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.
The Best Paleo Pancakes
This paleo pancake recipe was one of the first recipes ever posted to Downshiftology. Can you believe it? 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.
Paleo Pancakes Recipe Video
This recipe is a reader favorite because it turns out perfectly every single time. But if it’s your first time making this recipe, it’ll help to watch this quick step-by-step tutorial video. Give it a watch below!
Paleo Pancakes Ingredients
So what’s in these delicious pancakes? Just some pantry and fridge staples, including:
- Dry Ingredients: My favorite 3-flour blend of almond flour, tapioca flour and coconut flour, plus baking soda and salt.
- Wet Ingredients: Eggs, almond milk, honey, vinegar and vanilla extract.
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!
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.
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.
For More Pancake and Waffle Recipes
Did you know you can easily make waffles with this pancake recipe? Yep, you can! No changes are needed. But here’s a few more flavors and variations you’ll love…
- Nut-Free Paleo Pancakes
- Paleo Chocolate Waffles
- Green Smoothie Pancakes
- Paleo Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
- Paleo Pumpkin Pancakes
Best Paleo Pancakes
- 1/2 cup almond flour
- 1/3 cup tapioca flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 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
- Whisk all of the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
- In a separate bowl, whisk all of the wet ingredients. Then, add the wet ingredients to the dry and whisk until well combined.
- Heat a skillet or griddle on medium-high heat and coat with ghee, butter or coconut oil.
- 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.
- Serve immediately with maple syrup, bananas and other toppings.
- 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.
Wow! I’ve just started my low-inflammatory diet a month ago. I am the queen of pastries! So, this has been a real challenge. How thrilled I am to have this recipe for pancakes which I’ve made twice this week. I used ACV and coconut milk (canned), and they were delish! Thank you, Downshiftology!
I’m so glad you’ve found a winning pancake recipe now!
This morning I was craving pancakes but I’ve started a health journey. I found this recipe. OH MY GOODNESS! They are just as delicious as my home made pancakes that I’ve been making for many years. Thank you for another amazing recipe!
I’m so glad you found a winning pancake recipe Linda :)
These were AMAZING! My picky eater son had zero clue these were grain free. The look on his face when I told him was priceless! Thank you for creating this recipe as I am recently grain free and was craving some breakfast goodness today.
Delicious! As always, thank you, Lisa.
Marvelous pancakes! Easy to make and very delicious!
Finally!!! These are fantastic 😍
Awesome pancakes (& waffles!). I made these as is last week with pancakes when we had guests over & it was a hit!
Made them this morning into waffles & my son loved them! I modified the recipe to only 3 eggs, 1/2 cup nut milk, 2 tbsp monk fruit, 2 tbsp honey, & ~1/4 cup of a blended blueberry/coconut milk smoothie that I had left over from last night. & the waffles were very yummy!
Glad these pancakes were a hit Connie!
Excellent! Easy! Fluffy! Tasty! Thanks for creating the recipe!
Hi there, I love your recipes and have experimented with some. It’s so hard to find recipes that cover multiple allergies. For instance here, what can we replace the almond flour with? Thank you so much for taking the time to respond.
If you’re looking for a nut-free pancake recipe, I actually have one on my site! I would follow that recipe instead.
The best pancakes !!! My fsmily loves them!! Thank you!
Yay, I’m so happy to hear the family enjoys them Stella!
Hi Lisa, I love this recipe! I noticed a lot of people asking for an egg free recipe and I read somewhere that you can replace 1 egg with 1/4 cup of mashed banana, so this recipe would need 1 cup of mashed bananas. I tried this and they turned out great :-)
Oh wow! Thanks for testing that out and reporting back Danielle :) I will be sure to keep that in mind for anyone else that asks about an egg-free pancake.
I’m watching my cholesterol intake. Can I use egg whites in this recipe?
Thanks so much.
Unfortunately I haven’t tried this with just egg whites, so will need to do some testing!
What pancake griddle do you recommend?
You can find it linked in my Shop page :)
I am avoiding sweeteners of every kind so I left the honey off the recipe and topped them with cooked apples with no sweetener. I will say for that they were too eggy. Just an overwhelming taste of egg. Next time I will add some monk fruit sweetener and perhaps some cinnamon or more vanilla. The texture, however, is spot-on. Will be a winner with some tweaking. And super filling!
love this, thank you – this recipes works so well!
Wow, what a treat for pancakes. Totally delicious. I added a little flax seed meal to mine and blueberries. The coconut flour adds such a nice touch. This will be my go to pancake from now on.
