healthy flourless banana pancakes (gluten free, vegan)

These super thick and fluffy flourless banana smoothie pancakes are a filling, healthy, satisfying and easy breakfast recipe! Made with no eggs, butter, oil or flour, these banana smoothie pancakes are naturally gluten free, vegan, dairy free and come with a sugar free option! 

Healthy Flourless Banana Pancakes that are vegan, gluten free and made with no flour!

Vegan Gluten Free Banana Pancakes

Thick, fluffy and packed with protein, these healthy banana pancakes are a delicious vegan and gluten-free breakfast! 

The combination of bananas, dairy-free milk and oats are combined to produce these flourless pancakes. Made without eggs, you’d be surprised to see just how fluffy these eggless pancakes are!

Nothing is more pancake pitiful than a stack with no fluff. You know, those times that you question even calling it a stack. More like a plateau of pancake–wider than it is high. Too thick to be a crepe, too thin to be a proper pancake, just lost in that confusing breakfast food gray zone. That must be avoided.

Vegan gluten free banana oatmeal pancakes that are thick, fluffy and flourless.

How to make vegan pancakes fluffy

Apple cider vinegar + baking powder

Many pancake recipes just call for the leavening agent and forget the acid, but you will get a lot more rise-factor with a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar in the batter to help the baking powder do its job.

You can use lemon juice as well, but after testing both I found the apple cider vinegar to work much better.

Have a thick batter

Having a really thick gloopy batter is important for tall fluffy pancakes because the less it spreads when you pour it in the pan, the more they will bake up not out. Since this batter is made with oats, which as oatmeal has taught us absorbs liquid and thickens with time, letting the batter rest for 10 minutes or so before cooking helps with the fluff factor.

Avoid using overripe bananas

The ripeness of your banana can also affect the thickness of the batter, as a riper banana yields a thinner batter. If the batter seems a little too thin and is spreading too much don’t hesitate to add more oats. These banana pancakes have no flour, so don’t be afraid to add more oats if needed.

If I have to help the batter a bit to spread into a circle in the pan then I know I’m en route to some very fluffy pancakes.

Keep the healthy banana pancakes small

This one is kind of a cheat, but obviously smaller pancakes = more pancakes = taller stack.

Preheat your pan

Just like the thickness of the batter, having an already hot pan keeps them from spreading too much as well. I usually heat up my pan over high heat and then reduce it to a little above medium after it’s nice and hot.

Low and slow pancake-cooking fans, do as you please. But mine will be done before yours–just sayin’. I find the first pancake of the batch to always be the least fluffy, it takes me one or two to find my pancake cooking groove. But it will be buried at the bottom of the stack anyways so no one needs to know.

Fluffy Flourless Banana Oatmeal Pancakes are the BEST pancake recipe ever!

How to make the best vegan oatmeal pancakes sugar free

To keep these sugar free, omit the pure maple syrup and replace it with a liquid sweetener of choice. I don’t recommend switching it out for sugar free maple syrup, as it pretty much resembles water, and loses the sweetness once cooked.

Alternatively, you can omit it completely and enjoy the natural sweetness of the banana. 

Storing leftover banana oatmeal pancakes

Leftover pancakes should be stored in the fridge and will keep for at least 5 days.

Pancakes are freezer friendly and freeze beautifully. Ensure the pancakes are wrapped in parchment paper and stored in a ziplock bag or shallow container. 

Thick and Fluffy Flourless Banana Oatmeal Pancakes

Healthy Banana Pancakes with no flour and no sugar

More healthy pancake recipes

Healthy Vegan Gluten Free Flourless Banana Pancakes

An easy recipe for the BEST healthy banana pancakes made with oatmeal, banana and no eggs! Thick and fluffy vegan and gluten free pancakes! 
4.52 from 43 votes
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: banana, pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 Servings
Calories: 195kcal
Author: Arman


  • Combine all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until smooth.
  • Allow the batter to rest for 5-10 minutes, giving the oats time to absorb liquid and thicken.
  • Preheat a nonstick pan over medium high heat. Once hot, pour in about ¼ cup of batter.
  • Cook for 1-2 minutes or until you can easily slide a spatula underneath. Flip. Cook for another 1-2 minutes on the second side.
  • Repeat until all the batter is used up.
  • Add your toppings of choice and enjoy.


Healthy Vegan Gluten Free Flourless Banana Pancakes should be eaten fresh but can be stored in the fridge for up to 5 days.
Pancakes are freezer friendly and will keep well frozen for 6 months. 


Serving: 1serving | Calories: 195kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 4g | Fiber: 6g | Vitamin A: 250IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 70mg | Iron: 1.1mg | NET CARBS: 26g
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The Best vegan banana oatmeal pancakes

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119 thoughts on “healthy flourless banana pancakes (gluten free, vegan)

  1. Mine didn’t come very fluffy and at first I was not happy with them, until I sat down to eat them with a little sugar free syrup. They were delish!

  2. These are great! I had to add more almond milk as they were too thick. The taste and smell reminded me of banana bread. They weren’t as fluffy as your pic, but it didn’t matter, still really good! Definitely making again.

