Quinoa Pancakes (Gluten Free, Dairy Free)

I did it.  I finally polished off our Costco bag of quinoa.  I was scraping the bottom of the bag for these pancakes.  Pancakes seemed like a good way to bid adieu to the 5 pounds of ancient healthy grain that has been looming over my head to use up for the past 9 months (or maybe it’s been a year even . . .).

Turns out that while quinoa is a great, nutritious grain and source of protein, I don’t love it.  There I said it.  Maybe I should scream it, “I DON’T LOVE QUINOA.”  Perhaps it was because I pretty much had to solely ingest 5 pounds of it since no one else in our house seems to like it very much (even in granola or cookies . . .).  Either way, I’m glad to have that off my chest and out of my pantry for the time being.

So now that I’ve told you about how I don’t love quinoa, I’m sure you are eager to read on and see how to make some pancakes with it! For the handful of you that are still reading, here’s a great gluten-free and dairy-free pancake recipe to utilize some quinoa (it’s a great way to use up some leftover quinoa!).


Quinoa Pancakes   (adapted from here)

2 1/2 cups cooked quinoa

4 eggs

1 cup coconut milk (could be flavored or unflavored)

1 tablespoon honey

2 tablespoons coconut oil

1 teaspoon vanilla extract (omit if using vanilla flavored coconut milk)

3 teaspoons baking powder (by all my research this is gluten free, but please correct me if I’m wrong)

1/4 teaspoon salt


1. In a blender, combine the quinoa, eggs, milk, honey, oil and vanilla.  Blend until smooth.

2. Add the baking powder and salt to blender and blend again for about a minute.

3. Cook batter in greased skillet, flipping once bubbles rise from the middle and batter has firmed up (about 3-5 minutes a side).

Top with your favorite fruit and syrup!



And in case you needed some other ways to use a 5 pound bag of quinoa  . . . .

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  1. Sounds yummy! I will have to try them once I’m eating eggs again (on a elimination diet for my breastfeeding baby). I actually like quinoa (I know, I’m odd, if there was a Cosco anywhere near me I would buy the 5pound bag) with some butter and salt! I’ll use my leftovers for these pancakes for sure. Thanks for sharing.

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