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Paleo Pancakes

These paleo pancakes are a perennial breakfast winner. Made from a combination of coconut flour, tapioca flour and almond flour, they’re light, fluffy and delicious. They’re the best paleo pancakes and could easily be mistaken for traditional pancakes.

These paleo pancakes are light and fluffy and made from a combination of coconut flour, tapioca flour and almond flour. They're a reader favorite and the best paleo pancakes out there!

This paleo pancake recipe was one of the first recipes ever posted to Downshiftology. And while I’ve since updated it with new photos and a video, the recipe itself remains the same. Why? Because it’s the best paleo pancakes recipe and needs no tweaking. None.

Several years ago I tried every possible gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free pancake recipe I could find. But most came out too dense, too gritty, too almond-y or too coconut-y. So after many failed attempts, I was ecstatic to finally crown this paleo pancake recipe the winner.


These paleo pancakes are light and fluffy and made from a combination of coconut flour, tapioca flour and almond flour. They're a reader favorite and the best paleo pancakes out there!

These paleo pancakes are light and fluffy and made from a combination of coconut flour, tapioca flour and almond flour. They're a reader favorite and the best paleo pancakes out there!

How to Make Paleo Pancakes

The recipe uses three different flours to get that perfect, light, fluffy consistency, most similar to regular pancakes – almond flour, tapioca flour and coconut flour. And while it may seem like more effort to use three different flours, trust me, the end result is worth it.

So you’ll whisk those flours together in a bowl along with baking soda and salt. Then, in a separate bowl you’ll mix the wet ingredients together which includes eggs, almond milk (or any dairy-free milk), honey, white wine vinegar and vanilla extract.

Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk everything together until you’ve got a pancake batter. Now, at this stage I pour the pancake batter into my pancake pen as I find it makes the most perfect, consistently sized pancakes. And, it’s kind of fun.

But you could of course just use a ladle or large spoon to pour the the pancakes onto a hot and greased pan or griddle. Then, all that’s left to do is to cook the pancakes a few minutes each side and serve them up!

These paleo pancakes are light and fluffy and made from a combination of coconut flour, tapioca flour and almond flour. They're a reader favorite and the best paleo pancakes out there!

These paleo pancakes are light and fluffy and made from a combination of coconut flour, tapioca flour and almond flour. They're a reader favorite and the best paleo pancakes out there!

Paleo Pancakes Everyone Will Love

I believe the ultimate test of a recipe is whether those who don’t have dietary restrictions love the recipe just as much as those that do have dietary restrictions. Meaning, would my non gluten-free, dairy-free and paleo friends find this recipe to be just as delicious as I find it to be?

Well, after making this paleo pancake recipe dozens and dozens of times for large gatherings of folks with no dietary restrictions, I’m happy to report that all of these pancakes were devoured and loved. Hence, it’s “classic” status.

These paleo pancakes are light and fluffy and made from a combination of coconut flour, tapioca flour and almond flour. They're a reader favorite and the best paleo pancakes out there!

Feel free to add in your favorite bonus ingredients like blueberries, chocolate chips or chopped bananas. Today, I decided to go simple with chopped bananas on top and a little maple syrup. Hopefully once you try this paleo pancake recipe, you’ll no longer feel deprived or frustrated with unsuccessful paleo pancakes.

For more delicious breakfast recipes, make sure to check out my Nut-Free Paleo Pancakes, Paleo Chocolate Waffles, Green Smoothie Pancakes, and Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes.


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Paleo Pancakes

These paleo pancakes are light and fluffy and the perfect weekend breakfast. Watch the video above to see how quickly they come together!


Dry Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 1/3 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 4 large eggs
  • 1/4 cup almond milk
  • 1 tbsp honey (or maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp white wine vinegar
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • ghee, butter or coconut oil to coat skillet


  1. Whisk all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk all of the wet ingredients. Then, add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until well combined.
  3. Heat a skillet or griddle on medium-high heat and coat with ghee, butter or coconut oil.
  4. Spoon the batter onto the skillet, keeping your pancakes approximately 3-4 inches in diameter. They’re much easier to flip smaller. Let them cook for 2-3 minutes on one side, then flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes.
  5. Serve immediately with maple syrup, bananas and other toppings.

