Paleo Buttermilk Pancakes (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)

These paleo buttermilk pancakes are like a cross between typical fluffy American pancakes and crepes! They’re also grain-free, gluten-free and dairy-free.

You may have seen my recipe for gluten-free pancakes over on My Baking Addiction the other day. The first time I made these, I used regular dairy-containing buttermilk and butter, which is the version I’m sharing over on MBA. Then, me being me, I needed to test them a whole bunch and eventually ran out of buttermilk. So I figured I might as well make these pancakes dairy-free, which also turned them into paleo “buttermilk” pancakes!

Paleo Buttermilk Pancakes {grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free}

You really can’t tell any difference between the store-bought buttermilk and homemade dairy-free buttermilk version. The stack you see here is actually a mix of the two.

The thickness is kind of different than what you’re probably used to. They’re not thick like regular American fluffy pancakes, but they’re not nearly as thin as crepes. They’re just hanging out in the middle – but they’re still pretty awesome! Especially for people like me who don’t like their pancakes to be too bread-y.

Paleo Buttermilk Pancakes {grain-free, gluten-free, and dairy-free}

I used a mix of blanched almond flour and tapioca flour, which is also called tapioca starch. I’ve been doing a lot of grain-free and nut-free cooking recently and have been using tapioca quite a bit.

I thought it’d be slightly strange but I’m enjoying it so far! I got mine from an Asian grocery store for about $1. You can of course use unblanched almond meal if you don’t mind the bits of almond skin in your pancakes.

If you’d rather have coconut flour-based pancakes, try these Light and Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes from All Day I Dream About Food. They look amazing!

These pancakes are perfect smothered in maple syrup or in this honey sweetened strawberry sauce. I make that sauce every year after coming home from strawberry picking (along with this 2-ingredient strawberry applesauce)!

One of winter’s highlights, as sad as that may be, is coming across a long-forgotten bag of this sauce. Seriously. Winters here are ridiculously dreary and a little piece of summer is a cause for celebration!

Paleo Buttermilk Pancakes {gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free}

You can make the sauce with frozen strawberries but I’ve never found store-bought frozen strawberries that even come close to freshly picked strawberries. However, if you use strawberries that taste like nothing, the sauce will probably come close to tasting like nothing. In case that wasn’t clear. ;)

As for the whipped cream topping you see in the pictures – a little goes a long way. Remember to use whipped coconut cream if you want to keep it paleo / dairy-free. And if you’re wondering what to serve this with, I think this hashbrown breakfast casserole would be amazing!

I’m thinking a paleo version of Nutella would also be great on these. Or really anything. :)

If you want something thicker, these paleo blueberry pancakes look perfect! Or don’t need a grain-free version? Try these delicious looking gluten-free buttermilk pancakes!

Paleo Buttermilk Pancakes

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Paleo Buttermilk Pancakes (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)
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  • Yield: 10 pancakes


  • 1 1/3 cups (315 milliliters) non-dairy milk of choice (or regular buttermilk for a dairy-containing version), room temperature
  • 1 tablespoon + 1 teaspoon lemon juice or vinegar1
  • 1 1/2 cups (150 grams) blanched almond flour
  • 1/2 cup (58 grams) tapioca flour / starch
  • 1 tablespoon coconut sugar or raw sugar
  • 1 3/4 teaspoons baking powder (make sure to use grain-free baking powder, if necessary)
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 3 large eggs, room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons (42 grams) coconut oil (or unsalted butter for a dairy-containing version), melted
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup or honey
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract


  1. If using store-bought dairy-containing buttermilk, skip to Step 2. Otherwise, prepare the dairy-free buttermilk. Add 1 tablespoon lemon juice to a 1-cup (240-milliliter) measuring cup and fill up with dairy-free milk. Add 1 teaspoon lemon juice to a 1/3-cup (80-milliliter) measuring cup and fill up with dairy-free milk. Let sit for 5 minutes while preparing the rest of the recipe.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the dry ingredients (almond flour through salt). Set aside.
  3. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the wet ingredients (buttermilk through vanilla extract).
  4. Gradually add the dry mixture to the wet and stir until no lumps remain.
  5. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat.
  6. Pour 1/3 cup of batter into the pre-heated pan and cook for about 2 minutes or until bubbles form and the bottom has lightly browned.
  7. Flip the pancake over and cook for another minute or two.
  8. Repeat with the remaining batter.
  9. Serve immediately and keep any leftovers refrigerated for up to 4-5 days.


  1. Omit if using store-bought buttermilk!

Source: My post on My Baking Addiction – Gluten-free Pancakes

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38 comments on “Paleo Buttermilk Pancakes (grain-free, gluten-free, dairy-free)” — Add one!

