Yeasted Pumpkin Waffles

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   Your breakfast will be extra special when you make these amazing *yeasted* Pumpkin Waffles. Perfectly spiced, slightly sweet, light and fluffy!

I am making all your pumpkin dreams come true with this recipe for Pumpkin Waffles. Best idea everrr. Just as good as my Belgian waffles, but with a hint of pumpkin, lots of warm spices and raised with yeast. It’s almost like pumpkin brioche but a million times easier. Highly recommend serving with warm maple syrup or my homemade cinnamon roll syrup. Swoon!

pouring syrup on pumpkin waffles

The *BEST* Pumpkin Waffles

I might be biased, but I am head over heels in love with this recipe. It’s like these are the cooler, way more popular cousin of a regular waffle. I originally tested this recipe back in 2012 for the blog and hadn’t made them since. I forgot just how delicious these were until I made them for my kids a few weeks ago because they were begging (and begging!) for waffles. We all licked our plates clean and then I made them AGAIN a few days later. So so good! The magic really is in the yeast. Read my yeast section below for best results.

Basic Ingredients Needed

You really don’t need anything special or out of the ordinary for this recipe. You should have most, if not all, of these ingredients on hand to make these. Here’s what you’ll need for these yeasted Pumpkin Waffles:

  • Milk, Sugar, and Yeast – these three are stirred together to proof the yeast. Proofing ensures that your yeast is alive and kicking.
  • Pumpkin Puree – hello pumpkin flavor! This is not pumpkin pie filling, just plain canned pumpkin. I use Libby’s canned pumpkin, but the 365 brand is also very good (from Whole Foods).
  • Butter – love that butter flavor, but also helps get a good texture with the waffles.
  • Vanilla – another subtle flavor that pairs so well with that pumpkin flavor.
  • Eggs – the protein in the eggs are needed for structure.
  • Flour and Salt – flour fills out the rest of the waffles while the salt enhances all the other flavors.
  • Cinnamon and Nutmeg – these two warm flavors are staples when it comes to pumpkin recipes. Yes, you absolutely can use pumpkin pie spice in place of  the cinnamon and nutmeg.

If you’re looking for a healthier, whole wheat option, check out my Whole Wheat Pumpkin Waffles!

whisk in pumpkin waffle batter

How to Make Pumpkin Waffles

Depending how many dishes you want to dirty, you can use a stand mixer, hand mixer, blender or just a plain old whisk to make this waffle batter. One important thing to note is because this is made with yeast, you will need to let these proof for an hour on the counter or overnight in the fridge before making them. Besides letting the yeast do its thing, the rest is super simple. Here’s how to make these fabulous Pumpkin Waffles:

  1. Stir envelope of yeast in warm milk and sugar to proof. Set aside 10 minutes.
  2. Once that has started to foam, stir together with the rest of your ingredients to create a thick and smooth batter. Cover and rise for an hour. At this point, you can transfer to the fridge to continue proofing (for overnight waffles), or make them right away.
  3. To make the waffles, stir the batter gently to deflate slightly and pour onto the hot buttered waffle iron. After 2 minutes or so, you’ve got some pretty lookin’ waffles!

What to Serve with Pumpkin Waffles?

These waffles are delicious with syrup, nuts, and butter! But here are a couple of more ideas:

cooked waffle in waffle iron

A Note about using Yeast

So, I know pumpkin waffles are a little out of the ordinary, especially when the recipe calls for yeast! It seems like an odd choice, but I assure you these will exceed your expectations. Not only does the yeast work as a gentler leavening agent, it adds fantastic flavor. The longer the batter sits in the fridge, the more delicious it becomes. That flavor you get when you let your pizza dough rise for a few extra hours longer is the same sort of taste you can expect with these waffles as well…with a tiny sweet and spicy kick.

When working with yeast in this particular recipe, start by dissolving it in warm milk along with some sugar. Think baby bath water temperature. Always err on the side of cooler rather than warmer. Yeast can work in cooler temps no problem…they’re just a little delayed in their rise times. If the milk is too hot, you’ll kill the yeast and it won’t do a darn thing.

Also, double check your expiration dates on your yeast. Try your best to use fresh yeast. It DOES make a difference!

My Waffles are soggy! What do I do?

If you’re pulling these out of your waffle iron and they are a little too soft for your liking, odds are you need to cook them longer! Every waffle iron is different and some just have deeper cavities than others. The belgian waffle maker I have creates an overall thicker waffle which needs more time to cook. Thankfully, waffle irons these days usually come with a dial that allows you to change the cook time easily. Adjust as necessary.

