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Fluffy Grain-Free Pancakes with Maple Butter Sauce

by Laura Duffy
Make your next pancake breakfast more nutritious, lower in sugar and allergy-friendly with these gluten-free, vegan and paleo-friendly pancakes with Maple Butter Sauce!!
These gluten-free and vegan pancakes are more nutritious than traditional pancakes and taste like a cinnamon roll with the reduced-sugar Cinnabun Sauce!


Did you know that there is such a thing as “National Pancake Day?” I’m serious! National Pancake Day is March 7th this year. While you may be rolling your eyes thinking that this country will name a day to celebrate anything, National Pancake Day was started by IHOP as a fund raiser. Guests are served free pancakes in return for a charity donation.

IHOP created National Pancake Day with good intentions, but I’d like to encourage you to be good to a charity and good to yourself by making these Grain-Free Pancakes with Maple Butter Sauce instead. Why, you ask? Because not only are these pancakes more nutritious than typical pancakes and friendly to special diets (gluten-free and vegan), the Maple Butter Sauce has less than half the sugar of regular maple syrup!

Regular maple syrup contains 53 grams of sugar per 1/4 cup serving (which is the typical amount of syrup used for a serving of pancakes). In comparison, this Maple Butter Sauce only contains 19 grams of sugar! But I promise you won’t feel deprived. The combination of these Grain-Free Pancakes with this Maple Butter Sauce tastes like a Cinnamon Roll from Cinnabon. It’s so, so good!

Not only does this Maple Butter Sauce have less than half of the sugar of regular maple syrup, these Grain-Free Pancakes are also more nutritious. Almonds are a good source of biotin, vitamin E, magnesium, potassium, manganese, copper and calcium. In addition, their composition of healthy fats, protein and fiber help with feelings of satiety and blood sugar balance, both of which help with weight loss and heart health.

But there’s more to it than that. Almonds are rich in monounsaturated fats, which research shows are good for cholesterol levels, and evidence shows that magnesium is good for blood pressure. Add to it the antioxidant potential of the vitamin E, copper and manganese and almonds are a nutritional powerhouse!  (source, source)

Make your next pancake breakfast more nutritious, allergy-friendly and lower in sugar with these gluten-free and vegan Pancakes with Cinnabun Sauce!

Here are a few tricks you need to know to make these pancakes:

Gluten-free and vegan pancakes cooking to perfection on the All-Clad 11" square griddle

  • Use potato starch! Tapioca starch does an excellent job of making my Grain-Free Tortillas stretchy and pliable, but it makes these pancakes gummy on the inside. Be sure to use potato starch for pancakes that are thick and fluffy.
  • Cook at low heat! Not only does almond flour burn easily, but using a low heat setting on your burner allows the inside of the pancakes to cook before the outside burns. I set my burner at 2.6 out of 9.
  • Use a good griddle! I just replaced the one I had for years. While the one I had was okay and last several years (Cuisinart), I love the All Clad Griddle I just bought! It is free of PFOS, one of the toxins that is sometimes found in non-stick pans. I wanted to avoid those toxins as much as possible without going back to a ceramic griddle, which I tried several years ago and did not like.


And with that, let’s get on with the recipe so you can make these delicious Grain-Free Pancakes with Maple Butter Sauce for Pancake Day!

These pancakes are a more nutritious, allergy-friendly, and reduced-sugar option for National Pancake Day

Grain-Free Pancakes

Make your next pancake breakfast more nutritious, lower in sugar and allergy-friendly with these gluten-free, vegan and grain-free pancakes with Maple Butter Sauce!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12 pancakes
Calories 318 kcal


Pancake Ingredients

  • 4 cups almond flour
  • 1 1/2 cup potato starch
  • 2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 2 1/2 cups water or plain and unsweetened non-dairy milk

Maple Butter Sauce Ingredients

  • 3/4 cup maple syrup (6 oz)
  • 1/2 can (about 7 oz) coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick) Nutiva or Spectrum brand non-hydrogenated shortening for vegan option
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon


Pancake Instructions

  1. Get a griddle heating to LOW – MEDIUM-LOW heat (I use a setting of 2.8 out of 9).

  2. In a large bowl, wisk together the dry ingredients. Wisk the wet ingredients in a separate bowl and add to the dry. Wisk together until smooth.

  3. Spread 1 teaspoon of coconut oil around the griddle and wait 1 minute to let the oil get hot. Drop batter onto the griddle by the 1/2 cup. The batter will be slightly thicker than typical pancake batter, so use the back of the measuring cup to spread it a little. Let it cook for a few minutes, or until the top starts to look dry around the edges and the bottom is slightly browned, about 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes, until the other side is slightly browned, as well.
  4. Remove from heat and let set for a few minutes on a wire rack before serving. Enjoy with Maple Butter Sauce (recipe below).

Maple Butter Sauce Instructions

  1. Heat maple syrup and coconut milk in a small saucepan over
  2. low-medium heat. Once it’s at a simmer, remove it from the heat and wisk while adding the
  3. butter or vegan butter, a couple of tablespoons at a time. Add cinnamon and wisk well.
  4. Drizzle over pancakes and enjoy!

These gluten-free and vegan pancakes are more nutritious than regular pancakes and taste like a cinnamon roll with the Cinnabun Sauce, which has half the sugar of maple syrup!

This pancake recipe was inspired by a post by The Daily Dietribe that is no longer available.

Disclosure: this post includes affiliate links for convenience. I am a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to Amazon.com.

Make your next pancake breakfast more nutritious, lower in sugar and allergy-friendly with these gluten-free, vegan and paleo pancakes with Maple Butter Sauce!

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Leanne August 17, 2019 - 3:00 pm

What is 21/2 s exactly?

Laura Duffy September 16, 2019 - 5:03 am

Hi Leanne, it was supposed to read 2 1/2 cups. My apologies for the typo! It has been fixed now. I hope you enjoy the recipe 🙂 ~Laura

Laura Duffy October 2, 2019 - 7:09 pm

Hi Leanne,
When I changed my blog to a different platform a little while back, some things were transferred incorrectly, the “21/2 s” being one of them. It should be 2 1/2 cups! I have now corrected it and double checked the rest of the post. Thank you for bringing it to my attention!
I hope you enjoy the pancakes 🙂


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