For some reason every time I make gluten free pancakes I end up singing that Jack Johnson song in my head! Sleeping in isn't an option with an 18 month old, even on the weekend, but making banana pancakes is! I'm visiting Denver this week and watching my nephew and son and boy have they kept me busy! They're both actually napping at the same time right now, so that means a new recipe for you! These pancakes will be a fun special treat for them this Easter weekend.
When my husband and I were dating in college (we're actually high school sweethearts believe it or not), we'd spend every Saturday morning together. He'd drive over to my apartment early and we'd make chocolate chip banana pancakes for breakfast. Then we'd sit out in my living room on our tattered couch from the 70's (usually with my roommate!) drink our coffee, and eat our pancakes while watching the travel channel. Wishing we could be on traveling through Europe instead of knee deep in text books.
The tradition continued after we got married and moved in together, but after going grain-free, pancakes disappeared from our household. I had tried a few versions of almond flour pancakes I'd seen on some of my favorite blogs and even tried my hand at an original recipe, but they never stood up to the old pancakes we knew. We both just decided it wasn't worth it.
Now that I've been experimenting with combining different grain-free flours (usually almond and coconut in my case) I finally have a pancake recipe I'm confident in sharing with you. Mind you, nothing grain-free will ever have the exact consistency of an all purpose flour food, but these are so good we don't care. I was never happy with how soggy the almond flour pancakes got and the coconut flour ones were just too eggy. This is the perfect combo for me. The almond flour seems to add the texture and substance of a grain while the coconut flour helps to soak up the extra fat and liquid the almond flour tended to produce, making them a little more spongy than soggy.
I love slightly thinner pancakes that have a little crunch on the outside and are fluffy and moist on the inside. This has been a surprisingly hard task to accomplish and has provided many failed attempts! As easy as gluten-filled pancakes are to make, gluten-free (and even worse grain-free) pancakes seem to be an art. But I am finally happy with this recipe and it has passed the test of all of my taste testers as well!
Chocolate chips and bananas are a treat for us. We usually eat these plain or with blueberries for a slightly healthier breakfast. Because these ones are already so sweet, they need very little honey or syrup drizzled on them.
yum! one of my favorite songs and meals. can’t wait to try this out.
What do you use to replace syrup for SCD? Thanks, these look great!
Against All Grain
Just some warm honey!
or some frozen berries thawed out are great!
This is what I was looking for thx
You have me swooning over here! These pancakes are so amazing. We have been making allergy-free teff banana pancakes for a while now (and yes we sing this song), but I have been yearning for a SCD version. I can’t wait to make these…this weekend!
And we have been Jack Johnson fans for so many years too. I remember my first JJ concert in college with Scott. Just amazing. This song is now in my head (it’s such a catchy tune)!
Thanks for this great recipe!!
Against All Grain
It was our little song when we were dating. 🙂 Our photographer put our engagement slideshow to it too so it has so many memories attached! Love Jack Johnson! Let me know what you think once you make them!
Just found your blog and I LOVE it!! You have some fantastic recipes. I’ll definitely be making these pancakes on Sunday morning for Easter Brunch!
Against All Grain
Thanks Alexis! Please come back and let us know how you liked it!
Annie HarrierAnnie Harrier
These were very good! My batter was a bit thin, so I added another tsp of coconut flour. Also I mixed everything in the batter so maybe next time will follow her directions better. My pancakes were much darker – probably because I mixed the banana in the batter. Thanks for your blog – just trying to go wheat free – so I’m on a big learning curve!
Against All Grain
I’m glad you liked them! The bananas may have caused the pancakes to darken but I’m not sure! Did you mash them or add slices? I would definitely recommend mixing the wet ingredients and dry ingredients separate first. 🙂 Grain-free is tough at first but once you get the hang of it you’ll love it!
Yea the batter seems thin but dont add anything to it cuz the texture seems just right when they are done and they didnt fall apart on me like most of my pancakes do and they tasted so good
These look so yummy…I think I will have to try them tomorrow morning. If I do, I’ll let you know how they turned out for me. I went grain free about 6 months ago in an attempt to see how it effects a rare disease I have, and I’ve struggled with some recipes for things I miss. I’m at the point where once in a while I cheat if I have a craving, but since I’m trying to heal my body, I’d rather not have to cheat to satisfy a craving. I’ve tried almond flour pancakes and I really like them, but these look even better. I just need to find a bread recipe that works for when I’m craving a sandwich, any suggestions?
