July 6, 2015
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Your kids love pancakes, but with so many different food allergies, it’s hard to find one that pleases everyone. Well, look no further. Our kitchen-tested and kid-approved allergy-friendly pancake recipe is one your family will love.
Check out this quick video to see how simple they are to make.
Here at MOMables, we’re always crafting new recipes to help you feed your children real-ingredient, delicious food.
We especially enjoy making your mealtimes a little easier if you have a child with a particular diet need like gluten-free, egg-free, or dairy-free.
We don’t want you children to feel deprived just because they have to avoid certain foods; we want them to love their food!
But pancakes are tough. Sure, there’s some gluten-free pancakes or dairy-free pancakes. Finding an allergy-friendly recipe that catered to everyone’s dietary needs seemed impossible.
Until these pancakes. They’re the perfect gluten free, dairy free, and egg free pancakes the whole family will devour!
Related: Dairy-Free, Gluten-Free Waffles (vegan version)
These pancakes are a family-favorite breakfast rotation. They’re fluffy, soft, and utterly irresistible, especially topped with a bit (or a lot!) of pancake syrup.
If you’re looking for more egg replacements for pancakes I share lots of options in this post.
Related: Best Pancake Toppings
Pancakes go beyond breakfast, though. They’re great in packed lunches as an alternative to ordinary sandwiches.
Switch up your routine by making a sweeter pancake sandwich; just smear some nut butter inside, top with fruit, and voila! Don’t forget about the occasional breakfast-for-dinner treat.
These pancakes are the perfect easy recipe for your family “brinner” night!
Whip up a batch of these allergy-friendly pancakes for an easy meal that caters to every dietary need and will have your whole family ready for seconds!
Gluten-Free Vegan Pancakes
- 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed flax meal
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or sugar or honey
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 cup milk or nondairy substitute
- Grease a griddle, and preheat over medium heat. (Or you can use a pan on your stovetop.)
- In a medium mixing bowl, sift together the flour, flax meal, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
- In a separate bowl, combine the maple syrup, vanilla, applesauce, and milk. Slowly mix half of the liquid into the dry ingredients, stirring continuously, and the rest ¼ cup at a time to avoid a runny batter. Mix until you get the lumps out of the batter.
- On your griddle, begin to cook the pancakes, using about ¼ cup of the batter for each one.
- Cook for 1 to 2 minutes, until they start to bubble around the edges and flip. Cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from the griddle, and serve.
- Not all gluten-free all-purpose flours are the same. For this recipe, we’ve tried King Arthur flour and Bob’s 1:1 Gluten-Free Four with the most success. You’ll find a lot of suggestions in the comments below this post with mixes and brands our members have successfully used.
- Since this recipe is made with flax and gluten-free flour, they tend to stick to eco-friendly cookware. Grease generously.
- I do not recommend using coconut oil to grease the pan since it does not have enough “slip” and will likely cause the pancakes to stick.
Blueberry Pancake Syrup – Top your pancakes with some delicious blueberry syrup. Use fresh or frozen blueberries for this simple and easy to make recipe.
Strawberry Pancake Syrup – Grab those frozen strawberries you meant to use in smoothies and turn them into a delicious pancake syrup in minutes!
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Just A Review
Nothing beats a whole wheat buttermilk pancake with eggs in it, but this is the closest to a “pancake” that’s been allergen friendly. Use at least a tablespoon of some sort of oil or plant based “butter” in your frying pan per pancake. It takes about 4 to 5 minutes to cook a pancake on medium-low heat on each side. Edges are crispy. It holds together well and flips well. Tastes good. I wish there was a way to make the inside less gooey and more cakey? But, that’s just the non-gluten, non-milk and non-egg ingredients.
I made this recipe a while ago and it was amazing. I did again today as a double batch and the pancakes just didn’t cook through. I ended up just eating the pancakes because I simply couldn’t waste the ingredient I put in. In the future I will only make one batch at a time.
MOMables - Laura
I’m sorry that happened! Yes, this is one recipe that depending on the flour you use can be finicky when doubling. I always make this single batch bowls and make more batter, one batch at a time.
These probably stick due to the lack of oil in the batter. If oil was used instead of applesauce it would probably not stick.
Tried making these and did 1/2 the recipe. I also used coconut flour and honey instead of syrup. What is the consistency supposed to be? On the runny side like regular pancake mix? Not runny and one where you can form a ball in your hand with is? I didn’t have luck with either side and they would fall apart when I tried to flip them. They smell and taste amazing though so I really want to master this recipe :)
Hi Jaley, coconut flour is incredibly finicky to work with and probably why your pancakes didn’t turn out. If you’re looking for a recipe with coconut flour, I have this one: https://www.laurafuentes.com/coconut-flour-pancakes/
This recipe did not call for coconut flour. When following a recipe, use the ingredients called for. Any experienced cook should know that you cannot sub coconut flour for other flours in recipes.
Thank you so much for this lovely recipe! So fluffy and yummy! My GF,EF&DF 4 year old approves this recipe and now we have printed and kept it in our recipe book for future use.
I got a chance to try these today and boy were they delicious! I used the GF flour from Target, the Good and Gather, and I subbed coconut milk for the dairy and then added a handful of blueberries and oh em gee these turned out so good. Light, fluffy, and delicious. My partner is a huge pancake snob and afraid of anything gluten free and he even said these were better than “regular pancakes”. This might go on our regular rotation.
Love that these were a hit for you guys! Blueberries will certainly make them even more delicious.
So, I’ve just recently found out I’m allergic to A LOT of stuff! I knew just by how I felt I had a gluten sensitivity but I just had a complete food allergy test done and so many more things came up. I have tons of gluten free pancake mixes and foods but now my I have to mark off eggs and dairy. Those 3 are my biggest offenders but there’s many others too including flax and even rice. Unfortunately all my gluten free flours contain rice flour. Rice was a 1 on my allergy profile so I’m willing to sacrifice that but flax was a 2. I read some comments and saw someone substituted chick pea water for flax but I’m also allergic to chick peas! Boy, I’m just a mess. :-D Is the flax necessary or can I use something else? Thanks!!
Wow, Malissa, that is a lot, but you can still make these pancakes without flax. You can sub it for any nut or seed butter.
Lisa S Providence
Better late than never:-) I tried today (16 Jul 2021) using Oat flour instead of all purpose gluten free flour and thankfully my pancakes looked and tasted very good.
I just recently got diagnosed with a lot of food sensitivities too, and it has been a journey for sure! Flax is not on my list, but I have heard from others that if flax is being used to retain moisture you may have some success with psyllium powder, but you may have to use less. I haven’t experimented with this yet, but thought it would give you a research point.
What about ground chia seeds? You can sub flax for those if you are able to have them
Hi Megz, I have not tried this recipe using chia seeds so I can’t positively say they will work. If you do try them in this pancake recipe let me know how it turns out.
I have very similar allergies and just made these using cassava flour -land they turned out great!
Thank you, Diana!
Some of the most delicious pancakes! I follow the recipe except I use Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose flour. I found that using half to 3/4 of the wet ingredient mixture yields perfectly thick and fluffy pancakes. Using all the wet ingredient mixture will make the batter too runny and you’ll end up with flat pancakes.
These are excellent!
Love this recipe! Thanks so much!! Just wondering, are they freezer friendly?
Yes, you can freeze these in a zip bag for up to a month.
Wow such a great recipe… they taste like churros !
How important is the flax seed? Can I skip it?
Hi Carolyn, the flaxseed is replacing the egg for this pancake recipe. It helps to bind the ingredients so I don’t reccomend skipping.
My very finicky son is on an elimination diet and is currently gluten, dairy, and corn free. He loved these (so did I). We also used the Bob’s Red Mill flour. The batter seemed too runny at first but cooked up fluffy. Question: How do you thaw and warm these for eating after freezing?
MOMables - Laura
I’m so glad you enjoyed these, Mel! Here is a full post on how to freeze and thaw pancakes. The short, either in the toaster oven or 30-seconds in the microwave.
Love this recipe! Hard to find oil and banana free pancakes that are actually fluffy.
I tried these twice with Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 flour and they came out gummy. No substitutions other than I used unsweetened soy milk. The second time, I tried to make the pancakes as thin as possible in case they weren’t cooking through, but they were just as gummy. Any suggestions?
Hi Ann, unfortunately not all gluten-free flours are the same. For this recipe, I used King Arthur flour which yeilded the most success.
I always have this gummy problem when using flax or chia eggs in pancakes… unfortunately the only solution I was able to find was to add an egg or half to the recipe, it 100% makes it non gummy and doesn’t stick to the pan.
I am in the UK and used Doves Plain free from flour and they turned out perfectly. Delicious! These will become a regular!
I am soooo happy I found this recipe. I have tried so many and they all turned out gummy. I use Bob’s All Purpose Flour not the 1 in 1 and they came out great. The 1 in 1 has xanthum gum and the All Purpose doesn’t. Just don’t use all of the wet ingredients because it will be too runny. If it ends up runny, I just add a little bit more flour.
