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Pumpkin Waffles

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When I come up with a new recipe for weelicious, it usually takes me some time to test it, write the post and stage and edit the photos and so on before publishing it here. But, earlier this week I innocently posted a picture of Kenya's lunch on my facebook and Twitter, and almost immediately I was barraged with emails and messages asking what it was that I made. So, by overwhelming demand, I bring you one of my favorite recipes, pumpkin waffles!

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Over the holidays, I buy tons of canned pumpkin puree and inevitably it sits in the cabinet for months until I get around to using all of it. This recipe is for anyone who's overstocked on pumpkin and wants to get rid of it in the yummiest way possible!

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In our house, we're all about serving these waffles for breakfast, but I decided to take them a step further. I like to make a big batch of waffles, enjoy half of them when I make them, freeze a few for future breakfasts (just pop them in the toaster oven when you need them) and make sandwiches with the remaining. Yes, sandwiches.

Pumpkin Waffles from weelicious.com

How excited will your kids be when they open their lunch box to see cream cheese (and maybe some sliced fruit) between two fluffy pumpkin waffles? I guarantee you'll win mom (or dad) of the year for that one!

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We used these to make this recipe:

Pumpkin Waffles  (Makes 12 4-inch Waffles)

  • Prep Time: 5 mins,
  • Cook Time: 10 mins,
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When I come up with a new recipe for weelicious, it usually takes me some to test it, write the post and stage and edit the photos and so on before publishing it here. But, earlier this week I innocently posted a picture of Kenya's lunch on my facebook...


  • 2 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup light brown sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 4 eggs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup buttermilk
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 6 tablespoons butter, melted


  1. 1. Preheat waffle iron.
  2. 2. Sift first 7 ingredients into a bowl.
  3. 3. In a separate bowl whisk the remaining ingredients.
  4. 4. Whisk the dry ingredients into the liquid mixture and whisk until smooth.
  5. 5. Pour about 1/2 cup of the pumpkin batter into a waffle iron that’s been buttered or greased and cook according to manufacturer’s directions.
  6. 6. Serve with maple syrup or make into sandwiches filling with cream cheese and whatever other fillings you desire.
  7. *Allow to cool, place in a ziploc bag, label and freeze. When ready, place in toaster oven or oven at 300 and heat for 10 minutes or until heated through.
Pumpkin Waffles

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  1. Elizabeth

    October 31, 2014 at 7:37 am

    Substituted pureed sweet potatoes for pumpkin when I realized I was out of canned pumpkin. Also used pumpkin pie spice in place of ginger. Lastly, I never have buttermilk, so I used the substitute of 1 tbsp. lemon juice per cup of milk. Delish!

    • C. McCord

      October 5, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      Great substitutions, thanks for sharing!

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  3. Crystal

    March 30, 2014 at 4:06 pm

    Is there any reason I shouldn’t make the batter the night before and stick it in the fridge until we wake up the next morning?

    • C. McCord

      October 5, 2016 at 4:40 pm

      That should work out just fine! Saves you time, too!

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  5. srdaniel

    February 22, 2013 at 5:25 pm

    Can I replace the brown sugar with agave? Will it alter the results any?

    • catherine

      February 22, 2013 at 7:41 pm

      You can, but it is a little tricky. Use half the amount of brown sugar called for if you’re using agave, and then increase the flour by the same amount. You might need to add a little more or less flour to get to the right consistency!

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  9. Ruth

    October 15, 2012 at 12:17 pm

    This is a yummy recipe and makes perfect pancakes too.

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  12. itri19

    August 16, 2012 at 9:19 am

    This is definitely my new favorite waffle recipe! I was already using waffles like a sandwich w/ crem cheese & raisins between, but love the pumpkin!! I may try to us honey instead of brown sugar next time, as I usually have that on hand more. Thanks for a great website!!

  13. MamaTick

    July 26, 2012 at 10:33 am

    I made these a couple of weeks ago and my baby loves them. I did alter the recipe, I used a whole can of pumpkin instead of just a cup, and they turned out great. They freeze wonderfully, so I am able to take out just the right amount for a snake or a meal (I broke them into 4s after I froze them).

