My Fave Gluten Free Pancakes (and Sticky Toffee Pudding Pancakes!)

My Fave Gluten Free Pancakes (and Sticky Toffee Pudding Pancakes!)

My Fave Gluten Free Pancakes (and Sticky Toffee Pudding Pancakes!)

These beautiful pancakes.

I never thought I’d see the day where I found an alternative syrup for pouring on pancakes. I’ve always been a maple syrup monster, cos sure you can give me whipped cream or blueberry coulis but I’m going to want syrup too.

Inspired by that thick, butterschotchy sauce served with traditional sticky toffee pudding, I created this variation. I made the sauce using coconut sugar, an unrefined sweetener, which has a rich flavour but brown sugar will work just as well. Due to all that caramel these are quite dessert-like and I think would actually be pretty fun to serve as a quick pudding.

My Fave Gluten Free Pancakes (and Sticky Toffee Pudding Pancakes!)

The pancake recipe is my favourite gluten free batter ever so far. I added some cinnamon and ginger this time to follow the mimicked sticky toffee pudding theme but you can leave that out if you just want regular pancakes.

My Fave Gluten Free Pancakes (and Sticky Toffee Pudding Pancakes!)

Sticky Toffee Pudding Pancakes

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  • 1 x recipe for pancakes (see recipe above or use your favourite recipe)
  • 1/4 cup (55 g) unsalted butter or coconut oil
  • 1/3 cup (80 ml) milk or almond milk
  • 2/3 cup (160 ml) whipping cream, heavy cream or full-fat coconut milk
  • 3/4 cup (165 g) coconut palm sugar (or light brown sugar)
  • pinch of salt
  • For serving: whipped cream + pecans , optional


  • Make the pancake batter (see recipe above) and set aside whilst you make the sauce.
  • Combine all the toffee sauce ingredients in a saucepan and heat on medium, stirring constantly until the sugar has dissolved.
  • Bring the mixture to the boil then turn down to a simmer. Keep stirring the mixture every so often for about 5 minutes. Test the thickness of the sauce by dripping a small amount of it onto a plate, leaving it for a few seconds to cool and then running your finger through it. A line should be left through the sauce when it has been cooked for long enough.
  • Set aside whilst you cook the pancakes (see recipe above)

  • Serve the pancakes with the toffee sauce (you may need to gently warm it back up before serving) whipped cream and pecans.
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it went! Mention @izyhossack or tag #topwithcinnamon!

My Fave Gluten Free Pancakes

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  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup (125 ml) milk (any kind)
  • 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) ricotta
  • splash of vanilla
  • 1/2 cup (45 g) ground almonds
  • 1/4 cup (4 tbsp) buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of ground ginger
  • 1 tsp baking powder , (gluten free if needed)


  • Combine the eggs, milk, ricotta and vanilla in a jug. Stir together with a fork or a whisk then add the almonds, flour, cinnamon, ginger and baking powder. Mix until well combined - if it's a bit lumpy that's fine.
  • Set the batter aside to rest for 10 minutes whilst you make the sauce (See below)
  • In a large frying pan, heat about 1/2 tsp of coconut or vegetable oil. Pour puddles of batter into the pan, about 1 tbsp worth, and cook over a medium-low heat. The pancake is ready to be flipped when the edges of the surface start to look opaque and bubbles form and burst. Using a metal spatual, flip and cook until golden brown on the other side then remove to a platter. Repeat with the rest of the better (I like to keep the cooked pancakes warm in the oven at 100 F/ 50 C as I cook the others).
Tried this recipe?Let me know how it went! Mention @izyhossack or tag #topwithcinnamon!

64 thoughts on “My Fave Gluten Free Pancakes (and Sticky Toffee Pudding Pancakes!)”

  1. Ahhh usually not a pancake person but the buckwheat and almond (and toffee sauce obviously) might make me a convert…

  2. Congrats on all your accomplishments! I love sticky toffee pudding and I love pancakes! Great combination and I’m obsessed with how easily veganized it is.

  3. Sticky toffee pudding = one of my fave things ever. These pancakes look soo good, and I love the ricotta in your pancake recipe. I recently tried it with waffles and they were too pancake-y in consistency, which would obviously be perfect here.

  4. Yummmmmm!!!! Can’t wait until I get a chance to try them! I’m hoping to start a food blog soon with my best friend and your blog is one of my biggest inspirations! I really love your work and I hope that one day I can be blogging as a job too. Thank you so much for everything xx πŸ™‚

  5. i love me some maple, but on pancakes i can’t resist some crazy sauces. this one sounds incredible! you’re a crafty, clever human! i love using coconut sugar, especially like this where its caramelized flavor is accentuated. yuurrrrm.