Lisa's Tips

I’m obsessed with my pancake pen for making perfectly round pancakes every time.

I always recommend using super fine almond flour from blanched almonds for any paleo baking.

The vinegar is important to this recipe as it helps to make the pancakes fluffy, but you can use any type of vinegar.

You can easily double this recipe and freeze the leftover pancakes. It makes for great meal prep! Then, just pop them in the toaster or warm them up in the microwave when desired.

Nutrition Information

Yield: 8 pancakes, Serving Size: 2 pancakes

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 242
  • Total Fat: 13.5g
  • Saturated Fat: 3.2g
  • Cholesterol: 186.5mg
  • Sodium: 551.5mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20.3g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 6.2g
  • Protein: 10.3g
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128 comments on “Paleo Pancakes”

  1. May I substitute the tapioca and almond flour for more coconut flour? :)

  2. May I use cashew milk instead of almond milk?

  3. Anything i can substitute coconut flour with? My daughter is intolerant- thanks!

  4. Hello, I made these for my family today.  Delish!  I’m wondering if the recipe can be made into waffles without any modifications?  Thank you and keep up the great work—love your content!

  5. So so yummy! I literally just made these for dinner and they were amazing!! I swapped arrowroot flower for tapioca because that’s what I had on hand. I also didn’t have white wine vinegar so I splashed a little white cooking wine and white vinegar in instead! Topped mine with vegan chocolate chips and pure maple syrup!! I’ll be keeping this recipe handy! Thank you!

  6. Hi Lisa, I made these pancakes this morning and just had to comment on your post because they were so yummy! Three adults here all gave them a double thumbs up!  I sifted my flours and didn’t have baking soda so I used baking powder instead. I added a tsp of cinnamon to the dry mix and stirred in s half cup of pecans because we luv nuts.. I used coconut oil to cook them in and topped them each with a small pat of butter when I played them.. Hubs is a diabetic so I used Choc Zero maple syrup to top his and pure maple syrup for mine.. These are a keeper for us and will be used as my go to recipe for pancakes.. Oh I used a quarter cup batter for each pancake and got six from the recipe.. Tomorrow I will be doubling the recipe to have them for the week..Thank you as always for these recipes!!!  I need to keep my cooking focused on diabetic safe foods and your recipes are a Godsend for me! Have a blessed day and keep doing what u do! ❤️

  7. These pancakes are fluffy and delicious! A great paleo recipe! Also, very easy to make.

  8. So tasty and a wonderful texture! Great job!

  9. I rarely review recipes, but I had to review this one. These pancakes are excellent. I’ve been looking for a couple years for a gluten and dairy free pancake recipe that manages to be fluffy, has a good, plain flavor (read: not bound with bananas), and is relatively simple. This is it! Finally!! Thank you!

    I will add that I only had 2 eggs on hand, so I subbed flax eggs for 2 of the eggs. Looking forward to trying this recipe with 4 eggs.

  10. I made these for my sister and they turned out sooo good!! I will definitely make these again!
    Thank you! :)

  11. Best Paleo pancake recipe I have tried so far! I used Bragg’s apple cider vinegar instead and added cinnamon, cardamom, and ginger. Delicious!

  12. This is a great recipe, I didn’t make any changes and used coconut oil for my griddle. We topped them with a warm blueberry sauce. A great way to start the day!!!

  13. Looks awesome. Can I use arrowroot flour instead of tapioca flour?

  14. Made these pancakes and they were amazing!! Just a little real maple syrup, yummy!!

  15. I recently went Paleo.  Dinners are easy, but I struggle with breakfast.   I graved a fluffy, lite pancake that does not taste like sand .     I was pleasantly surprised with these pancakes.  This is the closest I’ve come to normal pancakes.  
    Thanks so much for sharing 

  16. You get a 5 star for this recipe! I have tried several pancakes throughout the past few weeks and none have came close to tasting like a true pancake like this recipe! It is on point! For anyone looking for a traditional tasting pancake without the worry of gluten or dairy this is perfection!

