Fluffy and moist buttermilk paleo pancakes made grain-free and dairy-free. You’d never know this paleo pancakes recipe was made without wheat!

"Buttermilk" Paleo Pancakes - grain-free and dairy-free pancakes made with homemade non-dairy buttermilk. A delicious and comforting healthy breakfast

Any buttermilk pancakes lovers in the house? I feel buttermilk is one of those underrated ingredients for my generation. My mom used it all the time while I was growing up, so I maintain the fond memory of buttermilk waffles and pancakes, and homemade muffins and pastry-like treats made with the cultured milk.

Buttermilk is traditionally used in baking to help keep goods made with wheat flour soft and tender, as it helps break down gluten. Since we’re not using wheat in this recipe for buttermilk paleo pancakes, the faux “buttermilk” functions more for flavor, richness, and moisture, as the pancakes are inherently soft.

"Buttermilk" Paleo Pancakes made with homemade non-dairy buttermilk - these grain-free, dairy-free soft and fluffy pancakes are easy to make with your pantry staples.

To make non-dairy buttermilk, simply combine full-fat canned coconut milk with cider vinegar and allow it to sit a few minutes. The result is a thick and tangy buttermilk-like substance that can be incorporated into your baked goods just as you would actual buttermilk.

While I’m not lactose intolerant, I certainly notice a difference in how I feel when I minimize my dairy, and as it turns out, dairy is an easy one to replace in cooking and baking. I learned how to make a dairy-free buttermilk replacement a number of years ago, and – I daresay – I haven’t gone back to regular buttermilk.

Buttermilk Paleo Pancakes made with almond flour, coconut milk, cider vinegar, and tapioca flour - an easy grain-free pancakes recipe

This recipe is a riff off my classic Almond Flour Pancakes recipe, simply using our faux buttermilk in place of almond milk.

Simply add all the ingredients to a blender, press the GO button, and BOOM, you have yourself some gluten-free, grain-free, dairy-free buttermilk pancake batter.

Buttermilk Paleo Pancakes - grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free pancake recipe made easily in your blender

Because peaches have been surprisingly awesome in my area (they’re typically a big womp womp), I served up the pancakes with fresh sliced peaches, coconut milk yogurt, chopped pecans, a sprinkle of hemp seeds, and pure maple syrup.

Per usual, you can get wild and crazy with your topping game! I’m always up for a little almond butter and blueberry action, or just plain jane grass-fed butter and pure maple syrup.

So to my non-dairy friends: I thought of you while making these pancakes…you, too, can have a buttermilk pancakes tradition. I hope you enjoy this new spin!

Buttermilk Paleo Pancakes - grain-free, refined sugar-free, dairy-free pancake recipe made easily in your blender

Buttermilk Paleo Pancakes

5 from 1 vote
If you love buttermilk pancakes, you'll rejoice in this grain-free, dairy-free version! Light, fluffy, amazing flavor!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings: 8 pancakes



  • Add all ingredients to a blender and blend until smooth.
  • Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium and add enough coconut oil (or coconut oil of choice) to generously coat the surface. Measure a scant 1/3 cup of batter and pour onto the hot skillet. Cook until sides begin to firm up, about 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully flip and cook another 1 to 2 minutes, until pancake is cooked through. Repeat for remaining batter.
  • Serve pancakes with choice of fresh fruit, chopped nuts, yogurt, nut butter, and pure maple syrup.


*You can also use unsweetened almond milk or cashew milk, but I prefer the coconut milk version.


Serving: 1grams
Author: Julia
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: almond flour, gluten free, grain free, paleo, pancakes, tapioca flour
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Julia Mueller

Julia Mueller is a recipe developer, cookbook author, and founder of The Roasted Root. She has authored three bestselling cookbooks, – Paleo Power Powers, Delicious Probiotic Drinks, and The Quintessential Kale Cookbook. Her recipes have been featured in several national publications such as BuzzFeed, Self, Tasty, Country Living, Brit.co, etc.

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Questions and Reviews

  1. What a great substitution! My parents have to reduce their dairy and carbs, so this will work for their diet. We use many of your recipes as they are healthier versions of foods they love, and they love pancakes!

  2. These looks so fluffy and delicious!! I’ve really been enjoying using coconut milk in recipes lately 🙂

  3. Wow! It’s so hard to find a decent, non-crepe-like paleo pancake. These are definitely going to be a new favorite for me. Thanks for the recipe, you’ve made my Saturdays worth getting up for, again.