Brown Butter Pumpkin Pancakes

Pumpkin Pancakes!

It’s October already and I must admit, I always tell people that September is my favorite month, but I seriously think I just say that because that’s my birth month, because there’s just something about October in Michigan.


October kicks off the hunting season (whoot!), so Pat’s gone most weekends which means my daughters and I have a lot of girls nights and movie watching. And I love that there’s a slight chill in the morning air, leaves are starting to change and jeans and boots are back!

Also in October, my youngest, Malloree has a birthday. She turned twelve yesterday, and so I made one of her favorite things so when she woke up on her big day she could have pancakes for breakfast. But these aren’t  your regular pancakes, of course not! These are brown butter PUMPKIN pancakes. Boy are they delicious! More on these in a moment, but first…


Coinciding with October, fall, food and fantastic… it’s also Fair Trade Month! As you know, I’m a big supporter of all things Fair Trade and have been for years. So when my friends from Fair Trade USA reached out asking me to help support the #FairMoments campaign, I couldn’t say no.

Buying Fair Trade items is a gift that keeps on giving. Not only the comfort of knowing you’re purchasing quality goods, but you are also supporting the farmer and community surrounding them. Plus so much more.

How do you live your values? I’m a firm believer that big changes can come from small, everyday decisions.  Each moment offers an opportunity to build strong families, support education for children, protect the environment, and more.  That’s why I love that Fair Trade USA is running a special campaign called “Fair Moments” this October.  Its goal is to show how everyday moments can have a worldwide impact when you choose Fair Trade products.  

Share how you live your values with #FairMoments! See how your #FairMoments add up by going to, and showing the difference you’re making in your own #FairMoments photos! Use #FairMoments or #FairMoment to show your favorite Fair Trade Moment of the day.

My #FairMoment was when I first tasted these pancakes.


Do you love brown butter like I love brown butter? Don’t let the thought of browning butter scare you. It’s as easy as adding butter to a pan, stirring and watching it go from blonde to a deep golden in color. It only takes a few minutes, so watch carefully and pull the pan off the heat the moment the butter has browned and you’re good to go! Easy Peasy. If you’re still uneasy, here’s a link to show you how to make brown butter!

Let the brown butter cool while you gather the flour, sugar, baking powder and soda, spices and all wet ingredients.


First I mix together the all the dry ingredients in one bowl and set that off to the side.


In a separate bowl, I whisk together; eggs, pumpkin puree, vanilla, sugar, buttermilk and milk.


I pour the wet into the dry and stir just until combined.

Then I may or may not hover my face over the bowl. And breath. S-l-o-w-l-y.


I preheat my old, hand-me-down, 1970-something griddle (LOVE IT! ) to 375° and add about a teaspoon of my Fair Trade coconut oil and spread that all over before pouring 1/4 cup of batter per pancake onto the hot griddle.

Once the air bubbles that form on the top have popped and no longer fill back in, is your cue to flip and cook on the second side for a minute or two.


Serve with butter, real maple syrup, a cup of coffee or tea and a side of brownie bites -my daughter’s just turned twelve, that’s good enough reason for brownies with breakfast. OH and the Mighty Leaf tea I got in my goody box is so delicious!! I’m hoarding that box and not sharing with anyone.


Now let’s talk about these pumpkin pancakes, they are:

Perfectly spiced.

Just the right amount of pumpkin flavor.

Tender with crisp edges. (thank you coconut oil!)

And pumpkin pancakes have the ability to light up a twelve-year-old’s face.



I just had a thought: add dark chocolate chips. BOOM.


This is my fourth year celebrating Fair Trade Month (2012, 2013, 2015) and I’m always so honored to be apart of such an amazing organization. And as a thank you to all who read this blog, buy Fair Trade and make a difference in the world, the generous folks at Fair Trade USA want to send one of you a goody box filled with all kinds of great loot!


A huge THANK YOU to all the brands that gave to this fantastic goody box!

Enjoy! And if you give this Mini Western Omelet Frittatas recipe a try, let me know! Snap a photo and tag me on twitter or instagram!


My cookbook Simply Scratch : 120 Wholesome Homemade Recipes Made Easy is now available! CLICK HERE for details and THANK YOU in advance!

