We eat eggs for breakfast often and sometimes the kids get tired of them. Grain-free pancakes pack a lot of protein and healthy fats kids need, so we opt for coconut flour or almond flour pancakes when we need a break from eggs. These easy almond flour pancakes are a regular on the menu at our house now.
If you’ve gone grain free and are missing pancakes, try these!
Healthy Almond Flour Pancakes (Kid-Approved)
My favorite part about these pancakes is that they only have three main ingredients and can be made in less than five minutes! I use blanched almond flour as it provides a very smooth and fluffy texture, but any high quality almond flour will work (though there will be some variation in the final pancake with different flours).
They are GAPS legal and dairy optional, but they are so delicious no one would ever suspect we are making them for health reasons.
Once you master almond flour pancakes, try coconut flour pancakes or grain-free crepes to keep the breakfast menu interesting.
A note on grain-free pancakes: These will be a little denser than your traditional pancake. The good news is, you don’t have to make 50 of them to fill everyone up! A few small pancakes have enough protein and fiber to really satisfy.
These are very easy to customize just as you would regular pancakes. Some favorites in our house are:
- banana slices and nuts (no bananas on my plate though!)
- fresh berries
- homemade nutella
- plain butter and maple syrup
- dark chocolate chips and orange zest
- shredded zucchini with nutmeg and cinnamon (like zucchini bread!)
- with a dollop of yogurt
The options are endless! Give these a try and let me know what you think!
Easy Almond Flour Pancakes
- 1½ cups almond flour
- 3 eggs
- 1 cup water (or milk)
- spices (such as cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, blueberries, or other flavors (optional)
- Mix all ingredients in a medium sized bowl using a hand blender or immersion blender until batter is a pourable consistency.
- Make one test pancake to check for desired thickness and texture. Thin with additional water or milk if necessary.
- Cook all pancakes on a preheated griddle or in a large pan for approximately 2-3 minutes until bubbles form.
- Flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes until they are done in the center and both sides are golden brown.
What is your favorite on-the-go breakfast idea? Share below!
Discussion (195 Comments)
almonds have a high amount of phytic acid.. See I find these great sites and then find so many contradictions. I had a lot of muscle acids and finally found out it was due to phytic acid and almonds inparticular were the cause.
A good way to cut down if not eliminate those acids is to soak your nuts before eating. This is relevant for almost any nut. I read almonds can take between 8-22 hours to soak properly so I would wait the 22 to be extra safe since you have problems with the acids. You can look up the soaking times for other nuts online super easy.The formula is 2 cups of purified water to 1/2 cup of almonds. Some say to put in a sprinkle of salt but that seems to be optional since not all the sites I have seen say so. You can then either store them in the fridge for up to a week in a sealed bag or if you dry them they will last pretty much as long as they would have before being soaked. You can do this with a food dehydrator or with your oven on the lowest setting with something propping the door open. But I would look up the proper full instructions so you can read then yourself. Hope this this helps you out. 🙂
I have been looking into going grain free and I was looking in to the almond flour but the brand you recommend is quite out of our price range ($35-40) for a 5 lb bag! Is there another high quality brand you can recommend? I have an almost 4 year old that is addicted to bread and I want to change out the regular flour with almond flour, can I use it to replace all flour in any recipe? Is there a way to make it into a “bread flour” for bread machine use? I am very new at this and am making small changes as we can afford them. The biggest thing we have started doing so far is adding in more veggies and once the farmers markets open up here I plan to buy from them. Any help you can offer would be great!
Unfortunately, it seems like almond flour is one of those more expensive ingredients and unless I order in huge bulk (25 lbs+) I have trouble finding a better price….
Check a whole foods near you!! I found the best price there
trader joe’s has 1 pond bag for 3.99
Good to know. Thanks.
I was told by a friend that if you get raw almonds and put them in the food processor it’s essentially the same thing, and cheaper. Almonds are still expensive, but small cost cutting that way.
