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Dairy-Free Gluten-Free Apple Cider Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

Gluten-Free Apple Cider Pumpkin Pancakes

Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Apple Cider Pumpkin Pancakes

I am following up my recent Pumpkin Pie Waffle recipe with my Gluten-Free Dairy-Free Apple Cider Pumpkin Pancake Recipe – perfect for those cozy pajama-ridden holiday mornings when you want to whip up something quick.

This recipe evolved from my basic gluten-free buttermilk pancakes because I was looking for a fun and healthy way of making them dairy-free as well.  Always on a mission to provide you all with a unique and flavorful way to make my recipes allergen-friendly without the compromise of taste, I decided to replace the buttermilk, that I normally use, with a mixture of apple cider and pumpkin puree.

The consistency of the cider and pumpkin, when whisked together, lends to the batter the same consistency of a full-fat buttermilk, without having the effect of a  full-fat diet buster.  The taste of the two, when whisked together, lends to the palate all of those delectable flavors of winter, without slaving for hours to get them.  The smell of the two, when whisked together, lends to the senses the heady aromas of holidays, without having to burn those thickly scented candles to get it.

I decided to whip these up the other night before my oldest son’s flag football practice.   I was on my way out of town early the next morning and wanted to make sure my husband had something hearty to feed the boys for breakfast while I was gone.  So while the other moms from our team were feeding their families stew and meatloaf before the chaos practice ensued, I was busy experimenting with cider and pumpkin and plating up “brinner” (breakfast for dinner) for mine.

These Apple Cider Pumpkin Pancakes surprised us all.  Both of my boys were tickled that dinner before practice was such a treat.  Thus, my usual chirping to get them to finish their meal before heading off to practice was silenced by their surprisingly quick inhalation of these.   I was thrilled that these were met without resistance, especially knowing that the pumpkin and ground chia seed that are included in these are a nice additional boost to the nutrient value (you can read what Andrew Weil, M.D. says about the benefits of chia here).

And the fact that I even managed to get a picture of these and get us out the door to practice on time, allowed me to give myself the “Mom rocks” props that I reserve for those moments when I really manage to impress myself.

Dairy-Free Apple Cider Pumpkin Pancakes

Apple Cider Gluten-Free Pumpkin Pancake Recipe

Also Dairy-Free



1/2 cup Brown Rice Flour

1/2 cup Almond Flour (for Nut-Free: add another 1/2 cup brown rice flour instead of almond flour)

3 Tablespoon Arrowroot Starch (or tapioca starch)

1/3 cup Potato Starch (NOT Potato flour)

1 Tablespoon Ground Flax Meal or Ground Chia Seeds (optional, but a wonderful health addition)

1/2 teaspoon Xanthan, or guar, gum

2  teaspoons Baking Powder

3/4 teaspoon Baking Soda

1/2 teaspoon Sea Salt

1 1/2 cup Apple Cider (your favorite brand)

1/2 cup Organic Pumpkin Puree

2 Organic Eggs, separated

2 teaspoons vanilla

3 Tablespoons Organic Coconut Oil (or if not Dairy-Free, then can use equal amount organic butter, melted and cooled)


1.  In large bowl sift together, until well-blended: brown rice flour, almond flour (or additional brown rice flour), arrowroot starch, potato starch, flax meal or ground chia, xanthan (or guar) gum, baking powder, baking soda, and sea salt.

2.  In another bowl whisk until well-blended: apple cider and pumpkin puree.

3.  Add to apple cider mixture:  egg yolks, vanilla, and coconut oil (or melted butter) and whisk until well blended.  Set aside and let sit for fifteen minutes.

4.  In separate bowl: add egg whites and then using hand mixer, beat whites until soft peaks form.  After batter has been sitting, gently fold in whites until just incorporated.

