These gluten free cornmeal pancakes have a really lovely texture and enough flavor that they scarcely need much syrup or butter for serving.
There’s nothing like a traditional light and fluffy gluten free pancake, and there are so many ways to make them. But these cornmeal pancakes are a little different. The recipe has way more cornmeal than white flour, but you blend the batter so there’s only the slightest chew in each sweet-and-savory bite.
Making the batter in a blender has the added benefit of making these pancakes incredibly easy to make. I’ve spelled it all out in the recipe below (and the how-to video, too!), but really? I could have just written the instructions like this:
Put all of the ingredients in the order listed in a blender, blend, then pour on a hot buttered skillet, cook, flip, cook and eat. Of course, there’s a bit more to it than that. But not a whole lot!
When to flip
You’ll know when the pancakes are ready to flip, like you see here, when the underside has set and begun to brown, and the edges on top are set. When you slide your spatula underneath the pancake, it shouldn’t pour off the edges.
A quick tip for testing whether a pancake (really any pancake) is ready to flip is to slide your spatula only about a couple centimeters under the very edge of the pancake. If the batter on the top of the pancake starts to run at all, it’s not ready to flip. If you flip it then, you’ll end up with “feet” on your pancakes as the batter will slide around during transit.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Dairy: These pancakes are super easy to make dairy-free. Just use non-dairy milk (I like unsweetened almond milk best), and Earth Balance buttery sticks in place of butter.
Eggs: Eggs are almost always a bit trickier than dairy to replace. Here, since the recipe is right at my 2-egg threshold for successful egg replacement.
Two “chia eggs” (a chia egg is simply 1 tablespoon ground chia seeds mixed with 1 tablespoon lukewarm water and allowed to gel) should work, but you’ll have to experiment.
Here’s a quick how-to video where you can watch me make these cornmeal pancakes with my own two hands. They really are that easy!: