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These easy fluffy Dairy Free Pancakes are so delicious–no one will miss the dairy. Make a simple dairy free variation of buttermilk in just minutes! You can still have simple fluffy pancakes for breakfast without the dairy!

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This post was originally published in September 2017. Process photos and additional copy were added in April 2020.

Dairy free pancakes with buttermilk? That seems impossible, right?

It is possible! You can get fluffy, golden brown, restaurant quality pancakes but without the dairy!

If you love pancakes, try these zucchini oat flour pancakes, banana oat blender pancakes, whole wheat blueberry pancakes, or apple cinnamon pancakes!

Why You Will Love These Dairy Free Pancakes:

  • Light and fluffy even without the dairy! Whether you have an allergy or are cutting out dairy from your diet, these milk free pancakes will make sure you never miss the dairy!
  • Simple ingredients. Nothing crazy or out of the ordinary so you are likely to have all of the ingredients in your pantry or refrigerator right now!
  • Super quick to make. They whip up in no time. Very basic steps and overall prep make for easy homemade pancakes the whole family will love.
  • Great for meal prep and freezer friendly. If you like making big batches of pancakes and then eating off of them throughout the week, this dairy-free pancake recipe is a great option. Easily store them in the freezer for grab and go breakfast for months too!

How do you make buttermilk pancakes without milk?

Did you know that if you combine vinegar and almond milk or dairy free 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.

This trick can actually be done with regular milk as well.

I was so pleasantly surprised by this solution. Now you can have fluffy buttermilk pancakes even if you don’t have actual buttermilk!

Recipe Ingredients:

  • almond milk: Any non-dairy milk alternative should work aside from canned coconut milk. Cashew milk, almond milk, soy milk–I can’t wait to try these dairy free pancakes with my latest obsession: oat milk! I mean, I am in love with oat milk lattes so in pancakes and with maple should be great! Canned coconut milk is too thick to work with, so if you want coconut, use the coconut milk beverages you find in the refrigerated section.
  • vinegar: You can use white vinegar or apple cider vinegar to make the buttermilk. I have also seen that lemon juice can be used to make the buttermilk substitute but that one I have yet to try.
  • sweetener: I like my pancakes a bit on the sweet side. 3-4 Tablespoons of white sugar may be too much for you and that’s fine, you can lighten it up a touch if desired.
  • flour: I prefer all purpose flour in this recipe for a classic pancake taste. Use 1:1 all purpose gluten-free flour blend for gluten free pancakes.
  • eggs: large eggs, at room temperature for best results
  • vanilla: use vanilla extract for the best flavor. You can add a touch of almond extract or maple extract for some fun ways to vary the flavor.
  • oil: I prefer canola oil in my pancakes. It gives the right texture without an overbearing flavor. Olive oil and coconut oil are also good oils for pancakes, but I find both change the flavor too much for our liking.
  • baking soda and powder: make sure both are fresh for the fluffiest pancakes
  • salt: we prefer sea salt
Ingredients to make dairy free buttermilk pancakes arranged on surface.

Clearly you are ready for a big, delicious stack. It is pancake making time!

Step-By-Step Instructions:

Wet ingredients in mixing bowl and vegan dairy free buttermilk being made.
  • First up, make the dairy free buttermilk. Mix together the vinegar and almond or dairy free milk. Allow it to sit for about 3-5 minutes. It will start to curdle which is what you are looking for. You can slightly see the texture in step 2. You now have your “buttermilk” for your pancakes. (steps 1 and 2)
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together eggs, sugar, “buttermilk,” and vanilla. Whisk to combine. (steps 3 and 4)
Mixing bowl with dry ingredients stirred together and then added to wet ingredients.
  • Whisk together dry ingredients: flour, sea salt baking powder and baking soda. Just a reminder: make sure both your baking powder and baking soda are both fresh. If not, you will not have the most fluffy pancakes. (steps 5 and 6)
  • Slowly add in the dry ingredients into the wet. Stir to combine, but don’t over stir. Lumps are okay in this batter. This dairy free pancake batter is pretty thick. If it seems too thick, stir in an extra 1-3 Tablespoons of milk until it is to your liking. Pour them on the griddle and cook over medium heat! (steps 7 and 8)
Stack of dairy free buttermilk pancakes topped with syrup and berries.