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Delicious! I only had about 1/4 cup of vanilla oat milk left, so I cut the recipe in 1/2 and added more applesauce to makeup for the lack of milk. My 4yo son made them with me and ate every last bite-yum!!
These tasted great! But not in pancake form. . .I used bob’s red mill 1:1 gluten free baking flour. No matter what I tried, nonstick or cast iron, lots of oil or a medium amount, they just kept sticking. So, I took a low-rimmed circular cake pan, lined the bottom and sided with parchment paper, greased with avocado oil, and popped it in the oven at 350 degrees f, and left it in for about 20 minutes, give or take. It came out very nicely, like a thin cake, and I sliced it up and served it. I recommend adding an extra teaspoon of cinnamon when you are making the batter.
Super glad you loved them! Extra cinnamon is always a good idea ;)
brilliant idea! never thought of this…. thank you for sharing! I have endless stick problems with most egg free pancakes too.. i’m gonna try this right now!
WOW ! Talk about YUM!!!!
These were by far the BEST GF and DF pancakes I have come across. They were gone in an instant and the whole family LOVED them!
I swapped maple syrop out with honey. and used a blend of Buckwheat/almond flour.
This is my go to from now one :)
LOVE LOVE LOVED this!!
Fluffy yummy easy!
I did sub the apple sauce for mushed banana. Worked perfect. Thankyou
This recipe was exactly what I was looking for. I am vegan, my son has a nut allergy and he brought home a friend who has Celiac’s disease. What to do?? These pancakes turned out GREAT and were a huge hit with fruit and maple syrup.
I only had to make one small substitution – my flax meal has traces of both gluten and nuts. I used chick pea fluid in my fluid measurement to replace the egg/flax. This worked perfectly and the pancakes were tender and delicious.
Thanks so much!
MOMables - Laura
So glad they were a hit, Beth! Good call on the reserved chickpea liquid, I would’ve never thought of that!
I just made this recipe and they were delicious! I just used Woolworths brand gluten free flour (I’m in Aus) and soy milk and they were absolutely delicious!
Super glad you loved them!
I am intrigued by this recipe. I want to try it. We’ve been eating lots of pancakes with the kids home. Thanks for sharing
I love these pancakes but have 1 minor issue. No matter how hot or how long I cook them, they never seem to get fully cooked inside. They are always so moist inside that they crush easily. I would describe the insides as too moist. I have cut back on the almond milk until the batter gets quite thick. That helps but…
MOMables - Laura
It could be the gluten-free flour you are using. I’ve found King Arthur’s to be the best overall.
I am having the same issue as Andy B. And I was thinking the same thing as you Laura. I am using the red mill version that uses sweet white rice and brown rice as their gluten free substitute. The pancakes remind me of the consistency of a mochi ice cream. But I will for sure try the King Arthur version.
MOMables - Laura
Judy, I highly suggest you try the Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten-Free Flour. To date, it’s yielded the most consistent pancakes.
Diane C Nicholson
I am a longtime vegan (24 years) so used maple syrup and coconut milk. I also am gluten-free but have to stay away from nightshades as well. Every gluten-free flour I’ve seen (ready made mix) has potato starch in it, so I mixed 1/3 almond flour, 1/3 rice flour and 1/3 buckwheat. That worked well. I also added 1/2 tablespoon of psyllium husks– they hold things together.
They were great! I loved them– thanks! Gave me the energy needed to go out and feed our Animal Ambassadors at our Farm Animal Sanctuary. :-)
MOMables - Laura
So glad you loved them Diane!
I highly recommend using green banana flour, I swapped it 1 for 1, and used only 1 tsp baking powder (2 parts cream of tartar, 1 part baking soda) with no other changes. My girlfriend and I love the results. Hoping one person will try this, it’s so hard finding a good paleo/ vegan pancake recipe.
MOMables - Laura
thanks for the suggestion!
Love that you have used flaxseed meal for it. Great idea and the pancakes look super delish. Thanks for the recipe.
YUM!! Finally a gluten free, vegan pancake recipe that works! We’ve been doing the gluten free, vegan eating for around 5 years now (my daughter longer), so I have tried a few pancake recipes in my search for a go-to one. This one is it. It’s WAY better than the others online I have tried and I’ve probably tried at least 5-6 (and gave up). Thank you for my family’s new go-to gf/vegan pancake recipe. Wonderfully sublime.
MOMables - Laura
Thank you, Sandra. I’m glad they were a hit!
I can’t eat a lot of things (Dairy, eggs, soy), because i breastfeed my 6 months old, I’ve been craving pancakes for soooooooo long, but didn’t thought they could be made without eggs, but oooooh i was so wrong. These are the MOST AMAZING pancakes i have ever made and eaten!!
Haven’t tried it yet Wondering if I can use cassava flour? I am not able to have xanthum gum or eggs.
MOMables - Laura
Although I haven’t made these with cassava flour, I do have a recipe for Cassava flour pancakes here http://bit.ly/CassavaPancakes. Swap the eggs for 2 flax eggs (3 tablespoons of water mixed with 1 tablespoon ground flax = 1 egg).
Nancy, wonder if you have tried this yet. I was unsuccessful with cassava and no eggs, gooey & inedible. ugh!
This recipe worked well for me using cashew milk & Arthurs flour
MOMables - Laura
Hi Julie, this is not a recipe that can be made with cassava flour. Cassava flour isn’t really a “flour” but a starch. The measurements are goign to be different. This recipe for Cassava Flour Pancakes was created specifically for cassava flour. It works with a dairy-free substitute as well. Enjoy.
I just made with Cassava flour and they are yummy. I also used coconut milk and had to add quite a bit more milk to get a thinner batter.
MOMables - Laura
Can you make this with almond flour instead?
MOMables - Laura
this recipe has not been developed to be made with almond flour -although many people have done this successfully. They are going to be slightly denser when replaced 1:1. enjoy!
I usually use brown rice flour and it works great! I tried almond flour for the first time today, and it was a disaster.
MOMables - Laura
Hi Jean, this recipe will not work with Almond flour. Sorry!
I thought these pancakes were easy to make. They came out a bit flat but I thought they tasted great!
I made these in frustration… I had onions and mushrooms chopped all ready to make an omelette only to find no eggs in the fridge! What to make for breakfast with no gluten and no eggs??? A quick search brought me to this recipe… substituted green banana flour for all purpose flour, finely mashed banana for the applesauce, and psyllium husk for the ground flax seed. A delicious discovery!
Those are amazing! It was my first time making gluten free pancakes and omg they are better than the other I made with gluten! I added few blueberries inside the butter and they were amazing! And very good nice touch was that it say add half the wet butter fist and then as needed because I only used 3/4 of my wet mixture. Maybe because I didn’t scoop the flour out of the container but fader fill the cup with a spoon and then level. Anyway just something to be greatful for that the recipe is so thoughtfully written.
I used red Mills 1 to 1 as well as the flax and the applesauce for flavour I tossed in some frozen raspberries or blueberries these were so freaking good it took all my strength not to eat them all.
Do you recommend using King Arthur’s flour with or without xantham gum?
MOMables - Laura
I find that GF flour mixes with xanthan gum hold up much better in baked goods and pancakes -otherwise you’ll have to add your own.
What about oat flour? :)
MOMables - Laura
Hi Trish, I have never tried it with oat flour but since it’s a 1:1 ratio for all-purpose, gluten-free flour I don’t see why it wouldn’t work. Let me know how they come out!
I tried the Bisquick Gluten Free mix and it tasted like heaven. Plus i omitted the flaxseed and added flax milk because I didn’t have any flaxseed. And finally, this recipe tastes AMAZING with some homemade blueberry syrup!
I used chickpea flour (from my local farmers market, no specific brand) and followed the recipe EXACTLY and it was awesome! I’ve tried many gf, vegan pancake mixes, this is by far the best. My kids gobbled it up, even my little one who is 4 and beyond picky. Thank you! Guys, just follow the recipe and it’ll be great!
Oh my GOODNESS!!
Just last month I went to the doctor, got some tests done, and they came back saying I had Celiac disease!!
And being the baker I am, I wanted to fined really good recepice fast so i could continue doing what I love!
Me and my mom stumbled across MOMables! ANd LET ME TELL YOU!! this pancake recipe was the first thing a made from this website and…… I DONT EVEN REALLY CARE IF I HAVE CELIAC DISEASES IF IT MEANS THIS IS THE KINDA STUFF I CAN EAT!! These were the best pancakes I’ve EVER eaten!!
Keep up the good work!! A+ job.
This is a great recipe! I love it and have made it many times! I use Bob’s Red Mill 1 to 1 Gluten Free Baking Flour and cashew milk. I found that the milk alone is enough moisture. If you add applesauce, the pancakes are a little too moist, so I removed the applesauce and thought the consistency of the pancakes turned out much better.
Thanks for the heads up! I used the 1to1 as well and did not use the applesauce. They were perfect!
Melissa R Carr
I used BOBS 1:1 and no applesauce, and they turned out too thick for me! I used monkfruit instead of maple syrup and added 1/4tsp organic maple extract. And DID use the applesauce, they were thinner and more pancake like!
