These Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes are melt-in-your-mouth delicious! Light and fluffy, these gluten free pancakes take only minutes to make! Add in some bright gel food dyes for a fun burst of colors! We made ours for Halloween!
I absolutely love waking up to pancakes for breakfast. Not so much making them, because I am definitely not a morning person…but when they are as delicious as these Gluten Free Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes then it is definitely worth the small extra effort it takes.
I can have these done (most mornings) by the time my coffee is ready to go!
With Livia being on a GFCF diet we have been trying a couple different gluten free recipes. We have had some that we have loved and some that have been absolute busts. This one definitely fell into the LOVE category.
And…regarding the gel food dyes…because I know with this being a gluten free recipe that just might hit some readers wrong. There are ways to dye your pancakes without using a food dye. They are listed below. Just remember if you choose to go the natural dye route – a heavily colored food is a strongly flavored food.
Natural Dyes for Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes:
Start with a small pinch or a few drops of these colorants and add more according to your desired shade.
- Pure Beet Juice
- Beet Powder
- Pure Pomegranate Juice
- Pure Beet Juice
- Pure Cranberry Juice
- Pure Raspberry Juice
- Pure Carrot Juice
- Carrot Powder
- Pumpkin Spice
- Fresh Turmeric Juice
- Ground Turmeric
- Liquid Chlorophyll (buy here)
- Matcha Powder (buy here)
- Spirulina Powder (buy here) – use sparingly
- Parsley Juice
- Wheatgrass Juice
- Spinach Juice
- Spinach Powder
- Parsley Powder
(FYI: Blues and purples are notorious for being the most difficult dyes to produce, either naturally or in a lab!)
- Stir a bit of baking soda in with red cabbage juice or a purple dye for a brighter blue
- Purple Sweet Potatoes
- Pure Blueberry Juice
- Purple Grape Juice, concentrated
- Black Cocoa Powder (buy here)
- Activated Charcoal Powder (yes, it’s safe to eat and even beneficial!)
- Squid Ink (buy here)
Chances are, if you take vitamins, brush your teeth, wash your hands, shampoo your hair, launder your clothing and moisturize your lips on a daily basis — you come into contact with artificial dyes quite frequently. So for my family we mostly just stick to the gel food dyes. Much less hassle to our already chaotic days and I know the flavor will stay true.
Another note on using natural dyes — if you are going the gluten free route you are going to want to double check that any dyes that you add into your food are also gluten free.
Gluten Free Cinnamon Pumpkin Pancakes
- 1.5 cups gluten free pumpkin mix
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- 1 cup almond milk at room temp
- 1 large egg
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil plus a little more for the pan
- 2 T cane sugar
- butter optional
- maple syrup
In a medium bowl, mix together the gluten free pancake mix and the cinnamon.
In a smaller bowl, whisk together the pumpkin, almond milk, egg, coconut oil and sugar until smooth and well combined.
Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and use a wooden spoon to mix well.
Heat a nonstick pan with a little coconut oil.
Scoop the batter onto the pan using a ¼ cup measuring scoop.
Cook until bubbles form, then flip and cook a little longer. Both sides should be nicely golden brown.
Repeat with remaining batter.
Serve with butter and maple syrup.
Add in dyes as desired to the batter.