Paleo pancakes are genius. Fluffy, delicious, low-carb stacks of joy. We’ll take 100. But they can actually be quite bland and the epitome of a #PinterestFail. Recipes claiming to be fluffy are often flat, gluten-free flours (if not used correctly) can taste eerily like cardboard, and the pancakes can be so doggone hard to flip that you end up with an inedible pile of melted banana. We’ll actually take zero.
Before you throw in the towel and kiss gluten-free pancakes goodbye for good, try these nine Paleo pancakes on for size. They’re fluffy, a little mushy, and don’t resemble anything like paper—taste or texture.
If light and fluffy is what you’re after, coconut flour is what you need. With only a hint of coconut flavor, these Paleo pancakes are the perfect transition into the gluten-free pancake life. To cut back on sugar, use vanilla extract or honey in place of the granulated sugar. And make sure to make them extra small—this way, flipping them won’t make you flip out.
For a heartier cake, it’s best to mix a few different flours. This recipe uses almond, coconut, and tapioca flour, and also insists that eggs be at room temperature so the ingredients bind easily and cook perfectly (i.e. not too fast, which can cause them to burn). Berries can be a little tricky in this lightened-up batter, so we say skip ’em and stick to the compote.
It doesn’t get simpler or more customizable than this. Simply mash two bananas, mix with two eggs (one at a time works best), add any extras, and cook away. Though we love the simplicity of two ingredients, we highly recommend adding baking powder for a little extra fluff—and help with your flip. Another pro tip: Don’t try to rush the process. Test the pancakes by lightly lifting the edges and making sure they’re good to go before sending them flying.
Made with eggs, pumpkin purée, and a touch of maple syrup, these Paleo pancakes are everything we love about fall, minus the sugar crash that comes with pumpkin spice everything. This recipe opts for a mix of almond meal, coconut flour, baking powder, and cinnamon, but feel free to experiment with other spices. We love using, you guessed it, actual pumpkin spice, or ground cloves or nutmeg.
Another awesome trick: Let the batter chill overnight. It just may be the best way to achieve the fluffiest of fluff, and it doesn’t hurt the flavor either. This recipe boasts more ingredients than most, but is the closest to old-fashioned gluten-full pancakes, if that’s what you’re aiming for. Cook on super-low heat and top with coconut whipped cream—and maybe a flower or two.
This recipe is a little nutty—literally. It uses almond flour as its main dry ingredient and is mixed with almond milk too. If the batter is watery at first, simply add more flour, and feel free to change things up and use hazelnut flour instead. These Paleo pancakes are on the heartier side, especially if you add some tapioca powder, which will help avoid any breakage.
Sweet potato is another great ingredient for naturally sweetening Paleo pancakes. It also makes them heartier and more filling, and who doesn’t love a little added fiber? We love the subtle spice from ground ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon and the extra protein punch from the nut butter (any kind will do.) To keep the recipe Paleo, use coconut yogurt in place of Greek.
The only thing better than a slice of carrot cake is a carrot cake pancake—and a healthy one at that. Made with only seven ingredients, these pancakes are everything you love about carrot cake minus the cream cheese frosting (which you can make up for with coconut whipped cream). Similar to flipping with berries, we say leave the walnuts for topping, as adding them to the batter can make them a bit heavy—and a bit of a pain in the butt.
This recipe couldn’t be more perfectly named, as these Paleo pancakes are in fact magic. Simply plop the ingredients in a blender (may we never mash a banana again), cook, and top with all-natural raspberry syrup—which is as easy to make as the pancakes themselves. This flour-free recipe can yield somewhat flat pancakes, so we say add a dash of baking powder.