Protein Pumpkin Paleo Pancakes

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes
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Note that Paleo pancakes are normally more dense than regular pancakes. And don't worry if the shape doesn't come out perfect and fluffy. The only thing you should care about is how nutritious and delicious they are! It's a caveman diet, remember? Keep it simple! If it was up to me, I would probably just eat these pancakes with my hands, and head out for a strenuous hike afterwards!

Caveman Diet Recipes: Paleo Pancakes

The "Paleolithic diet" is just a fancy terminology for eating REAL food. From a biological standpoint, it makes perfect sense to fuel your body with whole, nutritious foods.

Paleo Diet consists of foods that were available to our ancestors, which include fish, meat, nuts, seeds, eggs, seafood and certain oils. That means cereal, waffles, dairy, grains, hot dogs and processed foods that come from a box is forbidden.

Eating food from the caveman diet recipes can be pretty basic, but cooking delicious meals can be difficult. For those of you who have tried eating the Paleo way, scrambled eggs with veggies were probably the only foods that came to mind. Now it's time to get creative and try a new Paleo breakfast: Pumpkin pancakes.

Below you will find two amazing Paleo pumpkin pancake recipes that can be made in less than 15 minutes. If you're looking for more of a grab-and-go Paleo breakfast, be sure to check out my Paleo No Bake Energy Bars.

Both of the recipes are gluten free, sugar free, and full of nutrients that will jump start your day. In fact these pancakes are such an ideal food to eat before an intense workout that I renamed it Pumpkin Powerhouse Pancakes.

These pancakes will keep you full and satisfied much longer, enough for you to get through the workout. The paleo pancakes are filled with wholesome protein, and contain no sugar or gluten.

Nutritional Bonus for Paleo Diet Pancakes

  • Pumpkin is a nutritious addition to the recipe, especially as a high-fiber standout and source of beta-carotene, a powerful antioxidant. You can use canned pumpkin, which is a great time saver. Don't get it mixed up with pumpkin pie mix, which has added sugar. It's also best to buy pure organic pumpkin puree.
  • Organic coconut flour contains natural sugar from the coconut meat itself, which means the recipe doesn't require a lot of sweetener. This is a crucial factor in your weight loss plan. Coconut flour is made of 58% fiber, 28% protein/water/carbohydrate. It's also gluten free!
  • The second recipe calls for almond flour, a beautiful substitution for traditional flour. It's also high in protein and healthy fats.
  • Cinnamon help stabilize blood sugar levels, keeping your hunger pains away.
  • Raw apple cider vinegar is high in minerals and potassium, and has many medical uses. A 2007 study reported that taking 2 tablespoons of apple cider vinegar can lower glucose levels. Raw apple cider vinegar also helps promote optimal digestion and encourages the growth of friendly bacteria in our bodies. Make sure you buy a brand labeled "raw" and "unfiltered" which offers healing properties.

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes with Coconut Flour
Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes with Coconut Flour | Source

Cook Time

Prep time: 10 min
Cook time: 15 min
Ready in: 25 min
Yields: 4
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The ingredients for paleo pumpkin pancakes.Whisk whisk whisk.Pumpkin....yummm! Organic eggs and pumpkin....can't get healthier than that! Grease your skillet with coconut oil or organic butter.These pancakes will not bubble up  like tradition pancakes.When the bottom of the pancakes look golden, they are ready to be flipped. Nuts are important in a paleo diet. Top your pancakes with walnuts!
The ingredients for paleo pumpkin pancakes.
The ingredients for paleo pumpkin pancakes. | Source
Whisk whisk whisk.
Whisk whisk whisk. | Source
Pumpkin....yummm! | Source
Organic eggs and pumpkin....can't get healthier than that!
Organic eggs and pumpkin....can't get healthier than that! | Source
Grease your skillet with coconut oil or organic butter.
Grease your skillet with coconut oil or organic butter. | Source
These pancakes will not bubble up  like tradition pancakes.
These pancakes will not bubble up like tradition pancakes. | Source
When the bottom of the pancakes look golden, they are ready to be flipped.
When the bottom of the pancakes look golden, they are ready to be flipped. | Source
Nuts are important in a paleo diet. Top your pancakes with walnuts!
Nuts are important in a paleo diet. Top your pancakes with walnuts! | Source

Ingredients for Paleo Pancakes

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted, (add more for more moisture)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 cup almond milk, (optional, if your batter is still too thick for your preference)
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup, (to drizzle on)

