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Gingerbread Pancakes

Celebrate the Christmas season with these fluffy and delicious gluten free dairy free Gingerbread Pancakes, spiced with all the warm Christmas feels of ground ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves with sweet molasses for the ultimate cozy, sweet breakfast that is best enjoyed in your pajamas.

We can't get over how incredibly fluffy these gluten free dairy free and egg free pancakes are. And they're so perfectly spiced.

Keep reading to learn here how to make these Gingerbread Pancakes from scratch for those chilly December mornings.

A white plate filled with dark brown colored round pancakes with a large square of melty butter and syrup running down the top with a bright red mug of coffee in the background.

These Gingerbread Pancakes are absolutely packed with so much gingerbread flavor. Drizzle them with warm maple syrup, coco whip, or our homemade cream cheese frosting for a fantastic start to the day.

There is no doubt this breakfast recipe is perfect for your Christmas brunch, Christmas Eve breakfast, or any other time throughout December. Prepare to take in all the sights and smells of these pancakes for the holidays.

Honestly-- gingerbread is one of our favorite smells and tastes in the fall and early winter.

Pancake ingredients

Get the quantities and more info on these following ingredients in the recipe card at the bottom of the post. Here are our brand suggestions and notes.

  • gluten free all-purpose flour-- (spoon and level method) our favorite is Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free 1 to 1 Baking Flour. We purchase it here to save money. This blend contains xanthan gum.
  • xanthan gum-- omit if your gluten free all-purpose blend contains this or guar gum
  • brown sugar-- packed; you can use either light or dark brown sugar
  • baking powder-- did you know this loses its potency after the container has been opened for six months? We always suggest labeling the container with the date you open it.
  • baking soda-- apply the baking powder tip to your baking soda containers too
  • kosher salt
  • ground cinnamon-- we stock our pantry with McCormick brand spices
  • ground ginger
  • ground cloves
  • ground nutmeg
  • dairy free butter-- we use Earth Balance Buttery Sticks
  • dairy free milk-- unsweetened almond milk tastes wonderful in this recipe
  • blackstrap molasses-- this is the flavor powerhouse of this recipe. Use only unsulfured, blackstrap molasses.
  • nonstick spray-- use this to coat the griddle or skillet before transferring the gingerbread pancake batter. We like using grapeseed oil nonstick spray.
  • warm pure maple syrup
  • optional-- dairy free butter topped on each pancake, cold So Delicious CocoWhip, or treat yourself to our homemade gluten free dairy free cream cheese frosting for the ultimate breakfast spread
  • garnishes-- top with chopped walnuts or pecans or even dairy free chocolate chips. There are endless options!

Helpful Kitchen Tools

  • electric griddle-- we absolutely love using our electric griddle for preparing crispy bacon, fresh toast, eggs, and this pancake recipe. Plus you're able to load this up with 8 large pancakes at one time!
  • ice cream scoop-- yes, our pancake hack is an ice cream scoop with a lever release. You'll get the perfect size of pancake every time when using a scoop to place the batter on the griddle.
A white plate filled with dark brown colored round pancakes with a large square of melty butter and syrup running down the top and forks nearby.


can we double this recipe

Yes. This recipe can easily be doubled and comes out right every time.

how can I keep these pancakes warm until serving

It is so easy to keep pancakes warm while you wait to serve them. Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and transfer these fluffy gingerbread pancakes to a baking sheet or oven-safe plate, and then into the oven. Keep the pancakes nestled in the oven until you are ready to serve.

what allergens are these pancake free of

These Gingerbread Pancakes are free of several top allergens. For starters they are gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and even soy free.

can these be made ahead of time

Yes. Keep pancakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator and reheat in the microwave when ready to serve.

where can I find more gluten free/dairy free Christmas recipes

You will find so many more safe recipes on our website, Eating Gluten and Dairy Free. But start here with our Christmas Desserts, Cookies, and much more. You find over 20 recipes in this roundup post.

We enjoyed creating this gluten free dairy free and soy free recipe from a similar traditional recipe on the Modern Farmhouse Eats website.

A white plate filled with dark brown colored round pancakes with a large square of melty butter and syrup running down the top and a small bowl of cranberries and syrup nearby.

More Breakfast Ideas

  • yeast free cinnamon rolls-- here is the easiest way to enjoy cinnamon rolls that are also light, fluffy and with a gooey cinnamon sugar middle topped by a our luscious cream cheese frosting
  • cranberry orange scones-- bursting with fresh strong orange and cranberry flavor on the inside and topped with a mouthwatering, drool-worthy orange glaze, you will want to enjoy these throughout the holiday season too
  • breakfast burritos-- your classic favorites scrambled eggs, breakfast sausage, sauteed onions and peppers, and even diced potatoes all rolled up in a warm gluten free tortilla
  • sweet potato breakfast hash-- this recipe is loaded with fresh foods and most everything can be washed and chopped the night before for an easy, more healthy breakfast
  • banana bread-- make-ahead sweet, quick bread for the early breakfast or midday snack win
  • double chocolate donuts-- chocolatey and moist, this kid-approved baked donut recipe comes with an incredible chocolate glaze
  • oreo donuts-- crushed oreo-like cookie crumbs add delicious flavor and just a bit of crunch to each donut topped with a thick and creamy vanilla oreo frosting


This fun holiday breakfast is one no one will forget. And loved ones will look forward to this festive gluten free/dairy free breakfast treat every December year after year.

Spiced with traditional gingerbread cookie flavors such as ground cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and cloves, these have all the Christmas feels.

Start making these a new Christmastime tradition.

And don't forget there are so many more gluten free and dairy free recipes on our website, Eating Gluten and Dairy Free. And several are also soy free and egg free.

Again here is our Christmas Dessert roundup, and soon you will be searching for Super Bowl Recipes. We've got you covered for every occasion and holiday with our favorite recipes.

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Gingerbread Pancakes

Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Total Time25 minutes
Course: Breakfast, Brunch, Main Course
Keyword: Dairy Free, egg free, Gluten Free, soy free
Servings: 8 large pancakes


Dry Batter Ingredients

  • 2 c gluten free all-purpose flour spoon and level
  • 1 teaspoon xanthan gum omit if your gluten free all-purpose blend contains this or guar gum
  • ¼ c brown sugar
  • teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon ground cloves
  • ½ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Wet Batter Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoon dairy free butter melted and slightly cooled
  • c dairy free milk
  • c blackstrap molasses, unsulfured
  • optional-- pure warm maple syrup, dairy free butter, whipped topping, dairy free cream cheese, chopped walnuts or pecans


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine all the dry ingredients and whisk together.
  • Combine all the wet ingredients in a medium-sized bowl.
  • Then pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and combine well but do not overmix the batter. There will be a few small lumps and that is fine.
  • Allow the batter to rest for 5-10 minutes and thicken a little.
  • Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat. Spray with nonstick spray or use dairy free butter.
  • Use an ice cream scoop with a lever release to scoop out the batter and place in a circle shape on the griddle. Allow to cook for 3-4 minutes on each side or until bubbles appear on the batter surface.
  • Flip the pancakes and cook for another 1-2 minutes. Continue these steps with the remainder of the batter.
  • Serve with warm maple syrup and other optional toppings.


Note-- to keep pancakes warm while you wait to serve them, preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit and transfer prepared gingerbread pancakes to a baking sheet or oven-safe plate and into the oven. Keep the pancakes nestled in the oven until ready to serve.

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