Healthy Gingerbread Pancakes For One

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Gingerbread Pancakes

I know, I know…it’s the holidays, what am I doing remaking a couple of classically indulgent recipes (gingerbread and pancakes) into healthy fare? I think it’s all about the little choices we make on a daily basis…the way we eat most of the time determines how we get to indulge the rest of the time.

These pancakes are healthy enough for breakfast any morning, but they feel special enough for a festive occasion. Totally the best of both worlds…who says you can’t have your pancakes and eat them too? (Sorry, I know that was corny, but I couldn’t resist.)


These are hands-down the best grain-free pancakes I’ve ever had. Their texture is so close to normal pancakes I don’t think people would know they’re grain-free unless you told them, which makes them the perfect crowd-pleasing brunch dish. (And since the recipe makes one serving, they’re easy to adjust for however many people you’re cooking for.)

They’re also higher in fiber and protein than normal pancakes, so they’ll keep you feeling satisfied but not weighed down like regular pancakes. I even like to use them as pre-workout fuel!

But…my absolute favorite way to enjoy them is on a chilly morning in my pajamas and slippers, with a hot cup of coffee in one hand and a good book in the other.


Healthy Gingerbread Pancakes For One
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Yield: 1 serving
  • 2 tablespoons flaxseed meal
  • 4 tablespoons almond meal
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • ⅓ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ⅓ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon milk (I used plain, unsweetened almond milk, but you can use any kind of milk you like)
  • 1½ tablespoons molasses
  • ½ teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Butter, for cooking
  • Toppings, such as butter, whipped cream, maple syrup, honey, etc.
  1. Whisk together the flaxseed meal, almond meal, baking soda, ginger, cinnamon, cloves, and salt in a medium bowl. Whisk in the egg, milk, molasses, and vanilla. (This can also be done in a blender or food processor if you prefer.)
  2. Preheat a large nonstick skillet over medium-low heat; add a pat of butter and swirl the pan to spread it around. Once the butter is sizzling, pour in the batter into 3 pancakes.
  3. Cook until the pancakes are golden on the first side (about 2 to 3 minutes), then flip and cook until golden on the second side (about 1 to 2 minutes).
  4. Serve hot, topped with anything you like.

Update (October 28, 2013): I made this dish again and perfected the recipe so I updated this post.

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  1. says

    Those pancakes are HEAVENLY! I’m with you on food (and life!) being all about balance – and that’s even more important around the holidays! Besides, if these lightened-up pancakes are just as good as the regular variety, who’s the wiser? ;) That soft whipped cream blanket in the first picture is so delicious looking, I MUST make it for my next batch of Belgian waffles – decadent over some fruit, too, I think!

    A wonderful recipe, as always! Have a great week, Faith!

  2. says

    Gingerbread and pancakes, what a stunning combination. The whipping cream just makes them even tastier! I would gladly have a couple of them for breakfast!

  3. says

    I’m all about healthy recipes, especially those I know will taste good. Thanks for making my stomach growl :-) I hope you had a lovely Monday. I’m ready to get baking! I have a banana bread recipe that I’m excited to try tonight. Much love from Austin!

    • says

      Evelyne, Don’t be scared, lol! Really though, any of the other healthy toppings I mentioned are just as delicious. Or they’re even amazing with nothing but sprinkles on top. :)

  4. says

    These really do sound good and so healthy – well except for the topping. But hey like you said its all about balance and moderation of course.

    I’ve been making batches of gingerbread teaching gingerbread house making and have these ingredients plus all the others on hand. I have to try these healthy little pancakes now to see how yummy they are. Thanks for sharing.

  5. says

    I love the way you balance your treats! I do the same thing, but am probably not as successful. :) That blanket of softly whipped cream over the top is such a beautiful crown for these delicious pancakes.

  6. Heavenly Housewife says

    It’s hard to believe such lovely festive pancakes could actually be healthy. These look so fun!
    *kisses* HH

  7. says

    Love these protein packed pancakes with gingerbread spices! I made some paleo pancakes recently for a function and they were a big hit, made with almond flour. Next time, I’m going to try adding flax seed too.

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