Gluten-Free and Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes


Gluten-Free and Vegan Pancakes

The first two things I tried to make after my 1 year old son received his food allergy diagnoses were muffins and pancakes. The muffins took a few tries but I came up with a really good banana muffin recipe that was free from wheat, eggs, dairy, and nuts. Pancakes were much harder. Truthfully, gluten-free vegan pancakes were one of the hardest things for me to learn to cook. It seems so simple right? But I was new to this way of cooking and I just couldn’t get it. I tried recipe after recipe that I found online and NONE of them were what I was looking for. Either they were hard and gritty, completely fell apart while cooking, or just didn’t taste very good. Waffles were even worse. So I tried coming up with my own recipe.

My husband was in grad school and neither of us were working so we were on a tight budget. Gluten free all purpose flour was too expensive for us at the time. But, I was so determined that my son’s food allergies weren’t going to keep him from something as normal and simple as a pancake. It took a several tries, longer than I expected actually, but eventually I cracked the code and this healthy, all natural, allergy-friendly gluten-free pancake recipe was born. These pancakes have no wheat, no milk, no eggs, and no sugar! They’re perfect for pretty much everyone. They’re everyone pancakes. And they taste great and don’t fall apart while cooking!

Why Oatmeal Pancakes Are SO Great

There are so many reasons why these oatmeal pancakes are so perfect. The first is that they hold together the way you want a pancake to – without turning into a rock. Cooking without both gluten and eggs can be tricky. Both gluten and eggs are binders and help hold things together. Pancakes can easily fall apart without them. These pancakes don’t. The cooked oatmeal acts as a binder in this recipe and keeps them soft without being so soft they fall apart.

Secondly, oatmeal is so good for you! Oatmeal is full of fiber, vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. It’s a perfect way to start your day. Because these pancakes are made with whole grain oats, they will keep you full four hours! We love adding oats to our breakfast. It fills you up and you won’t find yourself rummaging through the fridge an hour after breakfast looking for something else to eat. If you’re looking for more breakfasts that incorporate oats, then give these Blueberry Oatmeal Muffins and Blueberry Banana Baked Oatmeal recipes a try! Just be sure to use certified gluten-free oats if needed.

Ingredients Needed For Gluten-Free and Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes

I love simple, healthy ingredients. And that’s all that’s in this recipe. Simple, healthy, clean ingredients. For this recipe all you will need is:

  • Cooked oatmeal
  • Oat flour
  • Arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Applesauce
  • Maple syrup
  • Plant based milk

Variation Ideas

We love to try out new ways to eat our pancakes. Below is a list of some ideas for different variations you can try,

  • Chocolate chip pancakes: Add dairy-free chocolate chips to the pancakes while they are cooking.
  • Banana Pancakes: Mash a banana and add it to the batter and then mix well.
  • Blueberry pancakes: Add some chopped blueberries to the batter and then mix in. Alternatively, you can just serve with blueberries on top!
  • Chocolate Pancakes: Add some unsweetened cocoa powder to the batter along with additional maple syrup or some sugar. The cocoa powder makes the batter a little thicker so you may need to slightly increase the amount of milk you use.
  • Hot Cocoa Pancakes: Make the traditional version or the chocolate version. Top with dairy-free chocolate sauce and whipped topping along with marshmallows. You may need to get vegan marshmallows as some brands contain egg protein ingredients.
  • Banana Split Pancakes: Make the traditional version or the banana version. Top with sliced bananas, strawberries, slivered almonds, and dairy-free whipped topping.
  • Chunky Monkey Pancakes: Make either the traditional, banana, or chocolate chip version. Then top with banana slices, sunflower seed butter, and dairy-free chocolate.

There are so many delicious ways you can make these healthy gluten-free oatmeal pancakes! It’s so versatile that you’ll never need to go searching for another healthy gluten-free and vegan pancake recipe again! What is you favorite thing to add to pancakes? We eat pancakes for breakfast almost every Saturday morning. I would love to try new gluten-free pancake variations and toppings so please let me know in the comments below!

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Gluten Free Oatmeal Pancakes

These oatmeal pancakes are the perfect start to your morning! They're packed with simple ingredients yet are full of nutrients. Gluten-free, vegan, and allergy-friendly.
5 from 6 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 12 pancakes
Calories 96 kcal


  • Griddle


  • 1 cup cooked oatmeal certified gluten free if needed
  • cups oat flour
  • ¼ cup arrowroot powder or cornstarch
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 2 tbsp baking powder
  • ½ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ¼ cup maple syrup
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond milk


  • Mix together oat flour, arrowroot powder, baking powder, and salt.
  • Add in cooked oatmeal, applesauce, almond milk, maple syrup, and vinegar. Mix to combine. The batter will be thick.
  • Heat a griddle over medium heat. Spray with nonstick cooking spray. When the griddle is hot, pour 1/4 cup of batter at a time to form pancakes. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes, flip, and cook an additional 3 to 4 more minutes.
Keyword Oatmeal, Pancakes

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  1. 5 stars
    These gluten free oatmeal pancakes were the perfect breakfast. I love how the oatmeal made it more filling!

  2. 5 stars
    Such a fabulous recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    These sound wonderful and a great start to the day. Love the idea of adding in the fresh fruit too.

  4. 5 stars
    Such delicious pancakes and it’s great that everyone can enjoy!

  5. 5 stars
    I love all the variations on this recipe!

  6. 5 stars
    These were the perfect gluten free pancakes for brunch with friends!

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