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Gluten Free Pancakes: Come One, Come All for National Pancake Day!


Okay, so someone (Erin, you know who you are) told me that it was national pancake day today, thus usurping my gluten free waffle groove!  Not being one to disappoint, I dropped everything and went into complete hyper-drive mode, because I KNOW pancakes.  I’m still waiting for the “national don’t eat crappy food” day; or the “try not to load your kids with too much sugar day.”  But for now, I’ll go with what I’m given.  Who decides these “days” anyway?  If there is a committee somewhere, I’d like to get on it.  If it takes an act of Congress…well, maybe not.


The BEST Gluten Free Pancake Mix

If you are newly gluten free and are looking for a great pancake mix, let me save you some trouble and say that without a doubt, Pamela’s Ultimate Baking and Pancake Mix is numero uno in both taste and texture.  Hands Down.  No doubt about it.  Trust me, I’ve tried them ALL, including a million different recipes (seeing that we are now dairy-free and my beloved Pamela’s contains buttermilk powder).

I’m really tempted to break into Pamela’s headquarters and find that darned secret formula so I can omit the buttermilk powder and simply add my own homemade dairy-free buttermilk!!  I know, I know…Pamela says you can easily make gluten-free, dairy-free pancakes with her bread mix.  Um, no.  I’ve tried and not even close!  Not that her bread mix is bad mind you…it just doesn’t cut the mustard for her original pancakes (it does however make some rockin’ gluten free poptarts!).

A brief walk down memory lane: I’ve never been anything less than completely honest when it comes talking about my struggles with cheating on the gluten free diet those first few years after my celiac diagnosis (or anything else for that matter).  When I first found Pamela’s pancake mix, I knew that I could finally stop cheating at the most critical time.  They really are that amazing and I cannot recommend them strongly enough.  Simply delicious.

It is important to me that everyone understands that I have not received any compensation, free samples, or any other endorsement from Pamela’s (I’m just eternally grateful).  My family enjoyed this mix immensely when we could have still have dairy, and we want those of you who can still tolerate dairy to enjoy something that was critical in our family’s evolution toward a more healthy lifestyle (for us, at least).

And if you don’t believe me, consider this…who the heck else would put THIS PICTURE on the world wide web???? (and no…no margaritas tonight, LOL!) 😀

For the sake of today’s post, all the pancakes you see above and below are Pamela’s dairy-full pancakes (unless noted otherwise).  Little sister, I hope your freezer is empty. 😉

If you’re interested in the blueberry topping in the above photo, I used this recipe on and replaced the white sugar with honey and the cornstarch with arrowroot (I don’t eat white sugar and I’m allergic to corn…but I still couldn’t eat the pancakes, I modified simply out of habit, LOL!).

A pancake post would not be complete without a little “Banana Pancake” mood music from Jack Johnson, so please press play before proceeding:


Give your Pocketbook a Break and Forget Buying Frozen Gluten Free Pancakes in a Box

Whip up a bajillion of your favorite gluten free pancakes some weekend morning and lay on a paper towel-lined plate (or baking sheets in my case) and allow to cool to room temperature.

If you’re on the way out the door to attend 3 birthday parties and a baseball game (or two), pop the tray of pancakes in the fridge until you get home.

Dairy-Full Pancakes with Dairy-Free Chocolate Chips (oops, forgot something at the grocery store!)

Once the pancakes have cooled completely, line a baking sheet with parchment paper (or foil) and top with cooled pancakes.  YOU DO NOT WANT TO PUT FRESH-OFF-THE-GRIDDLE PANCAKES DIRECTLY INTO THE FREEZER!!!  Well, not unless you have a chisel and a pick ax to separate them later.

Place perfectly frozen pancakes into separate Ziploc freezer bags, label appropriately and place back in the freezer until needed.

Now when you want a Mommy McGriddle, all ya have to do is whip out a couple pre-made gluten free pancakes and a sausage patty from the freezer, give ’em a quick nuke in the microwave and off ya go!


