Easy Peasy Grain Free Pancakes {for one} {paleo} {gluten free}

Growing up, Sunday mornings featured bagels and cream cheese and Saturday mornings were blueberry or chocolate chip pancakes courtesy of the Aunt Jemima mix. A typical and delicious weekend. Well the college dining hall pancakes were kinda gross so I switched to Lucky Charms. Was I kinda addicted to sugar? Oh yes. Then I started trying to be healthier so I swore off pancakes entirely. That is until I discovered there were “healthy ways” to make pancakes. Cue protein pancake and all other pancake addiction/obsession and recipe creation: the good ole’ classic protein pancakes, the “add-carrots-to-your-pancakes-and-call-it-a-cake” creation, the chocolate pancakes, and the banana and egg pancake. Yup, I’ve accumulated a few pancake recipes and tried a billion more.

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Don’t get me wrong: I LOVE pancakes! Like my favorite chocolate chip pancakes from the Paramount or face-planting into a stack of post-race pancakes… so delish. But my daily pancake cravings have turned into weekly or even monthly desires. While delicious, a stack of ‘cakes doesn’t usually feel like the right kind of fuel. But when a craving hits? Well, I’ve been working on a nutritious pancake recipe for awhile and it’s finally ready to share.

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My criteria: full of nutrient-dense, real food (obvs) and fluffy. Pancakes need to be fluffy. This is a fact. You just need to cut into a thick ‘cake and it be fluffy. It just needs to happen. I love my grain-free coconut banana pancake but not gonna lie to ya: it’s not fluffy. And it’s also not super filling. But I don’t want to bad mouth the recipe – it’s still a good one (you just might need to double it hah).

These pancakes are totally full of nutrient-dense (aka satisfying) real food: two eggs for a boost of protein; almond and coconut flour for healthy fats and carbs; apple sauce and vanilla for just enough sweetness and delicious flavor.

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Even better than all the goodness? They’re fluffy. Yup. Thick and fluffy – just like Aunt Jemima’s mix. Kidding. Not about the thick and fluffy part but about Aunt Jemima.

Enjoy on their own, with some real (Canadian) maple syrup or my fave way: a generous shmear of raspberry jam. Perfect for a weekend morning – or any morning.

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Easy Peasy Grain Free Pancakes

Ingredients (Makes 4 pancakes – 1 serving)

  • 1/4 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/3 cup unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 1 tsp. coconut oil – for frying


1. In a medium bowl, combine almond flour, coconut flour and baking powder. Set aside.

2. Next, in a small bowl, whisk together eggs, apple sauce and vanilla until combined. Set aside.

3. Add the coconut oil to a large pan and heat to low.

4. While the pan is heating up, add the egg mixture to the flour mixture and mix to fully combine.

5. Once the pan is hot, drop four 1/4 cup measures of batter into the pan.

6. Let cook for about 4 minutes on the first side (small bubbles will start to form along the outside of the pancake) before flipping to the opposite side.

7. Cook on the second side for 3 minutes.

8. Serve and enjoy!

Questions of the day… 

What’s your favorite pancake topping? Did you have any food traditions growing up? 


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48 thoughts on “Easy Peasy Grain Free Pancakes {for one} {paleo} {gluten free}

  1. Amy these look so amazing! They look like the perfect pancake – thick, fluffy and filling. I can’t wait to try these :)
    My favourite topping for pancakes is nut butter, honey, banana and cinnamon – obvs. Gone are the days though when I slathered my pancakes in like 3 tablespoons of honey – sugar spike much?
    Photos are beautiful too – you are getting so bloody good at food photography. Can Les give me some lessons ;)

  2. Wowww these look amazing! Definitely making them, although am on day 2 of Whole 30 so they may have to wait a while!
    My favourite pancake topping has to be nut butter with frozen cherries heated up so that they almost go into a sauce… :)
    Question – is almond flour basically ground almonds? Because we don’t have almond flour here in the UK but ground almonds are everywhere…

  3. These are like, the most perfectly beautiful pancakes! Like, just perfect. I can’t even explain! It must be the fluffiness. :) Sadly, applesauce means a no go for my tummy. Damn you fructmal!

  4. This recipe is so beautifully simple. I can’t believe how fluffy they are!! I love berries and cinnamon on my pancakes but good maple syrup is my favorite…Though I don’t use it much.

    Growing up my dad used to make us big egg breakfasts on Sunday morning and we had to watch soccer as we ate it…haha He still does it today for himself and my mom. :)

  5. Ahhh The Paramount. Of course I got a waffle (waffles 4 lyfe), but it was so good! I remember when you were obsessed with pancakes. I think all of your breakfasts are so much more interesting now. I love to see what you’ve come up with each week!

  6. MMmmm I will be trying these out! I am actually a fan of dense, moist, not super thick pancakes and make those more often than fluffy ones with many toppings! I like fruit, nut butters, and yogurt for toppings. I am not a fan of all coconut flour in pancakes but this one also has almond flour so it seems perfect.

    1. I made these today and they were perfect fluffy and moist! I used 1/2 cup egg whites instead of eggs and added coco powder so they were like chocolate brownie pancakes! mmm

  7. I tried making pancakes with just coconut flour and it was no bueno! Almond flour makes it all better, and I’m with you – pancakes need to be fluffy!

  8. Impressed with the fluffiness!

    Could you elaborate on the reasoning/benefits to combining almond and coconut flour in recipes? I see so many that do this and I wonder why? I assume it has something to do with baking/cooking texture and ingredient combining…

    1. I’m definitely not a baking expert (or know flours too well) but the coconut flour helps to absorb some of the liquid. But just using almond flour is often pretty dense.

  9. ohh these look delicious and oh so fluffy! I usually just use coconut flour and it makes them a little mushy so I’m definitely going to try almond flour instead.

  10. My kids and husband are pancake freaks (ok seriously who isn’t) and I like to try new paleo pancake recipes often for a treat on a Sunday. These looks so basic, quick easy and good! Plus your pictures as always are incredible! Trying these Sunday morning for us. Hopefully the recipe will multiply nicely? I’ll cross my fingers :)

    1. Oh yay! I hope everyone loves them. I think it should multiply just fine – just cook in batches. Please let me know how they turn out.

  11. Aunt Jemima who?? These are seriously some of the most incredible pancakes I have ever laid eyes on, gluten or no. I’m all about the fluffy. This pancake? That’s a tortilla… No Bueno. My favorite pancake topping when I was little was nut butter and jelly. You put them on as soon as you finish cooking the pancake and they get all melty and gooey. Ohhh maan..

  12. These look amazing Amy!! I pinned these so that I can try them out one of these days. I also agree with you that pancakes are awesome, but I too, feel like they’re often not quite the right morning fuel. Whenever I do end up having pancakes in the morning it tends to end up being a very snacky & not quite so healthy eating kind of day. But, when I have eggs – usually all is right in the world. I do plan to give these a try though – next pancake craving!! :)

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