Who doesn’t love starting the day off with a stack of fresh, hot, fluffy pancakes, towered high with a waterfall of maple syrup and melted butter cascading down the sides? But for those following a gluten-free diet, pancakes are often a no-go due to the usual main ingredient— all-purpose flour.
Luckily, as gluten-free diets (and overall gluten-free awareness) have been on the rise to quell upset stomachs and other symptoms for those with celiac disease and gluten sensitivity, manufacturers are meeting the need and are developing delicious gluten-free formulations of their products. Swaps like almond, rice, or coconut flour are in abundance nowadays, and that means there are more gluten-free pancake mixes to choose from. But with a plethora of gluten-free options now on store shelves, how do you know which one to pick? We did the research for you and found 10 suitable options.
Here are the best gluten-free pancake mixes available.
Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Pancake Mix
Bob’s Red Mill has become somewhat synonymous with the alternative flour movement—with a full line of certified gluten-free products from flour to cornbread mix to crackers to popcorn—so it’s no surprise this somewhat splurge-worthy gluten-free pancake mix could rival any standard gluten-containing version. This mix’s primary ingredients include white rice flour, brown rice flour, potato starch, and whole-grain sorghum flour, producing fluffy, light pancakes with the addition of 2 eggs, milk, and oil (or butter). It’s also vegan friendly for those who are also dairy-free, as long as eggs and butter are swapped for alternatives.
The resealable packaging will keep the mix fresh in your pantry, so no need to worry about spoilage or spillage. This mix is also relatively low in sugar with 4 grams per serving. For all these reasons we believe it is the best choice for your money and your family.
Price at time of publish: $9
Size: 24 ounces per pack | Serving Size: 0.25 cup | Flour Type: Sweet white rice, whole grain brown rice flour, whole grain sorghum flour, tapioca flour
Simple Mills Almond Flour Pumpkin Pancake & Waffle
Cool, misty mornings not only call for a hot cup of coffee, but for warm pancakes—and this pancake mix from Simple Mills checks all the boxes. It’s budget-friendly, flavored with pumpkin and spices like cinnamon and nutmeg in the ingredients, gluten-free and made with almond flour and coconut flour, and cooks in minutes.
You’ll only need a few additions to the dry mix in order to make a stack of fall flapjacks, including eggs, water or milk, coconut or vegetable oil, and vanilla. One-third cup makes around three 4-inch pancakes and there is enough to make about 22 total. Be sure to top with maple syrup to truly get the taste of autumn on one plate.
Size: 10.7 ounces per box | Serving Size: 0.33 cup | Flour Type: Almond flour, Coconut flour
Great Value Gluten-Free Pancake & Waffle Mix
Baking alternatives for dietary restrictions and different ways of eating can get pricey at the grocery store, but at under $3 for a pound of pancake mix, you can’t beat the value of Walmart’s Great Value option. It features some of the same high-quality ingredients as other gluten-free pancake mixes on the market. Brown rice flour is the primary ingredient, combined with sugar, potato starch, cornstarch and others, and you’ll need to provide an egg, milk, and butter in the recipe.
Unlike many competing mixes that are packaged in boxes, this mix conveniently comes in a resealable bag, making it super simple to keep fresh and not worry about spillage in your pantry.
Price at time of publish: $3
Size: 16 ounces per pack | Serving Size: 0.25 cup | Flour Type: Brown rice flour
Krusteaz Gluten-Free Pancake Mix
Sure, you can get fancy with blueberries and chocolate chips and pumpkin puree, but sometimes nothing beats a stack of simple, classic buttermilk pancakes. And with the Krusteaz Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancake Mix, even those with an allergy or sensitivity to gluten can enjoy a flapjack breakfast. Although gluten is needed in baked goods—including pancakes—to get them to rise, all you need is water, milk, and an egg to get these light and fluffy Krusteaz cakes to the table for the most important meal of the day.
This certified gluten-free mix is considered whole grain (thanks to rice flour, whole grain sorghum flour, and brown rice flour). Each 1-pound box makes over two dozen 4-inch pancakes and the product is made with real sweet cream buttermilk.
Price at time of publish: $37
Size: 16 ounces per pack | Serving Size: 0.33 cup | Flour Type: Rice flour, brown rice flour, whole grain sorghum flour
Pamela's Products Gluten Free Baking and Pancake Mix
Pancakes aren’t a luxury for a rainy morning anymore, especially for those with a sensitivity or intolerance to gluten—bulk sizes of gluten-free pancake mix are available. We love this one from Pamela’s, not only because it is made with brown and white rice flour as well as almond meal, but because it is on the cheap side. The price per pound and means you won’t have to keep reordering once the mix gets low. The bag has enough mix to make about 90 pancakes.
To make add water, egg, and oil in with the dry mix and cook over medium-high heat. The gluten-free pancakes are best if served fresh immediately, but you can also let them cool and wrap them in plastic wrap to save for microwaving in a damp paper towel later.
Price at time of publish: $27
Size: 64 ounces per pack | Serving Size: 0.25 cup | Flour Type: Brown rice flour, white rice flour, almond meal
Stonewall Kitchen Gluten-Free Pancake and Waffle Mix
Stonewall Kitchen, has arguably been best known for its high-end, gourmet selection of condiments (think Wild Maine Blueberry Jam and Truffle Ketchup) since the brand was first started in 1991 at a local farmers’ market. The company now owns and operates other brands like Napa Valley natural and the Vermont Coffee Company, but, also offers many baking mixes, including this splurge-worthy gluten-free pancake mix.
Composed primarily of rice, corn, and soy flours, this vanilla-flavored blend churns out super fluffy, easy-to-prepare pancakes every time. Each 16-ounce container will yield about three batches, and you’ll need to provide milk, butter, and an egg. Whisk the milk and egg together first before adding the dry mix and butter to get the perfect browned pancake once the bubbles on top begin to pop on a griddle and you flip.
Don’t forget to check out Stonewall Kitchen's mouth-watering maple syrup selection while you’re at it (the Organic Bourbon Barrel-Aged Maple Syrup is gluten-free, too).
Price at time of publish: $12
Size: 16 ounces per pack | Serving Size: 0.33 cup | Flour Type: Rice flour, corn flour
Best Protein Pancake
Orgain Gluten-Free Protein Pancake & Waffle Mix
Protein is a trendy ingredient right now, and it’s made its way into breakfast via gluten-free pancake mixes. Sure, you can make an at-home concoction by adding your own protein powder to a store-bought mix, but taking home a version with the protein already included means ratios of dry to wet ingredients won’t be messed up and giving you perfectly light, fluffy, and protein-filled pancakes every time.
This one from Orgain is filled with rice flour and potato starch making it gluten-free, as well as plant-based pea protein. One-fourth a cup of the dry mix makes about one 4-inch pancake that has 8 grams of protein (others only have a few grams less). With milk that can go up, as well as if you add in an egg, but it can also be made with just water.
Price at time of publish: $8
Size: 15 ounces per pack | Serving Size: 0.25 cups | Flour Type: Rice flour, pea protein
King Arthur Gluten-Free Pancake Mix
It’s no surprise that King Arthur, the all-things-flour experts, would produce a stellar gluten-free pancake mix among its many offerings. The whole-grain, non-GMO mix, meaning that it is not made with any genetically modified ingredients, is made with whole grain brown rice flour, potato starch, tapioca starch, and is also fortified with iron, calcium, and vitamin B. Plus, each serving includes 21 grams of whole grains.
The 15-ounce mix will yield about sixteen 4-inch pancakes, and you’ll need to provide eggs, butter (or oil), and milk (the mix can be used to make waffles as well). A tip King Arthur recommends: even though there is no gluten, let the batter sit for about 10 minutes in order to thicken. It can also be made vegan for those who are not only looking for no gluten but also no dairy. Sub a milk alternative with oil or vegan butter.
Price at time of publish: $6
Size: 15 ounces per pack | Serving Size: 0.33 cup | Flour Type: Whole grain brown rice flour, rice flour
Best "Just Add Water"
Birch Benders Gluten-Free Pancake and Waffle Mix
Like other gluten-free pancake mixes, we like this one because it makes light and fluffy flapjacks without anything that will make those intolerant or allergic to gluten sick. What stands out about Birch Benders, though, is that the only ingredient it needs before cooking is something we all have at home at all times—H2O!
With buttermilk included in the dry mix, our favorite "just add water" option for gluten-free pancake mixes is one that is still flavorful without eggs, oil, or butter. Simply combine 0.5 cup of mix with 0.33 cup of water for about four 4-inch pancakes in minutes. Brown rice flour, potato starch, almond flour, white rice flour, and leavening make them fluffy, while the buttermilk and sugar add a hint of sweetness.
Price at time of publish: $5
Size: 14 ounces per pack | Serving Size: 0.25 cup | Flour Type: Brown rice flour, almond flour, white rice flour
Best Dairy Free
Betty Crocker Bisquick Gluten-Free Pancake and Baking Mix
The Bisquick Gluten-Free Pancake Mix does not contain allergens, and is made with rice flour, leavening, and sugar, making it a solid dairy-free option that doesn’t require much effort. Instructions call for 1 cup of milk and 1 egg with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil and 1 cup of the dry mix, but can be changed to a non-dairy milk and egg substitute of your choice. There are a handful of these, including vegan egg or ground flax mixed with water and left to thicken.
A 1-pound box of this mix is a cheap option to have in the cabinet for a pancake breakfast, but it is also versatile—while it also makes fluffy waffles, it can be used to make gluten-free things like biscuits, cinnamon rolls, muffins, pies, and more.
Price at time of publish: $6
Size: 16 ounces per box | Serving Size: 0.33 cup | Flour Type: Rice flour
If you want an overall solid gluten-free pancake mix that isn’t too much of a splurge, offers some nutritional benefits, is conveniently packaged in a resealable bag, and comes from a famously gluten-aware company, look no further than Bob's Red Mill Gluten-Free Pancake Mix. If you’re on the hunt for a more basic gluten-free pancake mix at a great price, your best budget-friendly option is the Great Value Gluten-Free Pancake & Waffle Mix.
What to Look for in Gluten-Free Pancake Mix
Ease of Preparation
Most mixes for gluten-free pancakes require that you mix in other ingredients, such as water, butter, oil, or eggs. Read the fine print carefully to see what else is needed and how much it adds to your prep time.
Not all of these mixes are created equally. "I think the main thing to look for when selecting a pancake batter is, does it contain other allergens like dairy?" says Paola Anna Miget, author of "The Big Book of Gluten Free Baking" and founder of the GF Baking Club for Kids. "There are some mixes that include dry milk powder and or soy ingredients."
Many of them have also the same flours, albeit in different formulations. However, some of them have more whole grains and omega-3s, which will change the nutrition profile. Some are non-GMO, some emphasize protein, and others contain buttermilk powder, which will give your pancakes that classic tangy taste.
This list offers a variety of price points, depending on what your budget permits and what kind of ingredients you'd like in your pancakes. Watch for sales—those can be a great way to try a new brand without breaking the bank.
Do gluten-free pancakes taste different?
A really good gluten-free mix that purports to be similar to all-purpose flour won't taste a great deal different from regular pancakes. The texture might be a bit finer, and the taste might be lighter. However, if you opt for pancakes with, say, a protein content that's different from conventional pancakes, they will be heartier.
Does gluten-free pancake batter need to rest?
The secret to amazing pancakes is to let the batter rest before you use it, which allows for even hydration and gives the gluten a chance to relax a bit. These mixes, however, have no gluten but still may benefit from a few minutes.
Taking a break can "help yield a better rise and resolve getting a gritty texture because the batter is allowed time to hydrate and soften," says Miget. "Since gluten-free batters can often be thinner as well, this rest time helps to thicken the batter. This will result in a fluffier pancake. I've seen such a difference in my pancakes and cookies with a 5-10 minute rest time."
Should pancake mix be thin or thick?
The batter, once prepared, should be thin enough to easily pour and spread onto a hot, greased griddle but not so thin that it runs all over the griddle. Aim for it to spread to about 1/4-inch thick. If the batter seems too thick, add a little more water or milk. If it seems too thin, add a couple more tablespoons of batter.
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