Pumpkin Waffles

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Pumpkin Waffles are such a fun treat when the weather starts getting chilly! These are spiced with the warming flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg. Drizzle with warm maple syrup and serve with apple sauce for the perfect fall breakfast.

Photography Credit: Elise Bauer

Pumpkin waffles are the world’s best answer to leftover pumpkin purée.

Ever have a half-empty, opened can of pumpkin purée staring back at you when you open the fridge?

I don’t know about you, but it pains me to see food, or anything for that matter, go to waste. Heck, I even save egg shells and spent coffee grounds for compost.

So, what can one make with the remainders of a can of pumpkin purée? Pumpkin waffles!

Pumpkin Waffles on plate with apple sauce

Pumpkin Spice Waffles

Lightly spiced with ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, these pumpkin waffles are a fun way to change up a waffle breakfast.

In this recipe we add a little finely ground cornmeal too; it gives the waffles just a little crunch.

Trying to estimate the right amount of batter for the number of people is always a challenge. Here’s a tip: make more batter than you need, cook up as many waffles as the batter will make, and freeze the leftover waffles to heat up in a toaster for another morning.

How to Freeze Waffles for Later

Let your waffles cool completely, then stack between pieces of wax paper (to keep them from sticking to each other) and transfer to a freezer zip-top bag. Squeeze out as much air as possible and place in the freezer.

Waffles will keep for at least a month in the freezer before starting to pick up off-flavors or develop freezer burn.

No need to thaw before reheating! Just pop them in the toaster and they’ll be piping hot in a few minutes.

What to Serve with Your Waffles

While maple syrup is of course wonderful with these waffles, try melting honey and butter with a bit of cinnamon and drizzling that on top of your waffles. Another fun idea? Dollop with a little pumpkin spiced whipped cream.

Serve with applesauce or apple butter on the side for the perfect fall breakfast.

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Updated November 15, 2018 : We spiffed up this post a little to make it sparkle! No changes to the recipe.

Pumpkin Waffles Recipe

  • Prep time: 15 minutes
  • Cook time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: Serves 2 to 3

Any leftover waffles can be cooled, wrapped in plastic wrap, and frozen. Unwrap and pop in a toaster or oven to reheat.

Don't have buttermilk? Add 1 tablespoon of lemon juice to 1 cup and 3 tablespoons of milk, and let sit for a couple minutes. Or mix 3/4 cup of plain yogurt with a half cup of milk.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup yellow cornmeal, finely ground
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • Pinch ground nutmeg
  • Pinch of ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar (packed)
  • 1 1/4 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup fresh or canned pumpkin purée
  • 4 tablespoons butter, melted (plus a little more for brushing the waffle iron)
  • Applesauce or apple butter for serving

Special equipment:


1 Preheat your waffle iron.

2 Whisk dry ingredients: In a medium bowl, vigorously whisk together the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and spices.

3 Whisk sugar and wet ingredients: In a larger bowl, whisk together the eggs and brown sugar until there are no more brown sugar clumps.

Add the buttermilk, pumpkin purée, melted butter and whisk until smooth.

4 Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and whisk until smooth.

5 Cook in waffle iron: Brush a little melted butter over the wells of the hot waffle maker (to make it easier to remove the waffles.)

When your waffle maker is hot, working in batches, ladle the batter onto the center of the waffle iron wells, not all the way to the edge, and slowly lower the top lid of the waffle iron.

Cook until your waffle iron indicates that the waffles are ready, or until steam stops coming out of the sides of the waffle iron, about 4 to 5 minutes.

Open the waffle iron and carefully lift the edge of a waffle with a fork to remove the waffles from the waffle iron.

Serve with warmed maple syrup and a side of apple sauce or apple butter.

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Elise Bauer

Elise Bauer is the founder of Simply Recipes. Elise launched Simply Recipes in 2003 as a way to keep track of her family's recipes, and along the way grew it into one of the most popular cooking websites in the world. Elise is dedicated to helping home cooks be successful in the kitchen. Elise is a graduate of Stanford University, and lives in Sacramento, California.

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  1. Jacqueline

    So good! And we all loved the applesauce for serving, one of my toddlers even preferred it to the maple syrup and kept dipping in the applesauce instead! Thank you!


  2. Me You


    no buttermilk so used the plain Greek yogurt and milk as suggested


  3. Melissa Wagner

    I made these tonight to go with our Chicken and Waffles. They were amazing! The crunch of the cornmeal really complimented the pumpkin spice and the maple syrup.
    The only changes I made were to make the waffles dairy free. I used Ripple Half & Half to replace the buttermilk and Earth Balance to replace the butter.


  4. Barbara

    Completely amazing waffles with terrific flavor! I served them with just apple butter. There was no need for syrup. My family loved them and ate every crumb. Next time, I’ll double the recipe and freeze the extra waffles for easy breakfasts on weekdays.


  5. Reir

    Elise, we made these today, and they were SO good! I am amazed at your recipes, yet to try one that didn’t turn out well. I have never made a pot roast before so trying your brisket recipe today, fingers crossed that it turns out well!!

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