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Pancake Friday

I don’t make pancakes too often, for no reason in particular.  I’ll hassle with buckwheat bakes, and the stirring of steel cut oats, but pancakes are never consistently in my breakfast routine.

Especially since going gluten free. 

I have one GF pancake recipe on the blog, but wanted one that was a little more traditional, in texture and taste.  The Banana Coconut Flax Pancakes, also use up 3 of my lovely farm fresh eggs.  That is 2, too many!  They are light + fluffy, but don’t have that thick cake-like, pancake texture, that I love.

Rest assured.

These do! 

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I was wracking my brain, trying to think of what to make for breakfast today.  Oats didn’t sound right, and I didn’t want to heat up the whole house making a buckwheat bake.  I scoured the internet for gluten free pancake recipes, but didn’t find one that I was happy with.  Some used too many flours + starches, some didn’t look appetizing, some used almond flour [which I don’t have], etc.  While looking at the recipes, I tried to study the ratios of flour to liquid used.

With gluten free recipes, every single one is different.  Studying the recipes did no good.

So I decided to wing it.  Here were my thoughts.

  1. I know what the consistency of pancake batter should look like.
  2. I only want to use 1 egg.
  3. I want to make 1 serving pancakes.
  4. Recipes for 4 servings, seemed to call for 1/4c of oil, so I’ll use 1T.
  5. 1/2t baking powder sounds about right.

Despite my thoughts, I was prepared for a total flop.

But somehow, maybe because it’s Friday, the pancake fairies were on my side.

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I’ve had rice flour pancakes before and while delicious, they were a bit gritty and a bit too thick.  I decided to use oat flour, sweet rice flour + coconut flour for these pancakes.  My thinking was that the oat flour would create a more traditional pancake texture, and the coconut + rice flour would keep them from becoming too heavy + give a nice sweet taste.

The one egg method worked, as did eyeing up how much milk was needed for a nice thick cake. 

Pancakes, that if you’re gluten-free or not, you will love.

No grit here!

Just endless pancake love.

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Now, don’t get me wrong, these are not 100% traditional tasting pancakes.  They are ever so slightly coconutty, from the flour or oil.  If you’re not into coconut, you can definitely just sub in more rice flour and use a different type of oil.

Oat, Rice + Coconut Flour Pancakes *gluten free [serves 1]

  • 1/2c oat flour [ground from oat groats/steel cut oats in my blender]
  • 2T sweet rice flour
  • 2T coconut flour
  • 1t sucanat [or pure cane sugar]
  • 1/2t baking powder
  • 1 egg
  • 5-7T milk
  • 1/2t vanilla
  • 1T coconut oil, melted [or other high heat oil]
  • pinch salt
  1. In a medium sized bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients, starting with 5T milk.
  3. Mix wet into dry, being careful not to over stir.  The batter should be pourable, but not runny.  If it’s too thick, add another 1-2T milk.  If it becomes too runny, add 1T more flour. 
  4. Let sit for about 3min and heat a pan or griddle, just below medium heat.
  5. Grease griddle/pan, pour batter to desired size, and lightly spread. 
  6. Flip when the edges start to turn golden brown and you see bubbles coming through the top. ~2-3min per side [time might vary depending on your griddle/stove]

*If you don’t have coconut flour, or can’t find it, sub 2T more sweet rice flour instead. 

These were thick + cakey, not dried out + not crumbly.  Pretty sure I did a little jump up + down in the kitchen, after the first bite.  And the second.  These didn’t need blueberries, or chocolate chips, just a little butter + maple syrup. 

Half way through eating, I realized I needed to take another photo, to better show you the texture.  And add more maple syrup!

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Then I started to get greedy.

I thought I could pull off gluten free + vegan pancakes.

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They may look good.

They may taste was good.

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But they just didn’t cook through all the way.

It wasn’t too much milk, but that whole no-egg thing.  Definitely will be working on this one!  I basically subbed in 1T ground chia, instead of the 1 egg and added more milk, until it was pancake consistency.

