I’m so excited about this blog post! I’m feeling refreshed, inspired, and ready to get back to blogging, especially because my favourite time of year is here. The last month has been such a blast with all of our wedding and honeymoon celebrations. I am a Mrs. now! It feels so familiar yet so different at the same time. I can’t quite explain it, but what I can express is that it feels amazing to be a wife. I took the fall off from my studies to focus on our wedding and beginning a new chapter of our lives. Taking a small break from school was the greatest decision, it took a lot of pressure off of wedding planning and I was able to be fully present and focused. I’ll be back to school full time come this January so my blog posts will most likely become a once a week regime as school will be a top priority. For those of you who don’t know me, I am studying health sciences with a focus on nutrition. My goal and passion is to pursue my dream to become a Registered Dietitian.
Alright, that’s enough catch up for now, let’s talk about festive things now… I love the aromas and tastes the holiday month of December brings (technically November + December months for us because we start our tradition of Christmas vibing on November 1st, #notashamed). The fresh grounding smell of pine, the invigorating aroma of peppermint, the comforting scent of cinnamon, and of course one of my all time holiday baking favourites… the warming taste of gingerbread! What are some of your favourite holiday aromas and tastes?
I’m excited to share a holiday inspired recipe today! Breakfast is my favourite meal, so pancakes were my instant choice of a festive recipe to share. Pancakes are pretty versatile, you can literally make a pancake for any season or occasion. Valentine’s day calls for red beet love pancakes, St. Patty’s day calls for green pancakes, Mother’s + Father’s day calls for the ultimate pancake breakfast, Halloween calls for pumpkin pancakes… you see where I am going. Usually I’m such a french toast person, however, I do love a fluffy delicious pancake recipe from time to time. This recipe in particular is one that will be on repeat for me throughout this month of December.
It might look like this recipe requires a lot of ingredients, however, they are simple ingredients you likely already have in your kitchen and it won’t take much of your time. As I mentioned, pancakes are versatile, you can get away with swapping a few ingredients around and making substitutions for ingredients you may not have that are listed in the recipe. All you will need (besides ingredients) is two mixing bowls (one medium for dry ingredients + 1 large for wet ingredients), a simple whisk, spatula, and a skillet. In the medium mixing bowl you will whisk together all of the dry ingredients, and in the large bowl the wet ingredients. You will then combine the dry ingredients into the large bowl of wet ingredients and mix everything together. It’s a pretty straight forward recipe. Your skillet will be preheating on medium heat while you are mixing ingredients together, this way, once the batter is mixed the skillet will be ready for you to start pancake-ing away! Did I mention these pancakes will make your house smell amazing? More like holiday heaven.
This batch makes 6-8 medium sized pancakes, however, you can double it up to make more or cut it in half to make less. The pancakes are so delicious that you may find yourself (and myself) whipping them up at any time of year. They’re a great breakfast option that comes packed with fiber and nutritional energy. These Festive Gingerbread Pancakes aren’t restricted to this time of year only. Who made the rules anyways? Be festive whenever you want! If it tastes good, makes you feel good and is satisfying, then you should enjoy it often.
A few pancake ingredient highlights in this recipe…
Gluten free spelt flour // I like using this flour in particular and it’s not only because it’s gluten free. Spelt flour is also high in fiber and contains a good source of minerals such as calcium + phosphorus. Compared to other wheat flours, spelt flour is typically easier to digest as it’s a high fiber flour option.
Ground Ginger // I’m sure most of you already know the powerful benefits ginger has, not to mention it being the perfect spice for adding into gingerbread recipes (and other recipes such as baking, juicing, and smoothie recipes to name a few). Ginger reduces inflammation in the body which is one of the root causes of disease. It’s also a great digestive aid + helps reduce nausea (drink it as a tea to reduce nausea).
