Pancakes without Milk (of any kind)

These pancakes without milk use water but you can’t tell. They’re super fluffy, flavorful and easy to make. With gluten-free and dairy-free options.

A lot of pancake recipes without milk don’t call for regular dairy milk, but dairy-free milk such as almond milk. I’m guessing if you’re looking for pancakes without milk, you don’t have any kind of milk on hand.

So these homemade pancakes without milk are truly without any kind of milk. It just uses water.

If you prefer to use dairy-free milk (or regular milk) in place of the water, go for it! But don’t use buttermilk.

That adds acidity to the recipe, and you’d probably need to adjust the amount of baking powder and use some baking soda. It’d be easier just to find a buttermilk pancake recipe.

But these milk-free pancakes are really perfect with the water. I was surprised.

My old go-to recipe used to be Old-Fashioned Pancakes on Allrecipes. Now it’s these!

I don’t make them often because I have zero self-control and just end up in a carb coma. But for a special treat, I’ll make them, and immediately freeze all but one so I don’t go wild.

They are so perfectly fluffy, and the flavor is great. Even my taste testers who don’t like pancakes loved these.

Ingredients for Milk-free Pancakes

You only need basic ingredients. Nothing fancy here!

  • Oil or butter – the flavor is better with butter, but you can use a neutral-tasting oil. If using coconut oil, be sure to melt it first. And I would recommend refined coconut oil unless you’d like some coconut taste to your pancakes. To make dairy-free pancakes, make sure to use oil or vegan butter.

  • Eggs – I tried chia eggs a few times, and while they work – the pancakes come out too dense. Any vegan option I offer has to be just as perfect as the non-vegan version, so, unfortunately, there’s no vegan option for this recipe. I’m working on a fluffy vegan pancake recipe, though!

  • Vanilla extract – I find that a lot of pancake recipes are lacking flavor, which is probably due to them lacking vanilla. Be sure to add that!

  • Flour – you need to use all-purpose flour or a gluten-free baking mix that’s meant as a sub for all-purpose flour. I can’t recommend bread flour, pastry flour, whole wheat flour or any other flour than the two mentioned ones.

  • Sugar – I rarely add any sweetener to my pancakes, choosing to smother them in maple syrup instead, but… I really wanted these to be a treat and added 1/4 cup of granulated sugar. And again, that really helps with the taste!

  • Baking powder – 3 tablespoons is not a typo! I wrote it in the recipe, too, but I know someone is still going to ask if that’s a typo. It makes these pancakes super fluffy!

  • Water and salt – I don’t think these need any explanation. :)

Gluten-free Option

These pancakes are fantastic with Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-free 1-to-1 Gluten-free Baking Flour. We couldn’t tell the difference between the two versions.

If you don’t want to use that specific flour, then you need to use another one that’s meant as a 1-to-1 sub for all-purpose flour.

But as always, I can’t say the result would be as perfect as with the mix I used. All brands are different, and so are the final outcomes.

If you need a grain-free or paleo pancake recipe, see the Healthier Pancake Options section below!

There are some oat-based options in that section. Unfortunately, there’s no way to use oats, oat flour, or other alternative flours (except for a gluten-free baking mix) in today’s recipe.

Healthier Pancake Options

These milk-free pancakes aren’t healthy at all. If that’s what you’d like, I have some better options for you!

  • Banana Pancakes – another pancake recipe without milk! These pancakes are bananna-sweetened and made with ground oats (oat flour), making them 100% whole grain. So they’ll keep you fuller for longer.

  • Paleo Pancakes – a grain-free and paleo option! This one uses dairy-free milk + lemon juice or vinegar to create buttermilk. They’re not as fluffy as today’s recipe but like a cross between fluffy American pancakes and crepes.

  • Easy Swedish Pancakes – you can use regular or dairy-free milk in these pancakes. They also use oat flour like the banana pancakes above, and the results are just like the pancakes I used to enjoy when I lived in Sweden.

Topping Ideas

Pancakes that Freeze Well

I love a good recipe that I can double and freeze! These milk-free pancakes freeze great, so eat what you want, and freeze the rest for busy mornings.

