Our gluten and dairy-free pancakes are made with bananas and cinnamon. Low FODMAP, this quick and easy recipe makes a single serving of delicious breakfast pancakes.
Great news! I didn’t have to give up flavor when I switched to a gluten and dairy-free pancake recipe. In fact, with a bit of recipe tweaking, my pancakes are even better than they were before I had dietary restrictions. With only three ingredients, I can be enjoying delicious gluten and dairy-free pancakes in just 15 minutes from opening the pantry.
Super easy to make and adaptable to a variety of alternative flavors, this is the perfect breakfast recipe.
What you need for gluten and dairy-free pancakes
- Self-raising gluten-free flour
- Cinnamon (optional)
- Cooking oil spray
- Non-stick fry pan
A word on bananas
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Pancake sweetness is generally dictated by the banana. As bananas ripen and transform from green to yellow, the starch is converted to sugars. If you are following a low FODMAP diet, you can think of ripe bananas as high in oligo-fructans, while unripe bananas remain low in the same oligo-fructans. Monash University explains it in detail here.
The bottom line for this recipe: yellow bananas with brown spots will produce the sweetest gluten-free pancakes. In contrast, a green banana will produce a low FODMAP treat with a starchier flavor and only a tinge of sweetness. I prefer them somewhere in the middle.
Our gluten and dairy-free pancakes recipe ticks the right boxes
- Quick and easy to make
- Dairy-free; therefore, they are lactose-free pancakes
- Low FODMAP (with green bananas)
- Uses only three ingredients
- Makes a single serving
- Plenty of options for additions and new flavors
Step-by-step to our gluten and dairy-free pancakes recipe
To be honest, I often eat them plain, straight from the pan. If the banana was even somewhat ripe, the pancakes are sweet enough for me, but when the bananas are very underripe, then I like a sweet topping. Some of my favorite toppings include:
- Maple syrup – a traditional topping reminding me of my childhood.
- Strawberry jam – quick and easy, straight from the pantry.
- Kaya (coconut jam) – A traditional Singapore breakfast food item, although it is more commonly spread on toast. We make our own kaya.
- Blueberry compote – can be frozen or out of a tin, but I find it best heated to room temperature.
- Coconut (dairy-free) yogurt – A healthier alternative to the above, yogurt tends to keep me filled up longer than sweet toppings.
- Apple sauce – Another quick and easy topping to spoon on.
- Peanut butter – While the blend of flavors is great, I find peanut butter a bit dry on the pancakes.
Gluten and dairy-free pancake recipe alternatives
Banana blueberry pancakes
Simply fold in a handful of blueberries into the final batter before cooking. If you use frozen blueberries, there is no need to defrost them before cooking.
Note: cooking time will be longer.
Apple and banana pancakes
We tend to use more spices when we are using apples, and we add the spice with the cinnamon. Tending to free-pour spices (a bad habit), we add about 1/8 teaspoon each of cloves and nutmeg.
You will also need to peel one small apple and chop or grate it into tiny pieces. Add these to the final batter before cooking. These pancakes will be wetter than without the apple and will take an extra couple of minutes to cook.
My nephew likes to add vanilla and nutmeg to this pancake recipe, reminding us to experiment frequently and try new things.
A grain-free version of these pancakes
In an effort to make it grain-free, we removed the GF flour and added in peanut butter, flax seeds and hemp hearts. See the grain-free recipe here.
Butternut squash pancakes
A delicious creation by my sister, you can try her butternut squash recipe here.
Banana pancake muffins
Using similar ingredients, we also make fabulous gluten and dairy-free banana walnut muffins (and for muffin fans, don’t miss my sister’s zucchini cinnamon swirl muffins.
Our gluten and dairy-free pancake recipe
This recipe was adapted from a recipe created by Stefanie Rembizewski.
Dairy free gluten free banana pancakes
A quick and easy single-serve breakfast that is gluten and dairy-free. If made with unripe bananas (100g), the pancakes are also low FODMAP.
- 1 medium banana
- 1 egg
- 2 Tablespoons self-raising gluten-free flour
- 1/8 tsp cinnamon (optional)
- Oil spray
- Mash peeled banana in a shallow bowl. We use the back of a fork to do this.
- Add the cinnamon (about 2 shakes from a bottle). Mix.
- Add the egg and beat with a fork until the banana and egg are well mixed. There will be some banana lumps.
- Add the self-raising gluten-free flour and fold into the egg banana mixture until smooth with no big lumps.
- Lightly spray a medium size pan with cooking oil spray and preheat the pan for 2 minutes on high heat.
- Lower the pan to medium-low heat.
- Scoop the pancake mixture into 3 separate pancakes in the pan.
- Flip the pancakes after 6-7 minutes.
- Pancakes are finished in about 3 additional minutes.
Self-rising gluten-free flour substitute:
2 Tablespoons all-purpose gluten-free flour
1/8 teaspoon gluten-free baking powder
Nutrition Information:Yield: 1 Serving Size: 3 pancakes
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 329Total Fat: 19gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 15gCholesterol: 186mgSodium: 72mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 3gSugar: 15gProtein: 8g
Nutritional information isn't always accurate and it will vary based on the specific ingredients used.
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Delicious recipe, and a great way to use up ripe bananas! I am going to try the apple variation, it sounds delicious.
Ooo, I’ve made a variation-ish on this before but it’s been a while–looking forward to trying this out! I’ve been craving breakfast food lately! 😛
Ooo — I have a ripe banana and all the rest of the fixins to make these! I also am now entranced by the idea of Kaya… Hadn’t heard of that before!
These sound fab! Do the starchier green bananas make it more difficult to mix? I assume they aren’t as soft as the brown ones?
I mix with a fork, and I prefer the lower FODMAP of the starchier bananas. They are easy to mash.
I love pancakes and try to avoid dairy so this is a great recipe for me. I am keen to try the peanut butter pancakes in particular.
I make these kind of pancakes for the kids all the time. They always go down well.
Great idea, using banana in pancake. I need to try this. Thank you forthe recipe
I cannot wait to try this recipe. Love how fluffy they are.
This recipe is completely delicious! I think I’m even more excited to know how to make gluten-free self rising flour now! My GF family also loves these pancakes too!
I have been cutting back on gluten for my inflammation but I have been missing pancakes. This recipe looks great. I’m going to give it a try. Thanks!
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I love that these pancakes are made with only 3 ingredients and they are so basic! I actually have all of them and will make this recipe this morning!
I can’t wait to share this recipe with my friend who must eat 100% gluten free. She is always looking for new ideas.
What a fabulous recipe! So easy and tasty! I will definitely be making this one again!
This is one of our family favourite pancake recipes – so quick and easy to make. I like mine with a silly amount of maple syrup and bacon!
My kids absolutely loved these pancakes!! They were super easy to make and I loved that they were gluten and dairy free!