Healthy Pumpkin Waffles

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time20 minutes

These hearty whole wheat healthy pumpkin waffles are protein-packed and full of warm spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, and ground cloves.

Drizzling syrup over healthy pumpkin waffles.

Fall is officially in the air and I couldn’t be more excited! Pumpkins are starting to pop up at the farmers market, leaves are starting to change colors, and we have apple picking dates on our calendar. We have been making pumpkin pancakes for years, but these Healthy Pumpkin Waffles have been a favorite of ours lately, especially on Sunday mornings. I’ve said it a million times and I’ll say it again: one of the best weekday time savers is making a double or triple batch on the weekend and freezing them for quick reheating during the week.


Ingredients for healthy pumpkin waffles
  • Yogurt: Using Greek yogurt will up the protein content, but yogurt keeps the batter moist.
  • Pumpkin: Pure pumpkin puree adds the great pumpkin flavor as well as a ton of vitamins and nutrients, like vitamin A and C.
  • Milk: Adds moisture to the batter.
  • Eggs: Acts as the binder for the batter.
  • Coconut oil: A healthier alternative than vegetable oil, it adds moisture to the batter.
  • Maple syrup: Using true maple syrup and not pancake syrup is a great way to naturally sweeten the pancakes in place of refined sugar.
  • Vanilla extract: Enhances the flavor of the waffles.
  • Whole wheat flour: Using whole wheat flour adds more fiber and vitamins than white flour, and using pastry flour will make the dough even lighter and fluffier.
  • Flax seed meal: Doesn’t do much for the flavor, but adds nutritional benefits like omega 3 fatty acids.
  • Baking powder: Helps the waffles rise to be soft and fluffy.
  • Warm spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves give these pancakes that classic pumpkin pie spice flavor.
  • Salt: Balances the sweetness and enhances the natural flavor of the other ingredients.

How to Make Healthy PUmpkin Waffles

Whisking wet ingredients together

You’ll start your healthy pumpkin waffles by whisking your wet ingredients together in a large bowl.

Whisking dry ingredients together

In a separate bowl, you’ll whisk the dry ingredients together as well.

Mixing the wet ingredients into the dry

Then slowly add your dry ingredients to the wet and mix until fully incorporated.

Adding batter to waffle iron

Spray your waffle iron and once it is hot, add about a 1/2 cup scoop of batter.

Removing waffle from waffle iron

Cook until golden brown or to your desired consistency.

Healthy pumpkin waffles

Serve topped with walnuts and additional syrup if you’d like, and enjoy your Healthy Pumpkin Waffles!

Frequently Asked QUestions

Can waffles be healthy?

Waffles can be healthy, by making them with whole grains, without refined sugars, and adding extra nutrient dense foods.

Whats the difference between waffles and Belgian waffles?

The major difference is that Belgian waffles use yeast and not baking powder, and they also frequently use egg whites instead of whole eggs.

Can you freeze waffles?

Yes! Just keep them in a freezer safe resealable bag or airtight container, and then reheat in the toaster or microwave!

Closeup of healthy pumpkin waffles

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My healthy pumpkin waffles are especially popular with my kids, they don’t even need syrup! They’ll be a hit with your family, too.

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Healthy pumpkin waffles

Healthy Pumpkin Waffles

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These hearty whole wheat pumpkin waffles are protein-packed and full of warm spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves.
PREP: 10 minutes
COOK: 10 minutes
TOTAL: 20 minutes



  • Heat waffle maker while you begin making the batter.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together all liquid ingredients: pumpkin through vanilla.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together dry ingredients: whole wheat pastry flour through salt.
  • Slowly add the liquid ingredients to the flour mixture and stir until incorporated, careful not to over-mix.
  • Spray waffle maker with cooking spray and pour batter in, about 1/2 cup at a time. Cook until lightly golden brown or according to manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Serve with chopped walnuts and more maple syrup if you wish although my kids ate them without any toppings!


If batter starts to thicken once it sits, simply add more milk and whisk to combine.


Calories: 358kcalCarbohydrates: 45.8gProtein: 13gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 362mgFiber: 11.6gSugar: 13.1g

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97 responses to “Healthy Pumpkin Waffles”

  1. Stephanie Avatar

    I would consider my kids and I waffle connoisseurs, we have tried a ton of recipes, just stumbled on this recipe last week and let me say, these are hands down the lightest, fluffiest, yummiest waffles I’ve ever had!!!! YUM!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      oh I am so so so happy to hear that!!!! Thank you!!!

  2. Emily Avatar

    Do you know what I could substitute for the whole wheat pastry flour? My dad cannot have gluten

    1. miranda cunningham Avatar
      miranda cunningham

      the easy answer is a one for one gluten free flour such as bobs red mill or king Arthur

  3. sarah Avatar

    I love this recipe. I’ve made them several times and they come out great, plus they are healthy and my daughter loves them. I love that I know what is in them and they have a good amount of protein and fiber and very little sugar. I’m thinking of replacing the pumpkin with applesauce and omitting the nutmeg and cloves to try an apple cinnamon variation.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I’m so glad you enjoy these waffles Sarah!! My boys can’t get enough of them either!! Let me know how your version comes out!

    2. Emily Avatar

      May i ask how many waffles u were able to make ?

      1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
        Liz DellaCroce

        It depends on your waffle maker actually!! The amount of batter it holds.

  4. thefolia Avatar

    We love waffles in our nest and eat plenty of them. These look especially thin, almost like Italian cookies. Happy feasting!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Awww “nest” – I love that!!

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