pumpkin pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes!

Pumpkin Pancakes

Yes, here is another pumpkin recipe, because, well, why not? Pumpkin is really such a versatile ingredient and it is often wasted! I created these delicious pumpkin pancakes as I was looking for a low fat way to get rid of my hunger! These do not disappoint! They are very tasty and easily customisable. You can use up all your pumpkin bits and have a great nutritious and tasty breakfast, brunch or lunch! 🎃

Stack of savoury pumpkin pancakes on a plate, topped with rocket.

Pumpkin Facts!

Did you know in the UK a STAGGERING 12.8 million pumpkins are WASTED at Halloween each year!? However, as the whole pumpkin, (minus the stalk) can be eaten, there is no need for this wastage! Have a look at these pumpkin recipes for some great ideas!

If you go to a supermarket for example, you can often pick up a ‘carving pumpkin’ for decorating at Halloween. However, more than half (59%) of people in the UK did not know that these pumpkins are still edible! All those insides, the seeds, the flesh, even the skin, they can ALL be eaten!

The Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

Firstly, these are savoury pancakes. If you really want sweet pancakes you can swap the spices for nutmeg and add a bit of sugar. Secondly, the star ingredient, yes, you guessed it, is pumpkin! You can use any pumpkin or squash that you have, you just need to grate it raw! The other main ingredient is gram flour (a.k.a. chickpea or besan flour). The spices are cumin, coriander and garlic, with black pepper and salt to taste. Check out the recipe!

Pumpkin Pancakes

Savoury pumpkin pancakes to help you use up that pumpkin!

Course: Breakfast, brunch, lunch
Keyword: pancakes, pumpkin
Created by:: Laurena @LifeDietHealth
  • 50 g gram flour
  • 100 ml cold water
  • 100 g pumpkin/squash grated raw (butternut squash works well too)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 teaspoon coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic granules
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • salt to taste
  1. In a large jug or bowl, mix the gram flour with the water until you have a smooth paste. Ensure there are no lumps whatsoever (not even tiny ones)!

  2. Mix the pumpkin in and thoroughly coat in the batter.

  3. Sprinkle the spices over, then season with salt and pepper.

  4. Heat a non-stick pan, lightly spritz with oil, then drop spoonfuls of the mix into the pan. Using the back of the spoon, gently press the pumpkin mixture until you have a flat round pancake.

  5. Allow to cook for a couple of minutes, before flipping over and cooking on the other side for slightly less time. Remember, that the overall cooking time will shorten with each batch you cook as the pan gets hotter!

  6. Remove the cooked pancakes from the pan and place on a baking tray in the oven (low heat) to keep warm whilst you use the remaining batter.

  7. Serve with your favourite white or cheese sauce with a salad on the side.

  8. Enjoy!

What do I need?

You can (as with most of my recipes), make these as easy or complicated as you wish! Certainly, just use the pumpkin, or try adding other vegetables in too. For instance, carrot works, or thinly sliced onion, or even courgette or pepper. In addition, changing the herbs tailors these to your tastes: make them spicier by adding red chilli flakes, or make them Italian style with the use of rosemary, oregano and basil. If you are new to cooking or your kitchen needs a refresh, here are a few useful things for this recipe. We do receive a small commission if you click and purchase through these links (this is at no additional cost to you)!

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How to serve your pancakes

Serve these as a savoury breakfast for example, or for brunch or lunch. Actually, you could even serve these as a tasty starter or a side dish too! I then layered my pancakes with a homemade vegan cheese sauce and served them with a side salad (including a few matchsticks of raw pumpkin)! I think these would be great with any ‘white’ sauce, or cheese, or even a tomato based sauce. Ideally eat these hot and fresh from the pan (or oven).

a close up forkful of savoury pumpkin pancake stack, with the pancakes in the background


Lastly, if for some reason you have leftovers, these can be stored covered in the fridge for up to five days. The pancakes can be frozen for up to two months, (just be sure to label and date them)! Chilled or frozen, reheat in a pan, or pop them in the toaster to reheat.


I love seeing your creations and interpretations of my recipes! Certainly feel free to share and tag me @LifeDietHealth or using #LifeDietHealth on InstagramPinterestFacebook or Twitter.

So, I’m taking these pumpkin pancakes over to Angie at Fiesta Friday. Come over and join the fun, I’m sure there will be loads of pumpkin themed posts this week!

Stack of savoury pancakes on a white plate with salad garnish.

Finally, please leave me a comment below and let me know what you’d serve your savoury pancakes with? For instance, maybe you think these should be served with maple syrup?

Hear from you soon!

Laurena x


  • Emma, West Sussex 30th October 2020 at 12:16

    What a pretty, warming yet also healthy seasonal recipe, Laurena –
    I can smell those lovely spices with the pumpkin from here; one for me to try this weekend,
    thank you for the inspiration!
    Emma x

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 30th October 2020 at 12:19

      Thank you Emma, I will be making them a few more times too! What pumpkin will you use? (& if you grew any Kabocha I am jealous)! x

      • Emma, West Sussex 30th October 2020 at 12:37

        Oh Laurena, I don’t know – they’re home grown from seeds I was given so they’re a lovely gift from Nature. x

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 30th October 2020 at 12:43

          Wonderful👍🏼Kabocha are deep green (like a watermelon) and pumpkin shaped… the flesh is sweet and almost custard like😍 I tried to grow some but only got one very small one!

