I feel like with every new recipe I create, it becomes my new favorite recipe. I have been kinda poopy at giving you solid holiday recipes, so I sat down the other day and decided that I would need to think of something fun. I didn’t have to think for too long because the idea of a gingerbread pancake came to me immediately. I have been craving pancakes lately so it doesn’t take too much introspection to realize where the idea came from.
When I thought of making them, I was still packing up at home for our road trip back to Washington for the holidays, and I did not have time to try them out there, so I just started my grocery list for the things I thought I’d need, I packed a little gingerbread man cookie cutter to try experimenting with gingerbread man pancakes (total fail), and I talked to Mitch all throughout the road trip about the things I would try with it. What a good sport he is when I’m excited about a recipe.
This morning I finally felt ready to try the pancakes out, and day-um they turned out great. I am grateful to be staying at Mitchy’s parents’ house while we are in town, where they gave me permission to cook up a storm in their kitchen. While I was making the pancakes this morning, his mom made a strawberry-cranberry compote to pour on top of them, and it turned out so perfectly. The cranberry and gingerbread flavors gave it a very Christmas-y feel, and it made me giddy for the holidays again. Isn’t that what holiday foods are for, getting into the spirit? I hope so, because my tummy is ready for all of the holiday foods right now.
I did not need to do much adjusting with the recipe during my second, improved-recipe batch, and they turned out to have such a perfectly mild gingerbread flavor. They don’t pack the punch that the cookies sometimes do, and I like them even better for it. If you wanted a sharper taste, you could definitely increase the cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg by maybe 1/4-1/2 teaspoon each until you have your ideal flavor combination. This recipe is very simple and mild, I can’t imagine it offending anyone’s senses. And I am speaking as someone who is NOT a fan of ginger.
I also have a deliciously creamy coconut maple syrup recipe that’s super simple and festive that I will add onto this one. It’s my equivalent of the icing that you find on gingerbread cookies, sweet and creamy to balance out the spicy ginger.
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- ♥ 1 1/2 cups flour
- ♥ 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ♥ 1 teaspoon cinnamon
- ♥ 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- ♥ 1/2 teaspoon ginger
- ♥ 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
- ♥ (Optional) 1/4 teaspoon salt
- ♥ 1 tablespoon flax meal
- ♥ 3 tablespoon hot water
- ♥ 1 1/2 cup almond milk
- ♥ 3 tablespoon molasses
- ♥ 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ♥ 1/4 cup canned coconut milk
- ♥ 1/4 cup maple syrup
- Mix dry ingredients together in a large bowl, including the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, baking soda, ginger, nutmeg, and salt (if using).
- Separately, combine the flax meal and water and set aside for 5 minutes.
- Add the almond milk, molasses, vanilla, and flax mixture into the dry ingredients, and whisk together until smooth.
- Pour pancake mix by 1/3 cup onto a pan/griddle on medium heat and flip when browned and solid. Brown other side.
- Whisk together coconut milk and maple syrup until smooth.
- Pour liberally on top of pancakes.