Quinoa Pancakes

Every time I make a new recipe for quinoa pancakes I say “Oh, this is my favorite!”  It’s really pretty funny because I’m never making them for myself and I never eat more than a taste.  Yes, I know, I’m very weird.  Salad sounds great to me in the morning but something sweet like pancakes, not so much.

Anyhow, I have been looking for a recipe for a pancake mix because although my boys are very happy to have pancakes each morning, my motivation to get in the kitchen and cook first thing is not so strong.

Especially since my 5 1/2 year old has been reverting to his toddler days and waking up at 5 am.  (To check and see what’s happening on Pet Shop and Dragonvale on my iPad….)

quinoa pancakesThe same tactics that worked when he was little “It’s still the middle of the night” aren’t so effective now that he can tell time.  Plus he’s still my baby and a little iPad snuggle time first thing is a small sacrifice for sleep.

ANYHOW, this mix for quinoa pancakes is perfect for our family.  With no white flour and quinoa flakes, quinoa flour and quinoa, I feel really good about giving them this in the morning and they love them!
quinoa pancakes

With the cornmeal this is a little bit of a different texture than you may be used to, but I highly encourage you to try it!

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Recipe Adapted from Vegan Diner


Quinoa Pancakes

Rating: 51

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes

Quinoa Pancakes


  • For the Mix
  • 2 cups whole wheat pastry flour or gluten free flour blend
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flour
  • 1 cup fine or medium grind cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup quinoa flakes or oats
  • 1/4 cup packed light brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon sea salt

  • For each 1 cup mix

  • 1 cup almond milk or milk of choice
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2/3 cup cooked quinoa


  1. In a large bowl, combine whole wheat pastry flour, quinoa flour, cornmeal, quinoa flakes, brown sugar, baking powder and sea salt. Keep the mixture in an airtight container until ready to use. (Makes about 4 cups)
  2. To make add one cup almond milk, a teaspoon of vanilla and 2/3 cup cooked quinoa to each one cup of baking mix. Mix until smooth.
  3. Heat a skillet over medium low and brush with oil. Add batter by the 1/4 cup full. Cook until bubbles form and burst and pancakes are golden brown. Flip and cook until brown.

  • Clare

    Oh yum! Can't wait to try these :) I'm loving quinoa these days… thank you for all your great recipes 😉

  • archie

    Looking for new and healthy recipes.

  • Mama

    The recipe isn't clear you add al the above and then MORE cooked quinoa? Sorry… Could you explain?

    • Wendy Polisi

      Step #1 you are making a dry mix that you can keep in the fridge – you will likely not use it all at once.   Step #2 you are adding wet ingredients plus the cooked quinoa.  Hope this helps.

      Sent from my iPad

    • Nonna

      Dry ingredients makes enough for more than one batch. Add liquid ingredients to 1 cup of dry ingredients.

  • Carla

    This recipe is my new favorite..I've been making it now for alittle while, and it is so filling. Any other pancake now might be like eating empty calories. I love the "whole food" feeling I have while eating them.

    • Wendy Polisi

      Glad you are enjoying them!  This is a favorite around our house too….and really one of just a handful of pancake recipes I feel good about giving the boys! 

  • Lisa

    What can you change in the ingredient list to make this a Clean recipe? Example, the brown sugar what would you sub for that?

    • Wendy Polisi

      If you are trying to avoid sugars you could sub a mashed banana or applesauce in with the liquids. Maple syrup or coconut nectar are two other alternatives. Just keep in mind that the 1/4 cup of sugar that is currently going into the dry ingredients is going to make a ton of pancake mix so you wouldn't need to add that much every time you make them up. (Unless you were cooking for a crowd or making to freeze.) I personally can't stand sweets in the morning – if I were making this for myself (rather than my boys) I'd probably just leave the sweetener out all together and add in some flax seeds.

  • Denise

    What are the Fat, Carb and Protein ratios? it would be great to have this information with all your recipes. Blook Sugar stabilization!

  • Jennifer

    Do you think the base would work with chickpea flour or almond flour?

    • Wendy Polisi

      I haven't tested it but I think that almond flour would be ok for some of the flour, but if you were going to try to sub all I would test on a small batch first.

  • Susan

    These sound really good! I personally love cornmeal in my pancakes but my daughter can't have it. What would you suggest as a substitute?

    • Wendy Polisi

      Hmmm… that's a tough one because the cornmeal is really central to this pancake recipe. Is she gluten free as well? Any other allergies? Let me know – I'm sure I can help you come up with something that will work for her.

  • Jean

    I would like to make a suggestion here. (These sound really good by the way) On the print function I would like to be able to print just the recipe…not photos and intro…saves ink etc etc

    Apart from copying and pasting the recipe into another document…is that possible?


    • Wendy Polisi

      You can do that! Once you hit print it allows you to de-select whatever you don't want to print so you don't have to waste toner on pictures or any other info that you don't need. Let me know if you are having issues.

  • Karen Gross

    I am trying to put some of your recipes in the recipe box but having a hard time figuring out how that can be done. I was able to add one of your newer ones within the recipe box page but when I did a search to put the pancake recipe in it didn't come up. Is there something I am missing?? Oh and I have your Kindle version of the books. Any way the books will be able to be viewed as a recipe book on the Kindle Fire? Thanks for all your great ideas!!!

    • Vincent Polisi


      We recently switched to Ziplist Recipe Box and are still going through updating all of the hundreds of prior recipes. The pancake recipe hadn't been updated yet. I just did it so you can add it to your Recipe Box now.

      With respect to your Kindle Fire, if you purchased the e-book from us you will be able to see the cookbooks in all of their full color glory with photographs as they were intended. Simply connect the Fire to your computer via USB and drag and drop or copy and paste the .mobi file to your Library. Then, enjoy the books in all their full color photographically decadent goodness. 😉

  • susan g

    These are wonderful and everyone loves them! I'm about to make up another batch of the mix and looking forward to more pancakes. (I usually omit the vanilla and cooked quinoa, and I make the quinoa flour by grinding it in the coffee mill I use for flax and spices. All good!)

    • Wendy Polisi

      So glad you guys liked them Susan. I'm actually thinking pancakes for dinner at the moment. :)