Pumpkin Waffles with Maple Syrup


Lou loudly alerted me to the most wonderful surprise yesterday afternoon – a FedEx package full of maple syrup products from Manon’s sugar shack in Ontario. Two jugs of the pure stuff – which gave me ample opportunity to hold them up chest height and have Mike admire my jugs in a way he hasn’t in a very long time – plus maple butter, apple butter and maple sugar. I’m pretty sure I saw a tear of pure joy run down Mike’s cheek.

And so since this is the last weekend I won’t have a 7:30 am call time (we’re shooting every day until the 18th) until the weekend of the 21st, I thought I’d make waffles in homage to this wonderful syrup and in order to stash some away in the freezer for more streamlined mornings for M & W. I made them pumpkin waffles in an attempt to inject at least some nutritional value – I imagine W is going to be eating an awful lot of grilled cheese and eggs on toast over the next couple weeks. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Myself – I have lofty plans of getting up über early, going to the gym and reviewing our script for the day on the elliptical trainer, then coming home, showering and getting to the set (with coffee) by my 7:30 call time. How long do you think that will last?

Plus tomorrow I’m going to try to make cinnamon buns to bring to celebrate the first day of shooting. You know, get us all off on the right food before we share close quarters for more than two weeks. My plan reminds me of the time I baked cookies for CBC in the morning and was running late so had to bring the whole cookie sheet in the car, with a spatula and plate, and transferred them from sheet to plate at a red light. At least I gave the guy in the truck beside me something to tell everyone at the water cooler that day. I’ve seen people doing their makeup in the car, reading, even working on their laptops. But baking cookies?? (Have I mentioned my absolute lack of time management skills before?)

I will, by the way, answer your weight loss queries tomorrow night too. I know if I get into it now I won’t be up in the morning early enough to pull off my delicately choreographed gym-study-cinnamon bun-shower-work regime. Come to think of it, I suspect late nights on this blog has a lot to do with my shaky time management skills…


Pumpkin Waffles (or Pancakes)

Recipe link


February 1, 2009

This batter makes great waffles, but can be ladled into a hot skillet to make pancakes as well. If you’d like to use freshly grated ginger instead of powdered, add it to the wet ingredients instead of the dry ingredients.

  • Makes: Makes about 10 waffles or 15 pancakes.


1 cup all-purpose flour

1 cup whole wheat flour

¼ cup packed brown sugar

2 tsp. baking powder

½ tsp. baking soda

¼ tsp. salt

2 tsp. cinnamon

½ tsp. ground ginger

pinch allspice

2 cups milk or buttermilk

3 large eggs

1 cup canned pumpkin purée

¼ cup canola oil

2 tsp. vanilla


1In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, ginger and allspice. In a medium bowl, whisk together the milk, eggs, pumpkin, oil and vanilla. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk just until blended.

2To make waffles: preheat your waffle iron, spray it lightly with nonstick spray or brush it with oil, and cook according to the manufacturers’ directions. (I use a scant ladleful – or about half a cup – per deep Belgian waffle.)

3To make pancakes: preheat your skillet over medium heat; spray with nonstick spray or brush with butter or oil, and then wipe it off with a paper towel. (This way you’ll get your first pancake right, rather than the first one being a “tester”.) Ladle on about ¼ cup of batter and cook until a few bubbles start to break through the surface and the edges appear dry. Flip and cook until golden on both sides.

4Keep pancakes or waffles warm in a 250°F oven while you finish cooking them. Serve warm topped with blueberries and maple syrup; leftovers can be popped in the toaster for a quick weekday breakfast.

Makes: Makes about 10 waffles or 15 pancakes.



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38 comments on “Pumpkin Waffles with Maple Syrup

  1. Elsbeth
    February 1, 2009 at 9:43 pm

    Thanks for these. I’ve been working on developing such a recipe since trying the really fabulous squash muesli pancakes at Diner Deluxe about 2 years ago. Still haven’t determined the right formula for the crunchy/seedy/cereal bits.
    Both kids like them and I feel somewhat virtuous adding syrup to squash, eggs, ww flour and other “healthy” foods. In their minds, all white pancakes are seasonal fare: Stampede only.
    Best of luck with the crazy weeks to come.

  2. Manon from Ontario
    February 1, 2009 at 9:55 pm

    Youpie, you got my package :)
    Ah you mentioned Lou for me, thanks.
    You are so funny Julie, I’m hooked on your blog, it’s my daily highlight,really, remember I’m a mother of 3, married to my highschool sweetheart and partner with my hubby to our family business.
    I wish you all the best for your next busy two weeks.
    I’ll keep the motivation weight loss flame burning, well I’ll try, and keep moving my butt.


