Sep 18

Fall-Spiced Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Pancake accessories.


How did I not think of this??  

Caffeine and syrup is a natural morning pairing!

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This is also a no-brainer.  I need a syrup-saving plate.

(Christmas will be here before you know it, people!)

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Despite my apparent fascination with pancake accouterments, today’s pumpkin pancakes needed none of that to be good.  These were near perfect (I say near because I believe in all things there is always room to improve).  And I thought I was just quickly throwing something together… don’t you love a happy accident?

Disclaimer: dark orange food is just as hard to photog as brown food.  Especially when it’s topped with dark red sauce.  Doh.


First let’s talk about my favorite food feature – texture.  Pumpkin puree made these ‘cakes decadently creamy.  Creamy in a good way, not in the “are these cooked all the way?” way.

Scent is right up there with texture.  My kitchen filled with the smell of fall as these were cooking thanks to the warm cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger flavors.  A little vanilla for richness and I was ready to build a campfire… but I refrained, as that’s prohibited by my condo’s HOA.


These fall-spiced pumpkin pancakes were already so full of flavor that I didn’t want to drench them in syrup.  My solution was to make a fruit syrup out of black cherries and sugar-free syrup.  I melted the cherries in the microwave and stirred in just a bit of the syrup for a topping that  added a sweet-fruitiness without overwhelming.

Now, if you’ll excuse me I have to go make these for breakfast.  Again.


Pumpkin Protein Panacakes

Fall-Spiced Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

  • 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
  • 1/4 C pumpkin puree
  • 1 tsp chia seed
  • 3 T egg whites (make it vegan with a flax egg)
  • 2 T unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsg freshly grated ginger
  • 1/8 tsp no salt baking powder
  • Syrup (I microwaved 1/4 C frozen cherries and 1T of sugar-free syrup to make mine)


Mix all ingredients together in a bowl.

Optional, but it will be better: let the batter rest at least 15 mins.

Cook in greased pan over med-high heat

Consume with reckless abandon.

Approximate nutritionals (without toppings): 148 calories, 2.9g fat, 151.8mg sodium, 11.6g carbohydrates, 5g fiber, 2g sugar, 23.2g protein


I think I could eat pancakes for every meal.

What is your favorite pancake flavor?

What was your last happy-accident?



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  1. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

    I made a nearly identical version but added 2 Tbsp of raw oats to the mixture – it makes them chewier and puffier. :) So much protein makes them really filling. Great minds think alike!

    1. Laura

      I was laughing as I commented on your post because I had just finished making these. LOL!

  2. Alexandra

    Goodness gracious I HAVE to make these tonight– I’ve been craving breakfast for dinner all week and now I totally have an excuse ;) YUM

  3. janet @ the taste space

    I am still fighting off fall… and basking in tomatoes and zucchini. Squash and pumpkin will just have to wait until I get rid of my denial. But I will be sure to try these out when I buy my first pumpkin puree of the season. :) Looks great!

  4. Danielle

    So happy about all the pumpkin recipes popping up! These pancakes look amazing!! I can’t wait to give them a try!

  5. Khushboo

    I was telling Allie yesterday that I’m not a big fan of canned pumpkin like the rest of the blog world. However, when it comes to pancakes/baked goods, I am definitely sold! These look so delicious- perfect fall breakfast! My favorite flavor pancakes is either blueberry or banana nut…mm! Sooo… random side note but one you’d probably get as much a kick out of that I did: word on the street is that waffle-flavored & popcorn-flavored vodka is on the market!!

    1. Laura

      I saw that vodka someone’s blog a couple of weeks ago! I kind of want to smell it…

  6. Lindsay @ Lindsay's List

    eating a protein pancake this very second. next time, i’ll have to add pumpkin!

  7. Lee

    Yum, this looks delicious.

  8. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    Protein pancakes are one of my all time favorites and pumpkin makes ten that much better! Fluffy, creamy, spicy…really is there anything better?! These sound perfect for this fall season!

  9. Alex @ therunwithin

    oh my goodness so yum

  10. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning

    I could eat pancakes for every meal, too. My favorite recipe involves corn meal- man, it just makes them so dang good!! But really, I pretty much like any type of pancake. Greg is straight-up blueberry. Every time.
    I thought that was a bottle of whiskey at first. I was like “Now you’re talkin!”

    1. Laura

      I still need to try corn meal in them! I just never keep in on hand.

