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The Ultimate Gluten-Free Pancake Recipe + 5 Delicious Variations

Who doesn’t love a stack of golden pancakes on a Sunday morning?

But regular recipes using wheat flour are a big no-no for your gut, the high-carb, commercial, gluten-free flours will do a number on your blood sugar levels, leaving you hungry and irritable within a couple of hours.

See also Why Gut Health Is Critical to Your Wellbeing

This gluten-free pancake recipe from scratch uses almond meal, and the natural protein and fat content of almonds will keep you fuller for longer and won’t spike your blood sugar levels.

I’ve also included a few fun variations of the recipe to help you make this your own (scroll down for full details), including:

  • Gluten-free vegan pancakes
  • High protein gluten-free pancakes
  • Gluten-free banana pancakes
  • Gluten-free chocolate pancakes
  • Gluten-free pancakes with oatmeal

See also A Beginner’s Guide To Going Gluten Free


  • 1 Cup of almond meal
  • ¾ cup water (modify according to your desired consistency)
  • 2 eggs
  • Pinch of stevia or a teaspoon of maple syrup
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 Tsp of coconut oil (or as needed)


Beat the eggs then whisk all ingredients together is a bowl until nice and smooth. Heat the oil in a frying pan and pour enough batter for one small-sized test pancake and let it bubble away before flipping and doing the other side. Serve with your favourite toppings, berries are a good option if you want to keep the sugar and carbs on the down low!

1. Vegan Pancakes

For almond flour pancakes without eggs, simply omit the eggs and add two heaped teaspoons of Orgran No Egg Natural Egg Replacer whisked with 1 extra 2 Tbsp of water. This is a great twist on the original recipe for those who follow a plant-based diet.

Veganised pancakes will work with any of the below variations also, for example if you want to make gluten-free, vegan banana pancakes, that’s totally possible.

See also Why I’m Not Going Raw, Vegan Or Paleo – A Naturopath Explains

2. Banana Pancakes

If you’ve hit the back-packer trail in South East Asia, I’m sure you know about the yummy banana pancakes going round!

To make your own (gluten-free) banana pancakes, simply mash a whole banana and fold through the batter before frying.

See also: Why You Should Start Eating Bananas Every Day

3. High Protein Pancakes

Gluten-free protein pancakes are all the rage amongst the #fitspo and #eatclean communities on Instagram.

To make your pancakes high protein, simply add a scoop of your favourite protein powder and an extra Tbsp of water, these pancakes are ideal if you plan on hitting the gym after!

Combine this variation with the banana variation for scrumptious, gluten-free, banana protein pancakes. Or combine it with the oatmeal variation below, for oatmeal protein pancakes. Or… If you’re a sweet tooth, make chocolate protein pancakes by combining this variation with the chocolate variation below. So. Many. Options.

See also High Protein Zucchini Fritters

4. Chocolate Pancakes

For a sweeter version, add a tsp of cacao and replace the maple syrup with 2 tsp of coconut sugar. You can also replace the water with almond or coconut milk if you want a richer, creamier pancake, add a little bit extra liquid if the batter is too thick.

This will make for a delicious gluten-free chocolate pancake stack, sans the unhappy gut.

See also Raw Vegan Chocolate Bars That’s Wow Your Tastebuds

5. Oatmeal Pancakes

For an extra dose of cholesterol-lowering fibre, swap half of the almond meal for half a cup of quick cook oats or oatmeal flour.

Note: Pure oatmeal does not contain gluten, however many supermarket brands of oatmeal today do, so please check the packaging carefully first.

Do you have your own recipe for fluffy gluten-free pancakes? This is the time and place for sharing. Contribute to this thriving community of thousands who visit this site every month, and share it in the comment section below. I’d love to try it!

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P.P.S. If you’re looking for more healthy breakfast recipe inspiration, check out this recipe for Oven-Baked Peach & Berry Pancakes by one of my favourite whole-food Chefs Lee Holmes; and these 3 Exquisite Breakfast Chia Pudding Recipes I shared a while back.

Sharee James Naturopath and Yoga & Meditation Instructor

Sharee James is a naturopath and a yoga and meditation teacher dedicated to helping people like you to live your life with more calm and less struggle. You can start now with her free cheat sheet, 'Stress-Less: 10 Quick & Easy tips to Help You Slow Down, Find Calm & Enjoy the Moment' (grab it now at

SHOWHIDE Comments (6)
  1. Hi Sharee, I’m on a mission to find a good fluffy gluten free pancakes recipe too. Would you say these are fluffy? Or do you have any tips to make them fluffy without tasting like a mouth full of bi-carb soda? Although I see this recipe doesn’t use bi-carb anyway… Many thanks in advance.

    1. Hey Jenn, unfortunately GF pancakes aren’t uber-fluffy due the different texture of the flours used. You could add a tbsp of baking powder (more balance/less aftertaste than bicarb soda), and if you use a commercial GF all-purpose flour that has potato starch and maize flour in it, they will come out lighter too – but these are way more high-carb, so better as a treat than a staple! Enjoy 🙂

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