The Best Paleo Pancakes

These tried and true Paleo Pancakes are the real deal! Made simply with just a few paleo ingredients, these light and fluffy pancakes are perfect for any day of the week!

Paleo pancakes stacked up.

Almond and Tapioca Flour Pancakes

Hands-down, this is one of the most popular and beloved recipes on this site! It’s been made by thousands of people and is a huge hit, both with paleo and non-paleo eaters! These pancakes are fluffy, golden, and can easily hold any of your favorite add-ins. I’m not kidding when I say these Paleo Pancakes are the real deal.  They are paleo pancakes made with almond flour, are kid-friendly, freezer-friendly, and nobody will know their paleo! Guaranteed! These paleo pancakes are made gluten-free, grain-free, refined sugar free, and without banana. I make batches of the mix for my mom every time she comes to visit, and she’s not grain-free!

Paleo pancake batter in a bowl.

Paleo Pancake Ingredients

  • Almond Flour
  • Tapioca Flour
  • Eggs
  • Unsweetened Applesauce
  • Baking Powder
  • Vanilla Extract
  • Optional Add-In’s: Chocolate Chips, Blueberries, Bananas

Common Substitute Questions

Can you use almond meal instead of almond flour?

Yes. Almond flour is made from blanched almonds which have had the skins removed, and is ground more finely than almond meal, which typically still contains the skins and has a more coarse grind. Both will work, though I prefer almond flour!

Can you swap the almond flour with anything?

We know many people are allergic to almonds. Unfortunately, the almond flour isn’t easily substituted with something else. If you tolerate oats, we’ve had success swapping oat flour with almond flour in some recipes.

What can you use instead of applesauce?

Pumpkin puree will work as a substitute for the applesauce, but it will make the pancakes taste slightly of pumpkin.

Tapioca flour pancakes on a plate.

How to Make Them

It couldn’t be easier to make these pancakes: add all ingredients to a bowl and whisk together! Then cook in your favorite skillet, making sure place your favorite add-in’s to the batter while cooking. Serve pancakes hot with maple syrup, if desired!

Make Ahead Instructions

The pancakes batter should be cooked immediately. However you can make them and keep them warm on a wire rack on the keep warm setting in your oven. They also freeze wonderfully! Let them cool completely at room temperature, then freeze on a parchment lined baking sheet. Once frozen, you can place in a bag or storage container for longer storage, about 1-2 months. You can heat up in a toaster or microwave until warmed through.

Fluffy paleo pancakes with blueberries on a plate.

Is maple syrup allowed on paleo diet?

I drizzle these pancakes with good quality maple syrup and top with grass-fed butter! Real maple syrup is a paleo-friendly alternative to white sugar. Always look for good quality, 100% pure maple syrup! Technically butter is not allowed on a paleo diet because it contains dairy. If you are strict paleo, skip the butter.

A stack of paleo pancakes with a slice taken out of them.


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Fluffy Paleo Pancakes


Yields 2
Prep Time 5 min
Cook Time 10 min
Total Time 15 minutes

Cuisine Paleo
Make Ahead: Easy
Author: Lexi
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Ingredients

  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup (50 grams) almond flour
  • 1/2 cup (60 grams) tapioca flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1/3 cup add-ins of choice (chocolate chips, blueberries, bananas)
  • butter or ghee or oil, for cooking

Directions

  1. Add eggs, applesauce and extract to a bowl and whisk together. Add in the almond flour, tapioca, baking powder and pinch of salt and whisk together.
  2. Heat butter or oil in a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Once hot add 1/4 cup batter and drop in add-ins if using on to pancake batter.
  3. Let cook until golden brown, about 3 minutes, then flip and continue to cook for about 2 minutes until pancake is fully cooked.
  4. Continue with remaining batter.
  5. Serve pancakes with desired toppings and serve immediately.

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January 2, 2018

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120 responses to “The Best Paleo Pancakes”

  1. Robin says:

    I made these THIS MORNING! They were delish (I added blueberries), and yes, fluffy!! I have tried several other recipes for paleo pancakes, and they were all too dense. These are perfect! I am adding this recipe to the breakfast and brinner rotation ASAP! THANK YOU Lexi!!!

