These delicious gluten-free and vegan coconut flour pancakes are the perfect healthy breakfast. They have crispy, golden edges and the crunch of chia seeds, the seductive sweetness of bananas, and the nutty goodness of buckwheat and oats. They are also vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and soy-free.
If a clean, delicious breakfast is what you're looking for in the midst of a season of excesses, I've got for you today the perfect recipe. It's for my Vegan Gluten-free Coconut Flour Pancakes, and I can promise you will love them, whether or not you are gluten-free.
These are made with buckwheat flour, oat flour and coconut flour and you stir into them a couple of blended bananas, nondairy milk, a soupcon of vanilla, and chia seeds for some crunch and more healthful goodness.
There's no added sugar here, the bananas add a delicious sweetness (although serving these with some maple syrup and vegan whipped cream is a wonderful idea). And there's no added oil--you can spritz a touch of cooking spray on your griddle or make these in a nonstick griddle without any oil as well (you probably won't get that incredible golden color but they'll still taste great).
We are big lovers of pancakes in our home, with my vegan pancakes made with whole wheat and my vegan sourdough blueberry pancakes usually getting top honors. These coconut pancakes are now at the top of that list too, and I hope they'll go on yours.
Tips and steps for making gluten-free and vegan coconut flour pancakes
- I used three kinds of gluten-free flours in these pancakes -- buckwheat, oat and coconut flour. Tapioca starch adds binding muscle and the pureed bananas help hold it all together and make these pancakes tender and fluffy and sweet. You could replace the three flours with gf all purpose flour, but you won't get as much flavor.
- Don't just mash the bananas before adding them to the pancake batter. Blend them with half a cup of nondairy milk to create a really smooth puree that you will stir into the dry ingredients, then add in the remaining milk.
- I like adding chia seeds here because they add great crunch; you can sub out with flaxmeal (not flax seeds). Stir the chia seeds at the end and let the batter stand five to 10 minutes before making the pancakes.
- I used a ⅓rd cup measure to scoop out the pancake batter on the griddle. It made 16 pancakes that were about three inches wide.
- A spritz of cooking spray is enough to cook these pancakes on the griddle. Once you get them on there, keep a close eye because coconut flour is oily and they will burn easily. Flip over once the underside is nicely golden, which should take a couple of minutes.
- Make sure you keep the pancakes long enough on the griddle to cook the batter through. A good rule of thumb is to let the edges dry up and wait for bubbles to appear around the middle. If the pancakes are browning too fast, turn down the heat.
- You can eat these pancakes by themselves, they are quite sweet with the bananas. Some fruit is also great with these. If you have a sweeter tooth, trickle some maple syrup on or serve these with vegan whipped cream.
(Desi's the resident food photographer for this blog, but my son, Jay, has increasingly been helping out as well, and is shaping up into a fine photographer. This one showing the cross section of the pancakes (above) was taken by him, as was the top featured photo in my last post on vegan Instant Pot Mashed Potatoes :)).
Vegan Coconut Flour Pancakes
- ½ cup coconut flour
- ½ cup buckwheat flour
- ½ cup oat flour
- ¼ cup tapioca starch
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon baking soda
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 2 ripe (or overripe) bananas
- ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 2 ½ cups nondairy milk (add 2 cups at first and drizzle in more, a little at a time, if the batter is too thick to form pancakes)
- 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract (optional)
- 1 tablespoon chia seeds
- Whisk the flours with the tapioca starch, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
- Place the bananas in a blender with vinegar, two cups of nondairy milk and pure vanilla extract and blend into a smooth liquid.
- Add the banana puree to the dry ingredients, using a whisk to mix. You don't have to worry about overmixing and forming gluten as these are gluten-free flours. Add more milk if the batter doesn't look pourable.
- Stir in the chia seeds and let the batter stand for 5-10 minutes.
- Heat a griddle. Spray on some oil or cooking spray. Once hot, make the pancakes (I used a ⅓rd cup measure), flipping them over when the underside is golden, which should take a couple of minutes on medium or medium high heat.
- Serve hot.
These look yummy and I have been looking for a pancake recipe w/o eggs. Yeah!
But, can’t have tapioca starch. Any recommendations?
Hi Karen, cornstarch would work just as nicely!
So would brown rice flour and it's much better for you than tapioca or corn starch.
Hi Karen we can't eat oat flor would gf plain flour work instead or a bit extra of the other 2 flours.
GF plain flour would work very well.
I love how nutrient dense these are. While I'm gluten free I do eat pasture raised eggs. Do you think eggs (or one) could be added and then reduce the amount of milk? If so, do you have a suggestion for amounts? I know you haven't tried it, but you do have a lot of experience. Thank you!
Hi Judy, an egg is about a quarter of a cup of fluid, so that's the guideline you should follow when subbing.
Can I substitute Buckwheat flour with almond flour or any other flour (millets?)
Millet should work!