I make my own with the left over pulp I get from making almond milk. I have a dehydrator so I dehydrate the left over pulp until dry and then use my food processor to process the meal to the desired consistency for the dish I am making. We go through so much almond milk and it is so easy to make and so much better than having so much waste from those containers at the store. Maybe my pancakes were so bad since I used almond milk instead of water but usually it makes everything so much better.
Look into making your own almond milk. You can use the almond pulp to make your own flour! I make almond cream for my coffee YUMM. Making your own requires a nut sock Andy a blender. That’s it!
Hi, I bought my almond flour at HyVee fo $8.00.
Costco had Honeyville blanched almond flour for a very reasonable price (similar to what I’d gotten directly from Honeyville on a 40% off sale, and then no shipping!), so check that out. Around $16 for 3 pounds??
Erin, I am also new to going grain free and loved your comment. I have see a lot of sites that show you how to make almond flour yourself. Seems relatively easy. Haven’t tried it yet but cant wait to. The bread machine question is great. wondering the same thing.
Unfortunately eating healthy is an expensive decision…..that’s why American dietary habits are so crappy. It took my wife’s cancer to change our minds about the worth of health. Wegmans is now making their own brand of almond flour which knocks the price down a little, and usually much less flour is used in a recipe. The Trader Joe’s comment was much appreciated. I am not near one….but may be worth the trip.
The best place for price to buy organic almond flour is Costco!
Do you have any advice on how often it is okay to include items like this in our diet?
We do almond flour in some form a couple times a week…
These were great! My favorite paleo pancake by far, I have tried several! Added cinnamon and a few mini chocolate chips for the kids. We also froze some and they reheated fine in the toaster. Thank you!
I tried this recipe and mine did not come out very good at all. maybe it was the almond flour.
I tried this recipe, too, and had similar results. Mine came out far too eggy (maybe I should have purchased small eggs) and almost ridiculously dry (fault of the almond flour, perhaps, though I wouldn’t have thought so). They also needed salt and maybe some pure almond extract.
Agree this is a terrible recipe
I made a different variation of these this morning from paleomom. they were awesome and my family loved them. I think I will try ur recipe next, it has less ingredients. 🙂
Will these work with full-fat coconut milk instead of water or dairy milk?
I tried 1 & 1/2 cup of almond flour and 1/2 cup of Coconut flour. I used 3 small eggs, and free poured almond milk until a smooth consistency formed. I added some cinnamon and a tsp on vanilla extract… I cooked the first couple and made them to big… so they fell apart. I decided to add another egg and some more almond milk to make it smoother and made the pikelets smaller, left them a little longer to cook before turning and then they started to turn out perfectly… the coconut flour gave them a nice flavour as well. Good Luck
You may just add the extra egg and let your batter sit for a while, next time. Batters always hold together better if they sit longer.
I did something similar to this but with water instead of milk and they were pretty good.
Carleen Beauchene VanDerostyne
Sounds yummy. I use plain yogurt instead of milk.
Can these be made with coconut flour? My husband wasn’t crazy about the pumpkin pancakes.
I think the proportions of coconut flour to liquid will be a lot different as coconut flour sucks up liquid faster than almond flour. I don’t know how much though.
Coconut flour works differently, but here is a coconut flour recipe: https://wellnessmama.com/2354/coconut-flour-pancakes/
I have done some research into almond flour and I would love to know your comments and advise. I used to bake with it a lot and then i read that it is toxic to the body when heated so I have stopped baking with it until i can find out more. Do you have any further knowledge on the subject. Thank you
Mandi, I thought this article was good regarding the almond flour controversy.
I thought the above recipe was good if you took her advice to add some seasoning to the batter. I added a dash of salt, a pinch of baking soda to make them poof, a little maple sugar (very little), blueberries, and cinnamon. Instead of water, I used the thin part of the coconut milk can that I had in the fridge and used the coconut cream and whipped it with a little maple syrup to top the pancakes. This was a Valentines treat for the kids.
I found these to be too liquidy, too eggy and lacking any flavour, unfortunately. We added extra almond flour and ended up adding sugar to be able to eat them but still not an enjoyable breakfast.