Against All Grain
I cheat too sometimes which is why I try to make the things that I miss most like mexican food and sweets! Bread is hard. I kind of feel like it’s just better to not have it because I’m never super happy with the results. There’s a lot of recipes out there though so it doesn’t hurt to try a few to see what you think! I know Elana’s Pantry has a Paleo bread that people seem to really like
I just made these this morning and they came out good. I think I overcooked them a bit though. 🙁 Maybe it was my stove, but I think next time I will have to cook them at a lower temp. As someone else said the batter was a bit thin. After I let it sit for about 5 minutes, like you say to in your instructions, it did thicken up a bit. Although I was tempted to add something else to thicken up the batter, I did not, and I cooked it as is. They fluffed up nicely while cooking, so no problem at all! I ended up using a 1/8 measuring cup to pour the batter, and I only made 6 small pancakes…so I’m not sure what happened here. It could be that because I only had large eggs, I used 2 instead of the 3 medium eggs in your recipe. Maybe I should have used 3 large eggs? Long story short, the pancakes were yummy and I will definitely make them again! Thanks for posting this recipe! On a side note, I had been meaning to make that paleo bread from Elana’s Pantry, so I decided to make that too! The bread is cooling as I type this, so I can’t tell you if it’s good or not, but it looks promising.
Against All Grain
Thanks for sharing! I’m glad they turned out for you! How big did your cakes turn out? Depending on how hot the pan is, the batter will spread more which I guess could result in a smaller amount of pancakes. How did the bread turn out?
My pancakes came out about 4″ in diameter. I think I’ll make them again this weekend, so we’ll see what happens next time! The bread wasn’t too bad. I think it will do in a pinch if I just can’t resist the urge to have sandwich, but I don’t think there will ever be a grain-free bread that can match up to wheat breads. As long as I can have chocolate and pancakes, I think I will survive! LOL
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These look so ridiculously amazing. I’ve been dying to buy almond flour but haven’t found it yet…maybe online…where do you buy yours?
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Ooops! Never mind! Just saw your page about almond flour! 😀
Jennifer @ The Unrefined Kitchen
These look delicious! I love your picture and look forward to trying this recipe sometime! I will pin it for others to see as well!
Michelle @ The Willing Cook
I have a Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Pancake recipe that I absolutely love. My poor wheat-free husband hasn’t had the pleasure of them, so I thank you for this gf version. I’ve not been terribly impressed with many other gf pancake recipes I’ve tried. Looks delicious! As always, thanks for linking up at Allergy-Free Wednesdays this week. We look forward to seeing you back again next week!
~Michelle, AFW Hostess
Just made these for lunch and they were awesome! My five year old proclaimed them “fantastic” next time I will be making a double batch!! Thanks for the great recipe! BTW I found you via whole new mom link up
Against All Grain
That’s so great! Thanks for coming back to let us know! I think people are always skeptical to try a new pancake recipe so it’s nice to be able to read positive comments. 🙂
We LOVED these! My teen boys and hubby were fighting over the last two…solved it with “rock,paper,scissors”! ; ) I was worried that the choc would burn when I flipped the pancakes but not a problem. Thanks so much for sharing….looking forward to trying more of your yummy-looking recipes.
Against All Grain
So glad to hear that Michelle!
Since going grain-free we’ve experimented with multiple pancake recipes. My husband recently complained that we didn’t have a “go-to” recipe that we knew would be great every time, but after trying yours (this one) he said “this is it! This is the one! Save it and let’s do it again!” (Thank you!)
Against All Grain
Oh thank you Brianne! I love hearing stories like that. They were the first ones to pass my husband test as well!
Adrienne @ Whole New Mom
Thanks so much for linking up. Hope to see you next week.
We made these yesterday for breakfast, and they were soooo yummy! I wasn’t sure if the banana was supposed to go both in the mix and on top of the pancakes as they cooked, but I didn’t add any in the mix – only put the slices on top of the pancakes as described (w/ a few dark choco chips). Both hubby and I loved them – we didn’t even need any maple syrup added, and he is naturally a sweet tooth! Thanks for this recipe.
On another (random) note: when I’m using my iPad, I’m not sure how to read your blog with its “powered by onswipe” reader. Whenever I try to go to the second page of a certain entry (to see the actually recipe on this entry, for example), it takes me to the next entry altogther. I’m sure this is user error, but really can’t figure out how to correct it so I thought I’d at least ask here for a start. I’d love to figure it out so I can read off your blog on the iPad as I’m cooking, rather than having to write out your recipe myself from my computer, before cooking.