I know they look “done” here, but the inside was fairly raw.

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Using the same batter, I tried making a much thinner pancake.

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It was better, but still somehow not cooked through.

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Now, let’s just focus on that first recipe. 

Yes, the fluffy pancakes, that were cooked through + delicious.

Friday couldn’t have started any better!

Unless maybe the construction on the house behind us didn’t start at 6:30am.


Reader Comments (68)

It's cold and rainy in Boston, and these pancakes look delicious and comforting. WANT!

Oh my gosh I love how THICK those are!! Pancakes really are the perfect comfort food on rainy days.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterCait's Plate

I LOVE pancakes! Especially topped with fresh fruit and peanut butter... Mmmm!

These pancakes looks PERFECT!


I have been on a big pancake kick lately, I made some homemade whole wheat oat pancakes the other night and they were divine!!!!!

The first batch look perfect. I made pancakes yesterday, but now I want them again!

They look amazing! Way to go getting the recipe right on the first try! There's nothing like a big fluffy pancake to start your day out right.

Oh. my. Goodness. My sister-in-law is allergic to wheat, and I love to cook and serve food, so I get SO excited whenever I spot a drool-worthy gluten-free recipes. And I am excited right now!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSarah

Those look amazing! Love the flours you used - nothing too weird :) I can't believe how fluffy those look - they look perfect :D

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterHeidi @ Food Doodles

I couldn't think of what to have for breakfast this morning either, wish i had had this recipe!
Beautiful pictures as always :)

CRUD - Forgot to use my new site info - sorry for the repeat message!
I couldn’t think of what to have for breakfast this morning either, wish i had had this recipe!
Beautiful pictures as always

I love the addition of the coconut flour + oil! I bet a little coconut butter on top would also be divine ;).

I just made vegan banana pancakes the other day. They were thick and doughy just like I like them. I have discovered with gluten free pancakes, the bigger is not always the better. I started cooking them in silver dollar sizes to insure they would cook all the way through. Your pancakes look delicious any way you made them!

Now you have ME craving pancakes! I won some coconut flour recently, so maybe I'll have to try these. Also, this recipe isn't gluten free, but it is vegan...maybe with your GF flour skills, you could try to adapt it?

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

These look super good -- and I probably would have liked the vegan ones -- I like gooey pancakes.

Peanut butter would be an excellent topping!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I knew you would be excited! ;)

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Perfect!! Hope you have success with these!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Good for you for attacking the gluten free pancake! I've tried making pancakes for the last month or so, but all of them have come out gooey. I hate mushy, gooey things. Maybe I'll try your recipe to see what it SHOULD look like, and then veer off on my own. Thanks for posting this, the consistency looks so fantastic.

Thanks Donna!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

OH yes...too bad I'm out!! Such a good topping though!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Hi Ashley,

thanks for this post, i LOVE pancakes!

I find that with vegan pancakes that are using a 'heavy' whole grain like oats, that you need to cook them on a lower heat for longer so that they cook all the way through. Wait until the top of the pancake is almost 'dry' and the bottom is golden brown before flipping. If you flip when the top is still pretty wet, they'll end up undone in the middle.

hope that helps!

thanks for the gf recipe, i need to get myself some coconut flour to try out your recipe!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersweetkaroline

Definitely the case when making them GF + vegan for sure! I'll have to check out some vegan recipes and then alter my GF one to try and get it right. I'll check your recipe out too!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

oh and it might help if you skipped the 'egg replacer' all together.

whenevs i make vegan pancakes i don't bother replacing the egg with anything and they turn out super

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commentersweetkaroline

Hi Ashley,
I've been reading your blog for awhile now, so I figured it was time to comment! Those pancakes look awesome. I think I know what I'll be making tomorrow morning now - and I have some blueberries on hand so I just might throw those in.
Here's a link to the gluten free ratio rally on pancakes over at Gluten Free Girl and the Chef I think your pancakes look better, but thought you might be interested!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSara

This look delish. Great recipe! Thank you! Happy Friday!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterbirdie to be

Next time I'll be there to take a few of these calories off of your hands! Speaking of calories........ I absolutely cannot wait to go back to core power yoga and burn some more! The studio is great! Slightly different from yoga one..not quite as earthy... but really really awesome.... and a tail kicking workout!!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterkL---CEE

Fridays should be national pancake day :) ugh there is construction around my house too!! they start at 7AM but still, I feel your pain.

