Jack O Lantern Pancakes

Light and fluffy pumpkin pancakes perfect for any fall breakfast – or dinner!

Halloween party recipe via @tspcurry

My idea began with this creative everyday take on pancakes: Trix Pancakes from Shawn @ I Wash You Dry

But we don’t routinely have brightly colored cereal in our cupboard. So I tried to arrange Cheerios to make my pumpkin pancakes look like Jack-O-Lanterns:

Kids friendly pumpkin pancakes fail via @tspcurry


Then I tried using Crisped Rice; but the pancake Jack-O-Lantern came out looking more like a scary skeleton:

Pumpkin pancake Pinterest fail via @tspcurry

 (Not really the look I was going for.)

So I tried raisins with a little green stem – and the third time was a charm:

These kid friendly PUMPKIN PANCAKES are perfect for Halloween. Use natural green-pea-dye for the stems | @tspcurry - For more fall time recipes click: TeaspoonOfSpice.com

To make the green stem,  I started with regular food coloring in a bit of pumpkin pancake batter. Now my kids eat very few food dyes. (Here’s a great article by fellow dietitian Sally @ Real Mom Nutrition if you have concerns about dyes.) But I do keep store-bought food coloring on-hand for birthday cakes and holidays.

However, by this time, my pumpkin pancake creative juices were running pretty high – so I tried doing a natural green food coloring for the stem. Frozen green peas ==> whizzed into a little batter provided the perfect hue. The peas were sweet enough that you couldn’t taste them. The trick to keeping them bright green is not to cook them – just defrost.

Lastly, because I was really having fun in the kitchen – and because not everyone wants peas in their pancakes – AND because I thought there might still be something to the cereal pancakes idea – I created Granola Pumpkin Pancakes.

Granola topped pumpkin pancakes via @tspcurry

Oh man – now this was #Winning

Cinnamon-spiced granola in slightly sweet pumpkin pancakes: My kids gobbled up the smiling Jack O Lantern Pancakes, while I did the same to the granola studded ones.


Jack O Lantern Pancakes + Granola Pumpkin Pancakes

Light and fluffy pumpkin pancakes studded with granola and raisins for breakfast – or dinner!

  • Author: by Serena Ball, RD
  • Yield: About 25 pancakes - I sorta lost count! 1x


  • 1 cup cake flour (or all purpose)
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • 2 cups + 1 tablespoon low-fat buttermilk, divided
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons frozen peas
  • 1/2 cup raisins
  • 1/23/4 cup homemade or packaged granola


  1. In a large bowl, combine flours, baking powder, cinnamon, sugar, salt; set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine pumpkin, 2 cups buttermilk, egg, oil and vanilla; whisk together.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into flour mixture; mix well with a fork or wooden spoon until you have a smooth batter, but don’t over mix.
  4. To make green batter, remove 1/2 cup batter to a smaller bowl. Whiz peas and remaining buttermilk in mini-food processor or blender; stir into smaller bowl of batter.
  5. Heat large non-stick griddle or frying pan over medium heat; drop about 1/8 cup batter onto pan. Drop small spoonful of green batter on one edge for stem; arrange raisins into ‘face.’ Flip after all bubbles in batter pop – about 3 minutes. Cook about another 2 minutes and remove to plate or keep warm.
  6. Variation: For Granola Pumpkin Pancakes, fold in granola into medium bowl of orange batter after combining wet and dry ingredients. Can also make them Granola Jack O Lantern Pancakes!

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