Buckwheat Gingerbread Pancakes {gluten-free & dairy-free}

Okay, so I know most of you are all full from Thanksgiving but I’ve got the perfect recipe for you to kick off the Christmas season with.

The best part is you don’t even have to get out of your reindeer pajamas. You can just stumble your way into the kitchen, grab a pan and twenty minutes later you’ll have yourself a warm stack of fluffy gingerbread pancakes.

Buckwheat Gingerbread Pancakes {gluten-free and dairy-free}

I’m a huge fan of gingerbread and the first time I had it in the form of pancakes was at a popular spot in Austin called Kerbey Lane Café. They are famous for their pancakes, rightfully so, as they are downright amazing. If you’re ever in Austin, be sure to swing by there for breakfast one morning, you won’t be disappointed. So this recipe is my attempt to recreate those delicious pancakes using a much healthier flour than all-purpose.

If you’ve never cooked with buckwheat before, please don’t be afraid to try it. The name is a bit deceiving; there actually isn’t any wheat in it at all. It’s naturally gluten-free, full of fiber, vitamins and minerals, and it makes for a perfect stack of soft and fluffy pancakes.

Buckwheat Gingerbread Pancakes {gluten-free and dairy-free}

The color of buckwheat flour is a little darker than white or whole wheat but I think it’s suiting for gingerbread which usually has a darker appearance from the spices and the molasses. You could always use regular flour in place of the buckwheat, but why not give your ticker a little love with some buckwheat? Your taste buds will never know the difference.

Plus I can’t think of a better way to get into the Christmas spirit than with healthy gingerbread pancakes, can you?

Buckwheat Gingerbread Pancakes {gluten-free and dairy-free}

Okay then, put on some Christmas music and get to flippin’!

Buckwheat Gingerbread Pancakes {gluten-free & dairy-free}

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: PT10*M

Total Time: 20 minutes

Yield: 7 medium-size pancakes

Buckwheat Gingerbread Pancakes {gluten-free & dairy-free}


1 cup buckwheat flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/4 teaspoon salt

1 tablespoon brown sugar

1 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

1/8 teaspoon ground nutmeg

1/8 teaspoon ground cloves

1 whole egg

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup unsweetened vanilla almond milk

1 tablespoon molasses

3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted


  1. In a large bowl, sift together all of the dry ingredients (buckwheat flour, baking powder, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves).
  2. In a separate large bowl, beat together the egg and the rest of the wet ingredients, adding the melted coconut oil last. Beat on high for thirty seconds.
  3. Add dry ingredients to wet and gently fold together until combined. Try not to over-mix. Allow the batter to sit for a few minutes while you heat a skillet over medium heat.
  4. Spray the skillet with cooking spray and then scoop 1/4 cup of the batter on to the pan. Allow to cook for 3-5 minutes, until you start to see bubbles around the edges and then flip with a spatula. Cook for another minute or two and then flip again to make sure they are light golden brown.
  5. Continue to spray the pan between each pancake you make. Serve warm with syrup and enjoy!


*cook time will take longer if cooking one pancake at a time.


Buckwheat Gingerbread Pancakes {gluten-free and dairy-free}

I may not have done the best job preparing Thanksgiving recipes or creative ways to use leftovers, but I’m coming out full force with the Christmas recipes!

Okay, not really, this is the only one I’ve made so far. I’m working on it.


What are your plans for the long weekend? Shopping? I’ll be on call for 24 hours straight and then likely trying to recuperate while {hopefully} watching the Aggies whoop Mizzou.

I hope you had a nice holiday!

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  • Amy @ The Little Honey Bee November 29, 2013, 4:25 am

    Well I see the photo-shoot worked out… drooling! I’m working this weekend too. Here’s to the Aggies :)
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  • Davida @ The Healthy Maven November 29, 2013, 4:37 am

    Clearly we had the same idea in mind today:) I’m a Jew who LOVES Christmas so I intend to assault my readers with Christmas themed everything until December 26th. Love everything about these pancakes.

