Maple Chai Spice Pancakes

Maple Chai Spice Pancakes |

I’ve had a rather large stack of maple chai spice pancakes for breakfast every day for the past 5 days, and you know what? I’m not sick of them because they are THAT GOOD.

They were all leftover from last Saturday and Sunday when I tested this recipe like a crazy person.

Maple Chai Spice Pancakes |
Maple Chai Spice Pancakes |

I should know by now that when I set out to test a new pancake recipe it’s going to be a lengthy process. They’re just so finicky with their fluffy vs. thick vs. cakey ratios that you need to get just right, while ensuring they aren’t doughy, because gross…and THEN there’s the part of me that refuses to make pancakes that aren’t 100% whole wheat unless it’s a special occasion.

So now we have a goal of thick, fluffy, non-doughy pancakes that are 100% whole wheat and also contain no eggs, because I have a real-deal aversion to eggs lately.

I’m exhausting. Ryan’s a patient man.

Maple Chai Spice Pancakes |

So anywho, this recipe took 5 tries to get just right, but I think I did it!…and just in time for the cooler air this weekend (at least in MN, that is). These cakes are fluffy, sweet, nutty, and full of those chai spices that warm my autumn-loving heart.

Maple Chai Spice Pancakes |

I recommend you sleep in, wear your pajamas and slippers for far too long, mix some cinnamon into your coffee grounds before brewing, and then whip up a batch of your own maple chai spice pancakes, because it’s September and that is just what we do.

Maple Chai Spice Pancakes

Fluffy vegan whole wheat pancakes made with warm chai spices. A taste of autumn in pancake form!

Yield: 6 pancakes (Serves 2)

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 black chai tea bags
  • 1 flax egg* (or 1 chicken egg)
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • 3/4 cup whole wheat pastry flour (or whole spelt flour)
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon cardamom
  • 1/8 teaspoon cloves
  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Preheat griddle to 375 degrees.
  2. Heat the almond milk in a small saucepan. Once it starts steaming and you see bubbles popping up around the sides, remove from heat and add the tea bags. Steep for 5 minutes. After the five minutes are up use your hands to squeeze out the liquid in the bags (if the bags/milk are still too hot, use a spoon).
  3. Whisk together the flax egg and maple syrup until fully incorporated. Pour in the coconut oil, vanilla and tea-steeped milk, and mix.
  4. Pour the flour, spices, baking powder, and salt into the bowl with the wet ingredients. Whisk until combined. If the mixture seems too thick, add the water and whisk again - the batter should be thick but pourable.
  5. Coat a 1/4 cup measuring cup with nonstick spray. Drop 1/4 cup of batter on the heated griddle, gently and quickly using the back of the measuring cup to spread it into an even circle. Let cook for 3-5 minutes, until the edges have started to firm up, and bubbles come to the surface and break. Use a spatula to flip up one corner and check if the pancake is golden brown. If it is, flip and cook on the other side for another 3 minutes.
  6. Repeat with remaining batter. Recipe will make 6 pancakes.
  7. Top pancakes with chopped pecans and maple syrup.

*1 flax egg = 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed mixed with 3 tablespoons warm water. I've found that flax eggs work best if you grind the flax seeds up yourself instead of buying flaxseed meal at the store. You can make finer grounds at home, which absorb more water, making them a better binder.

Pancakes reheat well in the microwave - I've been doing it all week! :)

This recipe was tested with whole wheat pastry flour and whole grain spelt flour. If you're not into whole wheat/grain flours in your pancakes, I assume unbleached all-purpose would work as well.


23 Responses to “Maple Chai Spice Pancakes”

  1. Warm Vanilla Sugar — September 11, 2014 @ 7:37 am (#)

    This flavour looks insanely delicious! Awesome pancakes!

    • Katie — September 11, 2014 @ 8:53 am (#)

      Thanks Katrina! :)

  2. Lucie A.S — September 11, 2014 @ 8:01 am (#)

    Yummy in tummy, just the recipe to welcome Fall. I feel cozy already :D

    • Katie — September 11, 2014 @ 8:55 am (#)

      These are definitely cozy pancakes. Eating them makes me feel like it should already be the weekend :)

  3. 40aprons — September 11, 2014 @ 8:47 am (#)

    Oh my God, stop. Just the title of this recipe alone is like food porn for my eyes.. ears..? Every single thing about this looks like perfection.

    I’d really slow clap you now if, you know, this were “irl”

    • Katie — September 11, 2014 @ 8:55 am (#)

      haha for some reason the idea of a slow clap cracks me up :)

  4. Nicola — September 11, 2014 @ 8:53 am (#)

    Power to you for ensuring the recipe is perfect before putting it out there for your readers! Can’t wait to try these flavors. You’re right, perfect to welcome fall.

  5. breakfastdramaqueen — September 11, 2014 @ 6:24 pm (#)

    Omg these look fantabulous!!! I can sympathize with the pancake testing – my freezer’s full of pancakes (and cookies and muffins…)

    • Katie — September 12, 2014 @ 9:07 am (#)

      Freezing pancakes is a good idea! I always just keep them in the fridge…I will definitely be trying that next time I tackle a pancake recipe :)

  6. Thalia @ butter and brioche — September 12, 2014 @ 2:09 am (#)

    Wow these pancakes look incredible! Love the idea of a chai spiced flavour.. I must try the recipe. Pinned!

    • Katie — September 12, 2014 @ 9:07 am (#)

      Thanks for the pin, Thalia!

  7. amallia — September 12, 2014 @ 7:09 am (#)

    The pancakes looks so delicious, nice pics:-)

    • Katie — September 12, 2014 @ 9:08 am (#)

      Thank you, Amallia!

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  10. Talia — October 4, 2014 @ 11:13 am (#)

    Making these right now, don’t look as good as the photo and they are sticking to the pan :/ but they smell and taste great!

    • Katie — October 4, 2014 @ 11:19 am (#)

      Oh no! Did you grease the griddle? My griddle is non-stick, so I don’t have to grease it, but maybe if yours isn’t you have to? Let me know how they turn out!

      • Talia — October 4, 2014 @ 11:22 am (#)

        Yes I used vegetable oil and unfortunately I don’t have a griddle so I used a pan

    • Talia — October 4, 2014 @ 11:20 am (#)

      Never mind they stopped sticking :)

      • Katie — October 4, 2014 @ 11:55 am (#)

        Oh good!

  11. Niki — October 27, 2014 @ 7:55 pm (#)

    These look amazing!!!! I can’t wait for the weekend to come so I can have a nice lazy morning of feasting on them =)

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