Against All Grain
I don’t add the bananas to the batter because I find it sticks more. I like to add the slices after the first side has cooked, so you did the right thing! I’m so happy you like them.
Thanks for letting me know about the ipad viewing. That’s frustrating. I’ll look into it!!
My husband and I recently joined the grain-free club. This recipe looks fantastic. Do you think this will also work as a waffle recipe?
I am making the pancakes right now! I can’t wait – I’m so hungry! I plan to cover them with coconut syrup and eat them up!
These pancakes were delicious! I overcooked them on side one because I was waiting for them to look like normal pancakes. They were still really good and with the Coconut Nectar – YUM! Very filling too!
I cooked these pancakes this afternoon they were awesome.I trickled just a little natural maple syrup over them.
Your posts work great on my iPad,I love that I can sit it on the stand with the recipe.
I can’t wait each day to see what you come up with next.
Hi – I wanted to thank you for the wonderful recipes on this site. I’ve been gluten-free for 3.5 years, but I’m new at going grain-free.
These pancakes turned out SO well, and they taste amazing. Can’t thank you enough!
We made these this morning – very yummy!! (even though my 1st few were “Cajun” – aka – burned :o) ) The only note I made is to double the recipe next time – there are 3 of us & doing a scant 1/4 c for each pancake yielded us only 5 total – not sure what/if I did something wrong. ??? Thanks for sharing – love your site & recipes! :o)
I love your blog and I am a huge fan of so many of your recipes. I recently launched my own gluten free cooking blog and you are such an inspiration! These banana pancakes were delicious 🙂
Please check out my Saturday Morning Pancake recipe here. Would love to know your thoughts.
I mention your pancakes in the post as well as Elena’s from Elena’s Pantry as alternative options for my readers. Love both of your blogs!
A huge success with my 2 year old, even without chocolate chips. To quote him: “More more more more more”. Great recipe! Thanks.
Great recipe – our favourite pancake fine yet!
OMG! All around applause for this recipe. I goofed and mashed the banana and added in with the wet ingredients so I added another tablespoon of coconut flour to compensate for the moisture. They turned out great and everyone was surprised they were grain free!
They tasted good, but not enough of them 🙂 With 4 teenagers, I’d need to quadruple the recipe! EEK!
I am amazed at how these taste even better than traditional pancakes. WOW. Thank you so much! I’ve tried other grain free pancake recipes with coconut flour and the only liquid used in them was egg (besides vanilla extract) so they were way too eggy. These ones are so good and satisfying! You can’t tell you’re missing the grains at all.
Made these without chocolate chips. Really enjoyed them!!! Made a double batch & will make again!!
I am making these right now and they are delicious!!!! Thank you for all of your recipes! They are amazing!
This is a keeper! Even though I didn’t read the instructions very well this morning (woke up too late, and I was in hurry), I mashes the bananas and added them along with choc chips to the batter. But my kids loved them, so did I, and we ate them withOUT maple syrup, which is unusual for my syrup-addicted kids. We did have thawed mixed berries, though. Thanks!
OMG! !st pancake recipie that I really liked. Even my picky teenage wheat loving son asked for more. And that was with the banana mixed in the batter. I used scd yogurt instead of coconut milk because thats what I had and I had to add a little extra because they were a little too thick! YUM ! I can’t wait to make this the RIGHT way with the bananas sliced 🙂
THIS is my favorite recipe! Being that I have a love affair with the song “makin’ banana pancakes” and then also with pancakes…. I just can’t resist this recipe! Thank you for this great recipe, and a chance to enter for the TT $50!
My husband and I are pancake fiends and our latest obsession is cinammon banana pancakes. This recipe fits right in the mix!
Hmmmmmm love your amazing recipes 🙁 am a pancake girl
So I have to pick this one but I wish I could pick them
All plus the real deal cookies;) yummies in my tummies lol. Very thankful
For your passion. I find out from your post we are the same age and
I’ve been marriage for 5.5 years too;) to funny;) love what you do
😉 very thankful in every way because your recipes Motivate me and my family. My kids
Love your recipes and I know that’s so important as a mommy;) thank you.
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dont know if my post went through, but i was saying:) all your recipes are amazing:) very motivating and my children just love them. Which is so important as a Mommy. I love this recipe and i wish i could pick them all oh and my love the real deal cookie:) am such a pancake girl yummies in my tummies. I saw your Fb post and find we have things in common, same age and marriage for 5.5 years:) super cool, knowing other young passionate Wive/ mommies feel the same as we do. Thank you for all you so:)
these are definitely the most appealing to me that I’m dying to try – after I’m done with a 5 week paleo challenge….! 🙂 LOVE your recipes Danielle!!!
