Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes (GF & Vegan)

Anything you can do, I can do GF &Vegan! For some reason everyone thinks that you pretty much only eat grass and apples all day if you follow a plant based diet. Well friends, I am here to tell you that all traditional meals can easily be veganized and made gluten free with a few simple swaps. The only time it may be difficult to find options that fit your diet if you choose/need to eat this way (medically, religiously, etc) to eat this way is when you are at a restaurant/food function with very limited options. But when you are in the comfort of your own home, anything goes!

Traditional pancake recipes usually include flour, butter/oil, eggs, and milk. This recipe swaps regular flour for a gluten free flour blend, trades the butter/oil for canned pumpkin, uses flax egg instead of a regular egg, and plant milk instead of cows milk! Very simple swaps for anyone who is already vegan or anyone looking to eat healthier. These swaps will also drastically reduce the calorie count as the plant based alternatives are much lower in calories than their animal based counterparts.

If you don’t believe me- here are the stats.

One egg: 70 calories vs. One tablespoon Flax: 36 calories

2 tablespoons Oil: 250 calories & 28 grams fat vs. 2 tablespoons canned pumpkin:20 cals & 0g fat

1 cup Cows Milk: 130 cals, 5 g fat, & 12 g sugar vs. 1 Cup Unsweetened Almond Milk: 30 cals, 3 g fat, & 0g sugar.

It really is that easy to swap things out! If you are looking to be healthier this year, definitely try these substitutions in your cooking/baking. You will probably enjoy these foods so much more when you aren’t weighed down or left feeling lethargic from all the dairy. Ever ate a big traditional breakfast of pancakes, eggs, and breakfast meats and felt like you needed to lay on the couch and take a nap? I think most people have been there a time or two. Breakfast should energize your day, not leave you feeling bogged down. Beginning the day on a healthy note is one of the best ways to transform your health. Before you know it you will start craving those healthy foods all day long. A lot of people give up on their health journey before they truly start to see benefits. Don’t let that be you this year. Keep with it!

Want more vegan baking swap ideas? Check out my post on How to Substitute Eggs in Vegan Baking !

How did a post about pancakes turn into a post about sticking with a healthy lifestyle? Because pancakes can and SHOULD be a part of a your diet! I have made these pancakes with this base a couple of times, and my family and I love them. You can add chocolate chips, blueberries, or other fun mix ins to change up the flavor.

Without further ado (because I know why you are all really here): Here is the recipe

Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes - GF &Vegan

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Sweet gluten free and vegan pancakes. Healthy, low fat, food to energize your day!

You'll Need...

  • 1.5 cups All Purpose GF Flour
  • 1 cup vanilla unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 tbsp pumpkin puree
  • 1-2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp ground flax + 2.5 tbsp water


  1. Begin with making the flax egg. Add 1 tbsp of ground flax into a small bowl/dish along with 2.5 tbsp of water and allow to set for about 5 minutes. Then add the almond milk, pumpkin, vanilla extract, and flax egg to a bowl. Then add in the flour and baking powder and mix well. Next add as much cinnamon as your heart desires to the batter. I am a cinnamon lover, so I tend to go on the heavier side. Now that everything is mixed together, heat a non-stick pan for a couple of minutes before adding the batter to the pan. Wait for the pancakes to bubble and puff up a bit before you flip them over. This batter makes about 8-10 pancakes depending on the size of pancakes you make. Top with maple syrup, apples, bananas, agave, etc! The toppings are the best part!

Additional Notes

You can substitute the pumpkin for applesauce if you prefer. You can also substitute the almond milk for any other plant milk, and the flax egg for chia egg or an egg replacer product.


Are you more of a pancake or a waffle person?? What is your favorite pancake topping?

Be sure to let me know if you try this pancake recipe!


47 comments on “Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes (GF & Vegan)”

  1. Sarah says:

    Can’t go wrong with a nice healthy stack of pancakes! We use to make them so often and we do here and there now but not nearly as often as we use to. It’s phases. I was craving them like crazy last week though.

