This is one of our favorite ways to use the fresh Whidbey Island pumpkins from the local farms.  These pumpkin pancakes are light and fluffy and go best with our cinnamon brown butter sauce. They are always popular with the guests and are easy to make.

Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon Brown Butter Sauce

We use fresh pumpkin puree for this recipe, which is easy to make. The instructions for the pumpkin puree can be found here. The sauce (syrup) is sweetened with just a little pure maple syrup, so feel free to add more to taste.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword breakfast, cinnamon, pancake, pumpkin, sweet
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 7 minutes
Total Time 17 minutes
Servings 12 pancakes
Author Blue Goose Inn Bed & Breakfast



  • 1 ½ cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp. packed brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/3 cups milk
  • ¾ cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup ricotta cheese

Cinnamon Brown Butter Sauce

  • ½ cup butter
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ tsp. ground cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp. ground nutmeg
  • ½ cup chopped pecans toasted


  1. For the sauce, in a small heavy saucepan, cook butter over medium heat for 8 to 10 minutes or until golden brown, stirring occasionally. Add maple syrup, cinnamon and nutmeg. Remove from heat; stir in pecans. Keep warm.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder and salt.
  3. In another bowl, whisk the eggs, milk, pumpkin and cheese.
  4. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  5. Drop batter by ¼ cupfuls onto a greased hot griddle; turn when bubbles form on top.
  6. Cook until the second side is golden brown. Serve with sauce.