Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Banana Flax Pancakes: NO gluten, cow's milk, egg, soy or nuts

I LOVE Pancakes and so does the rest of my family. I make them on the weekends, when we don't have the usual morning rush. Banana makes these tasty and really takes over the role that eggs usually play in traditional pancakes. The flax meal is so good for you.  Flax seed meal has high amounts of omega-3 fatty acids as well as protein, dietary fiber and lignans. Studies show that flax meal may help in the fight cancer, lower cholesterol, and improve digestive health
I came up with this recipe attempting to make more pancakes so I could freeze them to eat during the week. The funny thing is, they all end up gone no matter how many I make. I'm going to just have to make two batches and get the second out of sight and in the freezer before the little hands in my household can get to them.

Banana Flax Pancakes: NO gluten, cow's milk, egg, soy or nuts
Makes 16 pancakes (1/4 pour of batter).
1 banana (or 1 cup of a fruit or veggie puree.)
1 tbsp. vanilla
2 tbsp. olive oil
2 tsp. lemon juice
1/2 tsp. salt
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
2 1/2 cups Bob's Redmill All Purpose Gluten Free Flour
(optional: Earth Balance for pan or for on pancakes.)
Measure and pour ingredients in order listed above, from wet to dry in your blender and blend until smooth. You may need to blend some as you go with a regular blender. I am using a Vitamix here.
Once it's blended, you can put the batter in the fridge to chill or just set it on the counter while you heat up your frying pan to medium heat.
Here is what the batter will look like.
I put a little Earth Balance, about a 1/2 tsp. in the bottom of your non-stick pan for the first pancake. Once it bubbles, you know the pan is hot enough to start cooking your pancakes.
Pour 1/4 cup of batter in the non-stick pan per pancake. Wait until you see bubbles form before you flip the pancake with a spatula. If bubbles don't form, your pan isn't hot enough.

This is what your pancakes should look like when you flip them over. Cook on the other side until cooked though. You will get a feel for the timing after your first pancake.

WARNING: The first pancake is usually your tester to see if your pan is hot enough or to hot.

Serve immediately or refrigerate even freeze to eat later. Top with your favorite pancake toppings, syrup, jam, chocolate. I like 100% maple syrup. I've been known to use the pancakes to make a sandwich with Sunbutter and honey to pack in our kids lunch boxes.


  1. If I don't have flax meal, can I just leave it out or is there a substitute?

  2. Hi Kendra! Thank you for choosing So Delicious Coconut Milk to make these delicious pancakes! I don't think I've ever seen fluffier pancakes, and I cannot wait to try the recipe!

  3. I can commisserate with not making enough pancakes. My husband is always wanting lots leftover, but I never seem to have more than a couple left at the end of the meal. These pancakes look good!

  4. Wow, I can't wait to try these. Thanks for sharing!

  5. @Carolfdavis,
    Yes, you can leave out the flax in this recipe because the banana is in there. Flax and banana are great base ingredients to use when you are leaving things like eggs out of a recipe. Flax and banana, or most fruit purees add thickness fluffiness.
    @Gail for So Delicious Dairy Free:
    Thank you! So Delicious Coconut milk is my favorite ingredient for making things fluffy and creamy.
    @thericeoflife: I made a double batch the other day when I was the only one home and froze them. That way they couldn't be eaten until I was ready to feed them to them :-).
    @ I'm a mama: I hope you like the recipe!

  6. It's Saturday morning and my kids, of course, asked for pancakes. We had one problem, no bananas, because my son is a monkey and eats them all.
    So, we used 1 cup of apple sauce instead of bananas and it worked out great. You can replace the banana with 1 cup most fruit or even veggie puree. If you try something different, let me know how it turned out! :-)

  7. Replies
    1. You're welcome. We added chocolate chips to them this morning. I love chocolate with banana!

  8. Rice milk is our milk alternative of choice. Anyone tried it with that? Does it turn out as well?

    1. Sara,
      Rice milk will work great in this recipe. I alternate between rice, almond, coconut milks.

  9. Ahhh what am I doing wrong?! I have tried more recipes than I can count since cutting gluten, eggs, and dairy from our diet. I can't seem to get them to cook in the middle! I stood at the stove and messed with the temp trying to get bubbles to form and they did by the time it was burnt :( Am I cooking them wrong or am I mixing them wrong?!