    1. I definitely go through those phases as well! If I have more time, you know I am having a pancake breakfast!

  2. sometimes you just need pancakes for breakfast!

  3. abbey sharp says:

    These look sooo good. I’m more of a pancake person and maple syrup and blueberries are def my fave!!

    1. I love that combo! I do that a lot on oatmeal too!

  4. These sound so delicious, and I love the chopped apples on top! Yum!

    1. Toppings are the best part!!

  5. My husband and I have been enjoying pancakes on the weekends and these look perfect! Thanks for sharing!

    1. Pancakes are a perfect weekend breakfast, thanks Liz!

  6. im definitely team waffle,,its just something about the crispiness!

    1. I do love a good crispy waffle!!

  7. Chrissy says:

    I think I’m more of a pancake person but sometimes I can’t pass up a good waffle. But the use of pumpkin is always great for breakfast.

    1. I have sucha hard time deciding which I like better as well!

  8. These look so tasty! I love cinnamon and pumpkin, so I’m all over this.

    1. Yes pumpkin is great any time of year!!

  9. Emily says:

    All of my sweet vegan friends have definitely disproved every misconception I ever had about veganism. Vegan food can be just as good as regular food; it almost makes my creativity come out more, because I can’t just use ingredient’s I’m used to. These pancakes sound super yummy.

    1. You are so sweet Emily! I love that you can find lots of different ingredients to cook with and find new foods to try!

  10. aliah says:

    GF, vegan AND pumpkin! Yes! I love making good for me pancakes and I can’t wait to try this. I may add nutmeg too.

    1. Nutmeg would be a delicious addition Aliah!

  11. I TOTALLY want to make these and play around with a coconut flour/gf flour mix! So perfect for weekend brunches!

    1. Yes! Let me know if you find a good coconut flour:reg/gf ratio- I always struggle when baking with coconut flour!

  12. YUM! I almost always make some kind of pancake for breakfast on Sundays, so this may have to make an appearance this weekend!

    1. Yes pancake sundays are the best!! Let me know if you try them EMily!

  13. These sound delicious! I’m down for anything pumpkin!

  14. Sarah says:

    Simple delicious pancakes hit the spot and sometimes you just need a nice stack of them!

    1. We are on the same page with that Sarah!

  15. Tee says:

    Love this! I’ve been trying to choose vegan options when I can so this is perfect!

    1. Yay for the vegan option! Thanks tee!

  16. Clarinda says:

    If you use unsweetened, original almond milk, would you suggest increasing the vanilla extract?

    1. I think you could use the same amount of vanilla Clarinda! Or maybe just a 1/2 tsp or so more!

  17. aliah says:

    These look amazing. I love pumpkin everything and cinnamon is always a great complement. Love that these are gluten-free!

    1. Yes cinnamon and pumpkin are great together! And always gluten free over here!

  18. Carmy says:

    oooooh I love a good pancake! Looks yum!

  19. Jill Conyers says:

    It’s been way too long since I’ve eaten pancakes. Pancake breakfast tomorrow!

    1. Yes, hope you enjoyed some pancakes Jill!

  20. Mikki says:

    These look amazing. I even have some pumpkin in my fridge I need to use up. Can’t wait to try these.

    1. Let me know how you like them Mikki! Pumpkin is such a versatile food!

  21. I thas been far too long since I’ve made pancakes. I was on a real roll there for a while! Need to change that 😀 With these 😀

  22. These looks so good. And gluten-free? A bonus for many!

    1. Yes! Always gluten free over here!

  23. OH MY GOODNESS THESE LOOK SO GOOD. I have to try these. thanks for the recipe!!!

    1. Let me know how you like them!

  24. Pumpkin pancakes are the best.. plus I’m a cinnamon fiend so these are right up my alley!

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