    • Nancy says:

      Brilliant recipe, I agree. Didn’t know how to add my feedback to piggybacking on this one :). We make this weekly adding chopped apples. We use half arrowroot for somebody of the tapioca starch. Double the recipe for four people or leaves left overs for school lunch 🙂 THANK YOU

  2. Diana says:

    Wow can’t wait to try these once I’m done with the whole 30.

  3. Ohh I can’t wait to make these! I’m not a fan of 2-ingredient pancakes but I can’t wait to try these fluffy ones!

  4. Great timing, I’ve been having a serious craving for nice fluffy pancakes!

  5. The hubby loves pancakes and I am always on the lookout for healthier alternatives that will satisfy his craving. These look divine and I love that you sweetened them with applesauce.

  6. Tiffany says:

    These are the best pancakes I have ever made….Paleo or non-paleo. Perfect start to our snow day. We used apple strawberry gogo squeeze for the apple sauce since that is what I had on hand and it went well with blueberries. So good.

  7. Oh man! These pancakes look amazing… and I’m so happy you went through all those trials because if not then the grainy healthy pancake would live forever. Yuck! I’m totally trying these tomorrow am. 🙂

  8. Lois says:

    Even my non-paleo, gluten-eating teenaged son is in pancake heaven! Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

  9. Amanda says:

    Not sure how much butter to add. It’s not in the ingredients but is in the instructions? Can u clarify? Thanks heaps.

  10. Amy says:

    These are my favorite paleo pancakes since I’ve started on this new way of eating in December! They were delicious! Next time I’m going to quadruple the recipe!

  11. Allison says:

    I’m not supposed to have almonds so was wondering what could I substitute for the almond flour??

  12. Claudette says:

    Is it possible to substitute cassava flour for the almond flour?

  13. Lisa says:

    I have only arrowroot on hand. Do you think that would be interchangeable with the tapioca starch?

  14. Lisa says:

    What can i sub the topoica flour for? coconut flour maybe??? Anyone have any suggestions?!?

  15. Jackie Moore says:

    There is no butter in the ingredients list but the directions say to melt the butter in a skillet and pour into the batter. How much butter do you use? Help!

  16. Maureen Gibbons says:

    We are doing atkins need carb count! Thanks

  17. Ada Ruhlen says:

    This is THE best pancake recipe ever! I go overboard on the blueberries but then again, is that possible? It is the most requested breakfast at my house. LOVE it! Thanks so much for sharing this recipe.

  18. Victoria says:

    We had these this morning. I’ve tried so many different recipes and these taste like traditional pancakes. Thanks for your recipe!

  19. Kristine says:

    I made these tonight for dinner and my husband raved that these were the best pancakes he’s ever had. Even my 15 year old daughter liked them. Thanks for sharing this recipe.

  20. Kelly says:

    Made these this morning and forgot the baking powder (oops). They were amazing!! I did blueberry and chocolate chip and both were awesome. Even my boyfriend who hates normal pancakes said they were decent. I had leftovers reheated them a couple days later and they were still great!

  21. MJ says:

    I made these yesterday and they were so delicious. Thank you for the recipe! I was wondering if anyone has ever used this recipe and made waffles?

  22. bella says:

    What can I sub tapioca flour

  23. zee says:

    Wow!!!!!!! these are by far the best paleo pancakes I’ve ever made and the most simple I’ve already made the blueberry, cinnamon pecan crunch and regular I love love this recipe I’ve been making them every day wow finally pancakes again Yes!!!!!!!! 🙂 thank you thank you so much for this wonderful recipe

  24. Megan says:

    What would be a better sub for the tapioca? I have both otto’s cassava flour and arrowroot starch on hand. Thanks!

  25. Bonnie says:

    Hey Lexi,

    I made these amazing pancakes all the time! Love them! I just wanted to share two yummy variations I’ve made lately. I took your recipe and added finely chopped cranberries and orange zest for a cranberry bread version. And the version I love most is just replacing the applesauce with pumpkin and adding pumpkin pie spice. Two fall favorites!

  26. Jolaine says:

    These look great but I am just wondering if you think a chia or flax egg would work as egg replacement or if anyone has tried?

  27. Ana says:

    These are perfect! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!!!

