The Best Sweet and Savory Gingerbread Pancakes

The Best Sweet and Savory Gingerbread Pancakes

Pancakes can feel both celebratory and comforting, healthy and decadent, depending on your batter and toppings. If the onset of fall has you hankering after a hot breakfast, whip up a batch of these delicious gingerbread pancakes in minutes.

Gingerbread Pancakes

Based on the classic gingerbread cookie, these pancakes are a treat for a blustery fall morning. The pecan pieces add a terrific crunch to every bite, perfectly complementing the sweet and spicy flavor.

(Makes 8 pancakes)

  • 1 tbsp ground flaxseed
  • 5 tbsp warm water
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 tsp powdered ginger
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 cup soy milk (or 3/4 cup rice or almond milk)
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 3 tbsp unsulphured molasses (don’t use blackstrap molasses!)
  • 1/4 cup pecan pieces


  1. In a small bowl, mix ground flaxseed with warm water and let sit for a few minutes until a gelatinous paste forms.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, salt, spices, and sugar.
  3. Add soy milk (or other non-dairy milk) to the flaxseed mixture, along with vanilla extract and molasses. Mix well, using a hand whisk if necessary.
  4. Slowly fold wet mixture into the dry ingredients, mixing as you go. Stir until just incorporated.
  5. Heat a cast iron skillet on a medium-low heat. Grease with a little canola oil.
  6. Add the pecan pieces to the batter, and gently fold in.
  7. To make each pancake, drop a 1/3 of a cup of the batter into the pan. Leave yourself enough room to use a spatula to flip the pancake once the edges are no longer sticky or wet-looking.
  8. Keep the pancakes warm in a slightly heated oven or serve straight away.


These pancakes are delicious with a drizzle of maple syrup, fresh fruit compote, or with a simple cashew cream (made by processing cashews that have been soaked overnight and drained, with a little maple syrup and vanilla extract).