Gluten Free Black Forest Pancakes

These gluten free black forest pancakes are layered with sweet breakfast flavor. Super chocolaty gluten free pancakes paired with cherries and vanilla whipped cream. Plus the cherries are a homage to all the sweet cherries that are about to fill the trees in the local orchards. This is New York in pancake form. 

These super fluffy and easy gluten free black forest pancakes are layered with sweet breakfast flavor. Super chocolaty gluten free pancakes paired with cherries and vanilla whipped cream.

Next weekend my husband and I are going on vacation. Oh sweet heavens am I so ready for this vacation. We have not been on an alone vacation since 2011 and we are both pretty pumped.

I’m using this vacation as an excuse to shop for more clothing and I’m using this vacation as an excuse to make my hubs shop for more clothing. See what I did there? Here is the thing about shopping for mens clothes – it’s pretty freaking awesome. They had these HUGE cushioned chairs and they brought me cold bottled water. Poor Art. When I shop there is barely anywhere to sit and they surely don’t bring you cold bottles of water. Usually Art just stands there silently thinking “This woman has enough clothing. Why is she shopping!?!?!”

These fluffy gluten free black forest pancakes are layered with sweet breakfast flavor. Super chocolaty gluten free pancakes paired with cherries and vanilla whipped cream.

Luckily before we started our shopping adventure I fed him these pancakes. It was my way of buttering him up so he would have the energy to make it through my shopping craziness. The funny thing is that I’m not even that into shopping. If I’m being honest I sorta hate it. BUT the little shopping gene in my body goes hog wild as soon as vacation mode sets in.

Crazy, right?

Now, back to these pancakes. They are gluten free, fluffy and PACKED full of chocolate flavor. They are reminiscent of the black forest cake I made for my birthday but in breakfast form. So that basically means you get all the flavor of dessert for breakfast.

Sign. Me. Up.

Plus if you live in New York you know that it’s soon to be full of fruit orchard season. Cherry picking is one of my favorite farm activities and eating these pancakes reminded of all the spring and summer bounty that is about to ripen. That means it’s time for me to eat my weight in fresh sweet cherries and then freeze them up so I can eat them in the middle of winter too. These pancakes are all that I love about New York…so good!

These gluten free black forest pancakes are layered with sweet breakfast flavor. Super chocolaty gluten free pancakes paired with cherries and vanilla bean whipped cream.

Plus I used one of my favorite gluten free mixes – Pamela’s Baking & Pancake mix. It’s so easy to use and turns out delicious pancakes every single time I use it. If you remember I worked with them last year and churned out some pretty awesome gluten free items – gluten free lemon pancakes with balsamic berry compote, gluten free apple cinnamon waffles, gluten free spicy fried chicken, gluten free chicken tikka masala pizza and gluten free blueberry goat cheese focaccia.

These fluffy gluten free black forest pancakes are layered with sweet breakfast flavor. Super chocolaty gluten free pancakes paired with cherries and vanilla whipped cream.

Now {as I have said about a billion times in this post} these babies are packed full of chocolate, sweet cherries and vanilla whipped cream. I stacked my pancakes as high as the sky but for normal breakfast eating a think a modest stack of 4 each would suffice.

Orrrrrrrrrrr stack them to the sky and eat them all.

I won’t judge.


Gluten Free Black Forest Pancakes

These gluten free black forest pancakes are layered with sweet breakfast flavor. Super chocolaty gluten free pancakes paired with cherries and vanilla whipped cream.

Yield: 10-12 pancakes

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes


For pancakes:

  • 2 cups Pamela’s Baking & Pancake Mix
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1-1/2 cup sweetened vanilla soy milk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup chocolate chips

For cherries:

  • 1-1/2 cups frozen cherries
  • 2 tablespoons kirschwasser
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch

For whipped cream:

  • 1 cup cold heavy cream
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla bean paste


For pancakes:
Pre-heat a non-stick griddle to medium heat.

In a large bowl whisk together pancake mix, cocoa powder and brown sugar.

Stir in soy milk and oil.

Apply batter to your hot griddle and sprinkle the top with chocolate chips. Cook until the bottom of the pancake is set around the edges and the top of the pancake starts to bubbly slightly. Flip and cook until the other side is fully cooked.

Serve hot with cherries and whipped cream.

For cherries:
In a small pot add cherries and kirschwasser.

In a small bowl mix together brown sugar and cornstarch. Add to cherries.

Cook over low heat until the mixture cooks down and begins to thicken.

Once it's thick (about 10-15 minutes) remove from the heat, cover with a lid and keep warm.

For whipped cream:
Add ingredients to a bowl and whip with an electric mixer until fluffy.

