These are the fluffiest, tastiest, vegan gingerbread pancakes! You will love this easy breakfast recipe – no eggs needed! Simple ingredients combine to make a stack of perfect pancakes, and when topped with warm pear sauce, the result is out of this world.
Winter weather is a good time for anything cinnamon, ginger, citrus, pear, or any other warm and cozy flavor.
And wintertime is also a good season for nice, filling, warm breakfasts. If you have to get out of a nice, toasty, bed, you may as well have something delicious to look forward to.
That’s why these vegan gingerbread pancakes with warm pear sauce are the perfect cold weather breakfast. If you love ginger spiced cookies, and sweet pears, you will love this comforting breakfast.
The pear sauce is a must – these are delicious with maple syrup, but the pear sauce really takes these over the top.
This seasonal breakfast starts off with similar ingredients to my light and fluffy vegan pancakes. When you add the molasses, sugar, and gingerbread spices, these pancakes become an extra special treat that will become a family favorite.
Whether you enjoy these for a brunch, or just a weekend breakfast with your family, I think you’ll love these pancakes!
- Flour – I used white spelt flour, but you can also use all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour. If you want to use gluten free flour, I would recommend a lighter blend, like my gluten free flour recipe. A heavy blend that has a lot of gums in it will not work well.
- Spices – Cinnamon, ground ginger, and ground cloves give these a classic gingerbread flavor.
- Oil – You can use either organic canola oil or melted vegan buttery spread in this recipe. Either will work well.
- Egg Replacer – A good serving of baking powder allows these pancakes to rise nicely and become very light and fluffy. After you mix the pancakes, set the batter aside and allow it to rise for about five minutes. You will see that it puffs up as it sits in the bowl.
The secret to making these pancakes successfully is to cook them low and slow. Don’t put the heat any higher than medium.
Cook them until you see that the edges are lightly browned, and there are bubbles in the middle of each pancake before flipping them. This will probably take 4-5 minutes.
They should look like this:
Tips for Success
- Using a good frying pan is key – and whether you use non-stick or not, you will need to use a fair amount of vegan buttery spread to fry the pancakes. Don’t make the pancakes too big, it’s difficult to flip them if they are really large.
- To flip the pancakes, you will want to use a wide, thin spatula, and flip them carefully. If the pancake isn’t cooked enough on the bottom, it will be hard to flip it without breaking it. Be patient!
Store leftover pancakes and pear sauce in the refrigerator. They should stay fresh for about 4 days.
You can freeze leftover pancakes if you like. Store in a freezer bag or freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
To reheat, simply place the pancakes in the toaster or a toaster oven.
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Vegan Gingerbread Pancakes with Warm Pear Sauce.
For the pancakes:
- 1 ½ cups spelt flour or whole wheat flour, or all-purpose flour
- 3 Tablespoons organic cane sugar
- 1 ½ Tablespoons baking powder
- 1 ½ teaspoons cinnamon
- ½ teaspoon ground ginger
- pinch ground cloves
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 2 ½ Tablespoons molasses
- 1 ¼ cups non-dairy milk
- ⅓ cup organic canola oil or melted vegan buttery spread
For the pear sauce:
- 3 Tablespoons powdered sugar
- In a large bowl, whisk together the spelt flour, sugar, baking powder, cinnamon, ginger, and cloves.
- Add the vanilla extract, molasses, non-dairy milk, and organic canola oil. Stir until combined. Set aside to rise for about 5 minutes.
- Place a tablespoon of vegan buttery spread in a frying pan and heat over medium heat. Once the butter is sizzling, spoon some batter into the pan.
- Cook the pancakes for about 5 minutes before flipping them with a thin spatula. The edges should look cooked before you try to flip them. If they are browning too fast, lower the heat. Repeat with remaining batter.
Make the warm pear sauce:
- Place the vegan buttery spread, pears, cinnamon, and sugar in a saucepan. Cook over medium low heat until pears are warm and soft.
- Top pancakes with pears and a dusting of powdered sugar before serving.
This post was originally published in November 2015. It has been updated with an improved recipe and new tips.