Easy and fluffy Vegan Gingerbread Pancakes that are perfectly spiced and make a festive addition to your holiday table (they're also great to enjoy-round!). They can also be made vegan AND gluten-free, full details below!
Christmas morning breakfast in my home always includes my vegan gluten free gingerbread waffles. It became a fast favourite of ours after I came up with the recipe a few years ago.
It's such a fave, that I sometimes make them outside of the holiday season (it's totally OK to have gingerbread waffles in July, right?!). This year, those waffles have a rival: fluffy vegan gingerbread pancakes.
For this recipe, I went back to that gingerbread waffle recipe mentioned above and adjusted it slightly to turn them into delicious gingerbread pancakes.
If you're gluten free, you can also make them gluten free gingerbread pancakes. I've included instructions on how to make a vegan-only version and a vegan gluten free version.
It is the season of giving, after all 🙂
As mentioned above, I tested a non gluten free version for you with all purpose flour.
It's perfect now, but it took me a while to get it to where I was happy to share it. I don't usually make pancakes that are not gluten-free, so I had a little bit of a learning curve.
With this recipe, it was not a straight cup for cup substitution for the gluten free flour, like with my baked doughnut recipes. The all purpose flour did not absorb the liquids as fully as the gluten free flour did, in this case, so I had to play around with measurements a bit.
BUT, I'm happy to say that it's now perfected.
My family ate a whole lot of gingerbread pancakes over the past few weeks as a result of all the testing, and they're still not sick of them.
That's a good sign!
Both versions are fluffy (just the way pancakes should be!) and packed with warm, holiday gingerbread spiciness.
And the gluten free gingerbread pancake version? If you make them the way the recipe is written and you use the same gluten free flour I did, no one would be able to tell they're gluten-free.
Recipes like my vegan gluten free gingerbread chocolate chip muffins and my vegan gluten free gingerbread loaf are must-makes during the holidays, and now I have my vegan gingerbread pancakes to add to that list!
How to Serve Them
You can top your pancakes any way you like. Pure maple syrup is my go-to, but here, I also added coconut whipped cream and sliced fresh strawberries, and it was perfection.
You can also use maple caramel sauce instead of maple syrup, or you can use chocolate sauce (I love gingerbread and chocolate together!).
It all depends on how much sweet you like. If you don't like too much sweet, you can't go wrong with the fresh berries and coconut whipped cream.
No matter how you top them, they'll be delicious. Play around with different combos, and see which you like best!
If you do try these pancakes out, let me know how it goes and if you're on Instagram, tag me on your vegan gingerbread pancake pics! I'm @delightfuladventures
I'd love to see your remakes!
If you like this recipe, you may also like these:
- Vegan Gluten Free Gingerbread Waffles
- Vegan Banana Pancakes
- Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes
- Vegan Gluten Free Blueberry Pancakes
- Easy Vegan Gluten Free Pancakes
- Vegan Gluten Free Pumpkin Pancakes
- Chewy Vegan Gluten Free Gingerbread Cookies
And click here for more vegan gluten free holiday recipes!
Before you make this recipe, have a look at how easy they are to make in the video found either above or on the side (if you’re on desktop) or below in the recipe card (if you’re on mobile):
I'm making the vegan gluten free version in the video, if you make the non gluten free version, your batter will be slightly thicker.
Fluffy Vegan Gingerbread Pancakes
- 1 ½ cups unsweetened dairy-free milk (use 1 ¾ non-dairy milk if using all-purpose flour, see notes below)
- 3 tablespoons melted coconut oil
- ½ cup unsweetened pumpkin puree (not pumpkin pie filling)
- ¼ cup fancy molasses
- 2 tablespoons ground flax seeds
- 2 cups gluten-free flour blend (OR 1.5 cups of all purpose flour. See important notes about the different flours below)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon allspice
- ½ teaspoon ground cloves
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- Whisk non-dairy milk, coconut oil, pumpkin puree, molasses, and ground flax seeds together in a medium-sized bowl, whisking enough to incorporate the flax seeds. Let sit for 5-minutes.
- Whisk flour, baking powder, baking soda, ground ginger, cinnamon, allspice, ground cloves, and salt together in a large bowl.
- Slowly add wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, mixing well until incorporated. If the batter seems a little too thick, add a little more non-dairy milk, 2 tablespoons at a time.
- Lightly coat surface of pan with a very small amount of oil. Ladle about ⅓ cup (or less for smaller pancakes) of the pancake mixture into the center your pan, cooking 1 at a time.
- Flip when ready.
- Continue cooking until the batter is done, placing pancakes on a covered oven-safe plate in the oven as they finish to keep them warm.
- Use 1.5 cups of all-purpose flour
- Use 1 ¾ cups of unsweetened non-dairy milk
- It's important to know that different gluten-free flour blends use different ingredients and ratios, so results will always vary if you substitute. I have never used any other brand of flour to make this recipe (other than Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Flour (Amazon link) with the red label, NOT the blue label), so please know that your results may not be the same as mine if substitute with another gluten-free flour blend.
- Be sure that your baking powder is fresh or it will not get the lift they need while cooking to become fluffy inside. Click here to learn how to test your baking powder for freshness.
- This recipe will NOT work with coconut flour.
- This recipe makes 8-10 pancakes, depending on how large or small you make them.
- When I make my pancakes, I use a thick, cast-iron pan. I usually turn mine after about a minute. Some experimentation may be necessary until you get a feel for it. Everyone's griddle/pan will cook differently.
- Because this recipe contains molasses, the pancakes can burn easily, so keep a close eye on your pancakes as they cook.
- Nutrition info listed below is for 1 of 8 vegan gluten free pancakes, without toppings and using unsweetened almond milk (calorie count for 1 vegan pancake is 181 calories). Nutrition info is to only be used as a rough guide. Click here for more info on how nutrition info on this website is determined.
Susan Dunlap says
Would this recipe work with almond flour? And I have to avoid sugar, so what could I substitute for molasses?
Gwen Leron says
Hi Susan, this recipe will not work with almond flour without making major modifications to the rest of the ingredients. You can probably omit the molasses, but the pancakes would not have that classic gingerbread flavour since it is one of the ingredients that make gingerbread flavour. I can't say how they would taste, though since I have never made them that way. Not sure if this is helpful or not, let me know if you have further questions.
Mrs. Ruth Anne Henault says
Good! I admit I took liberties.....used applesauce to replace the pumpkin and oil, didn’t need to be gluten free so used whole wheat flour and 1/4 cup buckwheat flour, they still turned out nice and fluffy! Served with strawberry sauce, sliced bananas and maple sauce. Mmmmm
Gwen @ Delightful Adventures says
Liberties are totally fine, as long as you know what you are doing 🙂 Glad you were able to use it as a guide and that you like it!