Toddler Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

Our book, The Eco-nomical Baby Guide is packed with useful information for new parents who want to go green on a budget. (Are we biased? Absolutely!) Beyond the cloth diapering advice, tips on buying used gear, and a directory of the best green gear at every price point, we included recipes for homemade baby food.

Since chilly fall days are just starting to descend, we are sharing our Pumpkin Pancake recipe with our online readers. These pancakes can be made ahead of time in big batches and frozen so you can pull them out for easy breakfasts. They’re healthy, delicious, and your tot probably won’t mind if you make a stack of them up for yourself as well.

      Pumpkin Pancakes:

  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup canned organic pumpkin puree (you can also use bananas, sweet potatoes or squash)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons whole milk
  • 3/4 cup flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon

Mix all moist ingredients in one bowl and dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Combine them, adding additional milk if needed to get the right consistency. Warm griddle or skillet to medium heat and coat with vegetable oil. Cook for approximately three minutes on each side and enjoy!


  1. How well does this work with homemade pumpkin puree? I was planning to buy a pie pumpkin soon and roast it and puree it for adding to things like pancakes but when I have made pumpkin pancakes/muffins/etc in the past I have always used canned.

  2. This sounds great, but given that there are problems with BPA in can linings (just search “bpa in cans”), homemade is the best choice. You may want to choose a pumpkin variety that is known for flavor.

  3. Jennifer,
    You could definitely use homemade pumpkin or baked sweet potatoes. Just be sure to thoroughly mash them up before adding them to the batter and add extra milk if needed.

    As for the bpa in cans, it’s a sad truth. I have to honestly confess that I still use some canned goods simply because as a working mother I can’t always prepare all my food by hand. You can sometimes get frozen pumpkin which would also do the trick. Still, if you have the time to make the pumpkin puree from scratch, it’s a great option–and much healthier for baby!

  4. Thank you for this recipe! My daughter LOVED it! I wish I had found this site when she was younger! I will be starting a Momblog @ as well as a kids activity blog @ I would love to feature your blog when they are up and running! Let me know what you think…you can reach me at the attached url under contact.

    Cheers & thanks again!

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