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.

Stack of paleo pancakes on a plate with sliced bananas and syrup.

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.

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.

Tasty Variations

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.

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!

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…

Stack of paleo pancakes on a plate with bananas and syrup.

Best Paleo Pancakes

4.92 from 157 votes
Prep Time: 10 mins
Cook Time: 5 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 8 pancakes
Author: Lisa Bryan
These paleo pancakes are light and fluffy and the perfect weekend breakfast.


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


  • 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.

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.


Serving: 2pancakes, Calories: 242kcal, Carbohydrates: 20.3g, Protein: 10.3g, Fat: 13.5g, Saturated Fat: 3.2g, Cholesterol: 186.5mg, Sodium: 551.5mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 6.2g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: paleo pancake recipe, paleo pancakes
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451 comments on “Paleo Pancakes”

  1. Super fluffy GF pancakes. They were delicious!5 stars

  2. I love this recipe! These really taste like real pancakes! 😋 5 stars

  3. Excellent recipe! Used flax meal instead of starch, and they were still nice and fluffy.5 stars

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    I followed the recipe except for a few changes.
    I used golden flax meal instead of tapioca, apple cider vinegar instead of white wine,, and 2 tablespoons of maple syrup stead of 1.
    They still turned out perfect.  Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe!5 stars

  5. I was looking for a glutenfree recipe online and came across yours. As it sounded delicious I doubled the recipe. But for some reason, my batter war pretts dense and the first batch tasted “starchy”. After adding more almond milk it was much better and the pancakes turned out really great! So yummy!!!5 stars

  6. Ive made these several times and they are always OUTSTANDINGLY DELISH! Wondering if you have a tweek to make them PUMPKIN PALEO PANCAKES  ???? It’s fall and my tummy is craving all things pumpkin LOL 5 stars

  7. Hi Lisa,

    I just tried these this weekend and, OMG they are AMAZING!!! I really loved these. They tasted just like regular pancakes only not as heavy (and of course without the sick feeling of eating gluten!). I was wondering if you could add protein powder to these or if it would change the consistency of the pancakes??

    Thank you!5 stars

    • Hi Sarah – I’m so happy you loved the recipe! Yes, you could add protein powder. Depending on how much you add, you may need to add a little more milk to keep the same consistency of the batter.

  8. Not a huge pancake person but my boyfriend and kids LOVE them so I tried this this morning after we’ve all went paleo. WOW! Genuinely better than real pancakes…way more flavor and the texture was great! I only had arrow root on hand so I subbed the tapioca and I used apple cider vinegar instead of white wine and I can honestly say I will never make real pancakes again. Whole family approved!5 stars

    • Hi Natalie – I would have to agree that I like these better than regular pancakes myself! So happy to hear you and the whole family loved it.

  9. Hi! I tried making this recipe and definitely came out better than the last recipe I made. Only thing was the pancakes came out to be more of a stretchy texture. Do you know why that is?

    • Hi Nick – I don’t know why they may have been stretchy. I wouldn’t classify any of my batches I’ve ever made as stretchy. :)

    • Hi! Ive noticed that when I bak with arrowroot or tapioca flour, sometimes my baked goods albeit muffins, pancakes, etc. can have somewhat of a stretchy texture. 

  10. So I’m confused…awhile back, I printed out this recipe and it had NO apples in it. You talk about the paleo pancakes but when you jump to the recipe, it’s called Paleo Apple Pancakes. ?????

    • Hi Terri – Thank you for catching this! I had accidently edited the wrong post as I am actually whipping up a new apple pancake recipe :) Please disregard the additional apples in there. I have adjusted it back to its original recipe.

  11. These pancakes were awesome and easy to make. I will never buy a mix again. Great break from eating eggs for breakfast every day.5 stars

    • Hi Ken – I’m so glad you loved these paleo pancakes! I would have to agree that it tastes better when you make it yourself versus a pre-made mix.

  12. Great recipe, thanks! I only had arrowroot flour on hand, and it worked great in place of the tapioca. Note to others: do not over cook, or they get a bit dry, otherwise they are just like the real thing! Very yummy!5 stars

    • Hi Christina – So glad you enjoyed these pancakes! I’m glad the arrowroot flour worked out for you.

  13. I was so bored with dinner lately that I decided to make pancakes, which I don’t typically have being on a Paleo eating plan. I have to say these are the BEST Paleo pancakes I’ve ever had (and I’ve tried a lot of recipes). They came out so fluffy and cooked perfectly. Topped with Kerry Gold butter and pure maple syrup. Absolute yum!! Since I didn’t have tapioca flour, I subbed with arrowroot starch and used apple cider vinegar in place of the white wine wine vinegar. This one is definitely a staple in my house now.5 stars

    • Hi Christine – So glad you loved these pancakes! It definitely took me a lot of tries to perfect this recipe :) But I’m happy you found a few substitute ingredients as well.

  14. These were so good! I doubled the batch hoping to have some leftovers but my guests ate every last one of them!5 stars

    • Hi Sonya – I’m so happy to hear you and your guests enjoyed these pancakes! Looks like you’re going to have to triple the batch next time ?

  15. We cooked ours in Kerrygold butter. These were pretty good! Definitely light and fluffy. Don’t be afraid of the white wine vinegar- it helps and you can’t taste it at all. These have a high rating for a reason! Delicious. 4 stars

    • So glad to hear these paleo pancakes came out well for you! I agree with the white wine vinegar :)

  16. My son loves pancakes but has recently been diagnosed with MCAS. He can’t have any grains or starchy vegetables. Can this be made without the tapioca flour? If so, what amount of almond flour and coconut flour should I use?

