What better way to celebrate a merry Christmas morning than with these festive gingerbread pancakes? The warm, spicy aroma of gingerbread batter cooking in coconut oil on the skillet may actually lure your children away from the tree and into the kitchen… so they can eat up and then go back to playing with all of their new loot.
Bonus kid activity: use gingerbread man cookie cutters to turn pancakes into gingerbread men, then use fruit and sweets to decorate!
Gingerbread Man Pancakes
1 ½ cups gluten-free flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
¼ teaspoon baking soda
¼ teaspoon sea salt
½ teaspoon ground ginger
¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg
¼ teaspoon ground cloves
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1 egg, beaten
1 tsp. of pure vanilla extract
¼ cup molasses
1-½ cups of unsweetened vanilla or plain almond milk
3 Tbsp. extra-virgin coconut oil
Combine dry ingredients and spices in a bowl, then set aside. In a separate bowl, combine the almond milk, egg, molasses and vanilla. Stir the wet and dry ingredients together until combined.
Drop coconut oil into a griddle on medium heat, then drop spoonfuls of batter to create pancakes. When bubbles form and edges are set, flip and brown on the other side.
Jorie Mark is Vitacost.com’s Director of Marketing Communications and mom to three kids, ages 3 to 10.