Yield: 18 to 20 medium pancakes

Brown Butter Pumpkin Pancakes

The perfect blend of pumpkin, spices and browned butter in pancake form.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 36 minutes
Total Time 51 minutes


  • 2-1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 3 tablespoons browned butter


  • Butter
  • Real Maple Syrup


Preheat your griddle to 375° and grease with coconut oil.

In a large bowl, measure and add the flour, baking powder and baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger, then whisk to combine.

In a separate, medium bowl, combine the eggs, pumpkin puree, sugar, vanilla, buttermilk and whole milk and the brown butter. Whisk to combine, then pour into the bowl with the dry. Switch over to a spatula and mix just until combined.

Pour 1/4 cup of the batter, per pancake, onto the preheated griddle. Cook until the bubbles that form on the top burst and don't fill back in with batter. Flip and cook for another minute or two.

Serve immediately with butter and real maple syrup.

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58 Responses to “Brown Butter Pumpkin Pancakes”

  1. #
    Leslie — October 7, 2016 at 2:12 am

    I am not yet familiar with Fair Trade. I have seen some products at Trader Joes. I believe I will have to try the coffee.

  2. #
    Leisha — October 7, 2016 at 3:59 am

    I only buy fair trade (dark) chocolate and all forms of sugar!

  3. #
    Debbie the NY Baker — October 7, 2016 at 6:47 am

    Probably the Fair Trade coconut oil – but chocolate is a very close second!

  4. #
    Heidi — October 7, 2016 at 7:10 am

    I’m not super familiar with fair trade items, though I like the chocolate. BTW, these pancakes look so good! Will definitely have to make!

  5. #
    Janet T — October 7, 2016 at 7:59 am

    My favorite fair trade item is chocolate bars! Can’t get enough!

  6. #
    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) — October 7, 2016 at 8:43 am

    I love fair trade chocolate!

  7. #
    Jordan — October 7, 2016 at 9:00 am

    I like chocolate! And the great jewelry from around the world.

  8. #
    Bets — October 7, 2016 at 9:46 am

    I love Fair Trade Coffee.

  9. #
    Jane S. — October 7, 2016 at 10:11 am

    What a great idea for a give away! I love Fair Trade! And these pancakes look so delicious… I can’t wait to try them, Laurie! Thanks!

  10. #
    Susan Broughton — October 7, 2016 at 11:11 am

    I am not that familiar with fair trade products but I do remember one that is coffee

  11. #
    grace — October 7, 2016 at 11:25 am

    my coffee is always fair trade!

  12. #
    Kristen — October 7, 2016 at 12:07 pm

    Fair trade chocolate is my favorite!

  13. #
    Kathryn — October 7, 2016 at 12:52 pm

    It’s the chocolate for me!!

  14. #
    Kim — October 7, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    I love fair trade cocoa for baking!

  15. #
    jan — October 7, 2016 at 1:31 pm

    I LOVE the Fair Trade chocolate!

  16. #
    Joanna — October 7, 2016 at 1:55 pm


  17. #
    Donna — October 7, 2016 at 2:49 pm

    Coffee hmmm!

  18. #
    Amy S. — October 7, 2016 at 3:05 pm


  19. #
    Rosie — October 7, 2016 at 4:07 pm

    I love fair trade chocolate!

  20. #
    HS — October 7, 2016 at 4:39 pm

    I love Fair Trade coffee.

  21. #
    Steph — October 7, 2016 at 4:57 pm

    I want to try the high brew coffee

  22. #
    Kelly — October 7, 2016 at 5:08 pm

    Chocolate would be my #1 favorite item!

  23. #
    Cindy A. — October 7, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    My favorite is Lake Champlain Old World Drinking Chocolate.

  24. #
    Annie — October 7, 2016 at 9:36 pm

    Hard to choose … but probably a tie between the baking bar and anything else that contains chocolate with raspberry.

  25. #
    Debbie Bray — October 7, 2016 at 11:35 pm

    Fair trade chocolate is my favorite

  26. #
    Richelle — October 8, 2016 at 2:30 am

    Facebook trade chocolate and coffee all the way 🙂

  27. #
    Claudia Davis — October 8, 2016 at 4:18 am

    The High Brew coffee please.

