Almond crêpes with avocado & nectarines

10 gluten-free pancake recipes

Catering for a gluten-free diet? Try our triple-tested pancake recipes that use simple swaps such as free-from flour, ground almonds and banana.

There’s no need to miss out on Pancake Day because of special dietary requirements. Discover our delicious, gluten-free ideas, from easy banana pancakes to tasty cinnamon crêpes.


Gluten, the protein compound in wheat and flour, gives pancake batter its elasticity and helps bind the batter. However, with one or two clever ingredient swaps, you can make pancakes without standard flour that taste just as good. Try making them on Shrove Tuesday, or for an indulgent weekend brunch.

For more inspiration, check out our collection of gluten-free pancake recipes and gluten-free breakfast recipes, then read more about gluten-free diets.

1. Gluten-free pancakes

Begin with a basic crêpe recipe that uses eggs, milk and gluten-free flour. This simple, foolproof batter needs just five minutes to whisk together and is easy enough for children to help out with. Let them choose their favourite toppings as well.

Gluten-free pancakes

2. Banana pancakes

Banana pancakes topped with raspberries and walnuts on a plate

Substitute all the flour for mashed bananas to make these fluffy pancakes – yes, you heard that right. You’ll also need a pinch of gluten-free baking powder which is stocked in many supermarkets and health-food shops.

Banana pancakes

3. Omelette pancakes with tomato & pepper sauce

rolled pancakes on a white plate topped with tomato & pepper sauce

Try these healthy, low-calorie and gluten-free herby egg ‘pancakes’ topped with a nutritious tomato and pepper sauce. As well as being gluten-free, these pancakes are also flour-free. Serve with a side of salad or wholemeal bread to keep you going ’til lunch.

Omelette pancakes with tomato & pepper sauce

4. Almond crêpes with avocado & nectarines

These simple pancakes make for a vibrant, fruity start to the day. Combine ground almonds with eggs to make a speedy gluten-free batter. Cook until golden brown and top with a colourful array of nectarines, pomegranate seeds, smashed avocado and lime juice.

Almond crêpes with avocado & nectarines

5. Protein pancakes

Packed with 29g of protein and sandwiched together with yogurt, seeds and blueberry chia jam, these gluten-free beauties pack a flavour punch. The batter is based on mashed banana, ground flaxseeds, ground almonds, quinoa flour and soya milk.

Protein pancakes

6. Coconut flour pancakes

Another great gluten-free substitute, coconut flour is high in fibre and very absorbent, so a little goes a long way. The secret to perfecting this recipe is getting lots of air into the batter from whipped egg whites. Top with tart berries and maple syrup for a delicious free-from brekkie or dessert.

Coconut flour pancakes

7. Vegan pancakes

Gluten-free and vegan, too, these crepes use hemp or coconut milk, egg replacer and gluten-free flour. Your local health-food store may stock egg replacer, or you can shop for it online.

Vegan pancakes

8. Herb pancake wraps with goat’s cheese

Swap flour tortillas for thin, herby omelette wraps and you have a delicious low-calorie lunch option. Add feel-good fillings such as goat’s cheese, cooked courgettes, tomatoes, kale and olives.

Herb pancake wraps with goat’s cheese

Also try our omelette pancakes with tomato & pepper sauce

9. Cinnamon crêpes with nut butter, sliced banana & raspberries

Don’t skimp on the almond butter when making these delicate French-style pancakes. They use a traditional batter base made with gluten-free flour and a little bit of spice.

Cinnamon crêpes with nut butter, sliced banana & raspberries

10. Hoppers

Serve up a Sri Lankan-style feast complete with thin, crispy rice flour pancakes. Made from whisking the flour with coconut milk, coconut water, sugar and a yeast mixture, hoppers are normally bowl-shaped and act as the perfect receptacle for lots of fillings. Fill them with cauliflower curry, fruity rhubarb chutney and spicy leek seeni sambol, or try our special twist with fried chicken.

Hoppers recipe

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Do you have any other tasty ideas for gluten-free pancakes? Leave a comment below…


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