  3. Ricki
    February 2, 2009 at 4:40 am

    Mmm! I love pumpkin pancakes. Looking at your photo makes me want to get a waffle iron, though. . . gorgeous pic!

  4. thepinkpeppercorn
    February 2, 2009 at 5:15 am

    mmmm I am seriously addicted to all things pumpkin – GORGEOUS photo!!

  5. Allison
    February 2, 2009 at 6:07 am

    Hey babe, where’d ya git the waffle iron? Did you get your’s fixed? Ubber jealous

  6. Sandy
    February 2, 2009 at 7:36 am

    OMG those look just so mouthwatering. Never thought to put pumpkin in a waffle…. yummmmy

  7. Lindsay
    February 2, 2009 at 8:48 am

    Good for you! Rock the eliptical in the morning and then you don’t have to worry about exercising after a long day. I love it! I’m almost inspired to do the same…

  8. piccola
    February 2, 2009 at 9:46 am

    Hey Julie, now might be the time to consider getting an exercise machine for home. Ellipticals are usually pretty big and expensive, but if you’re willing to switch machines, you can get an exercise bike for a couple hundred bucks.

    My parents bought one when I was in my last year of university, and it pretty much kept me fit that entire time, since I didn’t have to make a trek to the gym. Plus, you can watch TV at the same time. :)

  9. Manon from Ontario
    February 2, 2009 at 11:30 am

    Hey Julie here’s a quick, nutritious, low fat and filling breakfast for those crazy days.
    1 egg
    ½ cup milk (I use 1%)
    1/3 cup quick cooking oats
    2 Tblsp raisins
    1 Tblsp Manon’s pure maple syrup 😉

    In a glass bowl, beat the egg, add the milk and the rest of the ingredients, except for the maple syrup. Mix well then cook in microwave for 60 sec, then stir and cook for another 30 sec, then add maple syrup and stir, and viola. I don’t know the calorie value of this breakfast however I know it’s good for ya.

    You can share this recipe.


  10. pauline
    February 2, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    They look so good. Hope you don’t kill yourself with your schedule Julie. You are one busy lady.

  11. Theresa
    February 2, 2009 at 3:14 pm

    Still wondering who your lowly assistant will be on just food………. 😉

  12. Fiona
    February 2, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    Weird, I was just reading Mark Bittman’s How to Cook Everything Vegetarian yesterday, and I came across pumpkin waffles. He has some crazy serving suggestions (including topping them with curry).

    First-thing-in-the-morning exercise takes stamina, but it’s so worth it! It doesn’t matter what else you do all day, you’ve done that one really wonderful thing for yourself. Good luck with your crazy February!

  13. Erica B.
    February 2, 2009 at 4:27 pm

    Thank you for the pumpkin waffle recipe, I’ll be batch cooking these this week for sure! Good Luck with your crazy schedule. I look forward to seeing the show :)

  14. Cheryl
    February 2, 2009 at 5:31 pm

    I might feel the need to break into your house and steal that maple package. I have a serious addiction. Manon, can we talk about another Calgary delivery?
    Good luck on the shoot!

  15. Pat from Ontario
    February 2, 2009 at 6:20 pm

    All this talk about exercising inspired me to go to water aerobics yesterday and today. (your Aunt Melanie is in the class!) I have committed to at least 3 times a week. Having already lost 122 pounds, I need to step up the exercising to lose the rest of my “baggage”. Your blog entries and the comments from others are helping to remind me what I need to do to get, and be healthy.
    I agree with Cheryl. Manon, where is your sugar shack?

  16. Manon from Ontario
    February 2, 2009 at 6:41 pm

    Hello Cheryl and Pat from Ontario.
    Our sugar shack is in Eastern Ontario, near the Quebec border. Yes I can deliver anywhere in Canada without any problem. Our website is currently under construction, as we are opening a kiosque, as well as a Bed and Breakfast, on our land. We produce maple syrup, maple butter, taffee, maple sugar, candies, taffee and butter cones, maple fudge.
    Hope all goes well with Julie.

    Take care :)


  17. Sherry
    February 2, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    Love, love, love your blog-always a highlight during my day. Good luck with the morning workouts, I may need to give that a try myself. The late night workouts aren’t going so well. So wired I can’t sleep afterwards and the nasty cycle starts again.

  18. Erica B.
    February 2, 2009 at 7:56 pm

    Manon: Eastern Ontario near the Quebec border? Sounds like you’re near my hometown of Cornwall maybe? I’d love to get a package from you too!

    email me svp :) ericaannebell@shaw.ca Merci!

  19. margo
    February 2, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    I too am looking for a waffle iron right now; they seem to run from 15.99 to 99.99. My daughter and her daddy make pancakes every Saturday morning, so I won’t be making waffles steadily, but I do want a decent quality Belgian waffle iron that will last. Do you have the kind that flips over, and is that a worthwhile feature? I don’t really get that. I’d love to know what you suggest. Thanks!

