No Fail Vegan & Gluten Free Pancakes (with No Added Sugar)

Have you been dreaming about the most perfect no fail vegan / gluten- free pancakes with no added sugar?

Well, I’m about to make your dreams a reality – and just in time for Pancake Day on the 28th of February 2017!

perfect vegan pancakes


This recipe is great if you’re taking part in sugar-free February or are looking for a healthier alternative to a traditional recipe and don’t want to compromise on taste.

You might remember last year when I tried and tested 3 blueberry pancake recipes from famous bloggers/chefs. I said at the time that making vegan pancakes can be difficult. But I finally think I have made a NO FAIL recipe….well I have made them 4 times and they have been brilliant every time, so that’s good enough for me.

Making vegan pancakes

This vegan pancake recipe uses banana in place of eggs. Try and use a nice yellow banana – it’s important to use a ripe banana to add sweetness, but if it is too ripe (i.e. is covered in brown spots) then the pancakes will have a strong banana taste.

Making gluten-free pancakes

Apparently gluten-free baking works best with a blend of flours. For this recipe I used a blend of oats, buckwheat flour and coconut flour. In the past I have tried to make pancakes with only one of these types of flour and they never worked well.

You might be a bit apprehensive about buying 3 different types of flour, but they will store in your cupboard for a long time and you can use them in lots of other recipes, for example baked oats, bliss balls or bread!

Also, just to say that I used to eat gluten-free because I thought it was healthier – but now I realise that it isn’t necessarily better for you to eat gluten-free unless you have an allergy/intolerance. That said, I do like to try baking with different kinds of flours and I never use refined white flour in my home baking.

perfect pancake recipe

No fail vegan & gluten-free pancake recipe

Serves 1-2 *
1 of your 5 a day + fruit toppings

  • ½ cup oats (gluten-free optional)
  • 2 tbsp buckwheat flour
  • 2 tbsp coconut flour
  • 1 small yellow banana (100g)
  • ½ – ¾ cup plant-based milk
  • ¼ tsp baking powder (gluten-free optional)
  • Coconut oil spray – for cooking
  • Serve with fresh fruit, desiccated coconut  or toppings of your choice.


  1. Blend the oats in a blender or food processor until they have the texture of flour.
  2. Next add the rest of the ingredients and blend well.
  3. Leave the pancake batter to rest for 10-20 minutes.
  4. Heat a non-stick pan to a medium heat. If you don’t have a non-stick pan then add 1-2 sprays of coconut oil to your pan (recommended by Healthy Jon).
  5. Add 2 tbsp of pancake batter into the pan and shape it into a circle. Leave to cook for 1 minute until small bubble appear. Turn over the pancake and cook for 1 minute.
  6. Place the pancake on a plate and repeat step 5 until all of the batter has been used up.
  7. Add your toppings and enjoy.


*If I was making these for brunch I’d probably eat them all to myself and be very full afterwards!

Note: I have tried to make a thinner version of the batter, but that didn’t cook as well.

no added sugar no fail pancake recipe


One of my favourite pancake toppings is ripe avocado – it’s so creamy!! I also love warm berries, soya yogurt and almond butter.


Are you celebrating pancake day?
What’s your favourite topping?


P.S. If you make these pancakes be sure to tag me on instagram (@healthyandpsyched) or twitter (@healthyandpsych) so I can see them and reshare the photo.



  1. February 24, 2017 / 12:32 am

    I’m going to try these, love the no-sugar recipe!

    • February 25, 2017 / 5:27 pm

      Thanks Sheryl. It’s amazing how the banana makes them sweet. Also, I think coconut flour adds a bit of sweetness. Let me know how they are if you try them. I’m curious to see if they really are ‘no fail’.

  2. February 24, 2017 / 6:38 am

    These look amazing! You’ve made me really think about the blend of flours thing, i always thought it was just unnecessary added ingredients but you make a really good point! Can’t wait to try the recipe 🙂

    • February 25, 2017 / 5:29 pm

      Thanks Cara 🙂 Yeah – to be honest I always hate looking at recipes and the list of ingredients is massive! Then I feel like I buy all the special ingredients and only use them once! So I wanted to explain why it helps to have different kinds of flour and also that you can use them afterwards.

  3. Dannii
    February 24, 2017 / 10:18 am

    Yay for vegan pancakes – they look amazing. This will be my first pancake day as a vegan and I can’t wait.