Instructions for Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients: coconut flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  2. Then whisk the wet ingredients in a separate bowl: eggs, coconut oil, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup and pumpkin puree.
  3. Slowly add the dry mix to the wet mix until the ingredients are well combined.
  4. Heat the pan or skillet with coconut oil or organic butter over MEDIUM-LOW heat. Spoon the batter into the pan in whatever size you wish. Use a spoon to flatten and shape the batter to about 1/3 inch. They will not bubble like regular pancakes so keep your eyes on them until they are done. Flip them over to the other side when the bottom is golden brown. Also, you can check the edges to see if they are ready.
  5. Serve with pure maple syrup or just enjoy the pumpkin pancakes by themselves. Enjoy!

Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes with Almond Four (Update:10/25/13)

I experimented with ALMOND FLOUR to see if there's a difference in texture. I think both are pretty darn good, but this second version is better. I added more pumpkin puree, one less egg, and some flax seeds for a boost of protein and fiber. You can't go wrong with either one!

  • 1/2 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 large pastured eggs
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
  • 1/4 cup almond milk (or coconut milk, hemp milk)
  • 1/2 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup blanched almond flour
  • 1/4 cup ground flax seed
  • 1/2 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice (I used Trader Joe's)
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt


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Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

Wow, this is great. I think I will try this.

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Patty Inglish, MS 4 years ago from North America

Rated Up and 5 stars. This looks to be a delicious and healthy recipe. Thank you!

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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California Author

Thanks Patty! I appreciate it!

Hi Melissa- enjoy! Thanks for stopping by!

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vespawoolf 4 years ago from Peru, South America

These pancakes sound delicious and interesting. Pumpkin is a basic part of Peruvian diet, so it's nice to have another recipe that uses this ingredient. Thank you for explaining the paleo diet, too. I think the concept sounds right on.

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Amethystraven 4 years ago from California

I'm always looking for new tasty foods to try. These look great! Now my goal is to find coconut flour. I have not seen this in grocery stores where I live. I will check out B.J's Health Food Store and see if they have any. I will be surprised if they don't. Thank you for this hub.

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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Amethystraven, thank you for stopping by! Coconut flour can be found at Whole Foods and similar health stores. I buy mine online from a trusted site (when they're on sale). If you can't find them locally, email me and I can send you a link to their website. :-)

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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California Author

Hello Vespa, It's good to hear they're a staple ingredient in the Peruvian diet. Pumpkin is so healthy...I even give them to my dog as a treat! ;-)

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Marcy Goodfleisch 4 years ago from Planet Earth

Ooooh these look so good! I've heard of the Paleo Diet trend, but I know so little about it. I'm curious as to why grains would not be considered acceptable - are they too domesticated or something (a food product we grew deliberately rather than one that's there by itself?).

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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Marcy, Paleo is still a very controversial diet trend. Most people who embark on this diet focus on what they CAN eat, and not what the can't eat. They do it for the "healthy" aspect of the chosen foods. Grains, potatoes, and beans are not allowed, yet pumpkins are. I'm definitely not on a Paleo diet as I don't agree with eliminating certain healthy grains such as quinoa and millet. However, I agree with some of the recipes such as this one. :-) This article is a fun read if you want to learn more:

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Mhatter99 4 years ago from San Francisco

wow! never heard of these, and i like pumpkins. will have my daughter whip me up some. thanks

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Vellur 4 years ago from Dubai

Delicious and tasty.

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Simone Smith 4 years ago from San Francisco

Whoah- never thought I'd see the words "Paleo Diet" and "pancakes" in the same sentence, let alone the same title! What an intriguing recipe! These pancakes must be quite tasty!

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Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

So I just tried this recipe and I like it! Just one thing, for step number 2 where it says to mix the wet ingredients, it says coconut milk and coconut oil. Did you mean to say to mix the coconut oil? I thought that was for the pan. And coconut milk is not listed in your ingredients, so I didn't add that. Still seemed to turn out fine.

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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California Author

Thanks, Melissa for pointing out the typo error. I did mean to write coconut oil since it makes the batter more moist and adds "good fats." I'm so glad that you like it and thank you so much for coming back to let me know! Take care!

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Melissa A Smith 4 years ago from New York

Ah OK, I just added the coconut oil to the mixture I have prepared for tomorrow.

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gmwilliams 4 years ago from the Greatest City In The World-New York City, New York

Good morning, turtlewoman, this has piqued my interest. Thank for you presenting this delicious and nutritious recipe. Now, I am off to do further research on the paleo diet. Excellent hub!