These did not turn out for me. They were lumpy and stuck to the pan. Maybe the flour. I used arrowhead mills gluten free ap.
MOMables - Laura
Hi Sara, sorry these didn’t turn out for you. I’ve never had success with Arrowhead flour products. They turn out gummy or gritty depending on the recipe.
That’s exactly what I’m finding out and I bought 6 bags on Amazon. :/
I really want an organic gluten free flour!
Same here ladies, unfortunately I’ve had no luck with the arrowhead flour. I wish I’d know before purchasing a full bag. Pancakes are always flat, gummy and batter is lumpy and thick. I’ll try red mill or making my own in the future!
MOMables - Laura
Hi Brittany, sorry the Arrowhead did not work for you. I do not recommend that brand (ever) unless you are baking chocolate chip cookies. It’s about the only thing that doesn’t come out disastrous. Try Bob’s Red Mill 1:1.
Can I make this with an egg instead of flax? Also, would coconut milk work okay in this recipe?
MOMables - Laura
absolutely to both!
I tried this recipe this morning and was sad to see that the resulting pancakes were gummy, heavy, and had an off flavor. I used Bobs Redmill 1 to 1 flour, almond milk, and I substituted the applesauce with a flax egg, which I have successfully substituted on numerous gluten free and vegan pancake recipes with amazing results. Very dissapointed that this recipe, as I see others have stated, was gummy and unappealing.
MOMables - Laura
Hi Mariana, this recipe does not allow much margin for substitutions. Sorry!
I made these pancakes this morning with Authentic Foods brand gluten-free multiblend flour. I forgot to add the syrup but they still came out really good and my daughter gave them a thumbs up. That is huge as she is a picky eater on top of being allergic to 7 of the top 8. Thank you for a great recipe.
Hello Laura, Thanks for your recipes. If I use 1/2 tapioca + 1/2 rice flour when making these pancakes, what other dry ingredients would Ineed? Also are all baking powder’s gluten free?
MOMables - Laura
Hi Dorothy, I have not had success making these pancakes with a homemade gf mix. With those, you’ll need xantham gum to bind for sure but I have not been able to get the amounts right. Without it, you’ll get chewy pancakes.
Hi. Tried and enjoyed. Thank you
Used Namaste Perfect Gluten Free Flour Blend and they were too gummy; I even added more milk because the batter was still pretty thick.
MOMables - Laura
Namaste makes this recipe gummy. has a high % of starch.
Tried this recipe this morning and LOVED IT! It was a huge hit. My uncle is not the kind to try “different” things and raved about them! This is a KEEPER! Thanks so much for sharing. BTW I used the Red’s Gluten, Wheat and Dairy Free All Purpose Flour. YUM!
I doubled the batch. For flour, I used half fonio flour and half Bob’s Redmill. I substituted pulverized psylliyum husks (from the coffee grinder) for the flaxmeal, only using half the quantity. And I used Pacific oatmilk (which is pretty disgusting to drink, but works fine for cooking). Instead of apple sauce, I used a fresh Fuji apple that I finely minced in the food processor, and I subbed sugar for the maple syrup.
The batter was too thin at first, but I knew that psyllium thickens with time so I let it sit for 10 minutes before cooking with it and that did the trick. (Next time I’ll wait 15.) I oiled the cast iron and as usual, the first pancake was crap.
Thereafter, the rest were amazing! They cooked perfectly all the way through and the apple cinammon flavor was explosive! (I topped them with sliced banana and dipped them in maple syrup, rather than pouring the syrup over the top.)
I’m guessing I didn’t get much binding capacity from the apple since it wasn’t strictly “sauce,” but the psyllium made up for it. I got 12 pancakes out of the doubled recipe.
Hi Laura, thank you so much for this recipe! I have come across it a couple of years ago and have been making it religiously for my boys. I have three boys (6, 4 & 2) who are allergic to nuts, wheat, egg, dairy and shellfish. These pancakes are always a hit when we have people over for brunch, even for the people that don’t have any allergy. For the flour, I use 1/2 cup of rice flour and 1/2 cup of tapioca starch. I have tried other big label gluten-free flour mix, but they seem to take forever to cook. I never have applesauce handy and have always used half of a very ripe banana and half an avocado. I don’t know why but the avocado always makes it very fluffy. Sometimes when I leave out the avocado then the pancakes are not as fluffy. For milk, I use the canned coconut milk (Aroy-D brand).
MOMables - Laura
Shannon, I”m so glad this recipe is such a hit! The 1/2 tapioca + 1/2 rice flour is a great combo because the tapioca has enough starch to keep these together (most “mixes” only have up to 1/3 of the mix being a starch usually less…) that’s another reason they are so fluffy. One of the reasons I always recommend a premade mix is because most people that come to this recipe are pretty new to the whole gluten-free thing, but you’re a pro! The banana will act as a binder just like the applesauce and the fat from the avocado gives them the elasticity to stretch and become fluffy. You’ve totally got this!! Thank you for trusting my recipes in your home. :)
I made this exactly as described above, with King Arthur flour, applesauce (organic with berries mixed in it), and rice milk. The batter was pretty runny and the pancakes were airy but super thin. Am I doing something wrong? This is my first attempt at GF cooking. I almost think that I didn’t need as much of the rice milk.
MOMables - Laura
Hi Jan, I’m sorry they didn’t turn out as well for you. Two things, rice milk tends to be a bit runnier and the other, Does your flour have Xanthan gum in it? (it’s mean to be used as s binder). I’ve had good success with KAF baking flour mix with this recipe frequently.
It says “dairy free” but then in the ingredients lists milk. What is the best dairy free substitute? These aren’t actually vegan or dairy free as the title suggests :)
MOMables - Laura
Any “milk” or dairy-free alternative will work. Whatever you use. Nut milk, rice milk, oat milk, hemp milk. So yes, they are vegan and dairy free, given you use oil and not butter to cook them.
I made the pancakes and omitted the applesauce. The pancakes were gooey on the inside.
MOMables - Laura
The applesauce binds the batter and should not be omitted.If they were gooey they were too thick on the pan.
To make this a waffle do you just add a little oil?
MOMables - Laura
Hi Robin, here is my recipe for homemade waffle mix. Using this particular batter, you can just add a little (about a tablespoon or 2) of liquid, like apple sauce, or non-dairy milk, to make them slightly thinner. Oil will work to make sure they don’t stick to the waffle maker since all waffle makers are slightly different. I hope this helps!
I made these for my GFCF son who is Autistic. They taste great, but I also had the gummy texture on the inside. I would assume it’s still ok, since applesauce was used. I mean, they are cooked through. Just caught me off guard for a second thinking about them not being cooked all the way.
I have used bananas as a replacement for eggs many times in baking, so maybe it could be tried here too.
It sure can!
We don’t have to avoid gluten – only yeast and eggs. Could I use a regular all purpose flour or whole wheat flour in place of the gluten-free? Do you think I would need to alter any other ingredients as a result? Have you ever tried these in a waffle maker?
Regular all-purpose flour will work 1:1. Whole-wheat flour will yield dense pancakes. Good luck!
I have heard of flax seed being used in place of egg and applesauce being used in place of fat. If I want to use Egg Replacer, and dairy-free margarine, do you think I could leave out both flax and applesauce?
I am sorry but I have not tested the recipe with those substitutions.
Question: I made these today for the first time, and used Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free 1:1 Baking Flour. I made the recipe exactly as stated, but they were super gummy in the middle. Fortunately, the flavor was delicious & my kids have never had a “real” pancake to compare them to, so they didn’t notice the gummy texture at all and still gobbled them up! :-) But I’d love to improve the gummy texture for my own enjoyment, and to learn more about gluten free cooking and baking. Any ideas on what I could’ve done wrong? The batter was thick, with no lumps, but easily pourable. (The King Arthur flour was 3 times the price at the grocery store as the Bob’s Red Mill, so I was hoping to stick with the Bob’s one). What typically causes the gummy-ness?
Thanks for your help!! It’s super hard to find recipes for all the allergies my kids have!
Michelle, can you have eggs? the gummier texture is because of the apple sauce in substitute of eggs, it bakes slightly differently than eggs. I use BRM for all my pancakes now (it’s much cheaper than KAF).
I’m looking for GF and Dairy free, but I can use eggs, so how many would I use in place of the applesauce to avoid the gummy texture? would I still need the flax seed?
MOMables - Laura
You would use 2 eggs in this recipe and omit the flax and applesauce.
I believe this is because of the xanthan gum in the Bob’s 1:1. Try another GF AP flour that does not have gum in it.
