Gingerbread Oatmeal Pancakes

These gingerbread pancakes are full of cozy spices and molasses: and since they’re oatmeal pancakes, they’ve got a healthy spin!

Gingerbread pancakes | Oatmeal pancakes | Gluten free pancakes | Healthy pancakes | Gingerbread spice ingredients

This year, my sister is coming home for the holidays. She lives in Thailand, so it’s a big deal when she visits! When we started brainstorming some fun, cozy things to do while she’s here, I immediately shouted, “Gingerbread pancakes!” Why this was my response, I’m not sure. Because this has never been a family tradition! But for some reason in that moment, gingerbread pancakes were the perfect representation of all that is cozy. I could just picture it: our house in the snow, and my sister and I in our PJs eating gingerbread pancakes. So, Alex and I developed a version of our oatmeal pancakes to turn them into gingerbread pancakes–and they truly are everything that’s cozy. Keep reading for the gingerbread pancakes recipe!

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What are oatmeal pancakes?

So, what are oatmeal pancakes? Alex and I are rather particular about our pancakes. Because we find that the standard pancake recipe is full of white flour and sugar, which leaves us hungry literally 1 hour later. Honestly, I feel hungrier in the morning when I eat a white flour pancake than if I ate nothing at all for breakfast! So to combat this, Alex and I started adding lots of oats in the form of oat flour to our pancakes to make them oatmeal pancakes. The result is a bit denser of a pancake, but it’s full of nutrients and leaves our stomachs satisfied.

The oatmeal pancakes recipe calls for 1/2 cup flour, but you can use gluten free flour to make them fully gluten free pancakes. Because the oats are very dense, we’ve also added a bit of cornstarch to our oatmeal pancakes to help keep them lighter and fluffier.

How to make oat flour at home? If you can find it you can buy oat flour, but since we have a food processor we find it easier to make our own oat flour! Simply place the oats into a food processor and blend until it becomes the consistency of flour. The quantities are 1 to 1: so 1 cup oats equals 1 cup oat flour. It’s easy as that!

I made these pancakes with our toddler Larson, and he LOVED it! He’s only 21 months, and he could help to dump in the ingredients.

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How to make gingerbread pancakes

So, once you’ve got the hang of oatmeal pancakes, you’re ready for gingerbread pancakes! To make for the gingerbread flavor, we’ve pulled in gingerbread spice ingredients. For our gingerbread spice ingredients, we’ve used cinnamon, ginger, and allspice (though there are many variations in different gingerbread recipes). And for a bit of that authentic gingerbread flavor, we’ve also used molasses! The dark depth of the molasses is what makes these gingerbread pancakes really shine.

Now, a tip: without toppings, these gingerbread pancakes taste only lightly sweet and the spices don’t come through as well. Top them with a bit of real maple syrup, though, and they suddenly taste like gingerbread dough! So make sure to use just a drizzle of maple syrup to really get the flavor out of these gingerbread pancakes. These are a perfect holiday breakfast, and easy to make into gluten free pancakes as need be.

Gingerbread pancakes | Oatmeal pancakes | Gluten free pancakes | Healthy pancakes | Gingerbread spice ingredients

Looking for more healthy breakfast ideas?

Outside of these gingerbread pancakes, we have dozens of vegan breakfast ideas and healthy breakfast recipes on our website. Here are a few of our favorites:

This recipe is…

This gingerbread pancakes recipe is vegetarian. To make gluten free, use gluten free flour.

Gingerbread pancakes | Oatmeal pancakes | Gluten free pancakes | Healthy pancakes | Gingerbread spice ingredients

Gingerbread pancakes | Oatmeal pancakes | Gluten free pancakes | Healthy pancakes | Gingerbread spice ingredients

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Gingerbread pancakes | Oatmeal pancakes | Gluten free pancakes | Healthy pancakes | Gingerbread spice ingredients

Oatmeal Gingerbread Pancakes


1 Star (2 votes, average: 5.00 out of 1)

  • Author: Sonja
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 10 to 12 pancakes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Description

These gingerbread pancakes are full of cozy spices and molasses: and since they’re oatmeal pancakes, they’ve got a healthy spin!


Ingredients

  • 1½ cups old-fashioned oats or oat flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour (or all purpose or gluten free flour)
  • ¼ cup cornstarch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup, plus more for serving
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Instructions

To make the oat flour: place the oats in a food processor and processing until finely ground.

In a medium bowl, combine the oat flour, whole wheat flour, cornstarch, baking powder, ginger, cinnamon, allspice, and kosher salt.

In another medium bowl, whisk together the eggs, then whisk in the maple syrup, molasses, milk and vegetable oil. Pour in the dry ingredients and mix until a batter forms. Allow the batter to sit for 3 minutes, which will allow it to thicken. 

Lightly grease a skillet with butter and wipe off any extra grease with a paper towel. Heat the skillet to medium heat. To cook the pancakes:

  • The batter for oatmeal pancakes is a little different from standard pancakes, in that it thickens quite a bit as it sits.
  • Before you start, make sure the batter is at a pourable consistency and not too thick: if so, add a splash of milk. (We added a small splash before cooking each batch.)
  • Pour the batter into small circles and fry the pancakes until the bubbles pop on the top. Then flip and heat until cooked through and lightly browned.
  • For each subsequent batch, add a splash of milk before pouring onto the griddle until the consistency is pourable and not too thick (the oats continue to soak up moisture, so this is the most reliable method for oatmeal pancakes).

Serve immediately with a drizzle of pure maple syrup. The pancakes will taste lightly sweet without syrup, but adding syrup really brings out the gingerbread flavor!

Keywords: Gingerbread Pancakes, Oatmeal Pancakes, Christmas Pancakes, Healthy Pancakes, Gluten Free Pancakes, Gingerbread Spice Ingredients

About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is an acclaimed vegetarian cookbook author and cook based in Indianapolis. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the “best vegetarian cookbooks” by Epicurious.

2 Comments

  • Reply
    Nicole Jackson
    December 6, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    I hate whole wheat flour and I’m not gluten-free so how much all purpose flour would I use?

    • Reply
      Sonja
      December 6, 2018 at 9:45 pm

      You can use the same amount! I’ll update the recipe to state that!

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