    Rating: 5
  17. I’ve made this recipe several times now, and I have to say it is my new go-to! It’s so easy, and it’s honestly better than any non-paleo pancake recipes I’ve made! Awesome work, it’s definitely a classic!

    Rating: 5
  18. I’m going to save this recipe. The pancakes came out great. I used apple cidervinegar and only 3 eggs because that’s all I had. I added a splash more liquid for the second batch to thin the batter a little. Finally a tasty pancake recipe!!

    Rating: 5
  19. These pancakes are quick, easy, fluffy, and delicious! 

    Rating: 5
  20. i make these all the time and they are awesome. I usually put fresh blueberries in them. Could i please get the measurements for using only 3 eggs?

    Rating: 5
  21. Very good! Thanks so much :)

    Rating: 5
  22. These are excellent!~ Perfect for Christmas breakfast. Thanks so much!

    Rating: 5
  23. This recipe sounds yummy. We have done whole 30 here and done very well on it. I am able to add some things back into our diet but I am trying to stay away from gluten. Christmas is coming and we have a very favorite recipe called lemon ricotta pancakes . if I was to put about a third of a cup of ricotta cheese in the batter, can you suggest how I would would alter the other wet ingredients? I saw in another comment that it was fine to use lemon juice instead of the vinegar, so I would plan on doing that . Any suggestions? I don’t want to mess up Christmas breakfast!

  24. Hi Lisa!
    I have coarse almond flour that I use to make frangipani, and I recently purchased ‘gluten free’ ‘flour’ that based on the ingredients is comprised of almond, coconut and tapioca flour. Can I use these, if so, should I use the gluten free flour for all three flours? Or can I use my coarse almond flour and then just sub the other two? Can’t wait to try these! I was also wondering if you use white sugar or cane sugar at all in any food or beverage prep? Many thanks – Kayla B

  25. Best paleo pancake recipe I have made thank you! 

    Rating: 5
  26. these pancakes are incredible. ive tried so many paleo recipes and this is by far the best. thanks for the tasty brunch <3

    Rating: 5
  27. I loved these so much! Perfect for homemade breakfast that is delicious and kind to your body! I knew it was possible, but thank you Lisa for giving me an easy recipe to follow to make it happen!

    Rating: 5
  28. Oh my goodness! I just made & ate the paleo pancakes – they were the bomb! Lol. I used fresh squeezed lemon juice in place of the wine vinegar & a little more almond-coconut milk for a thinner batter. Pancakes were light/fluffy & absolutely delicious! They are also filling. I should have stopped eating at the 1 medium-size pancake but ate 2 b/c they were so good! I am so glad I stumbled upon your youtube video/website. I plan to try some of your other recipes. Thanks for sharing your recipes.

    Rating: 5
  29. Awesome recipe my daughter loved them!

  30. Tried these pancakes this morning. Omg! Pancake perfection! These taste just like restaurant pancakes without all the gluten ick feeling afterwards. We added cinnamon to our batter just before cooking. Totally toddler approved. My hubby who is always super leery about trying Paleo baked goods said they tasted great. 

  31. OK…these are awesome!! They are WAY better than the Paleo mixes I’ve bought…and less expensive to make! Thanks for sharing!

    Rating: 5
  32. I have to say, after a few months of trying different paleo pancake recipes, I have found the best one. Your recipe is soft and crunchy, and eventhough I used maple syrup instead, still has a bit of sweetness. Thank you ver much.

    Rating: 5
  33. Do you think I could sub Casava flour instead of almond flour and a different milk to make it nut free? I haven’t done a lot with casava flour but I work in a nut free environment and so many paleo recipes I can’t bring with me! I will try your nut free recipe for now but wanted to know your thoughts! :) I made this recipe as it calls for and it’s amazing! Just want one I can bring to work haha! 

    • I’m sure you could make cassava flour pancakes but they’ll likely be a different texture to these. You’ll probably have to play around with the liquid ratio as well as all GF flours absorb differently. But might as well give it a go! Definitely try my nut free paleo pancakes recipe as well. That’s always a reader favorite! :) x

  34. I’ve been paleo for 4.5 years and have tried many pancake recipes. This was by far the best! So delicious – thanks for the recipe!

