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Gluten Free Lemon Pecan Pancakes

Simple and fun to eat, these Lemon Pecan Pancakes also happen to be gluten and dairy free – and so good that syrup might be optional!

Lemon Pecan Pancakes With Silk Soymilk @RunninSrilankan

So, have you ever caught yourself thinking: “the-older-I-get-the-less-I-know”?
The reason I ask is that these days, more than ever before, I feel I am constantly reading, or I am being told something I did’t know before. My daughter thinks that “stuff” is constantly falling out of my noggin and so I forget that I used to know what I thought I didn’t – but, seriously, teenagers say the darnedest things – eh?! !

Yesterday I came to find out that the humble pancake (one of my all time favorite foods) was first made by the Ancient Greeks in the 5th century B.C.! The Ancient Greeks were said to have used wheat flour, olive oil, honey, and curdled milk, to make these early pancakes; which they referred to as “tēganitēs”. Unlike myself however, they ate their “tēganitēs” for breakfast – me, well, I have been known to eat mine for breakfast, lunch and/or dinner!  😆 

Lemon Pecan Pancakes

Now, I do know that pancakes around the world are very different in taste and consistency. The Sri Lankan pancakes my mom makes are very different to the ones I make and enjoy. My mom makes her famously delicious pancakes with milk, flour, eggs, and oil and she stuffs them with a sweet coconut and cardamom mixture before rolling them up. These pancakes are a delicacy and definitely not eaten for lunch and dinner too!


However, when I first found out I was lactose intolerant, I abandoned eating my mom’s pancakes; and, even stopped making my own – that is, until I stumbled on Silk Soymilk! Silk Soymilk has been a delicious, gut friendly alternative for milk in my pancakes and with 8 grams of heart-healthy, plant-powered protein and a smooth delicious taste, it gives you plenty to love! Silk Soymilk also happens to be plant-based and naturally low in saturated fat, with no cholesterol!


I used Silk Soymilk to whip up these gluten free and dairy free, Lemon Pecan Pancakes – which were so good, we ate them without syrup! Care to give them a try them and see if you agree?

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Gluten Free Lemon Pecan Pancakes

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Author: Shashi
Simple and fun to eat, these Lemon Pecan Pancakes also happen to be gluten and dairy free - and so good that syrup might be optional!


  • 1/2 cup brown rice flour
  • 1/4 cup protein powder of your choice vanilla or unflavored
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • juice and zest of one lemon
  • 3/4 cup Silk Soymilk
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1/4 cup pecans
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup pecans
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 lemon - juice and zest
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar


  • Mix all the ingredients in a bowl
  • Heat up a pan coated with olive oil on medium heat
  • And ladle 2-3 tablespoonfuls of batter onto pan
  • Let cook 3-4 minutes and flip and let cook on other side for about 2-3 minutes as well
  • Add all the ingredients into the same pan that was used to make the pancakes in, and saute for about 5-7 minutes, or till the sugar starts to caramelized.
  • Place on top of the pancakes and enjoy
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  1. akaleistar says:

    The pancakes look super yummy!

  2. Did you say your mom stuffs them with a sweet coconut and cardamom mixture?!! OMG that sounds soooo good! As do these pancakes! Im not so sure about the optional syrup though…i love me some maple syrup!

  3. Joanne says:

    Good for you not letting your lactose intolerance keep you away from pancake deliciousness! That’s what I like to hear. Plus, Silk is just so dang good, it’s not even hard.

  4. Great looking recipe! I also like the sound of your mother’s pancakes too 😀

  5. These pancakes look absolutely delicious, I am a die hard pecan fan 😀

    Choc Chip Uru

  6. That pecan topping looks amazing! And I love that there is so much protein in these pancakes.

  7. hotlyspiced says:

    I always thought pancakes originated in the USA. Who knew the Greeks were eating them all those centuries ago! Your lemon pancakes look amazing xx

  8. Love the addition of protein powder, always good to have more. Great recipe.

  9. I definitely feel like the older I get the less I know! And I had no idea about the origin of pancakes, but these look really delicious! I love the pecan topping…

  10. I love my silk too, have a lot of them. Sashi, you don’t have to do anything, just make me your pancakes morning, noon and for dinner when I visit you. I’ll be a happy camper. Your pictures and food almost jump out of the screen. It’s so so good.
    You know I’m gonna pin this.

  11. These look good! Dave just had a crepe for an after lunch treat 🙂

  12. I think rice flour is one of the best to make GF treats. Love the combination of flavors in these pancakes. The pics made me hungry — AGAIN! 🙂 Please, send me some, Shashi!

  13. You said the two magic words Shashi: gluten-free and pancakes. I could gobble up these boys in no time flat!

  14. Two of my favorite foods: pancakes and pecans! Looks delicious 😀

  15. I’ve never tried a pecan topping on pancakes before! Definitely inspired to do so next time I make a stack of pancakes! Thanks for the idea Shashi.