5.  Prepare griddle or skillet: Lightly grease and heat to medium high.  Pour 2-3 tablespoons of batter per pancake onto griddle (Note: if batter seems too thick to pour, you can gently stir in a little more cider) Pancakes are ready to flip when the edges start to look a little dry and you can see small bubbles forming on the surface.  Flip, then cook for 2 minutes more.

6.  Serve with warm organic maple syrup and a slight sprinkle of cinnamon.

I will be sharing some of my favorite holiday breakfast dishes over the next couple of months since lazy winter mornings are so special to me. Do you have any traditional holiday breakfast recipes that are your favorites? I love to hear what my fellow readers are eating in their jammies….

This post is linked to:
Hearth and Soul Blog Hop

Slightly Indulgent Tuesday
Real Food Wednesday

  1. On October 11, 2010 Andrea said

    Wow- sound so yummy and I like the addition of the apple cider. I can’t wait to make these!

    • On October 11, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Andrea! Thanks so much! The apple cider really gives these a nice flavor. Hope you enjoy them too!

  2. On October 11, 2010 Maggie said

    I love Binner. We had binner last week and everyone was happy! I’d love to try these just to taste them. Thanks for the link to Weil’s article – it was an interesting read. I like to sprinkle chia or flax on the kiddies’ toast. They don’t seem to mind! I love love love checking out your latest pics Kim!

    • On October 11, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Maggie, I am the queen of sprinkling chia or flax meal on and in everything for my kids, too. I put inside their sunflower seed butter sandwiches, in yogurt, on salads, in cereals, on toast. you name it! 😉 LOL.
      And I always love having breakfast for dinner since it was such a special treat when I was growing up to do that…

  3. On October 11, 2010 gluten free easily said

    I’m all for cozy, holiday pajama-clad mornings! Hey, today’s even a holiday. If I’d read this before I got my act together and went to work this morning, the outcome would have been much different I’m telling you. 😉 I know I would love the taste and texture of these golden pancakes, Kim. Apple cider and apple cider vinegar can do amazing things in recipes. 🙂 Both photos are so beautiful. They are really getting me in the fall mood!

    Miss you! Will send email shortly. xoxoxo,

    • On October 11, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Shirley, the funny thing is that it does not take the holidays to keep me in my pajamas all morning. But the winter weather just gives me the excuse to not feel so bad about it! 😉
      Although, this weather is confusing the heck out of me, because it is supposed to in the high 80’s again this week. Boo ;(
      Cannot believe that this weekend has already come and gone. I just had so much fun with everyone! Already so looking forward to the next gathering of “our kind”. 😉

  4. On October 11, 2010 Lexie said

    Do I smell pancakes! YES! Hey, how was the conference? Call me with the full report 🙂


    • On October 11, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Lex, call me when you are free and have some down time and I will fill you in. The kids are at a football game this evening and at school tomorrow so I am totally available. 😉

  5. On October 11, 2010 Alisa said

    These look amazing Kim! I’m still wrangling with how to do grain-free (or close to grain-free) goodies that are egg-free (and actually work of course). Cookies are easy, but I bet I could do these too with a little experimentation. I’ll let you know 🙂

    And, um, I think you deserve the “mom rocks” title, not just a temporary label!

    • On October 11, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Alisa, have I told you lately how wonderful i think you are? 😉 Thanks for the “mom rocks” props. If you get these to turn out egg-free, let me know and I will update it with your ideas and link. Did not have a chance to do my test without the eggs so I did not want to add the options for it yet…
      Had way too much fun with you this weekend.!

  6. On October 11, 2010 Tia said

    I can’t believe you have your act together so well that you already have a post up. I’m still trying to catch up on sleep. As well as having a fight with my camera and Picasa. Grrrr.

    But, I am so happy that you are going to do all of the pumpkin experimenting for me. I love pumpkin flavor, so I can’t wait to see wait other recipes you come up with for me to make.


