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Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Pancakes

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A warm and comforting stack of vegan pancakes- because pumpkin and chocolate should most definitely be eaten together for breakfast!

pumpkin pancakes 8Hello Fall.  I am so glad that you are here and I hope that you stick around for awhile!

pumpkin pancakes 11Now that Fall has officially made its appearance, you know exactly what that means on the food front.  It is pumpkin season!  And while I love pumpkin on its own, I think it is even better when it is paired with chocolate.  It is kind of like peanut butter and chocolate.  Or apples and caramel.  Or toast and avocado.  They just go together.

pumpkin pancakes 2I have been eating pumpkin year round this past year.  But once I saw it hit the blogosphere like crazy, I had a sudden major craving for all things pumpkin.  I wonder how that happened?  First on my list of pumpkin creations was something for breakfast.

pumpkin pancakes 4While pumpkin pancakes have been a staple breakfast (or brinner) for me over the past couple of years, I had yet to find a vegan version that I loved.  I set out to fix that and was actually pleasantly surprised when I got lucky with creating a successful recipe on my first try.  I am sure the addition of chocolate didn’t hurt one bit.

pumpkin pancakes 3Pumpkin Chocolate Chips Pancakes

Serves 2


3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour
1/4 cup buckwheat flour (or use all whole wheat)
1/2 TB baking powder
1/2 TB baking soda
1 tsp cinnamon
1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 TB coconut sugar
pinch fine sea salt
1/2 very ripe banana
1/2 cup pumpkin
1 TB unsweetened or cinnamon applesauce
1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2 to 3 TB dark chocolate chips
coconut oil cooking spray
toppings (nut butter, maple syrup, extra chocolate chips, nuts, etc.)


1. In a large mixing bowl, combine flours, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice, sugar, and salt.  Mix until combined.

2. In a smaller bowl, mash banana.  Add pumpkin and applesauce to the banana.  Stir until well-combined.

3. Add the banana/pumpkin/applesauce mixture to the dry ingredients.  Gently fold together.

4. Stir in almond milk until just combined.  Do not over mix.

5. Gently fold in chocolate chips.

6. Heat a large griddle over medium heat.  Spray skillet with coconut oil cooking spray if not nonstick.

7. Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, pour batter onto griddle.  Cook for approximately 5 minutes, or until bubbles begin to form on top and the bottom is lightly golden brown.

8. Carefully flip each pancake and cook an additional 3 to 5 minutes, or until the second side is lightly golden brown.

9. Build pancakes into a giant stack… because who can eat just one?

pumpkin pancakesOf course you can eat your stack of pancakes like this.  But what fun would that be?

pumpkin pancakes 6I highly recommend using nut butter (peanut butter for me), maple syrup, and/or extra chocolate chips for topping.  All three together sounds like a killer combination.  I am quite certain that some candied pecans or honey roasted vanilla almonds would be amazing additions too!

pumpkin pancakes 9That’s a big ‘ole bite of pancakes.  And trust me… there is nothing better on a brisk Fall weekend morning.  Well, except maybe the addition of a fireplace, blanket, cup of coffee/cider/hot cocoa, and a good book.  That is not too much to ask, is it?

I am off to Iowa today to celebrate two of my best friends’ wedding day this weekend.  I’ll be back ‘atcha on Monday or Tuesday.  Have a great weekend!

What is your favorite pumpkiny (yes, I made that up) recipe you have made this Fall?

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  • Jessie October 2, 2014, 7:38 am
    So happy you incorporated buckwheat flour into this recipe. I have 2 full bags & I've been waiting for a new/delicious recipe to use it in.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 2, 2014, 8:31 am
      Gotta love buckwheat flour! You could certainly include more buckwheat flour and less whole wheat, though they will definitely be more dense. The way I look at it, though, anything with chocolate and pumpkin has to be good ;)
  • Emily @ Love A Latte October 2, 2014, 8:47 am
    I did a post on pumpkin pancakes today too! Your recipe looks super fun though!!! Mine is more like how quickly can I throw this together before my baby wakes up ha! And I love love pumpkin chocolate chip pancakes!
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 2, 2014, 9:16 am
      Well you are MUCH busier than I am so that totally makes sense. Plus, I think your recipe sounds great! And the fact that you added chocolate chips too means that we both have awesome taste buds! ;)
  • Tiff October 2, 2014, 8:58 am
    Mmmm, sounds like a great way to start the day! Tiff recently posted...Triple C & ElwoodsMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 2, 2014, 9:18 am
      Thanks Tiff! These are further support for why breakfast is almost always my favorite meal of the day :)
  • Joanna @Makingmine October 2, 2014, 9:07 am
    We ate our way through probably 6 boxes of a pumpkin pancake mix last year, and I was really sad because it's not in stores around here this year. That's probably a good thing because I bet these beauties taste even better! Saturday morning is going to call for some pancakes! Joanna @Makingmine recently posted...5 books for every toddler’s bookshelfMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 2, 2014, 9:20 am
      Pancakes are my FAVORITE weekend breakfast! I always make extra to eat up (in the toaster) at work during the week. Are there really no boxed pumpkin pancake mixes out? Not even TJ's has it? That's so wrong!
  • Julie @ Runing in a Skirt October 2, 2014, 9:34 am
    Pumpkin pancakes are just happy! I really like that yours use the combination of healthy flours. I made these pumpkin chocolate chip cannoli's last year that were amazing (recipe #ontheblog) Julie @ Runing in a Skirt recently posted...Black Bean Brownies with Homemade Fudge IcingMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 2, 2014, 10:49 am
      Oh, I bet those cannoli's are awesome! I am convinced that pumpkin and chocolate is one of the best combos around :)
  • Erin @ Her Heartland Soul October 2, 2014, 12:32 pm
    O.M.G. This looks amazing! I would top it with nutella! Yum! Erin @ Her Heartland Soul recently posted...Petite Creme Biscuits with Jam RecipeMy Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 6, 2014, 4:36 pm
      Um, awesome idea!!! That sounds amazing.
  • Ashley October 3, 2014, 11:56 am
    Pumpkin and chocolate should most definitely be eaten together! These pancakes sound delicioussss! I made pumpkin oatmeal this morning - and am officially back in the mood for all things pumpkin! Pancakes sound like a good second recipe to make! Ashley recently posted...The Little Things – September 2014My Profile
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 6, 2014, 4:42 pm
      I am SO hooked on pumpkin oatmeal right now which is crazy because I used to think that I didn't like hot oatmeal. I'm sure it doesn't hurt that I normally stir in some nut butter ;)
  • Alexis @ Hummusapien October 3, 2014, 4:16 pm
    That topping looks PHENOM!!! Pumpkin all day err day.
    • ClnEatingVegGrl October 6, 2014, 4:48 pm
      I am SO glad you agree!! These pancakes are yet another reason to eat pumpkin year round :)

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