Pumpkin Pie Protein Pancakes

Fall is here and you know what that means… #pumpkineverything! Ladies, you know what I’m talking about. Any first sense of the season changing – a leaf falling, darker mornings, cooler evenings, Halloween decor lining the aisles at Target – and it’s a mad rush to Trade Joe’s to snag some of their organic pureed pumpkin!

Pumpkin Pie Protein Pancakes Recipe

This year I’m setting my sights on actually carving a pumpkin and roasting the seeds inside. I promise myself every year but have yet to do it for almost half a decade. Don’t judge me! Life gets in the way. There’s been no carving yet. I have a “go big or go home” attitude about it and I won’t settle for an average jack-o-lantern. However, running to the store to stock up on pureed pumpkin is much easier than deciding on exactly what face my pumpkin will have. So, let the healthy pumpkin recipes commence!

Pumpkin Pie Protein Pancakes Recipe

Sweet breakfasts are my jam. I routinely eat a protein pancake a day. It’s my go-do breakfast to pack and take to work or enjoy on a slow Sunday morning. It’s high in protein, low in carbs and sugar, and keeps me feeling satisfied until my next meal.

Pumpkin Pie Protein Pancakes Recipe

Naturally, my initial instinct is to add pumpkin to this classic. But, it doesn’t stop there. To turn ordinary pumpkin into pie you need some spice! Trader Joe’s to the rescue again! Each year they sell a Pumpkin Pie seasoning and it has the perfect ratio of Cinnamon, Ginger, Lemon Peel, Nutmeg, Cloves, and Cardamom so you don’t have to go out and buy each one separately. Mmm mmm mm now all these babies need are some whipped cream. Am I right? I’ll do you one better, though! Good ‘ole fashioned whipping cream has it’s time and it’s place. But, it’s not on my healthy, clean protein pancakes. So, instead of dolloping cool whip on my breakfast, I made my own coconut cream topping. Okay, now this stack is ready to eat!

Pumpkin Pie Protein Pancakes

Pumpkin Pie Protein Pancakes Recipe



1 scoop vanilla all-natural vegan or whey protein powder (read your labels!)]

1 tbsp coconut flour

1/2 cup egg whites

1/2 cup pureed pumpkin

1-2 tsp pumpkin pie spice

Stevia (or your favorite all-natural sweetener) to taste (optional)

1 tsp baking powder

Coconut Cream Topping

3 tbsp coconut cream (the thick stuff you find at the top of canned coconut milk)

1 tbsp stevia (you could also use 100% pure maple syrup, coconut sugar, or monk fruit)

1 tbsp vanilla extract

Extra topping ideas: walnuts, pecans, dark chocolate chips, or berries!


  1. Combine all the dry pancake ingredients in a bowl – protein powder, coconut flour, pumpkin pie spice, stevia, and baking powder.
  2. Whisk egg whites and pureed pumpkin in a separate bowl.
  3. Slowly stir the wet ingredients into the dry.
  4. Preheat a pan on medium/low heat. Spray with coconut oil cooking spray.
  5. Spoon pancake mixture onto pan. You can make these pancakes as big or as small as you like!
  6. Cook on first side until the bottom is golden brown and the pancake is partially cooked through.
  7. Flip and cook on the opposite side until fully cooked through.
  8. Create your coconut cream topping by stirring all ingredients together until fully combined.
  9. Plate your pancakes and top with coconut cream topping and any other toppings you’d like. I love adding pecans or walnuts for a little crunch :).
  10. Eat up, buttercup!

Pumpkin Pie Protein Pancakes Recipe

What’s your favorite healthy pumpkin recipe to make in fall? Tell me in the comment box below!

Health and happiness,


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  5. they sound healthy and delicious!

  6. These look delicious! Love the coconut cream idea 🙂

    1. Thanks Katherine 🙂

  7. Yum! These look amazing!

    1. Thanks!! You gotta try them!

  8. These look incredibly delicious! They look super moist, and all those nuts…Mmm!!!

  9. It’s time for pumpkin! These look delicious and healthy too. Pinning to make soon.

  10. These look so filling and delicious! I love the pecan topping. Pecans always make things taste better!

    1. They’re the best 🙂

  11. I will be trying this tomorrow morning! Thanks!

  12. All about the pumpkin this time of year!! No shame in the pumpkin game!!

    1. My thoughts exactly 🙂

  13. You had me at pumpkin!

  14. Just swiped the recipe. Eager to give it a try!

    1. Yay!! Let me know how they come out Joleene!

  15. OMG. Bless your heart for sharing this delicious recipe! OMG!!!!

    1. Haha you are so welcome! 🙂

  16. Oooh the Trader Joe’s pumpkin pie seasoning is delicious – I’ll have to try this 🙂

  17. Those look delicious!! I have a pancake date with a friend on monday so I’ll try making these.

    La Belle Sirene

  18. I love the idea of getting a great boost of protein this way. I certainly don’t get enough normally.

    1. Yes it’s so important to get enough protein each day!

  19. What a fun twist on a popular favorite. They look so tasty!

  20. Oh my goodness, this looks amazing!! I’ll bet it smells as good as it tastes, too. Can’t wait to try!

  21. While the pancake recipe looks fabulous, I misread the title and thought it said Pumpkin Pie Protein Shake. And I was confused when I saw a stack of pancakes!

    1. Haha well that would be yummy too!

  22. Stopping by from the Let’s Be Friends linkup. These look so good! I’m always looking for ways to make foods I love healthier. I’m going to try this one for sure!

    1. Aw thanks for stopping by!!! Let me know how you like them 🙂

  23. This looks yummy. I bet I can even get my hubs to eat it.

    1. Oh he totally will! He won’t even know the difference 😉

  24. Thank you for the recipe. I love Pumpkin flavor anything and it’s my favorite part of the fall season.

    1. You’re welcome Martine :). Let me know how they turn out for you!

  25. I’m not much of a pumpkin eater, but pancakes are amazeballs. These pictures really make me want to try this out! Thanks for sharing!

    1. You can always swap the pumpkin for banana, Ariana :). Just mash 1/2 of one and add it to the batter. Mm mm mm

  26. We enjoy pancakes and protein is an adding benefit. These look delicious.

    1. Thank you 🙂 pancakes are the best!

    2. Pancakes are the best!! 🙂

  27. Oh man these sound (and look) delicious! I love pumpkin recipes!

    1. Thank you Rachel! They are sooo yummy!

  28. The pancakes looks delicious and I love it being a healthy version of pancakes. I admire your preference of using something natural like the coconut cream topping rather than using the readily available whipping cream. And I agree that making a recipe out of pumpkin is easier than carving a face out of it 🙂

    1. Thank you Samantha!! Haha ya that jack o lantern project is weighing on me! 😉 lol

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