  6. Those look incredible. So sticky and gooey. I love this pancake flavor you came up with, so creative πŸ™‚

  7. Okay, so sticky toffee pudding is one of my all time favourite desserts and I just LOVE that you have made a pancake version of them. I know you suggested having these for dessert, but the thought of sticky toffee for breakfast is just too much to resist… I am so excited to try these and share them with my friends. Mostly because it means I can have STP without actually making it… haha!

  8. They look frighteningly delish! Just have a question, can I replace buckwheat with something else? Where I live, they are sometimes not readily available! Thanks.

    • Of course! You can replace it with oat flour (just blend rolled oats in a food processor until fine), arrowroot or corn starch. Or if you don’t mind them not being gluten free just replace the buckwheat with plain flour.

  9. Ricotta in pancakes + toffee pudding syrup = mind blown. Seriously, girl, get out. Also, congrats on all of your 2014 accomplishments, even if it was hectic and sometimes blaaah. I can’t wait to see what you bring in the new year!

  10. Omg My gosh Izy! You are so busy! I can believe you have time for the blog. I hope you can get sometime off soon.
    Can you believe my luck, I just do my shipment of buckwheat today I need some of these pancakes in my life. I am going to top it with cocoa nibs for an extra special dessert!

  11. These look delicious! To make them dairy-free, do you think I could replace the ricotta with soya yoghurt? Although I imagine it won’t be as thick… Thanks! πŸ™‚

    • I think that would work! Might need to reduce the amount of milk so the batter is less thin. Otherwise I think pumpkin puree or mashed banana would sub well πŸ™‚

  12. Gahh these look so insane and fluffy Izy! Currently drooling over all your recipes whilst in my free period – productivity at its finest!

  13. Oh my god these look divine. And YES for our fan-girling over Jamie Oliver & David Loftus (have you heard back from him?) at the party!

    • Thanks, girl! I think probably pumpkin puree or mashed banana would do the trick (maybe even blended tofu, not sure..).

  14. These look delicious! I’ve definitely been on a pancake kick lately. I am going to try these for sure!

  15. Hoohoo!! So I don’t know if I ever mentioned this, buuuut I totally made a version of your toffee banoffee sticky pudding cake the other day (as mini donuts) and oh. My. Gaw. I am drooling at the memory and drooling exxxxtra hard at these photos, which evoke said memory. Nice work, gal, and happy new year!!

  16. Omg! They look so amazing and I believe they are delicious=) I love ricotta in pancakes. Awesome! Definetely will try this recipe soon!

  17. These look and sound dribble worthy – so tasty!

    I regularly eat GF Banana and Blueberry Pancakes after a workout and they are just what I need! Definitely going to try these out though


  18. WOW!! these look incredible!! Well done (as always) Izy! Thank you for finally substituting my maple syrup, I think I’ve converted completely! Seriously, I’ve been dousing pancakes in that stuff for waaaaay too long, time for a change I think πŸ™‚

  19. I am stunned by how amazing your blog looks,congrats for all the success:)Hope my blog looks this good one day.

  20. I always used to choose anything chocolate over any thing with sticky toffee. But this year, after I had a piece of my friend’s toffee cake… I am on a bit of a sticky toffee tyrade. Love the look of these. Sunday morning recipe me thinks.

    Thanks Izy

  21. This is first time for me on this site and I’m sure it is not the last one πŸ™‚ I really enjoy reading your stories and these recipes and photos are amazing πŸ™‚

  22. Hey Izzy,

    My name is Eric and I’m a university student asking for permission to use your picture of the gluten free pancakes picture at the top for a short essay. I will give credit where credit is due, but if you don’t want me to then thats cool to. Awesome blog by the way and thanks for sharing the recipe.


  23. Sticky toffee pudding in a pancake?! I’m sold. I’ve only tried coconut sugar once and found it a little bit bitter – maybe not using the right brand. Anyway, these look like syrupy sweet perfection so I’ll have to give it another go πŸ™‚

  24. I had sticky toffee pudding when I traveled to England and loved it. Must try your delicious version for breakfast.

  25. I love how you make gluten-free options! It makes my gluten free life a lot easier πŸ™‚ (Basically everything can be made gluten free, but I like it when the recipe is originally gf!)

    Thanks for sharing πŸ™‚ I will def try these when I go home one weekend!

    – Mary Madeline

  26. Welcome back with a bang lovely! By the way, everyone I gifted the cook book to absolutely loved it! This recipe looks delicious, I’m a pancake freak!

    Katie <3

  27. Whaaa – I’d fangirl like crazy too! (Heck, I’d fangirl like crazy if WE ever met;) The buckwheat sounds like such a perfectly nutty and sweet base for pancakes – can’t wait to try these!

  28. Is there a way to replace to egg?? I would love to try out the recipe but recently I have to avoid eggs due to skin problems…

    • you could try using a flax egg (1 tbsp ground flax meal + 3 tbsp water) but I’m not sure if it would have enough ‘binding’ ability to hold the pancake together!

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