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Orange Vegetable Pancakes {or “Autumn Spiced Pumpkin Pancakes” if you’d rather}

Grain-Free or Gluten-free Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

How do you get your kids to eat their vegetables…for breakfast? Even child visitors to our home munch down these healthy grain-free or low-carb pancakes.

I usually refer to these babies as “pumpkin pancakes” simply because people are used to sweet pumpkin treats, but they give me skeptical looks if I offer “squash pancakes.” They are pretty much grain-free pancakes (or at least super low-grain, depending on how you prepare them), so they’re a great substitute for the carb-loaded breakfast options we’re used to.

Grain Free “Orange Vegetable” Pancakes
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Author: Katie Kimball
Yield: 15 small pancakes
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. Separate eggs. In one bowl, whip egg whites a few minutes until frothy/foamy.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine yolks with squash, flour, sweetener, vanilla and spices. Fold in egg whites.
  3. Fry slowly in lots of fat in a cast iron skillet over medium-low heat OR on a griddle with a bit of butter at about 300-350F. Watch for the bottoms to begin browning when the edges look dry and flip once. If you find the pancakes are very thin and breaking apart, add a bit more flour or sourdough starter to the batter.
  4. The lazy way: Instead of separating the eggs, just mix everything together willy nilly in one bowl. The pancakes might not have as much height or fluff, but they’re still perfectly fine, especially for a weekday morning! I often use my stick blender to whiz it all together, especially if I have un-pureed squash or sweet potato.

*I recommend a sweeter squash like buttercup for these pancakes, and butternut works very well also. Cooked sweet potatoes or pumpkin puree, even from a can, is also delicious and still gets excellent super food veggie nutrition into your breakfast.

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**Note on eggs: The recipe works with either 4 or 5 eggs, which you may choose depending on how large your eggs are or how many you have on hand. What kind of eggs should I use?

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  • Heather Brandt

    Wondering if I can try it with an egg substitute of some sort? Don’t know how you feel about that but I’ve been using lots of different things since my son is reactive to eggs right now (like unsweetened applesauce or chia seeds mixed with hot water). It has been so hard trying to brainstorm breakfast ideas for him lately!

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    Katie Reply:

    Heather,
    I would think the applesauce wouldn’t work, but the chia (or flax) seeds might – the eggs are a pretty important binder here. Good luck!
    :) Katie

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    Meg Reply:

    Hi Heather & Katie! My son is extremely allergic to eggs and we have been advised to avoid dairy as a precaution. I typically find 2 eggs is the most I can sub out without the recipe failing in some way or another. Here’s our pumpkin pancake recipe:

    2 1/2 c Whole Wheat Flour
    2 1/2 c Water
    1/2 c Almond Milk + 1 T apple cider vinegar
    1 T baking powder
    1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
    1/2 c pureed pumpkin (I use about half a small can)
    1/2 tsp salt
    Optional: 1 T maple syrup and/or 1 tsp vanilla

    1. Add vinegar to almond milk, let stand 5 min to sour (or use buttermilk if not avoiding dairy). Sift together dry ingredients, mix together wet ingredients and pumpkin, add wet to dry and cook.

    I’ve also tried this with an equal amount of ripe, well mashed banana and that turned out great too — it has a very “eggy” texture and tastes delicious, and no need to get hard to find ingredients!

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  • Beth

    Looks like yummy pancakes and I have been trying to find a way to add new things and veggies of course into our breakfast routine. I hope they freeze well too. A note about eggs after reading your egg article. We have chickens in our backyard that just started laying so that is awesome. But for those who are not crazy enough to have chickens in their backyard consider calling around to local feed stores for eggs. We bought 2 dozen eggs super cheap when we bought our chicks.

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  • Laryssa @ Heaven In The Home

    I thought I’d save some hands- on time by using my waffle maker. Dont’ try that. It was a mess! I’ll be trying this again.. cooked in a pan with coconut oil. Hoping for a better result next time! These look so good.

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    Katie Reply:

    Oh, dear, Laryssa, I can only imagine the mess that made. Yes, w/o flour these are not the most robust of pancakes! Yikes! ;) Katie

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    Amy Reply:

    How did the coconut oil work for you?

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  • Jane

    I like to make pancakes and other breakfast foods ahead of time and freeze them. Then we pop them in the toaster in the morning before school. Do these pancakes freeze well? Also, you gave 4 options for the “flour”. We don’t have gluten sensitivities, so that is not a consideration. In your opinion, which option makes the “best” tasting pancakes?

