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Halloween Pancakes – Grain-free, Gluten-free, fluffy and tasty!

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I love new recipes, and since so many are looking for grain-free, gluten-free foods these days, these pancakes will hit the spot. It all started with this recipe from Katie on how to get more vegetables into your kids, only I adapted it of course, because I can’t help it!

I knew I had to call it something good and that “Squash pancakes” wouldn’t do it. “Pumpkin pancakes”? Maybe. “Orange pancakes”? Nope, not good enough. “Orange vegetable pancakes”? No way would that fly. So I called them “Halloween Pancakes” and said that I was “Just trying them out…” (Since Halloween is a few weeks away, and see how they’re sort of orange?)

Halloween Pancakes – this is what I did, visit Katie’s post for variations:

(Those last two were my additions, and so was the arrowroot, because I didn’t have any almond flour on hand, which is the other alternative grain I like to use. Katie lists more options in her recipe.)

Separate eggs. In one bowl, whip egg whites a few minutes until frothy/foamy. This part makes the pancakes more fluffy according to Katie, so I wouldn’t risk skipping this step. It only takes a couple minutes with my hand blender. (Get a hand blender here.)

In a separate bowl, mix the following well: yolks, squash, flour, maple syrup, vanilla, spices, salt, and baking powder. Carefully fold in egg whites.

I cooked them in my favorite stainless steel electric pan in bacon grease, or ghee is good, too. Brown well on each side, serve with plenty of butter and real maple syrup. The kids each had 2 or 3 helpings. Yay!!

Makes 16 silver dollar sized pancakes.



  1. I’ve made this recipe a couple of times myself. I believed Katie when she said separating the egg whites wasn’t necessary and I haven’t felt they were too flat. In fact I have added milk to them to thin the batter out so they spread a little. I love your name for these, my family looks at me funny when I say we are having orange vegetable pancakes. :)

        • Like I posted below, I make my pancakes with acorn, kabocha or butternut squashes. They all work well. You may have to adjust the amount of eggs as each squash’s texture is a bit different.

  2. Nice! This recipe is very similar to the nut butter pancakes from GAPS. You use about equal amounts of squash (roasted or steamed, then pureed), nut butter (anyone works: almond is nice, peanut can be a vit overpowering, macadamia would be to die for!) and eggs. You can add cinnamon or other spices and a bit of honey, if needed. Baking powder would be illegal but baking soda is fine. I make these all the time with butternut, acorn or kabocha squashes – each one is different but they’re all good!! I barely use any honey in them batter and each them with butter or coconut oil. Yummy!

  3. I LOVE the name! I will definitely try this. At least one of my kids might think it’s cool. Perfect timing. I suppose they could also be called pumpkin pie pancakes.

    I usually freeze leftover cooked pumpkin and other squashes in 2 cup servings. Once I needed to bake pumpkin pies for Thanksgiving but I only had enough pumpkin for 1 pie. I found enough butternut squash in the freezer for another pie. The butternut squash pie won the taste test. I found out a long time ago that pumpkin is lower in carbs than some other squashes. I do love butternut and acorn. Pumpkin tastes just as good.

  4. Thanks for this! I didn’t know what we were having for breakfast this morning but had leftover betternut squash in the fridge. These were great.

  5. I live in Iceland and I haven’t found pureed butternut squash and stores don’t always have butternut squas. Can I use appelpuree instead?

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