Gluten-free Fluffy Pancakes

A moment on the lips …

And the hips won’t lie.  You have been warned …


Peeking into Rita’s cupboards 

She has a variety of flours, all neatly labelled. There are containers with rice flour, cassava flour, coconut flour, arrow-root (taro) flour, buckwheat etc. She happily experiments and mixes them up—usually eyeballing it (anapima na macho)—until she gets the consistency just right.


Breakfast for dinner

On a Friday evening, tired after a long week and not feeling sufficiently inspired to cook, what better meal than pancakes for dinner. (True, fries would be a plan but we are trying to be healthy here.) And on that happy note, Rita substituted the flour in the pancake recipe here and had g-f fluffy pancakes for dinner. They are so easy to make, you can mix them and watch tv at the same time.


What recipes have you found work for you when you want gluten-free pancakes?


Fluffy Gluten-free Pancakes


  • 1 cup rice flour
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour or cassava flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda
  • 2-3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups mala (buttermilk) or yoghurt
  • 4 large eggs
  • 2 Tablespoons melted butter or oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon guar gum


In a large bowl, whisk together the 1 cup rice flour, 1/2 cup cassava flour or coconut flour, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1/2 teaspoon bicarbonate of soda, 2-3 Tablespoons of sugar and 1/4 teaspoon salt.

Make a well in the centre and pour in the 1 1/2 cups of mala (buttermilk), 4 eggs and 2 Tablespoons melted butter or oil.

Finally, add the 1/2 teaspoon guar gum.

Quickly, lightly mix the wet ingredients into the flour until just combined. (It should not be a smooth mixture. There should be lumps in the batter.)

Place a nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Grease it with oil. Drop about a 1/4 cup full, or whatever amount you prefer of batter onto the medium hot pan. Once bubbles form, flip the pancakes once and continue cooking 1 to 2 more minutes until the pancakes are cooked through.

Serve immediately with whatever you have: jam, butter, honey, maple syrup, bananas, strawberries, ice cream  …

One Comment Add yours

  1. Rita says:

    My hips are commenting on the pancakes😜😋😋

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