    Your blog has been a Godsend. This is exactly the direction my family wants to go in. And I love that you’re a fellow Catholic. You tend to mix our rich faith into the articles- another blessing! Thank you!

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    Katie Reply:

    Jane,
    You know, I’ve never frozen them. They’re nicely sturdy, though, so I imagine they’d freeze great. I’ve kept them in the fridge for a week before w/o problem.

    As for the flour, keep it simple and go whole wheat, sourdough starter if you have one.

    Glad to have you here! :) Katie

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  • rebecca

    Do you serve anything over them or butter? Of course pancake makes me think of syrup but that defeats the low carb doesn’t it!

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    Katie Reply:

    Rebecca,
    We do use real maple syrup, but not *too* much. ;) Katie

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  • Erin@TheHumbledHomemaker

    Katie, have you ever tried these w/out eggs? I have successfully used flax meal/water as an egg sub in some other pancake recipes, but I wasn’t sure if you thought it might work in this one. Meal planning for Oct! Thanks!!

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  • Erin@TheHumbledHomemaker

    Oops! Sorry–I just read the previous comments!

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  • christina

    Going to try a savory version for dinner tonight. And I think I’ll use the rest of the sweet potato puree for muffins in the morning!

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  • Emily

    Katie, I love your blog, but these pancakes weren’t so successful!! They were so puffy and meringue-like, that when I tried to cook them in the pan, they burnt on the outside and were raw in the middle. I ended up baking them in the oven for about 25 min at 300. I think they would be much more successful without whipping the egg whites. The flavor was good, they were just HARD to cook right.

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    Katie Reply:

    Emily,
    Ooooh, bummer. I almost always take the lazy way and just mix everything up, and I do pat down the batter to keep them thin. I hope that helps next time! :) Katie

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    Emily Reply:

    Yeah, I think I was trying too hard to keep these fluffy! LOL! I’ll be more aggressive with them next time! No pampering these guys. :)

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  • christina

    I followed the recipe exactly, which I pretty much never do, and they were perfect. Fluffy and good. I will say that your suggestion somewhere else to add chocolate chips made all the difference with my picky-ish daughter. I think the fact that she didn’t eat any of the liver dinner that I made last night helped!

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  • Joanna

    I LOVE having these around as a protein-filled, grain-free snack for my toddler. He calls them “pum pum cakes” and can’t get enough of them!!

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  • Rachelle

    Hi, Katie, I love your blog! It’s one of my two favorites. I made these yesterday and found the taste to be a bit bland. I added some salt to the last batch and – wow – big difference. I also found the same thing with the pumpkin squares recipe in your dessert book – a bit bland. I’m planning to try it again with salt. I’m curious to see how they turn out, but haven’t had a chance to try yet.

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    Rachelle Reply:

    Just wanted to update this and say that I tried them again the next day with 1/2 tsp of salt. My three year old (who previously spit them out) was going on and on about how delicious they were. Also, I when I tried them the first time, I whipped the eggs separately and, as a previous commenter commented, I also like them better just all blended together. I did add 1 tsp of baking powder after seeing that the first batch in the pan was so flat. They came out just right. Yummy!

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Rachelle,
    I tried adding salt, and oh, my goodness, you’re right! I’m changing the recipe now! Thanks so much!
    :) Katie

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  • Amy

    Hey Katie,
    When you say to cook this in a lot of fat, can I use butter for the fat or do I need to use something like Crisco? Thanks!

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Amy,
    Butter is fine…no Crisco, ack! Trans fats are one thing you want OUT of your kitchen, especially since you’re taking the time to make something homemade. Toss out the Crisco entirely…

    I usually use coconut oil, either refined or unrefined, because it holds up better over heat than butter, which will brown pretty quickly.

    Sorry I missed your comment; I was offline for Holy Week.
    Hope you enjoy the pancakes! :) Katie

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  • Michelle

    I thought I would just mention that pumpkin is a fruit not a veggie.

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  • Amy LaRue

    I have never cooked with pumpkin before. I would like to try making these with pumpkin now that they are coming into season. Do I just use the gooey inside of the pumpkin to cook this recipe? Thanks!