  28. Sarah says:

    These might be the best pancakes I have ever made! I used arrowroot flour in place of the tapioca. I used different fillings, like bananas, chocolate chips, etc. and cooked them in coconut oil. My goodness they are amazing!

  29. Elizabeth Thompson says:

    Oh my God!!! Thank you! I was going to send a picture to my mother but couldn’t stop eating them. These are going to be a cottage family special. Thank you again, absolutely delicious!

  30. Katlot says:

    Just made this – wow! They are really good, fluffy and tasty. I also used Go Go Organic applesauce yum yum. Even non Paleo spouse was impressed. Thank you so much for a easy and great pancake recipe – finally. 😀

  31. Gaelle says:

    Oh my, these are perfect!!!
    Do you know if these freeze well? Would love to make a batch for a quick breakfast!

  32. Erika says:

    These pancakes are great 🙂 If I wanted them a little fluffier, would adding an extra teaspoon of baking powder do the trick? Or would that mess things up? Thanks!! 🙂

  33. Jean says:

    I’ve been struggling with Gluten issues for the past two years – I found your web site recently and I really enjoy the simple recipes! I haven’t had pancakes in about two years! Thank you for the wonderful recipe. These are amazing – I added Blueberries to the mix. Taste Great! I almost ate all of the pancakes!

  34. Julie says:

    I’ve tried many paleo recipes for pancakes, mostly using bananas. While I love bananas, I use them so much that sometimes I want something else. These pancakes are incredible! I didn’t have tapioca flour, so I used arrowroot as others suggested. I made them with blueberries last night for dinner, and they tasted and looked like REAL pancakes. I saved the leftover batter and made some for breakfast and the batter held up fine overnight in the fridge. Not only are they delish, but they are very easy to turn over in the pan (unlike other paleo recipes). I don’t need to look any further for a great pancake recipe….this is it!

  35. Nicolette says:

    Hi Lexi! I love all of your clever recipes! Question – what baking powder do you use that is considered paleo? I use an aluminum free, potato based kind which is a better alternative to the corn based kind, in my opinion. Still, I would like to know if there is another option. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

  36. Tracy says:

    Do you have a website you use to input recipe and get nutrition information for these? They are fantastic btw!! My husband even said they are the best “non-pancake pancakes” that I’ve made!!

  37. Iris says:

    I’ve tried making paleo pancakes before with okay results, but this recipe is fantastic! These pancakes taste and look like white-flour pancakes. But I was missing that extra buttery taste from the pancake, so next time, I’ll melt about a tablespoon of ghee and add it to the batter as well as add an extra 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder, because I love insanely buttery, thick pancakes.

    However, the pancakes as is are amazing, and I’ll definitely make them again.

  38. Co30 says:

    Oh my science! These are the best paleo pancakes I’ve ever had. Perfect balance! Thank you.

  39. Definitely my favourite recipe for pancakes! I could eat them every day!

  40. Roxanne Bridges says:

    Once again, how much butter? I would really like to try these, but there is no measurement for the amount of butter in the recipe.
    Thanks!

  41. Tanya says:

    I also tried to make these and it did not come out like a batter, but just crumbles. Can you tell me why? It doesn’t seem to be enough liquid ingredients.

    • Lexi says:

      That’s weird – I’ve never heard anyone, out of hundreds who’ve made it, who have had issues! Did you follow the recipe exactly?

    • Amy says:

      Tanya I had the same problem and was tempted to add some milk, but added some honey instead. I was wondering if it was because I couldn’t find tapioca flour and used a gluten free flour that had some tapioca in it.

      • Lexi says:

        That’s definitely why. Your GF flour mix had other flours that would thicken the mixture! Tapioca flour is in most grocery stores at this point. Look for Bob’s Red Mill!

  42. Susan says:

    These are the BEST! I have tried 4-5 different recipies and this is the BEST! I use lots of blueberries in them. Thank you for this recipe!

  43. Joe says:

    amazing pancakes, thanks for the recipe.

  44. Amy says:

    I made these this morning and the taste was very very good but the batter was very very thick and I was tempted to use milk to think it a bit. I also could not find tapioca flour so I used a gluten free version that had some tapioca flour in it. Maybe this was why the batter was so thick?

