Diner Pancakes

Fluffy pancakes that taste just like the kind you get in an old-fashioned diner, but without the gluten!

Fluffy pancakes that taste just like the kind you get in an old-fashioned diner, but without the gluten!

Last weekend we took the kids on a little vacation and stopped by a diner for a late-night dinner. I had researched our options on the Find Me Gluten Free app and found a place called Smitty’s that had great reviews and lots of gluten free menu options. GFHubs opted for an omelet, while I couldn’t resist the stack of pancakes-I’m a sucker for all things breakfast.

Fluffy pancakes that taste just like the kind you get in an old-fashioned diner, but without the gluten!

Since then, I haven’t been able to stop thinking about those fluffy pancakes you can always find at a diner and I knew I had to recreate them so we can have them at home any time we want.

Fluffy pancakes that taste just like the kind you get in an old-fashioned diner, but without the gluten!

I found a recipe on Creations By Kara and made a few gluten free tweaks. The results were incredible. Proclaimed “The Best Gluten Free Pancakes I’ve Eaten” by GFHubs himself, these will win over you and whoever else you decide to share them with, whether they eat gluten free or not.

Fluffy pancakes that taste just like the kind you get in an old-fashioned diner, but without the gluten!

The texture is just like what you find in a diner, and the flavor is just as delicious. Serve with your favorite syrup and you have a real winner. This is a recipe you will be coming back to again and again.


Diner Pancakes

*gluten-free *oat-free  *soy-free  *corn-free *nut-free (if you’e not using Mama’s almond blend)



  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk made by measuring 1 1/2 T vinegar into 2-cup liquid measurer, then filling to 1 1/2 cup mark with 1% milk. Let sit 5 minutes until slightly thickened (it should not be as thick as store bought buttermilk. If it is, you may have to add a little extra milk)
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 T oil (I use avocado oil)
  • 1/2 T vanilla
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 cups gluten free flour mix (I used Mama’s Almond Flour Blend)
  • 1/2 tsp xanthan (omit if flour mix already has some)
  • 2 T sugar
  • 4 tsp baking powder


  1. In a large bowl, make buttermilk by stirring together the vinegar and milk. Let stand for a few minutes until it has thickened a little. It should not be as thick as store bought so if it ends up that way, add a tablespoon or two of milk. 
  2. Whisk in eggs.
  3. Whisk in oil and vanilla.
  4. Add remaining ingredients and whisk with a fork until combined. There may be a few small lumps and that’s ok. The batter will look too thin, and that’s exactly how you want it. It will thicken just a bit as it stands and the secret to diner pancakes is a fairly thin batter.
  5. Let the batter sit while you heat your griddle. I set mine just below 325°.
  6. Another secret to diner style pancakes: Cook on an ungreased surface. This might not work on some skillets, but if you have a non-stick electric griddle then resist the urge to grease it!
  7. Fill a 1/3 cup measuring cup with your batter, and pour directly onto the ungreased griddle. Repeat until you have filled the griddle, leaving an inch between pancakes so you have room to flip them (mine only fit 4-5 at a time) and cook about 1 minute until bubbles have formed and begun to pop, and underside is a golden brown.
  8. Flip quickly as the tops will still be a bit soft. Cook another 45 seconds or so until they are set and the other side is a golden brown. Don’t overcook!
  9. Remove to a plate and serve with your favorite syrup or toppings.

Fluffy pancakes that taste just like the kind you get in an old-fashioned diner, but without the gluten!

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    February 15, 2016 at 1:52 am

    Pancakes look sooo yummy defiantly on the breakfast list .

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      February 15, 2016 at 3:02 pm

      Yes! Hope you love them as much as we do Pauline 🙂

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    Strength and Sunshine
    February 16, 2016 at 7:13 am

    I would be lost with out my pancakes every weekend! My favorite Saturday and Sunday morning ritual…pancakes!!

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    Chrystal @ Gluten-Free Palate
    February 16, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I seriously want these right now! I’ve had a rough morning and could use some comfort pancakes.


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      February 16, 2016 at 9:57 pm

      Pancakes are a great comfort food. I hope your day got better Chrystal!

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    Amanda | My Gluten-Free Miami
    February 16, 2016 at 8:21 pm

    So simple, yet they are the perfect comfort food!

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    Brianna H (@FlippinDelish)
    February 16, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    These look just like diner pancakes. Well done, Celeste! I wish I had a fork and a pitcher of syrup right now.

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      February 16, 2016 at 9:54 pm

      Thanks Brianna, we eat wayyyy to much of them 😉

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    May 19, 2016 at 5:26 pm

    Mmmmmmm. Those look delicious! My mouth is watering. I’m going to whip up a batch of those and my buttermilk syrup tonight! My kids are going to LOVE. ME.

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      May 19, 2016 at 9:59 pm

      Hope your family loved them! Thanks for stopping by ?

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        May 19, 2016 at 10:24 pm

        Holy cow, they were so delicious. The kids did not stop until they were gone. Thanks so much!

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          May 22, 2016 at 8:52 pm

          Yea! I love hearing things like that, thanks so much for taking the time to come back and comment 🙂

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    July 13, 2016 at 2:13 pm

    These are fantastic! Thank you, they hit the spot for this twenty week pregnant lady! 😉

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      July 20, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      So glad to hear that Kasha!

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    July 25, 2017 at 11:02 am

    These are very good! I’ve never been to a diner that sells gluten free pancakes,so thank you!
    *I’m going to look up more of your recipes, now that I found this this morning!
    ps) I used cup4cup flour.

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      July 25, 2017 at 8:52 pm

      Yay! So happy that you enjoyed them. Thanks for letting us know what flour you used 🙂 -Celeste

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    January 17, 2018 at 9:09 am

    Besides the fact that I just commented on a recipe for beef stroganoff from last night… thinking it was THIS recipe (the blogger will be so confused!!)… this recipe isn’t bad at all! I used bob’s redmill cup4cup and almond milk instead of 1% and my batter was pretty thick, I had to manually spread the batter to make them thin enough. But they taste great!

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      January 17, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Too funny Kelsey, that might explain some of the comments I get 🙂 Glad to hear it works with almond milk too, I haven’t tried that yet. You might be at a lower altitude than us, maybe cut the milk by a few tablespoons next time. Thanks for the comment!

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    February 19, 2018 at 9:17 pm

    These were literally the best gluten free pancakes I’ve ever made and I’ve tried many! The buttermilk makes them!!! Ty so much!!

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      February 19, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      Thank you Brianna, I’m so happy to hear that you enjoy them! -Celeste

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