          • Emma, West Sussex 30th October 2020 at 12:53

            … sometimes the smallest things really are the best! X

          • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 30th October 2020 at 13:20

            I hope so with this one! I’ll let you know! x

  • cookingwithshy 30th October 2020 at 20:16

    Great recipe!! Nice addition of pumpkin here…we often make gram flour pancakes…so delish!!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 30th October 2020 at 20:36

      Thank you Shy. Yes, they are great and pumpkin makes them even tastier! What pumpkin recipes do you like?

      • cookingwithshy 2nd November 2020 at 15:21

        I love roasted pumpkins in a salad,soups and had attempted a wonderful pumpkin cake last year!

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 2nd November 2020 at 15:44

          Ooo, I love a good pumpkin cake! Have you seen my loaf cake recipe? Do you roast the seeds and eat those too? I love them with cinnamon!

  • tulips79 30th October 2020 at 21:38

    Hi Laurena, I like the idea of pumpkin rosti 😋 Again, I would never have thought of using pumpkin in this way 👍I tend to do the usual thing of adding it to pilaf and pasta. Most of my pumpkins are still used as seasonal decor at the moment, though😁🧡

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 30th October 2020 at 22:32

      Eva you really should try this, it’s really simple but so delicious! Adding it to pasta is not usual for me… unless I make a sauce out of it. Ooo, now I’m dreaming up a pumpkin mac & cheese! I need to get the rest of the squash in from the greenhouse… 2 have made it onto the mantelpiece so far! What are you both up to this weekend? x

      • tulips79 30th October 2020 at 23:05

        Pumpkin mac n’ cheese sounds good! I bet your mantlepiece looks nice and autumnal: I’m imagining long, odd-shaped squashes? Work has been cancelled tomorrow, my clients got squeezed in today instead…lockdown until early Dec, here we go again…x

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 30th October 2020 at 23:13

          Hmmm… er, these are homegrown (not allotment grown) squashes and are very small (but I’m happy with them)! I’ll put pictures on Instagram soon (remind me)!!! Oh gosh, lockdown again? I did hear the start of that but then got distracted! Maybe we’ll get to read earlier?

  • tulips79 30th October 2020 at 23:45

    So you have cute little squashes on the mantlepiece 🤗
    Re this second lockdown, hubby’s already feeling gutted about not being able to play tennis until December lol… which leads me on to say I think we should stick to December for our mini book club if that’s ok🙂

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 31st October 2020 at 00:25

      Oh, shows what I know, I thought tennis was just for summer! Far too many leaves here for tennis!? Anyway, December is fine… I’m sure I’m busy until then anyway😋😂x

  • tulips79 31st October 2020 at 08:18

    Indoor tennis for autumn/winter. Have a nice weekend x

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 31st October 2020 at 08:24

      Oh! 😋🤦🏽‍♀️ You too x

  • helenfern 1st November 2020 at 17:22

    Tis the season – and you make these look so good! I’d be honored if you shared it at our What’s for Dinner party!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 1st November 2020 at 17:41

      Thank you Helen! Please try them so are so good! I hope you are keeping safe & well. I will bring them over to Whats For Dinner – thank you! 🙂 x

      • helenfern 2nd November 2020 at 18:30

        I’m so glad you came by and shared these at the party!! I hope to see your treats every week!!

        • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 2nd November 2020 at 18:32

          Thanks Helen! I’ll try to remember! Do I need to add the party link in my post?

  • Jhuls 2nd November 2020 at 07:20

    Pumpkin Pancakes! Wow! I haven’t tried making them, but I love anything pumpkin!! Hi, Laurena. 😀 I hope you and the family are doing well.

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 2nd November 2020 at 07:48

      Thanks Jhuls. We’re good thanks but just about to go into another lockdown! You really should make these pumpkin pancakes they’re amazing! Hope things are okay with you. x

  • Angie | Fiesta Friday 5th November 2020 at 22:14

    I hear you about pumpkins being wasted. Over here they’re mostly used just for decorations. You, however, seem to have the knack for turning fresh pumpkins into multiple delicious things. I really need to try more pumpkin recipes, and not just for sweet stuff like muffins or pies. Healthy ones like these pancakes!

    • Laurena@LifeDietHealth 6th November 2020 at 12:30

      Oh my Angie… I just looked it up and apparently the pumpkin we throw away could make 360 million portions of pumpkin pie! Your figures for pumpkin wastage over there are around FIFTY times higher!!! OMGosh! That is an insane amount of wastage! I’ll let you work out how much pumpkin pie that would be!!! Definitely definitely encourage people to create more foods with their pumpkin! Soup is a great one to start with… and these pancakes of course!

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