These are my favorite! Making them for dinner tonight, thanks for all your amazing recipes!
I don’t know what I did wrong, but my batter was super duper THICK! To even spoon the batter onto the griddle, I had to double the almond milk, and I probably quadrupled the milk it to get it to look like normal pancake batter and result in pancakes that looked like yours. Both sadly tasted pretty grainy although the kids did wolf them down. 🙂 I was using Honeyville blanched almond flour. The only thing I did differently was use cold eggs instead of room temp. Any thoughts???
What is the difference between blanched and unblanched? Is it just color?
Unblanched still has the skin, the blanched will be lighter but the REAL difference is the texture. The blanched almond flour is finer and will give you much lighter, fluffier results in baking. We call the unblanched almond flour almond meal instead and although I started alternative flour baking using it, I wouldn’t even waste my own money on the heavier almond meal now . The Honeyville brand blanched almond flour gives us the best results in our home. I’m married to a professional Chef who really pays attention to the differences. Good luck finding your own favorite!
This was the song my husband and I danced to at our wedding.
I made these pancakes this morning. I used coconut milk and did not use the banannas or chocolate (reducing sugar). I used sugar free syrup and a little butter. They were FANTASTIC! Great recipe! I used a heaping tablespoon for each pancake just because I’m not a master flipper. The smaller I can keep them, the easier it is for me to flip. We will be making these next weekend!
Just made these. First batch of four I used just bananas and they were great. Second 4 I used sliced fresh strawberries and they were every bit as good. Just an alteration on a good thing! Thanks for your recipe!
OH MY GOSH>>>>>>>>>>>>>>> I just made these with the chocolate chips and blueberries and im actually in heaven!!!!!!!!!!!! Thank you so much =D best pancakes ive ever had!
Wow! These pancakes look amazing. I can’t wait to try the recipe out this weekend!
Great recipe! My hub declared them among the best of all time, including traditional pancakes! I was only able to get 6 out of this recipe, so I will definitely double them next time. Yum! 🙂
We made these this morning! We doubled the recipe to feed the whole family and because my kiddos love bananas, the second batch on the griddle had one pureed banana in the batter added as well. These were very good and we loved the texture and color. My oldest child said they looked like the pancakes we used to be able to get at IHOP…in the “old” days. They caramelize just a little on the edges and look lovely and taste good. Thank you!
Can you swap the almond flour for more coconut flour, my daughter has a severe nut allergy?
Against All Grain
No, coconut flour is much more absorbent so the texture would be way off, sorry!
Thank you! I have struggled finding a decent pancake recipe. But these are amazing and they’re even fluffy. These will be a regular one for me!
I usually make “pancakes” out of eggs & bananas. But for my daughter’s birthday, she asked for “real pancakes from a mix.” I didn’t want to use the Aunt Jamima instant mix I used to use, so I decided to try these. They were GREAT! My daughter loved them! Thanks so much! I think this will become a Saturday morning tradition!
This is an an awesome recipe. I’ve been searching for a grain-free pancake recipe close to the real thing & this is it! I’ve started to lose count on how many times I’ve made them. I add blueberries instead of bananas to mine (not a big fan of bananas) & they taste amazing! Thanks for the recipe!
I’ll admit it…I was doubtful about the taste (after coconut flour experiments gone wrong) and the texture/appearance. But, I was wrong. We made ours as blueberry pancakes and they came out PERFECTLY. Thanks -we have a new weekend favourite!
I made this a couple weeks ago, and it was a huge hit. My husband (Who could never grasp the concept of a pancake substitute) said these are way better than any normal pancake recipe. My 2-year-old devours them as well. Thanks for a great recipe!
I thought Almonds were a seed out of a fruit and therefore are not a nut? So it is already a nut free recipe. Is this right?
Just wanted to say thank you for this recipe! It’s the first time I’ve attempted any sort of “paleo-ized” treat since going paleo 5 months ago, and these were great! I omitted the chocolate chips, but they would take these pancakes to over-the-top decadence for sure! I used WF 365 Coconut Milk, and an extra heaping tsp of coconut flour, with ghee for the pan, and they were perfect! Really liked the banana chunks in each bite! Thanks so much!
This were yummy! I mashed the banana in them as I misread the directions. Still yummy but am hoping they are fluffier without the bananas in them.
