Pumpkin Waffles

by Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom on October 21, 2008

I was so unprepared for this dinner. Not enough eggs, so we didn’t have eggs. Not enough white flour, so I used all whole wheat flour (which makes “thick” waffles)! Not that that’s bad, I like to mix white and whole wheat flours! To the grocery store I go…tomorrow!

A simple dinner after a busy day! (Ssssshhhhhhh…don’t tell anyone…since I had $.50 to spare, I added some mini chocolate chips that I got at Walmart for $.98 last week! Yep Nestle! The chocoholic part of my brain forced me to do it! Pumpkin chocolate chip waffles…MMMMM! Guess I’ll just have to whip up another batch of Pumpkin Chocolate Chip Muffins with the rest of the choc chips and pumpkin!)

1 1/2 cups wheat flour
3 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
2 t pumpkin pie spice
1 pinch salt
2 eggs
1/4 cup firmly packed brown sugar
1 cup canned pumpkin
1 2/3 cups milk
4 tablespoons butter melted and cooled (Guesstimate of all waffle ingredients $2.25)
1 Orange and 2 apples ($1.25)
Butter and Syrup ($1)

1. Make waffle batter. Place on greased waffle iron. Cook until steam stops escaping from the waffle iron.

2. Cut fruit and serve with waffles.

Cost $4.50 (or $5 if you include the chocolate chips, but Ssshhhh, we’re not telling anyone we had chocolate chip waffles for dinner!)

Can you guess whose plate this is?!?!

{ 18 comments… read them below or add one }

Stephanie October 21, 2008 at 6:16 pm

Okay, anything with pumpkin in it I’m all about! Yummmyyyyy!!!! I think I don’t have a waffle maker, so I’ll try this with pancakes instead. Thanks for this delicious recipe!! :)


bloosgrl October 21, 2008 at 6:35 pm

Yum! Those sound so good!


BCholly October 21, 2008 at 7:26 pm

I love to serve breakfast for dinner….especially when eggs are on special. Fast easy, and everyone likes it…But I have never tried pumpkin in my mix before!

I have a question…
I have been trying to keep our meal costs down, too…..But what do you do when you want to serve a “special” dinner? Tonight is our anniversary (29th) and I went shopping yesterday hoping to find chicken, or seafood on special but I had no luck. The only meat I had (and that has been low enough in price to stock up on) was reg. ground beef. I couldn’t think of anything “fancy” to do with that meat. Lasagna. but I serve that frequently.
Anyways I ended up making a cheese fondue….it was a bit pricier than I would have liked ($8.00 dinner) but it was the best I could do….
So what menu do you use for “special” occaisions?


Clippergirl56 October 21, 2008 at 9:00 pm

I am a chocoholic to so I can relate. The recipe sound yummy.


$5 Dinner Mom October 21, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Answer to bcholly’s question

…to be honest, we haven’t had a “special” occasion since I started this adventure. For my birthday we went out to eat and for my Hubs’ upcoming birthday, we haven’t talked about it. We will likely go out. I did just buy tonight a cake mix and frosting that were on sale and I used a coupon for, knowing that was his favorite kind of cake and I wouldn’t get that good of a deal if I waited!
I always have a freezer stocked with the cheapest meats. I use them up within 2-3 months and restock when they go on sale again. That is my general “stockpile” rule! This way, when a special meal comes up, then I’ve got a good variety to choose from. Planning way ahead helps with this…If I see s filet mignon on sale, then I’ll buy it, wrap a piece of bacon around it and broil. That would be a pricier meal because it is a pricey cut of meat.
My kids aren’t old enough to ask for this yet, but I do it anyways…I cook their favorite foods for their birthday. They choose the meal. For my hubs’ birthday, we might do this if we don’t go out and I hope to get it under $5!


Rebecca October 21, 2008 at 11:17 pm

I once went through a little phase during which I ate a waffle every single day. This lasted for months! I have since cut down on my waffle consumption, but I may pick up the habit again once I try your recipe.

We put up a pumpkin bar recipe on the Green Baby Guide a couple weeks ago, which is another great way to use pumpkin puree.


Sherry October 22, 2008 at 7:37 am

THis sounds delish! I wish I had a waffle maker to make these. Ugh! :(


Rebeckah October 22, 2008 at 8:46 am

I am super impressed with your thriftiness and your great recipes. I can never spell that word… Hope you have a great day. God bless.


DidiLyn October 22, 2008 at 5:59 pm

Why do I love recipe blogs so much? Maybe “pumpkin” and “chocolate” have something to do with it. They also have something to do with my “muffin top.”
I’ll be back to peruse your recipes.


MotherToMany October 29, 2008 at 12:29 pm

I am not one to mix chocolate with pumpkin for some reason.

I think I would alter the recipe to use Craisins instead of the chocolate chips.

We’ve done pumpkin pancakes before but didn’t think to add things like craisins in it. That’s a good idea.


Ruth Ann October 30, 2008 at 1:58 pm

I was so excited to give this recipe a try! While the waffles tasted good – they didn’t cook well. I had to leave the batter in the waffle iron for a long time to ensure that they were done – but for some reason the waffles stuck to the waffle iron. No amount of cooking spray or oil solved the problem. I don’t understand what happened!!


Donna November 2, 2008 at 8:11 am

Pumpkin pie spice says 2t is that Tablespoons or teaspoons??



wanny November 6, 2008 at 11:05 am

does the melted butter go into the batter or is is for buttering them after?

these sound sooooo yummy!! We love pumpkin here and my kids will love me forever if I make these for them!



Cooking Filet Mignon May 31, 2009 at 2:17 pm

dear webmaster – thank you for your site and the high quality information you have gathered together. It was a pleasure to come here and find I haven’t wasted my time, which is the usual state of affairs I’m afraid to say. Janie Goodman


Michelle July 19, 2009 at 6:21 pm

I tried this recipe. I found that it was a bit mushy, even after cooking extra time.


Erin July 19, 2009 at 6:24 pm

Sorry Michelle…worked out great for us???


Brooke March 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm

Hello, I have the same questions as above regarding the pumpkin pie spice and butter. You listed 2 t pumpkin pie spice–is this tablespoon or teaspoon? Also, is the butter for on top of the waffles or to be placed in the batter? Thanks for the help!!


Erin, The $5 Dinner Mom March 24, 2010 at 7:45 pm


t = teaspoon
butter that is melted is for in the batter
“butter and syrup” is for the top :)



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