If you are on team Pumpkin Spice, these Pumpkin Waffles will satisfy your pumpkin cravings. They have the perfect texture – crisp at the edges with a soft and fluffy center. Try them topped with Honey Butter, maple syrup, and chopped pecans for the perfect combination of Fall flavors.

These pumpkin waffles have more flavor than any waffle recipe I’ve ever made – plenty of pumpkin flavor and just the right amount of cinnamon and pumpkin spice.

Pumpkin waffles on a plate, topped with butter and syrup, ready to eat

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If you loved our classic Waffle Recipe and the classic flavors of Pumpkin Pie then break out the pumpkin puree because you have to try this Pumpkin Waffles recipe. This will surely become one of your favorite autumn breakfasts.

Homemade Pumpkin Waffles

We love waffles for breakfast. I love that they are easy to make, easy to freeze, and taste great reheated, perfect for busy mornings. We love quick breakfasts like Overnight Oats and since this pumpkin waffle recipe is freezer-friendly, they are a great make-ahead option. Pop a frozen waffle into the toaster and they’re ready to go (see below for more make-ahead tips).

The pumpkin spice, with flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, cloves, and allspice, turns your traditional waffle recipe into a flavorful way to embrace the Fall season. You will hardly be able to wait for them to cook, as the pumpkin spice aromas fill your kitchen (good thing they cook fast, in about 4 minutes).

Ingredients for Pumpkin Waffles

With just a few tablespoons of sugar, these waffles are not super sweet, but they have so much flavor from the spices- you’re going to love them!

  • Eggs – Add protein and fluffiness to your pumpkin waffles
  • Sugar – Just a tiny bit for texture, you can add sweetness with your toppings (see our favorite topping options below)
  • Pumpkin puree – I prefer Libby’s brand. It has the most concentrated flavor and color.
  • Milk – I prefer whole milk, but you can use skim milk or almond milk if you prefer
  • Vanilla extract – Try our Homemade Vanilla recipe for the best flavor
  • Flour – All-purpose, or use gluten-free flour to make gluten-free pumpkin waffles
  • Baking powder – helps the waffles rise (I recommend aluminum-free baking powder)
  • Spices – Pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon add cozy flavors of Fall
  • Salt – balances the sweetness
  • Unsalted Butter – Melted, adds moisture to the waffles
Ingredients to make delicious homemade pumpkin waffles- Libby's pumpkin puree, flour, eggs, butter, salt, vanilla, sugar, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, baking powder, milk

Substitutions

To make these vegan, or dairy-free, you can use almond milk, vegetable, or coconut oil as a one-to-one replacement for the melted butter, and your favorite commercial egg replacement.

How to Make the Best Pumpkin Waffles

  • Preheat your waffle iron – Per the manufacturer’s instructions.
  • Mix wet ingredients – In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until well blended. Add pumpkin, milk, and vanilla and whisk together.
  • Mix dry ingredients – In a separate large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients, mixing just until moistened. Add in melted butter, whisking just until incorporated. The batter will be lumpy (be sure not to over-mix).
  • Grease your waffle iron – If your waffle iron does not have non-stick grates, be sure to thoroughly coat the grids with non-stick cooking spray.
  • Cook – Using a ladle, add about 1/3 cup of batter to the center of each grid on the waffle iron (the amount will vary depending on your waffle maker and a Belgian waffle maker will require more batter). Cook until the waffles are golden and crisp, about 3-4 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with maple syrup or your favorite waffle toppings.
How to make pumpkin waffles step by step

Pro Tip

Pre-heating your waffle iron is the key to consistent waffles with the perfect texture. To get the crispy outside and fluffy centered waffles, add batter to the waffle iron only after it’s fully preheated. It’s a good idea to let your waffle iron reheat for a minute between batches.

Ladling the waffle batter onto the waffle iron to make golden brown pumpkin waffles.

Common Questions

Is waffle mix different than pancake mix?

While pumpkin waffles include the same ingredients as Pumpkin Pancakes, the measurements are different so it is best to follow a waffle recipe when preparing waffles to ensure the right texture.

Should you let your waffle batter rest before making waffles?

If you have time to wait, you can let your batter rest for 5-10 minutes before starting to cook. This allows the dry ingredients to be fully hydrated. That being said, this step is optional, and I do not notice a difference with this recipe.