Nutmeg // A powerful + popular spice known for aiding indigestion, detoxifying the body, relieving pain, and improving circulation + cognitive function. When it comes to adding nutmeg into recipes it is used sparingly, it’s powerful and can easily become too overpowering. Nutmeg can also be found in an essential oil form commonly used for pain reduction, increasing circulation and decreasing swelling/inflammation.
Cinnamon // The benefits of cinnamon are plenty + medicinal. A few features of this super spice include its potent antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, disease fighting, and heart protecting properties. Cinnamon also aids in balancing blood sugar levels, and is a natural antibiotic/antimicrobial/antifungal. It’s easy to add cinnamon into cooking + baking recipes, teas, bulletproof coffee blends, and can easily be sprinkled overtop of smoothies, pancakes, waffles, desserts, etc…
Cloves // This spice is another anti-inflammatory one that also aids digestion and is a potent antioxidant. Cloves are known for being an immune booster, natural pain killer, and comes packed with nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, and omega 3’s. In Ayurvedic medicine, clove is used as an antibacterial and antifungal.
Oat milk // I used Earths Own Drink SoFresh Unsweetened Vanilla Oat milk inthis recipe. It’s a gluten free, dairy free, and nutritious plant based milk choice that comes packed with 7 essential nutrients, plant protein + heart healthy fiber. You could opt for a cashew milk, rice milk, or hemp milk too as these are all creamier plant based milk options. The creaminess of oat milk makes it perfect for using in recipes to replace dairy and thicken things up, especially smoothie, pancake + waffle recipes.
Enjoy these Festive Gingerbread Pancakes all to yourself, or with your loved ones. Eat them for breakfast, eat them for lunch, or eat them for dinner. Besides, who doesn’t love breakfast for dinner from time to time?
Note – blasting your favourite Christmas tunes while making these delicious, fluffy, gluten + dairy free pancakes is highly recommended.
Festive Gingerbread Pancakes
Gluten free, dairy free, high fiber, nutritious Festive Gingerbread Pancakes
- 1 + 1/2 cups organic gluten free spelt flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1/2 tsp ground ginger
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of nutmeg
- Pinch of cloves
- 1/4 cup organic coconut palm sugar
- 2 whole eggs
- 2 tbsp blackstrap molasses
- 2 tbsp coconut oil (melted)
- 3/4 cup Earth’s Own Drink SoFresh unsweetened vanilla oat milk Topping:
- Warmed organic pure maple syrup + cinnamon to serve with pancakes
- Preheat pancake skillet on medium heat (I like to use a larger skillet when making pancakes so I can cook more batter at once).
- In a medium sized bowl whisk together all of the dry ingredients.
- In another larger bowl mix mix together all the wet ingredients.
- Add dry ingredients into the larger bowl of wet ingredients and stir everything together until combined (there should still be some lumps, don’t over mix the ingredients together).
- Grease the preheated skillet with coconut oil.
- Pour approximately ¼ cups worth of batter (or any amount you wish depending on the size of pancake you want to achieve) onto the skillet and let the batter cook for at least 1 to 2 minutes or until bubbles begin to form in the batter and the edges begin to look dry. With a spatula, flip the pancake over and allow the other side to cook for 1 to 2 minutes. The pancake will begin to look slightly brown when it’s complete. Repeat this step with the rest of the batter. You may have to adjust your heat higher or lower for cooking the pancake, it will depend on your appliance.
- For the syrup topping heat 1 cup organic pure maple syrup in a saucepan over the stove on medium heat for an estimated 3 to 5 minutes (or until warmed). Add cinnamon and stir together. Top served pancakes with the warmed syrup and enjoy!
I hope you enjoyed today’s post! It feels good to finally get a holiday inspired blog post up. Be sure to let me know if you tried out this pancake recipe by using the hashtag #thenourishedvibe or tagging me on instagram @thenourishedvibe or twitter @NourishedVibe so I don’t miss your creations! Don’t forget to let me know some of your favourite holiday aromas and tastes, are any of yours the same as mine? ‘Tis the season!