  14. Danae

    March 10, 2012 at 1:51 pm

    Love this recipe! I’ve used it to make pancakes several times. My parents just gave me their old waffle iron, so I finally got to make them as waffles. Yum!

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  19. Calising

    November 19, 2011 at 5:06 am

    Hi! Just curious what size waffle maker you use for your waffle sandwiches. There is a footnote on this recipe which says you use a Belgian waffle maker, however the photo doesn’t look like each side could be as thick as a Belgian waffle. Do you use two regular waffles or one Belgian waffle sliced in half? I just tried the latter and it was difficult to cut it without “holes” appearing on one side. Thanks!

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  23. Melissa

    October 25, 2011 at 5:02 pm

    The only problem with these, is you cannot make them with hungry children, they eat them up way too fast! :) Thanks!

  24. Danae

    October 12, 2011 at 8:39 pm

    I just made these for dinner (with veggies on the side!), only I don’t own a waffle iron, so I cooked them like pancakes. It worked great and my kids are gobbling them up as I write this! Thanks for another great recipe!

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  26. Stefani

    May 16, 2011 at 3:51 pm

    I made a gluten free version of this – 1/2 cup GF oat flour, 1/2 cup brown rice flour, 1/2 cup sweet sorghum flor, 1/3 cup almond flour, 1/3 cup coconut flour, 1/3 cup millet flour, 1/2 tsp guar gum. I substituted Rice milk for the “milk” and substituted Whole Milk for the “buttermilk”- followed the rest of the recipe exactly as is and they turned out wonderful! This was my very first attempt at converting a recipe and when served with cream cheese and a touch of maple syrup – you would never know they were gluten free. Thank you Catherine for inspiring me and for providing such a wonderful recipe!

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  28. Morgan

    March 21, 2011 at 12:58 pm

    My family loved these! We have been eating them as a snack too!

  29. Edmund Bublitz

    February 7, 2011 at 11:19 am

    Wonderful site, where did you come up with the knowledge in this piece of content? I’m happy I found it though, ill be checking back soon to see what other articles you have.

  30. Sarah W.

    February 3, 2011 at 6:55 pm

    hey catherine! I tried this out as well with pancakes instead of waffles and it was fantastic!


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  32. Laura Degnan

    January 11, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    As always, weelicious comes through for this house!! Delicious! Thank you Catherine!

  33. Kathleen

    December 26, 2010 at 8:10 am

    My kids are allergic to eggs and dairy. What can I use to substitute the eggs?

    • Barbara

      January 7, 2011 at 3:05 am

      You can use applesauce instead of eggs. 1/4 cup unsweetened (not chunky) applesauce plus 1/2 teas baking powder for each egg you are replacing.

  34. Anna

    December 16, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    I don’t have a waffle iron, but can I use the same batter to make pancakes?

    • catherine

      December 21, 2010 at 5:33 pm

      yes you can!! :)

  35. Jamie R

    November 21, 2010 at 10:06 am

    We just made these this morning with a few modifications because we are dairy free. I used Earth Balance in place of the butter, and coconut milk instead of milk. We also used butternut squash puree instead of pumpkin and then later added some freeze dried apples for fun. The waffles turned out lovely and we will definitely use this recipe again!

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    • Jamie R

      November 21, 2010 at 10:10 am

      I forgot to say that we also used white whole wheat flour and it worked perfectly! Light and airy just like regular flour without the coarseness of whole wheat flour.

  37. Kaylin

    October 22, 2010 at 8:59 am

    We loved these! The kids even commented on the smell and they dug right in! This recipe is definitely a good reason for stocking up on pumpkin! Thanks so much!

  38. filaree way

    October 20, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    I ran out of both buttermilk and regular milk, so I used 1 cup rice milk and one cup plain yogurt. Turned out great!

  39. Susan

    October 11, 2010 at 6:35 am

    I had extra batter and not enough time to make all of it, so I froze the batter. Can I do that? Thanks

    • catherine

      October 11, 2010 at 2:23 pm

      I have never froze batter so not sure how that would be, let me know if you make more waffles with it!

  40. Erin

    October 9, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    Did you adapt this recipe from smitten kitchen? It’s almost identical to hers! I’m looking forward to making them for breakfast tomorrow morning, mixing up the dry ingredients now so they’ll be ready to go. :)

    • catherine

      October 11, 2010 at 2:30 pm

      That is so funny that you say that, I have not seen smitten kitchen’s recipe for this, I’ll take a look at it! Thanks! :) But I do love Smitten Kitchen!

