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Healthy Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Healthy pumpkin protein pancakes are simply made with ingredients like whole-wheat flour, pumpkin puree, pumpkin seed protein powder and pumpkin spice. Full of fall flavor as well as protein and fiber, they make for the perfect breakfast on a cozy fall morning!

healthy pumpkin protein pancakes with white chocolate chips

There’s nothing like fluffy pumpkin pancakes on a Saturday morning in the fall. I love enjoying a nice cup of pumpkin coffee (or this homemade pumpkin cream cold brew) on a crisp fall morning with football on TV while making these pumpkin pancakes. 

Sprinkled with white chocolate chips in every bite and topped with banana slices, pumpkin seeds and extra pumpkin pie spice, these pumpkin pancakes are perfect for the season and a recipe I hope you make again and again this season. I know I will be! 

pumpkin pancakes made with organic pumpkin seed protein powder

Pumpkin protein pancakes are simple to make in a blender and unique because they contain an added boost of protein from NOW® Sports Pumpkin Seed Protein.  Each bite has more staying power to help keep you fuller for longer thanks to the goodness of pumpkin seeds. 

Pumpkin seeds are a great source of plant-based protein, fiber and magnesium and I love that this protein powder harnesses all of their great nutrition and is easy to add to things like these pancakes, these waffles, smoothies and so much more! 

It’s a great option for those looking for a dairy-free, non-pea based protein powder that is corn free, soy free, egg free and sugar free and vegan.

A couple years ago, I had the opportunity to visit the NOW® headquarters near Chicago and see into their production facility where they’ve been making natural products for over 50 years!

I learned so much about their measures and standards to ensure excellence in quality for all of their products, which was truly unparalleled in comparison to any other brand or company that I’ve seen. They have a wide variety of supplements and oils that I often incorporate into my beauty and skincare routine.

Lately, I’ve been using their castor oil on my eyebrows and eyelashes to help lengthen and hydrate them. 

Speaking of skincare, because pumpkin contains a trifecta of skin nourishing ingredients (vitamin A, C, & E), it’s great to use in a homemade face mask, or sugar scrub. I made this one using NOW® essential oils. It smells like fall  and leaves your skin feeling super soft and smooth!  

easy pumpkin pancakes with white chocolate chips and sliced banana

Ingredients for Pumpkin Protein Pancakes 

  • Pumpkin puree 
  • NOW® Sports Pumpkin Seed Protein {use code “PUMPKIN” for 20% off through 10/31/21**}
  • Old-fashioned Oats 
  • Egg
  • Maple syrup 
  • Non-dairy milk of choice 
  • Vanilla extract 
  • Ground flax seeds/chia seeds or hemp seeds
  • Pumpkin pie spice
  • Baking powder
  • Salt 
  • White chocolate chips (optional)
  • Pecans
  • Banana slices
  • Pumpkin seeds 

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How to Make Pumpkin Pancakes 

Making these pancakes is super easy — simply add all of the ingredients into a blender until smooth. Pour the batter into a mixing bowl (that makes it easier to scoop onto the pan) and portion out onto a greased pan to cook using a ¼ cup measuring cup. That’s my not-so-secret trick for getting them to all be the same size!  

I like adding white chocolate chips into the batter but of course you could add regular chocolate chips or dark chocolate chips too. Chopped pecans would also be great, and don’t forget to top them with banana slices, extra pumpkin seeds and a drizzle of maple syrup. 


Healthy Pumpkin Protein Pancakes

Maggie Michalczyk, RDN
There’s nothing better than a stack of pumpkin pancakes on a cozy fall morning! Wake up to this extra fluffy and protein packed stacked that is spiced to perfection with pumpkin and pumpkin spice.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Servings 4 -5 servings


  • 1 cup white whole-wheat or whole-wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 NOW® Sports Pumpkin Seed Protein
  • 1 tbsp. ground flax seed*
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. pumpkin pie spice
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 egg
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 1 cup unsweetened oat or almond milk
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp. coconut oil melted
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup white chocolate chips optional


  • In a small bowl whisk together the dry ingredients.
  • In another larger bowl whisk together the egg, pumpkin puree, milk, maple syrup, coconut oil, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the dry ingredients to the wet and mix until just combined. Fold in white chocolate chips if desired.
  • Grease a skillet or a griddle with butter or coconut oil. Use a 1/4 cup to portion out the batter. Once the edges start to bubble, flip the pancake and repeat with remaining batter.
  • Top pancakes with sliced banana, pecan pieces and an extra drizzle of maple syrup. Enjoy!


*alternatively you can also add chia or hemp seeds for extra healthy fat and fiber.
Keyword pumpkin pancakes; pumpkin protein pancakes

This recipe was created in partnership with NOW®. All opinions are my own and I’m proud to partner with brands and organizations that share my mission of making healthy food more accessible to everyone.

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

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 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
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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