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Protein-Packed Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes

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Kim is a holistic health coach and a toxic-free lifestyle consultant. She obtained her studies from the Institute for Integrative Nutrition.

A stack of Paleo pumpkin pancakes.

A stack of Paleo pumpkin pancakes.

Below you will find two amazing Paleo pumpkin pancake recipes that can be made in less than 15 minutes. One is made with coconut flour, and the other is made with almond flour. 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 them 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 they contain no sugar or gluten.

Recipe Notes

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!

Paleo pumpkin pancakes with coconut flour.

Paleo pumpkin pancakes with coconut flour.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

15 min

25 min


Ingredients (Coconut Flour Version)

  • 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 (Coconut Flour Version)

  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!
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2nd Recipe: Almond Flour

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!

Ingredients (Almond Flour Version)

  • 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
Paleo pumpkin pancakes.

Paleo pumpkin pancakes.

Nutritional Benefits

  • 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 may 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.

What Is the Paleo or Caveman Diet?

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.

The 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 with these pumpkin pancakes.

Questions & Answers

Question: Can I make several batches of protein pumpkin paleo pancakes and freeze them for easy grab-and-go breakfast in the morning?

Answer: Yes!

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