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One Size Fits All Pancakes

One Size Fits All Pancakes

~These pancakes can be made into anything you want them to be! Gluten-free, dairy-free, vegan, and, of course, sugar-free!


  • 1 1/2 cups brown rice flour (whole wheat flour works well, too)
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk or milk substitute
  • 1 Tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 egg or egg substitute (like a flax egg or chia egg)
  • 3 tablespoons oil or applesauce (omitting this is fine)
  • Optional: Add ins like the variations listed below.


  1. First, whisk the milk and apple cider vinegar together and let sit for a few minutes to create a "buttermilk."
  2. Then, mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl.
  3. Add the wet ingredients together and mix well. It is better if batter is a little lumpy.
  4. Pour pancakes on a lightly greased pan heated on medium heat.
  5. Flip them when the batter starts to bubble.
  6. Enjoy with toppings of choice (suggestions below).

Makes a lot of pancakes. Probably feeds 6, but I usually eat about 2-3 servings worth 😉 Make ’em as big or as small as you like!

Sugar-Free Ideas:

Berry Cakes-a classic. Add blueberries, strawberries, etc.

Carmelized Cinnamon and Banana—Sprinkle some cinnamon into the batter. While the pancakes cook, slice bananas onto the top before flipping. The bananas should caramelize on the pancakes! Yummy!

Chocolate Pancakes—Mix in a few spoonfuls of cocoa powder to the batter. To make it even more chocolatey, chop up some unsweetened chocolate for the batter!

Pumpkin Pie Pancake Stacks

Mix Cinnamon into the batter, and layer pancakes with pumpkin. Garnish with more cinnamon. For those who don’t like the taste of plain pumpkin, mix a nut butter with the pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spice.

Grain-Free Bitter Chocolate Stack (Click on Picture for recipe)

Open-Faced Chocolate, Banana, and Peanut Butter (Click on Link for Recipe)

Someone once asked me how I replace America’s beloved topping to pancakes: maple syrup. The answer: I don’t replace! I fill my cakes with scrumptious fillings (lots of fruit and nuts), and top it with nut butters, fruit, and any other random topping  might keep in my pantry!


  • Pina Colada Cakes: Make batter with pineapple and coconut. Top with more pineapple and coconut!
  • Mocha Cakes: Mix cocoa powder and instant coffee into batter.
  • Granola Cakes: Mix dried fruit, oats, and nuts into batter.
  • Reeses Cakes: Mix peanut butter and unsweetened chocolate into batter.

Great Pancake Ideas from other Bloggers:

24-Carrot Cake Pancakes from Chocolate Covered Katie

Brownie Batter Protein Pancakes from Snacking Squirrel

Tiramasu Pancakes from Pure2Raw

Pizza Pancakes from Heather Eats Almond Butter


Thought-provoking, mind-prodding question of the day:

What are your favorite pancake recipes? Do you like to top yours with a bunch of stuff, or fill ’em up? Or maybe you like them plain?


46 Responses to The Way to Every Person’s Heart…

  1. Oh man, all of these pancakes look unbelievably good! I definitely need to make more pancakes. I always enjoy a classic potato or buttermilk-style pancake, but zucchini pancakes are also (usually) unbelievably delicious.

    Just curious, how big of an effect does adding apple cider vinegar have to the recipe? I guess it’s to add the tang that’s traditionally from buttermilk. Do you notice a difference in flavor from the vinegar over another acid? Would lemon juice work just as well?

  2. Picky Nicky says:

    Wow this is such an incredible post! All those ideas look amazing! I thought that my usual bananas and cinnamon was fancy, but these are a whole other level 😀 I think next time I make pancakes I’ll try the bitter cocoa version, sounds yummzy 🙂

  3. kristisn says:

    I love all your different variations of pancakes. Yum!

  4. My favorite way to eat pancakes is to spread them with peanut butter! I love how this recipe is adaptable for so many eating styles. Can’t wait to try your pumpkin ones! 🙂

  5. I was JUST thinking about how I need a go-to pancake recipe…thanks. 🙂

  6. Danielle says:

    This is a little delayed but guess where I found your comments hiding out at? My SPAM folder!! I have no idea why they went there but I’m glad I found them 🙂 . So happy we got that one figured out. By the way, your pancakes look lovely!

  7. ahhh this is my IDEAL post! ahah i am a pancake girl- i love nut butter AT LEAST! that is the main criteria!

  8. I love peanut butter banana pancakes. I swear my blog should be named lolzthateattoomanypancakes.

  9. Vanessa says:

    Pancakes is my favorite food!! I love them, especially my Mom’s. She makes them like the size of the skillet! That was how her mom made them. I remember going to my friends house when I was 10 and her mom asked how many pancakes I wanted. I said 2. They were like what? I never knew till then that a normal pancake is just a little bigger than a half dollar. My favorite pancake would be one made by Mom and slathered in crunchy p.b. and hot maple syrup. Or maybe with tons of fruit in them and slathered with blackberry jam! Man, you got me wanting pancakes….good thing I’m going home next weekend! 🙂

  10. Ma Ma Megan says:

    I’m totally cravin’ pancakes now. haha 😛

  11. Okay I am craving pancakes now!! Must make them soon.
    Sorry we did not get a chance to meet up with while we are in FL.