So odd because i had to add 2 1/2 cups of liquid and still super thick. Cant figure out why ??
I just made these pancakes this morning and have the same issue with them. It’s disappointing because almond flour isn’t exactly the cheapest flour in my pantry.
Maybe the trick is to blend with hand mixer until super creamy. I haven’t made them yet so I don’t really know
These sound great! I always make my own which are similiar, but yours look just as easy and delicious!
Thank you for the reference to the pancakes you like. I tried this recipe on this site and thought they were pretty terrible.
I can’t wait to try wellness Mama’s recipe
Maybe its user error. 🙂 Before you use other people’s time, energy, and resources for free I.e., this websites recipes, tips, and info for FREE, you could be less childlike with your feedback. In lieu ‘terrible’, how about ‘I didn’t care for this’. She spends a lot of time coming up with this stuff for all of us to use, take that into consideration when replying.
I agree, why would someone need to be so negative? I loved this basic recipe. It was easy and I loved having only 3 ingredients. I made 1/3 of the recipe just for me and it was good to have pancakes spontaneously. I used only half of the 1/3 cup of milk I had measured out and it was perfect. Next time, I will add some flavoring, either cinnamon, extracts or fruit. I ate them plain with sliced strawberries and they were delicious!
I made this recipe for one also. I found it to be very tasty with cinnamon added. Thanks, I now have something else to eat for breakfast.
In reply to Apollonia, the comments are for people to express their opinions on the recipe. If someone thought it tasted terrible, they should be able to do so without you hounding them about it. It’s not like Wellness Mama will be offended… it’s just someone’s opinion. So what they don’t like it, she does so why would she care? I love Wellness Mama and her helpful posts, but these didn’t turn out for me either.
This was a great recipe! I just had to pit coconut oil in the pan so that the pancakes would not stick. Otherwise, I love the recipe! So quick and easy.
I would sadly have to agree. I love how simple these pancakes are, but they are pretty terrible. I made them as directed and they were SO dry and crumbly, not even worth trying to eat. I also tried adding another egg to add stability which failed, I then also tried adding a banana, thinking for some reason it might provide some moisture to help it stay together – not to mention a little flavor.
I agree, these are grainy and crumbly and pretty tasteless. I added vanilla, cinnamon and blueberries and it didn’t make them worth eating. They completely fall apart when trying to flip them. A waste of my ingredients and time.
If you’re comparing them to regular flour pancakes, there is no comparison. These will be different.
Lol. I love these pancakes! But eating healthy tastes different. You’ve got to develop different taste buds. White flour pancakes smothered in syrup these are not!
I thought they were terrible too. But instead of using almond flour I used walnut flour, so that may have been part of the problem. I also didn’t like how thin they were-it made it so difficult to flip them!
Really? Maybe you didn’t make them right. I followed these directions and mine always came out delicious.
Easy, yes; alas, delicious no. Eggy, mealy and quite unpleasant.
I modified this recipe by using 1/4 cup of plain organic yogurt, 1/4 cup of applesauce (my own, and easy to make), and with the 3 eggs I separated the yolk and added it to the mixture, and whipped the egg whites. I folded in the egg whites and it made a fluffier, less gritty pancake.
I can give this recipe 4.5 stars.
I used Bobs Red Mill almond meal/flour and I thought the pancakes were great. I saw on another site where someone used this recipe to replace tortillas so I will have to experiment.
I made these pancakes today and thought they were pretty good. I used coconut/almond milk instead of water and added a few tbsp of oat bran. They were a little crumbly but I expected that w/ almond flour. I also live in Denver which affects baking & cooking some. Added cinnamon topped with cooked berries and let the batter sit a bit to thicken up.
I was a little surprised w/the ‘outrage’ over a comment that the recipe was terrible. People have a right to their opinions as long as they are not crude, hateful, etc….. Some of the responses to that opinion were childish…. (in my opinion)
I agree Lori… People are oversensitive and too pc these days