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Gluten-Free Pumpkin-Oat Pancakes

September 11, 2018
8 Ratings
Photo by James Ransom
  • Makes 12 small pancakes
Author Notes

I went gluten-free last fall, so I had to start thinking of different ways to make my favorite recipes (that didn't include gluten). Since pancakes are a weekly staple in my house, they were a natural recipe to adapt first. I make these pumpkin-oat pancakes with gluten-free oat flour, warm them up with a bunch of autumn spices (like cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and clove), and add organic milk to the batter to bring richness and flavor. We always make pancakes on the weekends (typically Sundays), but this recipe is super easy to whip up on a weekday morning before we get our day started. — Fallon Carmichael Santiago

What You'll Need
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten-free oat flour
  • 1 1/3 cups whole organic dairy milk
  • 3/4 cup pumpkin puree (about 1/2 a can)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar (or coconut sugar)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon clove
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • Chocolate chips (optional)
  • Butter or oil for frying, plus more butter for serving if you wish
  • Maple syrup, for serving
  • Seasonal fruit, for serving
  1. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the wet ingredients.
  3. Combine the wet ingredients with the dry ingredients, whisking until lumps are gone.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium heat. Brush with a little butter. Scoop about 1/4 cup of batter onto the skillet. Cook until little bubbles form on the top and the edges look cooked, about 2 to 3 minutes. Sprinkle chocolate chips into the pancake, if using, then flip. Cook until golden brown on the other side, about another minute. Transfer to a plate and repeat.
  5. Serve warm with maple syrup and a pat of butter, plus seasonal berries.

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19 Reviews

Valerie G. April 7, 2020
These were very good and easy to make. Not of the light-and-fluffy variety, so pancake purists may not appreciate them. I was attracted to this recipe because it appears relatively healthy, full of good things, doesn't require lots of fat, flour, sugar. I am NOT. I substituted a half cup of flour for half cup of the oat flour. (Easy to make oat flour by sticking Quaker oats in a little food processor and giving a whirl). I used soy milk instead of whole milk, and believe one can use any kind of milk here. I used brown sugar, and a bit more than called for. Good flavor, satisfying, don't feel guilty, will make again.
Valerie G. April 7, 2020
Fix: I am not gluten-free.
Valerie G. April 9, 2020
Okay I've made them twice now and I have to say I really love them. They have great flavor and no guilt.
Betsy H. October 22, 2018
I made these last week. Doubled the amount of spice & used the batter in a waffle iron. The flavor is great and it's nice to have a GF option. I'd suggest trying mashed sweet potatoes. The sugar caramelizes as the waffle cooks, giving great depth of flavor.
Nicole October 9, 2018
Made these for my son yesterday. I used King Arthur regular flour as we now eat gluten (after 7 years GF, my allergy disappeared!! 🎉) I ran out of milk after about 1/2 cup and substituted plain rice milk for the rest. Other than those two subs, followed the recipe exactly. They were amazing!!! My 5 year old called the canned pumpkin ‘gross’ when he saw it, he tastes every ingredient when we’re baking, so I was pessimistic... in the end he liked these more than his usual banana pancakes, my hubby and I thought they were delicious. 5 stars for sure, will absolutely make them again. Wouldn’t hesitate to use rice milk either....
Indi October 9, 2018
So excited to hear your tight junctions are closed/ no leaky gut! Enjoy but monitor your energy and mood, feel good always. We love food its not our fault when its tampered with or not agreeable. I have a friend who only uses that king Arthur and it produces a better product. This may be the one without BROMIDE , it like fluoride and chloride effects hormones and body function. Its in most baked goods, best to choose best products and make at home. If you need Pamela's and other brands of flours are made by chefs and parents with coeliac family/children. Also you can make, if no allergies, ground but cookies, pancakes. Ect with ground pecan/almond/walnut, teff, amaranth, garbonzo bean flours. Google or search Food 52 may have recipies. BEST IN HEALTH
Blythe S. October 5, 2018
I was hoping for actual reviews of the recipe, but all we seem to have is an argument over gluten. SMH.
Indi October 2, 2018
I REPEAT there is No Gluten free/Gliaddin/Protein free!! Study people, body knows best. Stocks and investments drive available commodities. Just say Oat Pancake leave GF out unless you create a new strain GRAINS will rotate based on consumers education, discipline and spending habits. Best in Health!
Jan October 2, 2018
The protein in oats is Avenin, not Gliadin. SOME people react to both. However, the vast majority of people with celiac are able to safely eat oats. Those of us who can tolerate oats appreciate recipes developed to make use of them as it adds necessary variety to our diets. You are welcome to avoid them if they happen to bother you.
Indi October 2, 2018
RCWasmund October 1, 2018
Is that 1/2 cup of purée?
Indi September 30, 2018
Oats are not GF so tired of the repeat swop. Many allergies used oat, egg, milk the goal should be as allergin free as possible. General recipe with spices and puree is the best part.
Virginia October 1, 2018
I've noticed that Bob's Red Mill sells oats that are labeled Gluten Free, as well as regular organic oats.
Jan October 1, 2018
Certified gluten-free oats are in fact free from gluten and many of us, including my super sensitive son, tolerate them well.
Twixen October 2, 2018
Get gluten-free oats, as the other commenter said. Bob's Red Mill GF oats and other brands are widely available. As to allergens these kind of recipes easily adaptable, using alternative milks, maybe some flax gel to replace egg if eggs are a problem. I'm Celiac and I don't avoid all "allergens," just gluten, which is what I have a problem with. Just because something is one of the top allergens doesn't mean it should always be avoided by everyone, only if they're allergic, or have food intolerances to it.
Indi October 2, 2018
Bob tries but cannot take the protein out of the plant.
Indi October 2, 2018
Everyone's brain to gut and inflammation varies. If your son has no behavior mood problems. Fatigue, memory issues, cramping, dirreah, breathing, ect nor you CONGRATS! I've seen teens commit Sui.... Over intolerance, I educate to give people their lives back. Best of health
Indi October 2, 2018
I agree, but many problems people don't connect usually just cramp, dirreah, ect. I help get people better MY ONLY GOAL. yes flax works well if not allergic and science is showing a huge problem but I'm still using on occasion to test myself. Peace
Jan October 2, 2018
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