The Best Gluten Free Flour To Use In Pancakes – Complete Guide


Making a pancakes recipe gluten free isn’t as simple as substituting gluten free flour. The food science behind all the ingredients in a recipe can get complicated. So I am on a mission to find what gluten free flour will make the best pancakes.

The best gluten free flour blend for pancakes is White Gold Gluten Free Bread Flour. It created an amazing flavor, texture, and all-around fluffy and delicious pancakes. In our tests, this came out the best against all other flours including gluten free wheat starch.

Keep reading to find the best gluten free flour for pancakes using the many ways we judged them.

The Best Gluten Free Flour To Use In Pancakes – Complete Guide

The Best Gluten Free Flour For Pancakes – Ranked

Of all the uses for gluten free flour, this has to be one of the most common.

We’re looking for fluffy pancakes with a thick batter that easily flips without tearing. We’re looking for a taste that doesn’t come through and overwhelm the toppings.

I used the same recipe for all of them and even the same skillet. I tried to keep as much the same as I possibly could to better judge the best flour blend overall.

To do this, we used all the blends and evaluated each on the following standards:

  1. Texture
  2. Appearance
  3. Sturdiness When Cooking
  4. Batter Texture
  5. Flavor

Here is how we ranked them overall:

  1. White Gold Gluten Free Bread Flour
  2. Caputo Gluten Free Bread and Pizza Flour
  3. Pamela’s Bread Flour
  4. GF Jules Gluten Free Flour
  5. Cup4Cup Multipurpose Flour
  6. NGF All Purpose Flour
  7. Bisquick Pancake and Baking Mix
  8. Better Batter All Purpose Flour
  9. Namaste Perfect Flour Blend
  10. Domata Gluten Free Flour

For more information on how each flour blend worked in other tests, click on the links above to go to them. For more information on the best gluten free flours over all of our tests, click here to go to our complete guide on the best gluten free flours.

The Best Gluten Free Flour For Pancakes To Get The Best Texture

The expectation with gluten free pancakes is that they will have a similar texture to “regular” pancakes. So the question here is if the crumb structure was excellent, did the pancakes rise up and then fail to maintain that structure? Were they pleasant to eat?

We also need to see if the flour makes the pancakes dry, grainy, crumbly, or if it comes together nicely.

Here is how we ranked them:

  1. White Gold Bread Flour
  2. Pamela’s Bread Flour
  3. Caputo Gluten Free Bread and Pizza Flour
  4. GF Jules Gluten Free Flour
  5. Cup4Cup Multipurpose Flour
  6. NGF All Purpose Flour
  7. Domata Gluten Free Flour
  8. Bisquick Gluten Free Pancake and Baking Mix
  9. Better Batter Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  10. Namaste Perfect Flour Blend

For more details on how these flour blends worked for texture, click here for more information.

The Best Gluten Free Flour For Pancakes That Looks Like Regular Pancakes

The first impression we get of our food is with our eyes. If the end product doesn’t look like we’d expect a pancake to look, we will likely not enjoy eating it.

Appearance is an important metric to judge, especially with picky kids or judgemental relatives. We are looking for pancakes that achieve the standard golden color on the top.

We need to see how much height they get if they maintain the height and the overall impression of the pancake.

Here is how we ranked the different blends based on appearance alone:

  1. White Gold Gluten Free Bread Flour
  2. Navigating Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  3. Pamela’s Bread Flour
  4. Caputo Gluten Free Bread and Pizzz Flour
  5. Cup4Cup Multipurpose Flour
  6. GF Jules Gluten Free Flour
  7. Namaste Perfect Flour Blend
  8. Bisquick Pancake and Baking Mix
  9. Domata Gluten Free Flour
  10. Better Batter Gluten Free All Purpose Flour

For more information on how each of these blends worked, click here for the details.

The Best Gluten Free Flour For Pancakes For Integrity While Cooking

When you take the gluten out of the product, one thing that can happen is a loss of integrity, especially while cooking.

With pancakes, this means when flipping, pancakes may fall apart. Sometimes it will split or not stay together enough at a semi-cooked stage.

Here is how we ranked the flour blends for integrity while cooking:

  1. White Gold Gluten Free Bread Flour
  2. Caputo Gluten Free Bread and Pizza Flour
  3. Cup4Cup Multipurpose Flour
  4. Pamela’s Bread Flour
  5. GF Jules Gluten Free Flour
  6. Bisquick Gluten Free Pancake and Baking Mix
  7. NGF All-Purpose Flour
  8. Better Batter Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  9. Namaste Perfect Flour Blend
  10. Domata Gluten Free Flour

For more information on why we ranked these the way we did, click here.

The Best Gluten Free Flour For Pancakes For The Right Batter Consistency

The batter is the formation of the pancakes and if the batter is not right, the end result tends to be skewed. The consistency can impact how they are cooked and the end result we get.

What we are looking for is a pancake that can firm up enough in the skillet to be flipped and not tear or become deformed. But the batter consistency is where it starts. We want a batter that is thick enough to form a pancake and thin enough to spread in the pan.

What we are really looking for here is the flour blend that behaves the best while being cooked.

Here is how we ranked the flour blends on batter consistency alone:

  1. Caputo Gluten Free Bread and Pizza Flour
  2. White Gold Gluten Free Bread Flour
  3. Pamela’s Bread Flour
  4. Bisquick Gluten Free Pancake and Baking Mix
  5. Cup4Cup Multipurpose Flour
  6. NGF All-Purpose Flour
  7. GF Jules Gluten Free Flour
  8. Better Batter Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  9. Namaste Perfect Flour Blend
  10. Domata Gluten Free Flour

For more information on how each blend performed for batter consistency, click here for the details.

The Best Gluten Free Flour For Pancakes That Taste Like Pancakes

The most important of all: how does it compare to the “regular” version?

Some blends may perform well in all the other tests but the flavor is bitter or has an odd aftertaste.

What we are looking for here is a taste that won’t overwhelm the flavor of the toppings, is slightly sweet, and reminds us of “regular” pancakes.

Here is how we ranked the flour blends based on taste alone:

  1. Caputo Gluten Free Bread and Pizza Flour
  2. Pamela’s Bread Flour
  3. White Gold Gluten Free Bread Flour
  4. GF Jules Gluten Free Flour
  5. Cup4Cup Multipurpose Flour
  6. NGF All-Purpose Flour
  7. Better Batter Gluten Free All Purpose Flour
  8. Domata Gluten Free Flour
  9. Namaste Perfect Flour Blend
  10. Bisquick Gluten Free Pancake and Baking Mix

For more information on how each blend performed based on taste alone, click here for details on each blend.

stack of pancakes on a white plate

Gluten Free Pancakes

This is the recipe base I used when discovering what the best gluten free flour to use for pancakes. Based on the recipe in Joy of Cooking.
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Course: Breakfast
Keyword: pancakes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 16 4 inch pancakes

Equipment

  • Skillet

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups whole milk
  • 3 tbsp butter melted
  • 2 eggs room temp
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 ½ cups gluten free flour
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 ¾ tbsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt recommended: pink Himalayan

Instructions

  • Whisk together melted butter and eggs
    3 tbsp butter, 2 eggs
  • Add milk to the mixture as you whisk. Add vanilla.
    1 ½ cups whole milk, ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • Add the dry ingredients and mix until well combined and there are no lumps.
    1 ½ cups gluten free flour, 3 tbsp sugar, 1 ¾ tbsp baking powder, 1 tsp salt

Notes

This is the basic recipe I used to experiment and see which gluten free flour would make the best pancakes. Please see the article about the best gluten free flour to use for pancakes before you decide which flour blend to use.

Fawn

My passion is supporting those who need to be gluten free. After my family had to transition to eating gluten free I realized how difficult it is. It is more than finding a recipe. It is about how to navigate social situations, deal with isolation, and other things that come along with it. I live in Oregon with my family, cats, and chickens.

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