Thursday, February 17, 2011

Gluten-free Pancake Challenge

Coconut flour pancakes topped w/applesauce and crème fraîche
I took it upon myself this morning to test out some alternative pancake recipes. I have both almond flour and coconut flour and thought certainly one of the two would make a good pancake. So I tested them both out and here are the recipes and results.

 Almond Flour Pancakes
1/2 cup almond flour
1 egg
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking powder
2-4 drops liquid stevia
pinch salt
milk to thin to desired consistency

Mix everything together and pour batter into hot, greased skillet. I used coconut oil for greasing and made the pancakes about 4 inches in diameter. They came out pretty good, if a bit mealy. I liked the flavor a lot though.

Almond flour on left and coconut flour on right
Coconut Flour Pancakes
2 eggs
1/2 cup milk (plus more to thin if needed)
1/2 tsp vanilla
4 drops liquid stevia
1/2 tsp baking soda
pinch salt
1/4 cup coconut flour

Beat eggs and 1/2 cup milk together. Mix in remaining ingredients. The coconut flour clumps a bit so be sure to really beat it smooth. It also absorbs a lot of moisture so I had to add more milk to thin it out some. Pour batter into hot, greased skillet. Again, I used coconut oil for greasing and made the pancakes about 4 inches in diameter. These came out really eggy, more like crepes. Which isn't bad, it's just not pancakes. I think I would keep this recipe around for crepes, just add more eggs and possibly more milk to thin it out further. I ended up eating the crepe-like pancakes topped with applesauce (the best ever comes from Ela Family Farms and is Colorado local!) and a dollop of crème fraîche. Pretty good!

I had a thought after everything was cleaned up that I could have mixed the two flours together and see what they created! Maybe next time...


  1. I wonder if sifting the coconut flour would have helped with the clumping?

  2. yum. those look delicious! Might have to try them sometime. I've never used coconut flour OR almond flour before.

  3. I have no idea if sifting would help, but I was able to beat it out of the batter well enough that there weren't any clumps in the actual pancakes. It just took a while to beat.

  4. We love these gluten-free pancakes that start with whole grains instead of flour:
    If you try them, please let me know what you think!