Cranberry Orange Oat Flour Pancakes

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Oat Flour Pancakes

Welcome to week one of The Pancake Project! Each Friday, I’ll be posting a different pancake recipe to get you geared up for a relaxing pancake weekend. When given the opportunity, I enjoy making big healthful breakfasts on slow weekend mornings while drinking my weight in coffee. Pancake weekends are my favorite weekends and now I’m sharing them with you!

These aren’t going to be any ol’ pancakes. I will be using various flours and nut meals to create a magnificent array of flavors, textures and health benefits. If you have never tried your hand at a coconut flour or almond meal pancake, you are in the exact spot you need to be. If you have been holding yourself back from taking your favorite coffee shop by storm and ordering up a breakfast pastry the size of a cargo ship, my pancakes will be your sponsor. You can call them up any hour any day and tell them you’re about to fall off the wagon. They’ll listen. They’ll talk you off of your pastry cliff. You can New Year’s Resolution your face off with my pancakes.

When it comes to project-ing, it’s best to be prepared. Here’s what you’ll need for The Pancake Project:

  1. A grocery store with a natural food section where you can find a variety of flours/meals (such as Bob’s Red Mill or Trader Joe’s)
  2. Time on your side (cheers to the freakin weekend)
  3. Love in your heart and health on the mind
  4. Tolerance Willingness to share with others

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Oat Flour Pancakes

First up: Oat flour. Orange. Cranberry. Zesty, Tangy, Naturally sweet. It’s a fiesta in your mouth. Oat flour can help lower your cholesterol and also regulate your blood sugar.  Oats are a complex carbohydrate, which means they’re slow burning – you won’t be hungry 5 seconds after eating these bad boys as they will provide you sustained energy. You can keep your pastry leash on while enjoying a plate of the Pancake Project.

Cranberry Orange Oat Flour Pancakes

Author: Julia



  1. Heat water in a tea kettle until boiling.
  2. Put the dried cranberries in a small bowl and pour boiling water on top of them. Allow them to sit for 10 minutes until softened and puffy.
  3. Strain the water from the cranberries and set cranberries aside.
  4. In a mixing bowl, lightly beat the egg and add the almond milk, grapeseed oil, orange juice, orange zest and vanilla extract. Stir until combined.
  5. Add the oat flour, salt and baking powder to the wet mixture and mix just until combined. Careful not to over-mix as over-mixing oat flour can make the pancakes very dense.
  6. Add the blanched cranberries and mix.
  7. Heat a large non-stick skillet just above medium heat. Add a couple teaspoons of oil to the skillet.
  8. Measure ¼ cup of the pancake batter and pour it into the skillet. (My skillet fit three pancakes at a time).
  9. Cook until edges firm up, about 2 minutes, then flip to the other side. Cook until golden brown on each side.
  10. Repeat with all of the batter.
  11. Serve with honey!

Gluten Free Cranberry Orange Oat Flour Pancakes

*Note: if you have a gluten-intolerance, proceed with caution. While oats are gluten-free by nature, often times oat producers grow wheat along-side oats, which causes some wheat to get into the oats. If you have a gluten-intolerance, make your own oat flour by blending Bob’s Red Mill Gluten-Free Oats in a food processor or blender.*


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    1. Julia Post author

      Thanks lady! I hope you try them out, they’re delicious! I fed them to my boyfriend and his brother this morning and they got the man stamp of approval 😉

  1. a farmer in the dell

    I love the pancake project already!!! This is a brilliant idea. My weekends are totally lacking in the pancake department. This is just what we need to spice things up around here! I love that you are using different flours and awesome flavor combinations. I for one am really excited for the upcoming pancake recipes!!!

    1. Julia Post author

      Yaaaaaaaaay! I’m so glad I’m not the only one who’s excited about pancakes! I figured it was time to upload my pancake tinkering into the world wide web…if there’s one item I’ve spent a lot of time with, it’s the pancake 😉 Have a great weekend, dear!

  2. Abby

    you are my hero! My weekends need more pancakes and sweatpants. And I’m so excited to try these new flours with you, you got me to try coconut and almond flour, and grapeseed oil for that matter. Bring on the pancakes!!

    1. Julia Post author

      Yippy! I’m excited to have lazy pancake weekends with you too! I bet your hubs will love them as well – Garrett pretends that he only eats manly food but in reality, he loves the pancake 🙂

  3. Emily

    Perfect timing – I was saying literally just a few hours ago how much I missed pancakes! Now I don’t even need to go googling – this recipe will be immediately emailed to my chief pancake maker. Thank you 🙂

  4. Dana

    Oh my goodness, my husband is going to lose his mind when I make these! His favorite muffin ever is cranberry orange, which I made gluten free after our daughter was diagnosed with celiac, but I never thought of making a pancake with those flavors. Brilliant! Thank you so much for this awesome recipe.

    1. Julia Post author

      Your husband and I have our favorite muffin in common…I could do cranberry/orange muffins any ol’ day, they’re so tasty! Thanks so much for your thoughtful compliments and let me know how your pancakes turn out!! 🙂


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