Light & Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes: Gluten Free & Vegan

by Heather

I don’t know about you, but I kicked off the new year the only way I saw fit: with coffee and pancakes.

buttermilk pancakes recipe

I know I’m supposed to be making resolutions and statements of grandeur about how kick ass this coming year is going to be and how I rocked 2012, but let’s be honest: that’s boooooring. And except for having an awesome kiddo, I kind of let 2012 slide on by.

So instead I’m going to talk about what I know best. Pancakes. The best breakfast around. They’re not just for weekends anymore.

gluten free pancakes

These pancakes are both gluten free and vegan. Here’s the thing about baking gluten free and vegan pancakes: they tend to end up heavy and dense, not light and fluffy. They get even heavier if you try to stick with more whole grains and less starch {the starch makes up for the lack of gluten}.

But after many {many} practice rounds {yes- I eat a lot of pancakes}, I came up with a fluffy alternative. Whole grain, gluten free, dairy free, and not disgusting. See, I told you it was good way to kick off the year.

Gluten Free Vegan Buttermilk Pancakes

vegan pancakes

by with a Side of Sneakers



  • 1 1/2 cups whole grain gluten free flour blend: 1/2 cup each of buckwheat, brown rice, and millet
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1 T cornstarch
  • 1 T flax meal
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4c almond milk + 1/2 tsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 c applesauce
  • 1 T blackstrap molasses
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • Optional: pecans and dairy free chocolate chips


Prepare vegan buttermilk by combining almond milk and lemon juice. Set aside.

Whisk together dry ingredients.

Stir in buttermilk, applesauce, and molasses.

Stir in optional mix ins. Let batter rest for a few minutes.

Pour pancakes onto medium hot griddle. Cook for a few minutes on each side- you’ll know it’s time to flip the pancake when the edges start to look dry and bubbles appear.

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buttermilk pancakes gluten free vegan

How did you kick off the new year?!

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table January 2, 2013 at 10:01 am

These look so fluffy and perfect! I love the idea of a healthier buttermilk pancake.
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Divya @ Eat.Teach.Blog. January 2, 2013 at 11:16 am

Yum – looks delicious!
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GiGi Eats Celebrities January 2, 2013 at 3:03 pm

OMG check out that fluffage! Looks so good, I bet my tastebuds would LOVE those! :)
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Carolina John January 2, 2013 at 3:59 pm

That looks fantastic! We’re going vegan now too, so thanks for sharing that. yummmmmm…….
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Cake Girl January 6, 2013 at 4:36 pm

this looks amazing!!! Must try this for next sunday brunch. Yum.


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