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Pumpkin Spice Waffles
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Pumpkin Spice Waffles with Maple Yogurt

Pumpkin puree adds delicious fall flavor, natural sweetness, and a boost of vegetables to these classic waffles. A touch of brown sugar adds crispness.
Course: Breakfast
Keyword: maple, pumpkin, pumpkin spice, waffles, yogurt
Servings: 14 waffles
Calories: 326kcal
Author: Jennifer Tyler Lee and Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH


  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg or ground allspice
  • 2 cups low-fat milk
  • 1/2 cup canola oil
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted and cooled
  • 4 teaspoons pure vanilla extract
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 can (15 ounces) pumpkin puree (about 2 cups; see Note)
  • Maple Yogurt for serving
  • 2 cups fresh blueberries, raspberries, sliced strawberries, peaches, apricots, bananas, or other fresh fruit, for serving (optional)

Maple Yogurt:

  • 2 cups low-fat plain Greek yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon


  • Preheat a waffle maker to medium heat.
  • Combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, salt, and nutmeg in a large bowl.
  • Whisk together the milk, oil, butter, vanilla, eggs, and pumpkin puree in a medium bowl. Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until just combined.
  • Add about 1/2 cup batter (or the amount called for in your waffle maker instructions) to the waffle maker and spread out with a silicone spatula. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes longer than indicated on the machine because the pumpkin makes the batter denser so it takes longer to cook. You can check if the waffles are cooked through by tearing off a corner.
  • Serve the waffles right away, with the Maple Yogurt, and fresh fruit on the side, if using.

Maple Yogurt:

  • Whisk together the yogurt, maple syrup, and cinnamon in a serving bowl.


*Be sure to used canned unsweetened pumpkin puree here, not pumpkin pie filling.
What Kids Can Do
Little chefs can whisk together the Maple Yogurt. Older kids can toast their own frozen waffles. 
Make Ahead
To prep the batter the night before, mix together the dry ingredients in a large bowl and the wet ingredients (except for the melted butter) in another bowl, then cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate the wet mixture. Keep the wet ingredients separated from the dry ingredients so that the baking powder stays active; otherwise you’ll have flat, dense waffles. In the morning, combine the two and add the
melted butter. 
To make frozen waffles, cook the waffles in your waffle maker until they are lightly golden brown on the outside but still soft in the middle, 3 to 4 minutes for a large waffle or roughly three-fourths of the total cooking time on your machine. Set them on a wire rack to cool completely.
The waffles will keep, tightly wrapped in plastic wrap, in the freezer for up to a month. To reheat, unwrap the waffles, let them thaw, then place them on a baking sheet and bake in a 375°F oven until they are warmed through and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Or you can pop the thawed waffles into
the toaster.
The yogurt will keep in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week.
 “Excerpted from Half the Sugar, All the Love by Jennifer Tyler Lee and Anisha Patel, MD, MSPH. Photographs by Erin Scott. Workman Publishing ©2019.”


Calories: 326kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 9g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 219mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g