  3. Woah! Those bad boys are flourless!? They look so fluffy and amazing. I’d like to order 2 stacks please! Also, I love me some banana bread, so I’m pretty sure I’d love these pancakes. And I’ve been craving pancakes like you wouldn’t believe lately…

  4. Fabulous fluffyness! You are SO on point about the first pancake never being quite right too! Terrific taste on these (I added the cinnamon). And VERY filling! I had half the batch and was quite satisfied – which made it Weight Watchers points-friendly for me! Woo hoo we have a winner! Love your website, thank you!

  5. Words do not describe my excitement for these pancakes. They are awesome. I did add more almond milk to thin them out a bit and added cinnamon. Will definitely be making these again and again and again!

  6. I really liked these. I’m wondering if you need that much baking powder. 1 tablespoon seems like so much for such a small recipe. I know nothing about the hows and why’s of baking powder, so I’m just wondering.
    They were quite thick, so next time, I’d add more milk. It was too much to eat all at once, which was great. I froze the remainder, and reheated in the microwave.
    Thanks for your fun recipes!

  7. Just made these for breakfast and they are BRILLIANT!!!!! I did have to add a little extra almond milk but that’s it!!!! I had mine with a little unsweetened apple sauce on top and my spouse used them as toast to put his fried eggs on!!! We both fell in love 🙂 Thank you so much for the recipe!

    1. I’m thrilled the recipe worked out so well for you. Unfortunately I didn’t have the same experience even with adding more almond milk. I think the bananas I used were not ripe enough. Perhaps very ripe bananas are the key to the recipe. I think I’ll try again and this time use very ripe bananas.

  8. Made these twice. Wasn’t so sure about them on the first attempt. The second attempt made me a believer. I follow a no flour and no sugar diet and have been looking for something like this to be able to get pancakes back into my menu. These are amazing. With the second attempt, I pulsed all of the ingredients in the blender, minus the banana. When it looked like the oatmeal was very fine, I then added in the banana and pulsed again until it was mixed well. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

  9. Made these this morning.. They are so light and fluffy… loved them. The only thing different i did was to add a cup of almond milk instead of 1/4 cup.. I dont know if maybe a high powered blender like a vitamix makes a difference or not, i have an old fashioned blender so maybe that is why i had to add more milk? Still they were really good…

  10. Fat, yes. Fluffy, no way. They are incredibly dense and heavy – which I LOVE since pancakes usually don’t fill me up. Also, I had to ad more almond milk since the batter wouldn’t even move in my blender. Yummy though!

  11. Made these this morning and I was pleasantly surprised at how tasty they were. They’re definitely heartier and not nearly as light as a regular pancake, but still yummy in their own right. I added both the vanilla and the cinnamon, which got me to thinking they’d be lovely with some apple pie filling in the fall. I was thinking they’d be tasty with caramel extract, too. Next time! Thanks for the great healthy recipe. 🙂

  12. This recipe was perfect! My pancakes turned out fluffy and delish. You inspired me to try more of your recipes and making a healthier way of eating. Thank you.

  13. I’ve tried to make this recipe twice with quinoa flakes, as I cannot eat oats, and it just hasn’t been working for me! But thismorning I chucked an egg into the mixture and they came out perfect! Thankyou 🙂

  14. I tried this today and the flavor was fantastic! Really loved these! I had one problem. I mixed all the ingredients in my Magic Bullet. When I was unscrewing the lid the contents exploded out all over the place. I realized the apple cider vinegar and baking powder caused this reaction. Next time I will use my blender with ventilation. Thanks again for the great recipe!

  15. Hi! I was wondering if you can substitute millet or quinoa for the oats? Would this provide the same consistency?

    Thanks! So excited to try.

  16. I completely forgot the baking powder, and used 7T of aquafaba plus 1/4 cup more soy milk and they were delicious! I will see what baking powder does next time.

  17. this might be a really stupid question – but did you use oil in the pan for these? just tried them (in a non-stick pan) and they kept sticking to the pan, whenever i thought i’d be able to flip them one side would be burnt while the pancake just wouldn’t flip, all of them kept falling apart…

  18. Hi! So today I made these today and even thought they tourned out delicious, they were not even near as pretty as the your ones in the pictures. But still it’s my first attempt so I’ll keep trying and I believe I’ll suceed soon! However, do you think that substituting maple syrup for date syrup would make a big difference?

  19. So yummy. The trick is to let the batter sit for 15 to 20 mins. If you think it’s too thick, just pat them down with the spatula while they are cooking. I like them better than regular pancakes.

  20. Hey! We love these pancakes. I was wondering if you’ve ever made these or the blueberry version as a bake. Your healthy flourless blueberry breakfast cake is in the oven right now, but I’d like to try this as a bake since it doesn’t have any nut butter in it. Thanks!

