These Paleo Pancakes are the most delicious light and grain-free pancakes to start the day.
Plus, they are also gluten-free and easy to make in barely 5 minutes for a quick paleo breakfast.
Many people are carb cycling, switching from a low-carb diet to a paleo diet.
Carb cycling is a great way to up your carbs during a short period. It’s perfect if you want to do more cardio workouts.
In this case, switching from keto, low-carb recipes to paleo recipes is a great way to keep your food grain-free and gut-friendly.
These delicious paleo pancakes are also low carb with only 8 grams of carbs per serving.
What Are Paleo Pancakes?
Paleo pancakes are healthy pancakes made with wholesome flour like coconut flour, almond flour, tapioca starch, or cassava flour.
They are naturally gluten-free pancakes but also dairy-free and grain-free.
How To Make Paleo Pancakes
It’s super easy to make these paleo pancakes in less than 5 minutes in the morning.
All you need to make these grain-free pancakes are a few wholesome ingredients.
- Eggs – This recipe doesn’t work with egg replacers. You need eggs to bind ingredients together.
- Almond Flour – I am using ultra-fine blanched almond flour for the best texture. Almond meal works as well, but it’s darker and grainier in texture. As a result, your pancakes may have a gritty texture and darker brown color.
- Arrowroot Flour or tapioca flour, also called tapioca starch.
- Plain Coconut Yogurt – I am using unsweetened coconut yogurt made from coconut cream and probiotics. You can swap the coconut yogurt for mashed banana, apple sauce, or pumpkin puree.
- Baking Powder
- Maple Syrup
- Vanilla Extract
In a mixing bowl, whisk almond flour, tapioca flour, and baking powder together.
Add beaten eggs, coconut yogurt, vanilla extract, and maple syrup. Whisk again until the batter is smooth and no lumps of flour show.
Cooking Paleo Pancakes To Perfection
Slightly oil a pancake griddle or crepe pan with coconut oil. Warm over medium heat until the pan or griddle is very hot.
In fact, a paleo pancake batter is much runnier and thinner than a regular pancake batter or keto pancake batter.
It means the batter spreads fast on the pan. So below, I listed my top 3 tips to prevent the paleo pancakes from spreading too fast on your griddle.
3 Tips To Making Perfect Paleo Pancakes
- Tip 1: Scoop out 2-3 tablespoons of pancake batter into the pan, not more! I know that a regular pancake recipe calls for 1/4 cup of batter per pancake, but for this paleo pancake batter, it will be too much. The batter spreads out quickly, so you don’t need to add more batter, or the pancakes will be super thin and giant.
- Tip 2: Make sure the pan is warm/hot – if too cold, the batter won’t set quickly in the pan and the pancakes over-spread.
- Tip 3: Wait for a few minutes before adding the second pancake batter to the pan. As I said, the batter spread a lot, so it’s better to wait for the first pancake to fully spread, then scoop out the second one. This prevents the pancakes from spreading and touching each other, ending up with one large pancake.
Cooking The Pancakes
Cook the pancakes for 2 to 3 minutes on one side or until the sides of the pancakes start to dry out, bubbles start to form, and you can easily slide a flat spatula under the paleo pancakes.
Flip the pancakes and cook them for another minute on the other side.
Cool the pancake n a wire rack while cooking the reaming batter. Foil the cooked pancakes to keep them warm.
Serving Paleo Pancakes
These pancakes are delicious on their own or with some of the toppings below.
They are kid-friendly and perfect for adding to a lunchbox, plain or with some of the spread below.
- Chia seed jam
- Almond butter or peanut butter
- Maple syrup or keto maple syrup
- Agave syrup
- Berries like strawberries, raspberries, or blueberries
- Banana slices
- Date syrup
You can store the cooked pancakes in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days and rewarm them on a warm pancake griddle the next day.
You can also rewarm the pancakes in a sandwich press or toaster.
These gluten-free pancakes freeze very well. They can be kept for up to 3 months in zip-lock bags in the freezer and thawed in the fridge the day before serving.
Below I listed some options to make this paleo breakfast recipe even if you have some allergy to the ingredients listed above:
- Coconut-Free – You can replace the coconut yogurt with unsweetened applesauce, mashed banana, pumpkin puree, or almond milk, but the pancakes will but less fluffy.
- Sugar-Free – You can skip the sweetener in the batter.
- Nut-Free – Almond flour can be replaced with the same amount of sunflower seed flour or sesame flour.
- Low-Carb – Use my coconut flour pancake recipe or almond flour pancake recipe for a low-carb paleo recipe.
- Baking Powder – You can replace the baking powder with half baking soda.
Frequently Asked Questions
I answer below your most frequent questions about this recipe.
Paleo pancakes are healthy, made from grain-free flours that are gut-friendly and gluten-free.
They are a bit higher in starch than low-carb pancakes because they often contain high-starch flour like cassava flour or arrowroot flour.
Coconut flour is a paleo-friendly flour but high in fiber. It contains 4 times more fiber than almond flour.
You may have successful results using 2 or 3 tablespoons of coconut flour instead of almond flour.
You can’t substitute both flours in this recipe for 100 % coconut flour.
Yes, you can add chocolate chips to the pancake batter.
However, on a paleo diet, we focus on using unrefined sugar, so choose dark chocolate chips with 85% cocoa to avoid adding too much sugar.
Otherwise, add cocoa nibs or berries.
The keto diet and paleo diet are both grain-free diets with some major differences in the ingredients allowed.
First, the keto diet includes dairy like yogurt, cheese, or cream cheese.
It also allows peanut butter but no sugar from fruits, no high-starch vegetables, and no refined sugar-free alternatives like maple syrup.
Keto Diet Recipes focus on adding a large amount of fat to switch the body into a fat-burning mode and therefore burn fat instead of carbs.
On the other hand, paleo diet recipes don’t include dairy at all. No yogurt or cheese but includes natural sweeteners, natural sugar from any fruits, and most vegetables excluding potatoes.
The paleo diet also excludes peanuts in favor of almonds or other nuts and seeds.
It means that on a paleo diet, you can eat bananas, dates, maple syrup, and other high-carb grain-free flour like tapioca flour or cassava flour.
The goal of the paleo diet is to eat wholesome ingredients that are grain-free and minimally processed to feel energized.
Compared to classic pancakes, paleo pancakes tend to taste a bit nuttier because of the almond flour.
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