  • Corina
    April 21, 2018 @ 6:23 pm

    Thank you so much for this yummy recipe! We had tried some almond pancake recipes in the past but did NOT like them. So our go to recipe for the last couple years has been an oatmeal pancake recipe. This morning I was out of oats and had my heart set on pancakes… SO GLAD I found this recipe I had pinned many moons ago! These were delicate and delicious! I didn’t have a full half-cup of tapioca starch so I subbed arrowroot. And I added a few “Enjoy Life” mini chocolate chips to each pancake, and topped with strawberries and maple syrup. YUM!!!

    • Erin replies to Corina
      April 23, 2018 @ 6:07 pm

      That’s great that arrowroot works well! Thanks for the tip. I’m also not a fan of almond flour only pancakes. They usually have such an odd texture. And oh my – chocolate chips, strawberries and maple syrup. That sounds heavenly! Wish I could have joined in. :D Thanks a bunch for your comment!

  • Patti says
    January 28, 2018 @ 7:30 pm

    Oh, Erin, you’ve done it again! As I sit here with my belly full of the un-*expletive here*-believable pancakes, I felt the need to comment now. Texanerin is my go to blog for all things grain free and dairy free and these pancakes are just one of the many reasons for that. So far, I have made the Chocolate Chip Cookies, Ginger Cookies, these Pancakes and the Vegan Vanilla Sauce. My husband doesn’t have allergies or any food restrictions and is enjoying all of these goodies as much as I! Thank you for making a huge dietary transition soooo easy!

    • Erin replies to Patti
      January 28, 2018 @ 9:48 pm

      Aww, thank you! What a super nice comment. :) I’m so very happy to hear that you and your husband are both enjoying the recipes and that the dietary transition isn’t going so badly! Good recipes definitely make it less painful. :) Thanks a bunch for your comment and I hope you’ll enjoy the other recipes just as much!

  • Janet says
    July 19, 2017 @ 6:02 pm

    I’ve never written a comment on a recipe before, but had to tell you these pancakes are delicious! I used buttermilk and butter, and really couldn’t tell the difference between these and the traditional buttermilk pancakes I’ve made for years. My husband and I are on an anti-inflammatory diet, so we can’t have gluten. I’ve tried so many gluten-free recipes, and our neighborhood deer have ended up eating a lot of the results :). These pancakes are delicious, though, and easy to make. Thanks so much for this great recipe!

    • Erin replies to Janet
      July 22, 2017 @ 10:12 am

      Haha. That’s so sad (but kind of funny) that the neighborhood deer have ended up eating your other GF experiments. :D I’m happy that you’ve found a recipe that you didn’t have to share with them. :) Thanks for your comment and sorry for just now seeing your comment!

  • Angela says
    February 26, 2017 @ 8:58 pm

    I just made these pancakes, and once again, this recipe is great! Every Sunday I make pancakes for my family, but rarely do I eat them. I just don’t need that many carbs. I did make a couple of substitutions for these. I used real buttermilk and butter. I didn’t want to use tapioca flour because that’s all carbs. I substituted coconut flour instead and added another egg. These came out great! They were light and fluffy, although a bit fragile. I made 6 pancakes out of this, so if I make them smaller next time, I’m sure that will take care of the fragility issue. However, they didn’t fall apart, so they weren’t too fragile. They have a slight eggy flavor, but I didn’t really notice it after I put mu sugar free blueberry syrup on them. Overall, success! Now, I’m off to Trader Joe’s to get more almond and coconut flours since I’ve run out due to making your yummy paleo recipes. :) Thanks!!

    • Erin replies to Angela
      February 26, 2017 @ 9:39 pm

      Woohoo! So happy that you liked these, too. :) How much coconut flour did you use? I’m shocked that that sub worked since the two flours aren’t at all interchangeable (I know that’s why you added an extra egg, but still, I would have never imagined that that’d work!). Thanks again for your feedback. I love that you’re enjoying my paleo recipes!

      • Angela
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        February 27, 2017 @ 2:35 am

        I wasn’t sure how the coconut flour sub would work either, but it did! I think next time, I’ll add about 1/4 c more of buttermilk instead of another egg. I do like my pancakes fluffy, so I whipped the liquids with a whisk before I added the dry ingredients. The only setback–I ate 3 pancakes about 6 hours ago, and I still feel very full! (Well, actually, that’s probably a good thing!) I’ll know not to eat that many next time!

        • Erin replies to Angela
          February 28, 2017 @ 10:40 pm

          Haha. Doesn’t sound like a setback to me. ;) At least you didn’t go into a carb coma! That always happens to me with regular pancakes. :D Thanks again for your comment!