I really loved these thank you so much, we trialled three different online recipies last year and these came out the best, Im from the UK I used doves farm GF flour and Ogran egg replacer instead of the seeds. Im so glad to have 1 recipie everyone can eat
I followed this recipe exactly using Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 GF flour. The insides of the pancakes would not cook, even though they were done on the outside. They ended up tasting like mushy, cinnamon apple sauce pancakes
Super easy and amazing! I used Pillsbury’s best gluten free all purpose flour and it worked great! I did have to use a little bit more milk, which is to be expected when using a different flour blend, so it was pourable. It was still thick but worked great. I actually make Cinnamon roll pancakes by swirling in a mixture of melted butter, brown sugar and cinnamon. My son and us parents devorered them super quick! You wouldn’t have known that these were gluten free or vegan if you weren’t told. Great recipe to make all kinds of different flavored pancakes. Thanks for the recipe!
Oh and one more question. Could the weather make a difference like with fudge? I live in Louisiana and it is very humid here. It seems unlikely but possible.
Natalie, I live in Louisiana. These pancakes come out perfect every time. The biggest difference is the gluten-free flour that you use.
I wanted to point out to some of the people commenting with terrible results that baking requires proper measurement and gluten free requires even more specific measurements. They need to be exact by leveling off dry ingredients and so forth. With that said, this may be a dumb question but should I use cup measurements for all ingredients and scrape the top to make it level with the dry ingredients and used these same type of cups with liquids. Should I be using a measuring cup for liquids or does it matter? It seems like I remember someone telling me you have to use different ones for dry and liquid. Is this true? I used King Arthur flour and I have a very good nonstick pan so the first batch I did not use anything to grease the pan and the second time I used avocado oil. The first ones were a little more gummy than the second with the oil so I preferred the ones with oil. Regardless though they both had a good flavor and my daughter that is two loved them so that is what’s most important to me. What is your opinion on greasing the pan? Also, I just want to say that it drives me nuts when people alter a recipe (especially changing multiple ingredients) and then complain and give a bad rating. Shame on the ones that did that! I can not understand your logic for doing that. Some people’s children!! Thank you for the recipe!
Hi Natalie! Yes, measuring correctly makes a big difference. The proper technique is to get flour with one spoon or measuring scoop into the flour and pouring that into the actual measuring cup. Then, using a knife or your finger, swooping off the excess. If you dip your measuring cup directly into the flour bag, the flour will be more compact and you actually get more into the recipe than you need. The gummy texture really has a lot to do with the particular gluten-free flour mix. KAF is a great one and so is Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 gluten free baking mix. They are my go-to flours. the key is to also make this recipe a few times and after a while, you’ll figure out the texture you like. No gluten-free pancake recipe will have the “fluff” of the real thing, especially these that are dairy, egg, and gluten free.
Wonderful recipe…followed as written using Bob Mills GF Flour. My husband has to make some dramatic diet changes. I found this recipe doing a web search and loved it! I’ll be taking a look at your other recipes now too! Thank you!
what if i dont have flaxmeal would it still work?
You’ll need to add 1 egg to the recipe.
Hi, I would like to try this recipe but I am out of the US. Here, the gluten free flour is mostly comprised of cornstarch. Will that work? What do you suggest? Thanks!
I have not tried your particular g-f mix but usually one that has about 30% start will work. An all-starch mix will not.
our pancake batter was sponge like :(
The outcome will vary based on the type of gluten-free flour mix you used.
Tried to make these and it was a big ‘ol fail. They were gummy, not edible. Used Bon’s Red Mill 1 to 1, Swapped syrup for coconut sugar since that’s all I had and the applesauce for pure pumpkin puree. Possible issues: over mixed? Should milk be room temperature (thinking yes but I was hungry so in it went), and they stuck to the pan. I used coconut oil so maybe it was too hot?
I am sorry this did not turn out for you. This particular recipe is meant to be followed as written.
THANK YOU!! Being new a a ton of food sensitivities and a foodie, I have been trying to convert my favorite recipes or take out/substitute things I can’t have. My poor husband has had to consume many “fails” in my quest. These pancakes are the BEST, I feel like a normal person eating a normal breakfast. What a blessing!!! I used Bob’s Red Mill, Good Grains Flax/Chai blend and mashed sweet potato instead of applesauce (EVERYTHING is pumpkin spice this time of year and I have felt so deprived), Used pure maple syrup (can’t have corn syrup which is in all commercial “maple syrup”). After cooking I dusted my husbands cakes with pumpkin pie spice (I can’t have cinnamon or ginger). We just enjoyed the best breakfast since I started this journey. You are my hero
That all sounds so delicious! We’re so glad these working for your family. We understand how difficult it can be to deal with allergies. Look around for more allergy-friendly recipes!
How many does this recipie make????
I NEED to know
It yields 10-12 4″ pancakes.
I used the Pillsbury all-pupose gluten free flour. It was all i had. It was not fluffy. I’ll try King Arthur brand next.
King Arthur is our favorite!
About how many calories does each pancake have?
We don’t calculate that info, but you can plug in your ingredients to https://www.caloriecount.com/cc/recipe_analysis.php to figure it out!
Being new to the GF vegan world, it’s so nice to find recipes that are easy and taste great! I tried this with banana (for flax) and apple butter (for applesauce). Cook lovely, but we’re a tiny bit gooey. Still, will use again! Thx
We’re glad you liked them! You can definitely find more GF/vegan recipes here. Feel free to look around!
So, Heather, you ranked a recipe (only 3 stars) based on you changing the recipe entirely? It’s people like you….
I know. I can’t prevent that things don’t turn out well when people make substitutions. All recipes always work best when followed as written.
My niece came over and wanted pancakes. She has all sorts of food allergies…I made this recipe, used almond milk, cut the flaxseed meal by 1/4 and added 1 tsp almond extract. Even my children loved them!!! This is definitely going to replace our standard pancake mix.
That’s awesome! So happy you all loved them. :)
Tried this recipe with a few alterations & it was FABULOUS!! For people who think these are dense, try adding 1-2 Tb of either melted butter or oil to the batter…it helps significantly! I used Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 baking flour and subbed yogurt instead of applesauce. I didn’t have flax seed on hand & they still turned out beautifully. Be sure to flatten the batter a bit in the pancake pan too if you want thinner pancakes. YUM!
Thanks for that tip, Kristine! This recipe is one of our favorites. :)
Thanks for the recipe! The pancakes are delicious-a million times better than the last one I tried. I used the Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 flour, which has xanthan gum. They pancakes were just the slightest bit gummy. I looked up the King Aurthur gluten-free measure-for-measure and it also has xantham gum, but their regular gluten-free all purpose blend does not. Which one do you use? Any ideas?
We use the gluten-free measure-for-measure, but I’m sure either would work. Let us know which one you try!
My son LOVES these pancakes! Can’t tell you enough what a gift this is for me as he was recently diagnosed with Eosinophilic Esophagitis (EoE) and having so many food restrictions (eggs, dairy, gluten, soy) it has been a struggle to get him excited to eat much of anything… but he loves the pancakes.. and whipping them up, too! One day, one new recipe at a time…please keep your allergen free recipes coming!!
This makes us so happy!! We definitely have lots of allergy-friendly recipes on this site and LauraFuentes.com. :)
These are THE BEST gluten free-egg free pancakes I have ever had. My son has ridiculously specific dietary restrictions including wheat, eggs and milk to name a few. I have tried at least 3-4 other pancake recipes and they were all terrible. This one takes the cake! I did make 2 adjustments. I used apple juice and water in place of the milk substitute (my son can’t have any of them) and I only used 1/2 the liquid (1/4 c simply apple juice and 1/4 c water). They turned out fluffy instead of gummy like all the other recipes I tried and the flavor reminds me of an apple spice pancake. Even my daughter who is not restricted loved them. We will be making these on a weekly basis!!!
I’m so glad these turned out to be a great success for you Lauren! Your apple spice version sounds delicious!
Wow! I just made these and they were delicious. My daughter is intolerant to wheat and eggs so I was so happy to find and try this recipe. I followed it to the letter with the exception of using cow milk and cutting the cinnamon in half. The only issue that I had was that I couldn’t make them round and had some difficulty flipping them – though this could be down to my lack of overall pancake experience.
Thank you, it’s a keeper!!
I like to use an ice cream scoop or melon baller to help make them the same size and round. I have also used a squeeze bottle in the past. Hope these help you in getting nice round pancakes. Of course, I do make pancakes often, it’s a house favorite.
Can I use coconut flour instead of gluten free all purpose flour? I guess I can try it out myself if no one has tried it before. Thanks!
Coconut flour is not a 1:1 replacement for all-purpose flour. These pancakes were not designed to be made with coconut flour.
I consider myself a pretty darn good cook as I have been cooking since I could pull a chair up to the stove, and was taught by a chef and two “old school” grandmothers. (Background included to provide that I am not a novice )
I have been making pancakes (or hotcakes, as I was raised to call them) since the 70s.
Recently I had to change to a full on vegan diet (health reasons) so have been searching high and low for recipes to replace – vegan style – as many of my (and my family’s) favorite dishes as possible…Hotcakes being one of them.
I made this for the first time this morning. It was tasty but the texture was a bit much. I will cut the flax meal back by half next time and continue to cut it back until my children love it.
