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

Paleo pancakes on a plate.

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
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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

Instructions

  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.

Nutrition

  • 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

Keywords: Paleo Pancakes

159 comments
July 12, 2020

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  1. 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!!!

    1. 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. 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.

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

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. 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!

  9. 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?

  10. 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

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

  12. 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!

    1. I was just wondering if pumpkin would work since I have a kiddo allergic to apple, thanks for posting that it works!

  13. 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?

  14. 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!

  15. 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!

  16. 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. 😀

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

  18. 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!! 🙂

  19. 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!

  20. 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!

  21. 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!

  22. 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!!

  23. 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.

  24. 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!

  25. 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.

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

  26. 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!

  27. 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?

    1. 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.

  28. 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!

  29. 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!

  30. 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  31. 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…

  32. 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 !!!

  33. 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!

  34. 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

  35. 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

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

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  37. 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!!

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  38. 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!

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  39. 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.

    1. You may have missed something. Try it again and follow exactly. These have been made by 500+ readers, tried, tested, and true!

  40. 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?

  41. 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.

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

  43. 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!!!

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  44. 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!!

  45. 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!

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  46. 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.

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  47. 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

  48. 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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  49. 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!

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  50. 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.

  51. 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!

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

  53. 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.

  54. 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?

  55. 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).

  56. 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.

  57. 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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    1. 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!

  58. 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!! ????

  59. Honestly best (paleo) pancakes I’ve ever made. I stopped trying other recipes after I found yours a few years back!

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  60. These pancakes are amazing!! My kids always hate it if I try to make healthier pancakes as they just don’t like them.
    However these were gobbled up and they came back for seconds!!
    Taste fluffy, no almond flour taste at all.
    10/10

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  61. Could I substitute coconut or oat flour for the tapioca flour? Or double the almond flour?

    1. Arrowroot is the best substitute. Give oat flour a try and let us know how it goes! You cannot use coconut flour to replace it though.

  62. These are absolutely delicious. I tried them a few different ways and liked them subbing pumpkin for applesauce. When I triple the recipe I use 3 “flax eggs” and 3 regular. Wow SO GOOD!

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  63. Hi Lexi , I made the gluten free waffles today . I followed your recipe & it came out so good & fluffy . I want to make a gluten free bread for my husband cuz he cannot have gluten he has celiac disease . What can I sub for oat flour cuz I don’t have it & your recipe called for oat flour . I have tapioca flour & arrowroot flour . Do you think I can use either one of them . Thank you

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  64. Hi Lexi , I made your gluten free waffles today from your recipe & it came out very good & fluffy . I want to make the gluten free loaf bread but I don’t have the oat flour . What can I sub for it . I have arrowroot flour , & tapioca flour . Can I use either one of them? Thank you

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  65. Oh my gosh, these are delicious and healthy and anti-inflammatory! Move over Birch-Benders and Kodiak pancake mixes, there is a replacement in town!

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  66. Made these yesterday. Super easy and very yummy. I’ve never used tapioca flour before so I wasn’t sure how it would go. It was a win!

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  67. Oh my goodness! Just made these for breakfast and they are so delicious. They’re fluffy and not too sweet. I didn’t know this was achievable in a paleo recipe! Thank you!

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  68. Ok wow, I can’t believe I haven’t made these before. Truly the best!!! I had arrowroot and not tapioca, so that’s what I used. Not sure how it changed things compared to the original but they were SO good.

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  69. One week into paleo and OMG recipes like these encourage me to keep going! They were delicious, my husband and toddlers ate them up too! I subbed arrowroot for tapioca and the texture was great!

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    1. It should work, but we haven’t tested it so can’t promise the exact same results. Let us know how it goes!

  70. Didn’t work for me, it was like paste. I had to go back to make sure I didn’t miss anything….No….

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    1. Hi Joan, sorry to hear it didn’t work out for you. Did you follow the recipe exactly? Sometimes it’s hard to figure out where the error you made came from, but this recipe has been made by thousands of people with great results so we’re confident this recipe works and results in pancakes as shown in the photos when followed properly. Perhaps it was a measuring error?

  71. BEST paleo pancake I’ve ever had! And I’ve had A LOT being paleo for over 2 years! These were SO good and easy!

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  72. I’m amazed at how perfectly fluffy this pancake recipe turned out—I’m obsessed. Will definitely make again! I also substituted the tapioca with the arrowroot I had on hand, and they still turned out well.

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  73. Good morning! I just made these. They were tasty. Instead of tapioca flour I used cornstarch and I only had tropical flavoured unsweetened applesauce. Still came out great! I made a strawberry raspberry blueberry snd blackberry sauce for dipping.
    Will make again! Thanks Lexi!

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  74. Just tried these today! Used 100% pure pumpkin instead of apple sauce, and added a tsp of cinnamon and some pecans….they were GREAT!!! Used sugar free Lakanto Maple Flavored Syrup, and it was great!!!

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  75. These were so good! They were very fluffy and super tasty! I added blueberries to mine and I can’t wait to make them again!

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  76. I just made these pancakes for breakfast and they were delicious! I recently finished a round of whole30 and am trying to stay with compliant ingredients as much as possible at home. These pancakes were super simple and quick as well as delicious! They will become a regular weekend treat. Thank you!

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  77. I just made these today for myself and my niece who has so many sensitivities right now – including eggs. I doubled the recipe and used a flax egg (2tbsp of milled flax and 5 tbsp of water – let sit 5 minutes+) and avocado oil (in a spray) in the pan and they have turned out soooo good. Fluffy, held together awesome and great flavour. These will definitely be a staple for me going forward. Thank you so much!

  78. We have made these pancakes probably over 50x by now, and we never tire of them. My husband, kids and I all love them. We are gluten free now, and have forgotten what a traditional pancake tastes like, and we don’t miss them because this recipe is perfect. We’ve tried other paleo pancakes and this recipe is the best!

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  79. These pancakes are the BOMB!! Way better than any GF pancakes I’ve ever tried, kids loved them too! We put bananas in them and subbed arrowroot for the tapioca flour. Now I wanna make a huge batch and freeze them!

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  80. We’ve made these pancakes dozens of times and they are always great! We also freeze them, although they can sometimes come out of the freezer a little chewier if we didn’t make them big enough. They’re also great with blueberries!

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