  16. Farrah says:

    Silk is wonderful! I used to down that like nobody’s business back when I was living in dorms for college (I was so happy that they had it there! 😛 ). Pancakes are also all sorts of wonderful–I can’t wait to try making these! (Love that there’s added protein in em’! <3 )

  17. Ooh, that was a great lesson in history 😉 I would honestly eat these pancakes any time of day, really. I’m also a huge fan of Silk–great recipe this week! Love it and totally keeping it to share next week during my Friday roundup!!

  18. I’ve had pecans ON my pancakes before but never inside the beauties. These look very fluffy for gluten free. Love it!

  19. whiskandshout says:

    I’ve never had lemons and pecans together, but they’re two of my fave flavors! Love this… so yum 🙂

  20. ashley says:

    Your pancakes are so fluffy and perfect! Love the pecan topping!

  21. What a great pancake combo!

  22. Yumm-o! These look heavenly. I’m always so impressed when I see from scratch pancake recipes (it’s so tempting for me to use the premade mixes). Will have to try my hand at your recipe! Also- wonderful blog, glad I had the opportunity to check yours out!

    • Shashi says:

      Thanks Swati – so glad I had the opportunity to check yours out too! Your recipes are incredible – how bout I send you some pancakes and you send me some Shrimp Fideuà? 🙂

  23. Kim says:

    Glad you can enjoy pancakes again!!!
    Every single day I realize how little I know – the joys of teenagers:)

  24. Mira says:

    Your pancakes look awesome Shashi! Love that they are dairy and gluten free! Pinning!

  25. kitchenriffs says:

    Yup, I’ll eat pancakes for any meal, too. More for dinner than breakfast, actually. What terrific pancakes these are! Definitely look like dinner to me. 🙂

  26. Looking forward to trying these…and wondering if you’ll ever share your mom’s pancakes too. Those sounds amazing.

    • Shashi says:

      Katie – you know what – sharing my mom’s version is a great idea! I’d just have to tweak them to be GF so my daughter can enjoy them too – thanks so much for this idea for a future post!

  27. thenutritiouskitchen says:

    I’ve never cooked with brown rice flour but these pancakes look so stunning!! I may have to have a breakfast for dinner night soon 🙂

  28. Sonali- The Foodie Physician says:

    Shashi, these look absolutely incredible and I love my Silk too! It looks like we both had pancakes on the brain. Thanks for the history lesson 🙂

  29. ifailedfran says:

    Definitely a fan of pancakes at all times of the day! There’s never a bad time (or way) to eat them!

  30. spicedblog says:

    Ok, stop right there. I’m going to need those pancakes! Hand em on over, Shashi! Seriously, though, these look amazing. I’ve never thought about adding lemon to pancakes…but I bet it’s delicious. And then the maple syrup would go so well with it, too. Plus, pecans. Pecans and I have a secret love affair going on…as in, I eat all of them. Love this recipe!

    As far as lil Shashi telling you stuff is falling out of your head? Well, just tell her that she better start picking up all of those nuggets of wisdom off of the floor. (And tell her to clean her room while she’s at it, too…hah!)

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – I took you upon your suggestion and she totally cleaned her room! 🙂 But, she said that that “stuff” might not be considered by all to be nuggets of wisdom!!! What the heck???? 🙂

      Thanks so much David – I would love to hand them over to you via your mail lady – but, we know she has an appetite! 😉

  31. Daniela says:

    Fluffy pancakes and crunchy nuts- a match made in heaven!

  32. I totally did NOT know that the Greek’s first started making my beloved food! But, I have always LOVED Greek food, so now it just all makes sense!
    Loving the lemon and pecan in these babies. I am thinking we need a pancake breakfast date STAT! Pinned!

    • Shashi says:

      Oooh Lady – I think a pancake breakfast date is a GREAT idea!!!! Thanks oodles lady – btw – are you going to BlogHer Food in Chicago?

  33. Had no idea the Ancient Greeks were the first! Pancakes have been a long time favorite for all three meals 🙂 These look so decadent you wouldn’t even know they’re healthy. Love the GF factor too!

  34. What is it about moms and pancakes, eh? My mom makes some buttermilk pancakes that I’ve never quite been able to replicate, despite using all the same ingredients. It’s just a mom’s touch 🙂 and I’m seriously loving the look of these, Shashi! I’ve never tried using rice flour or lemon juice in pancakes, but they look so wonderfully fluffy I could -die- <3

    • Shashi says:

      Haha – thanks Amanda!
      I used to always think it was because my mom always measures in “dashes” and “pinches” … but I think you are right – definitely because of their special touch!

  35. These pancakes! I love everything about them, but especially the pecan topping. Pinning!

  36. June Burns says:

    Those look delicious! Nothing like fresh pancakes to start the day 🙂 Love the lemon flavors in here!

  37. Rosa Jeanne Mayland says:

    Beautiful pancakes! They look so delicious…



  38. Angie@Angie's Recipes says:

    They look super! Naturally gluten free treats are the best. p.s what kind of protein did you use, whey, bean, pea or rice protein?