Fluffy Gluten-Free American Pancakes


I’m re-sharing this golden oldie recipe post and popping it on the homepage as it’s one of my all-time most read recipes ever and is perfect for breakfasts, packed lunches or weekend treats. I love looking back at the cute pics of my sons when they were younger, too!

Lots of you seem to love my fluffy gluten-free American pancakes and kindly message me to say you’ve found this recipe produces light, fluffy and delicious pancakes. Some of you have even commented that they taste better than the regular gluten/wheat pancakes. Wow!

They’re super easy to make and gluten-free flour can be found in all supermarkets.

Fluffy Gluten-Free American Pancakes

Look how much my kids love them!

child eating pancakes

wheat-free pancakes

smiling boy

These light and airy, gluten-free American style pancakes make for a long, lazy brunch although they’re also super quick to whip up on a morning and can be frozen too so you can enjoy them whenever you feel like it.

The kids like to help my husband and I make them and they make a great addition to packed lunches too.

Here’s how to make them:

wheat and gluten free pancakes


  • 135g/ 4¾oz gluten free plain flour (we like Doves Farm)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp honey (we like manuka honey)
  • 130ml/4½fl oz milk (we like whole goat’s milk)
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 2 tbsp melted butter, coconut or olive oil, plus extra for cooking

To serve

  • Maple syrup
  • Butter
  • Chocolate for melting.


pancakes frying

Gently sift the flour, baking powder, salt into a bowl. Melt the honey a little in the microwave and add to the mixture.

In a separate bowl, whisk together the milk, egg and melted butter.

Pour the milk mixture into the flour mixture and beat with a fork to create a batter.

Let it stand for a few minutes. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat and add a little butter or mild olive oil.

When it’s melted, add a ladle of batter (or two if your frying pan is big enough to cook two pancakes at once). Cook until the top of the pancake bubbles then turn it over and cook on both sides until golden.

Repeat until you have used all the batter.

Serve with maple syrup, butter, fruit or melted chocolate. Anything you fancy!

How sweet are these pictures of Alexander enjoying his pancakes?!

cute child eating gluten-free American pancakes

eating wheat-free pancakes

child eating pancakes

family food recipe for American pancakes

child eats wheat-free pancakes

Don’t miss an archived post of my Dad’s pancakes HERE too.

Pancakes with strawberries and blueberries


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150 Responses

  1. Sam

    Always wanted to try out the pancakes ,where I’m from pancakes are not common, definitely will try this recipe out.

  2. Anthea

    Does the Doves farm flour blend you use have a stabiliser of some sort in it? I just wondered if I needed to add some psyllium husk to the recipe. I tried the recipe with our doves farm flour blend and they just didn’t rise very well.

  3. Caroline Mentzer

    We fell in love with American fluffy pancakes when we visited my sister who lives in California a few years ago. I’ve been trying to perfect the recipe ever since!! Mine looks very similar to yours but I use goat yog instead of milk. I can see why this is popular post….they are delicious!! A Saturday morning favourite. My kids drizzle with peanut butter and maple syrup – LUSH!

  4. AlicjaM

    My favorite breakfast dish. Only I love them with chocolate cream or plain sugar. And I also make small ones in a small frying pan to make it easier to eat. Brilliant recipe, thank you for adding it.

  5. Lary

    Wow those are really delicious looking pancakes! The fact that they are healthy makes it even more mouth watering 😀

  6. Heidi

    I just tried these for break They tasted like real pancakes and were great! I recently became gluten free because of an autoimmune disease and I have been so sad about not having pancakes. These made me so happy! Thanks!

  7. Rebecca

    Hi, how many people does this serve/ how many pancakes does the recipe make? I would love to make these for a big friends get together. I have made them at home for just my husband and I, but am wondering how much of the recipe I need to feed 12? x

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  9. Mamabear Blog UK

    Yes! Finally a lovely recipe for the type of pancakes we as a family LOVE! I can’t wait to try this out and I’m sure my lovely one year old will love them! Thanks for sharing!

  10. Bird

    My boys would love these! We tend to make a lot of vegan pancakes, which are always fun! I don’t think they can tell the difference! Haha!

  11. Kirsty

    Well they look delicious. I am going to give them a whirl with the kids and see what the harshest judges of all think. 😉

  12. Chloe Day

    Oh I shall have to try this recipe with my nephew. One thing that he misses is his American pancakes. A great way to spend a Sunday morning #BrillBlogPosts

  13. Kreativa

    Let the pancake cook for 3 minutes, or until the top edges of the pancake start to pull away from the mold. Remove the mold and flip the pancake, cooking for another 2 minutes. Remove the pancake from the pan and repeat with remaining batter.

    • Maddie

      Made his recipe, turned out delicious! My pancakes hardly rose at all though…any tips for getting them to the same level of fluffiness you’ve captured? 😊

  14. Alexandra Murray

    Delicious and easy gluten free Sunday morning breakfast, love it, thank you ☺

  15. Donna Bradley

    Fantastic, I have just made the scotch pancakes. I served them with maple syrup, blueberries and strawberries. Yum Yum!!!!! No one would ever know they are gluten free, they were delicious. Thank you for the recipe, I have printed the recipe and added to my recipe file.

  16. Shelley Jessup

    Bookmarking this thank you so much I think they will be ok for my delicate crohn’s.

  17. Amanda Khan

    Wowza! These are amazing gluten free pancakes!! I’ve tried A LOT of recipes from pinterest and this one is a keeper! Thank you SO much!! I can’t wait to try your other dishes!


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