Grain-Free Almond Butter Protein Pancakes

Grain-free protein pancakes made with almond flour, almond butter, and almond milk. Top with fig preserves, almond butter, and chopped almonds for the ultimate protein pancakes!
Grain-Free Protein Pancakes made with almond butter and almond flour | #healthy #breakfast #recipe #glutenfree

Let’s play a little game called Let Protein Be Thy Excuse, mmkay?

…wherein protein is our catchall reason for anything and everything indulgent that we take upon ourselves to consume. Like..

  • Bacon
  • 1.23 pounds of self-serve fro yo
  • A 5.6-pound carne asada wet burrito
  • The entire freaking jar of peanut butter
  • That can of refried beans (with a dabble of rice to complete all essential amino acids)
  • A whole batch of pancakes on a Saturday morning.

Grain-Free Protein Pancakes made with almond butter and almond flour | #healthy #breakfast #recipe #glutenfree

…Which is how we arrive at the conclusion that we can make the fattiest, most protein-punched out stack of flapjacks that ever did greet this green earth and call it in the name of health. And these fluffed-out hunks of almond buttery bliss truly are healthful. We’re looking at a grain-free, low-carb, high-fat, protein-rich, refined sugar-free, paleo-friendly, perfect-excuse-to-indulge-in-almond butter pancakes.
We take a trifecta of protein – almond meal (or hazelnut meal!), eggs, and almond butter and blend them in a blender along with the rest of the ingredients. Badda bing, badda boom: pancake batterooski for your lazy weekend brekkie.

And we serve with fig preserves. Because we’re total bosses like that.

Modifications? Les do ‘em:

  1. You can use hazelnut flour instead of almond flour
  2. Substitute cow’s milk or coconut milk for almond milk
  3. Incorporate peanut butter or cashew butter instead of almond butter
  4. Serve with pure maple syrup, jam, jelly, fresh fruit, a slice of bacon, you just let your hair down, smalls.
  5. Make pancake PB&J sammies and put them in your kid’s lunch box. Or your lunch box. Take these hiking/biking/skiing/kayaking/spelunking.

Grain-Free Protein Pancakes made with almond butter and almond flour | #healthy #breakfast #recipe #glutenfree

Because: protein

Kitchen Tools

I used the following kitchen tools to prepare this recipe:

Grain-Free Protein Pancakes made with almond butter and almond flour | #healthy #breakfast #recipe #glutenfree

Grain-Free Super Protein Almond Butter Pancakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12 pancakes
Author: Julia


For Serving:


  1. Add all of the ingredients for the pancakes to a blender and blend until smooth. (Note: The batter can turn out thick if your almond butter is very thick. Add more almond milk to the batter as needed).
  2. Heat a large non-stick skillet to medium-low and add enough coconut oil (or olive oil) to generously coat the surface. Once skillet is completely hot, measure out 1/4 cup of batter and pour onto the hot surface. Cook 2 to 3 minutes on one side, carefully flip, and cook 1 to 2 minutes other side, or until cooked through. Repeat for remaining batter (you can cook 3 to 4 pancakes at a time).

  3. Serve with almond butter, fig preserves, chopped roasted almonds, and/or pure maple syrup.

Grain-Free Almond Butter Protein Pancakes - paleo, gluten-free, and healthy | #breakfast #recipe


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  1. Shirley

    I know what I am making for Saturday morning breakfast! Thanks for the protein punch to start the weekend!

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    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Stephanie, I’ve never tested the recipe using gluten-free all-purpose flour, so I can’t be sure. Because GF AP flour absorbs more liquid than almond flour, my guess would be you would need to cut back on the AP flour a little bit in order to make the liquid-to-dry portion work. It’s definitely worth the try – let me know if you give it a shot!

  3. Grace

    Oh my god! Almond butter pancakes?! Without any grains?!? Say. No. More. When I get the time, I am, without a doubt, going to make these pancakes, like, as soon as is humanly possible 🙂 .

  4. Marina

    These are so tasty! I like that you can just mix them in a blender. I would definitely make these again. The only suggestion I would make is that medium-hight heat is way too hot. That burned a couple of my pancakes until I turned it down to medium/medium-low.

  5. Grace

    Hello there, Julia!

    Do you think I could get away with replacing the tapioca flour with coconut flour? If so, what would the tapioca to coconut flour ratio be per tablespoon?

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Grace,

      I’ve never tested the recipe using coconut flour instead of tapioca flour, but off the cuff, I would replace the tapioca flour with 2 teaspoons coconut flour. If the batter looks too watery, you can always add a little more coconut flour 😀 Hope you enjoy!


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