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Snickerdoodle Paleo Pancakes

Cinnamon swirl snickerdoodle paleo pancakes made grain-free and dairy-free are ultra light, fluffy, and moist! Make them any time you’re craving delicious, unique pancakes!
Cinnamon Swirl Paleo Pancakes | Made using almond flour and coconut sugar for a healthy yet delicious breakfast #brunch #paleo #glutenfree #pancakes

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Thank you. That felt so right.

Basically, these pancakes have made me lose my marbles. Have a gander:

Cinnamon Swirl Paleo Pancakes | Made using almond flour and coconut sugar for a healthy yet delicious breakfast #brunch #paleo #glutenfree #pancakes

Before you lose your bloomin’ britches over these pancakes, lemme give you all the informations. They are crispy on the outside and molten on the inside, like a down and dirty caramelized pancake churro concoction that doesn’t make any sense it’s so wrong that it’s right.

They are LITRALLY crispy.

…on account of the coconut sugar.

…it caramelizes in the pan.

…creating the crisp.

…you will never be the same.

…nor will your kids.

…molten on the inside, though.

…like you’re biting into a churro factory.

…serious biznatch.

…almond flour has protein in it. Just sayin’.

The order of operations for these cheeky hot cakes is you make a regular batch of almond flour pancake batter, then swirl in this coconut sugar/butter/cinnamon mixture (a.k.a. salve from heaven). If you want, you can draw inappropriate pictures in the swirl. Illustrate like no one is watching.

While the pancakes cook on the skillet, the coconut sugar and butter create a flavor and texture so obnoxious it can’t be explained with words. Churro. <- Okay, it can. 

If you need to use brown sugar instead of coconut sugar, that might work. No guarantees, don’t quote me on that.

I wanted to name these pancakes Cinnamon Roll Paleo Pancakes SOBAD, but they look nothing like a cinnamon roll. I even felt weird and cagey about calling them “cinnamon swirl,” since you can’t see the swirl in the photos. So then I debated calling them Churro Pancakes, but thought that might be confusing and off-base. But they do taste like a cinnamon roll…pancake, that is…churro-syle…ramalamadingdong. Are we still talking about my thoughts? Let’s stop.

Oh hey, these are grain-free, refined sugar-free, gluten free, dairy free and paleo friendly! <- Buzz words for SEO purposes, m’dear.

Cinnamon Swirl Paleo Pancakes | Made using almond flour and coconut sugar for a healthy yet delicious breakfast #brunch #paleo #glutenfree #pancakes

The pancake batter itself is made using almond flour and almond milk, and the cinnamon swirl concoction consists of butter (use grass-fed to be paleo-friendly, or use coconut oil), coconut sugar and cinnamon. You could probably throw some walnuts in there, too, for some added crunch.

Word to the wise: be careful when flipping these, as they’re more delicate than the average pancake. 

Have I mentioned, the pancakes turn out crispy on the outside and molten on the inside?  Just like a freaking churro? I feel like I’m repeating myself repeating myself.

That dollop of white you see in the photos is plain Greek yogurt, because cinnamon + sugar needs some tang for the palate balancing, yes? Yogurt is not paleo, but it’s still rad. You could spread these things with cream cheese, you wicked creature you. Cream cheese is not paleo…but…still rad.

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Pancakes for life!


Cinnamon Swirl Paleo Pancakes | Made using almond flour and coconut sugar for a healthy yet delicious breakfast #brunch #paleo #glutenfree #pancakes
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Crispy Cinnamon Swirl Paleo Pancakes

Crispy Cinnamon Swirl Paleo Pancakes are a unique, delicious pancake recipe to share with friends and family.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time35 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 medium-sized pancakes
Author: Julia


Almond Flour Pancakes:

Cinnamon Swirl:


  • Stir together the almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, baking soda, cinnamon, and salt in a mixing bowl (dry ingredients).
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, vanilla extract, almond milk, and maple syrup. Pour the wet mixture into the bowl with the dry mixture and stir well to combine.
  • Add three tablespoons of the pancake batter to a small bowl. Add the melted butter, cinnamon, and coconut sugar and stir well to combine. This mixture will be thick.
  • Pour the cinnamon and sugar mixture into the bowl with the pancake batter and swirl.
  • Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium and add enough coconut oil to generously coat the surface, about 3 tablespoons.
  • Measure 1/4 cup of batter and pour on the hot skillet. Cook until sides begin to firm up, about 2 to 3 minutes. Carefully flip and cook another 2 to 3 minutes, until pancake is cooked through. Repeat for remaining batter, adding more coconut oil to the skillet as necessary.
  • Serve pancakes with butter, pure maple syrup, and plain Greek yogurt (or spreadable cream cheese).


Serving: 1grams
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Rio C

Thursday 1st of June 2023

Can you replace the almond flour and just use full tapioca flour?


Monday 5th of June 2023

Hi Rio! I haven't tried that myself, so I'm not sure how they would turn out. It may be worth googling a pancake recipe made entirely of tapioca flour just to be sure all the proportions of ingredients are spot on :)

Stella Plasse

Friday 30th of December 2022

My family gobbled these up! So tasty! You almost don’t need to put anything on them, but that’s crazy talk. I would like to try them with cream cheese on top next time. I used Lakanto sweetener instead of the maple syrup and their brown sugar version for the cinnamon swirl. It worked perfectly.


Friday 30th of December 2022

Ooh, I love the idea of trying them with cream cheese! What a fabulous idea! I'm so thrilled you and your family enjoyed the pancakes, Stella! Thanks so much for sharing! xoxo


Sunday 25th of December 2022

i made your paleo sheet pan pacakes today & they were a HUGE hit. think these could be done the same way? (i may or may not hace added a cinnamon swirl top half of the sheet pan i made today).


Monday 26th of December 2022

I'm so happy to hear that, Marci! I haven't tested it with these pancakes, but it may work. You may want to double the recipe so that it fills up the whole sheet pan. Let me know if you try it! xo


Saturday 17th of November 2018

These pancakes were super thick for me. I had to add almond milk which then diluted the cinnamon flavor. I think I'll try again but buy paleo pancake mix.


Saturday 17th of November 2018

I'm sorry to hear that, Aimee! What brand of almond flour did you use? Did you make any other substitutions (for instance, arrowroot flour for tapioca flour or coconut milk for almond milk)?


Friday 12th of August 2016

I really wish these were fluffy like the photo. The batter was very hard like dough and I didn't change a thing! Maybe some suggestions would be nice. So disappointed esp bc I used a ton of almond flour which is very expensive :(


Thursday 18th of August 2016

Hi Cristal,

Did you make any substitutions? What type and brand of almond flour and tapioca flour did you use? I'm sorry the pancakes didn't turn out - sounds like the batter just needed more liquid.

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