Recipe Tips:

  • When measuring the flour for these pancakes, make sure to stir the flour to aerate it before serving. Then spoon the flour into the measuring cup and then level. Do not scoop the measuring cup directly into the flour or you may end up with too much flour.
  • For EXTRA fluffy pancakes, you can beat the eggs until light and fluffy before adding into the recipe.


To store leftover dairy-free pancakes, allow them to cool completely first. Then place in an airtight container or wrap them with foil and store for about 5-6 days.

I like to freeze ours personally. Again, allow the pancakes to cool completely to keep them from becoming soggy when storing. Place in an airtight container or freezer bag (placing a piece of parchment between each is a great idea or you can flash freeze them before adding to container.) Store in the freezer for up to 3 months.


You can reheat your pancakes by popping them in the toaster if just heating up a couple or place in a 350°F preheated oven covered with foil for about 5 minutes.

You can opt to microwave your pancakes, but the results are not quite as good as the other two methods.

Why aren’t my pancakes fluffy?

Fluffy pancakes are the goal, right? But if you end up with flat pancakes, chances are, the batter was over mixed. Stirring the liquid and flour together too much results in the development of gluten– something you want in bread, but in pancakes, it can result in flat, rubbery flapjacks.

When making these dairy free pancakes, you want to only mix the ingredients until they are combined, small lumps are okay.

Serving Suggestions:

  • You can never ever ever go wrong with classic maple syrup. That is always my topping but that doesn’t mean I don’t sway from the norm.
  • Some whipped cream is great over top of these delicious pancakes–chocolate whipped cream or pumpkin spice whipped cream are both amazing!
  • A big smear of a fresh jam or some sort of compote is a fun way to change up the typical stack.
  • Sprinkle your favorite granola and a big dollop of dairy free yogurt on top with some fresh berries
  • Top these air fried apples for another great option

Optional Add-Ins:

  • fresh blueberries, or frozen, just thaw before adding to the batter
  • chopped pecans, toasted for the best flavor
  • chocolate chips or mini chocolate chips–chocolate chip pancakes are a must for me!
  • sprinkles
  • swirl in a drizzle of peanut butter or another nut butter before adding to the frying pan
  • stir in few tablespoons of pure maple syrup or brown sugar for a richer flavor
  • add chopped bacon to the batter
Plate with pancakes topped with blueberries and raspberries and fork on plate.

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4.83 from 35 votes

Fluffy Dairy Free Buttermilk Pancakes

These easy fluffy Dairy Free Buttermilk Pancakes are are healthy and delicious. A simple trick with almond milk makes buttermilk! You can still have these simple fluffy pancakes for breakfast without the dairy!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4


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  • Combine milk and vinegar and whisk. Allow to sit for about 3-5 minutes.
  • Whisk eggs, vanilla, canola oil, sugar, and 'buttermilk.' (vinegar milk combination.)
  • In another bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.
  • Slowly stir dry ingredients into wet ingredients. Try not to over stir. There will still be lumps.
  • Oil a skillet and heat desired size pancakes until edges begin to bubble around the edges.
  • Flip and heat several minutes until browned to the desired level.
  • Serve with your favorite pancake toppings.


  • When measuring the flour for these pancakes, make sure to stir the flour to aerate it before serving. Then spoon the flour into the measuring cup and then level. Do not scoop the measuring cup directly into the flour or you may end up with too much flour.
  • For EXTRA fluffy pancakes, you can beat the eggs until light and fluffy before adding into the recipe.
  • Freeze these dairy free pancakes in a freezer safe bag or container. They will stay fresh for about 3 months.


