Guten-Free & Vegan Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes //

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes

Guten-Free & Vegan Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes //

You guys, I am so grumpy today. Can I vent if I promise you really awesome gluten-free buckwheat pancakes as a thank you for listening? Truly, these are my new favorite breakfast, based on my original favorite vegan pancake recipe and adapted to be gluten-free and reminiscent of cozy, comforting gingerbread.

Guten-Free & Vegan Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes //
Okay, here’s my rant…

I love Boston, but I don’t love Boston winters (does anyone?). Year after year, I step outside December through February and I’m somehow surprised at how terribly cold it is outside. I have regular WTF moments where I want to scream, “Seriously?!” (at no one, while walking by myself outside) but given my move to CA and back again, I apparently decided Boston is worth the three (or more) months of winter hell, and so I add more layers, bribe myself with hot tea, and ultimately tell myself to suck it up. The cold is energizing! Winter makes you appreciate summer! And…no.

This weekend, what began as a few inches of light and fluffy snow turned to freezing rain, and thus thick sheets of treacherous ice everywhere. I. hate. this. Not only because navigating the often-un-shoveled sidewalks is a death trap once the snow gets compacted, but also because it means:

  • I can’t fall asleep at night because my college neighbors decide 12am is the perfect time to attempt to chip away at the five inches of ice surrounding and coating their cars in the parking lot next to our apartment. I had to listen to a twenty minute conversation late last night about how “This shouldn’t be happening, we have snow tires! It just doesn’t make sense…” all while they repeatedly spun their wheels (literally and figuratively) and I prayed that they would not suddenly get free of their ice cube car and come crashing through the brick wall and into my bedroom.
  • When I do finally get to sleep, I can’t stay asleep because the snow plow hired to clean up said parking lot shows up at 4am to attempt to plow ice. Loud, and crunchy, and ultimately a useless endeavor, but one I’m sure he gets paid for nonetheless.
  • Honey refuses to go to the bathroom. This dog…I love her to pieces, but man, few things drive me more nuts than spending what probably adds up to hoursΒ every day in “feels like 4Β°”, hobbling along black ice and trying to get her to even put her boot-covered paws in the snow to just freaking pee! You might think “Oh, she’ll just go when she can’t hold it anymore,” but no. Honey has beyond crazy bladder control combined with sleep incontinence that 99% of the time results in me steam cleaning the couch when she refuses to go like a normal dog. She’s also crazy sensitive, so if you for one second let on that you’re annoyed with her, forget it. She will hold a grudge and her pee for days. She’s actually still holding a grudge against Aaron from over the summer and will not under any circumstances go to the bathroom when he takes her out. Thus, I get the privilege.
  • Top that all off with my latest old, charming apartment building “quirk”: not enough hot water to take a shower in the morning. This actually happens every year, and just like winter in Boston, I somehow push it out of my mind when the weather warms up and am surprised (and outraged) every December. More people living in the building, longer, hotter showers, a wonky hot water heater…I don’t know. The only thing I know is that so begins the morning rush to shower, where every tenant in the building progressively gets up half an hour earlier and the cycle continues until we’re either showering at 5am or saying screw it, showers are overrated. I’d say it’s time to buy a place. A modern water heater and central air (that we control) tops my must-have list at the moment. Oh, and non-college-age neighbors because it’s official: I’m old and cranky.

Guten-Free & Vegan Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes //

Well, I feel a lot better. How about those gingerbread buckwheat pancakes?

I love how these turned out, and the photos too. They are wintery and pretty, which is more than I can say for Boston right now.

Guten-Free & Vegan Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes //

Your turn: got something you want to vent about? I’m listening.


Gluten-Free Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes

Guten-Free & Vegan Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes //

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes

Gluten Free, Vegan,

Serves: about 12 small-medium pancakes

Prep Time: 10 mins

Cook Time: 5 mins

Total Time: 15 mins

Similar to my original (and favorite) vegan pancake recipe, these festive and gluten-free pancakes are slightly sweet, fluffy, and take about the same amount of time as making a store-bought mix!