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.

42 Responses to “Gluten Free Black Forest Pancakes”

  1. #
    Betsy | — April 27, 2015 at 7:46 am

    Love love love this! Love that you used kirschwasser in the cherries too! I’ve been living in Germany for the last 4+ years and LOVE this cake! But… in pancake form… YES PLEASE!

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    Sharon @ What The Fork Food Blog — April 27, 2015 at 7:50 am

    LOVE that these are gluten free! And I love dessert for breakfast so this is totally a winner in my book!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — April 27, 2015 at 7:53 am

    I LOVELOVELOVE Pamela’s Products and everyone knows that I adore pancakes. And chocolate. So, I am assuming that you made these for me 😉 Loving this dessert for breakfast – pinned!

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    meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — April 27, 2015 at 8:00 am

    I have been dying to get my hands on Pamela’s products. What is taking me so long?! And cake for breakfast? Pass me the plate plus some. Cause I am indulging!
    And my husbands route for shopping? One store or “Why you don’t you just buy me stuff? You have good taste” Ugh. not as fun….

  5. #
    Kate @ Framed Cooks — April 27, 2015 at 8:03 am

    Four? There is NO way I could stop at four with these babies. Dessert for breakfast for everyone!

  6. #
    Rebecca @ Strength and Sunshine — April 27, 2015 at 8:03 am

    These are fabulous! I am always a fan of the chocolate cherry combo….but chocolate and pancakes is always going to be amazing to matter!

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    ashley - baker by nature — April 27, 2015 at 8:09 am

    Vacation, shopping, aaaaand these pancakes?! I want your life! But for real – they look amazing. I may need to make a stack this morning to shake the Monday blues.

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    Martha @ A Family Feast — April 27, 2015 at 8:30 am

    We’re heading to Mexico for a family wedding and I’m doing the same – using it as an excuse to “refresh” my husband’s wardrobe a bit! (Mine too of course!) 🙂 As always, these pancakes look incredible! I.AM.DROOLING!

  9. #
    Abigail — April 27, 2015 at 10:40 am

    Wow! These pancakes are oozing with deliciousness! Awesome food photography too – my eyes are swooning over these! Pinned. 🙂

  10. #
    Cookin Canuck — April 27, 2015 at 10:54 am

    Holy gorgeous stack of pancakes, Batman! Those are absolutely amazing. I hope you and your husband have a fantastic time on your vacation together!

  11. #
    Rachael {La Fuji Mama} — April 27, 2015 at 11:22 am

    Oh my heavens to Betsy girl!! These look like show stoppers!! YES PLEASE. I’m afraid that if I make a batch I’ll just sit and eat them all. Would that be bad?!?

  12. #
    Stacey @ Bake.Eat.Repeat. — April 27, 2015 at 11:25 am

    Wow, those look amazing! I love chocolate for breakfast, adding cherries and whipped cream just makes it even better!

  13. #
    Krista @ Joyful Healthy Eats — April 27, 2015 at 11:32 am

    Those seriously look so fluffy and light! And the chocolate flavor along with the black forrest cake twist, you are a culinary genius girl!

    Hope you and the hubs have an awesome time on your much needed vaca!

  14. #
    Chrisy @ Homemade Hooplah — April 27, 2015 at 1:52 pm

    Oh my goodness, these pancakes look decedent! I might have to try your tactic and make these the next time I try to drag, er, ahem, TAKE my guy shopping!

  15. #
    Becky | The Cookie Rookie — April 27, 2015 at 2:14 pm

    This looks SO decadent and amazing. YUM!

  16. #
    Stephanie @ Back for Seconds — April 27, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Yeah….I think I’ll go with the “eat them alllll” option 😉

  17. #
    The Food Hunter — April 27, 2015 at 3:18 pm

    I think I would have to save them for dessert…but I would eat them all

  18. #
    Faith (An Edible Mosaic) — April 27, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    There is no doubt in my mind that these are the best pancakes I’ve ever seen! Black Forest anything reels me in every time and yup, I think I just may eat them all. 😉

  19. #
    Brenda@Sugar-Free Mom — April 27, 2015 at 4:36 pm

    I love that these are gluten free and honestly, these look way better than a Black Forest Cake to me! Dessert for breakfast doesn’t get any better!

  20. #
    Lauren Kelly Nutrition — April 27, 2015 at 4:59 pm

    First off, these pictures are TO DIE FOR! I have wanted to use Pamela’s baking products for some time now and I can’t wait to try the gluten free mix!

  21. #
    Liz@HoosierHomemade — April 27, 2015 at 5:05 pm

    These pancakes look incredible! I was recently diagnosed with Gluten Free intolerance. I will definitely be looking for this mix.

