Healthy Pumpkin Banana Pancakes (whole-wheat, naturally sweetened)

Pumpkin Breakfast

Wake up with these healthy pumpkin banana pancakes that are made with whole wheat flour and sweetened naturally. It doesn’t have to be pumpkin season to make these simple pancakes that the whole family will love!

When faced with the choice of pancakes or waffles I will always pick pancakes! Pumpkin to be exact! I like their light and fluffiness compared to waffles, and maybe something about a slow Saturday morning whipping up a batch with coffee exudes exactly the type of weekend vibes I’m all about!

dairy free pumpkin banana pancakes

There’s nothing like a batch of these healthy pumpkin banana pancakes on a crispy fall morning. I live for weekends going to the pumpkin patch, wearing my fall apparel and feeling cozy. These pancakes are all the flavors of fall and the best part is you can enjoy them any time of year!

Sweetened naturally with only 1 tablespoon of maple syrup and banana, they are not overly sweet like some pancakes can be but have a chewy, fluffy flavor that will keep you hooked. Believe it or not I don’t put maple syrup on top of my pancakes, but instead drizzle melted peanut butter all over the top which is what I did here!

low sugar pumpkin banana pancakes

Part of the reason I started Once Upon a Pumpkin was to show people just how versatile and nutritious pumpkin can really be. My golden rule is that you should always have a can in your pantry, especially when the craving strikes for these healthy pancakes. Read more about pumpkin’s nutrition and what you can do with it HERE!

p.s. if you love pumpkin you’ll love these gluten free pumpkin chickpea blondies and this healthy pumpkin bread that are my personal favorites to make too!

healthy pumpkin banana pancakes

Healthy Pumpkin Banana Pancakes (Whole-Wheat, Naturally Sweetened)

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
Fall in love with these healthy pumpkin banana pancakes as you sip a cup of coffee and enjoy a slow morning. They’re easy to make and each bite will remind you of why you love fall so much! 
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Servings 6 pancakes or 8 small pancakes


  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1/4 tsp. nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 medium-sized banana mashed
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk plus a little more if needed
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1 tbsp. coconut oil
  • 1 tbsp. pure maple syrup
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, salt and spices.
  • In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin puree, mashed banana, almond milk, egg, coconut oil, maple syrup, and vanilla until smooth.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and mix until just combined.
  • Batter will be thick (if it is way too thick to spread on a pan add in a tablespoon or two of milk).
  • Lightly coat a large nonstick skillet or griddle with coconut oil and heat over medium.
  • After a minute or two, drop batter by 1/4-1/3 cup onto skillet (using a measuring cup works well).
  • Cook until bubbles appear on top, about 2 minutes.
  • Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside, 2 minutes.
  • Repeat with more oil and remaining batter. You may need to reduce heat to medium low on the pan to prevent burning especially with the 4th and 5th pancakes! 


These pancakes would be great with pecans, dark, milk or white chocolate chips, even blueberries mixed into the batter!



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6 thoughts on “Healthy Pumpkin Banana Pancakes (whole-wheat, naturally sweetened)

  1. Great recipe!! Only modified as to ingredients we had, 1/2 cup pumpkin and 2 medium bananas and cinnamon instead of pumpkin spice. So light and fluffy! 16 month old and 3yo loved them

  2. These are absolutely delicious! We had a bunch of ripe bananas so I threw 2 in and omitted the maple syrup. I also added cinnamon because I love the flavour combo with the pumpkin. My kids and hubby LOVED them – we have no left overs! Definitely saving this one, thank you! 🙂

  3. Really delicious! I used mashed roasted pumpkin and extra nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger (as Pumpkin Pie spice isn’t a thing here). I left out the maple syrup and used baby cereal mixed into the wholemeal flour to up the iron for my baby. Also loads of fresh blueberries mixed in! He devoured them (9 months of age). Thank you!