  4. February 24, 2017 / 10:19 am

    Such a great recipe and very clever to use banana instead of eggs.. I would love to try it and see what they taste like compared to ‘normal’ pancakes!! Happy Pancake Day for next week 🙂

    • February 25, 2017 / 5:35 pm

      I think you’d tell a difference if you ate them next to ‘normal’ pancakes, but I really love the flavour of these 🙂 Happy Pancake day – I hope you have a flippin’ good time 🙂

  5. February 24, 2017 / 11:03 am

    These look really good, would never have guessed they were vegan, gluten free and with no added sugar x

    • February 25, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Hehehe. Thanks. I aim to try and make really tasty food that’s healthier (and ideally has fruit/veggies in)

  6. February 24, 2017 / 12:16 pm

    Your vegan pancakes sound really delicious, and would be such a healthy start to the day. I like berries as a topping on my pancakes as well x

    • February 25, 2017 / 5:36 pm

      Thanks. I think this would be a nice recipe for everyday pancakes rather than the really mega sugary over the top ones you save for pancake day or a special brunch.

  7. February 24, 2017 / 3:22 pm

    Vegan, gluten free and no fail. Win, Win and Win again. A healthy start to the day for sure

    • February 25, 2017 / 5:38 pm

      Thanks Mellissa, I was so pleased to make a healthier recipes that people with many different diet types can enjoy.

  8. countryheartdeb
    February 24, 2017 / 4:18 pm

    oh they look really good, i will pass the recipe over to a friend who is gluten free

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 25, 2017 / 5:24 pm

      Hey Deborah – that would be so amazing if you could. I’m trying to get lots of people to test my recipes. Sometimes I never know who is actually reading and making them.

  9. February 24, 2017 / 4:28 pm

    They sound yummy and just in time for pancake day. My best friend is gluten free we may have to give these a try next time she visits

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 25, 2017 / 5:23 pm

      🙂 I bet it can be hard to find nice gluten-free pancake recipes! This does require a few different kinds of flour, but I think the combination makes them taste really good and have a nice texture.

  10. February 24, 2017 / 10:40 pm

    They look so tasty and perfect! I love pancakes!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 25, 2017 / 5:21 pm

      Thanks. I love pancakes but I could never make them properly until this recipe!

  11. February 24, 2017 / 11:22 pm

    These look amazing! x
    Izzy |

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 25, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Thanks Izzy 🙂

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 25, 2017 / 5:14 pm

      Hope you have a lovely pancake day. Be sure to let me know if you do try them out. I’m not sure how well they can be flipped though 😉

  12. February 25, 2017 / 4:49 pm

    These sound great. I love that you use banana instead of egg I must try this as it sounds really yummy.

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 25, 2017 / 5:13 pm

      Thanks Melanie – it’s amazing how bananas act like eggs in the recipe. I like it far more than other egg substitutes.

  13. February 25, 2017 / 5:50 pm

    What a great recipe idea – i’m not vegan but love bananas so tempted to try this one out just for fun! x

  14. February 25, 2017 / 8:01 pm

    MMm these sound amazing! I’ve been looking for a more healthier pancake substitute this year! I also LOVE the heart strawberries x

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 26, 2017 / 8:08 pm

      You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy vegan pancakes 🙂 I love them especially because you can eat as much batter as you want without being worried about eating raw egg!!

  15. alisonrost
    February 26, 2017 / 3:09 am

    Horray for Pancake Day! It’s my favorite food day of all. After seeing your post .. I may just have to deviate from my usual Aunt Jemima with blueberry syrup

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 26, 2017 / 8:06 pm

      Hahaha great favorite food. I had a thing about pancakes when I was younger and wanted my dad to make them for me all the time, but then I sort of gave up as I got older because I couldn’t make them – until this recipe!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 26, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      I’ve tried it in a few things such as banana bread and it’s quite nice so long as you don’t mind a slight banana taste.

  16. February 26, 2017 / 4:13 pm

    Wow these look stunning I love your strawberry hearts too!!! We love pancake day, this year we are in need of a dairy free pancake recipe for our youngest who now has a dairy allergy!

    • Heathy & Psyched
      February 26, 2017 / 8:04 pm

      Thankyou so much 🙂 I think I was still feeling romantic from Valentine’s Day hehe!! Hope you like the pancakes if you try them. I think non-dairy milk should work okay in a normal pancake recipe as well 🙂

  17. February 26, 2017 / 8:31 pm

    these look delicious. No one in my family likes pancakes apart from me so we never have them but as this is a recipe only serves one to two I might give it ago

  18. February 26, 2017 / 11:31 pm

    These look amazing and it’s great that they are vegan! xo

  19. February 27, 2017 / 9:56 am

    These look delicious and really simple to make. I’m going to have a go at making them tomorrow.

  20. February 27, 2017 / 11:20 am

    Pancakes are another of my food hells. I hate Pancake Day, just the smell makes me sick.

  21. February 28, 2017 / 11:19 am

    Wow, I love the strawberry heart shape design and I can’t think of that its really sugar free! I’d love to try that.

  22. February 28, 2017 / 1:39 pm

    Very nice recipe – I like the look of these pancakes 🙂

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