  22. #
    Susan — April 27, 2015 at 7:39 pm

    I think these pancakes should officially be named get husband to go shopping with you pancakes. It could probably convince any husband to do it. I know mine hates it but a good meal could get him out of house. Have fun on vacation and vacations are always an excuse for new clothes – you gotta look good!

  23. #
    Kirsten / Comfortably Domestic — April 27, 2015 at 8:46 pm

    Dude. I would go shopping with you for free, but I’d be extra enthusiastic after a stack of those pancakes. I figure I could power through a sky high stack and then nap it off in one of those cushy chairs. Have a great vacation!

  24. #
    Heather | girlichef — April 27, 2015 at 8:58 pm

    Whoa, these are super tempting. I’m a sucker for anything with cherries, and black forest is no exception. I think I would eat these for breakfast and dessert. Simultaneously.

  25. #
    Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! On a Diet — April 27, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    I love how decadent you made Pamela’s gluten free pancakes. You’d hardly know these were made from a GF mix! Gorgeous!!

  26. #
    Amy @ A Healthy Life For Me — April 27, 2015 at 9:25 pm

    Girl I like your tecnique, if I made these for my hubby…. oh the possibilities! Another gorgeous mouthwatering recipe, pinning now!

  27. #
    Lora @cakeduchess — April 27, 2015 at 9:45 pm

    Great way to get him energized to shop and shop long! I agree to just stack them as high as possible. Fun GF inspiration!

  28. #
    Thao @ In Good Flavor — April 27, 2015 at 10:16 pm

    This would be one of the most decadent breakfast I have had in a while. These pancakes look SO good!

  29. #
    Toni | BoulderLocavore — April 27, 2015 at 10:46 pm

    We use Pamela’s mixes all the time. They are fail-proof. You’ve made such a wonderful recipe with these pancakes; can’t wait to try them!

  30. #
    Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes — April 28, 2015 at 12:23 am

    There’s nothing lnike some pre-vacation clothes shopping! Love it! Oh, these pancakes are heavenly!!

  31. #
    Kate @ Diethood — April 28, 2015 at 1:40 am

    These beautiful pancakes + shopping?!? HEAVEN!!

  32. #
    Catherine — April 28, 2015 at 2:21 am

    Dear Brandy, this is the most indulgent stack of GF pancakes I have seen. I LOVE it. These look so, so good. A must-try! xo, Catherine

  33. #
    Carla — April 28, 2015 at 8:41 am

    I hate clothes shopping, but I sure do love wearing new clothes on vacation. Especially since I tend to wear the same ones for photos and if you look at photos of me, I look like I only own 2 shirts haha! These pancakes definitely look like a great way to start the day before shopping.

  34. #
    Angie — April 28, 2015 at 9:30 am

    I have to try these! I love black forest anything, and these are the prettiest pancakes ever! I can’t buy my husband’s clothes, he’s so picky, I’ll just sneak in his closet and make a Goodwill bag every couple of months so he’s forced to replace stuff 🙂 Have fun on your vaca!

  35. #
    Nikki @ Nik Snacks — April 28, 2015 at 4:27 pm

    I love pancakes infinitely better than waffles and using a mix is so much easier! I love your black forest spin on these!

  36. #
    Samantha — April 28, 2015 at 8:39 pm

    There are so many awesome things about this recipe.Cherries rock my life. I’ve always been curious about that mix when I see it in the store. I’ll have to check it out!

  37. #
    Samantha — April 28, 2015 at 8:40 pm

    Also have fun with Art on vacation!

  38. #
    Kim Beaulieu — April 29, 2015 at 12:42 am

    Brandy I am just sitting here in awe. I’m not a big “stuff on my pancakes” kinda gal but you just totally changed my mind. This looks heavenly.

    I would love to go shopping with you one day. I went to the states last month and had a blast shopping over there. Finding clothes in Canada sucks.

  39. #
    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — April 29, 2015 at 8:44 am

    That stack of pancakes looks truly amazing! I’m not usually one for a sweet breakfast, but I’d make an exception for a stack of these.
    Have fun on vacation!

  40. #
    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — April 29, 2015 at 8:53 am

    I never would have guessed that these were gluten free by looking at the photos! So pretty! Have fun on your vacation!!

  41. #
    Marly — April 29, 2015 at 10:56 am

    What an amazing recipe – and you make it looks so easy. Can’t wait to try it!

  42. #
    Lauren @ Healthy Delicious — April 30, 2015 at 8:38 pm

    Oh my word. I’d eat these for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and dessert!

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