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I love weekends for many reasons, especially because that’s when I have time to make something special for breakfast, such as these pumpkin pancakes with caramel sauce and pecans. I am using a tested recipe for pumpkin pancakes and dressing them up a bit with a good caramel sauce – it’s such a tasty and pretty combination, and it’s perfect for a Thanksgiving breakfast or brunch!

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With the caramel sauce dripping along the sides of pancakes, you’ll definitely want to lick your plate. Caramel + pecans + pumpkin do go really well together! Taking these photos was not an easy task – I had to exercise a lot of self-restraint, otherwise instead of looking at 7 stacked pancakes, you’d be looking at one or two:

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This is such a gorgeous breakfast, and very easy to make too, if you use the right kind of store-bought caramel sauce. If I don’t have the right kind of caramel sauce, I usually make homemade dulce de leche the night before and use it instead, because it’s so similar to caramel sauce (and even better!) in texture and flavor. After all, dulce de leche is also known as candied (caramelized) sweetened milk – and isn’t it what the caramel sauce is all about, too (caramelizing sugar in milk or heavy cream)?

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So, I urge to try to make your own dulce de leche – you can find the recipe here. It’s so tasty and so much easier to make than homemade caramel sauce: you just boil sweetened condensed milk for several hours and check in every 30-40 minutes.

Pumpkin pancakes with caramel pecan sauce

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 12-14 pancakes

Pumpkin pancakes with caramel pecan sauce


  • 1 cup pumpkin
  • 1 and 1/4 cups milk
  • 3 tablespoons melted butter
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 and 1/4 cups all-purpose flour, sifted and aerated
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon (up to 1 teaspoon) cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • store-bought (or homemade) caramel sauce or homemade dulce de leche (cooked condensed milk)
  • chopped pecans


  1. In a large bowl, combine pumpkin, milk, melted butter, egg, and brown sugar. Whisk until well combined, and the mixture is of even consistency.
  2. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients: flour, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg – mix well to combine.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet ingredients and whisk until just combined.
  4. Heat up a griddle to medium heat, grease lightly if necessary. Use 1/4 measuring cup to ladle each pancake on the griddle. Cook until golden brown, flip to the other side, and cook until golden brown on the other side.
  5. Serve pancakes, drizzled with caramel sauce and topped with chopped pecans. Alternatively, serve them with homemade dulce de leche (cooked condensed milk), made a day in advance.

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{ 43 comments… add one }
  • Monique November 17, 2013, 5:42 pm

    Gorgeous being the operative word:-)
    Oh my goodness…

  • Krista November 17, 2013, 7:03 pm

    Absolutely gorgeous!! What a beautiful and delicious breakfast. πŸ™‚

  • The CafΓ© Sucre Farine November 17, 2013, 7:35 pm

    Julia, I could eat this for breakfast, lunch or dinner! These look so….. good, love that caramel sauce dripping down!

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy November 17, 2013, 7:51 pm

    Oh man I need to make this!

  • [email protected]'s Recipes November 18, 2013, 4:14 am

    I am speechless, Julia. Those pancakes and the sauce…heavenly.

  • Deb November 18, 2013, 1:25 pm

    Caramel Pecan Sauce? You have my undivided attention! I dare not share this post with my daughter until I can can make this scrumptious recipe for her!

  • Ashley November 18, 2013, 3:47 pm

    Pumpkin pancakes are delicious enough on their own but with that caramel sauce??? Totally takes these over the top! I love these photos – with the sauce dripping down. Yum … and now I want some pancakes!

  • Matt @ Runner Savvy November 18, 2013, 7:50 pm


  • Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious November 18, 2013, 9:52 pm

    What I wouldn’t give to have this for breakfast tomorrow morning!

  • Ari @ Ari's Menu November 18, 2013, 11:39 pm

    Whoaaaa that drippy dulce de leche is almost too good to be true!

  • Amy Tong November 19, 2013, 1:44 am

    Oh my! Your pancakes look scrumptious and packed with wonderful Fall flavors. Can’t wait to make some.

  • Trisha November 19, 2013, 7:12 am


  • Taunya olsen November 19, 2013, 9:26 am

    We tried your pumpkin pancakes this morning. Delish!! The kids loved them with the apples, pecans and all…. Thanks for sharing!

    • Julia November 22, 2013, 6:00 pm

      Taunya, so glad your family liked these! Such comments just make my day! πŸ™‚

  • Yelena November 19, 2013, 9:37 am

    Another version of beautiful pumpkin pancakes! Caramel sauce is “to die for”! Excellent recipe dear Julia!

    • Julia November 22, 2013, 6:01 pm

      Yelena, thank you! I love to use dulce de leche as my version of caramel sauce!

  • Kevin @keviniscookin November 19, 2013, 12:31 pm

    Julia these look amazing! Any suggestions on how to make the dulce de leche for these for a diabetic pumpkin pancake lover? I know someone who would LOVE to try these, but the dulce de leche looks way too much (at least for him, not me!)
    Any tips would be greatly appreciated.
    Love your site, too.

