Dairy Free Buttermilk Pancakes

September 28, 2017


Dairy free and buttermilk? That seems impossible, right?

It’s not, at least not entirely. It is possible to get the same fluffiness of a Buttermilk pancake, but without the dairy. How do I know? It all started on a day I needed to make Buttermilk pancakes, and conveniently didn’t have any around. And THAT’S when I turned to the internet.

It was a lazy Saturday morning and Anthony asked if I would make pancakes. Pancakes? That’s easy! But his request was for “real” pancakes…um, what? He said he didn’t want any of my favorites: my banana blender pancakes, pumpkin flax pancakes, or one of my very favorites, my zucchini bread pancakes. But those are all my favorites–how could he deny them?!

He wanted pancakes like you get at the diner. Oh dear, that wasn’t easy at all.

Diner pancakes have one thing that I did not have: buttermilk. If you recall, I mentioned it was a LAZY Saturday so the obvious answer, going to the grocery, was out of the question. But low and behold, the world wide web proved to be quite helpful.

Did you know that if you combine vinegar and milk you can make a substitute for buttermilk? Well you can! The combination has the same result that adding buttermilk would have. So there, problem solved.

Dairy Free Buttermilk Pancakes

When I whipped these pancakes up, they came out to be the fluffiest, most delicious pancakes–the best you can without the real deal. But I am sure you are wondering what Anthony thought. Let’s just say he has no idea that the ‘buttermilk’ was actually not buttermilk at all. He ate a whole stack with zero complaints.

So the weekend is just around the corner, and you don’t need to make another trip to the grocery to prep for making these because you surely have everything in the pantry already! How convenient is that??


Dairy Free Buttermilk Pancakes.

Dairy Free Buttermilk Pancakes
Yields 8
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 c milk of choice (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  2. 1 T apple cider vinegar (white vinegar will work as well)
  3. 1 3/4 c unbleached flour (gluten free all purpose flour will work as well)
  4. 2 eggs
  5. 2 T pure maple syrup
  6. 1 tsp vanilla extract
  7. 1/4 tsp sea salt
  8. 1 tsp baking powder
  9. 1 tsp baking soda
  1. Combine milk and vinegar and whisk. Allow to sit for about 3-5 minutes.
  2. Whisk eggs, vanilla, maple, and 'buttermilk.' (vinegar milk combination._
  3. In another bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.
  4. Slowly stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Try not to over stir. There will still be lumps. Allow to sit for about 10 minutes if time allows.
  5. Oil a skillet and heat desired size pancakes until edges begin to bubble around the edges.
  6. Flip and heat several minutes until browned to the desired level.
  7. Serve with your favorite pancake toppings.
  1. These pancakes freeze and reheat well!
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  • Reply Deryn | Running on Real Food October 2, 2017 at 9:43 am

    Soooo fluffy!!! And now I need pancakes for breakfast! Like I wasn’t going to eat pancakes today anyways, haha…but still! These look amazing.

    • Reply Lorie October 6, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      Perfect way to wake up!

  • Reply Laura October 2, 2017 at 1:28 pm

    I often make a dairy-free buttermilk substitute! These pancakes are the perfect way to use it! YUM!

    • Reply Lorie October 6, 2017 at 8:32 pm

      You are ahead of the trend! And yes, pancakes always!

  • Reply Sonali- The Foodie Physician October 2, 2017 at 2:12 pm

    My family would devour these! They look so fluffy and delicious!

    • Reply Lorie October 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm


  • Reply Rachel October 2, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    These look yummy. I never would have tried cider vinegar! What a great idea.

    • Reply Lorie October 6, 2017 at 8:31 pm

      It works though! Crazy!

  • Reply Jessica @ Small Bites by Jessica October 2, 2017 at 7:11 pm

    Is there anything better than fluffy pancakes on a Saturday morning!?! YUM!

    • Reply Lorie October 6, 2017 at 8:30 pm

      Eating them in bed??!

  • Reply Taylor Kiser October 2, 2017 at 7:46 pm

    These pancakes look so fluffy and delicious! Love that they’re freezer-friendly!

    • Reply Lorie October 6, 2017 at 8:29 pm

      yes! skip the store bought!

  • Reply Sarah October 3, 2017 at 2:15 pm

    Yum!! I’m all over these they are so fluffy! I can’t help but giggle as I remember a time I made dairy free buttermilk waffles and someone got so bent out of shape telling my I couldn’t make buttermilk dairy free. I really need to make pancakes soon, I’ve been craving them and it’s been awhile. Crazy because we use to make them a few times a week.

    • Reply Lorie October 6, 2017 at 8:34 pm

      Oh dear, as long as they taste amazing no need to argue, right?

  • Reply Whitney @ To live & Diet in LA October 3, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    These look so light and fluffy – you clearly nailed it! My husband has been requesting “real” pancakes lately too – think I’ll try to trick him with these 🙂

    • Reply Lorie October 6, 2017 at 8:28 pm

      Ha, hope it works on him. My hubby was fooled!

  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt October 4, 2017 at 9:33 am

    Oh my! Those do look so fluffy! Pretty cool that you can do the vinegar trick with almond milk. So tasty.

    • Reply Lorie October 6, 2017 at 8:27 pm

      Its some fun science I think!

  • Reply Barb October 25, 2017 at 9:23 pm

    How can these be dairy free if they still contain milk?

    • Reply Lorie October 26, 2017 at 2:47 am

      Hi Barb! I use unsweetened almond milk but the option is really any plant milk—but a dairy milk would still work for those interested!

  • Reply Crystal January 22, 2018 at 10:01 pm

    Don’t judge me, but I made these for dinner… (I never eat traditional ‘breakfast’ foods for breakfast – think black bean burgers, chickpea salad sandwiches, Indian food, etc.) I substituted whole wheat pastry flour for the unbleached all purpose, and they’re amazing and guilt-free! I topped my short stack with some baked apple slices and cinnamon. Thanks for making great & easily customizable recipes for anyone!

    • Reply Lorie January 22, 2018 at 10:48 pm

      Ha, you are my kind of girl! We eat breakfast for dinner often. Good to know about the substitution of the Whole Wheat flour. Thanks!!!

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