  45. Cristina Moidel says:

    These were a hit! I used arrowroot instead of tapioca starch, worked beautifully. Thank you!

  46. Katie says:

    Would these be suitable for low carb people?

  47. Elizabeth Coleman says:

    Baking powder has corn starch… How are these paleo with corn in them?

    • Lexi says:

      I’m fine with less than a teaspoon in the entire batch or there are brands without corn starch in them, but feel free to use a sub if you can’t tolerate it! Paleo is meant as a framework for eating, not a strict diet.

  48. Kristin says:

    I had literally given up on GF and Paleo pancakes until spotting this recipe. These are absolutely wonderful, better than America’s Test Kitchen’s Paleo Perfected pancakes. Easily doubled the batch and everyone in the house gave them huge double thumbs up. Thank you for such a great recipe!

  49. Jodie says:

    Ive made these pancakes a few times now and always the same result, they just don’t rise and they dont look like the picture. I thought maybe my baking powder was old and bought and used a new one but still no rise! I dont know where this could be going wrong everyone else seems to be having great success!

  50. Virginia says:

    i made these this morning and they turned out perfect!!! i did have to make adjustments like i had to substitute the apple sauce for some fruity sugar free baby tube food coz we never have apple sauce in the pantry… and i had to cook it with coconut oil coz one of my daughters has an allergy to dairy…
    but OMG!!! hit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Nathalie says:

    Good Morning Lexi,

    I made these amazing pancakes they were amazing! the whole family loves them! I have tried fancy variations replacing the applesauce with pumpkin and adding pumpkin pie spice. and to make this even more decadent I have topped it with whipped coco cream! Thank you for sharing and making my morning WOW!!! So hard to find recipes that are paleo and not meat and veggies…I am french and can not have these for breakfast…

  52. Erica says:

    Can you sub coconut flour for almond flour? No one ever responded to the question above.

  53. Kajien says:

    I just made these today and they were awesome !!! I finally found a pancake recipe that didn’t have to be tossed in the garbage. Thank you so much !!!

  54. Trina S says:

    Hey Lexi, going to try this out and I don’t have any applesauce on hand. Is there anything you might substitute for it? Is it only to sweeten the batter or is it a structural thing? I know not everything can be substituted in recipes. Thanks!

  55. Joyce Macfarlane says:

    Hi can you just use almond meal

  56. Charlie says:

    if you separate the egg whites and beat them till they have peaks and fold them in last it will be so fluffy and amazing that’s what I did

  57. Charlie Slocombe says:

    if you separate the egg whites and beat them till they have peaks and fold them in last it will be so fluffy and amazing that’s what I did

  58. Magda says:

    The best grain free pancakes that I’ve ever made. Thank you!!!

  59. Marta says:

    Fluffy happiness on my Sunday breakfast plate ?
    These pancakes are really, really THE BEST!
    Thank you Lexi

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  60. Jacki Viverito says:

    I made these this morning for the first time and I LOVE them!! These will def be the only kind of pancakes I ever make again!
    **substitute: I ran out of applesauce so I put an apple and some water in my ninja and it worked perfectly!!

    5.0 rating

  61. Meghan says:

    Can you make a batch of these pancakes and keep in the freezer?

  62. Lauren says:

    Made these with the kids this morning and they turned out great. Love that the recipe is simple. Seems like so many of the Paleo pancake recipes out there have a huge list of ingredients. Not this one! Will make again!

    5.0 rating

  63. Heather says:

    Followed your recipe exactly with the exception of blueberry chunky applesauce. It made a stiff almost cookie dough like texture so I’m going to try adding some almond milk maybe the chunks in the applesauce cause the problem.

  64. Katelyn says:

    To get some extra protein in, if I added a scoop of protein powder to the recipe do you think they would still turn out fine?

  65. kim says:

    Great recipe and super fast and easy. I have been looking for a clean “toast” for my beloved avocado and these worked great. I even tried popping one in the toaster the next day and was happy with the outcome

    I will be trying out a savory batch next time using ground rosemary.

    5.0 rating

  66. Christa Eno says:

    These pancakes are so delicious and so easy to make! I’m overjoyed to have found this recipe!