I did the same thing, mashing the banana. They are delicious!
This is the first recipe I tried after moving to Italy and learning I couldn’t eat grain. I have to tell you, if this is what it means to eat Paleo, I’m going to be in heaven. Didn’t miss the grain at all! Even my husband, who can eat anything, gave these pancakes a 10 out of 10. Thanks so much!
I have trouble using coconut flour. The consistency is always a bit strange. I have yet to find a pancake recipe that will pour out of the jug like normal batter would. I always have to spread it around the pan myself because it goes a bit hard – it stiffens up if that makes sense. I will try this one and see. It does look good though.
These look great! Can’t wait to try.
Almonds are fruits, not nuts…according to our allergist:)
I whipped up a quick batch this morning and my youngest was like, “Nah I don’t want any.” He’s always hated the GF ones I’ve made from a mix, and honestly, I have too. I took a bit of one of these and found myself shoving one in Liam’s face, “OMG OMG Just try it!!” LOL. He loved it. We were standing outside waiting for the bus with pancakes in our hands!! You nailed it!
I subbed 1/3 cup of homemade applesauce for the banana, because I was out of bananas! I also put some almond butter as a topping on mine and then thru another pancake on top, making an almond butter sandwich.
Against All Grain
That sounds amazing! So glad you’re experimenting in the kitchen 🙂
Every paleo pancake recipe I have made has been impossible to flip, including this one. The bottom cooks, but the top is always still too runny – resulting in a messy flip. I’ve adjusted the cooking temp with no success. For these I mashed the banana and mixed it in. Do I need to increase one of the flours? I didn’t want them to be too dense. Please help! I need a Paleo pancake if I will ever convert the rest of my household. Thanks in advance!
so glad to hear the applesauce worked! that was what i was going to use since my picky son hates banana flavor! i cant wait to try these!
Love this recipe. It is one of my go tos for the weekend. These with a couple of slices of bacon = heaven. Sometimes I even double the recipe and use the leftovers through the week since they hold me so well.
Hey! Tried these tonight and they were a major hit with all the kids and the hubs. My five year old girl ate about 6-7 and begged for more! I had a LOT of trouble flipping these though and am wondering what I did wrong. I tried a cast iron griddle as well as a stainless pan greased with coconut oil. On both surfaces they either stuck or cooked too quickly on the first side and burned. Suggestions? Yours look so beautiful!
These were soooooooo good!!!!!!!!!
Can you use egg replacer with this? Major egg intolerance makes this worrisome.
way too watery and couldn’t flip. what did i do wrong??? followed recipe to the T
Love the Jack Johnson reference! Will definitely try these tomorrow!
Me and my guy just made these and we loved them so much! Made them just like you said (except we haven’t got the finer flour yet so Bob’s is what we used, still worked great) in cast iron skillet. Turned out perfect. Your book has changed our world. Feeling great. Thank you! 🙂
These are the best pancakes on SCD I’ve tasted! I made a couple of changes: subbed applesauce in place of milk (I was out of milk) and mixed in the banana. Thanks so much for the recipe.
Another nut free option is to grind raw pumpkin seeds (pepitas) into a flour. Sunflower seeds have a pretty strong flour, so we prefer pepitas. I do add a teaspoon extra oil though as they are a bit drier than the original recipe.
Thanks for the nut free conversion. I recently developed a nut allergy and have been struggling because even coconuts are tree-nuts.
Suzanne L Rey
What is the ratio or measurement of regular flour to coconut or almond flour?
These pancakes were much better than I expected. Even my nephew liked them, and my husband said “Not bad!”. (I’ve had quite a few gluten-free pancake failures before trying grain-free.) They are delicious even without the bananas. I like my pancakes a bit fluffier, so I added a touch more flour the second time. Thank you so much for this recipe. With my dairy and grain sensitivities I’d all but given up hope for waffles and pancakes.
Is it possible to sub flax meal for the egg??
I put the whole lot in my Blendtec, including the banana and added an extra tbs of coconut flour, let it sit for 5 min to thicken. Cookon low heat and wipe out excess fat from the pan before cooking. Perfect with lemon and honey!!
does anyone have the nutritional information for the his recipe? Thanks
Tiffany Rae McDonald
All I have is coconut flour but really want pancakes. I have almond milk, bananas, eggs, vanilla and baking soda. How can I make pancakes with these ingredients?
These are mushy, they burn before they cook through.
What is the egg replacement for this recipe? Also, could I blend spinach and blueberry into the milk without ruining them?