Fluffy Chai Spiced Pancakes with Orange Glaze

The perfect weekend breakfast, brunch or breakfast for dinner!  These come together quickly and the chai spice gives it the perfect bite.  The icing on the cake (or, pancakes) is the orange glaze!  The whole crew loved these and we’ll for sure be back for more.  If you have extra time, make our homemade chai spice and save for your favorite baked goods. 

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Fluffy Chai Spiced Pancakes with Orange Glaze

Course: Breakfast, Lunch
Keyword: Breakfast Favorites, Easy Lunch, Gluten Free, Under 30 Minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Denise


  • 1 1/3 cup almond milk or regular milk
  • 2 Tbsp lemon juice
  • 2 Tbsp unsalted butter melted
  • 1/2 cup granulated sugar
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 1/2 cups flour gluten free, if desired
  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/2 tsp ground chai spice see note


  • 2 cups powdered sugar
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 2-4 Tbsp almond milk or regular milk

To Serve:

  • Orange zest
  • Cinnamon sugar

Homemade Chai Spice

  • 2 teaspoons ground cardamom
  • 2 teaspoons ground allspice
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 4 teaspoons ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoon ground cloves
  • 1 1/2 Tbsp ground ginger


  • Combine milk and lemon juice in a small bowl.  Set aside.  Let sit for 5-7 minutes.
  • In a large mixing bowl, combine butter and sugar.  Mix well.  Add eggs and vanilla.  Combine well.  Add milk mixture. Combine well.
  • Add flour, salt, baking powder, baking soda and chai.  Combine ingredients until smooth. Mixture will be thick but should be easily scoopable.
  • Heat a griddle or large nonstick saucepan over medium high heat. Spray with cooking spray or brush surface with a bit of oil to prevent sticking. Working in batches, pour pancake mixture in roughly 1/4 cup circles onto pan or griddle. Cook 2-3 minutes on first side. Pancake will start bubbling slightly and brown on the edges. Flip and cook 2-3 more minutes. Repeat with remaining batter until all pancakes are cooked.
  • In a small bowl, combine ingredients for drizzle.  Whisk until smooth.  If needed, add more milk to desired consistency.
  • Serve pancakes with drizzle.  Top with extra lemon zest and pinch of cinnamon sugar.

Homemade Chai Spice

  • Combine all spices in airtight container.  Cover and shake well to combine.


See above for our wonderful homemade chai mixture that I love keep on hand. For a quicker option, use a bag of chai tea, cutting it open and measuring out only what I need. Each brand varies, so if yours is too coarse, a quick pulse in a spice grinder or mini food processor will solve this. Makes 16 servings of 1 teaspoon each
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