Wheat Free Quinoa Pancakes

Oh pancakes, how much do I love and need thee in my life?
Ok, maybe a little dramatic.  But really, I do need them.

Wheat Free Quinoa Pancakes

Especially soft, fluffy, flavour explosions like these.
You won’t even miss the wheat.

Wheat Free Quinoa Pancakes

What about you?
Do you need another pancake recipe in your life?  Why yes, yes you do.
These are different from the usual.  But a good different.  They’re full of healthy goodness.
And you’ll love them.  Every last sweet scrumptious bite of ’em!


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  • 1 1/4 cup oat flour (see notes)
  • 1/4 cup rice flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 2 eggs
  • 11/2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 cup cooked quinoa


  1. Combine the oat and rice flours, baking powder, baking soda, salt and sugar. Set aside.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix together eggs, buttermilk, vanilla and oil.
  3. Add the egg/milk mixture to the flour mix. Stir until just combined.
  4. Fold in quinoa.
  5. Cook on a medium-high heat griddle, about 2-3 minutes each side, or until you see the bubbles popping.


Things to Note:
* Leftover quinoa is perfect for this recipe. If you are making quinoa for dinner the night before, just make a little extra, and it will be ready for you to use in the morning!
* You can make your own oat flour (I do). Using a food processor, just grind down old fashioned rolled oats until they are a course flour like consistency.
* These pancakes can be completely gluten free if you use gluten free oats.



Pour on some maple syrup, and you are in breakfast heaven.  Amen.

Wheat Free Quinoa Pancakes

Oh, and on a completely way off tangent…I have to mention that I’m going to see Oprah speak tonight!  I can barely contain myself honestly.  This will be a bucket list check off fo’ sho’!  Great start to 2013 already!  Yay!

Have a delicious day!

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  • Reply Nicole (MyLoveForCooking) January 22, 2013 at 8:55 AM

    These look gorgeous! I have tried incorporating Quinoa before but this look even better than what I have made before. Excited 🙂

    • Reply Jo-Anna January 24, 2013 at 4:42 PM

      I hope you love them! The quinoa is very subtle in them which is perfect! Love these!

  • Reply Elizabeth January 22, 2013 at 11:03 AM

    Pancakes & quinoa; two faves in our house. Can’t wait to try these.
    Oprah … very cool! Have an enlightening evening!

  • Reply Amy Powell January 22, 2013 at 11:47 AM

    I’ve never seen a quinoa pancake recipe before. so interesting! they definitely look good 🙂

    xoxo, Amy @ Interpret As You May

    {PS – I’m giving away a Fitness Notebook & would love for you to win!}

  • Reply Tammy/Our Neck of the Woods January 22, 2013 at 12:02 PM

    These look so delicious! I have been wanting to find recipes without wheat and I think I’ll have to try this one out. Never used quinoa in pancakes so I’m intrigued! Lovely photography by the way 🙂

    Visiting from Tasty Tuesdays.

  • Reply Angie@Echoes of Laughter January 22, 2013 at 8:21 PM

    They look super delish Jo-Anna! I am coming to your house and I am having these pacakes for breakfasth and lobster corn chowder for lunch! lol! Angie xo

  • Reply nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma January 22, 2013 at 9:46 PM

    Not dramatic at all. Breakfast foods are still my favorite. Here in Chicago, we have some incredible brunch spots, that I still dream about, 3+ years of being GF.

    The fact alone, my dear Jo-Anna, that you are creating GF recipes has me smiling ear to ear. You are doing all the dirty work for me.

    I hope you find improved energy and health from this way of eating…it really is challenging, but it has healed me in the past 3 years.

    Can’t wait to hear about Oprah!
    My best,

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    Hi. I tried this recipe. The flavor was great, but the batter was very runny and the pancakes came out very flat. I tried adding additional rice flour, but that didn’t help. Any suggestions? Thank you for the great recipe – as I said, the flavor was fabulous!

    • Reply sharron Riddle March 31, 2013 at 7:38 AM

      FOLLOW UP – Added about 1/4 c additional rice flour – maybe I mis-measured because they came out PERFECT! We all loved them. Thanks again for this wonderful recipe!

    • Reply judy April 19, 2015 at 8:28 AM

      Mine came out runny, too. Whether the eggs were larger or what, I don’t know. So I added 1/2 cup more oat flour and also 1/2 almond flour. Came out nice and thick. Love the texture and the taste. This one is a keeper. Note: I had to cook at a lower heat so as not to burn the outside, so I would say no more than medium on an electric stove, maybe even a little less.

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    Amazing recipe! my husband has been wheat-free for just over a year and this is the best pancake recipe we’ve found. We altered it a little because he’s also allergic to oats. Posted the revised version along with a link to your site on thereislifeafterwheat.blogspot.com Thanks for sharing!

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