  • Kelly Estes
    November 27, 2016 @ 2:28 am

    I’ve tried a lot of different grain free pancake recipes, and I’ve found some decent ones, but OMGoodness, these are AWESOME!!! I tossed all the other recipes, no reason to settle for less than the best. I made the dairy version today. I’ll try the non-dairy version with my homemade cashew milk next time to compare. Thanks for providing me with a pancake I can really look forward to with breakfast!

    • Erin replies to Kelly Estes
      November 27, 2016 @ 8:56 pm

      Aww, yay! I’m so happy you liked these so much! A cashew milk version sounds yummy. :) Thanks a bunch for your comment! I’ve been waiting to get some feedback on these so I really appreciate it. :D

  • cat says
    November 7, 2016 @ 2:06 am

    why do you put the lemon juice in this recipe with the dairy free milk? does it curdle it?

    • Erin replies to cat
      November 7, 2016 @ 7:47 am

      That’s right. It’s a buttermilk sub. :)

  • Kim Beaulieu says
    July 24, 2015 @ 8:21 am

    I love the photos, makes me want to run in the kitchen & whip up a batch. Now. At 3 a.m. ha

    • Erin replies to Kim Beaulieu
      July 26, 2015 @ 8:49 pm

      Haha. I saw your comment come in and thought, “Nooo! She needs to be sleeping!” ;)

  • Anita says
    July 23, 2015 @ 6:19 am

    Beautiful plating! I really love how unique your pancakes are too, not too thick nor thin!

    • Erin replies to Anita
      July 23, 2015 @ 1:43 pm

      Thanks, Anita! I took these pictures over three days, believe it not, so I was really happy to read your comment. :)

  • Paula - bell'alimento says
    July 23, 2015 @ 2:42 am

    I’m all about those stacks and that strawberry sauce! YES.

  • Susan says
    July 23, 2015 @ 2:23 am

    As great as the thick pancakes are, they can be filling. I’d rather have more of the thinner type (with crispy edges), so I can fill up on that strawberry topping!

    • Erin replies to Susan
      July 23, 2015 @ 7:43 pm

      Yes! So much bread. I’d much rather have the toppings, too. :)

  • Ginny McMeans says
    July 22, 2015 @ 8:46 pm

    These sound so wonderful. I have all the ingredients except the eggs. Think I’ll try them with chia eggs. I bet it will work. Thanks so much!

    • Erin replies to Ginny McMeans
      July 22, 2015 @ 10:10 pm

      Let me know how it works out! Sounds like a nice change. :)

  • Melanie says
    July 22, 2015 @ 4:03 pm

    That looks so incredibly decadent and summery. Must make this for the kiddos!

    • Erin replies to Melanie
      July 22, 2015 @ 10:10 pm

      I hope they’ll love them as much as we did!

  • Martha @ A Family Feast says
    July 22, 2015 @ 3:55 pm

    I’m with some of the others – I usually prefer a fluffier pancake but these look delicious! I may need to change things up this coming weekend!

  • Heather | girlichef says
    July 22, 2015 @ 3:23 pm

    I actually don’t like my pancakes thick and fluffy, so I thin out my batter…therefore, these look perfect to me! Plus, my mom can eat them (and I don’t know how long it’s been since she’s had pancakes)…I’ll definitely be trying these, thanks for the recipe!

  • Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic says
    July 22, 2015 @ 5:48 am

    I do not discriminate against pancakes–I love them all! A good, thin & chewy pancake hits the spot sometimes. The strawberry applesauce on top sounds delightful!

  • The Food Hunter says
    July 22, 2015 @ 12:36 am

    I love this recipe…sharing with some of my friends!

  • Charlotte Moore
    July 21, 2015 @ 6:27 pm

    YUM!! We just went to Augusta,GA this weekend and visited a close friend. Saturday we drove about 30 miles into SC and got 14 boxes of peaches. Not all was for us. HA!! I could chow down some pancakes and peaches too. I love strawberries too. I just made 4 jars of peach preserves today. Having to let them ripen. It is nice to just do a few at a time.

    • Erin replies to Charlotte Moore
      July 21, 2015 @ 6:56 pm

      I love this comment so much. :D Thank you, Charlotte! I hope you find a good use of all those delicious peaches, though your preserves sound great. I sure wish we could share those SC peaches! ;)

  • Kelly @ Hidden Fruits and Veggies says
    July 21, 2015 @ 6:13 pm

    I’m normally a fan of super fluffy pancakes, but sometimes I just want to load them up with toppings and a thin one is much better. I’m always trying to diversify my pancakes, so these grain free beauties sound great.


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