Whole-Grain Pumpkin Waffles (and Donuts)

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If you're a fan of fall flavors, then you'll love these Whole-Grain Pumpkin Spiced Waffles! The batter works in an electric donut maker too.
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A large stack of pumpkin-spiced waffles on a plate surrounded with mini pumpkin donuts with a green smoothie and fresh fruit in the background.

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If you’re a fan of fall flavors, then you’ll love these Whole-Grain Pumpkin Waffles! Whenever my girls have friends sleep over, they always ask for waffles for breakfast. And I ALWAYS double the recipe so I can stick the extras in the freezer. I love having them on hand for busy weekday mornings and even sometimes for waffle sandwiches in the lunchbox. My 6th grader was literally walking out to the bus stop eating one of these (still frozen) waffles the other morning. It was just one of those days, and it’s really not that much extra work to make a bigger batch while you’re at it. You’ll thank yourself later, I promise!

Oh, and if you have an electric donut maker, this same batter works in there, too. Here’s how everything turned out when we tried them both the other weekend. (As you can see, I was sure to balance out all of this with green smoothies and fresh fruit as well!) Enjoy. :)

For a gluten-free pumpkin recipe, make this Healthy Pumpkin Bread or this Pumpkin Cream Cheese Bread!

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  1. Newer to this whole clean(er) eating. Used to be all about the biquick. All sorts of variations. One of them was Sweet Potato Pancakes. Last night I took this recipe from here and replaced pumpkin with mashed cooked sweet potatoes and exchanged pumpkin pie spice w/just cinnamon. It worked Wonderfully!!

  2. At last I have a waffle maker now (Belgium waffle maker to be exact) and I am able to make these! I made these for our Christmas breakfast. Loved the waffles. I pureed some organic spinach for my picky kids and called them “Grinch waffles” to make them appealing to my picky daughter. Couldn’t taste spinach at all but pumkin and pumpkin spices. 5 stars!

  3. These don’t taste like pumpkin waffles at all even though I followed the recipe exactly. They taste like the regular whole wheat waffles. They’re good! But I they don’t taste very pumpkin-y.

      1. For me it tasted pumpkin- and pumpkin spice-like! Very easy and fluffy! they were full of fall flavor and loved them!

    1. I’m sorry to hear the flavor wasn’t strong enough for you. They shouldn’t be overly flavored, but still enough to know they’re made with pumpkin puree. – Nicole

  4. Yum!!!!! We just made these donuts for our Sunday evening breakfast for dinner ritual!! My 2 and 6 year old LOVED them! Me too! :)

  5. 4 stars
    I made these and they tasted great, but they were kind of mushy, not crisp and fluffy like in the picture. Can you give me any suggestions? Should I add less pumpkin puree?

  6. Can the waffles be frozen for later use? And what is the proper way to store them in the freezer and how long will they keep? Also if they can be frozen what is the best way to warm? Toaster or microwave? Thank you.

    1. I usually make a double batch and freeze the extra waffles in a zip local bag. The crisp up great in the toaster and are a perfect quick weekday breakfast

  7. I use 1/4 cup honey or syrup and then dont put any on top. You can eat them with ur hands then! (I cook in lots of butter too, so theyre buttery also. And the kids eat greens & eggs while waiting for the pannies, wafflies or donuts. I make the greens first so theyre hungry ;)
    Always use soft/pastry flour for everything but breads you knead. The outcomes so much tastier!

    1. She has another recipe for the electric donut maker and I use that recipe for my donut pan all the time with perfect donuts as the result! I cook the donuts for 15 minutes at 375. :)

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