Or just refrigerate them. They last for several days in the fridge.

Live Outside of the US?

As I’ve mentioned in several of my posts, basic ingredients like flour and butter vary a lot from country to country. So I had my parents in the US test these, and with great results.

I also tested them with US all-purpose flour and German butter. So you can make these with confidence!

All-purpose flour is really different from country to country and usually, I wouldn’t recommend using a recipe that was developed using flour from a different country.

But I’ve had really good experiences with pancake recipes. I think it’s safe to try these no-milk pancakes, no matter where you are.

I’m pretty sure this would work perfectly with Swedish flour – just the normal vetemjöl. Edit: a reviewer has confirmed it works great! If using German flour, I’d recommend half Type 405 and half Type 550.

Commenters from Australia and New Zealand have also tried these and loved them. From the UK, one commenter, Carris, used ASDA Gluten-free Self Raising Flour + 2.5 tablespoons (instead of 3) of baking powder and said they tasted just like regular pancakes!

Pancake Day

I actually wanted to post these milk-free pancakes just in time for Valentine’s Day, but it turns out that Pancake Day is in a few days!

Something I find really interesting is that in some countries, they eat jam-filled (or custard/Nutella/whatever-filled) donuts instead of pancakes for Pancake Day. In Germany, the word Pfannkuchen is a direct translation to pan cake. But they’re what we would call filled donuts!

So what is pancake day, you ask? Well, amazingly it has a long history. First, let’s start with who invented the pancake.

First known as Alita Dolcia or ‘another sweet’ in Latin was originally made by the Romans in the 1st century CE from milk, flour, egg and spices. It was sold hot on the corners of the squares and slathered in honey.

During the Middle Ages, Pancake Day became a traditional fest the day before Ash Wednesday as a way of getting rid of rich foods before the days of Lent known for a time of fasting and giving up sweet foods.

So Pancake Day or Pancake Tuesday is celebrated on Shrove Tuesday which you might know as Fat Tuesday.

By the 15th century, the pancake had made its rounds in Europe and diversified through the addition of spices like cloves and alcohol.

In 1445 an all-female pancake race began with the legend that a housewife who had lost track of time, arrived at church late on Shrove Tuesday still clutching her frying pan with, of course, a pancake. The race has been an international event since 1950.

So pancake day is a time for indulging before the beginning of Lent, and if you find yourself in Britain on Pancake Tuesday, as they say, “When in Rome”, you’ll be racing around with a frying pan and flipping pancakes.

I hope you’ll enjoy the pancakes! If you make this recipe, I’d love to see pictures of your creations on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter! Please hashtag them #texanerin so I can find them. :)

Pancakes Without Milk (of any kind!)

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Pancakes without Milk (of any kind)
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  • Yield: eight 4.5" pancakes


  • 1 1/2 cups (355 milliliters) water
  • 1/2 cup (120 milliliters) neutral-tasting oil or 1/2 cup (113 grams) melted, warm butter (use oil or vegan butter for dairy-free)
  • 2 large (50 grams each, out of shell) eggs
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 2 1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons (297 grams) all-purpose flour or for a GF version, use 2 1/4 cups + 2 tablespoons (328 grams) Bob's Red Mill 1-to-1 Gluten-free Baking Flour
  • 1/4 cup (50 grams) granulated sugar
  • 3 tablespoons (not a typo) baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt


  1. Mix the water, oil, eggs and vanilla together in a large mixing bowl.
  2. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt. Add dry mix to the wet and stir until combined. Don't stir out all the lumps. You don't want gigantic lumps but some medium lumps are okay.
  3. Grease a pan with cooking spray or butter and place on medium-low heat (I used 3 out of 9 but stoves vary and you may need higher heat).
  4. Pour 1/8 of the batter (120 grams) into the center of the pan. Use a spoon to form into a more circular shape, if desired.
  5. Cook until you start to see some bubbling under the surface, rather than actual bubbles you see in some pancake recipes. Once the pan is really hot, this should only take about 2-3 minutes per side. Once you see the bubbling, check and if it's brown on the bottom, then flip.
  6. Cook another 2-3 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately. Let leftovers cool and refrigerate for up to 4 days or freeze for 3 months.