  28. #
    April V — October 8, 2016 at 10:57 am

    probably that chocolate chip cookie mix 😉

  29. #
    Annamarie — October 8, 2016 at 11:39 am

    I buy quit a few fair trade products like cinnamon, chocolate, coconut oil and teas. I have bought the Immaculate pic crust before and would love to try the cookie mix.

  30. #
    Judith — October 8, 2016 at 2:00 pm

    love this! i love fair trade chocolate

  31. #
    KAYTHEGARDENER — October 8, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    How to convert this recipe to pumpkin walnut muffins?

  32. #
    cyndi br — October 8, 2016 at 2:47 pm

    favorite would be the chocolate chip cookie mix

  33. #
    Sonya — October 8, 2016 at 3:15 pm

    Definitely chocolate and coffee beans!

  34. #
    Edye — October 8, 2016 at 5:13 pm

    I love fair trade coffee and chocolate!

  35. #
    ali — October 8, 2016 at 6:02 pm

    fair trade chocolate for sure!

  36. #
    Throuthehaze — October 9, 2016 at 2:15 pm

    Fair trade chocolate is my fave.

  37. #
    Ally — October 9, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    I am always going to love the fair trade chocolate 😉

  38. #
    Michele Cupp — October 9, 2016 at 3:38 pm

    We love the fair trade coffee. I like the nuts, as well.

  39. #
    Melissa — October 10, 2016 at 3:09 pm

    Definitely fair trade coffee for me

  40. #
    Geoff — October 10, 2016 at 3:30 pm

    I like fair trade chocolate and nuts

  41. #
    Beth — October 10, 2016 at 4:38 pm

    I have tried the coffee so far – it was wonderful

  42. #
    Jen — October 10, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    Made the pancakes for dinner this evening. They were great. Loved the brown butter as well. I did substitute whole wheat flour for 1/2 cup of the flour. One thing, in your “DIRECTIONS,” the fourth paragraph, the word “cup” is missing after the 1/4 in “1/4 of the batter.” Thanks for the recipe.

    • Laurie McNamara replied: — October 14th, 2016 @ 7:37 am

      Thanks Jen! Could you even imagine the size of the pancake if they used 1/4 of the batter? Ha ha! I’ve fixed the issue, thanks for the heads up on that! And I’m SO happy that you made the pancakes and I love that you sub’d in whole wheat flour! I bet that added a nice earthy flavor. <3

  43. #
    Christy Spurlock — October 11, 2016 at 3:05 pm

    Not familiar with the product but would love anything CHOCOLATE!

  44. #
    Annabel — October 11, 2016 at 9:14 pm

    I love fair trade tea. I have never tried pumpkin pancakes but they look yummy. Thanks for the giveaway.

  45. #
    Vunda V — October 13, 2016 at 7:13 am

    i like fair trade chocolate

  46. #
    Vera K — October 13, 2016 at 7:56 am

    That fair trade chocolate chip cookie mix looks good to me right now.

  47. #
    Annette — October 13, 2016 at 5:28 pm

    From what’s pictured above, my favorite Fair Trade product is Honest Tea.

  48. #
    Carol — October 13, 2016 at 5:39 pm

    haven’t tried fair trade yet, but like coffee, and cookie mixes.

  49. #
    heather s — October 13, 2016 at 8:10 pm

    I love fair trade chocolate the best

  50. #
    Laura — October 14, 2016 at 8:19 pm

    Fair trade chocolate!

  51. #
    Susan Christy — October 14, 2016 at 10:20 pm

    Fair Trade Coffee – Cold Brew High Brew Coffee!!

  52. #
    Deb — October 16, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    Love the cold brew coffee – use the coconut oil daily

  53. #
    Sophia L — October 16, 2016 at 9:02 pm

    My favorite fair trade item is dark chocolate!

  54. #
    sarah s — October 23, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    One of my favorite Fair Trade items is Larabars especially the cashew and coconut cream pie flavors

  55. #
    Angela Ingles — October 26, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    We buy Cascadian Farm products fairly frequently. I’d like to try the chocolate chip cookie mix!

  56. #
    Charlsey — October 30, 2016 at 2:30 am


  57. #
    Angela Saver — October 30, 2016 at 10:51 pm

    My favorite Fair Trade product is Spectrum Organic Coconut Oil!

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