Can I double the recipe?

Absolutely. This recipe can be doubled or tripled, to feed as many people as your waffle iron can handle.

How do I know if my waffles are done?

If your waffle maker doesn’t have a doneness indicator light, the waffles are done when the steam stops (4-5 minutes). If the lid doesn’t lift easily, cook for another 30-60 seconds.

Pumpkin spice waffles arranged on a wire rack

Pro Tip:

To keep waffles warm until ready to serve, preheat your oven to 200°F. As the waffles come off of the waffle iron, place cooked waffles on a wire rack and transfer to the warm oven.

What to Serve with Pumpkin Waffles

We love to enhance the Fall spices in this recipe with a little sweetness. Our favorite way to top these waffles is with:

  • Cinnamon Honey Butter
  • Real maple syrup
  • Toasted and chopped pecans
  • Powdered sugar
  • Almond butter
  • Honey
  • Whipped cream
  • Diced apples and cinnamon

You could also make this a dessert recipe by adding a scoop of vanilla bean ice cream and a drizzle of Caramel Sauce on top of your warm pumpkin waffles.

How to Toast Pecans

Heat your oven to 350°F. Arrange your pecans in a single layer on a baking sheet and toast for 8-10 minutes, being sure to flip them halfway through. Keep an eye on them, as they can burn quickly. Cool and then transfer to a cutting board and make rough chops with a knife. You can also toast pecans on a dry skillet for a few minutes, tossing frequently until golden.

Pumpkin waffles served with whipped honey butter, toasted pecans, and maple syrup

Make-Ahead

We love having leftover waffles because they freeze so well. Let your waffles cool on a wire cooling rack to prevent the steam moisture from making the waffles soggy and help to prevent freezer burn. Allow them to cool completely at room temperature before storing.

  • To Refrigerate: Stack your waffles in an airtight container with parchment paper between the waffles to prevent them from sticking together. They will stay fresh for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.
  • Freezing: Stack the waffles, separated by parchment paper, in a freezer-safe bag, wrap with aluminum foil, or use a vacuum sealer. Freeze for up to 2 months.
  • To Reheat: To enjoy a crisp waffle, toast your refrigerated or frozen waffles in the toaster oven, air fryer, or directly on an oven rack and bake at 350°F for 8-10 minutes.
Pumpkin waffles made ahead and cooling on a wire cooling rack

This pumpkin waffle recipe will satisfy your pumpkin spice craving at any time of year – before the coffee shops even declare it to be pumpkin spice season – but they are especially tasty and cozy during the colder months.

More Pumpkin Recipes

This Pumpkin Waffles recipe is a great way to use leftover pumpkin puree. If you are ready for a seasonal pumpkin-themed baking marathon, be sure to check out these other amazing pumpkin recipes.

Natasha's Kitchen Cookbook

Pumpkin Waffles Recipe

5 from 23 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Pumpkin waffles stacked with whipped honey butter, toasted pecans, and maple syrup
These Pumpkin Waffles with whipped honey butter, toasted pecans, and a drizzle of maple syrup are a delicious and cozy start to Fall mornings.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 8 waffles

Instructions

  • Preheat your waffle iron according to the manufacturer's instructions with your desired browning settings.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together eggs and sugar until well blended. Add pumpkin, milk, and vanilla and whisk until well blended.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and salt. Whisk dry ingredients into wet ingredients, mixing just until moistened. Add in melted butter, whisking just until incorporated. The batter will be lumpy (do not over-mix).
  • Grease your waffle iron grates using non-stick cooking spray.
  • Ladle about 1/3 cup of batter onto the pre-heated and greased waffle maker, adding batter to the center of each waffle grid (the amount will vary based on your waffle maker, and Belgian waffles will require more batter). Cook until waffles are golden and crisp, about 4 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter. Serve with maple syrup or your favorite waffle toppings.

Notes

Makes 8 standard square waffles on a classic 4-square waffle iron, using about 1⁄3 cup batter for each waffle. You can also use a Belgian waffle maker but they require more batter to fill them out.

