The Best Pumpkin Pancakes Recipe

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The best ever pumpkin pancakes recipe for breakfast and brunch. These pumpkin pancakes are fluffy and full of delicious flavors, and are ready in no time!

This season calls for all pumpkin recipes. From crustless pumpkin pie to pumpkin bread pudding to pumpkin banana bread, this fall favorite has been shining through our recipes for quite some time now. These easy pumpkin pancakes however, are one of my absolute favorites because they come with a Persian twist!

The best ever pumpkin pancakes recipe for breakfast and brunch. These pumpkin pancakes are fluffy and full of delicious flavors, and are ready in no time!


As I’m all about pumpkin during fall, I would love to show you how to make pumpkin pancakes, so easy and delicious that you’ll want to make them every day !

Super easy pumpkin pancakes recipe, perfect for fall!

These pumpkin pancakes are very easy to make and what I love about them is the addition of cardamom and rose water that gives them a Persian twist. They are fluffy, and taste like fall, perfect for dessert with some khagineh (Persian sweet crepes) and freshly brewed tea!

These pancakes are a great alternative to the usual buttermilk pancakes and they are very moist and fluffy thanks to the pumpkin.

This pumpkin spice pancake recipe is great for fall weekends.

What do I need to make pumpkin pancakes?

For this easy pumpkin pancake recipe you need the basic pancake ingredients such as eggs, flour, sugar and milk. Then there are extra ingredients to make the pancakes more delicious:

  • Pumpkin puree
  • Cardamom
  • Cinnamon
  • Rose water

How do you make pumpkin pancakes from scratch?

Start with mixing egg and sugar then add rose water and pumpkin puree. Once they’re completely mixed, add in milk, flour, baking powder, cinnamon and cardamom and mix until no big lumps are visible. Make sure not to over mix the batter, a little bit of lump is totally fine.

Start pouring 1/4 cup batter into the non stick pan that’s been heating over medium heat and cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Once ready, top with nuts and syrup.

An easy pumpkin pancake recipe that can be made in no time and is loved by everyone.

These homemade pumpkin pancakes have a Persian touch to them by adding a little bit of rose water. In Farsi we call pumpkin pancakes KAKA. They are very common in the north of Iran and are usually topped with walnuts and pistachios.

Once you learn how to make pumpkin pancakes, you can adjust them to your taste, add spices beyond cinnamon such as all spice, cardamom or ground ginger, serve them with honey, maple syrup or some apple butter and top with wit tons and tons of nuts!

Noted and tips to make these pumpkin pancakes recipe:

  • Canned pumpkin puree is preferred to fresh pumpkin puree in this recipe for more color and better texture.
  • You can use either whole milk or non fat milk to make these pumpkin spice pancakes.
  • For more fall-themed flavors, add nutmeg and ginger to the batter.
  • You can freeze these pumpkin pancakes and reheat them in the microwave or oven.
  • Don’t over mix the batter. It’s ok to have some lumps in the batter.

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5 from 11 votes

Persian Pumpkin Pancakes – KAKA

Learn How to Make Pumpkin Pancakes for breakfast and brunch. These pancakes are fluffy and full of delicious flavors, and are ready in no time!
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 servings
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  • 1 Egg
  • 1/2 cup White Sugar
  • 3 tbsp. Rose Water
  • 1 cup Pumpkin Puree, not pie filling
  • 3/4 cup Whole Milk
  • 1 cup All Purpose Flour
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cardamom
  • 1/2 tsp Ground Cinnamon
  • 2 tbsp. Cooking Oil


  • Mix egg and sugar until fully combined.
  • Add rosewater and pumpkin puree and mix well
  • Add milk and mix until combined. 
  • Add flour, baking powder, cardamom and cinnamon, mix until well combined with no lumps.
  • Heat cooking oil in a pan over medium heat.
  • When the oil is hot, pour 1/4 cup of the batter for each pancake, cook for 2-3 minutes on each side.
  • Top with powdered sugar and chopped walnuts and pistachios to serve.


Calories: 228kcal | Carbohydrates: 38g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 30mg | Sodium: 27mg | Potassium: 224mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 6444IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 81mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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About Shadi HasanzadeNemati

I'm here to show you how to make delicious Persian, Middle Eastern and Mediterranean food at home. My easy to follow recipes will bring exciting new flavors to your table!

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  1. 5 stars
    Hi Shadi! I just made these pancakes for breakfast and OMG!! They are amazing!! The flavour is so good, you don’t even need any toppings, though I sprinkled some sugar and walnuts and pistachios as you suggested – mmmm, perfect! I wanted to ask you couple of questions. Do you use a small pan and fill it entirely so the pancake can be higher? I only have a big pan and decided to make three pancakes at once, and I wasn’t able to archive such a beautiful fluffy pancakes as yours, mine just spread thinly.
    And also, I think I messed up the texture a little bit. I only had home-made pumpkin puree, maybe that’s why, but the pancakes were quite doughy on the inside. Are they expected to be a little bit doughy because of the pumpkin? Or should they look like regular pancakes? Sorry if that’s a weird question, these are my first veggie pancakes. I really want to sort out my mistakes, because this recipe is a KEEPER! Love it!

    1. Hi Mari! Thank you for your kind comment and I’m so happy to know you enjoyed this recipe. There could be a few reasons that your pancakes didn’t get as fluffy: 1- using homemade pumpkin puree which has more liquid than canned ones. This also could be a reason that the pancakes were a bit doughy. In general, veggie pancakes are not supposed to be as fluffy as buttermilk pancakes. 2- Your baking powder could have been old.
      Glad to know you like this recipe!