    Rating: 5
  35. Great pancakes, taste like traditional ones!  My batter was too thick so I ended up doubling the almond milk to a full half cup.  Added blueberries and they were delicious!

    Rating: 5
  36. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting this paleo pancake recipe. My toddler’s diet had to be altered for health reasons and pancakes are one of her favourite breakfast items. I’ve been so stressed out trying to find recipes that she loves and this one is a keeper. She and I included absolutely love these pancakes! She’s at a picky toddler age… and I eat them because they’re so delicious!

    Rating: 5
  37. These were really really good. I made a few changes though. I used coconut sugar instead of honey/maple syrup and I added 2Tbsp of butter to the batter. 

    Rating: 4
  38. Hi Lisa, could this batter be prepared the night before and refrigerated so that it’s ready to use in the morning?

  39. Thanks for this recipe! Pancakes were perfect! I used apple cider vinegar as I didn’t have the white. Delicious!

    Rating: 5
  40. Wonderful, very delicious. I used a little more almond milk to make them thinner. These are truly our favorite.

    Rating: 5
  41. These were fluffy and delicious. BEST I’ve tried so far!

    Rating: 5
  42. DELISH!!! Best paleo pancake recipe we’ve found! So fluffy! Thank you ❤️

    Rating: 5
  43. Is there any way we could get the measurements of the ingredients in metric? Pretty Please!

  44. These are fantastic – we’ve made them three times already! I use arrowroot instead of tapioca and apple cider vinegar instead of white wine just because that’s what we have on-hand. I also stir one tablespoon of ghee into the batter before cooking and don’t grease the skillet – that works great for us. Thank you so much for the amazing recipe!!!

    Rating: 5
  45. I can not stop. Already 2 times cooked pancakes for this recipe. All relatives ask for more. )

    Rating: 5
  46. These pancakes are superb! Best Paleo pancake I’ve had, even my fussy teenagers enjoyed them. 

    Rating: 5
  47. Can I use this recipe for waffles? 

  48. Is tapioca flour keto friendly?

  49. I’ve tried a few paleo p cake recipes and this is by far the best! I didn’t have tapioca flour so I used Arrow Root flour. They are fluffy and delicious!

    Rating: 5
  50. Thanks Lisa, made it today. Great recipe, so light and fluffy. Absolutely delicious and healthy. Definitely my go to recipe when we want so pancakes. 😊

    Rating: 5
  51. “needs no tweeking” this statement couldn’t be more true. I am known in my family for never following a recipe. But this, this I follow EXACTLY every time and LOVE it. It’s absolutely perfect. My dear husband says they are so good they only require fresh maple syrup from the farm and maybe some homemade jam :) thank you for this recipe, Lisa!!

    Rating: 5
  52. Perfect paleo pancake post on my birthday (turned 30 on April 6th :) ).

    Rating: 5
  53. I love this! I am going to try this recipe at the weekend and let you know what I think… Thank you for sharing!!

  54. What a great Paleo recipe! Never seen tapioca flour around here though. Do you think I can substitute with almond or coconut flour?

  55. these look delicous a must try!

  56. Beautiful photos, these pancakes look so fluffy and perfect!

    Rating: 5
  57. Oh my gosh I need to try ASAP! This is very very delicious!. I want to eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Its fantastic! Thank you for sharing this great recipe!

    Rating: 5
  58. I never thought of using tapioca flour for pancakes!!Sounds amazing! those pictures are so beautiful! The most perfect pour shots!

    Rating: 5
  59. Best pancakes ever! Thank you so much! :-)

  60. Hi Lisa !! I’m Deborah Portugal .
    Thank you for your work … It is normal coconut flour absorb all the ingredients and make The mixture almost solid ?

  61. Awesome – so happy to hear that! :) x

  62. These look delicious! So happy I found your blog – such gorgeous recipes.
    One question though – could I leave out the vinegar or substitute with lemon juice? Or would it affect the texture? Thanks!

    • Thanks so much! Yes, you could sub lemon juice for the vinegar. The little bit of acid works with the baking soda to help keep them fluffy. Hope you enjoy! :)

  63. I absolutely love this! Finally, a pancake that is wholesome and not refined, bleach or processed! Thank you!