stack of pancakes on a plate with a drizzle of maple syrup on top

Everyone plans for the big meal at Thanksgiving, but what about breakfast? Start your holiday off on the right foot with these chai gingerbread pancakes. Loaded with chai-inspired spices and molasses, these fluffy and flavorful flapjacks are a great option for the day’s first meal — or any time during the holiday season.

Chai Gingerbread Pancakes Recipe

Breakfast is a really big deal to me — it’s the first opportunity I get in my day to eat, and I do love eating. These fluffy and delicious chai gingerbread pancakes are going to be my new go-to breakfast or brunch dish during the holidays because they are so EASY, and you can make them ahead of time. Here is what you can expect from this recipe:

  • A super-simple pancake batter that comes together in minutes
  • Ready-to-eat breakfast in 20 minutes or less
  • Chai- and gingerbread-inspired spices and flavors in each bite
  • Exceedingly fluffy texture
  • Easy-to-customize ingredient list
stack of pancakes on a plate

Ingredients You’ll Need

To make these pancakes, you’ll need a few basic, pantry-friendly ingredients. Here is the breakdown:

  • All-purpose flour
  • Granulated sugar, for sweetness
  • Baking powder and baking soda, for loft and tenderness (and yes, you need both!)
  • Salt, for depth of flavor
  • Chai spices: Ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg
  • Milk (I recommend using at least 2% milk for best flavor)
  • Molasses (mild, unsulphured molasses is what works best here)
  • Eggs, for binding
  • Butter, for tenderness and flavor

How to Make Chai Gingerbread Pancakes

These pancakes couldn’t be easier to make. In less than 10 minutes, you’ll have a bowl o’ batter ready to cook, and 10 minutes after that, a plateful of pancakes ready to devour. As always, please scroll down to the Recipe for a full ingredient list and detailed instructions. Here’s what you do:

  • Step One: Mix the dry ingredients. Mix together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt and chai spices.
  • Step Two: Mix the wet ingredients. Whisk together milk, molasses, eggs and melted butter.
  • Step Three: Make the batter. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients until a slightly lumpy, runny batter forms. Let the batter sit for a few minutes to thicken.
  • Step Four: Cook the pancakes. Pour 1/3-cupfuls of batter onto a hot, greased griddle. Cook 2 minutes on one side, then flip and cook another minute until both sides are golden and the pancakes are cooked through.
  • Step Five: Enjoy! Serve stacks of pancakes with maple syrup, butter and a dusting of powdered sugar, if desired.
stack of pancakes on a plate

Ingredient Substitution Options

If you want to make any ingredient substitutions, here are the ones I recommend that won’t negatively affect the recipe:

  • Gluten-Free Pancakes: You can use a 1:1 all-purpose gluten-free flour in place of the all-purpose flour in this recipe. The pancakes may not be as fluffy, but they’ll still taste great!
  • Dairy-Free Pancakes: You can use an alternative milk or water in place of the milk in this recipe, and swap the butter for a non-dairy alternative.
  • Spices: You can adjust the spices to your preferences, leave one or more out, etc., but know that the flavor may change from the original recipe as tested here.

How to Store Leftover Pancakes

You can store leftover chai gingerbread pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 5 days. To freeze, allow the pancakes to cool completely, then store them in a resealable plastic bag or airtight container in the freezer for up to 2 months. See Recipe Notes for directions on how to cook pancakes from frozen.

From my family to yours, we wish you a happy, healthy and peaceful Thanksgiving.

chai gingerbread pancakes on a plate with a forkful taken out

More Pancake Recipes!

clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
stack of pancakes on a plate

Chai Gingerbread Pancakes

  • Author: Stephanie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 12 pancakes 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American


Exceedingly fluffy and full of flavor, these chai gingerbread spiced pancakes are perfect for an easy holiday breakfast!


Units Scale
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly


  1. Preheat an electric griddle to 350°F (or heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat). Set aside.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt. Add ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and nutmeg; whisk into dry ingredients until well-combined.
  3. In a separate medium bowl, whisk together milk, molasses and eggs. Whisk in butter until incorporated.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients; stir until a runny, slightly lumpy batter forms. Set aside for 3 to 5 minutes to thicken.
  5. Spray or brush griddle with oil or butter. Pour pancake batter onto hot griddle in 1/3-cupfuls. Cook 2 minutes or until edges of pancakes are dry and form tiny bubbles; flip and cook another 1 minute until both sides are golden. Transfer to a serving plate; repeat with remaining batter.
  6. Serve warm, with extra pats of butter, generous pours of maple syrup and a dusting of powdered sugar, if desired.


  • Recipe adapted from Cooking Classy.
  • Freeze: Allow pancakes to fully cool at room temperature. Transfer to a resealable plastic food-storage bag; seal and freeze for up to 2 months. To reheat, microwave frozen pancakes, or heat in the oven at 350°F for about 10 minutes.

Keywords: ginger pancake batter, molasses pancakes, chai spice mix