      Mmmm… whiskey syrup…

  11. Katie @ Talk Less, Say More

    YUM! I’ve been meaning to make some pumpkin pancakes soon! and I need that plate!!!

  12. Calee (@chimes)


    Also, the label on that syrup reads “All Gluten. Natural Free.” Somebody should have caught that … I know how it’s SUPPOSED to read, but not a good way of doing it.

    1. Laura

      I didn’t even notice that, but you are so right! They need to hire you to redesign.

  13. Allie

    Ooo, I will totally make these! But probably with butternut squash. Because it’s in my fridge, and free :) I had a double pancake-accident weekend–Saturday’s were random things thrown together and GREAT, and Sunday’s were random things thrown together and awful. Although “awful” is relative when it comes to pancakes. I ate them anyway.

    1. Laura

      Ha – awful is relative with so many things. Pancakes, pizza… dessert…

  14. Tiff (@LoveSweatBeers)

    I have only recently embraced homemade fruit sauces, and I had been missing out! I usually stick to berries, but I’m sure cherries are wonderful too.

  15. Courtney

    I seriously cannot get enough of your recipes. They are the perfect amount of calories AND lots of protein! Thank you for sharing all your creations- I can’t wait to try these!

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much! One thing to remember is that my meals are lower in calories than a typical meal because I’m eating 7 a day.

  16. tera norberg

    OMGosh!!! Yummmmm I love pumpkin anything. I’m thinking I need to jump on the protein pancake bandwagon and start with these. Thanks for sharing—– I’ll be pinning and sharing!!

    1. Laura

      Thank you! Please let me know what you think if you try it. :)

  17. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Pumpkin is back in the air – very excited! I don’t have a favorite pancake flavor, anything that I’m craving for the day. :)

  18. Chelsea @ One Healthy Munchkin

    These look so good! Pumpkin is definitely one of my favourite pancake flavours… but I also love banana ones too! Sometimes I’ll combine the two, which is always spectacular. :D

    1. Laura

      Ohhhh… great idea!

  19. Kristina

    oh my GAAH I think I need that syrup!! :D

    you know I am still loving pancakes, I have made two kinds of pumpkin lately… Mmm… these sound awesome, especially with the cherry topping!

    1. Laura

      Everything needs a cherry on top :)

  20. Alysha @Shesontherun

    I can’t believe there isn’t any flour in these. They look too good to be true!

  21. Kristen @ Be Fit with Kristen

    It depends on the season. In the summer I love blueberry pancakes. In the fall I love pumpkin. Thanks for sharing this recipe. I’ll give it a try.

  22. Heather @ girlyeverafter

    I love sweet potato pancakes w/ chocolate chips in the fall, but occasionally add pumpkin too. They’re so filling and make me feel all warm and cozy;) That sauce looks GREAT! Love me some cherries.

    1. Laura

      I’m totally adding chocolate chips to mine this weekend. How did I not think of that?!

  23. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    Ohh these look stunning. I finally opened up a can of pumpkin last night and made something using it for the first time evahh and I loved the scent that filled the apartment. I have a lot of the can left over and I think some pancakes are in my future. Yum

    1. Laura

      What was your first creation? Let me know if you try the ‘cakes!

  24. Eva @ Commited2Nutrition

    These look freakin’ awesome! I am obsessed with all protein pancakes – giving this a go soon! THANKS!

  25. Paula@paulasplate.net

    I love all things pancakes. Pumpkin and banana are probably my two favorite flavors, though I just made some apple pie pancakes the other day, which were really tasty too! I love your simple syrup idea – so quick and easy! I am definitely going to try that next time I make pancakes :)

  26. Carol @ Lucky Zucca

    Yummy, yummy, yummy, yummmm!!!!!!!! I love that you found those pancake “accessories” They are hilarious! Where do you come up with this stuff? on another note…. I Swear when I get back we’re going on a walk together ok? Is there a certain day that works best for you? I need to send you an email but I feel a little crazy right now hahaha

    1. Laura

      I think I have actually reached the end of the internet reading about some of this stuff. :)

      ENJOY your trip and we’ll catch up when you return. It may call for a post-walk glass of Spanish wine, too!

  27. Katerina

    I’ve never made pumpkin pancakes, but these ones look super tasty. Pumpkin pairs perfectly with cinnamon and nutmeg!

