pureed pumpkin to be found in this city which makes this girl just a little bit sad. Ok, a lot sad.
I know, I know, it's not really something to complain about, especially since fresh pumpkin (dovleac in Romanian) is readily available here all throughout the fall months, so I'll be busy making my own pureed pumpkin this year. It's not such a big deal and I actually enjoy making my own staples like this from scratch anyway. But if you happen to know where I can get pureed pumpkin in a can (or jar) anywhere in Romania, please tweet me so I can keep making awesome pumpkin spice recipes like this one for you!!
These Pumpkin Spice Pancakes are such a great fall alternative to regular old buttermilk pancakes and believe me, they are SO delicious. This recipe is super simple - I make it often for our family on the weekends and we love them with fresh fruit (apples or bananas are great!) and maple syrup, but if you're looking for something a little more decadent, go ahead and enjoy a stack with a swirl of freshly whipped cream and a generous drizzle of caramel sauce!
The pumpkin in these pancakes makes them super moist and dense, but because they're made with buttermilk they're fluffy and airy at the same time! Enjoy them with a cup of your favourite coffee or my personal favourite fall drink, Pumpkin Spice Chai Tea (affiliate link)! And they're great the second day too...we usually double the recipe for a big batch and throw a couple in the toaster the next morning for a delicious fall breakfast on the go! Trust me, if you're into Pumpkin Spice you are going to LOVE these Pumpkin Spice Pancakes!
Pumpkin Spice Pancakes (makes 8-10 medium pancakes)
1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
6 tbsp brown sugar
1 1/2 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp ground cinnamon
1/2 tsp nutmeg
1/2 tsp ground cloves
2/3 cup pureed pumpkin
1 1/2 cups buttermilk
3 tbsp vegetable oil
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
vegetable oil or cooking spray for frying - I use my Misto Oil Sprayer (affiliate link) for this job!
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, making sure to break up all the chunks of brown sugar.
To a separate bowl, add the pureed pumpkin, buttermilk, eggs, vegetable oil and vanilla. Whisk these ingredients together until everything is incorporated.
Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and fold them together with a rubber spatula, making sure you don't overmix (stop folding when no streaks of flour remain).
Preheat a large non-stick frying pan over medium heat and grease it with a little bit of vegetable oil or cooking spray. I use my Misto Oil Sprayer (affiliate link) since it's a great alternative to conventional cooking sprays full of chemical propellants.
Once the oil has heated for a few seconds, turn the heat down to medium-low heat and carefully ladle about 1/3 cup of batter into the pan for each pancake, trying to disturb the batter as little as possible to maintain a fluffy texture.
Once you see the edges beginning to brown slightly and a few bubbles breaking the surface of the batter, flip the pancakes over.
Repeat this process until all your batter is gone. This recipe yields about 8 medium pancakes, but if you're looking for more than that feel free to double the recipe!
Serve the pancakes hot off the pan with a dollop of fresh whipped cream and a drizzle of caramel sauce!
I hope you like this recipe! Let me know in the comments below, what's your favourite way to enjoy pumpkin spice in the fall?
Looking for more fall recipes? You'll love some of my favourite breakfast recipes that I've linked below!
This Apple Cinnamon French Toast Bake is to die for!! It's one of my favourite fall recipes ever!
These Breakfast Burrito Bowls are always a family favourite!!
Try these Pumpkin Oat Muffins for a healthy fall snack!