Angie 4 years ago

You also didn't list how much maple syrup to use in your recipe, even though it's listed in the wet ingredients step.

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Turtlewoman 4 years ago from California Author

Hi Angie, the syrup is meant to be drizzled on at the end. It's really up to you on how much sweetness you want to add. Thanks for visiting! Enjoy!

katy 4 years ago

why will they not bubble up?

Mama Cain 4 years ago

Made these this a.m. and they were wonderful :) Had to omit the baking soda b/c I am involved in a strict paleo challenge but they still turned out... just probably a little more flat :)

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cclitgirl 3 years ago from Western NC

Paleo diet notwithstanding, these look delicious! I can't wait to try these - I love all things pumpkin. :)

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Turtlewoman 3 years ago from California Author

Thank you Cyndi

Kaylee 3 years ago

I didn't have coconut flour so I used almond flour instead (not sure if that's Paleo or not, as I'm not on that diet). It turned out great! I added extra cinnamon because I love it. They did taste a little "healthy" but a little bit of butter and pure maple syrup on top remedied that! Thanks for the recipe.

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Turtlewoman 3 years ago from California Author

Hi Kaylee- I'm glad you enjoyed it and yes, almond flour is Paleo and definitely a very healthy choice. Thanks for stopping by! Cheers to health!

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vibesites 3 years ago from United States

Hi Turtlewoman! Since I'm currently just starting on fitness and healthy living, I am on the lookout for nutritious but filling and delicious breakfast foods to keep me up throughout the day. And it seems your Paleo pancakes fit the bill! I'm not allergic to gluten and would eat bread (but not as much as I used to before), but I love how your pancakes are gluten-free! And they look so yummy. Might love to try, tho finding coconut flour will pose a challenge for me. Voted up, useful, shared and a following. :)

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Turtlewoman 3 years ago from California Author

Hi vibesites, thanks for taking the time to comment on my pancakes. I'm glad to hear that you're embarking on a health journey! I usually buy coconut flour online, like Amazon or Tropical Traditions. Take care!

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HSEdmond 3 years ago

Just made these, and I think they are the best paleo pancake recipe I've tried so far. They are indeed dense, but they're better than similar almond flour or almond/coconut combo pancakes I've tried. I did make a couple rather minor changes, though. I made some bacon this morning, so naturally I used a little bit of the bacon drippings to cook the pancakes. When I opened the cabinet to get my coconut flour, a bag of walnuts fell out, so I took it as a sign that I should toss a handful of them in the batter. Finally, I added a pinch of chipotle powder just because. And they are delicious! Thanks for the recipe! Perfect fuel for my full day of serious house cleaning. ;)

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Turtlewoman 3 years ago from California Author

Hi HSEdmond ~ I'm so glad that you love the pancakes. Oh yeahhhh bacon! My husband does the same thing...he sneaks them in whenever I turn away. And the walnuts are a great addition! I should tell my husband to clean the house after a breakfast like this! Thanks for stopping by!

paleorecipelover 3 years ago

In step 2, you mentioned to add Maple Syrup but didn't list it in your ingredients. Can you add to the ingredient list please? I used about 1/4 cup and it turned out great!

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Turtlewoman 3 years ago from California Author

Awesome, glad they turned out great. I'll put it in the description. Thanks for letting me know! Take care

alexajade 3 years ago

So delicious! Gluten-free and fabulous.

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Elias Zanetti 3 years ago from Athens, Greece

Yummy & healthy! very interesting recipe, thanks for sharing! Voted up & useful!

Laura 3 years ago

What is the nutrition info? Made these this morning. Delicious! Even my three year old loved them!

Nicole 3 years ago

Delicious. I have not fond a paleo pancake I like until today. These are very similar to mark sisson's pumpkin muffin recipe, which I love! Thanks.

Nicole 3 years ago

I just made these...very good!! You do have to watch to make sure they don't burn. I will make these again for sure :)

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Claudia Tello 3 years ago from Mexico

I trust they are delicious just by looking at the list of ingredients. I love healthy yummy food like this recipe here. I´ll keep them in mind for pumpkin season since we don´t have canned pumpkin in Mexico.

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Turtlewoman 3 years ago from California Author

Hi Claudia, fresh pumpkin is great too!

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WhatToCook 3 years ago from Springfield, MO

I love pumpkin pancakes, and this looks really good, I'm going to making them soon.

