Fall may be fleeting us, but that doesn’t mean we intend on giving up our fall pumpkin flavors just yet. Once we succumb to Christmas and all things winter, here in Ohio, we are in it for the long haul. So, while Christmas may be going up everywhere the day after Halloween(and maybe even in our own homes), there are some parts of fall we just aren’t ready to let go of just quite yet. Our fall trip to Walt Disney World this year was a bit earlier than usual due to, well, a lot of things, and we didn’t really get to enjoy all the fall Disney treats we would have liked. Of course, we decided to just create our own, because why not?! We’ve been working on treats and movie nights all season long, but what about breakfast? What about those cute little Mickey waffles you can find everywhere at Disney?! Maybe Pumpkin Spice Mickey waffles? Yes please.
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Pumpkin Spice Mickey Waffles
In our attempt to keep this simple, especially for those of us who need a few cups of coffee before we have fully functioning brains, we decided to use Kodiak cakes as a base for these waffles. We love Kodiak cakes for a variety of reasons, and one of them is they’re packed with protein! No this post wasn’t sponsored by them(wouldn’t that be nice?) but we truly love this brand for easy pancakes and waffles.
Basically we just doctored the standard mix up a bit and voila, perfect Pumpkin Spice Mickey Waffles! We love that you’re able to cut out the oil by using pumpkin, so while I’d be pushing to say these are “healthy” waffles, I am happy to say that they’re at least a little bit healthier than your average waffle.
We recently traveled to New England for a quick fall trip after our Halloween on the High Seas cruise, and wow does New England know how to do a Pumpkin Spice pancake. And they use maple butter. And roasted walnuts. And local maple syrup. DIVINE. This is what dreams are made of.
Not having our own little local pancake house around here, we knew this was something we needed to try to recreate. It took a few tries, but I’m happy to report, these are pretty darn close. And why not add in a magical twist when you can. A taste of New England with a Disney theme?! Count me in.
It worked out perfectly too, because I had purchased a Mickey Waffle Maker for Mickey’s 90th birthday during a sale at our local Disney Store and I’d been just waiting to use it. It’s a little big for an appliance(we also have this one, which is a bit smaller), but it makes 6 Mickey waffles at a time! So it really gets the job done.
You can find the recipe below.
Ingredients for Pumpkin Spice Mickey Waffles
For the Waffles you’ll need:
- Kodiak Cakes Flapjack and Waffle Mix
- Pumpkin Puree
- Pumpkin Pie Spice
- Milk (alternative milks are fine- we like this one)
For the Maple Cinnamon Butter:
- Butter (salted or unsalted is fine- depends on your preference)
- Maple Syrup
For the Roasted Walnuts:
- Olive Oil
- Sea Salt
Tips for Pumpkin Spice Mickey Waffles
A few tips on these waffles. The Maple Spiced Butter really makes a huge difference in the overall flavor. I don’t recommend skipping it! I do recommend however, making it ahead of time and just keeping it in the fridge, so you’re not giving yourself a ton of work in the morning. It’s great on waffles, pancakes, pumpkin bagels, or any other carb you’re looking to add a bit of buttery goodness to.
We do use a bit of a heavy hand with the spices, but otherwise I don’t really feel the flavor fully comes through. I feel like I always need to add more spices than recipes state, so hopefully you’ll agree that we went with the right amount. I know some people are funny about adding salt to “baked” items, but the salt is really necessary to amplify all the fall flavors here so again, I don’t really recommend skipping that part either.
Any type of milk can be used in this recipe. It may change the consistency just a bit if you use a thinner alternative milk, but we tried several different alternatives(our favorite is oat milk) and they all worked just fine.
And for the walnuts, we decided to go with roasted, salted walnuts to give us that salty and sweet taste that we love. But if you have a big sweet tooth, the walnuts can easily be candied instead to add another layer of sweetness. To roast the walnuts, just toss the walnuts with a little bit of sea salt and bake at 375 degrees for 5-7 mins. Be very careful roasting nuts! They burn so easily and unfortunately, since few ovens are actually 100% calibrated, the bake time can vary greatly from oven to oven. Just keep an eye on them and you’ll be fine.
Other than that, feel free to let your imagination run wild with what you can do to make these your perfect fall breakfast food.