The recipe as it is makes pretty thick hotcakes, and they are quite dense. This makes it difficult to pan fry to done-ness without getting them too crispy (by that I mean burned) so need to add roughly 1/2 cup more liquid for the proper cooking – depending on the type of flour used. If you are expecting them to be “fluffy” looking as in the picture, please try not to be disappointed. They will also be darker (thanks to the flax seed meal) and not appear fluffy at all.
I am one who lives to make PRETTY food. Everything I make, from snacks to full meals, is pleasing to look at before my family digs in. Food goes down easier and happily when it is something can be eaten with your eyes first !!!
Thank you for trying the recipe. It’s unfortunate that it didn’t turn out the way you hoped. Part of the train is because when you cut out some of the flax, the sponginess (fluff) is also removed. The flax is here to replace the egg and if you are looking for golden colored pancakes you can use golden flax as the ones pictured did. There are a lot of variables that will make this recipe not turn out as pictured; and besides the flax, the type of gluten free flour used will make a difference as well. I hope you decide to try them again as written.
Fortunately, the flax, as you may already know, is not required at all, as a binder, as the apple sauce takes the place of the egg all by itself. I have been experimenting with different types of gluten free flour so the jury is still out on my favorite one for hotcakes. A single one, as with all other types of flour, is not meant for every recipe, unfortunately. Oh if it were that easy.
I understand your frustration but in this particular recipe, the apple sauce + flax create a firmer bind. the apple sauce alone won’t fully bind. Omitting ingredients and then creating your own modification and not being happy with the results isn’t fair to those of us that develop recipes. These are tested dozens of times (at least on our website) with a specific measurement of ingredients. This particular recipe isn’t kind to experimentation and works best with 1:1 gluten-free flours like from Bob’s Red Mill and King Arthur flour where the protein to starch ratio is close.
I’m not having luck getting them fluffy or cooked all the way it’s always raw even after cooking them for a long Time (5 mins) or more
what flour are you using for this recipe?
Too gummy. :( Used 1-to-1 flour.
What brand? We’ve had the most success with King Arthur!
Hey there! I am going to try these tomorrow….does anyone know if you can make the batter in advance and refridgerate? I appreciate your working putting this together! My 14 month old has allergies we can’t quite 100% put our finger on yet so we are gluten, dairy, egg, free….SIGH! Thanks again!
I think that could definitely work! Let us know if you try it.
I’m in the same boat! I have a 15 month old daughter!
Yeah, I totally understand. I’m 15 and was recently diagnosed with EOE. It’s similar to an allergy and we don’t yet know what causes it so for 3 months i’m off of wheat, egg, soy, peanuts, tree nuts, dairy, fish, and shellfish. this recipe is super helpful.
We are new to the gluten free, egg free, and peanut free world – 2 year old son has all of these allergies.
I just wanted to say that of all of the pancake recipe’s out there, this one takes the cake!!
Writing this one inside the cupboard door!
So happy to hear that!! I know how hard it can be to juggle food allergies. Look around our site for more allergy-friendly recipes!
I agree, also being new to a gluten intolerance I have not had much luck with some recipes. This one was awesome! Delicious , I was so excited when I saw how well they turned out and theres no added fat ;) Thank you!
So happy we were able to help you! We have tons of gluten-free recipes, so look around. :)
These are good. I’ve tried a few different flours and like both the King Arthur and bobs 1-1 flour best.
Because we’re not dairy free, Ive tried yogurt in place of the applesauce with success and get extra protein boost. So I alternate between applesauce, which taste more like fritters to me when I use that and Greek yogurt. We add enjoy life chips too, and less cinnamon. It’s hard to find a gf, ef pancake recipe that is fluffy.
I’m glad you got this recipe to work for you. I love those chocolate chips!
So good! My 2 year old asks for them every morning and my husband even requests this recipe every weekend. Kinda tastes like apple pie to us. It does come out thick so I add a little water or more milk and heat at a low temperature and cover. It takes a while so you definitely need time doing this way.I prefer the batter to be thick ( it’s more filling and has more flavor.
I let it brown on one side and once it is golden and crispy. I notice this thick batter once browned can be flipped and mushed down like a pancake. I flip it over and cover it again so that the cake is evenly cooked. I use coconut oil so by the time I flip the pancake it is really hot and smoking if i’m not keeping an eye on it. I turn of the burner soon after the cake has been flipped…then let it cook in it’s own heat (covered).
I’m glad you got it to work out for you!
The final mix comes out more like cookie dough – I followed all the instructions – what did I do wrong?
The brand of flour definitely makes a difference. I’d slowly add milk until it’s the consistency of pancake batter!
I am looking for a dairy and egg-free but not gluten-free pancake mix. Just wondering how these would be with just regular all-purpose flour and if anyone has tried them that way??
I think they would definitely work, but you may need to adjust the amount of milk to get the right consistency. Let us know how they turn out!
very disappointed – followed directions and the batter came out real thick – to get the right consistence I had to add a ton more milk.
The pancake browned on both sides but was real muchy on the inside – couldn’t eat them. Would be nice to find a pancake that really works and looks like the picture. Liked the idea it was vegan and gluten free.
Used Arrowhead Mills Gluten Free All Purpose Baking Mix, Bob’s Red Mill Golden Flaxsee Meal, goats milk. Any problem in using these items?
Hi Rose, I am sorry these didn’t turn out for you. The issue in this recipe is Arrowhead Mills flour. It’s very dry, best for cookies and baking. You will have to use a lot more liquid. Their main ingredient is rice flour and also has rice bran. Sorry! If you want to use Arrowhead mills flours (not my favorite) they have a pancake mix specifically designed for gluten free pancakes, it’s higher on starch (it has both potato and tapioca) I hope this helps.
I am not getting the same success as others are. We just got home from picking up some maple syrup at a farm so my 3 year old requested pancakes for lunch. New to a DF/GF diet, I just Googled to find a quick recipe. 1st I will use only 1/4 the cinnamon next time and maybe a punch more sugar. The texture feels gummy to me, and kind of grain-y . I will try grinding the Flax more finely next time and stirring the batter less. I want to give them another shot, but 1st time wasn’t a hit with the kids.
I’m sorry to hear that! Those changes sound fine. Also, all gluten-free flour blends are different, so the pancakes could vary depending on which brand you use. I recommend browsing our website for other allergy-friendly recipes!
The pictured pancakes cannot have had cinnamon in them, as two teaspoons make this mix very brown, and are too much. One teaspoon of cinnamon is enough for one cup of flour. Otherwise, they turned out well.
You can use whatever you prefer. Glad you liked them!
These are by far my favorite pancakes! Every time I make them for people they are ever joyed-vegan or non vegan-! I add banana to mine and they are so good! Thank you so much.
I’m so happy that everyone loves them!
Thank you for the recipe ! Although I think it is not good to recommend honey as a sugar substitute because honey becomes toxic when cooked :)
We love honey in our house, but everyone’s preferences are different! Thanks!
What? Toxic? I have never heard this can you explain?
Cant thank you enough for this recipe. As a newbie to the allergy life, ive been on a mission to make a vegan gluten free pancake for my 18 month old. Ive tried at least 6 reciped…..all failures. Your recipe saved the day!!!! Bought your flour and it came out perfect! Can you please recommend how to best incorporate banana into the pancake?
I’m so happy to hear that, Natalie! I love helping families with allergy needs. You could try replacing the 1/4 cup applesauce with 1/4 cup mashed banana. Let us know if you try it!
Hi Natalie! Is there a good substitute for applesauce and banana? My daughter can’t have either of these. Thanks!
You could try really any pureed fruit. Sweet potato might work. Maybe even dairy-free yogurt!
Thanks Natalie! I will let you know how it goes.
I’ve made these several times and they are delicious, however, mine look absolutely nothing like the photo. I use coconut milk and Bob’s Red Mill GF flour blend. Mine come out extremely thin. No rise, and are a bit gummy in texture. What brands do you use?
We love this King Arthur Gluten Free Flour!
It must be something with Bob’s Red Mill GF flour. I used it too and they was absolutely no rise. Luckily, my kids didn’t mind. Bob’s main ingredient is chickpea flour, which has very different properties than the rice flour that’s the main ingredient for King Arthur. It may be worth noting in the recipe that this won’t work properly with just any all purpose GF flour blend.
I made these using Pillsbury gluten free flour blend and almond milk and they were delicious! Will be making these from now on!
So glad you liked them, Jennifer!
My 4yo was just diagnosed with several food intolerances and I was searching for a pancake recipe that met the need. Bottom line, this recipe is fantastic!! My 4yo likes them which speaks volumes due to being such a picky eater. I added a few dairy-free chocolate chips as a treat and the kiddo is in heaven. I don’t have the words to say how grateful I am that you’ve done the work here, I’m a full-time working (outside the home) mom with a family dealing with intolerances that do not complement each other so I’m cooking a lot from scratch and having to find a way. This, along with your muffin recipe, has saved a bit of my sanity. Thank you. :)
I’m so happy to hear that! I understand how hard it can be sometimes to deal with food allergies and picky eaters. I’m so happy that you’ve found the recipes helpful. If you can, I suggest cooking for the week on Sunday – it’ll save you tons of time throughout the week! :)
Hi there – my little 4 year old is also sensitive to wheat and dairy. He too is VERY fussy when it comes to food. I think he is so cautious of anything he eats cause it causes such bad tummy aches.