    • Hi Karen – Yes, you can definitely use more almond flour than tapioca flour. It might change the consistency just a bit, but still doable :)

  17. These pancakes are great! I made them for my kids yesterday and they loved them so much I’m making a double batch today. Thank you for the recipe!5 stars

    • Hi Natalie – I’m so glad your kids loved these paleo pancakes! Definitely a great healthy breakfast option for them :)

  18. I tried out this recipe over the weekend and I absolutely loved it! Can I use erythritol instead of honey? I doubled the recipe and used 4 eggs only and it still turned out great!5 stars

  19. I am a fan of you Lisa, I have tried your recipe of cashew milk, Israeli Salad and banana muffins and they’re delicious and a hit with my family. My 9 years old son gets abdominal bloating when he eats wheat, regular dairy products or legumes; and as any child he loves pan cakes, I tried different gluten free recipes, but no one was convincing until I tried yours, my three children really enjoyed them! they’re fluffy and tasty, and so glad! Thanks for sharing, greetings from Monterrey, México!

    • Hi Rocío – I am so glad you and your family love my recipes! Can’t wait for you to try new ones coming soon :)

  20. Hi, recipe looks great.
    I’m putting together some pantry staples for my sons first apartment and was hoping to make a pancake mix that he can through together with items that have a long’ish fridge/shelf life.
    First, in the interest of including as many ingredients as possible in the dry mix; have you tried adding coconut sugar to the dry ingredients?
    Second, have you tried portioning the recipe to a single serving? (As in a rounded quarter cup of mix, one egg, one tablespoon of dairy substitute and splash of vinegar.)
    Third, I’ve seen some homemade mixes that purport to being pantry stable for up to three months, do you have any recommendations for storing this mix?

    • Hi Beth – glad you loved the Paleo Pancakes recipe! First, you can definitely add coconut sugar to the dry ingredients. Second, I haven’t tried portioning the recipe to a single serving, but it shouldn’t be a problem! Third, as long as you store everything in sealable containers, the mix will have a good shelf life :)

  21. Okay, when you said these were the absolute “best” paleo panckaes I had my doubts. Like you, I’ve gone through recipe after recipe and been disappointed many times. But when I read your struggles… too coconutty, too dry, too falling apart, I decided to give it a try. And these really are the BEST paleo pancakes I’ve ever seen. They’re the perfect texture, they’re easy to make, and they taste just like they should. :D Thanks for sharing this recipe!5 stars

  22. I made these pancakes and they are delicious!!5 stars

  23. Hi Lisa, I am just starting the gluten free diet after a hashimotos diagnosis and your blog has give me hope. This recipe came out delicious!5 stars

  24. OMG!!! The best pancake recipe I ‘ve tried. Even the family enjoyed. Doubled it nicely. Thank you.5 stars

  25. Excellent pancakes!! And easy to throw together. Will make again!5 stars

  26. Can I substitute almond flour for more tapioca flour?

    • Hi Francisco – Adjusting the flours would most likely change the texture of the pancakes.

  27. These are wonderful! I freezed a batch so that I can have during the week. Your recipes truly save me since I have had to cut out gluten due to sensitivities. Thank you!5 stars

    • Thank you, Michele! What a great idea to freeze the pancakes! I had to save myself as well. So I’m glad I’m helping others with their gluten-free journey! :)

  28. Amazing!5 stars

  29. Hi Lisa
    Can I use regular white Vinegar?
    and can I use Cashew nut milk instead of Almonds?

    • Hey Ghada – Yes, swapping the white vinegar for white wine vinegar will work for the pancakes. :)

  30. Easy to make and delicious. Thank you!5 stars

  31. Wow Lisa you keep blowing my mind! I made these this morning after several failed attempts with a prepackaged gluten free pancake mix and after having several servings of these, it’s safe to say that you definitely have a fan in me! 5 stars

  32. I do not eat eggs…is there a suitable substitute that would work? Thanks

    • Hi Kim – I’ve heard chia seeds or ground flaxseed are a good egg substitute, but with baked goods its always a little difficult to perfectly replicate eggs. I would give either option a try and see how they turn out.

    • I am wondering about an egg substitute also. Has anyone found anything that works?

  33. Just made these. Super easy and supper yummy! 5 stars

  34. Hi, Lisa

    What is the purpose of the white wine vinegar?  Can you sub apple cider vinegar?  Also why do you have to separate wet and dry ingredients?  Why can’t you put it all in one bowl?  Thank you!

    • Hi Kimberley – Yes, you can substitute the apple cider vinegar for white wine vinegar. Separating the dry and wet ingredients and combining right before cooking ensures the pancakes are fluffy. Mixing them both together shouldn’t be a problem though, they just lose a little bit of their fluff, but they will still taste delicious. :)

  35. Sorry forgot to rate this recipe. It is the absolute best!5 stars

  36. Excellent pancakes. Followed the recipe exactly. The third time I made them I added a little mashed banana to half the batch for my banana loving child. Thank you for this recipe.5 stars

  37. These are the best pancakes!!

    Any way you could work up a bulk recipe? I’d love to make a big batch of the dry ingredients to have on hand5 stars

    • Thanks Sarah! I’m so glad you love the recipe! And yes, you could certainly work up a bulk recipe of the dry ingredients. You can also make a double batch of the recipe, make the pancakes and freeze them for future eating. Then, all you have to do is pop them in a toaster or the microwave to warm up. I do that all the time! :)

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

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

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

  41. 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 stars

  42. 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!5 stars

  43. 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! ❤️5 stars

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

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

  46. 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.5 stars

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

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

  49. 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!!!

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