Gluten Free Lemon Pancakes with Balsamic Berry Compote

These gluten free lemon pancakes are light in flavor and perfectly paired with my homemade balsamic vanilla berry compote. Hello breakfast!

Gluten Free Lemon Pancakes + Balsamic Vanilla Berry Compote by Nutmeg Nanny

When I was a kid I was never a fan of pancakes. Even worse, if I did have pancakes I didn’t like syrup on my pancakes. I just wanted butter and nothing else. Seriously, what kind of kid was I? I was the same way with cereal. My brothers always wanted Pops! {do they still make that?} and I always begged for corn flakes or plain Cheerios. Yeah, I was a weirdo.

Nowadays things are different. I LOVE pancakes and I LOVE drowning them in maple syrup, berries, whipped cream and even powdered sugar. I would eat a sugar bomb if it were socially acceptable.

By the way, it’s not socially acceptable. No one should be eating that much sugar in one sitting.

Trust me.

Gluten Free Lemon Pancakes + Balsamic Vanilla Berry Compote by Nutmeg Nanny

I have good news for you sweet breakfast lovers. These pancakes are sweet but sweet in a natural way. I threw together these lightly lemon flavored gluten free pancakes using a little Pamela’s Artisan Flour Blend and just a little fresh lemon zest. I think these would be delicious with just about any citrus zest you love – orange, lime or even Meyer lemons.

The fresh balsamic vanilla berry compote is the best pancake {it will be kick ass on French toast too!} topping I have ever made. Yes, I just said THE BEST! I normally despise when people say that because I feel like if you use the term “the best” you should be open to fact that people will probably complain. But seriously, this stuff is the bomb. Slightly sweet, tangy and jam packed full of vanilla bean flavor.

Gluten Free Lemon Pancakes + Balsamic Vanilla Berry Compote by Nutmeg Nanny

Also, don’t judge these pancakes by their gluten free title. The texture is delicious {a little less cakey than traditional pancakes} and totally worth trying.


Gluten Free Lemon Pancakes with Balsamic Vanilla Berry Compote

These gluten free lemon pancakes are light in flavor and perfectly paired with my homemade balsamic vanilla berry compote. Hello breakfast!

Yield: 16 (4 inch) pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes


For pancakes:

  • 1-1/2 cups Pamela's Artisan Flour Blend
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup plus 2 tablespoons coconut milk (the type from the carton)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 lemon, zested

For berry compote:

  • 1 cup blueberries
  • 1 cup sliced strawberries
  • 1-2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste (or extract)

Pancake recipe slightly adapted from Pamelas


Preheat a griddle to medium heat.

In a large mixing bowl whisk together Pamela's Artisan Flour Blend, baking powder, baking soda and kosher salt.
For pancakes:
In a medium sized mixing bowl whisk together coconut milk, apple cider vinegar, dark brown sugar, olive oil, eggs and lemon zest.

Stir wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. Use batter immediately as it will thicken while it sits.

If the batter does get too thick to pour simply thin it out with lukewarm water. You may have to do this several time if the batter sits for too long.

Apply batter to your hot griddle, cook until the bottom of the pancake is golden brown and the top of the pancake starts to bubbly slightly. Flip and cook until the other side is golden brown.

Serve pancakes immediately and top with berry compote and a drizzle of syrup if desired.

For berry compote:
While the pancakes are cooking add blueberries, strawberries, dark brown sugar and balsamic vinegar to a large skillet set over medium heat.

Gently cook until the blueberries start to soften (they will pop open) and the strawberries are soft. Stir in vanilla paste and let simmer until the sauce is lightly thickened.

Disclosure: This recipe was developed for the awesome folks at Pamela’s. All opinions and thoughts are 100% my own. Thank you for supporting my recipes while I work with companies I love. 

22 Responses to “Gluten Free Lemon Pancakes with Balsamic Berry Compote”

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    Tiffany — May 30, 2014 at 9:28 am

    YUM! These look delish; wish I had a stack of these right now!

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    Melissa from — May 30, 2014 at 9:54 am

    You are very creative and this compote sounds divine and so perfect. I am really, really, really going to try it. Thanks!

  3. #
    Nancy P.@thebittersideofsweet — May 30, 2014 at 10:49 am

    Pancakes just so happen to be one of our favorite things to make on the weekends! These look wonderful!

  4. #
    Ashley @ Wishes & Dishes — May 30, 2014 at 10:50 am

    Craving pancakes now! They look delish!

  5. #
    Lana @ Never Enough Thyme — May 30, 2014 at 11:26 am

    I would say that this is just about the perfect weekend breakfast! Or weeknight dinner. Or lunch. Or …

  6. #
    foodwanderings — May 30, 2014 at 11:48 am

    Who would have thought GF will look this good?! I also love the savory flavors you twisted into this breakfast pancakes. Just delicious!

  7. #
    Amanda @the_kitcheneer — May 30, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    These pancakes look amazing! I am also a savory fan vs sweet for breakfast! This is right up my alley! Yum!

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — May 30, 2014 at 12:51 pm

    I’m in love with that balsamic vanilla berry compote! It looks amazing!

  9. #
    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — May 30, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    Your pictures make me want to lick the screen! WOW!!

  10. #
    Paula - bell'alimento — May 30, 2014 at 1:49 pm

    Looks like the perfect weekend breakfast!

  11. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — May 30, 2014 at 2:04 pm

    I’m not normally a pancake eater but for these, I’d make an exception!

  12. #
    Claire Gallam — May 30, 2014 at 2:35 pm

    I just love you.

  13. #
    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — May 30, 2014 at 4:25 pm

    I am looking upward at the Heavens and repeating—-I really really do love pancakes. I am not sure why. I am waaaay beyond being a kid. So making it full circle here—-these look heavenly delicious.

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    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — May 30, 2014 at 5:26 pm

    I am a huge fan of pancakes. HUGE! I always make them a little differently, just to keep things interesting. I’m most definitely interested in trying these pancakes. I adore lemon and berries with anything.

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    How to Philosophize with Cake — May 30, 2014 at 7:52 pm

    Those look amazing! Love the balsamic berry compote, what an interesting flavor to pair with pancakes! 🙂

  16. #
    Rose | The Clean Dish — June 1, 2014 at 4:58 pm

    That’s the breakfast I wish I had this morning!! The berry compote sounds fabulous – especially the addition of vinegar! Love it!!

  17. #
    Joanne — June 3, 2014 at 4:54 pm

    I kind of want to bathe in that compote. And then use the pancakes to sop it all up.

  18. #
    Jessica @ Sweet Menu — June 15, 2014 at 6:22 pm

    Wow! These pancakes look fabulous! I just love lemon, what a brilliant idea!

  19. #
    Rebecca Flagg — August 4, 2014 at 6:08 pm

    I am a major sucker for everything lemon, these lemon pancakes look absolutely fantastic!


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