Last Updated on March 31, 2023
Paleo pancakes make for a delicious breakfast, but when you are on special gluten-free, grain-free diet you might be wondering if pancakes are still an option. The good news is, whether you are just avoiding gluten and grains, or you are looking for almond flour pancakes, GAPS pancakes you can eat on a GAPS diet, or SCD pancakes that you can eat on an SCD diet, you are in luck. I’ve got a great recipe you are going to love!
Grain Free Pancakes
“Mommy, will you make pancakes for breakfast?” I hear this request almost every Saturday and Sunday morning (and some weekdays, too) from my kid-lings. They’ve even been known to ask for pancakes at dinner time!
Once we started eating grain free, I knew I had to come up with some sort of pancake recipe. So I went to work. (i.e. scoured the internet for ideas and then tweaked and tweaked to our liking…) I tried making coconut flour pancakes and didn’t like the taste.
I tried many other gluten-free, grain-free, and dairy-free pancake recipes and nothing quite did the trick. Many of the recipes made pancakes that were dense, too gritty, or too eggy. So after many failed attempts, I am excited to come up with the best almond flour pancakes I have tasted.
My family loves it; I bet yours will too!
These paleo pancakes are a family favorrite in my house. With blanched almond flour and eggs as the base, these pancakes are high in protein, unlike their traditional gluten-loaded cousins. These grain free pancakes are light, fluffy, golden brown, and so delicious.
Personally, I think they are the best paleo pancakes! I’ve had friends even mistake them for traditional pancakes.
This paleo pancake recipe is also compliant with SCD and GAPS diets, and is gluten free, grain free, dairy free, and refined sugar free.
When you make this paleo pancake recipe, I bet nobody will even realize they aren’t “real” pancakes. Made with just a few simple ingredients, these light and fluffy grain free pancakes are nutritious and can be made in a short amount of time.
Paleo Pancake Ingredients
So what’s in these beautiful, fluffy pancakes? You’ll be delighted to know that it uses pretty simple ingredients.
- Almond flour – For this recipe, it’s important to use a finely ground blanched almond flour like Honeyville. Blanched almond flour uses almonds that have their skins removed and it makes for better baking. Almond flour and almond meal are not the same, and you don’t want to use almond meal for these paleo pancakes.
- Eggs – The eggs in these paleo pancakes is what gives them the fluffiness. Of course, eggs work as a binder to hold all the ingredients together too.
- Your choice of milk – I prefer to use unsweetened almond milk if I want to make this dairy free. Oatmilk is good too, but I have found that full-fat coconut milk is too thick. You can also just use water if you prefer.
- Honey – Raw honey adds a touch of sweetness without using refined sugar.
- Vanilla Extract – I use an alchohol-free vanilla from Simply Organic that only has organic glycerin and organic vanilla bean extractives in water.
- Apple Cider Vinegar – The apple cider vinegar in this recipe gives the pancakes a little rise and fluffiness. don’t worry – you won’t tase any of it!
- Coconut oil – Use a high quality virgin coconut oil. This is the kind that is solid at room temperature. If you don’t like the taste of cocount, you can use a triple-filtered coconut oil.
- Sea salt
- Baking soda
Paleo pancakes offer all the comfort of the pancakes you remember eating as a kid, just without all the processed ingredients, sugar, grains and dairy. So, you can indulge in some delicious grain free pancakes alongside your favorite coffee drink without the guilt.
Almond Flour Pancakes
Since my paleo pancakes are made with almond flour, they’re naturally low in carbs and actually taste like the real deal. My almond flour pancake recipe is one of the most popular recipes on this site! It’s been made by tons of people and is a huge hit, both with those on a special diet and those who can eat anything they want to.
How to Make Paleo Pancakes
You will love how easy it is to make these healthy pancakes!
When measuring the almond flour be sure to spoon your flour into a measuring cup, then level it. Don’t scoop your measuring cup into the almond flour because you will end up with too much!
- First, start by mixing all ingredients except in a blender until combined. (no need to do separate wet and dry bowls!)