My Waffles are too crispy! What do I do?

Going off the question above, the fix is simple! Simply cook these in your waffle iron for less time. It’ll take a few tries to get the kind of waffles you want (everyone likes their waffles cooked a little differently), so it’ll take some trial and error, but generally, it’s really easy to do!

three pumpkin waffles on white plate

More Pumpkin Breakfast Recipes to Try!

If you’ve never had pumpkin waffles, give these a whirl! I think you will be pleasantly surprised. 🙂

The printable recipe card is below, enjoy!

4.75 from 4 votes

Yeasted Pumpkin Waffles

 Your breakfast will be extra special when you make these amazing *yeasted* Pumpkin Waffles. Perfectly spiced, slightly sweet, light and fluffy!
servings 4 waffles
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 cup milk lukewarm
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast such as Red Star Premium;2 1/4 teaspoons
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter cooled to luke warm
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • more melted butter for the waffle iron

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix warm milk with sugar and yeast. Stir and set aside to proof, 10 minutes.
    yeast in warm milk
  • Once yeast has started to bubble and foam, whisk together with pumpkin, melted butter, vanilla and eggs with a hand mixer*.
    pumpkin, eggs and melted butter in glass bowl
  • Mixture should be smooth with the egg completely mixed in.
    whisking pumpkin into batter
  • Stir in remaining ingredients. Scrape sides and mix again briefly.
    dry ingredients added to wet
  • Cover with plastic wrap and rise 1 hour. At this point, cook waffles or place into fridge overnight.
    bowl of batter
  • Stir batter and preheat waffle iron. Brush hot iron with melted butter and pour on 1/2-3/4 cup batter, depending on how large your waffle iron is.
    pouring batter into hot waffle iron
  • Close and cook to desired doneness. Serve warm with syrup, butter and walnuts.
    pumpkin waffles on a plate

Notes

*If you do not have a hand mixer, a stand mixer, good blender or bowl and whisk will do the trick as well.

Nutrition

Calories: 359kcal | Carbohydrates: 49g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 111mg | Sodium: 427mg | Potassium: 241mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 5246IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 3mg
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin waffles

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  1. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious

    I’m a bit intimidated by yeast but I totally need to get over my fear so I can make these awesome waffles! I could seriously live off of this for the rest of my life!

  2. Diane Anderson

    I love baking with yeast and can’t wait to try the yeasted waffles. Might see if I can somehow mix in my sourdough starter with it. My grandpa’s recipe for waffles is my favorite but I bet it would be even better with yeast!

  3. MyThy as in "Mighty"

    Just curious, what kind of waffle make do you have? I’m finally going to invest in one for a foodie birthday present to myself! =)

  4. Carri B

    I have a large group to feed and only one waffle maker…. could I cook some in a pan for pancakes so everyone eats together instead of one at a time?

  5. I LIKED YOU on facebook so far and i love your recipes. Can't wait to try this yeast!

    Hi Lauren! I’ve been baking since I was 5. I bake almost all my own breads even make my own tortillas because I don’t like the chemicals in purchased bread products. I’m not a fan of feathers and Asian hair in something I’m eating, just the thought makes me gag. Yuck. Might be wives tails but no thanks. I love your site, your recipes, and wish I could do what you do. I absolutely love inventing my own recipes. Take care! Tonia Johnson

  6. Rita

    I had such high hopes for these waffles. I love a good yeast end waffle and I had leftover pumpkin from making pumpkin muffins. Unfortunately while they taste like a yeast waffle they don’t taste like pumpkin at all. I could barely taste the spices and could not tell they had pumpkin in them at all. This could have been due to the swap for whole wheat flour but overall I wish I had just used my normal recipe from epicurious.

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  8. jenna

    4 stars
    looks great!
    here’s a tip: If you have to wait an hour before you even start baking the waffles, make a double or triple batch — cool the ones you don’t eat, wrap them well & freeze. DIY toaster waffles without weird chemicals & stuff that doesn’t add to flavor, or nutrition, just good stuff. AND, instant solution when you need a base to serve a stew, braised dish, or a dessert; or just have a hankering. I’ve got garam masala, apple & chocolate variations in my freezer right now. Gonna add pumpkin next weekend (or maybe sooner).
    Thanks for posting

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