Buttermilk Pumpkin Waffles

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 5 min./batch


1 dozen

Updated: Aug. 17, 2023
My girlfriend loves pumpkin, so I enjoy making these fluffy pumpkin waffles for her on cool Sunday mornings. —Charles Insler, Silver Spring, Maryland
Buttermilk Pumpkin Waffles Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 3/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat flour
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 2 large eggs, room temperature
  • 1-1/4 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup fresh or canned pumpkin
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted
  • Optional: Butter and maple syrup


  1. In a large bowl, combine the first 9 ingredients. In a small bowl, whisk the eggs, buttermilk, pumpkin and melted butter. Stir into dry ingredients just until moistened.
  2. Bake in a preheated waffle maker according to manufacturer’s directions until golden brown. If desired, serve with butter and syrup.

Can you freeze Buttermilk Pumpkin Waffles?

Cool waffles on wire racks. Freeze between layers of waxed paper in an airtight freezer container. To use, reheat waffles in a toaster on medium setting. Or, microwave each waffle on high for 30-60 seconds or until heated through.

Pumpkin Waffles Tips

Can you make pumpkin waffles without buttermilk?

Buttermilk is a key ingredient in this recipe because it helps the waffles become fluffy and tender as they cook, so it’s worth the extra trip to the grocery store if you forgot it the first time around. However, if you’re short on time and don’t have buttermilk already, you can make a substitute with milk and lemon juice or white vinegar. Other buttermilk substitutes call for sour cream, yogurt and cream of tartar, so pick the one that works best for you.

What else can you add to pumpkin waffles?

Pumpkin waffles are only made better when you add your favorite fall mix-ins! Consider chopped walnuts, dried cranberries, chocolate chips or even white chocolate chips.

What other toppings can you put on top of pumpkin waffles?

While a pat of butter and your favorite maple syrup will make your pumpkin waffles perfect, you have plenty of options if you want to switch it up. Instead of maple syrup, a flavored syrup such as apple cider syrup, praline syrup or cinnamon honey syrup would take your pumpkin waffles over the top. If you're feeling extra festive, some bourbon whipped cream would be a perfect last touch.

Lauren Pahmeier, Taste of Home Associate Editor

Nutrition Facts

2 waffles (calculated without butter and syrup): 194 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 83mg cholesterol, 325mg sodium, 28g carbohydrate (8g sugars, 3g fiber), 7g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.