    Tia 😛

    • On October 11, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Tia, I would not call it having my act together, LOL! I made these before I left for SF and then wrote up my post on the 2 hour plane ride home. You are ahead of me, considering you have already had time to read other people’s blogs. I am so far behind in that right now. That is going to be my down-time tonight – getting in my jammies and reading yummy recipes!!
      You are such a blast and I loved hanging (and sleeping) with you!
      Just saw the pics you posted on Flicker!! So cool! Thanks for sharing them already,

  7. On October 11, 2010 Jenn said

    Oooh they look awesome! PERFECT for the Fall weather 🙂

    • On October 12, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks, Jenn! Now if it would only stay cool enough to be consistently be called “Fall weather”. 😉

  8. On October 11, 2010 Ricki said

    I love pancakes, and I LOVE pumpkin IN pancakes–so these would be a favorite for me, no doubt! That stack looks soooo light and fluffy. . . fantastic. Hoping I can return to apple cider some time and give these a try. 🙂

    • On October 12, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Ricki!! I hope you can return to Apple Cider soon too because these really do turn out really light and fluffy.
      By the way, I am currently being flagged as spam everywhere, so you may want to check your box since I have left a couple of comments on your site lately and that is probably where they will be. 😉

  9. On October 11, 2010 Tracy said

    What a great way to use up my pumpkin and with morning temp in the morning being -2C this will be nice for everyone 🙂 !

  10. On October 11, 2010 Tracy said

    LOL and on that note I’m going to bed (sorry for that grammar error)

    • On October 12, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks so much for stopping by Tracy! I cannot imagine morning temps at -2 C. That would definitely require WARM cozy pajamas!!

  11. On October 11, 2010 Butterpoweredbike said

    Nothing better than a recipe that you can cozy up to in jammies or for dinner. Thanks for sharing with the Hearth and Soul hop. I’d be interested to see the egg free version of this recipe, too. I’ve got two nieces and a nephew who are very diet restricted, and I think they’d just love these 🙂

    • On October 12, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Butteredpoweredbike! I will keep you posted when we (or anyone else) tries it without eggs. I will definitely put the substitutions and measurements up once we do!!
      Thanks for letting me part of Hearth and Soul again!

  12. On October 11, 2010 Iris said

    I almost made apple cider pancakes tonight but then ended up going with something else. I have more apple cider in the fridge though. Now I just need to go buy eggs and I can make these!

    • On October 12, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Ooh! Iris, I hope you get a chance to make these once you get your eggs. Although, I am hoping someone gives a go of these without eggs and lets me know what they think. Since we are not egg-free by necessity, my husband always insists on fluffy pancakes (hence the egg-white beating for these), so I have not made them sans the eggs….yet. 😉

  13. On October 12, 2010 InTolerantChef said

    I will have to sneak some cider away from my husband for this. Oh, do you mean ‘hard’ cider or just juice? We are supposed to speak the same language, but sometimes it doesn’t seem it!

    • On October 12, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      LOL! Hi Intolerant Chef. I was thinking of regular Apple Cider, but feel free to give it a go with the hard stuff!!

  14. On October 12, 2010 girlichef said

    This sounds fabulous! Perfect fall breakie or brunch 😀 Thanks for sharing them with the hearth and soul hop this week 🙂

    • On October 12, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi girlichef! My pleasure to hook up with the Hearth and Soul hop this week. Thanks for letting me be a part of it!

  15. On October 12, 2010 Kim said


    These look really good!! I bet Jon would love to have these for breakfast! I hope to pick up the ingredients this week to make these! 🙂


    • On October 12, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hey Kim! I bet Jon would love these!! So many pumpkin recipes to try… so little time!

  16. On October 12, 2010 Kelly said

    Wow, another creative way to use pumpkin! Sounds delicious. I look for any excuse to be in my cozy, flannel jammies and I don’t actually need much of one to do so.

    • On October 12, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Kelly! I so agree. I do not need an excuse to stay in my pajamas (after all, I do work from home), but it is just so much more fun when my whole family is home with me doing the same. 😉

  17. On October 12, 2010 Christy said

    Yum! My kids love pumpkin pancakes – adding the apple flavor is such a bonus! Thanks for linking to the Hearth and Soul hop!