  20. kelly
    February 3, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Julie, good luck with the workouts. I’ll be really inspired if you can keep that schedule going. I just heard your comments on the eye-opener and very excited about Weigh to Go. thanks for keeping us posted!

    and Manon, do tell us exactly where you. I’m originally from Ottawa and I miss it terribly at times. I would be up for ordering a package too!
    you can email me too if you like kelly@kelnzed.com

  21. Donna
    February 3, 2009 at 11:48 am

    I hope the people on the set appreciated those cinnamon buns! That is a terrible pace to keep up, Julie, Just think – 19 more mornings – 18 more mornings – 17 more mornings – 16 more mornings…..
    I would also be interested in ordering maple products from Ontario – I would rather support a smaller operation than Costco for my maple syrup fix.
    Keep well.

  22. glenda
    February 3, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Oh Julie – once again you have made me laugh out loud….sitting alone at my computer. :) People are really going to start wondering about me!!! I love the visuals that you paint with your words.

  23. Pat from Ontario
    February 3, 2009 at 4:24 pm

    me too, Manon….iblvnu@jet2.net

  24. Cheryl
    February 3, 2009 at 8:39 pm

    Manon, I’m in as well… I need a good source for sugar and syrup. I go through at least a gallon a year – when I’m rationing…

  25. JulieVR
    February 3, 2009 at 10:04 pm

    I’m so glad so many of you are interested in Manon’s maple products! This is so exciting! I would have posted a link to her site had it been up and running, but I’m so thrilled so many of you are connecting yourselves. Sniff.

    Re: the waffle iron – I still have my old Black & Decker that cost $20 about as many years ago… I have to flip the waffle around with my fingers to make up for the hot and cool spots, but eventually it gets the job done. It is on my wish list, but I can’t recommend one in particular. I don’t think you need the one that flips itself, although the William-Sonoma one that does is pretty fantastic. Too bad my birthday is 9 months away..

  26. Kate
    February 4, 2009 at 3:30 am

    I love your website banner, writing wit and recipes. I’ve made several of them and I am making the Brown/Wild Rice Salad for dinner tonight. Thanks for all your hard work, in the midst of your already full schedule, to bring us reading pleasure and good food to boot! Your blog is like visiting an old friend. Cheers!

  27. Manon from Ontario
    February 4, 2009 at 5:35 am

    Wow I’m touched, thank you soo much Julie for putting my maple syrup out there, well in here :)
    I’ve just spent Monday 10:30pm till Tuesday 12:00pm at the emerge with my daughter again, she’s been having health issues since November, on top of her astma being out of control 😮 and now my twin boys are sick as well :(
    I have to go to work today but will get back to Pat, Erica, Kelly and Cheryl by Friday, I promise.
    Julie love your blog, you are a pleasure to read as always.

    MFO ps I’m from Casselman Ontario

  28. Manon from Ontario
    February 4, 2009 at 6:58 am

    By the way, if any one wants info on our maple products, please contact me via my email clerouxram@xplornet.com
    This is after all Julie’s blog and I’d like to respect her space.

    Thank you again Julie.


  29. elektra
    February 4, 2009 at 8:23 am

    pumpkin waffles were a huge hit! the husband is away and we always have breakfast-for-dinner while he’s out traveling. served with maple flavoured breakfast sausages from spolumbo’s and some carmelized apples and maple syrup, of course. the kids were ecstatic.

  30. margo
    February 4, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Actually, a little snooping revealed London Drugs carries a Waring Pro flipping variety of waffle iron ($100), looks amazing; but also for half that cost,they carry a Cuisenart round Belgian waffle iron that looks like very nice quality. Just in case you decide to reward yourself before the nine-months-till-birthday elapses!

  31. Charmian Christie
    February 6, 2009 at 2:13 pm

    These sound amazing. I know you can make a pancake version, but the waffle photo makes me lament giving away my waffle iron.

  32. 9loosfranl
    August 24, 2009 at 1:15 pm

    Yummy. These are so good. Another great recipe to try is – http://pumpkinwaffles.wordpress.com/ultimate-pumpkin-waffle-recipe/

  33. Amanda
    October 2, 2009 at 5:29 am

    I’ve included this in my round up!

  34. Karen
    October 24, 2009 at 9:42 am

    Just whipped these up! And they’re delicious! I’ve eaten one for breakfast already and may just have another for brunch.

  35. Erica B.
    October 29, 2011 at 11:46 am

    Two years later and we’re still making these waffles! Served them with maple syrup (sadly not Manon’s) and roasted apples (like apple pie without the crust) Faaantastic!!!

    I made a double batch and frozen some so the kids can have toaster waffles on weekday mornings.

    Thanks again Julie! :)

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