  21. I take my hat off to all you wonderful women who take the time out to create these AWESOME recipes. The pancakes did not come out fluffy but taste was really good. I will try again. Keep doing wonderful work your doing. I appreciate it very much!! You rock 🙂

  22. This pancakes are delicious I put cinnamon on mines and I felt in love with them I made them today plus everybody wanted more so next time I’mma have to double the receipt thanks for this amazing receipt love it so much….

  23. They were amazingly fluffy but tasted too much of baking powder. Is it really table spoon of baking powdred and not tea spoon here??

  24. This is the most ‘pancakey’ vegan pancake I’ve ever had! And to top that, it’s flourless! Of course I had to add a 1/4 cup more of almond milk, maybe due to the size of the banana or so. But overall, amazing! And being so quick to make, this will be my go-to any day of the week! Thanks a ton…

  25. These were great! I added just a little more almond milk and the taste is wonderful! I wonder if anyone has made these using pumpkin?

  26. So so yummy! I Haven’t been able to eat pancake so long! I just had to add a little more milk because my blender isn’t that powerful. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  27. I’ve been Vegetarian all my life, & have recently decided to go total vegan – I literally made this recipe 20 minutes ago & these came out PERFECTLY! I added half a teaspoon of cinnamon to the blender & love, love, love the result!!

  28. I just made the banana pancakes, and they are delicious and fluffy. The texture of the oatmeal paired with the subtle flavor of banana makes these perfect for breakfast or an afternoon snack. I tried one plain, then with maple syrup, both are tasty; I prefer them plain or with a sprinkle of cinnamon and powdered sugar. I will definitely make these again. Thank you for a delicious recipe.

  29. I’ve been making these for quite awhile now whenever I needed a quick dinner. So very good and healthy! Yesterday I made some, and since I had some blueberries, I also added them too. Wow! Made a great pancake even better. Yum!

  30. These were so delicious! Mine didn’t look as pretty as the photo but they were fluffy and so good!! This is the most practical vegan I have found. My new go to!

  31. I dont typically write comments on recipes I’ve tried, but I just have to for these! I can’t rave enough about this recipe! Seriously, I share them with all of my groups (gluten free, healthy eating, mommy groups, etc) and with all my family and friends! I was told to cut out gluten and dairly a year ago and it has been a struggle to stay strict, but these pancakes always come in clutch! I’m super picky about textures, and these I have NO issues, they are so good and fluffy! Even my 3 yr old can eat regular pancakes one day and these the next and doesnt notice a difference! I’m actually trying to brainstorm how I could use this batter in other ways bc I havent been able to find anything gluten free with a good, fluffy, not grainy texture!

    As for the thickness of the batter, that’s key for the fluffiness! I probably use 1/3 of almond milk, but it’s still fairly thick. Just scoop it out with a 1/4 measuring cup and dollop it into the pan and smooth down with the bottom of the cup. I like to add all different toppings from blueberries to peanut butter and bananas. The only topping that seemed to cause issues was chocolate chips, but the only reason I can think for that is Devine intervention because, do I really need the extra sugar? 😅 I then add more batter to the top so the toppings are covered. Mine turn out just like the picture, as long as I use a GOOD non stick pan on med high heat, with nothing added except MAYBE the tiniest brushing of oil. And lastly, I think I perfected it all today by using 1 small semi-ripe (mostly yellow with faint brown spots starting) banana and half a frozen SUPER ripe banana. I get the yummy banana sweetness, but still holds together well. And I add a 1/2 teaspoon of cinnamon as well. Sorry for the length, this is why I never comment because I could just go on and on about good food ❤

  32. These turned out perfectly! I made these for my husbands birthday (he was a skeptic at first) and he loved them – his exact words were “I could eat another 5 of those”. Next time I’m making a double batch! I increased the almond milk to 1/4 cup and added 1 tsp cinnamon & nutmeg spice mix.

    Topped it with sliced bananas, maple syrup and a small dollop of SunButter. I’m on a new diet of dairy/soy/egg/peanut free because of my daughters intolerances, and I’m so happy to be able to enjoy pancakes again :).

  33. Those were fantastic! Just finished making a batch. I’m not vegan or vegetarian but I do eat clean! I just didn’t have an egg and am staying away from gluten products. Stumbled upon your pancake recipe and decided to give them a go! I will try adding cinnamon….maybe chocolate chips for my boys…blueberries would work great….AND I will definitely check out your other recipes! Thanks!
    Karen 🇨🇦

  34. Ok Here’s what I did. I used honey for my sticky sweetener. I had to add a little more milk, about 1 or 2 TBS. I used a very ripe, almost completely brown skin banana (more flavor!).
    I cooked these on a cast iron circle flat pan, and YES I lightly greased it before cooking the pancakes.
    These cooked beautifully, dense but not crepes! The oat flavor definitely comes through, but so does the banana (very strongly).
    I am GF, so used GF oats. I am not supposed to have grains though, so I may try these with almond flour. I do not like coconut flour because sometimes it tastes like soap (rancid). These made 6 4-inch pancakes.

  35. The recipe should recommend mixing the wet ingredients first, then adding the dry ingredients. Otherwise the oats get clumped up at the bottom and burn out the motor on my $600 Vitamix.

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