Wonderful Pumpkin Waffles

Pumpkin waffles are amazing for breakfast or brunch! The whole family will love them!

Photo by Allison of Culinary Cupcake

Pumpkins are a versatile gourd that are native to North America. They were brought to Europe during an event called the “Columbian Exchange”. Pumpkins grown in the New England were known to be larger, tastier, and more plentiful than the ones grown in France or England during the 17th century.

During colonial times, pumpkin was a popular ingredient for cooking in North America. Pumpkin was typically stewed, baked, or fried. The process of stewing pumpkins for a long time was tiresome, so home cooks were ecstatic about the invention of canned pumpkin. The canned pumpkin industry of the early 20th century was booming and successful. Canned pumpkin was convenient, inexpensive, and generally safer than pumpkin that was canned at home. This convenience led to new pumpkin recipes. The early 20th century led to a rise of many recipes for pumpkin cakes, pies, and breads.

I came up with this recipe because I still had some canned pumpkin leftover after baking my Mini Vegan Pumpkin Bundt Cakes. I did not want it to go to waste, but I was unsure of what to do with it! All during autumn I observed that different cafes, bakeries, and restaurants and cafes love to have pumpkin on the menu. When I saw some delectable pumpkin waffles in the display of a café I got inspired. I mixed together pancake mix, canned pumpkin, and pumpkin pie spices, put them in my waffle maker and created something lovely! I hope your friends and family like this recipe too. Please enjoy!

Wonderful Pumpkin Waffles

Yields: 6-8 waffles

Prep Time 15 minutes

Cook Time 6 to 12 minutes minutes

Specialty Tool: Waffle Maker

Drink Pairing Suggestion: Chai Tea, Coffee, or Milk


2 cups pancake mix

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

1/2 teaspoon ground ginger

1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg

3/4 cup water

4 ounces pure canned pumpkin

1 egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

Vegetable Oil for spraying

To Serve: Powdered sugar, syrup, whipped cream, and butter


In a large bowl, stir together pancake mix, cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg.

Add the water, pumpkin, egg, and vanilla extract to the bowl. Mix until just incorporated. Set aside.

Heat a waffle maker to medium heat.

Spray waffle maker with vegetable oil.

Pour batter into waffle maker. Cook for 3 to 6 minutes depending on your waffle maker.

Garnish with powdered sugar.

Serve warm with syrup, whipped cream, and butter.

Variation: Add 1/4 a cup of chocolate chips to the batter to make Chocolate Chip Pumpkin Waffles!


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