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  • Carris says
    November 1, 2021 @ 9:45 pm

    These gluten free pancakes taste just like normal pancakes, thank you!!! I used the measurements in the recipe but with Asda brand gluten free self raising flour + 2.5 tablespoons of baking powder. Thank you this will be a regular treat for me you angel 💛

    • Erin replies to Carris
      November 2, 2021 @ 6:55 am

      Aww, thanks! I’m so glad that they worked well for you. :) That is awesome that they worked great with that GF flour – thanks for sharing the brand! I added the tip to my “live outside of the US?” section. :) Thanks again for your wonderful feedback!

  • Liza
    October 26, 2021 @ 5:35 pm

    I wanted pancakes for dinner but didn’t have any milk. Enter the google and found this recipe! My youngest was amazed that I made pancakes at all (couldn’t figure out where I got the milk from – I told him it was “mom magic”!) and my middle said he liked them better than pancakes made with milk. So thank you, your recipe was a winner for my family!

  • Eddie Jordan says
    September 28, 2021 @ 6:49 pm

    I found this recipe about a month age. My son and I make it quite often. This is really good when you put blueberries with it. Thank you for this recipe. God Bless

    • Erin replies to Eddie Jordan
      October 2, 2021 @ 6:55 am

      You’re welcome! I’m glad that you’ve been making them often. :) Blueberries are always a nice addition! Thanks for your comment. :)

  • Sierra Whayattsan
    September 28, 2021 @ 1:05 am

    These were wonderful! I used the exact measurements an used these for a delicious breakfast for dinner! Very fluffy!!!♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️♥️

    • Erin replies to Sierra Whayattsan
      October 2, 2021 @ 6:54 am

      I’m thrilled that they came out so well! Thanks a bunch for your feedback. :) Having these for dinner sounds wonderful!

  • Beth
    September 27, 2021 @ 10:56 pm

    These are great light and fluffy pancakes. Perfect for my son who can not have milk products because of eczema. Thanks for the great recipe.

    • Erin replies to Beth
      October 2, 2021 @ 6:57 am

      I’m glad that you enjoyed them! I hope your son was happy with them. :) Thank you for your comment!

  • Andrea Thueson says
    September 27, 2021 @ 9:03 pm

    This weekend, I had my little nephew, who is allergic to dairy, over, and these dairy-free pancakes were a huge hit! I was glad I was able to make him something yummy. Thank you!

    • Erin replies to Andrea Thueson
      October 2, 2021 @ 6:54 am

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad that you enjoyed them. :) Thanks a bunch for your comment!

  • Eden
    September 27, 2021 @ 8:59 pm

    The were really good and fluffy! We loved them and can’t wait to make them again soon!

    • Erin replies to Eden
      October 2, 2021 @ 6:58 am

      I’m so glad to hear that! Thanks a bunch for your feedback. :)

  • Stacy G says
    September 17, 2021 @ 2:46 am

    These pancakes were delicious! You don’t miss the milk. This recipe is a keeper!

    • Erin replies to Stacy G
      September 27, 2021 @ 6:56 pm

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed them! :) Thanks for your feedback and I’m sorry for just now seeing it.

  • Ashlini Sewak says
    August 16, 2021 @ 8:19 am

    It was delicious. Super light, super fluffy and a typical cultured pancake with maple syrup is a delight. Keep up the great work. My family loved it.

    • Erin replies to Ashlini Sewak
      September 27, 2021 @ 6:57 pm

      I’m so happy that you and your family liked the pancakes! Thanks for the kind words and my apologies for just now seeing your nice comment.

