Easy Pumpkin Waffles in 15 minutes
You’re going to love how easy this fall breakfast is. Pumpkin waffles are ready in 15 minutes and use only two bowls! They are light, fluffy and full of pumpkin spice. You can also freeze them and reheat for easy breakfast prep.
Why this recipe works
Not only are pumpkin waffles quick and easy to make, but the pumpkin purée naturally makes the waffles light and fluffy! The addition of pumpkin pie spice and brown sugar makes each bite flavorful. You can double this recipe if you are serving a larger family or cut the recipe in half if you want a small batch for yourself.
- Pumpkin purée: Use 100% pure pumpkin purée (I prefer Libby’s). Do not use canned pumpkin pie filling.
- Flour: All purpose flour works best, but you can also use whole wheat flour or gluten-free flour. I do not recommend nut flours (such as almond or coconut) as they have a higher protein content that will create dense waffles.
- Milk: Any type of milk will work in this recipe.
- Pumpkin pie spice: Try making homemade pumpkin pie spice from scratch! Alternatively, you can whisk together 1 1/2 teaspoons cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger, 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg and 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves or allspice.
- Pure maple syrup or apple cider syrup are classic options for pumpkin waffles.
- Chocolate chips or chopped nuts will add some crunch to the waffles. You can try spiced pecans too!
- Dust powdered sugar over the waffles for a simple, yet beautiful finish.
- Fresh fruit such as bananas, apple compote or berries are a nice addition!
- Sugared cranberries are a festive option (I used them on my gingerbread bundt cake).
- Whipped cream or honey butter are easy toppings for waffles too!
How to make pumpkin waffles
- Combine the wet ingredients: pumpkin puree, milk, melted butter, eggs and vanilla extract. Set aside.
- Whisk together dry ingredients: Flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt and pumpkin pie spice.
- Combine wet and dry ingredients. Mix just until combined.
- Cook waffles: Pour about 1/3 cup batter onto a hot waffle iron. Cook until golden and crispy, approximately 3 minutes.
The most important thing when it comes to making waffles is making sure your waffle iron is nice and hot! Let it heat up for a bit before adding the batter. The hotter the iron, the crisper the waffles. Don’t worry, they will not burn!
Don’t over-mix the batter otherwise the batter will lose air and the waffles won’t be fluffy. Remember: mix wet and dry ingredients just until combined. It helps to use a kitchen scale to make sure your ingredients are measured properly. To keep waffles warm after cooking, place them on a baking sheet in an oven preheated to 250° F.
Frequently Asked Questions
Yes, but the waffles might lose some of their rise. For best results, mix up the wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately, then combine the two before cooking.
Yes, they are freezer friendly. After the waffles have cooled, place them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for up to 3 months. Reheat in a toaster oven until hot and crispy.
Waffle irons will release steam as the batter cooks. Once the steam starts to dissipate, then you know the waffles are done cooking.
Yes, this recipe doubles and even triples easily.
Yes, stir in 1/3 cup chocolate chips to the batter before cooking.
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Fluffy Pumpkin Waffles
- ⅔ cup (160 ml) whole or low-fat milk, (dairy-free works too)
- ¾ cup (183 g) 100% pure pumpkin purée
- ¼ cup (56 g) unsalted butter, melted and slightly cooled
- 2 large eggs, room temperature
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
- 1 ½ cups (186 g) all purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons light brown sugar
- 1 Tablespoon pumpkin pie spice
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- Whipped cream, chopped pecans and maple syrup for serving
- In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, pumpkin puree, melted butter, eggs and vanilla. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Pour wet ingredients into the bowl of dry ingredients and mix just until combined.
- Heat waffle iron while batter rests. Make sure the waffle iron is nice and hot to guarantee crispy waffles.
- Spray the waffle iron with nonstick spray, then heat waffle iron according to the manufacturer’s instructions. Use a ladle to transfer batter to hot waffle iron (about ⅓ cup for an 8-inch round iron). Close and cook until golden brown, about 2 to 3 minutes (time varies for Belgian waffle iron vs regular iron). Waffles are done cooking when steam starts to dissipate.
- Remove waffle from iron and immediately serve with a dollop of whipped cream, chopped pecans and maple syrup.