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Amy,
    Yes, basically! You bake the pumpkin, then you’ll n eed to blend or food process (or use an immersion blender) to whiz up the pumpkin insides (not seeds). That’s what you measure for any pumpkin recipe! enjoy! :) Katie

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    Amy Reply:

    Thanks for getting back with me. How do I bake the pumpkin?

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Sorry I took so long Amy – here’s a little note on baking pumpkins: http://www.kitchenstewardship.com/2012/10/02/recipe-connection-pumpkin-pie-baked-oatmeal/

    :) Katie

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  • Kara

    These pancakes were so tasty! I did them the lazy way because that’s how I roll- with sweet potato and almond meal. Yum.

    I have one question… I noticed the recipe said it makes 30 pancakes but mine only made 7. They were not large. Am I missing something?

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Kara,
    Oof, I do make them small, but I bet I was thinking of MY normal batch, which is double or triple this recipe! Whoops! Thanks for catching my mistake! :) Katie

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  • Elizabeth

    I made these tonight…in one bowl! I know how you love to conserve dishes so I thought I’d tell you my method. Beat the snot out of the eggs in the bowl, then continue as you directed, adding 2tsp of baking powder. You could easily do it in the blender this way too. I used pumpkin and almond meal.

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  • Emily W

    These are wonderful – thanks for the recipe! I make the batter as directed (using coconut flour) and then cook them in the oven… it’s much less messy than in a pan and they turn out fluffy and round. I bake at 350 for 10 minutes and then flip and cook a few more minutes. Yum!

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    Emily W Reply:

    I forgot to mention that I line the baking pans with parchment paper :)

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    Emily W Reply:

    I found an even easier way to bake these tonight! I doubled the recipe (used 9 eggs and 2/3 cup rice flour). I lined a 15×10 pan with parchment paper and sprayed it with coconut oil… I probably could have just oiled the pan, but I really wanted to make sure it didn’t stick this first time trying :) Then, I poured the ingredients into the pan and baked at 350 degrees for 20 minutes… it came out wonderful! I’m so excited to find a really easy way to make this because it’s hard to find much time in the mornings :)

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Emily – I just made these this morning – you’re saying you get one humongous puffy pancake if you just bake it??? That is so awesome!!! :) Katie

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    Emily Reply:

    Yes, it IS awesome! The first time I tried it, I made it at night and ate some as a late snack and froze the rest because I knew that I had more puréed acorn squash to use… So, two mornings later, I made it again doubled with 8 eggs, rice flour, and only 2T maple syrup, 1T vanilla without the other spices. My kids and husband loved it! Imagine my fun when my 6 yr old who “hates” squash said, “Mom, what did you put in this to make it so delicious?!!!”. It reminded me of the German pancake we had growing up – I love it the first day with maple syrup and leftovers with plain homemade yogurt, a little maple syrup and frozen blueberries :)

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    Emily Reply:

    Just another note – The pan I use is glass with high sides and I always use parchment paper on the bottom. The sides can get a little hard to clean off even if they are sprayed so I definitely wouldn’t skip the parchment paper on the bottom :)

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  • Angie via Facebook

    Everyday citrus veggie spice cakes. Pumpkin spice Veggie flapjacks.

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  • Angie via Facebook

    Packed pumpkin pancakes. spiced squash pancakes. Family Favorite Flapjacks

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  • Stephanie via Facebook

    I would just go with something simple like Spiced Pancakes or Spiced Veggie Breakfast Cakes.

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  • Michelle via Facebook

    Harvest moon pancakes? Or at least that’s what my kids would most likely call them… :)

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  • Samantha via Facebook

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  • Faye via Facebook

    that picture looks like lungs

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  • Rebecca via Facebook

    “Good Morning Sunshine Spiced Pancakes.” It piques curiosity and works year round. ‘Sunshine’ hints at the color. And ‘spiced’ gives a hint to the flavor. Use an introductory paragraph to explain why they’re so ‘good’.

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  • Zoe

    I love this recipe, the pancakes are so yummy and its nice that its mostly squash and egg. That being said, I can’t stand that link to the right with the picture of the wart. Its so unappetizing to have my laptop open, checking ingredients as I attempt to make a yummy dinner and my eye keeps going to the wart. No, warts aren’t THAT gross, but some people are squeamish. Ick!

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    Katie Kimball @ Kitchen Stewardship Reply:

    Zoe,
    LOL I’m sorry about that! I’m glad you enjoy this recipe…the wart picture will be switched out for something more seasonal end of this month. :) Katie

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