    Gorgeous pics btw!
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  • Sam @ Better With Sprinkles November 29, 2013, 5:03 am

    I can go either way with gingerbread flavoured things, but this has me leaning towards all the gingerbread…they look so good!
    And while it’s not nearly as big of a deal here, some Canadian stores are trying to get on the Black Friday thing so I’ll be heading to the mall a little later!
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  • Holly @ EatGreatBEGreat November 29, 2013, 5:10 am

    Yay for pancakes! These look terrific! Buckwheat flour is still one of those flours that I have tried yet. I always go for almond or coconut flour, so I really need to branch out a bit. These sound like a perfect way to do it!
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  • Christine @ Gotta Eat Green November 29, 2013, 6:29 am

    Thank goodness it is gingerbread season again! Love it! These look amazing and I am a fan of any pancake recipe that has buckwheat flour!!
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  • MelissaD November 29, 2013, 7:51 am

    So so so excited to try these!! I love gingerbread! I went GF several months ago and these look perfect to satisfy both my GF needs and my kids love of pancakes. Thank you!!

    • Sarah December 1, 2013, 8:55 pm

      You’re so welcome Melissa! I hope you and your kids enjoy them! :)

  • Lindsay @ Shiny Love Affair November 29, 2013, 8:12 am

    These look amazing! Looks like we’re in a similar mind-set. I just a post on gingerbread protein pancakes that will go live Sunday. I love gingerbread EVERYTHING. Have a nice weekend! :)
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  • Elise @ 9toFit.com November 29, 2013, 9:34 am

    These look fabulous! I love gingerbread so these will definitely be made soon!
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  • Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food November 29, 2013, 9:54 am

    I’ve never used buckwheat flour before, but these pancakes look awesome! I did a little Black Friday shopping, but I plan on just relaxing and maybe shopping online the rest of the weekend. Hope you get plenty of time to relax!
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  • Daniela @ FoodrecipesHQ November 29, 2013, 11:23 am

    Gotta run to buy buckwheat flour. I admit I have never tried it!

  • Consuelo @ Honey & Figs November 29, 2013, 1:27 pm

    Healthy pancakes are right up my alley! These look delicious, and the color of buckwheat does make them even more beautiful! Can I have them for breakfast tomorrow, pleeeeaaaaseee? ;)
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  • Ashley @ Snow Cream and Syrup November 30, 2013, 9:09 am

    Hey – we had buckwheat pancakes for breakfast today, too! I’ll have to try the gingerbread version sometime, yum.

    Our weekend plans are just to chill. We each have a heated blanket and lots of leftovers, so I think we’re set. ;)

  • FitBritt@MyOwnBalance November 30, 2013, 4:50 pm

    I’ve heard of buckwheat before but don’t know much about it. Is it better for you than whole wheat? These sound really good!

  • Jan @ Sprouts n Squats November 30, 2013, 8:28 pm

    These look delicious!!

    And you’ve made me want reindeer pajamas now ;) hehe

    Hope your enjoying your long weekend!
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  • Jill @ Fitness, Health and Happiness December 1, 2013, 12:38 am

    I just started cooking with buckwheat. Your pancakes look better than mine :)
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  • Ashley December 1, 2013, 8:54 am

    I hope you had a great Thanksgiving!! After a few days off, I’m back at it today (well blog stuff before work tomorrow). I wish it was a longer break! These pancakes sound pretty awesome – I was craving a special breakfast this morning but it just didn’t happen. lol Maybe next weekend!
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    • Sarah December 2, 2013, 11:17 am

      I don’t blame you for not wanting to make a special breakfast. You worked your butt off! I’m sure everyone appreciated all of the delicious food though. :)

  • Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl December 1, 2013, 9:49 am

    The idea of gingerbread pancakes makes me extremely happy! I love it! Hope you had a nice long weekend!

  • Katherine December 1, 2013, 9:54 am

    I’ve found an insane amount of recipes lately that I want to try that have buckwheat in them! I finally got around to buying some yesterday, so these are on my to bake list! You’ve officially made me want to eat these in reindeer pajamas by a warm fire! How lovely!
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  • Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness December 1, 2013, 3:10 pm

    These look deelisshhhhh! I’ve been borderline obsessed with making homemade healthy pancakes the past few years and can’t even believe that I used to buy pancake mix all the time.
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  • Kiersten @ Oh My Veggies December 1, 2013, 3:47 pm

    I bought buckwheat a while back and I never know what to do with it. Pancakes would be perfect!
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  • Jo @ Living Mint Green December 3, 2013, 4:56 am

    I feel like my life might be ending because I don’t have buckwheat flour and I NEED these right now!
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  • Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) December 5, 2014, 7:09 am

    I just made these for breakfast. I couldn’t wait until Saturday! I added walnuts to the batter while they cooked. I also used coconut milk. Then I topped them with chopped apples, almond butter, hemp seeds, and coconut shreds — yum!
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    • Sarah December 5, 2014, 12:51 pm

      Oh man, that sounds amazing!!


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