Low fat Gingerbread Pancakes

Delicious, low fat and low calories pancakes flavored with molasses, cinnamon and ginger. Make a batch for your family this Christmas.

Low fat Gingerbread Pancakes - make these for Christmas Breakfast - Low calorie, healthy

I think I should call Low Fat Gingerbread Pancakes, Lyla’s pancakes. Lyla, my 8-year-old daughter, just adores these. She can even make the batter and flip the pancakes on her own now. We have eaten these all year long, since I first saw a recipe on EA Stewart’s blog.  I knew I would love them.  I discovered a serious love of all things gingerbread a few years ago.  What I was shocked about, was how much my daughter loved them.  She has a very sophisticated pallet already,but still I didn’t know she would adore these.  She will happily eat raw quail eggs at sushi, caviar, foie gras, tofu, dal and so much more.  Of course, all of that is subject to change at a moment’s notice.  I always hated molasses as a kid, so I just presumed she would too.  Wrong!  The key is to add enough molasses to flavor the pancakes without overpowering them.

It took me about 40 years to fall in love with gingerbread.  Better late than never, right?  It was all due to a sample of gingerbread at a local grocery store.  Oh, this cake was moist and delicious.  I could taste the warm spices and just a hint of molasses.  The molasses wasn’t “pow” in your face.  That’s when I went home and made Chocolate Gingerbread Tea Cakes.  It is a magically concoction of spices that makes them so loveable.  Every recipe I see that has Gingerbread in it, calls my name.  Make me Christie, make me.  I hear it call.
Low fat Gingerbread Pancakes - make these for Christmas Breakfast - Low calorie, healthy

Pancakes can surprisingly be loaded with fat. Most have quite a bit of oil in the batter. Did you know 1 tablespoon of oil has 14 grams of fat? Most recipes call for at least 6 tablespoons; which would be 128 grams of fat. Plus most people put butter on their pancakes and syrup. That is a whole lot of fat. While we prefer not to eat non-fat food, we do try to reduce the fat to keep my husband’s heart healthy. With the reduction in fat in the pancakes, I can still have a little pat of butter. It is the perfect trade-off to me.

So go ahead and make a batch of pancakes. Get the family involved. Pancakes are a great starter recipe for kids to learn to cook. They also freeze well! We never eat them all, so I cover them in foil and pop them in the freezer. Then I can put them in the microwave or toaster to heat them back up. Pancakes on a school morning are totally doable this way.

Low fat Gingerbread Pancakes - make these for Christmas Breakfast - Low calorie, healthy

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Yields 14

Low fat Gingerbread Pancakes

5 minPrep Time

20 minCook Time

25 minTotal Time

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  • 1 cup (120 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup (120g) whole wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 2 tsp. ground ginger
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten
  • 3 tbsp. oil
  • 3 tbsp. 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup non-fat milk
  • 2 tbsp. molasses
  • 2 tbsp. pure maple syrup or sugar-free maple syrup


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together first 8 ingredients.
  2. Stir in the remaining ingredients.
  3. Heat a griddle to medium heat.
  4. Pour 1/4 cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake.
  5. When pancakes start to bubble and form on the end, flip over and cook on the other side until done.

Adapted from EA Stewart

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  1. I too love all things gingerbread! I want to make a batch of these right now and put them in the fridge for the morning - what an awesome treat that would be! But I'll opt for the weekend so I can sleep :) Thanks for sharing!!
  2. Charlotte Moore says
    I need to make these. I would go ahead and use all whole wheat flour like I do anyway. I never add any oil or butter to my batter. I do add extra baking powder and use buttermilk and they are so light. I have made pumpkin, banana, apple cinnamon, and sweet potato pancakes. Love them all!!
  3. I am amazed your 8 year old is such a whiz in the kitchen. Mmm...I could go for some of those for brinner right now!
  4. How adorable and delicious!
  5. I use Greek yogurt in almost everything I make, including pancakes--it adds such a great flavor plus protein! Love the addition of gingerbread flavorings. Perfect for this time of the year!
  6. Oh goodness, your 8 year old has a way more sophisticated palate then I do! Good thing we can agree on these awesome pancakes!
  7. I could go for a large stack this morning
  8. I would love waking up to a stack of these pancakes! Love that you can freeze these!
  9. I LOVE pancakes and gingerbread. How delicious!
  10. Love that these are lighter and with whole wheat flour! A fun Christmas breakfast!
  11. Love your gingerbread man pancakes, and so happy to have inspired this recipe! Great idea to add the Greek Yogurt-will definitely try this next time I make them. Happy Holidays!!
  12. I love the sound of gingerbread+pancakes!


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