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Sue Bailey 3 years ago from South Yorkshire, UK

Great recipe! I am reading so much about the Paleo diet and am told it is the only diet for Hashimoto's. I really must give it a try. Voted up, pinned and shared.

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pinto2011 3 years ago from New Delhi, India

Hi Turtlewoman ! This is very healthy and very interesting. I am surely going to try it.

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Turtlewoman 3 years ago from California Author

Thank you pinto2011, hope you like it!

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Turtlewoman 3 years ago from California Author

Sue- thank you for pinning and sharing my article. I hope you like it. Paleo recipes might need a bit of getting used to in the beginning.

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tastiger04 3 years ago

This sounds delicious and healthy! Thank you for sharing, I will have to try these....voted up and useful! :)

Familybliss 3 years ago

You should make the syrup more specific about adding it AFTER you cook them. I added to the batter....

Courtney 3 years ago

So moist and so delicious. My new fav!!!

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Turtlewoman 3 years ago from California Author

Thanks Courtney! :-)

AbbieS 3 years ago

These were wonderful, thank you!

clista 3 years ago

I am anxious to try this recipe as fall is almost here and I love all things pumpkin. I am not a fan of coconut. I saw that almond flour can be substituted but what about the coconut oil? I've tried multiple kinds of coconut oil for cooking/baking and can always taste it. Any suggestions?

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Turtlewoman 3 years ago from California Author

Hi Clista, my husband hates the smell of coconut too so I use this brand from Tropical Traditions. They make high quality ORGANIC coconut oil that does not taste or smell like coconut. Search for "Expellar-pressed coconut oil" on the left sidebar. It looks like right now they have a sale for 16oz jar for $7.99 :-) Use this link for an extra 10% off too :

You can probably also use olive oil, but that doesn't offer the same benefits in regards to raising metabolism, etc.

Angie S 3 years ago

Hello! Am trying this recipe as we speak. The batter did not turn out well. I understand it's supposed to be thick and not like regular pancake batter, however I couldn't even spread mine in the pan. I used the spoon like you suggest and all it does is pull the cake apart. So I added a little almond milk to make it more moist, didn't help. I used raw honey instead of maple syrup, so I'm assuming that's the problem. But I'm still earlier comments you said maple syrup was for drizzling after, but in the recipe it calls for it or honey (do not use honey anyone), and it even calls for it in the steps in the wet mixture. So am or am I not supposed to use maypole syrup with the wet ingredients? Thanks! And of course I'm eating this batch regardless how they come out! LOL

Susan 3 years ago

Angie S - I did the same thing you did. I used honey as well and couldn't spread it. I doubt the honey has anything to do with it. I think it is just a thick batter. It is definitely hard to spread. After scooping the first and it being hard to spread, I added 2 tbsp almond milk. However, I like the texture of the original batter even though it will take more time to spread. Next time I won't add the almond milk.

I also always add 1 tbsp chia seeds to all pancake recipes. I added 1/2 tsp vanilla extract, 1/2 tsp turmeric (doesn't alter taste but adds nutrition and color), 1/8 tsp ginger. Next time I will double the pumpkin spices or add 1 tsp pumpkin spice.

joanna 3 years ago

I have 2 questions:

1) can you make the batter ahead of time (ie keep in fridge & use until gone)?

2) can you cook them all up & freeze them...if so, how best to re-heat?Toaster or frying pan?

There's only me here to eat them & I don't want to have to eat them all at once!

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Turtlewoman 3 years ago from California Author

Hi Joanna this batter can't be made ahead of time because of the baking soda. Once you put it in, it reacts with the liquids.

I've seen people cook them ahead of time and freeze for later. I think both toaster and frying pan would work.

Another suggestion is maybe you can mix ahead the dry ingredients (except baking soda), and the wet ingredients (except eggs). Then put it in at the last minute. Let me know if that works out! :-)

Margaret 3 years ago

I added some coconut almond milk too. These were yummy!

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Turtlewoman 3 years ago from California Author

So glad you enjoyed them, Margaret!

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EatCookReview 2 years ago from Wales

These sound great! I don't understand all this paleo diet to be honest, but who cares when this recipe looks so tasty

Coco 2 years ago

I made these this morning and they were so good I featrued them on my blog:

Thanks for the recipe!

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Turtlewoman 2 years ago from California Author

Thanks for the feature, I'm so glad you liked them! :-)

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peachpurple 2 years ago from Home Sweet Home

i love your pancakes. You could publish a pancake book ! Voted up

Jenny 2 years ago

Does this recipe make 4 servings, or 4 pancakes?

