The Paleo diet takes its name from the Paleolithic era as it resembles the diet of people back then. But what was that like and how come we’ve come to ask about how we can make fluffy paleo pancakes nowadays?
Before farming, the only food that was accessible to people was meat, fruits, and vegetables, and since grains, legumes, and dairy products came to be when farming activities started, paleo pancakes are made with some very specific ingredients.
So, if you want to find out how to make the perfect fluffy paleo pancakes, keep reading below!
What Are Paleo Pancakes Made Of?
Now that you know exactly what a paleo diet consists of, you can understand that making paleo pancakes includes no refined flour or sugar, not even milk.
So, what are they made of? Paleo pancakes are made with flour types like almond and coconut flour, and milk alternatives like almond milk.
Since there’s also no sugar allowed in a paleo diet, you typically substitute honey or maple syrup for it. As for the toppings, more maple syrup and fresh fruit of your choice are perfect.
What Is The Trick To Making Fluffy Pancakes?
There are more than one tricks to make your paleo pancakes fluffy. Those are:
Add The Right Leavener
To make your pancakes fluffy, you will most certainly need a leavener that will give them that puffy look. Baking powder or a mix of baking soda and vinegar are the best options.
However, prior to adding any baking powder to your recipe, make sure it’s made of sweet potato or arrowroot as cornstarch-based baking powders are not paleo-friendly.
Make Sure Your Leavener Is Okay
Leaveners have an expiration date and you can double-check your leaverer’s condition by adding a spoon of vinegar to a bowl with baking powder or baking soda in it.
If your leavener starts to fizz, then it’s still going to help you make your fluffy pancakes. And remember, the fresher it is, the fluffier your pancakes will be.
Be Careful When Combining The Ingredients
There’s a reason why all recipes have instructions and why each step asks you to combine different ingredients together and sometimes add them one at a time.
In the case of pancakes, you typically have to combine the wet ingredients separately from the dry ones before mixing them all together in one bowl.
In fact, those separate preparations are the most important part of the process as that is where all the ingredients are ‘activated.’
Gently Fold, But Don’t Overmix
The more you stir your batter, the tougher your pancakes will turn out to be. That is because gluten starts developing in the flour as you stir and the leavener starts releasing its bubbles.
Therefore, once it’s time to combine the wet ingredients with the dry, fold them in gently and do not overstir them.
The Best Paleo Pancakes
This paleo pancake recipe uses almond, and arrowroot starch, as well as coconut flour. However, almond flour outdoes the other two both in quantity and in the resulting flavor, which is why they are not mentioned in the title.
Other ingredients included in this recipe are eggs, almond milk, maple syrup, salt, vanilla extract, and oil. But it’s not just any oil. This recipe uses avocado oil to make these pancakes even more special.
There are no other mix-ins mentioned in the recipe, but you can always add some paleo chocolate chips to the mix or alternatively serve the pancakes with some melted paleo chocolate on top.
Cassava flour does wonders and makes the fluffiest of pancakes with the help of a little bit of baking powder. This recipe calls for nothing but a teaspoon of the leavener for 1 ½ cups of flour.
As for the rest of the ingredients, it is the usual combination of eggs, dairy-free milk, and butter or coconut oil.
Again, as with the previous recipe, you can always add more mix-ins in the batter like chocolate chips or fruits like blueberries.
However, we have another recipe using blueberries below, so we suggest you keep these pancakes simple and just serve them with some maple syrup.
You don’t always need flour to make fluffy pancakes, and this flourless banana pancakes recipe can prove that to you and your skeptical kids!
Made with bananas, eggs, vanilla extract, cinnamon, and baking powder, these fruity pancakes go great with maple syrup and a variety of fresh fruit on top.
If you love blueberries and add them to any dessert you make, then save this paleo pancake recipe to make a stack of blueberry-filled fluffy pancakes.
With the classic paleo ingredients we’ve seen thus far in the recipes above, these pancakes need only 5 minutes to prepare and another 10 minutes to cook.
Serve them with some honey, maple syrup, or dairy-free yogurt.
If you are one of those people who don’t have a sweet tooth or can only have something savory for breakfast, these savory broccoli smash pancakes are perfect for you.
To make them, you will need lots of broccoli, butter or ghee, some horseradish, coconut flour, eggs, paprika, salt, and pepper.
Serve with some fresh or dried onion and some bacon slices on top and enjoy!
1 cup of sweet potato puree mixed with ingredients like coconut oil, coconut milk, cassava flour, and eggs (see also “The Best Paleo Spicy Ranch Deviled Eggs“) can yield some delicious and fluffy paleo pancakes that you will want to eat as they are.
You can, of course, serve them with things like honey or nut butter to balance their natural sweetness, but you might as well add some dairy-free yogurt on top.
The Bottom Line
It is very easy to make some fluffy paleo pancakes so long as you follow the tips we’ve offered you in this article. Then, save either of the amazing recipes we have above and get cooking!