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. I love looking back at the cute pics of my sons when they were younger!

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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140 Responses

  1. Suzanne Hopkins

    I make these with self raising g/f flour as when I made them with plain flour they were really thin. Anyhow they are amazing and as a weekend treat we had plain chocolate chips.

  2. Ana

    Incredible smell, texture and flavour! Thank you for this great recipe, I tried it right away 🙂

  3. Toni @ Gym Bunny Mummy

    The teenager loves pancakes but I never think to make American style, these are even more fab being gluten free. I’ve pinned to come back to
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  4. Andreea

    Wow, they look so fluffy! I enjoyed Pancake Day yesterday, I missed it last year so I was so happy to be eating crepes yesterday. I usually make pancakes with oats or wholemeal flower so they don’t come out so fluffy.

    • Honest Mum

      Yay thanks, ooh sounds wonderful, I love Marmite, thanks for linking up x
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  5. Sophie

    Delicious! Your post is making me so hungry, I can’t wait to get home and make some pancakes! I usually have mine with Nutella and Strawberries.

  6. Jenny

    You can’t beat good pancakes. Hurray for you on the gluten free! Still look just as tasty. Happy Pancake Day!

  7. Eb Gargano

    Yum! These pancakes look amazing!! Hard to believe they are gluten free. Love the cute pics of your boys getting stuck in 🙂

  8. Becky wilkinson

    Yum yum! These look delicious! We are having a late pancake day at the weekend this year as all of the monsters are poorly and well it would be a shame to miss out! Will pop back later tonight and have a read of everyone’s links. Thanks for hosting

    • Honest Mum

      Oh no, hope they are better now and you all enjoyed your belated pancake day, we ate more today too x
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  9. Petra / Be Healthy Now

    I haven’t had success at making fluffy pancakes yet but need to try your recipe and see how that goes.. they look great!
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  10. Michelle Reeves (The Essex Barn)

    Yum great to see these little beauties again – they still look delicious and I love that they’re gluten free so I can tuck in to them too! Have linked up with my amazing granola recipe new over at The Essex Barn x
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  11. Tanya de Grunwald

    Thank you – these pancakes were delicious! However, mine didn’t rise very much so were a bit flat. Not sure where I went wrong… I did notice that the mixture was quite runny when I added it to the pan… Do you think I should try keeping back a little of the milk / egg mixture next time? Or whisking the batter more? I am not an experienced chef, oh dear! But I am trying to improve 😉

    • Honest Mum

      Hey Tanya, did you put the baking powder in? Yes to whisking more, we actually blend ours often. Hope they were still tasty?

  12. Richard

    Great recipe I really love the look of your pancakes, they’re almost like scotch pancakes. Hope you’re well 😀

  13. Joanna @mumbalance

    Finally have some time to read!
    Theses sound lovely and I think I’ll give them a go one of the weekends 🙂 We’re going away for two weeks after Christmas, so there should be plenty of lazy mornings perfect for pancake making.
    Thanks for hosting xx
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  14. Charlotte

    I was watching a cooking program a few days ago where they left out the holes from the tree cookies and the used an electric drill to add them afterwards. I thought it was a bit over the top, but it would have solved your problem!
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  15. Jen @ Blue Kitchen Bakes

    Your pancakes look beautifully fluffy, Sunday pancakes have become a weekly treat for us since my partner stopped having to work shifts on a Sunday. Perfect way to spend a lazy Sunday, scoffing yummy pancakes 🙂
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  16. Koogle

    My son absolutely Loves pancakes! Your pancakes look so light and fluffy. Yum!!
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  17. Jhuls

    Pancakes – one of the best breakfasts ever!! Your pancakes are beautifully cooked, Vicki. Thanks a lot for sharing and thanks for the great party. Have a lovely day. 🙂
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  18. Steph @MisplacedBrit

    Those look fantastic!
    A perfect alternative for the usual gluten explosion overdose! 🙂

    Thanks for hosting hun 🙂
    …ANOTHER fudge from me… But we’ll be laying off the fudge recipes for a while… The fridge is bulging with fudge!

  19. Donna

    Oh those pancakes look incredible, they were made for modelling 🙂 I wish I could make ones that weren’t too brown on one side and raw on the other! x
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  20. GiGi Eats

    Would you do me a huge favor and………. Come make those for me, RIGHT NOW?! 😉
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  21. Caroline (Becoming a SAHM)

    These look and sound amazing! I love american pancakes though have never made them. Am off dairy and eggs for LM at the mo but when I can eat them again this recipe is on my list! 🙂 xx
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  22. Vicki Montague

    Hey Vicki, we have pancakes for breakfast every day. My version are gluten and dairy free too but I also make mine without sugar or fat. They work amazingly well and are a great way to get protein into my kids since I make them almost entirely from ground almonds. Yum!
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  23. jenny

    I could eat pancakes all day long. Just plain… they are so yummy. These look great. Thanks for hosting.
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  24. jenny paulin

    your children are so handsome 🙂
    i adore oancakes, although I am not allowed to eat them while I am on slimming world! x
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  25. Joanna @mumbalance

    Haven’t had pancakes in ages! Will have to do some this weekend 🙂
    Thanks for hosting xx
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  26. Amy

    Oh I do love little mini pancakes, have added the ingredients to my shopping list. I’m excited to try these xx
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  27. Eline @ Pasta & Patchwork

    These look so yummy! I love American pancakes but I can never get them fluffy enough. I’ll be giving these a go, perhaps I’ll manage this time! Cute pics of your kids too, as always x
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  28. Rebecca U

    great to find a gluten and wheat free pancake recipe. I tried making pancakes once including rice flour and almond milk and it really didn’t work, ha! x
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  29. Michelle Reeves (bodfortea)

    As you know I try to steer clear of wheat at Bod Towers too and these look fabulous! Curly Girl loves pancakes but the Little Man isn’t so keen yet… Alexander clearly enjoys them though – so cute as always!
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  30. Mel

    Your pancakes look delicious! I don’t make American pancakes often enough, and I can’t wait to give yours a go with a couple of tablespoons of potato flour to replace the egg for Jumpy. Pinning now! x
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  31. Eileen Teo

    Wow! They look so gorgeous and fluffy! Looking forward to see your pancake tree! It will look fabulous!
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    • honestmum

      Haha! A pancake tree might be easier at this rate the way the Christmas biscuits are going!
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