As the weather starts to cool down, we find ourselves reaching for our waffle maker more and more often. There’s just something about a warm, fluffy waffle that screams comfort food. And what could be better than pumpkin spice waffles?
This recipe is super easy to follow, and the end result is delicious! If you’re looking for a cozy breakfast idea, give these homemade pumpkin spice waffles a try.
Why we love this recipe
- You can taste the delicious pumpkin flavor, but the waffles don’t get chewy like some other pumpkin waffle recipes we’ve tried.
- These waffles have the perfect amount of pumpkin spice – we prefer to use our own pumpkin pie spice blend with ground cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves. This mix gives it the perfect blend of warm spices, similar to our favorite pumpkin pie recipe.
Eggs – whole eggs, both egg yolks and whites.
Milk – we use 2% milk. You can also use buttermilk, although it will have a stronger taste. We don’t find that it adds any extra fluff to the waffles, but some others swear by it.
Oil – vegetable oil. You can also swap this out for melted butter. (If you use salted butter, then skip the salt.)
Vanilla – pure vanilla extract, homemade or purchased at the store.
Pumpkin – be sure to use pumpkin puree, not the pumpkin pie mix in a can.
Flour – all-purpose flour.
Sugar – granulated white sugar. You could also use brown sugar or a combination of the two.
Cornstarch – this helps the waffles get crisp around the edges.
Baking powder – baking powder helps make the waffles fluffy.
Salt – plain salt, like iodized table salt.
Pumpkin pie spice – use our homemade pumpkin pie spice blend (cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and cloves) or store-bought.
- Add chocolate chips to make pumpkin chocolate chip waffles.
- Pumpkin spice syrup – try our homemade recipe.
- Pure maple syrup
- Cool whip or whipped cream
- Chopped walnuts or pecans
- Sliced bananas
- Chocolate chips
- Fall sprinkles
- Sweetened cream cheese
- Cinnamon or vanilla ice cream
Mixing bowls/spoons – one each for the wet ingredients and one set for the dry ingredients.
Measuring cups/spoons – both dry and liquid measuring cups and spoons. We like to use a 1/2 measuring cup to measure out the batter into the waffle maker. (Adjust for the size of waffle maker you have).
Waffle iron – we love to use an iron with square-shaped waffles. You can use a round Belgian-style waffle maker; just know it will take a bit more time to cook and crisp the edges. You can also find really cute pumpkin-shaped waffle irons.
Cooking spray – we find that spraying the waffle iron once, in the beginning, is sufficient to prevent sticking.
How to Make Pumpkin Waffles
Start by preheating your waffle maker.
Next, combine the wet ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl – eggs, milk, oil, vanilla extract, and pumpkin.
Then mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl – flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin spice.
Fold the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture. Mix well, but don’t over-mix. Some lumps are okay.
Lightly grease your waffle iron and pour almost 1/2 cup of batter into each waffle square. Note: this amount may need to be adjusted depending on your waffle maker.
Close the waffle iron and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. (Time may vary depending on your waffle maker.)
Check to make sure the waffles are browned and lightly crisped on the outside. Then remove carefully from the iron onto a serving plate.
Repeat until all of the waffle batter is gone.
Serve and enjoy with your favorite toppings – see ideas above, including our homemade pumpkin spice syrup.
Pumpkin Waffle Side Ideas
Wondering what to serve with pumpkin waffles? Here are a few of our favorite side dishes that pair perfectly with sweet pumpkin waffles.
- Scrambled eggs
- Omelet bake
- Fruit salad (pineapples, oranges, and bananas – candy corn fruit cups)
Looking for topping ideas instead? Jump to our topping idea list here.Print
- 2 eggs
- 1 1/2 cup milk
- 1/2 cup oil
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 1 cup pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie mix)
- 2 cups flour
- 1/2 cup sugar
- 1/4 cornstarch
- 1 tbsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp salt
- 2 1/4 tsp pumpkin pie spice
- Start by preheating your waffle iron.
- Next, combine the wet ingredients in a medium-sized mixing bowl – eggs, milk, oil, vanilla extract, and canned pumpkin.
- Then mix the dry ingredients in a separate bowl – flour, sugar, cornstarch, baking powder, salt, and pumpkin spice.
- Fold the dry ingredients into the pumpkin mixture. Mix well, but don’t over-mix. Some lumps are okay.
- Lightly grease your waffle maker and pour almost 1/2 cup of batter into each waffle square. (This may vary depending on your waffle iron.)
- Close the waffle iron and let it cook for 3-4 minutes. (Time may vary for each waffle maker.)
- Check to make sure the waffles are browned and lightly crisped on the outside. Then remove carefully from the iron onto a serving plate.
- Repeat until all of the waffle batter is gone.
- Serve and enjoy with your favorite toppings – see ideas above, including our homemade pumpkin spice syrup.
Add chocolate chips to make pumpkin chocolate chip waffles.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 20 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Waffle Iron
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size:
- Calories: 199
- Sugar: 9.2 g
- Sodium: 106.8 mg
- Fat: 9 g
- Saturated Fat: 1.5 g
- Carbohydrates: 26.4 g
- Protein: 3.8 g
- Cholesterol: 27.1 mg
Keywords: fall breakfast, pumpkin spice
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Here you’ll find questions related to making and serving pumpkin waffles.
How many calories are in one waffle?
With this recipe, we get about 14 waffles, and each one has about 200 calories. This, of course, is an estimate and depends on your exact ingredient measurements and the size of your waffle iron.
Can pumpkin waffles be frozen?
Yes, you can freeze these pumpkin waffles. Be sure to store them in an airtight freezer bag or storage container. To reheat from frozen, use the toaster to get crispy waffles or microwave for a softer waffle.
How long do waffles keep in the fridge? freezer?
You can store waffles in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days or in the freezer for 2 to 3 months. You may be able to keep them longer, but the taste and texture may change the longer they are stored in the fridge or freezer.
Now that you know how to make pumpkin spice waffles from scratch, there’s no excuse not to enjoy them all fall long. Will you be trying out this recipe? Let us know in the comments below, or tag us on social media. We can’t wait to see your photos of delicious-looking pumpkin waffles!
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