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Gluten Free Orange Pancakes

Gluten Free Orange Pancakes _

I recently had some orange juice sitting in the back of the fridge that was quite a few days past it’s expiration date. Now, I am not usually one to recommend using something past it’s expiration date, and I would not have served this juice to my family, but I knew it would work fine for cooking.

And let me address why I even had orange juice that expired in the fridge. I am guessing most of you do not have that problem. I love homemade orange julius and like to keep orange juice on hand for them, but besides that my family does not drink much juice. Actually we pretty much don’t drink juice. We never gave our kids a lot of it when they were little and now that they are older, they don’t really care that much about it.

It is not that they don’t like it, they just don’t think to drink it. Water is what we always gave them when they were little to drink and in a way it trained them to only drink water. Which I think is actually a good thing. Although when I do buy juice, it leads to the problem of it often expiring before it gets used.

Gluten Free Orange Pancakes_

Now back to the pancakes.

There are many things that I could have used the orange juice in, but I decided to give it a try in my basic pancake recipe. I thought about substituting all the liquid for orange juice, but thought that might give it too strong of an orange taste. I decided to replace most of the liquid with orange juice, but did use a little bit of milk for the rest. They were plenty orange flavored that way, but not in an overpowering way.

If you wanted to make these dairy free I think you could easily use all orange juice and use a butter substitute. If you want less orange just use less juice and more milk.

One of the things I love about adding citrus to recipes like this is that they really help the texture of gluten free things. The acid in citrus works so well with the gluten free flours. I have found it gives it a much lighter and less grainy texture. So, don’t be afraid to use more citrus in your gluten free cooking.

Gluten Free Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes

If you want to make these even better and make them a special treat, add in some chocolate chips. As I was making these one of my kids suggested I add chocolate to them. According to my kids chocolate makes everything better. And I have to admit that I agree, chocolate makes most things better. So of course I liked the suggestion.

What I did was make about half the pancakes without the chocolate chips and I stirred in just a few for the remaining pancakes. Now, the chocolate is a special treat. The regular way is how I will make these most of the time, but for a special treat or a holiday breakfast, the chocolate chips are a delicious addition.

Gluten Free Orange Chocolate Chip Pancakes__


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  1. These sound delicious! However, I’m gluten free and dairy free. Would they work with non-dairy substitutions for the butter and milk?

    • I think you could easily use all orange juice or part rice milk or other milk substitute. As far as the butter I would use whatever you normally use in place of it. I think Earth Balance or coconut oil would probably work. I hope that helps.

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