20 Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes for the Most Important Meal of the Day

Updated: Nov. 12, 2021

Here's a tasty roundup of our best pumpkin breakfast recipes! You can start a crisp autumn morning with pumpkin pancakes, breakfast bakes, granola and more.

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Pumpkin Waffles with Orange Walnut Butter

This is so delicious! Bring a flourish to the breakfast table with these unique and flavorful waffle. —Brandi Davis, Pullman, Washington

What’s better than waffles? Pumpkin waffles! The addition of canned pumpkin and ground cinnamon makes this traditional waffle recipe ready for fall. The orange zest butter provides the perfect zing to cut through the rich fall flavors, too.


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Pumpkin Doughnut Drops

I always have a few special treats handy when the grandchildren visit. These cake doughnuts are one of their favorite snacks. —Beva Staum, Muscoda, Wisconsin

Skip the doughnut shop and DIY your doughnuts instead! You can make these golden cake doughnuts ahead of time, and have them ready for a quick breakfast after church on Sunday.


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Pumpkin Spice Bagels

Enjoy pumpkin pie flavor with these classic bagels. For a change, adjust the spices to suit your taste buds. —Kristy Reeves, LeRoy, Kansas

Cream cheese and pumpkin is a classic flavor combination; so pumpkin- flavored bagels just make sense. This recipe also contains cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and cloves, which give them a warm and spicy bite.


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Cranberry Pumpkin Muffins

Tart, juicy cranberries enhance the delicate pumpkin flavor of these muffins. Sometimes I dust the tops with powdered sugar to add a little sweetness. —Sue Ross, Casa Grande, Arizona

The tart cranberries (you can use fresh or frozen) in these muffins take the pumpkin flavor to the next level. Keep a container of these on the counter to grab-and-go on busy mornings.


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Pumpkin Scones with Berry Butter

These delightful scones are perfect on a cold winter day with a steaming hot cup of coffee. They also make a wonderful hostess gift arranged in a basket. —Judy Wilson, Sun City West, Arizona

Rich pumpkin scones with cranberry butter are the best treat to enjoy with your morning coffee. This recipe is not expert-level, but keep in mind, it does require cutting in butter and kneading the dough.


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Savory Pumpkin Quiche

This quiche satisfies a seasonal craving I get for all things pumpkin. Fresh mushrooms add flavor, and I try different types like baby portobello and cremini mushrooms. —Rachel Garcia, Colorado Springs, Colorado

Here’s one pumpkin recipe you probably haven’t made or tasted: pumpkin quiche, complete with mushrooms and green pepper! The unique flavor combination is surprisingly tasty and makes a hearty breakfast.


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Spiced Pumpkin Coffee Shakes

The winter holidays are my favorite time of year, and this spiced pumpkin drink is one reason I love the season so much. If you don't have a coffee maker, it's OK to use instant coffee—just make it stronger. —Kathie Perez, East Peoria, Illinois

Pumpkin-flavored coffee drinks are a Starbucks staple for fall. But you can save a buck and make your own with this recipe. Combine coffee, pumpkin and vanilla ice cream to make a deliciously sweet breakfast shake or, let’s be honest, dessert.


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Pumpkin Pie-Spiced Granola

My husband says this granola with pumpkin and spices tastes like a bite of real pumpkin pie, and it’s a whole lot quicker to make. —Sarah Ozimek, Oconomowoc, Wisconsin

Here’s another make-ahead breakfast idea that you can keep in a jar ready to go. Use this granola (that tastes like pumpkin pie!) to top your favorite yogurt, add to cereal for extra crunch or grab a handful on the way out the door.


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Overnight Pumpkin French Toast Casserole

Recipes that don't tie me to the kitchen—that’s what I’m all about. I make this luscious dish the night before breakfast or brunch with guests. —Patricia Harmon, Baden, Pennsylvania

This cinnamon and pumpkin flavored french toast casserole is great for feeding guests—make it the night before, then simply pop it in the oven at breakfast time.


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Pumpkin Spice Oatmeal

There's nothing like a bowl of warm oatmeal in the morning, and my spiced version works in a slow cooker. Store leftovers in the fridge. —Jordan Mason, Brookville, Pennsylvania

This pumpkin spice oatmeal is a warm and toasty breakfast for a cold fall morning. The best part? It’s made in the slow cooker so you can set it and forget it.


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Pumpkin Patch Biscuits

I got smart and started making double batches of these moist, fluffy biscuits to meet the demand. My dad loves their pumpkiny goodness and requests them for Christmas, Father's Day and his birthday. —Liza Taylor, Seattle, Washington

These fluffy biscuits are packed with pumpkin flavor, and the buttermilk ingredient makes them extra moist. You don’t need a fancy mixer to whip up a batch, but a biscuit cutter is recommended.


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Pumpkin Cream of Wheat

This autumn-inspired breakfast tastes like pumpkin pie—without the guilt! Double the recipe if you feel like sharing. —Amy Bashtovoi, Sidney, Nebraska

With only six ingredients and made in the microwave, this pumpkin recipe is a must if you’re in a hurry but still want a warm and filling breakfast.


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Pumpkin Pie Smoothies

My pie-flavored smoothie is loaded with fruit. The spices make it all come together. —Karen Sikora, Dayton, Nevada

All you need is a blender to make this pumpkin pie smoothie, packed with pumpkin spice flavor and believe it or not, a banana! Mix it up in the morning and enjoy it on your morning commute.


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Pumpkin Bread

When everything’s coming up pumpkin in the fall, make this easy pumpkin bread recipe. Filled with classic pumpkin spice flavor, this sweet quick bread is perfect for breakfast, snacks or any time you need a slice of autumn.

A quick bread recipe like this pumpkin bread is great for beginner bakers (no kneading!) and can hand mix the ingredients. Double up the recipe and put a loaf in the freezer to enjoy later.