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Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour Pancakes — Also Dairy Free!

Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour Pancakes are super easy — requiring no xanthan gum and just a single flour. Also dairy free!

Today’s recipe is a blast from the past! When High School Guy was a mere elementary and middle school guy, he went through a number of years of eating wheat and dairy free before mysteriously outgrowing his food allergies — so I spent some time experimenting with gluten free, dairy free recipes.

As I was going through some of those old recipes recently, I found this one for Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour Pancakes. These gluten free, dairy free pancakes were always a hit with both boys, making this easy gluten free pancakes recipe a definite keeper.

Brown Rice Flour Pancakes — originally published in April 2014

rice flour pancakes and strawberries

Even when not on sale, brown rice flour is one of your cheapest gluten free flours — making these from-scratch Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour Pancakes a rare affordable gluten free pancake choice. Even better? These tasty gluten free, dairy free pancakes require no Xanthan gum, and this is an easy single flour gluten free pancake recipe!

Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour Pancakes

brown rice flour pancakes ingredients

Ingredients

1 cup brown rice flour, plus more if needed (see note)
1 Tbsp sugar
2 tsp gluten free baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
1/4 tsp cinnamon
1 cup vanilla soy milk (or other non-dairy milk of choice)
1 egg
1 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
1/2 tsp vanilla
1/4 cup dairy free mini chocolate chips or blueberries

Directions

In large bowl, mix together rice flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add egg, oil, vanilla, and vanilla soy milk and mix until well blended.

Stir in chocolate chips or blueberries. Lightly oil a cast iron skillet with canola or coconut oil.

Heat on medium, adding the batter for your first pancake only when the pan is completely hot.

cook pancake on one side

Cook pancake on one side until bubbles begin to form on the top, then flip and cook until pancake is browned on the other side.

browned rice flour pancake in a pan

Remove, eat, and enjoy!

Note: See comments — Many people seem to find that they need to add more rice flour than I used in the original recipe. Add more in gradually until dough is at your desired consistency.

That’s a successful pancake

Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour Pancakes are also dairy free.

With syrup, with strawberries, any old way they could get them: These pancakes were a definite hit with both boys. As soon as this batch was gone (and it was gone quickly!), they were asking me to make more.

Brown rice flour pancakes are nice and light, just sweet enough, redolent of vanilla with a hint of cinnamon, slightly crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside… and with no aftertaste like you sometimes get with alternative gluten free flours.

Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour Pancakes, printable recipe

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Gluten Free Brown Rice Flour Pancakes

These pancakes are nice and light, just sweet enough, redolent of vanilla with a hint of cinnamon, slightly crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside…
Course Breakfast
Cuisine pancakes
Keyword dairy free, gluten free, pancakes, rice flour
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 2

Ingredients

  • 1 cup brown rice flour + more, if needed, see Note
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp gluten free baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup vanilla soy milk (or other non-dairy milk of choice)
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp vegetable or canola oil
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla
  • 1/4 cup dairy free mini chocolate chips or blueberries

Instructions

  • In large bowl, mix together rice flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon. Add egg, oil, vanilla, and vanilla soy milk and mix until well blended. Stir in chocolate chips or blueberries.
  • Lightly oil a cast iron skillet with canola or coconut oil.
  • Heat on medium, adding the batter for your first pancake only when the pan is completely hot.
  • Cook pancake on one side until bubbles begin to form on the top, then flip and cook until pancake is browned on the other side.
  • Remove, eat, and enjoy!

Notes

See comments — Many people seem to find that they need to add more rice flour than I used in the original recipe. Add more in gradually until dough is at your desired consistency.

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Recipe Rating




DR. Judy Fisher

Friday 11th of September 2020

I am puzzled by the negative comments! I tried it for the first time and they were excellent. I did add a little more rice flour as suggested if the batter seemed a little thin., I added about 1/4 cup more, mixed it in with the b atter in the flour and they were PERFECT! I even added some raisins with the chocolate chips..

Thanks for the recipe. To the others, maybe you sure re-read the recipe, and make sure you do not try to experiment with substitutes until you have perfected this one..

Sarah Beth

Wednesday 5th of August 2020

I rate it 5 stars IF YOU USE IT FOR WAFFLES. If you use this recipe for pancakes, I rate it ONE STAR. I tried making pancakes with this recipe and they were disgusting - gummy and ooey gooey on the inside. That is NOT how real pancakes are and that is not what I am still searching for. I almost dumped all the batter in the trash but decided to see how it would do in my waffle maker. I coated my waffle maker with coconut oil and let it cook for 12 minutes. It came out crunchy which I believe is necessary for all the GOO in the middle to be completely cooked. I love it! As waffles, this is great! So thank you!! Also, I did have to add about 1/2 c. of brown rice flour. And i used water instead of milk like another reviewer since I did not have milk. And I used EVOO instead of veggie oil.

Amber Altman

Saturday 25th of July 2020

These were perfect!!! I used stevia as a replacement for sugar and only had double proof baking powder and they turned out amazing. I also omitted the oil/spray. The consistency is different when you take that first bite (They melted in my mouth vs having to chew a regular pancake) but its expected esp with the flour change but nevertheless they were incredible. Thank you for this recipe!

Amber Altman

Saturday 25th of July 2020

I also used almond milk and omitted the choc chips. Topped with sugar free syrup and a small mount of strawberries.

Diana

Sunday 14th of June 2020

I came across this recipe following a Google search for recipes using Brown Rice Flour, as, due to the COVID pandemic, my local grocer no longer had any regular flour on their shelves. I don't follow any particular dietary restrictions so this recipe was purely experimental. The recipe in itself was a success. It was easy to make, but which pancake recipe is not? I cooked it on my Costco stainless steel frying pan and unfortunately, after using coconut oil, it kept sticking. I later switched to butter, which defeated the whole non-dairy concept. I found this recipe lacking the flavour I had from my childhood days. The recipe works but I personally found it bland.

Amy

Thursday 4th of June 2020

I've been without gluten for 17 years. I love this recipe! A recipe with no xanthan gum or other obscure ingredients is a winner for me. I omitted the sugar, cinnamon, and chocolate chips and used almond milk and light extra virgin olive oil instead of soy milk and canola. The vanilla added is wonderful - brings all the goodness together. They were divine with a little vegan butter and a bit of real maple syrup. Leftovers will be perfect for popping in the toaster tomorrow morning! Thank you, Rachel.

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