These hearty whole wheat pumpkin waffles are protein-packed and full of warm spices including cinnamon, nutmeg and ground cloves.
Fall is officially in the air and I couldn’t be more excited if I tried. It has always been my most favorite season of the year and I don’t see that ever changing.
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. My boots have been waterproofed, my skinny jeans finally fit again and we just ordered the boys new sneakers. Bring. It. On.
We have been making pumpkin pancakes for years but ever since getting this waffle maker for Christmas last year we have started using it more and more 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 and freezing them for quick reheating during the week.
Aside from pumpkin, there is another secret to these light, fluffy and delicious waffles. Can you guess it? YOGURT! Naturally protein-packed and full of vitamins and nutrients, it is my secret weapon when it comes to healthy baked goods like muffins, breads, donuts and yes, waffles.
Chopped walnuts and a drizzle of pure maple syrup are the perfect topping but truth be told, my kids devoured them without any added syrup.
Your fork is waiting.
Healthy Pumpkin Waffles
- 1 cup plain low fat yogurt
- ¾ cup pure pumpkin
- ½ cup low fat milk
- 2 large eggs
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil (melted)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 ¼ cups whole wheat pastry flour
- ½ cup ground flax seed
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ½ teaspoon salt
- chopped walnuts and additional maple syrup – optional
- 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!
97 thoughts on “Healthy Pumpkin Waffles”
I want soooo bad a waffle machine now!!! I really really reallly want to try this recipe out!
Thanks for sharing!
I hope you love it Raquel!!
The waffles smell great when cooking but I would definitely add in more milk, the batter was very thick. I was only was able yield 5 servings :(
Oh no – I’m so sorry to hear that Leandra! Did you make any alterations or modifications to the recipe? Also, sometimes if the batter sits out long it will thicken up as the flour absorbs the liquid so don’t be afraid to add more water or milk! Hope that helps !!
Replace yogurt ideas ?
Oil would work!
I don’t use oil either
How about coconut oil?
Liz, these waffles sound like a plan for this Saturday morning. My boys will devour! BTW, I love the fresh, clean look of your site. Just beautiful!
Thank you so much for your kind words Julie!!
This was a really delicious recipe. Often using pumpkin give such a weird texture, but these were great! We loved that you used a decent amount of flax which cut down on the amount of flour. Very light and airy! Love the spice level too!
I’m so glad you like them!!!!! They are one of my absolute favorites!
I made these today and they were so good! I used 1 tablespoon pumpkin pie spice for spices and used 1/4 cup flax seed and 1/4 cup chia seed. I didn’t have ground flax and my chia and flax got mixed. It gave it a little bit of a crunchy texture which I liked. It is just a delicious recipe, mine turned out thicker than the ones in the picture but I may just add a little water next time to thin it a bit. I will definitely make them again.
Sorry, I meant to give them 5 stars, I’m typing on my phone and didn’t notice what I had done until I hit send.
Oh I’m so glad you enjoyed them!!! yay!!
No matter what I did I couldn’t get them to cook thoroughly in the middle. I followed all the directions. I don’t know what happened :(.
Oh no Andrea!! I’m so sorry to hear that!! We tested them twice and they worked out but I will try them again and make sure the measurements are accurate. I’m so sorry these did not turn out for you – they were a huge hit in our house!! Please let me know if you try any other recipes. :)
I had the same problem! They burnt and stuck to the waffle maker and did t cook in the middle. Any idea what went wrong??
Oh no! We made these again two weeks ago and they turned out perfectly. Did you make any recipe substitutions? Would love to help you make these a success – our boys love them!
I love these ingredients! this is totally perfect for fall! Im excited bc ive been looking for a new waffle recipe! Win-win! :)
Yay I hope you get one!
These waffles look so good! I have almost all the ingredients but one. I have regular whole wheat flour would that work in place of the whole wheat pastry flour?
Regular whole wheat flour will certainly work but I highly suggest trying whole wheat pastry or white whole wheat in the future. It is lighter and creates fluffier baked goods but still has the protein and fiber of wheat flour. :)
Mmmm yum. I love whole grain breakfasts. My favorite are waffles and pancakes. I don’t know why, but I love them more than white flour ones :).
I totally agree – so much more flavor and texture!
I KNEW I put pumpkin waffles on our weekend menu for a reason! I must have sensed that these were coming up in my feedly.
haha they are the BEST!! Pumpkin twins!
Oh I love freezing homemade waffles. Then just pop them in the toaster and you are good to go! These look perfect for fall! I’m so excited for the change in season!
Yes exactly!! I’m making another freezer batch soon!
This recipe is guilt free the way I like it, no weird ingredients! Beautiful job! I am totally trying these!
Yes guilt free is my favorite !!! Thanks Sophia!
Oh man, these look awesome! I’m always on the hunt for a good whole wheat pancake recipe that isn’t so heavy and dense. These look delicious!
Yes these are really, really light and fluffy and moist! :)
Waffles are my favorite and I am really digging the fall flavors!
I just love this time of year!!
We eat a lot of waffles here! Love the pumpkin in these.
Pumpkin season is the best!! Hope you’re doing well friend!
Your photos are making me crave waffles in the afternoon! Love that you made them with yogurt!
YES!! Love that I made you crave them!
I almost always make chocolate chip waffles. UNTIL September hits then it’s pumpkin pumpkin pumpkin. Can’t wait to make these!
You know I’ve never put chocolate chips in pancakes or waffles??? I’m the worst mom ever!!
Just made these this morning – having the sticking issues others mentioned, but I use tongs and gently pull them off. We added chocolate chips to the waffles (made sure they were covered with batter before the lid went down) and they are yummy! Topped them with some softened cream cheese that my daughter mixed with maple syrup and a splash of vanilla – oh goodness!!
Woah you really took these up a notch!!! sounds incredible!
I’m going to have to break out my waffle maker and whip up a batch of these!
There’s really nothing better than waffle season. :) xo
Oh my, my, my!! I NEED these in my life Liz.
Yes you do Sommer!!