Nutrition Per Serving

1Waffle Serving226kcal Calories27g Carbs5g Protein11g Fat6g Saturated Fat1g Polyunsaturated Fat3g Monounsaturated Fat0.3g Trans Fat67mg Cholesterol105mg Sodium306mg Potassium2g Fiber7g Sugar5138IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C126mg Calcium2mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Pumpkin Waffles Recipe
Serving Size
 
1 Waffle
Amount per Serving
Calories
226
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
11
g
17
%
Saturated Fat
 
6
g
38
%
Trans Fat
 
0.3
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
1
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
3
g
Cholesterol
 
67
mg
22
%
Sodium
 
105
mg
5
%
Potassium
 
306
mg
9
%
Carbohydrates
 
27
g
9
%
Fiber
 
2
g
8
%
Sugar
 
7
g
8
%
Protein
 
5
g
10
%
Vitamin A
 
5138
IU
103
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
126
mg
13
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: Pumpkin Puree
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $
Calories: 226

Natasha Kravchuk

Welcome to my kitchen! I am Natasha, the blogger behind Natasha's Kitchen (since 2009). My husband and I run this blog together and share only our best, family approved and tested recipes with YOU. Thanks for stopping by! We are so happy you're here.

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  • Mary Sinnott
    November 7, 2023

    Wow these waffles were absolutely delicious and Natasha your recipes never fail my tastebuds. The only thing I tweaked was the amount of butter (I used 3 tbsp) and they turned out wonderful. I have a Belgian waffle maker and it made 5. Delicious!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 7, 2023

      Thank you for sharing, Mary!

      Reply

  • Mamabaker
    November 3, 2023

    Delicious waffle recipe! They came out so fluffy and flavorful! Very easy to put together.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      November 3, 2023

      That’s wonderful! Thank you for trying my recipe.

      Reply

  • Cathy
    October 2, 2023

    Made these with a bit of variation. I had leftover baked sweet potato so that is what I used. I also just received from King Arthur Flour some Speculaas spice so used a bit. They were delicious. I love to experiment.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      October 3, 2023

      Sounds good and glad that it worked well!

      Reply

  • amy
    September 24, 2023

    Tried these this morning and my taste buds are thanking me! Prob the best pumpkin waffles I’ve ever made…will be making this recipe again and again.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 24, 2023

      Thanks so much for your awesome review, Amy!

      Reply

  • Chelle
    September 17, 2023

    Hi! I have a question. Can these waffles be made with whole wheat flour? If so, what changes will I need to make? (if any).

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 17, 2023

      Hi Chelle, I haven’t tested that to advise. If you do that as an experiment, we’d love to know how it goes.

      Reply

  • Steven
    September 13, 2023

    Scrumptious! I’m definitely on Team Pumpkin! I’ll be making this recipe! Thanks Natasha!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 13, 2023

      Awesome! I hope it becomes your new favorite.

      Reply

  • Cheryl S
    September 13, 2023

    These waffles are a family favorite! Delicious and worth the calories.

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 13, 2023

      Thanks so much for sharing, Cheryl. We appreciate your review!

      Reply

  • Ro
    September 12, 2023

    Hi Natasha! I would love to make these waffles or any of the other pumpkin recipe. There‘s only one problem: can‘t get pumpkin puree here in Germany. Any chance of you producing a video/tutorial on how to make my own pumpkin puree?

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      September 12, 2023

      Hi Ro, yes, you can use this Homemade Pumpkin Puree recipe. I hope you love it!

      Reply

      • Ro
        September 15, 2023

        Thank you! Can‘t wait to try it out 🙂 I‘m looking forward to receiving your (first) cookbook which I pre-ordered months ago and now will be delivered in mid-October :-)))

        Reply

  • Inessa
    September 12, 2023

    The best pumpkin waffles I’ve ever tried 😋 thank you for this amazing recipe!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 12, 2023

      So glad you loved it! Thank you for the feedback.

      Reply

  • Jill Lee
    September 12, 2023

    All I have is a Belgian waffle maker. Would they work for this?

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 12, 2023

      Hi Jill! I think it will work just fine.

      Reply

  • April
    September 12, 2023

    Pumpkin waffles are a fall staples and these ones are the BEST!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      September 12, 2023

      They sure are! I hope you love this recipe.

      Reply

  • Kristyn
    September 12, 2023

    Adding pumpkin is one delicious way to make waffles even better!! They are so soft & taste so good!

    Reply

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