What if I already have the Paleo Flour Mix premade without the baking soda and baking powder? What are the measurements for that in this recipe?
Unfortunately this recipe calls for these specific flours as each serves a purpose when it comes to the texture.
I made these pancakes and just about cried! I haven’t been able to make pancakes in over a year that tasted this good and fluffy. Newly diagnosed celiac and baking has been quite challenging. Thanks for all your recipes.
Happy to hear you finally found a pancake recipe you can make Aleta!
I was SO excited to see your pancake recipe on your meal prep video… it started off SO promising, gluten free and dairy free, which I don’t need either, but love you are taking food allergies into account. Until I see the recipe calls for eggs! One of the 6 most common foods people are allergic to! Do you have any variations that don’t include eggs?
Unfortunately I don’t have an egg-free pancake yet, but I will definitely do some experimenting in the future :)
I have had some success replacing eggs with flax or chia seed eggs. In this case given that it is 4 eggs I would try the flax eggs first as a substitute and see if that maintains the texture desired. I find chia seed can be a little too dense. I’m not allergic to eggs, but I bake a lot for friends who are vegan.
Solid recipe – Really can’t believe how fluffy they were! We subbed ACV instead of white wine vinegar and worked a treat :) Sunday pancakes sorted Thanks Lisa!
Glad these pancakes turned out perfectly Pip!
Such an excellent and easy recipe. I didn’t have tapioca, so I used arrowroot instead. Worked just fine. The pancakes are so fluffy and just the right amount of sweet. For some reason, I think they vaguely taste like marshmallows, which I’m loving. I’ve tried so many paleo pancake recipes over the years, but I think this will be my go-to from now on.
I use this recipe regularly now but had to modify it over 3-4 tries. I now use only 1 egg and 1/8 tsp salt, and double the amount of milk. I also add a tbs of oil. My kids love it and I’m glad to be able to give them a healthier version of waffles and pancakes.
Just curious, and apologies if you’ve answered this in another comment – but why is this video not on your YouTube channel?
Originally missed it as I have an ad-blocker that stripped the video off this page.
Recently found your channel, and I have already made a couple of the energy ball recipes. Looking forward to trying out this recipe next. Thanks!
Great question! At the time, I had the pumpkin pancakes up instead on my Youtube. But, looking back, I should have added it.
Guilt free delicious pancakes. I love this recipe. Easy and quick to make, the texture is great and cooks well. I’m off bread at the moment but missing a fix of jam and honey. I thought of pancakes and went to Downshiftology to find a healthy version. Sweet tooth satisfied for a while without the guilts. Thank you.
Hello I’m attempting to make these but i only have tapioca flour, is it fine to just using that?
Unfortunately you’ll need the other flours for this recipe Faye.
I have made these over and over…so yummy and fluffy!! Love them!
Happy to hear these pancakes have been on repeat Audrey!
I was craving pancakes today and this recipe did not disappoint. So delicious and super easy. Had a bottle of Ontario 🇨🇦 maple syrup on hand too! Have a few leftovers so threw those in the freezer to enjoy when the next craving hits.
Glad you enjoyed these paleo pancakes Libby!
good recipe! I don’t care for coconut flour, so I used a 1.25 cups of almond flour. a half cup of tapioca and only 3 eggs, instead of 4. it came out great!
Good to know this worked out with your few tweaks to to it Kaitlyn!
Perfect! I whipped the egg whites to soft peaks before folding through the rest of the mixture at the end- makes beautiful fluffy pancakes!
Glad your pancakes turned out perfectly Gerri :)
This is a phenomenal recipe. The whole family loves them. I usually add either frozen blueberries or vegan dark chocolate chips. I always triple the recipe for a nice number of leftovers.
This is a great pancake base recipe to add different ingredients into the mix :)
Could I substitute apple cider vinegar for the white wine vinegar?
Yes, no problem!
Thank you for the amazing recipe Lisa. I am on low carb diet, replaced tapioca flour with milled flaxseed. Pancake turned out to be yummy and fluffy. My 4 year old, who is a troublesome eater enjoyed it with homemade chocolate sauce. Big WIN WIN
Wonderful! I’m glad these pancakes turned out well with milled flaxseed Kira.
Thank you for your amazing recipes!
I just have a question if you don’t mind.
I’m curious as to the purpose of adding white wine vinegar to your paleo pancake recipe? I would rather omit the vinegar…. is this added for flavor, texture, etc?
Thank you in advance for taking the time to respond. I love your recipes!
Hi Scarlett – the vinegar works with the baking soda (in a chemical reaction) to help make the pancakes fluffy. You can always sub both with baking powder, if you prefer. :)