  67. Rachel says:

    THESE. ARE. SO. GOOD!!!!!!!

    I honestly believe I could serve these as regular pancakes, and everyone none the wiser. I added blueberries, they were fantastic!!!

    5.0 rating

  68. Wendy says:

    This recipe was amazing!! I have tried soooooo many recipes for Paleo, grain free, gluten-free pancakes and have been disappointed so many times!! These were fabulous! Not gritty! I added blueberries! My husband loved them! I am very happy right now!!

  69. Elizabeth says:

    A paleo pancake that doesn’t taste like coconut?! Amazing! I just finished rubbing my face in these while making embarrassing noises and they are delicious! Not even delicious for a paleo pancake, just delicious delicious. No idea how I found this recipe, but thank you so much! I made the recipe deirectly as written and they were perfect!

    5.0 rating

  70. Lori Ontonio says:

    By far the best paleo/gluten free or even regular pancakes!! Thank you for such a good recipe! Makes camping easier now too. I did not have applesauce the first time I made them so substituted with equal amount Avocado oil and super. Yeah!!! These have been shared to FB Loving Paleo group & my regular FB post as well.

    5.0 rating

  71. Sherry Van Grootheest says:

    Hi – I read through all the comments hoping that someone had tried these eggless….didn’t find any good substitutions that worked. do you have any? i ordinarily use flax or chia, but pancakes still tend to fall apart without eggs…thanks

  72. Faith says:

    I thought people here were exaggerating but these are the BEST paleo pancakes I’ve ever had/made! So many other recipes I’ve tried end up eggy or taste too strongly of coconut or aren’t cooked all the way through. These are fluffy and moist and absolutely delicious! I added bananas but I want to try blueberries next.

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  73. This is my favorite pancake recipe. Today I went to make pancakes and I didn’t have any almond flour left. So I substituted with teff flour and they came out great. So delicious. Thank you!

    5.0 rating

  74. Juliane says:

    How many carbs are in these if made by the recipe above. I’m trying to find something that will fit in with a gestational diabetes diet guideline.

  75. Paige says:

    I’ve tried so many gluten free pancake recipes and this one is inevitable of my all time favorites. The applesauce adds a natural sweetness and the consistency is fluffy yet thin and crispy all at the same time! I definitely recommend!

  76. Melissa says:

    What would be the conversion from these to waffles???? I love these pancakes so much, but sometimes I just need waffles, help!

  77. Vanessa says:

    I love this recipe. It is easy and delicious. We times the recipe by 4 for a family of 5. If there are any extra, we put them in the fridge for the next day — although usually someone ends up going back for more later the same day. Thanks so much for sharing this.

  78. Debra says:

    Hi, Lexi. I entered the recipie into my fitness pal and the nutritional information was totally different, resulting in much higher numbers. Are you sure of your numbers, servings per recipie specifically?

  79. Maria says:

    I had the same problem. My numbers were MUCH higher, with almost 40g carbs in half a serving (1 pancake, if I am not mistaken by the measurements you provided).

  80. Sara says:

    These are the BEST pancakes ever, Paleo or not. I love them. I warm some frozen mixed berries on the stove and use them as my syrup. SOOOOO good. They only thing I changed is that I added cinnamon but I add cinnamon to everything. Sometimes I mix in gluten-free muesli or Paleogranola. My 12 year old daughter and picky husband LOVE them too. Thank you for a great recipe.

  81. Chug says:

    We’ve been making (and loving!) your cinnamon crunch pancakes for ages now. Unfortunately, the page for them seems to have disappeared, your link to here goes to ‘page not found’. 🙁 Can you please see where it went?

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    • Lexi's Clean Kitchen says:

      Hi Chug! As we get ready to update the site, we are moving around some recipes and updating some. I’m sorry for the inconvenience! I’ll be sending you an email at the address you entered to comment with the recipe for the Cinnamon Crunch Pancakes so you can save it for the future!

  82. Kelly Costa says:

    Seriously yummy!!! By far these pancakes have the best texture I’ve tasted compared to all the other paleo pancake recipes I’ve tried! I had to substitute banana for applesauce since that’s all I had on had and the were still delicious! Can’t wait to try it again with the applesauce!! ????

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