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Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free)

Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Grain-free)
These pancakes are made with cashew meal! They’re delicious, easy to make, and free of gluten, dairy, sugar, and grains. 
Trader Joe’s just started carrying cashew meal, and I couldn’t wait to experiment with it. If you don’t have a Trader Joe’s near you, you can order it on Amazon (although it’s much cheaper in person) Trader Joe’s Just Cashew Meal(1 lb) or you could try to make your own. 
Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Grain-free)
So, if you’ve seen my other pancake recipes, which are some of the most popular on this site, or are following Made to Glow on Instagram or Facebook, you probably know that I love to load up my pancakes with toppings. I like to get creative with fresh or frozen berries, nut butters, the Made to Glow Healthy Chocolate Frosting, coconut shreds, dried fruit, and seeds. 
Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Grain-free)
I use nut or seed butters, coconut butter (or manna), or chia pudding to top my pancakes instead of maple syrup, honey, or coconut nectar – this helps me avoid a sugar rush while also adding a serving of protein and fiber to make these pancakes last longer in my stomach. However, top these pancakes with whatever your heart desires – my hubby likes them simple, with just maple syrup, so do what feels good to you.
In the collage above, I used various berries, nut butters, chia/flax/hemp seeds, cacao nibs, and coconut shreds to top these deliciously nutty pancakes. In the top and below pictures, I layered the MTG Healthy Chocolate Frosting, drizzled the whole stack with peanut butter, topped with chopped fresh cherries, and garnished with cacao nibs. It tastes like dessert, but it’s a breakfast that will fill you up with nutrition and energy. 
Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Grain-free)
Cashew meal is more coarse than other nut flours, so these pancakes do not have your normal smooth texture – it’s a bit crunchier. My hubby and I loved the crunchy texture – it reminded us of banana nut bread. If you’d rather have a smoother texture, simply combine all of the ingredients in a food processor and you have a super smooth batter. Note: when I made these in a food processor, I found the pancakes did not rise as high, but they were still very tasty!
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Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Grain-free)
Banana Nut Pancakes
Serves 2
Delicious gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, sugar-free pancakes made of cashew meal.
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 1.5 cups cashew meal
  2. 1/2 tsp baking soda
  3. 1/4 tsp of cinnamon
  4. A sprinkle of (2 grinds) of pink salt
  1. 1 very spotted banana - Mash it against the side of the bowl with a spoon until smooth
  2. 1 Tb vanilla
  3. 2 eggs (it's best if they're room temperature)
  4. 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk (I used unsweetened vanilla coconut milk from a carton, not can)
  1. Preheat a griddle pan on medium low heat. While the pan is heating up, prepare the batter.
  2. Whisk together the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Whisk together the wet ingredients in a medium bowl until smooth. Slowly add the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Whisk until well-combined.
  3. You have to wait until the griddle is HOT to cook your batter. Oil your pan - I use Trader Joe's coconut oil spray or a dab of olive oil.
  4. Pour your batter onto the pan in small 4-in ovals. It's easier if you use a 1/4 cup measurer to scoop up the batter and pour onto the pan.
  5. Let the pancakes cook until you see bubbles. Don't flip them until they're bubbling or they'll fall apart! Once you see bubbles, carefully slide your spatula under each edge then flip. Cook on the other side for just another minute or two.
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This recipe makes ten 4-inch pancakes. I often double the recipe and freeze the pancakes that I don’t eat to save them for breakfasts during the week. For inspiration, check out this post

Banana Nut Pancakes (Gluten-free, Dairy-free, Sugar-free, Grain-free)


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  1. I need to try cashew meal in my pancakes!
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  2. Once again, I’m bumming that we have nut allergies in our house. So many good gluten-free recipes use nut flours. These look delish.
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  3. Hi Alexandra!

    These pancakes look AMAZING! I’d love to have you link up with me at Three in Three for the Create & Share DIY and Recipe Party! I hope to see you there!

  4. Ooh yummy! I’m doing a nut and egg-free experiment for a few weeks, but these are top on my “to make ” list fir when I re-introduce. Your topping suggestions always inspire me, Alex! They look even better than the pancake themselves! 😉
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  5. So very very healthy recipe. Everything about these foods says health, Bannana, fresh berries and being gluten free. thanks for stopping by Fabulous Friday Party.
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  6. Hey girl! I featured you this week at the Create & Share Party! Woo! I hope you linkup again with me this week!
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