Gluten-Free Buttermilk Pancakes….with High Protein Cheesecake Icing

How’s that for a title? :-) Lengthy!…you might say. And then I would laugh at your candor.

Can you believe August begins on Wednesday? This summer is flying by! Every year, I look forward to October, cool temperatures, and (most of all) Halloween!


You know that store that busts out with the Christmas decorations in July? That’s totally up my Halloween alley. Expect to be bombarded. Just sayin’. I was in a dollar store the other day, and they already had Thanksgiving paraphernalia out. Most scoff. I applaud. I love the holiday season!

I think this may be one of my best recipes to date. Appearance, texture,….check, check. Low sugar, low-fat, gluten-free….check, check, check. Flippin’ amazing taste…CHECK!


1 c. gluten-free flour mix, minus 1 tablespoon (I used this DIY one from my previous post)

1/4 t. baking soda

1/2 t. baking powder

1/2 t. salt

1 t. sucanat

1 egg, separated

1 c. buttermilk** (see below for instructions on how to make your own)

1 T. coconut oil

1 T. applesauce

Make your buttermilk. Mix dry ingredients. Whisk egg white and buttermilk in one bowl. Mix egg yolk, oil, and applesauce in a separate bowl. Mix all wet ingredients. Pour onto dry mixture and stir just until it all comes together (DON’T OVERMIX). Heat a non-stick skillet. Add some type of fat (coconut oil or butter). Dollop a few tablespoons of the mix onto the pan for each cake. Let fry 2-3 minutes, flip, and let fry another 2 minutes. Repeat with the entire batch.

**In a measuring cup, add 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar or lemon juice. Add enough milk to equal 1 cup of liquid. Mix and let sit 5-10 minutes to curdle.

And if you want it to look like this…

Make this….


1/2 c. cottage cheese (if vegan, try an alternative plain yogurt, such as coconut or almond)

1/4 c. light coconut milk

1/2 t. vanilla

2 t. honey or maple syrup

7 drops stevia

pinch baking soda

In a food processor, mix the cottage cheese and coconut milk until smooth. Add the remaining ingredients and pulse until combined.

This literally is the ‘icing on the cake’. 😀

What’s your favorite pancake topping?

Shared with: Healthy Vegan Fridays




  1. says

    Haha! I remember your love for Halloween from the 7 random facts post ;).
    The pancake looks amazing! It’s been SOO long since I took the time to make a hearty bfast like this one. I’m not a huge fan of cottage cheese though..Do you think the flavor gets a lil mellowed out from all the other sweet ingredients?

    • Lauren says

      It does yes, but it still has a cheese taste, hence the ‘cheesecake’ :-) …you could try greek yogurt in place of it! Let me know if you do!

  2. says

    Everything about this post screams deliciousness. Oh & that icing, Mmm!!! I’m really simple when it comes to topping my pancakes. Either syrup, pb or honey. Not too big of a fan of fruit, not even bananas.

  3. says

    haha we’re seriously such food and randomness twins! Your music list is supa random, but that’s what makes it fun! And I looooooooove this recipe!! we seem to eat very very similarly…And I’ve been contemplating on trying GF allpurpose flour. Lately anyyyyything that’s not veggie, oaty, or light protein makes me get stomach problems. I’m hoping that I don’t have GF sensitivity, but I think I’ve been in denial of that because I love bread. We will see. :) Have a lovely day you lovely girl! I get pumped when I hear YIRUMA’s piano music, sometimes some cheesy and cute Korean songs, and of course worship songs! I’ve been loving Matt Redman’s stuff lately. Are you familiar with hiim?

    • Lauren says

      Hahahaha! Ellie you’re so cool! I’ve heard of Matt Redman, but I don’t know his music. If you like him, I’ll definitely have to check him out!

  4. foodpornsite says

    @ Lauren, you are the diva of the pancake, LOL !
    Love that ‘icing on the cake’ effect. Well done!

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