  41. Gina

    October 7, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    This recipe calls for plain flour. Is that different from all purpose flour?

    • catherine

      October 11, 2010 at 2:45 pm

      Yes :)

  42. Leslie

    October 6, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    Yum! We folded dried cranberries and walnuts into the cream cheese and made sandwiches, perfect start to fall.

    • catherine

      October 6, 2010 at 2:05 pm

      love it!!

  43. Mrs. Price

    October 4, 2010 at 3:29 pm

    These were a big hit at my house. My son ate 3!!!!!

  44. cathi

    July 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    These waffles are delicious!

    Have you made them with a wheat flour / white flour combination?

    • catherine

      July 16, 2010 at 2:34 pm

      No, did you make yours with that combination? How did they turn out?

      • cathi

        September 12, 2010 at 8:45 pm

        I *finally* had a chance to make these with a white/wheat flour combo and they were great! I used 1 1/2 c. white flour and 1 c. wheat flour. The kids drank the last of the milk as I was mixing these together, so I substituted 1 cup of water for the cup of milk and the waffles turned out fluffy and delicious. Thanks again for the recipe!

  45. susan

    June 27, 2010 at 1:40 pm

    i made these for the first time, I was so PROUD of my self. First I have never made waffles and to make them from scratch they were amazing. I made extra and I think we ate them everyday for a week! The whole family loved them and I especially loved the idea that we were getting healthy pumpkin in there too.

  46. Waffeleisen

    February 19, 2010 at 9:42 pm

    Hmm YUM! *-). Thank you for the share

  47. Urs Jepsen

    February 8, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    These waffles are amazing! I can’t get enough of them. THANK YOU!


  48. kay

    January 21, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Can you make with with regular milk instead of buttermilk?

    • catherine

      May 6, 2010 at 6:18 pm

      yes you can

  49. Lisa

    January 20, 2010 at 9:54 pm

    maybe my question was not phrased correctly, just wanted to know what 1 MILK meant for the ingredients, as in what measurement as it already has butter milk…thanks

    • catherine

      May 6, 2010 at 6:19 pm

      Sorry there was a typo, it is 1 Cup Milk

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  51. Laura

    January 16, 2010 at 11:59 am

    I just made a half recipe of these for my family for breakfast. I didn’t have the buttermilk so I just used non-fat milk, and when it came time to add the pumpkin, I realized all I had was organic “pumpkin pie mix” puree. Oops! They were still delicious and my 2-year old son ate 2 whole waffles! (My husband ate 5!)

  52. britain

    January 14, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    this recipe sounds awesome! i was wondering what i could substitute buttermilk with? we’re lactose intolerant over here.


    • catherine

      May 6, 2010 at 6:27 pm

      You can use Rice Milk, or Almond Milk , Soy Milk :)

      • Marsha

        December 28, 2013 at 5:49 pm

        Loved this recipe! My boys each ate 2 waffles and hubby loved them as well. I typically don’t have buttermilk on hand so the typical substitution I use is 1 cup milk mixed with 1 tbsp white vinegar. Works great! I also used 1 cup of white whole wheat flour along with 1 1/2 c. All purpose flour.

  53. Kim

    January 14, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Just wanted to thank you for having such a wonderful healthy food blog. What kind of milk does your kids drink? I notice you cook alot with almond and rice milk. Do you have a healthy version of frosting for cupcakes?

    • catherine

      May 6, 2010 at 6:28 pm

      We drink almond milk, whole,and rice milk.

  54. Lori

    January 14, 2010 at 2:08 pm

    Looks SO yummy! Did you add any flavoring to the cream cheese? I love the idea of cutting the waffles to make sandwiches. Thanks!

    • catherine

      May 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm

      No we used plain cream cheese and it was great!

  55. Jennifer

    January 14, 2010 at 7:12 am

    That is a fabulous idea! I will definitely be putting that in my daughter’s lunch box soon. My son is allergic to cinnamon – do you think I could leave it out?

    • catherine

      May 6, 2010 at 6:30 pm

      Yes you can :)