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 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 so you could give this a try here, though we haven’t tried it ourselves.

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 Almond Flour Pancakes

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 or use ghee!

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

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Fluffy 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!

  • Author: Lexi Davidson
  • Prep Time: 5 min
  • Cook Time: 10 min
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: About 6 pancakes 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stove Top
  • Cuisine: Paleo
  • Diet: Gluten Free


  • 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


  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.


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 281
  • Sugar: 3g
  • Sodium: 67mg
  • Fat: 13g
  • Saturated Fat: 5g
  • Carbohydrates: 15g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 7.5
  • Cholesterol: 200mg

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192 Responses

  1. I’ve tried numerous paleo or “healthy” pancakes and none come close to these! These are the type of pancakes where you don’t miss the real thing (super soft, moist like regular pancakes)! This is my first time using tapioca flour and will not be the last.

  2. This is the best Paleo pancake recipe I have ever tried! I’ve been making it for my 18 month old toddler who absolutely loves it for breakfast. I ran out of applesauce so puréed pear one day and it worked perfectly. Highly recommend this recipe to anyone!

  3. Sorry! I hadn’t seen your note about subbing pumpkin puree for applesauce. I will try that. I love pumpkin anyway and I could always add a little cinnamon or pumpkin pie spice if it does taste like pumpkin. Trying these soon!

  4. Wow- I’ve been on the hunt for a good paleo pancake recipe and this is by far the best! Others come out too dense, eggy, or something else. These are perfect. I was never a pancake person even when I wasn’t grain free, but couldn’t tell the difference honestly. I’m not vegan but will also try with a flax egg for additional options.

  5. I cannot have applesauce right now. What can I use in place of it? I have lactose free plain yogurt. Would that work? Thank you.

  6. These are fantastic! I have tried quite a few paleo pancake recipes and this one leaves all others in the dust!
    Thank you!

  7. Are you kidding me? These were amazing! I had given up on paleo pancakes. You have saved me and I am SO grateful! Easier than a regular pancake recipe too. I weighed the flours and didn’t add mix ins to make sure I knew how they were turn out without messing with them…but topped with walnuts and sliced bananas. Heaven and so not “paleo textured”. Wow.

  8. These are our absolute favourite pancakes!! We change up the fillings every time and have made them so many times! I always double or triple the batch so I have some on hand to freeze. They make weekday breakfasts super easy since I can just pop them in the toaster. 😄

  9. Amazing as waffles. One recipe makes 5 waffles in the Dash mini waffle maker that cook up great in about 2 minutes each.

  10. These are fabulous! Our family makes them all the time and calls them the “healthy” pancakes. Our 7 year old son even says he likes the “healthy” pancakes better than the pancakes at restaurants!

  11. Thank you! I just made these for breakfast with some venison sausage. THE BEST! Glad I saved some for tomorrow morning. These pancakes will become a staple in my Paleo life.

  12. These are absolutely fantastic. I eat Paleo and had a hard time leaving bread behind, that is what I like best for breakfast. This has been a God send. I use this recipe and make waffles, as well. Thank you!

  13. I’m confused. I thought Ghee was clarified butter. So I’m not sure how a strict Paleo who is omitting dairy can sub ghee here. What am I missing?

  14. These are our favorite pancakes! They always come out perfect. They’re great as is or if you add blueberries or chocolate chips. It comes together super quickly and are delicious every time.

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