What I do is make up a large batch of pancakes – cook them – and then freeze them flat on cookie sheets. Then if he needs a quick night snack (usually because he refused to eat his supper) I warm up one or two of these in a dry frying pan on my stove on low heat with a lid on it. Then cut up the pancake with a pair of scissors and put a bit of Agave Nectar (not the syrup) in a dish for his “dip-dip” He’s happy and I know he’s not going to bed hungry.
hi i tried your recipe using oat flour ( i used rolled oats and made fine powder in food processor). the batter was very runny, so i added 2 tbsp of almond meal. the pancakes were very thin and i had very hard time flipping them over. what did i do wrong ? my daughter can’t have dairy, soy, egg,and wheat. thank you
This recipe was not designed to use oat flour. You need the starch in gluten-free flour mixes. We love this Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free All Purpose Flour.
thank you for this recipe and your help. peace be upon you.
I am looking forward to trying this recipe, how do think they’ll turn out if I leave out the seed flour, flax? I have people in my family who are on the AIP Paleo diet and they can’t have seeds or nuts. Thanks!!
Hi! The flax is meant to substitute eggs, so you can try 1/4 cup applesauce or mashed banana or 1 tablespoon tapioca starch with 1/4 cup water (let it sit). You can also Google “egg substitutes for pancakes” and find more options based on your dietary preferences. Hope you find something that works!
This is the BEST gluten free pancake mix I have ever tried. I am not a big pancake person but I really like these. I subbed an egg for the applesauce. They were fluffy and light and really good. Love the cinnamon in it too. I used the robin hood nutri blend flour. Gotta try em!
So glad you loved them!
I am allergic to tapioca and both King Arthur and Bob’s Red Mill gluten free flours have tapioca in them. Any suggestions for mixing my own flours that would be something similar to either of these brands? Thanks!
Mel, I’d look for a mix recipe that has another starch instead of tapioca (potato or corn if you can tolerate it).
I ground oats to make the flour and it turned out really good!
Awesome! I’m so happy you enjoyed these.
I just made these a few mins ago. They are AMAZING. I don’t have any syrup though haha. I had all the ingredients to make these luckily. I actually had a dream last night where I ate some and I knew I had to make some today. Thank you and much love!
Haha, a dream about pancakes is always a good dream! I’m so happy you enjoyed them, Jonathan!
Made these this morning and loved them. I used Robin Hood Nutriblend flour (which I generally find a bit dry – I usually make my own gluten free blend from Buckwheat, Sorghum and Teff). I added some 1 scoop of vanilla protein powder + additional allspice and nutmeg and topped them with a mix of greek yogurt and raspberries. They were really delicious!
What are the ratios of flour in your blend of buckwheat, sorghum and teff?
We use the Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour and King Arthur’s Multipurpose Gluten Free Flour!
Thank you for making my Christmas… I made these for my husband who is just like a big kid and he loved them. I was so happy not to give up our Christmas tradition of Pancakes on Boxing day. Thanks! these were by far the best Christmas gift ever. It’s the small thing in life!
I’m so happy you could continue the tradition! No one should have to sit out because of an allergy. Thanks, Margie!
I made this recipe for my allergy free son, and decided to give some to my daughters as well. ALL of my kids loved it! My son licked his plate, he never licks his plate! He wanted waffles and we were out so I used this recipe instead for pancakes! He wants me to make more lol. Thanks for posting this.
I’m so excited this was a full family favorite! I know the great feeling when you find one recipe that works for everyone. yay!
I tried this and they tasted great. Just harder to cook than normal pancakes. They stuck to my pan and we’re hard to flip. Any suggestions. They were ugly but my son loved them.
It might be your gluten free mix, they are not all created equal. Please see the recommendations on the post. Also, you might need to grease your pan a little more, again, some mixes absorb more than others and stick. I’m glad your son loved them.
Mine did too. I use a tiny bit of coconut oil in the pan , and I add 2 tbsp of coconut oil to the batter, makes a tender pancake and flippable.
I’m also looking for a easy, go-to recipe for pancakes! Thank you for sharing this recipe. However, mine turned out really gummy as well. I used Pamela’s GF Artisan flour blend. Is this probably why?
April, all gf flour blends are different so it will be trial and error. If you use Pamela’s again, reduce the flour by 2 teaspoons and see if that helps a little. Enjoy!
Thank you so much for this recipe! I think I’ve tried every GF Vegan pancake out there and this is the ONLY one that I can ever get to work — and it’s delicious! My picky 4 year old loves it and so does the hubby. So thankful we can have pancakes again!! I’ve tried Bob’s Red Mill flour and it works okay, but the King Arthur definitely is the best for this recipe.
so glad this worked out great! For sure KAF all the way.
How would you recommend freezing/reheating these? And how long do they keep in the freezer? (In the very unlikely occasion that they’re not all eaten up at once!)
Here is the freezing method and details: https://www.momables.com/how-to-freeze-pancakes/ Enjoy!
Thank you for sharing this recipe. I did some ingredient replacing due to a few other allergies and the batter was very thin. The pancakes came out delicious, but I’d love to get them a little fluffier. Any input would be appreciated.
*flour mix: 1 part quinoa flour, 1 part brown rice flour, 1 part potato starch
~I added an extra 2 Tbspn of each to thicken the batter a bit
*1 cup water and a touch of honey instead of the milk
*brown sugar instead of maple syrup (only because I was out!)
Michelle, I have not tried the recipe with your combination but due to the fact that quinoa flour and brown rice flour are pretty heavy flours, you will need more baking powder. This mix will also not work exactly like an all-purpose gf flour, so you might have to add a bit more/less liquid to adjust.
I am wheat, grain, corn, dairy and egg intolerant. Can I use almond flour instead of GF
flour? Do you know what the measurements would be if it is possible?
Hi, I have not tested this recipe with almond flour. sorry!
I have found that almond flour is best for dense, moist baked goods like muffins and pie crusts. If you’re looking for light and fluffy I would try buckwheat flour. (Despite the name, buckwheat is not wheat and is in fact not a grain at all – it’s a fruit seed.)
Thanks for the great advice, Emily!
I am on a mission to find a recipe for gluten-free/ vegan pancakes that actually works. These came out beautifully!!! The only substitution I used was mashed banana for the applesauce. I also added blueberries. SOO happy that when my family requests pancakes on the weekends, I don’t have to serve a crumble pile, or make them with eggs and not get any.
ps- I think another thing I owe to my success this round was making sure my pan was hot before putting the batter in! I read that’s important, and it helped!
It is! the pan should be preheated. So glad you found our recipe!
I am new to GF. I tried to make this recipe with Robin Hood GF flour. They were gummy and gritty and brown. No fluff whatsoever. Im going to try another flour next time!
their flour is mostly rice flour and the sugar beet fiber is going to make it gummy. I recommend King Arthur flour brand. enjoy!
I use the king Arthur blend and they come out perfect every time. Thank you for sharing these delicious pancakes! My son loves them!
I made these with organic gf all purpose flour. I loved it and my daughter loved it. Thank you. Can I use also brown rice flour and if so would it be the same measurement?
Linda, 100% brown rice flour might yield chewy pancakes. AP GF flour has about 1/3 of it as a starch (typically corn/potato/tapioca) that is what yields the fluff.
Made these today with my own GF blend and it worked great:
4 cups brown rice flour
1 1/3 cups potato or arrowroot starch
2/3 cups tapioca flour
2 tbsp xantham or guar gum
Oh and like I mentioned in another reply, we use pear sauce instead of apples. It was yummy!!
I’m new to the whole gluten free world and to complicate matters, we cannot have rice, potato starch, oats, or coconut, which rules out all of the packaged mixes. So, I attempted to make my own flour blend of tapioca starch, sorghum, and almond meal, which was not successful as my pancakes were dense and too moist in the middle. However, my 6-year old twin boys both told me how good the pancakes tasted (bless their little hearts), so I know the recipe yields very tasty pancakes, but my flour blend is causing the problems. Does anyone have any suggestions (or can point me to a helpful website) for a flour blend that can accommodate our dietary needs? Any assistance will be greatly appreciated!!
Melissa, what you need are paleo pancakes. Check these out. Use regular milk instead of coconut milk. enjoy!
Well, maybe it’s the gluten free mix I used (Better Batter), but mine were chewy and runny. They stuck to the pan (I used coconut oil) and ripped apart when trying to flip them. I ended up having to cook them in the oven just to eat them since they were not done in the middle. I followed the directions exactly, even checked the ingredients to make sure I put the right things in. I might try these again with another gluten-free flour, I just had a bad experience with my gluten-free flour :-(
Thank you for this recipe! I subbed the flax for 1 egg and then my computer died so I couldn’t see the rest of the recipe (and in a crunch before school) guessed that it was 1/2 cup of applesauce and it still turned out great! We used raw milk with ours and half raw honey, half maple syrup. Just down to what’s left in the house before a trip to the grocery. I topped these with another thin spread of raw honey and all 4 of my kids loved them!! (ages 6, 5, 3, and 15 months). I used Gluten Free Cafe’s all purpose mix.