Nut Butter and Jelly Pancake Sandwiches

Slab some peanut butter (or other nut/seed butter) in-between your favorite gluten free pancakes for a tasty alternative to the plain ol’ PB&J!

Fluffy Buckwheat Pancakes (gluten-free, dairy-free, egg-free and soy-free):

Pancakes on a Stick (gluten-free):

Delicious Gluten Free Pancakes (gluten-free and easily tweaked to be dairy-free):

More Gluten Free Pancake Recipes

Flourless Flax Seed Pancakes Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom (the picture isn’t pretty but trust me, these babies are gooood!).

Saturday Pancakes from Lexie’s Kitchen

Volcano Pancakes from Gluten Free Easily

Dairy-Free Apple Cider Pumpkin Pancakes from Cook IT Allergy Free

Multi-Grain Pancakes from Gluten Free Diva

Cornmeal Pancakes with Maple Orange Butter from Tasty Eats at Home

Butternut Squash Pancakes from The Gluten Free Homemaker

Grain-Free Apple Puff Pancakes from Cook IT Allergy Free

Silver Dollar Pancakes from Elana’s Pantry

Protein Packed Pancakes from Real Food, Allergy Free

Millet Pancakes from Allergic to Air

Gluten Free Aussie Pancakes from Food Crush

Quinoa Pancakes (or Waffles) from Special Foods for Special Bodies

Super Simple Grain-Free Banana Pancake Recipe from Adria Cormier, an Adventures of a Gluten Free Mom reader

Yields just about enough pancakes for 1 person


1 Banana, mashed

1 egg

1 scoop of Almond Butter (just a scoop with a table spoon)


Blend together and cook, and serve like a ‘normal’ pancake.

You could add chocolate chips and turn it into a dessert!

For more gluten free pancakes, check out Kim’s article over at!


  1. National Pancake day–yes!! That comes from the fact that it’s Shrove Tuesday, right? The last day of “normal” gluttony before Lent and fasting begins tomorrow on Ash Wednesday. What better way to celebrate Shrove Tuesday than with pancakes? We have a beloved Episcopal church in our county that has a pancake supper every year for Shrove Tuesday. It’s very popular! Not gluten free though, of course. I’m making that banana/egg/almond butter pancake this morning for my breakfast! Perfect before I get busy doing a ton of things tor my support group meeting tonight. Love all the pancake info/recipes, the photos of you, and a little Jack to start the day! Oh, and thanks for the link love! That Volcano Pancake is a popular one. 😉


  2. Great minds, Heidi! LOL! I just did a roundup on

    Love the Goldfish shaped butter!


  3. What a fun post! I’d like to know how these “days” are chosen as well. I’ve seen your fish butter before and it is too cute! Thanks for including my protein packed pancakes in your round up!

    Happy pancake day,

  4. Hi Heidi. I can never keep up with these national food days. I’m glad other people like you do! I never did try Pamela’s before going dairy free. It’s probably just as well since I can’t have it now. I love the Luke picture. What a riot! lol! Thanks for the link love.

  5. thanks for the great ideas! I’m getting hungry…

  6. You know, we’ve had Bisquick’s Gluten Free Pancake Mix in the fridge forever and it tasted pretty good to me! But now, I have to try the Pamela’s!!!

  7. Ruth Charnow says

    Best Gluten free Pancake Restaurant are THE ORIGINAL Pancake House…West Palm Beach…best ever with blueberries inside and blueberry syrup to boot—Yummi-scrumptilicious…best w butter/pecans on top!!!!

  8. This post has really changed the way I think about food, rather than going out and looking for something I can make that is gluten free and learning to make it off the back of that I need to be thinking more along the lines of how to make something that I already like but how to make a gluten free version of it.

  9. Any man that can sing about pancakes and still retain his sex appeal … well nuf said! Great post missy! Love me a good dose of JJ. xo

  10. There are so many fun way to cook pancake.. Love to try out your way here.. Thanks for sharing this with us! 🙂


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