I’m coming at you today with the most amazing gluten free pancake recipe! This recipe was actually created by my talented brother and sister-in-law. They graciously allowed me to “steal” the recipe for my blog, so now I can share it with you all! My brother Seth and his wife Jess are some of the most talented people I know. Almost disgustingly talented. I say that in jest, but it’s kinda ridiculous how many things they can do–and do well, at that. They are both graphic designers (my sister-in-law designed my logo!) and my sister-in-law has illustrated numerous books. They bought a fixer-upper house and remodeled it, providing the most aesthetically pleasing and welcoming atmosphere. Also, whenever we stay at their house we eat SO well. They always thoughtfully prepare vegan food for me to enjoy as well. Every meal they serve is flavorful and homemade. I always love watching their Instastories from China, because they are often whipping up the most elaborate meals on random weekday nights, either in their kitchen or over the fire pit on their patio. Recently they cooked octopus and then later grilled whole, stuffed fish over their fire. And their kids eat these foods too! So cultured! I’m always impressed by their adventurous attitudes and how well they do life. They don’t skimp on anything, but instead do everything they set their mind to well and with class. I always leave their house inspired to host and love others better!
Okay, well that turned into a mushy letter, didn’t it?! But it’s true. They are a pretty amazing couple and I’m so glad that they shared this recipe with me. I don’t officially follow a gluten free diet and, to be honest, I hope I never have to. Considering I already cut out meat, dairy and eggs, I really don’t want to have to cut out gluten as well. Thankfully, I’ve never had issues digesting gluten and I’m hoping that continues to be the case. With that said, though, most of my meals are gluten free by accident. I rarely eat bread and oats, rice or sweet potatoes usually make up the carb portion of our meals. I also love all the fun whole grains that can be incorporated into gluten-free recipes. These pancakes, for instance, have oat flour, almond flour and teff flour in them, which makes for such a healthy, nutritious and tasty base for these Vegan Gluten Free Banana Pancakes.
What is Teff Flour? Is Teff Flour Gluten Free?
Teff is a poppy seed-sized grain, which is predominantly grown in African countries and can come in many different colors. Once teff has been ground into flour, it is often used to make Ethiopia’s famous, fermented bread called injera. I’ve had the chance to visit Ethiopia a couple of times and loved getting to enjoy injera daily along side so many other delicious dishes. Teff is high in fiber, protein, calcium and iron, which is another reason I want to start using it more! And yes, teff flour is gluten free too. Woot woot! If you’re not sure where to buy teff flour, you can often find it at certain health food stores or simply order it online from Amazon or, like me, on Taobao!
Almond Flour vs. Almond Meal:
This gluten free pancake recipe also calls for almond flour. I was always confused what the difference between almond flour and almond meal was, but I’ve found that they can usually be used interchangeably, the texture just may change a little. Both almond flour and almond meal are made by grinding almonds into flour, but almond flour is typically made from blanched almonds, while almond meal is usually made from whole almonds with the skin still intact. I actually make my own almond flour by dehydrating the almond pulp leftover from making my Homemade Almond Milk (another recipe provided by my sister-in-law!)
Healthy Gluten Free Recipes:
In case you do have to follow a strict gluten-free diet, be sure to check out some of the amazing gluten free recipes below. Even if you’re not strictly gluten free, I’m sure you’ll love the below recipes. Also, be sure to keep an eye out for future gluten free recipes on the blog. I’ve been enjoying experimenting with more new-to-me flours and grains and even have an amazing Gluten Free Cinnamon Raisin Super Seed Bread recipe coming your way soon!
Vegan Gluten Free Banana Pancakes:
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- 1 cup oat flour
- ¾ cup teff flour
- ½ cup almond flour
- ¼ cup tapioca starch
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 ripe bananas, mashed
- 1½ cup almond milk
- 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- juice of ½ lemon
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients, from the oat flour to the salt.
- In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients, from the mashed bananas to the lemon juice. Make sure the coconut oil stays melted and doesn't solidify again when mixed with cold ingredients. If it hardens, place the mixing bowl in another bowl of hot water to help it re-melt.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and mix everything together until a uniform batter forms.
- On a non-stick griddle or pan, or using a little coconut oil, fry the pancake batter in ¼ cup amounts, flipping when bubbles start to form on the top of the batter.
- Continue this process until all the batter has been cooked.
- Enjoy with your favorite toppings such as maple syrup, fresh fruit, fruit compote, granola, etc.!
- Store leftovers in the fridge for about a week.