These Pumpkin Pancake Bites are a super fun and kid-friendly breakfast idea. They are the perfect combination of pancakes and donuts with the health benefits of vitamin A-rich pumpkin.
EASY PUMPKIN PANCAKE BITES
The recipe for the Pumpkin Pancake Bites is so easy, your children can help you make it. It's based on a regular pancake recipe with a couple of added ingredients like pumpkin puree and pumpkin spice.
This is the perfect recipe for busy mornings because it only takes about 5 minutes to whip the batter up and a few more minutes to cook it. I used a donut hole pan to make these Pumpkin Pancake Bites, but if you don't have them available you can always just make mini pancakes instead.
A MAKE-AHEAD BREAKFAST IDEA
You can freeze these Pumpkin Pancake Bites and thaw them when you need to serve them for a quick and easy breakfast on school days. If you have younger kiddos and need them to be a smaller bite-sized pancake, you can totally put just a little batter and make mini bites instead.
HOW TO MAKE PUMPKIN PANCAKE BITES
If you know how to make pancakes, then you can make these. The entire recipe is in the printable card at the bottom of this post. But first, I'm going to share a few tips with you.
All-Purpose Flour - If you are on a gluten-free diet, you can use your favorite gluten-free flour instead.
Baking Powder - Cream of tarter is an easy substitute for baking powder.
Pumpkin Spice - It's easier to just buy this premade from the store, but you can also make your own.
Sugar - Use granulated sugar
Vanilla Extract - Pure vanilla extract will have the best flavor
Oil - Use any type of oil
Milk - You can use your favorite type of milk here. We used whole milk, but oat milk works great too.
Pumpkin Puree - You can either make your own from a pumpkin or buy the canned puree.
Eggs - Any size of egg is perfect.
Here's how to make the yummy portable breakfast bites.
First, mix the eggs and sugar together. Then add the rest of the wet ingredients to the bowl.
In a separate bowl, mix the dry ingredients together. Pour the dry ingredients on top of the wet ingredients and keep mixing them together until it resembles pancake batter.
Grease a donut-hole pan and pour some batter into the pan. Cook them on the stove for about a minute, then flip them and cook for another minute.
Finally, top with your favorite toppings!
PUMPKIN BITES TOPPINGS
What do you like on your pancakes? You can put the same toppings on your pancake bites.
I dipped the Pumpkin Pancake Bites in some cinnamon sugar because my kids love everything with cinnamon sugar. They are a huge fan of cinnamon sugar pretzel bites so I wanted to make them just as yummy.
You can also drizzle some maple or pancakes syrup on the Pumpkin Pancakes Bites if you are on the go or if you are at home, just dip and eat them to keep the pancake bites from getting soggy.
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OTHER BREAKFAST RECIPES
Pumpkin Pancake Bites
- 2 cups all purpose flour
- 1½ tbsp baking powder
- 1 tbsp pumpkin spice
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 1 tbsp vanilla extract
- ½ cup oil
- 1 ½ cup milk
- 1 cup pumpkin pure
- 2 eggs
- Oil spray for the pan
- Cinnamon Sugar optional
- In a mix bowl, whip up the eggs and sugar until you obtain a nice fluffy texture. Add in the oil, vanilla extract, milk, pumpkin pure and mix well with a whisk.
- In another bowl, mix all the dry ingredient together and then pour over the web ingredients.
- Heat up and donut hole pan and spray with oil spray.
- Place a full tablespoon of batter into each hole and cook for about a minute on medium high heat and then turn over for the other side to use. I used a wooden skewer to turn the pancake bites over. Cook for another minute at least and remove from heat. Try one and make sure they are fully cooked first before removing the rest. Sometimes it may need an extra half a minute or so of cooking.
- Once you remove them, place the bites directly into a bowl containing the cinnamon sugar mix. You can op out on this option if your kids don’t like it or you want to minimize the sugar intake.
- Serve with pancake or maple syrup.
- If you don't have a donut hole pan you can always just make mini pancakes instead.
- Make sure you use pumpkin puree and not pumpkin pie filling.
- If you don't have pumpkin spice, you can use a cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice mix.
- After you add the wet ingredients to the dry, allow the pancake batter to rest for a few minutes before pouring it into the mold.
- You can skip rolling the bites in sugar if you want to cut down on your sugar intake, they still taste awesome!
- If you’re not sure whether your Pancake Bites have finished baking, cut one open to test its doneness.