A Jack-O-Lantern Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

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Pumpkin Jack O Lantern Pancakes for Halloween

This is what we had for dinner last night :: pumpkin jack-o-lanterns pancakes.

Halloween here we come!

We’ve been big into pumpkin waffles and pumpkin muffins for a while now, but hadn’t tried a pumpkin pancake recipe until just now.

And pancakes for dinner? An extra fun treat.

The girls helped mix up the batter and Maia had fun adding faces.

Pumpkin Jack O Lantern Pancakes for Halloween

A Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

(adapted from Pennies on a Platter Pumpkin Spice Pancakes)

Note: We usually double this recipe so we have extra pancakes to reheat for breakfast the next day.

Pumpkin Jack-O-Lantern PancakesINGREDIENTS

  • 1¼ cups white wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice mix
  • 1 1/2 cups milk (we use whole milk)
  • 3/4 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter, cooled
  • 1 banana (chocolate chips and raisins work, too)
  • Butter or vegetable oil (for greasing the griddle)


1. Preheat the griddle (or pan).

2. Mix the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt and spices in a medium bowl.

3. Whisk the milk, pumpkin, egg, and melted butter in a small bowl.

4. Pour the pumpkin mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until just combined.

5. Slice the banana. You might like to cut some of the banana coins into thirds for triangles as well.

6. Grease the griddle. I use a nonstick electric griddle, but still usually brush it with a little oil or melted butter.

7. Use a small pitcher or measuring cup with a pour spout to pour the pancake batter onto the griddle in the shape of a pumpkin (circle with stem).

8. Add the banana slices and triangles as desired to create the Jack-O-Lantern face. (Maia loved helping with this part!)

9. When bubbles start forming and the edges of the pumpkin pancake start drying out, use a spatula to flip the pancake over to continue cooking.

10. Eat your Jack-O-Lantern pancakes with butter and syrup (or whatever your family puts on pancakes). Yum!


Pumpkin Jack O Lantern Pancakes for Halloween

Maia and I tried different toppings for the jack-o-lantern faces.

Pumpkin Jack O Lantern Pancakes for Halloween

She was into the chocolate chip features (the raisins looked pretty good, too)…

Pumpkin Jack O Lantern Pancakes for Halloween

…but I especially like how the banana pieces look. A little more realistic. Kind of like there’s a candle inside lighting up that jack-o-lantern (especially with the addition of a little butter and syrup).

And the banana carmelized just a tad, tasting delicious with the pumpkin pancakes. Yum.

If you liked these Jack-O-Lantern pumpkin pancakes, then you might like these other yummy pumpkin recipes ::

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  1. says

    White wheat is a whole wheat flour made with a lighter wheat. It’s sold by King Arthur flour. Here’s more info on it: http://www.kingarthurflour.com/shop/items/king-arthur-white-whole-wheat-flour-5-lb
    I like that it’s whole wheat flour (with all the nutrients) but is much lighter so it doesn’t make the stuff I bake really dense or anything.
    I still use all-purpose flour for a few things, like if I’m going to make sugar cookies or something, but otherwise I use the white wheat since it’s healthier (and we bake too much).