My son cannot have apples. Is there anything you can sub for the applesauce? Thx!
Pumpkin puree would work. Enjoy!
Also, canned pears, drained, and then directly in the can, use an immersion blender to puree the pears to sauce consistency. We don’t do apples either, so we use pears :)
My daughter is very picky, today I made this recipe and she ask for more! Oh, I’m a happy gluten free to be mom. Thank you Laura & team.
So glad this was a winner Julieta!
I’m eating these as I type this, so good!! I used 1/2 cup millet and 1/2 cup sorghum flour and used agave instead of maple syrup. They were perfect, no gooeyness in the middle and some of them I even added chopped macadamia nuts before flipping. I used coconut oil in the pan and it gave them a hint of coconut!
I used Pillsbury gluten free flour blend and these, so far, are the best gluten free and vegan pancakes I have ever made! I followed the recipe exactly, other than not putting much cinnamon at all in them. I used Silk Unsweetened Almond Milk as the liquid and did end up using a tad more than the recipe called for as the batter was extra thick. I think this will be my go-to pancake recipe from now on! Thanks for sharing! (Tried giving it 5 stars but it would only let me select 4…)
We have been making these for a while and enjoy them. However, they have been gooey in the middle. Tonight I read through the comments before making them and have switched out Namaste GF blend for King Arthur and what a huge difference. So glad I took the time to read through (and admit that I should have just taken your advice in the first place). Thanks for a yummy recipe.
I’m so glad you made the switch and it worked! the blend makes a huge difference. enjoy!
Hi, I just tried making these. My frypan was well oiled but they really stuck to the pan & got a bit squished trying to turn them over. Gluggy in the middle but very tasty
As mentioned above. this recipe works best with non stick pans. glad you thought they were tasty!
I was looking for a recipe using King Arthur gluten free multipurpose flour and found this one. I am not Vegan, so I did use organic butter to cook them. The only things I changed were, I left out the flaxseed (had mine too long) replaced that with 1 tbsp of ground walnuts, used 1 tsp cinnamon, 2 tbsp of honey and sprinkled frozen wild blueberries on top of the pancakes and then flipped them when they started to bubble. I had my stainless steel pan set at medium heat. They turned out great! They were a little chewy, but good that way. Everyone needs to understand that the consistency will be different than the standard pancakes. Thank you!
Best gluten-free, vegan pancake recipe I have seen thus far! Super easy and quite tasty. I like the idea of adding a little liquid sweetener to the mix, I used black strap molasses and it was quite tasty! Thanks for sharing your recipe!
First time gfcf here and a bit intimidated with all the recipes. Made these this morning and they were so easy and delicious!!! Thank you so much for posting the recipe!!!
Glad you enjoyed them Trish!
I have tried many GF, egg free pancake recipes that promised fluffy, yummy pancakes. This is the FIRST one that delivered on the promise! I am so excited!
I’m thrilled you enjoyed them Lisa!
Best pancakes I have had since giving up eggs! Light, fluffy…and I had no problem at all with sticking. I tried the pumpkin pie version another commenter posted- delish. Thanks so much for sharing, you have made my holiday breakfasts something to look forward to again :)
so glad you loved these Sally!
First time I’ve made a gluten, egg and dairy free pancake (used coconut milk) and they are pretty good except they aren’t exactly fluffy in the middle…kind of gummy. Used Bob Mills GF with Xantham gum. Wondering if that is what they are supposed to be like or was it because I used coconut milk? Will try these on my 5 year old (added mini choc chips) and as long as he approves, I’m good. He can’t have eggs, milk or wheat but wants pancakes everyday. So any tips would be helpful. Thanks!
Mine were gummy inside, like not cooked in middle but brown on outside. Seems that much cinnamon turned them brown. I used namaste’s perfect gluten free flour. Also, I had a thick batter and had to add more almond milk.
I always find that gluten free recipes vary by the flour used. the comment above were perfect.
I have the same problem with Namaste gf flour. It’s from the arrowroot. Arrowroot is very nutritious but it tends to made things gummy when I bake with it. SunFlour Mills has a great gf flour mix that is not organic but it’s non-gmo and it works great with the gf,df, ef recipes I’ve tried!
You are right Carrie. I just made muffins this morning with a mix that has arrowroot and they came out gummy. thanks for pointing it out!
This was great!! I halved the recipe and put it in my waffle iron. It turned out beautifully. Great to have waffles again!
We’ve had these twice in the past week and the boyfriend (who is not gluten free) raves and says they are the best pancakes he’s ever had. I can’t wait to make a large batch on my next day off so I can pack some for work.
Lovely gluten free pancakes!
Mine got stuck in my stainless pan at first, so I added extra milk and an egg and they were perfect!
Thanks a lot!
We left out flaxseed and used Betty Crockers gluten free flour blend- they were a little chewy but the flavor was great! Thanks so much for posting. :-)
Made these tonight for a naughty dinner.
I had the flaxseed, but as my daughter does have anaphylaxis, eoe and cd I didn’t want to try something new at night, so I used 1 tbs of quinoa flakes.
Then I opted for the maple syrup and rice milk.
I didn’t see the note about the extra 2 tbs flour at first and it was a bit difficult for the first couple, then I added 2 more tbs flour and all was good.
Yum! and best eaten when almost completely cooled.
I don’t know what went wrong with mine but they were flat & chewy. Not what I was hoping for.
oh no! what flour mix did you use? any substitutions?
why is the title so misleading?! if they were vegan why the heck is there milk?!?!?!?!
I don’t know what all the fuss is all about. It clearly states dairy or non dairy milk. I make these with almond milk all the time since my son can’t have dairy.
Thanks MOMables for taking the time to share your recipes with my family. Some folks will always find a reason to complain but be not dismayed cos your recipes are yummy & are my go-to recipes in our journey to healthy eating. Thanks again
These were a big hit at my place tonight!! I had to use a fruit applesauce because that’s all I had, but they were delicious! Thanks for sharing the recipe :D
We have multiple severe and complicated food allergies. We are unable to use binders, baking powders or multiple flours. I used 100% brown rice flour and instead of baking powder(due to allergy) 1 tsp baking soda mixed with 1tsp apple cider vinegar. I also forgot to add the apple sauce and these still came out perfect. I can’t wait to try them without the cinnamon too. Yum! Thank you!
glad they worked for you!
I tried these today. They were yum! I didn’t have applesauce so I subbed coconut oil and voila! Fab pancakes. Thanks.
For anyone in the UK trying this I used Doves S/R, replaced baking powder with 1/8th t/sp of bicarb of soda & added an egg. I had also run out of maple syrup so used date syrup instead. Served to my 8yr with a little bit of Nutella spread on the top & fresh strawberries. Probably lost a mark because I added the strawberries ;-)
These were awesome! I followed the recipe and made half with blueberries and have with Enjoy Life chocolate chips. My 2 boys and husband all loved them! Will be making more this weekend!
These pancakes were delicious, but my batter was too thick. Is it best to just keep adding milk or applesauce until the batter reaches the desired consistency?
the thickness will vary depending on the all purpose flour you use. I wouldn’t go overboard on the liquid. perhaps an extra tablespoon next time. Glad you loved them!
Followed the recipe and my both my kids and my niece LOVED them! My son is super picky, so we didn’t even tell him they were healthy til he was done!!!
These are so goood! They’re kinda stretchy. When I first put them on the pan, I was skeptical, but they turned out great!
I put a little bit of almond flour in mine to give some more protein, then added some raisins to give it the “raisin/cinnamon bread” feel to it :)
Delicious! Thank you!
great idea on the cinnamon raisin!
Thank you for the recipe! I’m definitely bookmarking it. Do most people have ground flax in their GF kitchens? Because I got diagnosed just 7 months ago. No matter, I didn’t need it and the results were DELISH. I used whatever GF flour I had which was the Bob’s Red mill (w/o the Xanthan gum he recommends on the label for “All Purpose” substitutions.
In fact, I had a chuckle making your recipe because it wasn’t until afterwards that I thought “Hey, this has no eggs in it!” Kinda made me laugh. And the light flavor of cinnamon apple was great. Also with the baking soda, they were very very FLUFFY which is a nice surprise. Which I don’t get a lot with my GF cooking. No one complained either (damn right, if I have to cook GF for myself this house will eat what I make!) Some of the other things I’ve made are too gummy and so rubbery it’s like a ton of resistance when you chomp down.
Thrilled you enjoyed the recipe!
Hi, does ‘flax’ in this recipe mean flax seed oil? Thanks
It means ground flax. Thanks for pointing it out, I’ve revised the recipe.
I just made these for breakfast with Bob’s Red Mill GF All Purpose Baking Flour. They turned out really well. I did use a non-stick pan and canola oil, and a very thin spatula, and did not have problems with sticking. Thanks!!