Calories: 349kcal, Carbohydrates: 49g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 87mg, Sodium: 522mg, Potassium: 294mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 9g, Vitamin A: 179IU, Calcium: 145mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. Lizzy Swanson says:

    5 stars
    This is the absolute best recipe for fluffed up pancakes I’ve ever found, much less non-dairy buttermilk ones! I tweaked my process a little by just filling my cup measure with flour and simply aerating it with a toothpick first (much easier than scooping so tediously imo…) I also used the sugar to whip the egg whites into a meringue for the second step (I added Cream of Tartar for this! Saw that CoT was another way to make non-dairy buttermilk in another of your articles, so I figured it might even help.)
    Using an electric mixer for this was amazing (whisk attachment for the meringue, then a dough kneader for the rest because of the warning not to overmix and it needing to be lumpy,) and it gave me a beautiful non-lumpy, perfectly aerated, and accurate tasting ‘buttermilk’ pancake! It was a lot smoother like typical pancake batter, so I was a little worried I did something wrong- Nope!
    The family had made boxed buttermilk pancakes, and these were so I could take part too with my dairy allergy. They said it was almost exactly the same in buttermilk like qualities, couldn’t distinguish the two except for the fact that mine tasted better and stayed moist. 🥂 Cheers to you!
    That toothpick trick was probably half of what did it for the smooth batter (probably from a little less flour making it in,) then the slow treatment of treating the whole thing like a souffle (which I’m trying next, I’ll let you know how it goes. 😉) The electric mixer is the next culprit of the smoother batter, then the meringue being made first.
    !!!Oh!!! Peeps trying this! Do NOT forget to add the egg yolks back in with the wet ingredients after making the meringue! You will lose some of the richness in flavor and proper color! Taking out the yolks in a recipe does make for a fluffier, airier product, but you lose moistness, rich flavor, and that beautiful golden color… Check out the other article on different ways to make buttermilk from non-dairy ingredients if you want to experiment too! Lorie is absolutely on point with all the tips she’s giving here too, it may be tedious, but they’re worth following!!! Fresh baking soda and baking powder, not packing the measuring cup with flour, all of it! Even if I hadn’t made a soft meringue on my own tweaks to make it fluffier, these would still have been much fluffier than a typical pancake. The servings she talked about are absolutely for 4 large pancakes, and you can split that up into 8 medium ones for sure. Adding anything like berries into the batter (please do it the way she recommends, since still frozen berries will mess with the water proportions…) will make more servings dependant on how many you add.
    Lorie Yarro? Thank you so much, it has been a pleasure to find you on here. I hope to play around with many more of your recipes!

    1. Lorie says:

      So so happy you enjoyed this one! Thanks so much!

  2. Lola Fennell says:

    I used half coconut and soy milks. They were too dry. Maybe I should mix in some water to thin the batter. the flavor is excellent!

    1. Lorie says:

      Yes, if your batter is too thick, add some more liquid. That will help a lot!

  3. Lori H. says:

    5 stars
    These were amazing! My family devoured them! Thank you for making our dairy-free journey so tasty!

    1. Lorie says:

      So happy to hear this, Lori! These are a family favorite for us!

  4. Michelle S says:

    4 stars
    Our family enjoys these. We’re still trying to tweak it to get the right level of sweetness though. It has worked well with almond milk and oat milk to make it dairy free. Living at high altitude using XL eggs have helped the most.

    1. Lorie says:

      High altitude is so hard–one of my friends has the same issue!

  5. Lauren says:

    Made this today and I feel like the batter was just a bit too thick to ladle out…I followed the recipe exactly and I even let my batter rest for 10 min before making them. How runny is the batter that you make?

    1. Lorie says:

      Hi Lauren! It’s definitely on the thicker side. You can certainly add more almond milk if it seems to be way too thick. A touch too much flour could also be the issue—measuring flour is rather tedious.

  6. Erika says:

    Super tasty! I used oat milk because that’s what I had at home. It didn’t look like it curdled but must have worked because the pancakes turned out amazing 🙂

    1. Lorie says:

      So happy you loved them! I’m sure different mills react differently but if they worked then that is what matters right?!

  7. Brendan King says:

    5 stars
    these are my all time favorite pancakes I used them for a pancake competition and I got first place it was a gamble but it worked AMAZING!!!!

    1. Lorie says:

      Oh wow!! This made my day! Thanks so much for sharing and so glad you love them, Brendan!

  8. Cindy says:

    Is the nutrition value based on 1 pancake?

    1. Lorie says:

      Hi! It’s based on serving which is 2-3 pancakes, depending on the size you make them!