    • On October 12, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Christy!! Thanks for letting me a part of the Hearth and Soul hop again! I agree that apples and cinnamon are the perfect pairing for pumpkin!

  18. On October 12, 2010 Suz said

    These sound delish! I can’t wait to try 🙂

  19. On October 12, 2010 Couscous & Conscious said

    Brinner – I love that! And what’s not to love about these gorgeous looking pancakes 🙂

    • On October 12, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Sue!! Thanks so much! I used to think it was such a treat when my mom let us have breakfast for dinner, so now I will do it for my kids every now and then and they love it!!!

  20. On October 12, 2010 Lisa said

    What delicious sounding pancakes.

    • On October 12, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Lisa. Pumpkins and apples are two of my favorite fall flavors. Thanks so much for stopping by! Just saw your delicious applesauce recipe… 🙂

  21. On October 12, 2010 Zoe said

    Kim, these pancakes look fantastic! I’ll have to try them soon – when I do, expect a blog post about it. 😉 I love the kind of food that just seems to naturally evoke holiday feelings and sentiments – whether that is because they’re so closely associated with the holidays, through tradition or personally, it’s a source of comfort and carries a sense of the familiar. There are so many holiday things (particularly a couple of drinks) I want to make homemade, healthier versions of but haven’t had the time! Hopefully, though, I will find that time soon and share my versions in a timely manner.

    • On October 14, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Zoe,
      Thanks so much!! Cannot wait to hear how you like them. Also totally looking forward to seeing what fun holidays drinks that you come up with!

  22. On October 12, 2010 alex@amoderatelife said

    Hey K baby! Oh these pancakes look amazingly light and fluffy and the idea of combining two of my favorite holiday tastes together in an awesome breakfast treat is terrific! I love how you experimented and hit gold! Thanks so much for sharing on the hearth and soul hop this week! Hugs! Alex@amoderatelife

    • On October 14, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Alex! Shockingly, even with the pumpkin, these are really really fluffy pancakes! Whipping the egg whites definitely has something to do with that. Thanks for letting me share them with you this week!

  23. On October 13, 2010 Sophie said

    Waw!! Your festive & good for you gf pancakes look incredibly tasty!
    I will make them tomorrow!!

    MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM,..I love whole grains gf flours!

    • On October 14, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Sophie!! Yay! Hope they turn out well for you! With whole grain gluten free flours, they are definitely a good way to start off the day.

  24. On October 13, 2010 Erin Elberson said

    Do you watch “Scrubs” at all? There is an episode where they talk about brinner..I have to find the clip on Youtube and post it on Facebook for you.
    These sound awesome. I loves me some pumpkin 🙂

    • On October 14, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      HI Hi MRS. Elberson-Lyon! LOL! I have not seen that Scrubs episode, but now I am totally going to have to find it.
      Congratulations to you, my friend. You looked totally stunning! What a beautiful setting for you guys to tie the knot. I am so so happy for you!

  25. On October 14, 2010 Valerie said

    Oh Yum! I’m going to have to try these…

  26. On October 25, 2010 Sarena said

    We love pumpkin pancakes here! These look and sound delicious! Perfect flavor combination!

  27. On November 11, 2010 Desi@palatepeacemake said

    Hi Kim!
    Just found your site and I’m loving it! The pancakes look absolutely DELICIOUS. I’m going to try making them egg-free for me and my boyfriend. 🙂 Thank you so much!

    • On November 23, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thanks Desi! I hope you enjoy the pancakes! They are a favorite of ours at this time of year.

  28. On November 23, 2010 Ami said

    Has anyone tried these without eggs yet?
    My 3 year old is allergic to wheat, eggs & dairy and unfortunately for him, I’m NOT a wiz in the kitchen and still new to learning how to cook allergy free for him. If anyone has any ideas for how I can go about trying these without eggs, I’d love to make him a Thanksgiving breakfast!