Since GF goods don't have gluten, which helps to bind everything together, when making vegan + GF goods there needs to be some sort of binder... I was hoping the chia flour would work..will keep trying!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Thanks for that link! Hope you like the pancakes!!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

I was going to call you over, but before I knew it, even the failed pancakes were in my belly. Awesome about core power!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Now that looks like pancake perfection! I love how you ate your way through the trials ;)

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMama Pea

You're right, they 'look done' Crazy how somethings just don't seem to pan out the way you expect... Ewww to the 6:30 construction!

Single-serve pancakes are the best thing that ever happened. I can never make a whole batch or else I'm tempted to eat more than I really should!

I have no doubts you'll master the vegan/ GF version-- as you always do :)
They all look delicious and I will definitely be bookmarking for future breakfasts when I have a pnacake craving! Could you sub millet or buckwheat flour for the sweet rice? I've never bought rice flour, surprisingly! :)
Have a great afternoon!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmilia

You know, if you ever need a recipe taster on hand to help get "rid of" all these experiments, the drive to FC is well worth it from my perspective ;)

Fluffy pancakes are not a staple around here either, but man D would love if it that were the case!

I love that these are single-serve! They look like "normal" pancakes yet the fact that they are 10 time healthier makes them even better! Take that Aunt Jemima! haha

Those look delicious. I tried making coconut vegan pancakes, but they turned out raw like yours did and they didn't come together at all :( I'm looking forward to the day when you come up with one :)

You are a mind reader. I wanted pancakes this morning but bailed on the idea because I didn't have time to mess around with one serving ingredient portions. You're now a lifesaver. Recipe bookmarked!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterMichelle

My friend has been on a Paleo diet for about 3 months, and has tried 3 different pancake recipes. One that I've tried includes: 1 egg, 1 ripe banana, 1 tbsp almond butter and they turn out pretty good. But she has perfected a different one using coconut flour, I will have to get it and send to you.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterJordana

For gluten-free baking, I read that using 1/2 tsp of guar gum or xanthan gum for every cup of gluten-free flour helps. I'm going to try this out for myself and let you know! :)

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterGloria

yay for gluten free pancakes, lately we have been craving pancakes all the time. Making them vegan was always a challenge for us, it took us a few trials to get our gf vegan pancakes to where we liked them.

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterPure2raw Twins

PERFECT pancake to kick off a Friday with!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterVeggieGirl

Two words: THANK YOU! I have been searching for a gluten free pancake that doesn't use a ton of weird starches and gums, and whatever else. Just plain and simple everyday ingredients. I knew it could be done, but haven't had the desire to go through the trial and error process. Thank you for doing it for me! Saturday morning pancakes are back at our house!

Okay, I want pancakes now. :)

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterEmily

Looks awesome!
Have you tried adding a touch more baking power AND using a little *less* liquid for the vegan ones? I haven't tried this for pancakes, but I often need to do this when 'veganizing' a recipe

The batter was so thick! I kept having to add more milk. When I did put them in the pan, they were still pretty thick and not totally pourable. Will have to keep working on it. Thanks for the idea though!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

You could probably even simplify it more and use 1/2c oat flour and 1/4c of rice flour, or 1/2c +2T oat flour + 2T coconut flour. In case you don't have one on hand! ;) I hope you enjoy these!!!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

Definitely need a few more trials and will stalk your pancake recipes! :)

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

The GF version came out great! No need to add the gums, in my opinion. Maybe it would help with the vegan + GF version though!

July 8, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterAshley

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