    • Julia November 25, 2013, 3:33 am

      Kevin, your comment was in my SPAM folder for about a week – only now, as I am purging my SPAM folder, I was able to see it. πŸ™ Regarding the dulce de leche for a diabetic person, sugar substitutes might not work because in dulce de leche sugar has to be caramelized and I am not sure if sugar substitutes can be caramelized like sugar.

    • Stephanie September 19, 2014, 10:28 pm

      He can try this caramel sauce from http://livinghealthywithchocolate.com/desserts/paleo-caramel-sauce-1599/
      Paleo Caramel Sauce
      2 tablespoons water
      ΒΌ cup raw coconut palm sugar
      Β½ cup coconut milk
      1 teaspoon vanilla extract
      pinch salt
      bring the water and coconut palm sugar to a boil stirring the mixture constantly
      add the coconut milk vanilla extract and salt and cook for about 10 minutes over medium heat, stirring constantly so that it doesn’t burn. The mixture will start to thicken and turn darker in color.
      Julia, I hope you don’t mind me posting this. Your recipe looks great. Plus, I know it’s been almost a year since the post.

      • Julia September 22, 2014, 2:33 pm

        That’s definitely a healthier caramel sauce! Thank you for the link! πŸ™‚

  • Ash-foodfashionparty November 19, 2013, 1:38 pm

    I pinned it and couldn’t stop thinking about how great this much taste.
    Your pictures just makes me crave for these beautiful pancakes. The sauce is just out of the world yum looking.

    • Julia November 22, 2013, 6:01 pm

      Such a sweet comment! Yes, these pancakes will make anyone very happy! πŸ™‚

  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies November 19, 2013, 8:53 pm

    I don’t think I’ve ever seen pancakes that looked more perfect than these!

    • Julia November 22, 2013, 6:02 pm

      Kiersten, thank you! Your comment means a lot to me! πŸ™‚

      • Sue September 14, 2014, 2:50 pm

        I think there is a missing ingredient. Cinnamon is on the list twice. Could it be baking soda? Mine came out horribly flat until I added some baking soda.

        • Julia September 15, 2014, 2:56 pm

          Yes, cinnamon is listed twice by mistake – I just removed it. Thanks for catching it. I didn’t use baking soda, but I did use 1 and 1/2 teaspoons baking powder, which is listed in the recipe. Did you use baking powder?

  • Stacy | Wicked Good Kitchen November 20, 2013, 5:07 pm

    Loved your pumpkin pancakes post and now this post with that scrumptious caramel sauce! Must make these soon. (I pinned from you and saved in my “to pin” secret board at Pinterest. Waited to pin later in week during peak Pinterest time.) Will pin to group boards!

    • Julia November 22, 2013, 6:02 pm

      Stacy, thank you my friend for your always cheerful comments and for pinning. I pin lots of your recipes myself across a number of boards! πŸ™‚

  • [email protected] November 20, 2013, 5:20 pm

    Gorgeous pancakes. Love the sauce – that’s so dreamy looking. Really good recipe – thanks.

    • Julia November 22, 2013, 6:03 pm

      John, thank you! Always good to see you stopping by.

  • Tamara Tennyson December 1, 2013, 3:13 pm

    Yum! I really enjoyed this recipe very much. I like to experiment, so I think I want to try this with applesauce and make my dulce de leche a bit thinner next time.

    • Julia December 7, 2013, 3:38 am

      Tamara, thank you for stopping by and glad you liked them! By the way, I just posted a recipe with these pancakes + cooked apples – sort of like your idea of trying these with apple sauce. here is the recipe: pumpkin pancakes with spiced apple topping.

  • Melissa @ My Recent Favorite books December 20, 2013, 1:55 pm

    Oh my!! These look delicious! =)
    I saw these on a friends Pinterest board,..and immediately repinned it to my Breakfast Recipe board!

    • Julia December 20, 2013, 2:33 pm

      Melissa, thank you for pinning and such a sweet comment! πŸ™‚

  • anna June 13, 2014, 9:00 am

    I have to say they do look good, but I tried this recipe and the recipe is terrible. The batter is way too thick and even when you thin it out with more milk and spread it thinner on the griddle with a spatula you still get a raw uncooked inside. I have to say I spent a lot of time as well as the rest of my milk and flour on this this morning and I didn’t get a single good pancake from this. I followed the directions and measurements exactly (I also make regular pancakes several times a week so this really wasn’t a case of a beginner not knowing what they are doing)

    • Julia June 13, 2014, 8:51 pm

      Anna, sorry to hear about your pancakes! I think what happened is you packed too much flour into your measuring cups, when measuring, which resulted in the pancake batter being too dense. I usually sift and aerate the flour when measuring – it ensures I don’t accidentally measure out more than I need. I think that was the problem here. These are actually some of my most favorite pancakes, and the recipe works great for me, but my pancake batter was not dense, and, as you can see from the photos, the pancakes were thin, not thick. So, next time – SIFT AND AERATE YOUR FLOUR to ensure that your pancake batter is thinner.

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