  12. The peanut butter, chocolate banana pancakes are my favorite! Lately I have been having that for breakfast. I have been using a low fat, whole wheat waffle, some low fat PB, a banana, a few dark chocolate chips and some light syrup. It is so sweet and rich but oh so delicious!

  13. edenseats says:

    Omg I am the queen of pancakes! I have so many recipes in my data! I cant count them! I love blueberry ricotta pancakes!

    • Well then I will have to go on over and count your recipes for you! Let’s see….according to your Recipe page you have 6 pancake recipes, 2 crepe recipes, and 1 waffle recipe… Don’t worry, I’m not a total freak…I hope….

  14. I’m more of a scrambled eggs kind of girl myself, but when I do have pancakes I want bananas and chocolate chips!

  15. Aww you’re so sweet… as are your pancakes. I love all your variations :).

  16. Ooooh, the peanutbutter, chocolate banana makes my mouth water. Yum! I couldn’t pick a favorite pancake, I love doing exactly what you do – change it up and explore all of the delightful options that are out there!

  17. Mmm…these look yummy! Totally puts my morning bowl of oats to shame!

  18. VEGirl says:

    I love topping my pancakes with bananas and applesauce, mostly– but nut butter, seasonal fruit, and spices are great to! I have a recipe for banana basil pancakes that are really yummy, too– it sounds like a strange combo but is totally delicious!

  19. These look INCREDIBLE!
    Definitely a way into every person’s heart.
    At least, a certain way into MINE.
    Hahahahaha 🙂

  20. I love any kind of pancakes, but I have a special place in my heart for pumpkin ones! I’ve been celebrating pancake Sunday for the last month now, so I am always thinking up new creations. I usually make simple pancakes and then go all out with the toppings! Love having nut butter and fresh fruit as toppings!

  21. awe thank you for the shout out. but i think ur pancakes trumps them all! i thought they were muffin tops when i first looked at them- so think and full of bursting berries, and bananas! <3

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  23. Anita says:

    I’m definitely going to make these. They came out so brown ! I was going to tell you Alex that I was watching Marcella Valladollid on Mexican Made Easy on Foodtv. She made a quick version of Horchata which is a traditional mexican drink made from pulverized white rice and cinnamon, a few more things. Anyway, she made an easy version using oatmeal, cinnamon, it’s like water, ice. It all goes in the blender then strained. No sweetener needed ( in my opinion anyway ). I was remembering that old book Back to Eden. They were talking about people that had to work out in the heat in the summer. Those that drank oatmeal water did not overheat. In other words, another way to eat oats, as a drink.

  24. Anita says:

    you know what I forgot to tell you Alex? I was watching America’s Test kitchens and they had a pancake recipe they created. They added a bit of malt, like the malt you mix into malteds. They said it gave the pancakes a diner flavor. I tried the malt but did not notice any differenct. I’ll probably try it again with these. Be well.

  25. […] I went to her page Heather had put up a new post about pancakes! I guess destiny wanted me to make these pancakes! It is actually a recipe from Alex at Spoonful of Sugar […]

  26. Ok now I’m CRAVING pancakes!!!! haha I love making protein pancakes. But this recipe looks great, and healthy too! 🙂

  27. Amy says:

    Hi Alex,
    Thanks SO much for posting this pancacke recipe! I found it through HEAB’s post the other day. I just wanted to express my gratitude, prior to using your recipe I never thought making your own pancakes could be so easy (espcially without using ‘bisquick’ YUCK!)

    Anyway – you inspired me to try my own this past weekend. Today is a ‘snow day’ here so I took the chance and tried a chocolate peanut butter version. Yumm! I could quite get the peanut butter evenlyl stirred in. They are still delicious but do you have suggestions for this?

    I feel so proud and even ate them plain cause they are so good! Thanks so much!

  28. […] Alex’s One Size Fits All Pancakes topped with watery peanut flour butter and cinnamon plus ½ a grapefruit on the side […]

  29. […] essentially followed this recipe. I halved it, changed up the flour, added spice and bananas. It made 5 HUGE […]

  30. […] breakfast this morning, I decided to whip up a half batch of some of Alex’s One Size Fits All Pancakes after seeing HEAB’s extra fluffy/drool-worthy batch the other […]

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  33. […] I started off at Heather’s Heather Eats Almond Butter blog which pointed me to  Alex’s Spoonful of Sugar Free blog.  This recipe is adapted from Alex’s “One size fits all” […]

  34. healthforthewin says:

    I was wondering what a subsittute for the apple cider vinegar would be?

  35. Heather says:

    I know this post is old, but I have a question. Will it work to use almond flour instead of brown rice flour? I only have almond flour on hand and was hoping to use it up first before buying anymore flour (of any kind!).

  36. vanessa says:

    hello,made them with flax egg and they were great.
    Do you think I can freeze them?

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