German Pancakes, or Dutch Babies as many people know them, are one of my family’s favorite breakfasts.
Several months ago, I tried a gluten free recipe for a German Pancake in an attempt to create a special breakfast that my best friend might be able to enjoy. Unfortunately, that pancake was so unimpressive that I put the idea on hold for a while.
The other day, I remembered them. As a result, this grain free breakfast was created. I’ve made them twice since to double check the recipe and we all loved them.
Would you like to know what I did differently this time from my grandmother’s original recipe? ALL I did was change out the AP flour for Almond Flour. That’s it. I was completely surprised that the conversion was that simple. Sometimes, GF baking surprises me by being simple. Other times, not so much!
If you are not gluten sensitive or watching your grains, simply replace the almond flour with all-purpose and you’ll have my grandmother’s best breakfast recipe. Drizzled with a bit of maple syrup, this was a delicious breakfast. If you want a real treat, make this Orange Sauce or this Waffle Sauce to drizzle on top.
German Pancakes – Grain Free
- 3 eggs
- ¼ teaspoon sea salt
- ⅓ cup milk
- ⅓ cup almond flour*
- 2 tablespoons butter
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ⅓ cup all-purpose flour
- Preheat oven to 400°F. Whisk together milk, flour and salt until smooth. Add slightly beaten eggs and beat well. Melt the butter in a pie plate in the hot oven. When the butter has melted, remove from the oven and tilt to coat the bottom and sides of the pie plate. Quickly pour in egg mixture and sprinkle with cinnamon.
- Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from the oven and serve while still hot. Drizzle with the topping of your choice or sprinkle with powdered sugar.
22 Comments Leave a comment or review
Sue/the view from great island says
I don't need to eat gluten free, but I love almond flour so much I would make these anyway. The orange sauce sounds yummy.
I adore German pancakes! I've never made them myself, so thank you so much for sharing this recipe!
Becki's Whole Life says
I am so glad these turned out for you! I have a couple of friends who are doing gluten-free diets so I will send them this. I wonder if they have used almond flour yet? I also want to try your orange sauce.
I've been wanting to try this type of pancake for so long! These look as amazing as I imagine they would taste. I think this may just be the weekend to go for it.
I wish I was having this for breakfast.
The Cookinglady says
Wow, these look really good, thanks for sharing
I might give this recipe a try. I have a bag of almond flour in my cupboard that was only used once (cookies for a GF friend). I'd love to eat these pancakes!
Tricia @ saving room for dessert says
So pretty! Sounds almost like dessert 🙂
Inside a British Mum's Kitchen says
Looks great – I love using almond flour – the flavor is fantastic
Bay Area Knitter says
Oh yummy! I'll have to try these! I love pancakes! 🙂
I think I know what I am making for breakfast on Saturday! Thanks!! YUM!
Words Of Deliciousness says
I have never eaten German pancakes before. They look like they would be wonderful for breakfast.
I actually have some almond flour that I've been meaning to use, so though I'm not GF, I think it could be fun to make the GF version of this! Looks like the PERFECT breakfast.
I've never used almond flour before, is the nutty flavor obvious? I had to go check out waffle sauce too, since I have not had that either. Apparently I have lived a sheltered life, ha ha.
There is a very subtle almond flour taste. If you aren't avoiding grains though, I'd just use AP flour for this particular breakfast. The almond flour gets pricey quickly. Just a heads up.
No clue what anyone else might be calling the sauce of heaven that my family calls Waffle Sauce. Grandma named it Waffle Sauce, so Waffle Sauce it is to me.
I am so excited to find your website with all of the gluten-free recipes. I was wondering if almond milk could be substituted for the milk in this recipe, or do you know of another substitute that would work for someone who cannot eat dairy? Thanks!!
Almond milk should work with just about any of these recipes. I have heard from several people that they substituted it in my bread recipes without any problems at all. I've substituted coconut milk in many of the desserts as well. Good luck with it! Let me know how it all turns out for you.
I found these a bit grainy with the almond flour, I think I wil try it nexttime with gf all-purpose or rice flour instead. I'm looking for the fluffy, crispy , sweet treat my Dad used to make on Christmas morning. This one is the closest I've seen so far.
Hi! The recipe above is specifically grain free, made with almonds instead of flours. The gluten free recipe that is posted here: https://barefeetinthekitchen.com/2012/12/cranberry-almond-german-pancakes-with.html is much closer to traditional german pancakes. You can make it both with and without the cranberries and almonds. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do!
Jennifer SH says
Please list Nutrition info w all recipes. How many calories/carbs in this recipe. So glad for the almond flour
Mary Younkin says
Unfortunately, it isn’t possible to list all the nutritional info for all of my recipes, Jennifer. However, you can copy and paste the ingredient list into an online nutritional calculator to get the exact information you need.