Embrace the chilly fall mornings with a stack of these delicious dairy free pumpkin pancakes. They’re perfectly fluffy and full of tasty pumpkin spice flavor. A great cozy breakfast that’s perfect for a weekend meal with the family!
Here is a photo of the ingredients you’ll need, along with some selected ingredient notes:
- Canned pumpkin – For this recipe, you’re looking for plain canned pumpkin – not pumpkin pie filling. If you’re looking for recipes to use up the rest of the can, try making homemade pumpkin spice creamer, pumpkin dip, or whipped pumpkin honey butter (yes, all three of these are dairy free).
- Pumpkin pie spice – Pumpkin pie spice is a mixture of several aromatic spices. It’s typically used when baking a pumpkin pie, but can be mixed into many other baked goods too – like these pancakes! If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice on hand, you can substitute the 2 teaspoons with this blend: 1 ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ tsp ginger, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon cloves or allspice.
- Oat milk – I love oat milk for baking because it’s creamy and sweet, but you can use any milk alternative of your choice here.
Step by Step Instructions
You’ll find the full recipe amounts and instructions at the recipe card at the bottom of the post, but here’s a helpful overview with photos.
Start by mixing together the pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla, pumpkin spice, and oil. Then go ahead and whisk in the egg. The batter will look like the photo below at this point:
Now, mix together your dry ingredients in a separate bowl:
Go ahead and mix the dry ingredients with the wet ingredients. You want it to be combined, but try to avoid overmixing (or the pancakes can come out tough). Your batter will look like this:
Let the pancake batter rest for a few minutes while you preheat your griddle. Resting the batter allows the starches to swell, the gluten to “relax” a bit, and the leavening agent to start to work. The result is tender and fluffy pancakes!
When the griddle is hot, go ahead and pour the batter on. I use a ¼-cup measuring cup to make evenly sized medium pancakes, but you can do whatever floats your boat – big ‘ol restaurant style pancakes or silver dollar pancakes or anything in between!
Cook for a few minutes on each side, then stack on a plate and serve with dairy free butter and maple syrup.
Here are some common questions that may come up as you are preparing this recipe:
Yes – use the same amount of homemade puree as you would canned puree. Note that occasionally homemade purees can be a thinner texture; in this case you may need to slightly reduce the amount of liquid in the recipe.
This usually occurs when the flour is packed in the measuring cup, rather than spooned and leveled. For an easy fix, simply add an extra ¼ cup of oat milk to the batter.
This can occur if the liquids were mismeasured, or if you used a jumbo egg (instead of a large egg). Add an extra 2 tablespoons of flour at a time, mixing it into the batter, until it reaches the right consistency.
Yes! Place the pancakes in a single layer in a zip top bag, and freeze. When you’re ready to enjoy them, remove as many as you’d like to eat, place on a microwave-safe plate, and microwave until warm (usually 30 seconds per pancake).
Allergens in this recipe
* Disclaimer: Always double check ingredients and product packaging to confirm a recipe meets your allergy needs. While I try to note potential allergens below, there is always the chance I may miss something or that manufacturer formulations may change.
As written, this recipe is dairy free, soy free, and nut free.
This recipe does contain wheat/gluten and egg. While I haven’t tested substitutions for these, here are my estimated suggestions (based on cooking knowledge):
- To make gluten free: You should be able to use a gluten free 1:1 all-purpose substitute – just measure out the same amount of that rather than the all-purpose flour.
- To make egg free: Substitute with a flax egg, or increase the pumpkin puree to 1 cup.
If you personally make this recipe with substitutions and found that it worked, I’d love to hear about it in the comments.
More Dairy Free Pancake Recipes
Let’s be real – pancakes are one of the best breakfast treats! Expand your repertoire with all of these dairy free options:
- Dairy free banana pancakes
- Dairy free apple pancakes
- Dairy free gingerbread pancakes
- Dairy free apple butter pancakes
I hope you enjoy these dairy free pumpkin pancakes! If you get a chance to try them, please feel free to leave a recipe rating or comment below.
Dairy Free Pumpkin Pancakes
- ¾ cup canned pumpkin puree
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 teaspoons pumpkin spice
- 3 tablespoons avocado oil (or canola oil)
- 1 large egg
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 1 ¾ cups oat milk
In a large mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin, brown sugar, vanilla, pumpkin spice, and oil. Whisk in the egg.
In another bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, and salt. Mix together, then add the dry ingredients to the bowl with the wet ingredients. Stir together until combined (do not overmix).
Let the batter sit for 5 minutes while you preheat a griddle to 350 degrees F.
Pour ¼ cup of the batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Cook for 2 to 3 minutes, or until bubbles have formed on top, then flip and cook another 2 to 3 minutes. Repeat in batches until all the batter is used.
Enjoy while warm. Feel free to top with dairy-free butter and maple syrup!
- If your pancake batter seems too thick, you may have packed the flour into your measuring cup (as opposed to spooned and leveled). If this occurs, just add extra oat milk until it reaches the right consistency.
- If you don’t have pumpkin pie spice on hand, you can substitute the 2 teaspoons with this blend: 1 ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ tsp ginger, ¼ teaspoon nutmeg, and ¼ teaspoon cloves or allspice.
- This recipe makes approximately 14 pancakes.
Nutrition analysis (approximate per pancake): 134 calories, 4 g fat, 0.5 g saturated fat, 170 mg sodium, 21 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 5.5 g sugar, 3 g protein, Vitamin D: 3%, Calcium: 9%, Iron: 7%, Potassium: 2%
Share: What’s your favorite way to use pumpkin in the fall? If you tried these pancakes, what did you think?
Feel free to pin this post to save for later.