September 11, 2012

{GF} Buttermilk Banana Bread Pancakes

After a long day at work, I arrived home last Thursday to find hubby dealing with a utilities guy, learned that Big-A was having dinner at his Nana's, and had poor Lil-J looking at me as if to ask "what am I going to eat?".  That was when I remembered that I didn't have any gluten-free (GF) bread for my little man (quick dinner #fail).  Panic set in, and I frantically searched the cupboards for anything that I could give him to eat.  I was also out of Lil-J's favourite Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Pancake Mix, and then I came across a bag of Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour and decided to give GF pancakes from scratch a try!  Lil-J loves pancakes.

I quickly searched for my absolute favourite homemade buttermilk pancake recipe and got to work.  Now, a little story behind this amazine recipe:

On a lazy Sunday morning, there really is nothing better than a stack of warm, soft pancakes drizzled with pure Canadian maple syrup. Mmmmm! And two years ago, I was lucky enough to find the BEST homemade buttermilk pancake recipe EVER, thanks to my dear friend and über blogger Lena! If you haven't tried these pancakes, or are on the search for a pancake recipe that is guaranteed to impress, check out this link: You'll be glad you did! I have made this recipe more times than I can count, for weekend breakfasts & lunches, and even for a quick weeknight dinner.

While searching for the recipe the other night, I came across previous comments that I've made on Lena's post.  As you can tell, I really, really like them!

June 29, 2010 at 1:18 am
Yum! Homemade pancakes have become a weekend tradition in our home. I'll have to try these ones!
July 24, 2010 at 1:03 pm
I just made a batch for my hungry boys (filled with delicious Ontario wild blueberries) – a huge hit! Very fluffy and light, a perfect recipe! Thx!
June 17, 2011 at 5:05 pm
I made your tall fluffy pancakes for dinner last night – must have been reading your mind! BEST pancake recipe ever!
I changed the original recipe slightly (omitting the sugar, adding mashed banana) and they turned out perfect!
GF Buttermilk Banana Bread Pancakes
3/4 cup milk
2 tbsp white vinegar
1 1/4 cups Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp salt
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1 egg
1 overripe banana, mashed
2 tbsp unsalted butter, melted (you can substitute 2 tbsp vegetable oil)
cooking spray or butter for cooking


  1. Combine milk with vinegar in a medium bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to “sour”.
  2. Combine GF flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Whisk egg, vanilla extract and butter into milk. Whisk in mashed bananas. Pour the flour mixture into the wet ingredients and whisk until lumps are gone.
  4. Heat a large skillet over medium heat, and coat with cooking spray. Pour 1/4 cupfuls of batter onto the skillet, and cook until bubbles appear on the surface. Flip with a spatula, and cook until browned on the other side.

You'll know when your pancake is ready to flip when you see
 even bubbles at the surface.

The packaging on the Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free All-Purpose Flour recommends that you add xanthan gum (a common emulsifier that helps to give GF baked goods a soft, cakey texture).  I omitted the xanthan gum (I didn't have any in my pantry).  The mashed bananas worked as an emulsifier, and created soft, fluffy GF pancakes.
These Buttermilk Banana Bread Pancakes are so good, that I would easily eat them every day, and I'm NOT normally a fan of GF foods!  The boys both loved them, hubby had a few for dinner and even Nana approved of their flavour and texture.  I will be making these again and again!

HEALTH DISCLAIMER: Not all food products used in this recipe are certified "Gluten Free".  I do, however, causiously check all food labels and Brand websites before making my gluten free desserts.  If you have gluten allergy concerns, I suggest you do the same.


Lena! said...

OMG! I just had dinner and now I want these for dessert - they look so, so yummy!

Thanks for the kind mention, and this time, you can bet I'll be back to rave about your recipe!

Shauna MacKenzie said...

I love your recipe, and have passed it onto many many people! I'm glad that I found a way to make the pancakes gluten-free for my little guy :)

Cheryl said...

Thanks for this recipe! DD4 loves buttermilk pancakes but I could never find buttermilk at the grocery store (and I live in Toronto!).

Will definitely try this with her this weekend as we haven't had pancakes on a while

Stephanie said...

Oh these look so fabulous! Must give them a try, and how great they can be gluten free!

Shauna MacKenzie said...

Hi Cheryl, I actually never buy buttermilk at the store (unless I'm soaking a big batch of chicken). I always make it using vinegar and milk, so easy and you only make what you need. My boys are now requesting this recipe weekly! I hope your DD enjoys them :)

Shauna MacKenzie said...

Hi Stephanie, I am so happy that I can now make my little guy GF pancakes from scratch. I will stil use the mixes in a pinch, but he likes these so much better! And the banana adds a nutritious kick! Hope you like them :)