Autumn is all about warming flavors like pumpkin spice, caramel apples and sweet potatoes, so how about we jump-start the day with pancakes infused with those fall ingredients? While good old-fashioned buttermilk flapjacks are fab, they can be a bit boring, making toppings the star of the brunch plate. These 4 pancakes are so spot-on seasonal, they could be eaten on their own, nothing on top. (Though some bourbon barrel-aged maple syrup would certainly take some of them all the way to Tasty Town.)

Because pumpkin rules! The richness of that orange squash makes for a pancake that's going to remind you of holiday pies. The texture's moist, but not dense, and the spice notes you're trying to figure out? That's cinnamon, ginger and allspice. This crazy popular recipe has been saved by more than 3,000, earning a 4.5 star rating.

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Fans of the magical sweet-savory combo are going to go nuts over this twist on the traditional potato pancake. The shredded Granny Smith delivers a tart punch to the russets, fried crispy and golden. Top with sour cream and these are a no-brainer for a breakfast-for-dinner menu.

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Photo by Baking Nana

Why should sweet potatoes be shelved until Thanksgiving? They're so good in so many dishes, including this gem from down South. The natural creaminess of the bright orange tuber turns breakfast into borderline dessert time. Pile on some chopped pecans for some crunch. Or, we're not going to judge if you want to melt mini marshmallows on top.

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Photo by Meredith

Let's have a toast to this incredible mashup, the crisp bits of bacon playing so well with the apples and splash of whiskey. There's a whole lot going on inside those tender cakes, so why not go for over-the-top finish like a Buttery Caramel Apple Jam?

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Photo by Meredith Publishing

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