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Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes without Xanthan Gum

Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes without Xanthan Gum_

Fluffy gluten free pancakes without the gums are totally possible. And they are delicious.

Pancakes are one of my family’s favorite gluten free foods. You might be able to tell that by the amount of gluten free pancake recipes I have here on my site.

They are one of the first things I converted to gluten free. And we eat them at least once a week. But pancakes have also been one of the things I have struggled to get just right gluten free.

If you have read my site for awhile you probably know that I am not a huge fan of pre-made gluten free flour blends. I do use them some, but not a lot. My number one issue with pre-done blends has to do with the gums. Most blends contain gums already in them. But the amount of gums that works in a muffin may not work in a cake or cookie. And what works for a waffle will not be the same as a gluten free bread.

In my experience with gluten free cooking gums are far from a one size fits all ingredient.

The issue with gums seems worse when it comes to foods like pancakes. Gums tend to really change the texture of pancakes. It makes them gummy for lack of a better word. It also tends to make them thick and sometimes more dense than a regular pancake would be.

All the gluten free pancake recipes so far on my site have called for a small amount of xathan gum and they are all good, but I have been experimenting recently with using no gums in my gluten free pancakes. And you know what? It works fine. I actually think it works better. For the last two months or so I have totally been leaving the xathan gum out of all my gluten free pancakes and it works great.

In fact, my family likes them better. They are less gummy. They are more like a regular gluten filled pancake. And I have found that they cook faster without the gums. So gluten free pancakes with no gums are a definite win at our house.

Now you can’t take the gums out of all gluten free recipes, but in pancakes I think it works fine.

I have not gone back and updated all the gluten free pancake recipes on my site, but I plan to update them without the gums soon. Feel free to leave out the gums in any of them to see what you think.

Today I am sharing my favorite basic gluten free pancake recipe without the gums. This is the recipe we use almost every Saturday morning for our Saturday morning breakfast tradition.

I would love to hear your thoughts on gums. Do you think gluten free pancakes need the gums or not? 

Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes without Xanthan Gum

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  1. I completely agree with you, Lynn. I have not been putting gums in pancakes for years, and they always turn out better than with gums. Thanks for sharing this with all your readers.

  2. Those look delicious, Lynn! Like you, I’m not a fan of ready-made mixes or gums. Many times, I’ve found I can just leave them out, not always, but more often than I would have suspected. I also like grain-free baking because it never requires gums. Can’t wait to share this recipe with everyone–thanks!


  3. I have cut back on my gluten free baking in the past few months, but just threw these together as an experiment. I thought that you always HAD to use xanthan gum and was pleasantly surprised by these pancakes. The texture was amazing! This is my pancake recipe from now on. I halved the ingredients because I live alone and can only eat a few at a time. By the way, added fresh blueberries–fantastic! Thank you very much, Lynn!

    • I am so glad that you enjoyed them and they worked so well for you. I thought the same thing the first time I tried pancakes without gums, but it seems to work just fine. Thanks for letting me know that you enjoyed them!

  4. Would these work with flax or chia eggs?

  5. Made these this morning! The whole family, including the non-gluten free folks, loved them!

  6. I tried these out tonight. Thank you so so so much. They truly are delicious! My first gluten free pancakes!

  7. Michelle Baesler says

    Hi Lynn,
    Do you have a favorite brand of brown rice/rice flours? Also, would superfine flours work? Thanks.

    • I usually use Bob’s Red Mill white and brown rice flours. They are the easiest to find and I like them. I have not tried superfine flours in this recipe, but I have used them in others. If think they would work fine in this. They are our favorite gf pancakes. I hope you enjoy them!

  8. Jeanenne says

    I made these pancakes today for my gluten-free pancake lover 15-year-old granddaughter, and she loved them!! She was afraid she would never get to enjoy pancakes again, but these made her quite happy!! Hubby loved them, too. Followed instructions exactly. Ty

  9. Can we substitute for the buttermilk?

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