Pumpkin Pancakes, Perfected!

10-Grain Pumpkin Pancakes with Sweetened Cranberries

I have finally perfected pumpkin pancakes! It only took me all of my twenties, but I my husband agrees I finally have landed the perfect recipe. We made these pancakes for my son’s second birthday brunch, and they were a huge hit! The birthday boy loved them too!

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What had been missing from my pumpkin pancakes all this year was Thrive Life’s amazing ingredients. The best part of this recipe is how easy they are, because you aren’t making it from scratch. This time I started with my Thrive Life 10 Grain Pancake Mix as a base, which dramatically improved my results. It’s become my family’s favourite pancake mix. And it gets bonus points for its more nutritious and filling grains, like amaranth, rye, quinoa, buckwheat, barley, millet, spelt and flaxseed. 

We actually made white flour based pancakes for my son’s party too, but in my husband’s words:

“The pumpkin pancakes might have been the healthier ones, but they were also the best tasting!”

Believe me, that is high praise coming from a man who is pretty set in his ways when it comes to breakfast food!

Pumpkin Pancakes - Use Thrive Life Cranberries

Sweetened Cranberries

This was also my first time adding in cranberries, which complimented the pumpkin perfectly. I used Thrive Life Sweetened Cranberries with the pumpkin pancake mix. These are so much more effective than “Craisins” when baking, cooking or throwing in salads/trail mix, for a few reasons:

  • Freeze drying doesn’t increase the caloric value of cranberries or kill nutrition and enzymes the way dehydrating does, so you are getting a healthier product.
  • The taste, flavour and texture is much more similar to a fresh cranberry.
  • They are non-GMO, super fresh and have an amazing cranberry flavour, without being overly tart.
  • They are not covered in oils like Craisins, and they don’t have any added preservatives! The only thing other than cranberry is a light dusting of cane sugar.

For the pumpkin, I used canned pumpkin puree, which you can find at your local grocery store (just pumpkin, not the pre-seasoned pumpkin pie mix). Once all the ingredients are in, you do have to let the batter sit for about 5 minutes to let the cranberries rehydrate. But the recipe still only takes 15 minutes!

Pumpkin Pancakes - batter with cranberries

A Perfect Freezer Meal

Double it if you want lots of extras. These pancakes are a little firmer due to the pumpkin and ancient grain mix, so they freeze really well. When freezing, put parchment paper between the pancakes so they don’t stick together. Then just pop them straight from the freezer into the toaster!

You can enjoy them with many delicious toppings! My favourite was more sweetened cranberries, whip cream and maple syrup. My husband opted for icing sugar and blueberries.

Pumpkin Pancakes - topped with blueberries



10-Grain Pumpkin Pancakes with Sweetened Cranberries

You won't regret trying out this quick and delicious healthy pancake recipe! This makes 12 pancakes. 

Course Breakfast
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6
Author Kayleigh


  • 2 cups Thrive Life 10-Grain Pancake Mix
  • 1-2 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 cup Pumpkin Puree
  • 1 1/4 cups Water
  • 1/2 cup Thrive Life Sweetened Cranberries
  • a splash milk (optional)


  1. Visit kmeyers.thrivelife.com to get the 10-Grain Pancake Mix and the sweetened cranberries. 

  2. Stir your pancake mix, cinnamon and brown sugar together in a large baking bowl. Make a well in preparation for the wet ingredients.

  3. Stir the water and pumpkin puree together. Pour it into the well.

  4. Stir until just mixed. Lightly stir in cranberries.

  5. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes. Check the consistency. If the batter is not flowing easily, add some more water or milk, in small amounts at a time until it is a good pancake batter consistency. (It should flow off a spoon, but still be reasonably thick). 

  6. Spoon your pancakes onto a hot griddle that has some melted butter in the pan. Flip when golden brown. 

  7. Enjoy with toppings of your choice, such as Grade 3 Dark Maple Syrup, whip cream or berries. 

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What are your favourite “fancy” pancake recipes? Let me know in the comments!

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