- Next, heat a griddle or pan on medium low. Once hot, add ghee or coconut oil to your pan. Then pour in about 1/4 cup pancake batter or use a pancake pen for the perfect sized pancakes. I prefer to use a griddle since I can cook about 4 pancakes at a time with plenty of room to flip them without making a mess.
- After a few minutes on each side and once edges look dry and bubbly, flip carefully. Then all you need to do is serve them with warm maple syrup.
I’ve found it’s better to cook these on low to medium-low heat. A cast iron skillet retains heat very well. I have found it bet to adjust the burner while cooking these – lowering heat a pinch, then possibly turning up a pinch.
To make them low carb, omit the honey. You may substitute swerve or monk fruit, but my favorite way is to leave out the sweetener altogether and top with butter and homemade low carb raspberry chia jam.
Pancake Add-Ins and Variation
Pancakes are a great vehicle for so many different toppings or add-is. These pancakes are fluffy, golden, and can easily hold any of your favorite toppings.
My kids love when I add in Enjoy Life allergy-friendly chocolate chips, but I prefer adding some ripe bananas in small chunks to the batter. The banana crisps up a little from the pan and tastes amazing in these banana pancakes.
You can top your paleo pancakes with fresh fruit or a fruit compote, sliced bananas, sliced almonds, and don’t forget the maple syrup! You can also drizzle warm nut butter instead of using syrup.
Storing Leftover Pancakes
If you have leftover pancakes, allow them to cool completely before storing them. After they have cooled, wrap them in freezer-safe wrap using single stacks and store them in the refrigerator or freezer.Print
Pancakes (Paleo, SCD, GAPS, grain free, dairy free, refined sugar free)
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Stovetop/Griddle
- Cuisine: American
- 2 1/2 cups blanched almond flour (I use Honeyville)
- 6 extra large eggs
- 1/2 cup milk of choice or water (I use cashew milk or water)
- 1/4 cup honey (I omit for low carb)
- 1 tablespoon vanilla
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1/4 cup coconut oil
- ghee, or coconut oil for cooking pancakes
- Mix all ingredients except ghee in a blender until combined.
- Heat griddle on medium low. Once hot, add ghee or coconut oil.
- Pour in about 1/4 cup batter. Once edges look dry and bubbly, flip carefully.
- I’ve found it’s better to cook these on low to medium-low heat. Cast iron retains heat very well. I have found it bet to adjust the burner while cooking these – lowering heat a pinch, then possibly turning up a pinch.
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Frequently Asked Questions
If you have questions about my paleo pancake recipe, then take a look below.
Can I Use Almond Meal Instead of Almond Flour?
The sort answer is yes, if that’s all you have. But, if you want to make the best paleo pancakes, I highly recommend using blanched almond flour instead.
Can the Almond Flour be Substituted for Anything Else?
For this recipe I do not recommend substituting almond flour for a different gluten free flour.
Is Maple Syrup Okay to Eat on a Paleo Diet?
Unlike refined sugar, pure maple syrup is paleo-friendly. As with all things, moderation is key, so I don’t suggest drowning your paleo pancakes in syrup though!
Can I Freeze Paleo Pancakes?
Yes! You can freeze them. I do recommend using something in between each pancake to keep them from sticking together. You could even lay them flat on a cookie sheet topped with parchment paper and let them freeze individually before packaging them in a freezer safe bag.
Is There a Paleo Pancakes Boxed Mix?
I have tried a few different paleo pancake mixes and have not been impressed. Let’s face it, sometimes a box mix is just easier! The only one I like and have used more than once is the Simple Mills Pancake and Waffles Mix.
Can I Make This Recipe Ahead of Time?
It’s best to make the pancake batter at the time of cooking. But, since you are mixing everything in a blender, it truly only takes a few minutes. Making it ahead of time really won’t save you any time at all.
When you are struggling with diet limitations and food intolerances, sometimes it’s hard to find a good recipe that fits the bill. If you are on the hunt for a delicious recipe for a healthy breakfast, this one makes my favorite pancakes.