  • Abby
    August 1, 2021 @ 4:59 pm

    I can’t tell you how happy I am to have found this recipe! The best homemade pancakes ever! I’m not a vanilla fan so I used an apple flavoring instead and OMG no topping or syrup needed. Just fantastic! Thanks for sharing. ❤

    • Erin replies to Abby
      August 7, 2021 @ 7:05 am

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy that you think they’re the best ever. :D Apple flavoring sounds amazing! Thanks for the tip and for your feedback. :)

  • Candice B
    July 29, 2021 @ 10:26 pm

    Omggggggggg is all I have to say. WOW. I am on a diet to lose some pounds and be healthier overall with clean eating, I used bob mills 1 to 1 gluten free, as I am trying a gluten free and dairy free diet, and low sugar.I was hesitant with the water at first but OH MY. These were the best healthiest pancakes I have ever tasted in my entire life I didnt even need any topping. Thats how good it was. I fried mine with grapeseed oil even my kids love it

    • Erin replies to Candice B
      August 7, 2021 @ 7:20 am

      Aww, yay! I’m so glad that you and your kids liked them so much! I know that the water sounds a bit crazy but I really don’t think anyone can tell that the milk is missing from these. The butter and sugar cover up the lack of milk. :D Thanks a ton for your nice comment!

  • Emily
    July 23, 2021 @ 2:45 am

    Loved these! I had run out of milk and was very happy to find this recipe. They were light and fluffy. Delicious with some homemade strawberry jam. It was like eating a sponge cake! Thank you for sharing this recipe with us. Definitely 5 stars!

    • Erin replies to Emily
      August 7, 2021 @ 7:11 am

      You’re welcome! I’m so glad that you enjoyed them so much. :) My blogging software says that you’re in Australia. Would you mind telling me what kind of flour you used so that I can add that info to the “Live Outside the US?” section? So that the other Australians can feel confident in making these (as flour really varies from country to country). :) Thanks a ton!

  • Christina Black
    July 8, 2021 @ 10:35 pm

    Thank you so much! The recipe was very helpful, mainly because I didn’t have any milk on hand. I just made some tweaks and would like to share my variation.
    -1/2 cup & 1Tbs & 1 1/2 tsp Coconut Flour
    -1/2 cup Almond Flour (heaping)
    -3 Tbs Flaxseed meal
    -1 tsp Salt
    -3 Tbs Baking powder
    -1/2 cup butter
    -4 large eggs
    -1 1/2 cup water, plus more as needed to make it runny (I didn’t measure)
    -1/4 cup Honey
    -2 tsp Vanilla extract
    Directions essentially the same, but you just have to make sure to wait long enough before attempting to flip them or they’ll fall apart. I used a 1/4 cup to scoop a good amount of batter for one pancake. I poured one, then poured in a second as soon as I flip the first, then when I flip the first, I can flip the second. It was a good system for me. They’re yummy with butter and applesauce on top, or even just by themselves.

    • Erin replies to Christina Black
      August 7, 2021 @ 7:14 am

      Oh, wow! You totally made your own recipe. That’s really impressive that they came out well with all those changes. :) I normally eat grain-free so I’ll have to try your version. Thanks a ton for sharing and I’m so sorry for just now seeing it!

  • Ren says
    June 29, 2021 @ 5:51 am

    Could the granulated sugar be substituted with maple syrup or completely omitted? Thank you!

    • Erin replies to Ren
      June 29, 2021 @ 12:37 pm

      You could try reducing the water by 1/4 cup and using 1/4 cup maple syrup in place of the sugar, but I haven’t tried it and am guessing the texture won’t be 100% the same. Sugar has an important role in the texture so I wouldn’t omit it!

  • Shawn Flowers
    May 14, 2021 @ 7:11 pm

    Super easy to make and sooooo delicious!!!! My 3.5 year old give them 5 stars!!

    • Erin replies to Shawn Flowers
      May 16, 2021 @ 8:53 pm

      I’m so glad that you both enjoyed them! Thanks for your feedback! :)

  • L'Amour
    April 14, 2021 @ 10:44 pm

    I loved these pancakes. I especially love the fact that I don’t need milk for them. I am lactose intolerlant so I don’t keep milk at home. I would’ve used applesauce to make my pancakes but forgot I ate them…but I wanted pancakes, LOL. I came across this recipe and OMG, they were fluffy and very good. Thank you for sharig such an awesome recipe.

