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Sugar-Free Christmas Pancakes

Christmas Holiday Pancakes: Santa, Rudolph and Frosty he Snowman

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  • Author: Elaine Gordon
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 15 medium circle pancakes 1x
  • Diet: Gluten Free


Get a Frosty-sized dose of cheer with these healthy Christmas pancakes! Make them into all of your favorite holiday characters and have a holly jolly breakfast! They are gluten-free, vegan, and even free of refined sugar but filled with delicious pancake flavor that everyone loves.

Santa's hat is made out of raspberries and a slice of banana, a rosy raspberry nose, blueberry eyes, and a banana / coconut whipped cream beard. Ho ho ho!

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer has pancake antlers, blueberry eyes, and a raspberry for his very shiny nose (you might even say it glows!).

Our snowman has a berry hat, chocolate chip eyes, and bananas/slivered almonds for his scarf and nose. What a jolly happy soul!


  • 2 cups gluten-free old fashion oats
  • 2 tablespoons arrowroot starch
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon (optional)
  • 2 cups unsweetened, plain plant-milk of choice (I use oat milk)
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • avocado oil or vegan, soy-free butter for greasing the griddle

Santa Garnishes

  • use one large round pancake (about 1/4 cup or more of the batter)
  • banana slices and/or coconut whipped cream (for beard, hair, mustache)
  • raspberries or strawberry slices (for the hat - and one raspberry for the nose)
  • blueberries (for the eyes)
  • unsweetened shredded coconut flakes (for snow on plate)

Reindeer Garnishes

  • Use one medium and one small round pancake
  • Make antlers out of the pancake batter (or use long banana slices, broken pretzel twists or coconut whipped cream)
  • blueberries (for the eyes)
  • raspberries (for the red nose)
  • coconut whipped cream or banana slices (for behind the nose and eyes)
  • unsweetened shredded coconut flakes (for snow around the pancake)

Snowman Garnishes

  • one medium pancake and one small pancake for the snowman body
  • make arms with pancake batter (or use pretzel sticks)
  • non-dairy refined sugar-free dark chocolate chips (for eyes)
  • homemade coconut whipped cream or banana slices (for behind the eyes)
  • unsweetened shredded coconut flakes (for snow on body and plate)
  • blanched slivered almonds or banana (for nose and scarf)
  • raspberries or strawberry slices (for the hat - use the end of a banana for the top of the hat)
  • blueberries (for buttons)
  • strawberry slice (for mouth)


  1. Heat a large griddle over medium heat. While it heats up, make the pancake batter.
  2. In a blender, process the oats until a fine flour forms. I prefer homemade oat flour over store bought in terms of texture so I highly recommend this step.
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients (homemade oat flour, arrowroot starch, baking powder, salt and cinnamon). Whisk in the liquid ingredients (milk, maple syrup, vanilla) until no clumps remain. If you want to thin out the batter a bit, add 1-2 tablespoons more of milk and stir.
  4. Once the griddle is hot, use avocado oil or vegan butter to coat the griddle. Then, place 2-4 tablespoons (depending on what shape you are making) of the batter onto the griddle for each pancake. Cook 4-5 minutes per side. To tell when it is ready to flip, look for bubbles throughout the entire pancake and golden brown edges all around. If the pancake releases easily from the griddle with a metal spatula then you know it is ready.  Once both sides are golden brown gently remove from the griddle to a serving tray. Re-grease the griddle between each batch. Serve the pancakes while hot. 
  5. Decorate with garnishes (or let your kids do the decorating and put out the garnishes for them).  Have fun with it!  Get creative and use what you have on hand.  Use my pictures as guides.  
  • Prep Time: 10
  • Cook Time: 10
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop