Brown Rice Flour Pancakes – Gluten Free

by Sharon on October 27, 2014

Brown Rice Flour Pancakes - GF

Sometimes cake at breakfast is just what the doctor ordered.

Pancakes, that is. 😉

I have had a bag of brown rice flour I my cupboard waiting to be used for ages, so this Sunday morning, with a little footy (that’s soccer for us North Americans) on the telly (that’s TV) – sorry, feeling a little British today – I decided to whip us up a fancy plate of pancakes for breaky (breakfast 😉 ).

Brown Rice Flour Pancakes - GF

Gluten free cooking can be a bit of a challenge when it comes to things meant to be fluffy. I did some research on the old internet and found many varieties of gluten free pancakes, the only problem was the super long ingredient lists. Lots of different flours and starches. Things, even as a food blogger, I don’t typically have on hand.

I definitely wasn’t planning on a run to the store either. Being Sunday it was a firm plan to remain in my pj’s all the live long day. 😉

The strategy was to throw some batter together with what I had, throw caution to the wind and hope for the best. I did have my favourite toppings. Maple syrup, butter, and peanut butter. Yum! These tasty additions can make any pancake work.

One of the tips I picked up in my searches was to let the batter sit for at least an hour to help it with the light and fluffy factor.

The eggs were whipped until frothy.

Brown Rice Flour Pancakes - GF

A little coconut sugar for sweetness, some sea salt for flavour, a dash of baking soda and of course my brown rice flour. I’ve had luck using quinoa flour in the past for things like muffins and homemade Twix bars but had yet to use brown rice flour. It’s like half the price of the quinoa flour so I had high hopes.

Mix it all until smooth with no lumps.

Brown Rice Flour Pancakes - GF

I sprayed my cast iron pan with this coconut oil and butter ghee cooking spray.

Brown Rice Flour Pancakes - GF

What money you save using brown rice flour over quinoa flour you can spend on fancy cooking sprays. For me, these products are like new shoes or an indulgent beauty product. I love sparkly new cooking/baking stuff.


I made smaller sized pancakes for quicker cooking time.

Brown Rice Flour Pancakes - GF

It was the perfect way to begin a lazy Sunday. The pancakes were fairly fluffy and had a subtle, earthy flavour. A little butter and maple syrup and of course the obligatory cuppa tea.

Brown Rice Flour Pancakes - GF


Brown Rice Flour Pancakes - GF

Serves 15 pancakes

Brown Rice Flour Pancakes – Gluten Free
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  • 3 eggs
  • ½ cup milk of choice
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tsp coconut sugar
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • 1 cup brown rice flour
  • coconut oil spray or just butter for the pan


  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk eggs together until frothy
  2. Whisk in the milk and coconut oil
  3. Whisk in the coconut sugar, sea salt, baking soda and brown rice flour. Stir until no lumps remain
  4. Cover with saran wrap and leave at room temperature for an hour or so (could be left overnight in the fridge as well). This will help your pancakes to fluff
  5. Spray a large, heavy bottomed pan (I used my trusty cast iron) with your cooking spray or heat the butter in over medium heat. Scoop 1/8 cup portions of batter into the pan for small pancakes. I fit three pancakes in the pan per batch
  6. Once the sides are set and the top has bubbled, flip them over. These cook quickly. About 1-2 minutes per side
  7. Serve warm and enjoy with toppings like peanut butter, butter, maple syrup, fresh fruit, etc.

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Karen October 27, 2014 at 3:44 pm
I'd sure take a batch of these pancakes for my Sunday morning dinner. In my pj's too of course! These look like the perfect pancakes. I admire a girl who can create round pancakes, mine always turn out like footballs, or even worse.... ;)
Sharon October 27, 2014 at 5:13 pm
Thanks lady. :) I used my 1/4 cup measure that has a little spout on it, filled it halfway, and poured the batter slowly. I find the smaller ones keep the shape better. There were a few larger, mis-shapened duds that didn't get any lens time. ;) Welcome back from vacay!
Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen October 28, 2014 at 7:47 am
I have had the worst luck with gluten free pancakes - although mostly ones involving coconut flour. That flour is cursed for me lol. These pancakes look perfect though!
Sharon October 28, 2014 at 8:38 am
I was really happy with how the turned out! I've had a number of duds that just fell apart in the pan. Maybe letting the batter sit for the hour helped? Either way, breakfast was a hit. ;) Thanks Chelsea!
Jessica October 28, 2014 at 2:08 pm
This looks AMAZING. Loving the coconut oil and butter ghee. I am looking forward to trying mine out as well.
Sharon October 28, 2014 at 4:54 pm
Thanks Jessica! I'm with you on the spray. It worked like a charm. Really looking forward to trying it in other recipes. Thanks for stopping by to say hi! :)
Amber July 26, 2015 at 11:28 am
Delicious! :)
Sharon July 26, 2015 at 3:15 pm
Yay! Thanks, Amber for taking the time. :)
Sharon July 26, 2015 at 3:15 pm
Yay! Thanks, Amber for taking the time. :)
Claire December 16, 2015 at 11:50 pm
My daughter is on an elimination diet as we suspect the wheat and dairy in her diet are damaging her already delicate digestive system. Out little one LOvES pancakes and is missing them terribly - I am making up the batter now. Fingers crossed they look as fluffy as yours when I am finished. Always good to bring a smile to a little three years face in the morning :-)

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