  28. RavieNomNoms

    Yum Yum and more YUM! Love the Fall flavors! I am diggin it!

  29. Tamara

    Love this recipe! I’ve recently become smitten with all things pumpkin. I’m pinning your recipe to my Pumpkin board right now!

    1. Laura

      Thanks for the pin! Let me know if you try them out!

  30. julie

    yum yum now i want pancakes for dinner! hahahaha this is stupid and hilarious but pancakes will forever remind me of my sister because her and her roomie have a pancoc** wednesday and they make pancakes in the shape of male genital parts hahahahahahah #sorryimnotsorry for sharing

    1. Laura

      LOL! This comment literally made my day.

  31. Becca

    oh baby.

    I love anything pumpkin! It’s such an underrated fruit (squash?)

    I never thought it would go in pancakes… now that I’m imagining the texture… *sprints to nearest pumpkin patch*

    1. Laura

      It was made for pancakes! Or any baked good, really. :)

  32. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    So clearly, I need to get a can of pumpkin and make this. Like right now. Looks so tasty!

  33. Tania @ A Perfect Pantry

    Never had pumpkin pancakes, but I think these would be so tasty. yum.

    1. Laura

      You have to try them! It’s a fav fall treat. :)

  34. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    Yum!! I need these… I love all things pumpkin! Plus they are gluten free!!! Even better!

  35. Allie

    OMG syrup saving plate?! Best invention EVER. I’m freaking out!!!

  36. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    You know this is a 100% perfect recipe to be busting out right now… tis the beginning of fall :) Still haven’t made anything pumpkin yet, besides a dessert (but I want a breakfast) and a pancake recipe is on the agenda! I would say that blueberry are my favorite flavor, but pumpkin is certainly a close second

    1. Laura

      What are you wait for, slacker?! Just kidding. I’m going to burnt out before Halloween. LOL!

  37. Sable@SquatLikeALady

    Ooooh these look great!!!! Bookmarking!

    1. Laura

      And you can eat them freely now! :)

  38. Meghan@CleanEatsFastFeets

    That pancake plate is great, and your “syrup” is crazy (in a good way).

  39. Laura @ LauraLivesLife

    I buy pumpkin in bulk during the fall so I have enough year round – I’m a total pumpkin addict. I want to try to make your baked goods with my GF flour, but I’m nervous about how it’ll turn out because I’m such a GF baking novice. These might push me over the edge!

    1. Laura

      From what I’ve seen you should add ACV and/or Guar/Xanthan Gum to help it rise and hold together sans gluten. I don’t have much experience there though. Let me know what you learn! I’ll try to do some experimenting too.

      But these are GF (as long as your protein powder is GF)!

  40. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    What is MY favorite pancake flavor? How dare you ask such a thing! I don’t discriminate in the LEAST! But I do have to take a minute to praise your for your pancake flipping abilities! Hmm, might I be rubbing off on you? ;)

    And you think it’s hard to get a good pic of these? I swear I’m going to re-shoot all the pics for my pumpkin bread pudding pancakes…I took the pics inside…AT NIGHT! Omg, I just looked at them again and it made me wanna cry! Lol

    Last happy accident? Oh how I WISH I could say it was my coconut fig muffins, but you KNOW how that went. Hmm, I guess it was probably my tropical chicken salad…I just threw a whole bunch of stuff in a bowl and out popped something knee smacking delicious! ;)

    1. Laura

      I don’t mean to encourage discrimination! :)

      Pumpkin Bread Pudding PANCAKES?! What?!?!?! I made actual pumpkin bread pudding last fall. It had booze. Can your pancakes have booze too? :)

      I’m making those muffins, btw. I need the rest of my figs to hurry up and soften.

  41. Choc Chip Uru

    That syrup with these protein stuffed pancakes makes them even more incredible!

    Choc Chip Uru

  42. Meg

    This looks amazing, sis! I have made similar minus the chia! I will make these for sure :) <3 I need to start making recipes again…

  43. Kelly@Chow-Daily

    I NEED to get to the grocery store this weekend to pick up some pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice- I’ve been seeing way too many pumpkin flavored recipes online that make my mouth water. And these are no exception. They look fluffy and thick (like all good pancakes should be), and I can only imagine the smell. Well, this post was the straw the broke the camel’s back. Definitely doing some pumpkin baking this weekend, and keeping them all to myself, muahaha.

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