Guten-Free & Vegan Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes //

Gluten-Free Gingerbread Buckwheat Pancakes



  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon raw flax seeds, freshly ground
  • 4 tablespoons boiling hot water
  • 3/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/3 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/3 cup arrowroot powder
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon clove
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground nutmeg
  • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk (I used cashew milk)
  • 2 tablespoons molasses
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon melted coconut oil, plus additional for greasing the pan

Cuisine: Gluten Free, Vegan Servings: about 12 small-medium pancakes

Prep Time: 10 mins Cook Time: 5 mins Total Time: 15 mins

Similar to my original (and favorite) vegan pancake recipe, these festive and gluten-free pancakes are slightly sweet, fluffy, and take about the same amount of time as making a store-bought mix!


  • Combine the ground flax and boiling water and set it aside for 3-5 minutes to thicken.
  • In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the buckwheat flour, brown rice flour, arrowroot powder, baking powder, ground ginger, cinnamon, salt, clove and nutmeg.
  • Pour in the non-dairy milk, molasses, maple syrup, vanilla, coconut oil, and flax mixture, and stir everything until combined.
  • Heat a large, non-stick frying pan over medium heat.
  • Lightly grease the pan with coconut oil and pour the pancake batter onto the pan. Cook the pancakes for 2-4 minutes per side.
  • Plate with your favorite toppings and enjoy!

Copyright Β© 2019 Amanda Maguire for Pickles & Honey

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  1. Whoa, if anyone is deserving of a rant, it’s you! We also have (new) young neighbors, who now hate answering their door because it’s usually us asking at midnight on a Tuesday if they could for the love of all that is good in this world PLEASE turn down their techno?

    The shower thing would really bother me, too. I suppose a shower isn’t as *necessary* in the cold months for hygiene, but for general warmth and waking you up when it’s still dark out? Definitely key.

    And, oh Honey. Holding her bladder out of spite. That takes some serious skills on her part.

    Gorgeous pics, as always and a recipe that’s definitely my style (warm and cozy and spiced? Yes, please!). πŸ™‚

    Chin up, dear, just a few (gulp) months until the thaw…

    1. Amanda says

      Sorry about your neighbors! That’s super annoying. You would think asking them once (maybe twice) would be enough for them to take a hint!

      I completely agree about the shower thing. Part of me feels bratty because I can just shower in the evenings, but then part of me thinks: I pay rent, I should have hot water! The bummer is when I dry brush in the morning and then have to jump in a cold shower…not a fun way to start the already cold day!

  2. I am so so with you on this one! Always living in the Midwest i’m always all “Oh I can totally handle winter” until it snows..and ices…and is below 0 degrees plus windchill. Let’s stick together chica, spring is ahead!

    1. Amanda says

      The ice is the tipping point, right? I feel like I need to get those metal attachment things for my shoes, especially when the dogs are trying to run while on the leash. Recipe for disaster!

  3. Caitlin says

    girlllllllll….i hear you super loud and clear. we had the same weather on saturday and it has been SO COLD in general here lately. i constantly think about how much i want to move to a warmer climate. i get more and more intolerant to the cold every year.

    1. Amanda says

      I’m finding the same thing about getting more and more intolerant to the cold, as much as I try to get myself excited with new winter gear (“These boots will totally make trudging through the snow fun!” HA). I think what we need are winter homes somewhere tropical. πŸ˜‰

  4. Oh man, Amanda, I feel for you. I am the worst sleeper and very sensitive to sounds. Poor Honey! Haha, oh no πŸ™ It was 5 F when I took the dogs on their morning walk before work at 7 am. Does that help you feel better? These pancakes are drool worthy!

    1. Amanda says

      Oh yeah, I remember the post you wrote about how you have to sleep at night! My neighborhood isn’t even that rowdy, but being on the first floor right next to the parking lot for a few buildings makes it impossible to get a good night’s sleep sometimes. You would be so sleep-deprived if you lived here!
      Also, yes. 5 F does make me feel better. πŸ˜‰

  5. Jeni says

    I completely understand your reasons to vent! I live in Michigan and we have been getting lots of snow & it is so cold too! I hate driving in it & can’t wait for spring to be here.