    Thanks for all of the other recipes! Sites like this have saved this single-mom’s dinner dilemmas more times than I can count!

    • On November 23, 2010 Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Ami! I am so grateful for your sweet comment. I will be actually making these without eggs this weekend when some of our egg-free friends are over for brunch! Will keep you posted. I plan on using 2 Tbsp of Flax Meal mixed with 6 Tablespoons Hot water (allowed to sit for about 5 min to gel up) as my replacement for the eggs. I will also add 1/2 tsp more baking powder and 1/4 more tsp baking soda to the dry ingredients to help prevent them from being too flat. Let me know if you try them out !
      I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!!!

  29. On December 12, 2010 Marty said

    Kim, Hi. I just found your website, and have been searching for a good gluten-free, dairy-free (and vegan) pancake and waffle recipe. It’s been a challenge! How did your egg-substitute try go for Thanksgiving? We recently purchased a waffle iron, so I’m dying to try this recipe as a sub for the pancakes. Though my husband is allergic to apples, I’ll have to use a sub for the apple cider, any suggestions? Thanks!

  30. On August 8, 2011 newly free said

    I just recently found out that I am allergic to gluten, eggs, milk, and a bit more… It’s discouraging and frusterating at first. But! I just made these this morning and almost cried because they were so delicious. And I even used an egg substitute! Thank you so much for sharing, I’m feeling incredibly grateful 🙂

    • On August 11, 2011 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi newly free! I am so so glad you liked the pancake recipe! It does seem so overwhelming at first to get diagnosed with so many allergies! But now there are just so many amazing recipes available to us and so many creative options that we can eat even better than we ever did before! Thank you so much for coming back and letting me know that you enjoyed these so much!! Enjoy your new diet journey! 😉

  31. On September 29, 2011 Carradee said

    Those look delicious! I’ll have to pass the recipe on to my gluten intolerant mother. (No, she isn’t celiac, but gluten does give her arthritic symptoms.)

    But… Um…

    I’m completely intolerant of rice *and* almonds. Even trace amounts give me severe stomach pain for 2 days straight. Do you have an alternative flour suggestion?

    (My mother and I are also both egg intolerant, though we can handle small amounts. She has recipe she uses for egg substitute. Something involving soy and potato flour; I can’t remember atm.)

  32. On June 7, 2012 Meghan said

    FABULOUS! We just went gluten-dairy-free this week and this was my first venture without flour. OH SO DELICIOUS! Thank you so much for creating this recipe. My children feel loved through pancakes this morning.

    • On June 8, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Thank you so much for reporting back, Meghan!! So so happy to hear that you enjoyed the pancakes! I love getting emails like this! Thanks for letting us know that you enjoyed your first gluten-free and dairy-free adventure!

  33. On August 14, 2012 Eireann said

    These look fantastic! Do you have any ideas of what I could substitute for the potato starch? My one year old who was just diagnosed with an egg and wheat allergy broke out in hives tonight when I gave him potatoes for the first time.

    • On August 14, 2012 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Elreann! Thanks so much! You can just use 1/3 cup + the 3 Tbsp (as listed above it) of Arrowroot Starch instead of the Potato starch. You can usually sub one out for another without a problem and they work pretty interchangeably. And your poor little guy! Hope he doing okay now!

  34. On December 24, 2013 Julie said

    I have been making these pancakes for several years now. They are delicious and my whole family loves them. Thank you so much for such a great recipe!

    • On January 6, 2014 Kim-Cook It Allergy Free said

      Hi Julie! I am just getting caught up on my comments from the holidays and wanted to let you know how much I appreciate you coming back to let me know. I am so happy that you and your family have been enjoying these pancakes! Thank you SO much for sharing! I hope you had a wonderful holiday and that your new year is off to a great start! 😉

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