So happy right now after no eating hotcakes for so long!!! They were great, the only difference i did was not putting applesauce and putting an egg instead. So not vegan but it held together well and didn’t stick either. I also added some chocolate chips to be extra naughty!! I make my own GF flour mix, 25% Oat bran flour 25% Brown rice flour and 50% tapioca starch.
so glad they turned out great!
When I first bit into it, I thought it was the best pancake I’ve ever had.
Small changes I made:
I added about a 1 tsp of apple cider vinegar to 1-2 portions of the mix because I like buttermilk type pancakes, it turned out fine.
Thanks to someone’s tip, I subbed 3 tsp oil for the applesauce, as I didn’t have applesauce on hand.
Also heated up a little oil and salt before putting the batter in the pan.
I’m not used to making pancakes since I’ve been wheat-free, and I’m glad I tried this easy recipe!
Awesome! enjoy for a long time to come!
Loved these! I woke up one morning and my son wanted pancakes, so I was looking for a recipe that I could use what we had on hand… I mixed my own flour (1/3 brown rice, soy and potato flour) and used a can of coconut milk because I forgot to go shopping. I was out of apple sauce so I threw in about a tablespoon of coconut oil… but they came out great! I’ll be making them again even when I do have other ingredients!
Loved them! Great taste, easy directions!
Worst pancakes I have ever made. They stuck to the pan way too much and it was practically imposible to get to that “happy medium” for the batter. I would not recomende these to anyone.
sorry they didn’t work for you.
Sadly these stuck to the pan as well. I used enough oil on the heated pan :( I wonder what can be done to prevent them from sticking?
Ours don’t stick on our non-stick griddle or pans. The pan might of been too hot.
I used 1/2 rice flour and1/2 coconut flour, besides that didn’t change a thing. Was very thick. I had to pat it into patties using my hands. Didn’t stay together when flipping. Then I tried adding an egg and a bit more milk(dairy free). Little better. Tasted good but didn’t look like the photo at all.
This was my first time using coconut flour….could that be the problem?
1/2 rice flour + 1/2 coconut flour is not a substitute for an all purpose baking flour mix for this recipe. Coconut flour absorbs 3-4 times more liquid than standard gluten free flours and should not be substituted in recipes. Coconut flour has very specific measurements for recipes… I’m sorry they didn’t turn out well! All purpose flours are typically made of 2 parts grain 1 part starch. You’ll love them next time!
I added eggs back into mine…therefore I added 1/2 c more flour, 1 tsp more baking powder, 1 tbsp syrup, more apple sauce and 1 tsp of vanilla. Turned out great!! THANK YOU!!
glad they came out great for you Pauline! :)
mine also stuck to the pan really bad, and I even tried coconut oil & a low temp.. how do yours not stick???
I typically use a griddle since I’m making pancakes for so many. It’s non stick. I set it to 300. But on the stove, it’s over medium-low heat on my non stick pan. They come off fine… I’m so sorry!
This pancakes tasted so goood!!!!! I’m new to the GF world and since I don’t know much, I had a hard time flipping the pancakes, they sticked completely to the pan, I did make sure the pan were hot enough, enough oil.. but every time.. I had the same problem.. what did I do wrong? I used regular pan spray and coconut oil, none work for me :( . for flour I used GF Bobs Red mill all purpose flour..
We used the “Gluten Free Pantry All Purpose Flour” and they turned out delicious!! The kids loved them. We found the recipe because I had run out of eggs and needed an eggless recipe this morning. Thanks for posting it!!
I LOVE these pancakes! Super easy to make and healthy too! My family gobbles them up and they couldn’t even tell they were gluten free when they first had them :) I have been making these at least once a week, and sometimes just for myself because I get those gluten deprived cravings for a doughy, hardy breakfast and these are just as satisfying as a normal wheat pancake
I know that a lot of GF recipes calls for xanthan gum…sows king arthra gf flour already have xanthan gum.in it? I use bob red mill gf all purpose flour and it doesn’t have xanthan gum.
If your mix doesn’t have Xanthan gum, you are going to have to add it.
How much Xantham? The recipe doesn’t call for any. I make my own GF blend without it. Thanks
I dont know about your blend Maria. I would start at 1/4 teaspoon. it will vary by mix.
My blend is 70/30. I mix 70% whole grain (millet, sorghum, brown rice etc) whatever I have on hand and 30% starch (potato, tapioca, glutinous rice). I just made these and the husband loved the flavor but they were pretty gummy inside. I didn’t add any xanthan. I will next time and hope that helps. Thanks for all your recipes and tips.
Maria, if they were gummy inside reduce the liquid a bit next time. Not all mixes are the same. Xatham will help bind the ingredients as well.
Ok. I followed this recipe exactly and I am new to this all gluten free dairy free concept…but my pancakes are extremely gummy on the inside as if they aren’t done…I can barely cut them with a knife. I used Baking Co. Gluten free all purpose flour. Where am I going wrong here??
I’m sorry Kelly, I am not familiar with that blend. My favorites are Better Batter, Cup4Cup, Pamelas Blend, and King Arthur Flour.
I had same issue. I cooked at lower temp for a little longer. Plus I think it’s pretty thick so I added a couple tablespoons of applesauce and extra milk. This is the best gluten free pancake recipe I’ve found by far. Beats the box pancake mixes that are gluten free as I don’t feel they are worth buying! I’m changing cinnamon to pumpkin pie spice because I love pumpkin pancakes! I bet these work great in the waffle maker, might help with cooking issues.
Jaque, for the waffle maker, add 2-3 tablespoons extra milk. you want the mixture to be a bit runnier than pancakes.
I have been using your recipe for a while now. My husband and I love it! Thank you for sharing!
Can you use almond flour instead? I need something wheat free and gluten free.
Tiffany, you can’t. this isn’t a grain free pancake recipe.
I made these into pumpkin pie and nog pancakes for the holidays. I subbed pumpkin pie spice for the cinnamon, pumpkin for the apple sauce and coconut nog for the milk. They are delicious!! Thanks for the recipe!
So yummy, just made them! I used a banana as my binder since I was out of flax so they were a little sticky but still so good and my 3 yr old loved them. Thanks for the recipe!
Theses do not come out looking like the picture. They are more on the brown side than yellow. They will only be yellow if using a non GF flour.
I assure you that in both pictures the pancakes were gf. We also used golden flax.
Can u please tell me what brand of flour u used? I used the new Robin Hood GF flour. Also didn’t use golden flax, but not sure that would change the colour.
I use King Arthur Gluten Free Flours for nearly all my gluten free recipes. I’ve found that it bakes with the best consistency. the darker flax will make them brown. golden flax is much lighter (light yellow) when ground.
I used king Arthur flour too and this came out great.
Thank you for the delicious recipe.
Is it possible to use buckwheat or rice flour?
for this recipe you cannot use buckwheat as it’s too heavy. and 100% rice will not turn out good. sorry!
These were great! My kids loved them. Can I store these room temp for a couple days? If I put them in the freezer how do you warm them up especially for kids lunch? I baked them in mini muffin tins.
I store them in the fridge once cooled (although I am sure overnight in the counter will be fine). To freeze, line a baking sheet with wax/parchment paper, lay them flat, freeze for about an hour and then transfer to a zip bag. To use for lunch, thaw overnight in the fridge and toast in the morning.
What else is packed for lunch in the bento box pictured? Looking forward to trying this recipe!
Blackberries and turkey rolled up.
Can I substitute the flax for something? My son is allergic to flax seeds ( if used for egg, he is also allergic to eggs..). Hoping to try your recipe :-) looks amazing
the flax in this recipe is to substitute egg.
I thought the applesauce was for the egg. I just use mashed banana (when I have them) instead of eggs. I imagine you could just omit the flax. I think it’s just there for nutritional benefits.
We’ve made these several times and just omitted the flax since we didn’t have any. We used King Author’s Flour (which doesn’t have any gums) and we didn’t add an extra binder. They’ve turned out wonderfully every time!
can he have ground chia seeds? it worked great for me.
Ground Chia seeds act just like flax.
I’m looking forward to trying this recipe. Thank you!
Thank you for all of the wonderful df/gf ideas for my sons!! What a blessing! Do you have a favorite gf flour blend that you make up or purchase for your pancakes, muffins, etc.?
You can’t go wrong with Bob’s Red Mill or King Arthur Flour.
Ok I have tried different flour mixes with the last one being bob Mills. I’m using coconut milk and pear sauce as substitutes but the pancakes are coming out gooey in the center. Any suggestions?
cut back in the amount of pear sauce. It has a higher water content than apple sauce (or add an extra teaspoon or two of flour). Also, spread them out thinner, this should work.
How about using almond flour instead of gf flour?
MOMables - Laura
This recipe was not developed to be used with almond flour.
You can also use chia seeds for egg substitute.
I forgot to add Pamelas’s blend and Cup4Cup. they are my new go-to blends. If you have a costco, pamela’s is available there!