    And these pancakes looks so good!

    1. Amanda says

      Driving in the snow totally freaks me out. I think it goes back to when I attempted to drive on the highway in a snow storm in my first car, which was a tiny little Mazda Miata. Terrifying. And now I avoid it at all costs.
      SO looking forward to Spring!

  6. I am so sorry about the neighbors..I can’t imagine how you guys do it up there. We had a a weekend of snow and I am still bummed about it..I wish everyone in US (mainly cold weather haters) could move to Australia in winter πŸ˜›

    My puppy is the same way when it comes to bathroom duties in winter or rainy days..its very frustrating.

    Hope pancakes and hot tea will keep you warm. Also, I thought snuggies were a fad but I am in love with that thing. Maybe consider getting one if you havent already, makes reading so much more better.

    1. Amanda says

      Honey is also weird about going to the bathroom when it’s raining. We’ve tried coats and boots and I bribe her with treats (I set out a treat, then take her out, and she gets it if she goes), but sometimes she just will. not. go. We’ve even considered setting up a glorified cat litter box on the porch for her! (That was actually my landlord’s idea…we may be getting desperate enough to try it) If you figure something out for your puppy, please share!
      I bet I would love a snuggie. haha I recently bought a fleece-lined robe and I basically live in it. πŸ™‚

  7. Shannon says

    Your pancake tower is exactly what I want for dinner right now.

    I am a total scrooge this time of year and also curse the winter every time I have to step outside. My warm weathered Tennessee blood has never quite gotten use to this thing called snow.

    1. Amanda says

      I hope you had pancakes for dinner, Shannon! πŸ™‚

  8. Ha ha ha, OMG, I’m sorry for laughing but your vent describes my winter frustrations as well! Minus the college neighbors, no hot water part. But the super cold icy scraping cars and slipping on black ice hoping the dog will pee part is correct.

    I am sorry Amanda, I agree that buying a house is definitely a plan for 2014.

    I agree, the photos are GORGEOUS!!

    1. Amanda says

      Glad I made you laugh! It is sort of funny when I’m able to step back a little. I probably look ridiculous taking these baby steps along the ice trying not to fall with one dog pulling forward (Barley) and the other (Honey) pulling back and refusing to walk.
      Fingers crossed we’re able to buy before our lease is up at the end of the summer!

  9. Lisa says

    Oh this reminds me so much of what I hated about Boston. I could literally here the snowplow as I read this with it’s orange-y glow at 4 in the morning waking me up. Hang in there, the summers are so very sweet there!

    1. Amanda says

      Yeah, the cold/snowy/ice thing is not one of Boston’s selling points, that’s for sure! You’re right about summers though – I had a tough time when I first arrived in SF in July and highs were only in the low 50s! I was very confused.

  10. Ugh, I totally hear you, that ice was the worst! Let’s just be glad we don’t have to commute in that crap! We have the opposite problem with Oto, he just decides he has no interest in even going out into the snow so he takes two steps out the door and pees on the door mat, lovely πŸ™‚

    1. Amanda says

      I am so, so thankful I don’t have to commute! That’s really funny about Oto. What I would give for Honey to pee that quickly… πŸ™‚ She’s doing a little better now that there’s some fluffy snow on top of the ice.

  11. Lauren says

    I had no idea ice and snow could be so bothersome! Living in Tucson, we pretty much have the opposite problem, where topping out at 80+ degrees does NOT make for seasonal Christmas cheer. Your pancakes look delicious! I love pretty much anything with molasses. πŸ™‚

    1. Amanda says

      What I would give for 80 degree weather right now! I suppose the grass is always greener… πŸ™‚

  12. erinwyso says

    I can sympathize/relate to everything here! Our furnace is acting up, so it fails to come on during the early hours … waking up to freezing air is no fun! But I think I am the only person in Boston who likes the snow. I grew up in the South, and it was hot (SO HOT) during the year, that I developed an extreme aversion to heat, even after being in Boston for the past 8+ years!