    • Erin replies to L’Amour
      May 15, 2021 @ 6:53 am

      I’m sorry for just now seeing your comment! A bunch of comments from this post were in spam for some odd reason. I’m really glad that you enjoyed the pancakes! We also don’t keep milk at home and don’t feel like it’s even needed in pancakes after making these. You’re welcome for the recipe and thank you for your lovely feedback! Sorry again for just now replying.

  • Meylin Rojas Cam
    April 11, 2021 @ 9:40 pm

    Omg! I just tried them, and they are delicious!! Me and my spouse love them!Thank you so much for sharing it!!

    • Erin replies to Meylin Rojas Cam
      August 7, 2021 @ 7:15 am

      I’m so sorry for just now seeing this! It landed in spam for some dumb reason. :( I’m so glad that you and your spouse loved them! Thanks a ton for your feedback and sorry again.

  • Anacera
    March 16, 2021 @ 3:32 am

    These are amazing. I was shook when they hit the pan and came off clean! No need for butter or oil to get it started ! Thank you!

    • Erin replies to Anacera
      August 7, 2021 @ 7:15 am

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed them! I’m really sorry for just now seeing your comment. I seem to be having issues with the spam filter because I just found it in that folder. :( Thanks a bunch for your feedback!

  • Magnus von Wachenfeldt
    February 22, 2021 @ 12:41 pm

    My god, they are awesome. Works perfect with swedish flour.

  • Cathy says
    February 16, 2021 @ 6:55 pm

    Love this recipe and all your great ideas for toppings!

    • Erin replies to Cathy
      February 19, 2021 @ 11:06 am

      Thanks so much!

  • Allyson Reed Zea
    February 16, 2021 @ 2:54 pm

    Wow that is incredible you can make them without milk! Love that!

  • Erin | Dinners,Dishes and Dessert
    February 16, 2021 @ 11:10 am

    These pancakes without milk looks incredibly delicious!

  • Jen
    February 15, 2021 @ 9:18 pm

    These remind me of the pancakes my Mom used to make us as kids. So fluffy and delicious!

    • Erin replies to Jen
      February 18, 2021 @ 6:18 am

      I’m so happy that you liked them! Thanks for your feedback. :)

  • Julia
    February 15, 2021 @ 3:34 pm

    These pancakes have a gorgeous fluffy texture! Thank you for sharing this delicious recipe.

    • Erin replies to Julia
      February 19, 2021 @ 9:57 am

      I’m so glad that you enjoyed them! Thanks for your feedback. :)

  • Toni
    February 14, 2021 @ 7:10 pm

    Wow! I’ll be honest. I was a bit worried when reading to use water. I thought the batter wouldn’t be as fluffy or taste as good. But I was really wrong. These are delicious!

    • Erin replies to Toni
      February 19, 2021 @ 11:07 am

      Yay! I’m glad that they were better than you expected! Thanks a bunch for your feedback. :)

  • Renee Thiegpin
    February 14, 2021 @ 1:18 pm

    WOW! I am blown away how fluffy these came out! Thank you, we will definitely make them again!

    • Erin replies to Renee Thiegpin
      February 19, 2021 @ 11:08 am

      Woohoo! You’re welcome and thank you for the review! :)

  • Charlotte Moore says
    February 14, 2021 @ 3:30 am

    WOW!! I have never heard of pancake made with water. They look delicious!

  • Holly
    February 14, 2021 @ 2:59 am

    These look outrageous!! Mmmmmmmm 😋

    • Erin replies to Holly
      February 19, 2021 @ 10:07 am

      Haha, yeah. I felt awfully naughty posting these. 🙊😆 They’re a rare treat!

  • Carolyn St.Pe' says
    February 13, 2021 @ 5:31 pm

    Hi Erin, this came at the right time. Comfort food for any time of the day, and we need it in Houston and the Dallas area too. Somehow the weather man forgot we’re in the South! This beats cold Rice Krispies, and perfect since I never have milk. Hope y’all are warm and well. I posted this on my FB. My friends will love it too. A.C.

    • Erin replies to Carolyn St.Pe’
      February 19, 2021 @ 11:09 am

      Hello there! We are just fine here. :) Are you okay? Thanks for sharing on FB! I hope they’ll like them.


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