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Turtlewoman 2 years ago from California Author

About 4-6 pancakes, 4inch pancakes

Alice 2 years ago

Thanks for the great recipe!!! My pancakes were awesome!!! Mine were a little thinner because I added a bit more milk (coconut), and I cooked them in ghee, so they got that nice crispy edge like the Cracker Barrel pancakes that I don't miss anymore because of this recipe. Thanks again!!!

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Turtlewoman 2 years ago from California Author

That's awesome Alice! You can even make them thinner and roll it up with some fruits in the middle (like crepes!):-) Enjoy! Thanks for the feedback! xx

Leela 2 years ago

Based on these comments - I did something very wrong!! Mine turned out like baby food, no structure at all... I'll try again, flavour was amazing.. any ideas why they might have turned out so... unstructured? Thanks for any tips!

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jmartin1344 2 years ago from Royal Oak, Michigan

This recipe looks incredible!! I love pancakes, I love pumpkin and I love protein. Three of my favorite P's! I'll give these a try - great hub!

Emmw80 2 years ago

Can these be made without eggs? / Is there a substitute for the eggs? I ask because I am trying a strict auto-immune Paleo diet and eggs are not allowed.

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Turtlewoman 2 years ago from California Author

Yes- you can create a flax seed egg replacement. Combine 1 tablespoon ground flax seed to 3 tablespoon water and let sit for 10 minutes.

MaryJoan 2 years ago

How many servings does this make? It sounds wonderful!

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Turtlewoman 2 years ago from California Author

Hi MaryJoan! About 4 large or 6 small pancakes.

CheriAnne 2 years ago

Hi! Making RIGHT now! Can't wait to try! May sub the flax for protein powder just to see if I can! Gotta love fall!! Thanks for the recipe!

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chezchazz 2 years ago from New York

These look delicious and like they'd make a filling breakfast too. Definitely on my "recipes to try this fall" list. Thanks for sharing.

evamarie 2 years ago

I just made these pancakes following your first recipe listed. They are great! I got eleven silver dollar size pancakes out of the batch. One pancake topped with a tablespoon of fresh maple syrup and chopped walnuts, plus a side of kiwi - is my idea of a perfect nutritious and light paleo breakfast. Thank you!

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Turtlewoman 2 years ago from California Author

Oohhh love kiwi! More antioxidant power! Thanks for trying my recipe and sharing your results, Evamarie!

Christina 2 years ago

Hi, we don't have canned pumpkin here. If I use fresh pumpkin, I presume it must be precooked?? Not sure how else I could puree it?


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lookmepretty 2 years ago

I can not wait to try these! Sounds so good!

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Turtlewoman 24 months ago from California Author

Hi Christina,

You can definitely us fresh pumpkin - that's even better! Just boil/roast the pumpkin and then puree or mash it until it has the same consistency.

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ideadesigns 22 months ago from Central USA

This looks and sounds amazing. I must try, saving! Wishing I had some right now.

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Vellur 22 months ago from Dubai

Yummy and delicious! thank you for sharing this recipe! Will try.

Andrea G. 17 months ago

this is good, but do you have a reputable source for you statements that "cinnamon stabilizes blood sugar and keeps hunger pains away" and that raw apple cider vinegar has "healing properties.

Nancy D 16 months ago

I just made these this morning and they were delicious! I split the difference between the almond flour and coconut flour, and threw in flax, and only used about a tablespoon of maple syrup in the batter. Pancakes were excellent and moist. Thanks!!

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facetube 15 months ago

Original idea! Perfect for afternoon breakfast. Additionally I may add some fresh fruits. Thank you for sharing!

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Kloud stryfe 15 months ago from Foster

I have seen many Paleo pancake recipes but I was totally unaware of the pumpkin pancakes. It's so genius! Kim, thank you!

Suzi 14 months ago

I made these this morning, and while the flavor is amazing, the batter consistency isn't. The batter was impossible to spread, had the consistency of baby food, so my pancakes were unstructured. Not something I could serve to guests at a B&B. Any suggestions are appreciated. I used finely ground almond meal/flour. Could the type of flour be what's wrong?

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gerimcclym 8 months ago from Colorado

These look delicious and I love all things pumpkin. I love cooking with almond milk too. Thanks for sharing this recipe!

Janice 5 months ago

Could I use almond meal to make these in place of the almond flour?

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