    Your pancakes look absolutely gorgeous, I love the setup/composition!

    1. Amanda says

      I hate waking up to freezing air – it makes getting out of bed so difficult! We tend to have the opposite problem, where our landlord seems to keep the heat super low until the middle of the night when we wake up to it being too hot. It’s good for getting up in the morning, but I would much prefer a more even (warm, not cold, not hot) temperature throughout the day. It’s bizarre.

  13. I’ve loving the “millions” of photos! I like the step by step ones of the maple syrup pouring! They are fantastic shots!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Elyse! I just clicked over to your about page and I love the meaning behind your blog’s name. πŸ™‚

      1. Thanks Amanda! Happy Holidays! πŸ™‚

  14. Sonja says

    Beautiful photos! I’m so sorry about the bad weather you’re experiencing up there. In the DC area it’s been very warm. But the thing about this area is, once it precipitates, it’s like everyone has lost their mind and forgets how to drive. It’s SO frustrating. My five winters in Seoul were pretty awful (arctic winds blowing down from Siberia are the worst) but luckily it didn’t really snow much while I was there. I can’t imagine a Boston winter… you’re one tough lady!

    1. Amanda says

      Thanks, Sonja! The weather has (thankfully) been nice and mild the last few days, which means most of the ice and snow has melted! Hooray! That’s surprising about DC – I would think people would be used to driving in precipitation. And yes, I imagine arctic winds from Siberia in Seoul would be brutal. That sounds worse than Boston!

  15. Stefanie says

    Wow, those look so yummy and warming!
    I really don’t know that I could handle a winter in New England. I’ve definitely gotten spoiled to Los Angeles weather! Hang in there!

    1. Amanda says

      I’m very jealous of your Los Angeles’ winters, that’s for sure. Soak in some sun for me! πŸ˜‰

  16. Samantha says

    Had to laugh as I read your post. We have the opposite thing going on here in Australia. Can’t sleep because of 40 degree (104 F?) heat, hissing possums prowling up and down our fence and 2 bats in the front tree that start fighting at 2am. Unfortunately they are that loud that they wake the baby, who decides it’s Christmas already and we are partying for 2 hours with non-stop talking, gooing and gaaing. Then instead of the snow plow, the garbage truck comes at 4am, just as she drifts off to sleep and then my husband’s alarm at 5am. After 4 hours sleep, I give up πŸ™‚

    1. Amanda says

      Your comment made me laugh – thanks for sharing. πŸ™‚ Hissing possums and fighting bats?! That’s too much! I hope you get some much needed sleep soon. <3

  17. Ceil says

    Hi Amanda,

    Sorry to hear about your winter weather woes. Would send you some of my mild and pleasant weather if I could. πŸ™‚ On the positive, your snow makes the season feel quite Christmassy.
    Thanks for sharing your beautiful pancake recipe. I look fwd to trying it when I’m back in the west next fall. I hope that someday, you’ll publish a cookbook. Your recipes and accompanying photos are awesome!
    Here’s hoping that you and yours will have a magical and relaxing holiday season. May love, peace and joy be your constant companions. πŸ™‚

    Warmest wishes,

    1. Amanda says

      You always leave the nicest comments, Ceil. Perhaps a cookbook will be in my future someday… πŸ™‚ Warm wishes to you as well. xo

  18. Genevieve says

    I was bemoaning that I was not able to find a palatable gluten-free ginger cookie recipe this year. It seems I had tried every recipe under the sun, and either the spices weren’t right, or the combination of flour left an odd after taste…. Well, it’s Christmas morning, and this GF girl is having her cookies in pancake form!!!!!! It’s like you’re Santa!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Best pancakes ever!!!!!!! Gluten free or otherwise! So if the outside world seems cold and harsh to you, know that you’ve spread a little warmth and joy north of the border in chilly Ottawa on Christmas morning! Merry Christmas!

    1. Amanda says

      Your comment made my day, Genevieve! I’m so happy you enjoyed the gingerbread pancakes and were able to satisfy your cookie craving. I hope you had a wonderful Christmas! xo


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