Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

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Healthy pumpkin pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. Full of pumpkin spice flavor and packed with protein and fiber, these pancakes are the perfect way to fuel a fall morning!

Few things are better than a nourishing, filling, fall breakfast! These healthy pumpkin pancakes are our new go-to! They’re simple enough to whip up for a weekday morning but also fancy enough for a weekend brunch. I based this recipe off my healthy apple pancake recipe, but we’re using pumpkin instead of apples for another fall spin!

Stack of healthy pumpkin pancakes drizzled with peanut butter. A jar of maple syrup is beside the pancakes.

I think a lot of people consider pancakes an indulgent breakfast option, but you can upgrade a few ingredients and have a healthy, powerhouse breakfast to start your day. These pumpkin pancakes have oatmeal and pumpkin puree, which are both high in fiber. And the cottage cheese and egg whites offer a major protein boost. Top with a little nut butter or coconut oil for some healthy fat and voila — you’ve got yourself a complete breakfast that will keep you full for hours!

Blender with ingredients for pumpkin pancake batter.

Ingredients in Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

  • old fashioned oats
  • egg whites
  • cottage cheese
  • pumpkin puree – make sure you pick up canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling!
  • pumpkin pie spice
  • cinnamon
  • maple syrup

Stack of pumpkin pancakes, drizzled with peanut butter and maple syrup, with a bite taken out of the stack.

How to Make Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

If you usually make pancakes by taking a pancake mix and adding water, you definitely need to try making a homemade version! They taste so much better and they’re healthier for you.

These pancakes are made in a blender which makes mixing and clean up a breeze! Add the oats, egg whites, cottage cheese, pumpkin puree, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon to the blender and process until the batter is relatively smooth.

Heat a pan or griddle to low-medium heat and spray with non-stick spray. Scoop a quarter cup of batter onto the pan and cook until little bubbles form and the edges of the pancakes are solid enough to put a spatula underneath. Flip and cook for an additional one to two minutes. This recipe should make about 8 small pancakes. To serve, stack four on a plate and drizzle with maple syrup and/or nut butter.

Fork with a slice of the stack of pumpkin pancakes.

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Healthy Pumpkin Pancakes

5 from 17 votes
Healthy pumpkin pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. Full of pumpkin spice flavor and packed with protein and fiber, these pancakes are the perfect way to fuel a fall morning!
Stack of pumpkin pancakes, drizzled with peanut butter and maple syrup, with a bite taken out of the stack.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 2/3 cup old fashioned oats
  • 1/2 cup egg whites
  • 1/2 cup cottage cheese
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • maple syrup, for topping
  • nonstick cooking spray

Instructions
 

  • Add oats, egg whites, cottage cheese, pumpkin, baking powder pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon into a blender and process until the batter is relatively smooth. 
  • Heat pan or griddle to low-medium heat and spray with nonstick cooking spray.
  • Once hot, scoop out about a quarter cup of batter at a time and pour onto pan. (You should be able to make about 8 small pancakes.)
  • Cook until little bubbles form and the edges of the pancakes are solid enough to put a spatula underneath, about 4-6 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook for one to two additional minutes.
  • For serving, place four pancakes on each plate and drizzle with maple syrup and/or nut butter.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/2 of recipe (4 small pancakes) Calories: 242kcal Carbohydrates: 38g Protein: 17g Fat: 3g Sodium: 577mg Fiber: 3g Sugar: 16g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: healthy pumpkin pancakes

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    48 comments
    1. Jennifer Malta
      May 2, 2021 AT 9:57 pm

      Can I substitute cottage cheese with whole milk kefir? Would it be a 1 to 1 substitution?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        May 3, 2021 AT 1:39 pm

        Hey Jennifer, I haven’t tried it so I’m not 100% sure but I bet that would be fine to sub the cottage cheese with the kefier 1:1 ratio. Let me know how it turns out if you try it!

    2. Tania
      December 18, 2020 AT 3:15 am

      Hi Brittany! Can we use yogurt in place of cottage cheese? Thank you

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 18, 2020 AT 5:32 pm

        Hey Tania – Yes, yogurt should work just fine!

    3. Connie
      November 15, 2020 AT 3:31 pm

      5 stars
      Made these two weeks ago and they were a hit!! I substituted non fat Greek yogurt for cottage cheese since we didn’t have cc on hand but otherwise followed your recipe and it was delicious! Thank you!!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 15, 2020 AT 7:48 pm

        Woo!! So glad this recipe turned out for you, Connie. Thanks for making it and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating. I appreciate it!

    4. Sarah
      November 8, 2020 AT 10:17 am

      5 stars
      So delicious! Made them with 2 whole eggs and they had a great texture. Me, my husband, and my 10 month old all enjoyed them! My son even clapped after every bite

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 9, 2020 AT 12:03 am

        So glad these pancakes were a hit, Sarah! I appreciate you coming back to leave a comment + star rating. <3

    5. Heather
      October 27, 2020 AT 12:46 pm

      5 stars
      I have made these twice and they were delicious both times! I made them for myself and baby and we both loved them! I love how the recipe is simple and easy to make and also how they don’t contain any sugar. The pancakes are very flavorful without sweetener!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        October 27, 2020 AT 4:23 pm

        Woo!! So glad these pancakes are a hit!! Thanks so much for making them and for coming back to leave a comment + star rating, Heather. I so appreciate it. <3

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