This gluten-free Dutch Baby Pancake is an easy-to-make, delicious breakfast treat. Top this puff pancake topped with fresh blueberries, powdered sugar, and maple syrup! Forget the hassle of flipping individual pancakes—this one-pan wonder bakes up effortlessly in the oven.

A top view of the gluten free Dutch baby pancake. It is dusted in powdered sugar and topped with blueberries.

If you haven’t tried a Dutch baby pancake, aka German puff pancake, today is going to be the day! These light and fluffy pancakes taste like a cross between a soufflé, a crepe, and a popover. That is a lot of crossovers, and maybe I am wrong, but this pancake recipe puffs up, has the flavor of a popover, and you can add toppings (to the top) like a crepe.

With all that going on, you will be surprised to know that this gluten free puff pancake recipe is so easy to make!! Set up a topping bar for your Dutch baby pancakes that looks beautiful on a brunch or breakfast table. This is perfect so everyone can choose their favorite toppings!

If breakfast is one of your favorite meals of the day, you will want to check out all of my best gluten free breakfast recipes!

Allergen Information:

This recipe is gluten-free, soy-free, and nut-free. To make this recipe dairy-free, use plant-based butter.

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A photo of the Dutch baby ingredients.

Ingredient Notes:

  • Gluten Free Flour Blend – I tested this recipe with Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 GF Flour blend. Most 1:1 blends should work well in this recipe.
  • Xanthan or Guar Gum – If your blend doesn’t contain a binder like xanthan or guar gum, add 1/2 teaspoon.
  • Sugar and Salt
  • Ground Cinnamon – Optional.
  • Eggs – Use size large.
  • Butter – Use unsalted butter.
  • Milk or Non-Dairy Milk – I tested my recipe with Oatly oat milk and almond milk; any milk or non-dairy milk should work.
  • Vanilla extract – Optional.

Try these topping ideas:

There are so many ways to top your gluten free Dutch baby pancake! You can use any fruit you may have on hand! Top this oven pancake with powdered sugar, maple syrup, or both! 

  • Nutella (yes, I am that crazy to want chocolate for breakfast!)
  • Strawberries or any berries.
  • Whipped cream.
  • Bacon and maple syrup.
A slice of puff pancake on a plate. It is topped with blueberries and maple syrup.

Tips For Sucess

1. Put the cast iron pan in the oven when you start the preheat and add the butter to the pan after the oven after the oven reaches the 425º F temperature. If you put the butter in too soon, the butter will burn.
2. Try not to open the oven door. The pancake puffs up, but opening the oven door can cause it to fall prematurely.

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Step-By-Step Photos and Directions:

Preheat your oven to 425º F. This recipe needs a hot oven to puff. Place your 10-inch cast-iron skillet (or another oven-safe pan) in the oven to heat. (Don’t add the butter yet!)

Photos of steps 1 and 2 in the Vitamix.

Step 1: Add all of your liquid ingredients (milk and eggs) in a blender or Vitamix.

Step 2: Add the flour, cinnamon, and salt.

Photos of steps 3 and 4 making the batter and heating the pan.

Step 3: Cover the blender and mix on high speed for one minute. You want the puff pancake batter to be frothy with lots of bubbles.

Step 4: Put on an oven mitt and drop the butter into the hot pan in the oven. Be sure you are wearing the mitt so you can gently swirl the pan around so the butter melts and covers the pan.

The pan with pancake batter in the oven.

Step 5: Close the oven door and let the butter get hot. Keep an eye on it so it doesn’t burn. It took my butter about 90 seconds to melt and get bubbly. Next, use an oven mitt to grab the oven rack, sliding it out slightly. Pour the batter into the hot skillet and quickly close the oven door.

Step 6: Keep the oven light on and watch as the sides start to lift and cook up the side of the pan. The Dutch baby will rise up, and then sink a bit when you take it out of the oven. This is normal. When the edges separate from the side and the pancake is puffed up, it is ready.

Step 7: Wear an oven mitt and take the hot puffy pancake out of the oven. Serve warm with your favorite toppings. Add a drizzle of maple syrup.

Recipe FAQ:

Is a Dutch baby pancake the same as a German Pancake?

The two names are often used interchangeably, and they mean the same thing.

How do you store leftover pancakes?

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. They will keep fresh for 3 days.

How do you reheat a Dutch baby?

You can easily reheat your pancake in a microwave oven for 35-40 seconds.

A close up of the puffed up crust.

More Gluten Free Breakfast Ideas:

Love This Recipe?

If you made and enjoyed this recipe, I would be incredibly grateful if you could leave a comment below. Please include which flour blend you used. This helps others know that this recipe is delicious. Thank you!

A top view of the gluten free Dutch baby pancake. It is dusted in powdered sugar and topped with blueberries.

Fluffy Gluten Free Dutch Baby Pancake

Sandi Gaertner
An easy, super fluffy, gluten free Dutch pancake recipe topped with blueberries. It makes an incredible breakfast.
5 from 3 votes
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Gluten Free Breakfast Recipes
Cuisine American
Servings 4 people
Calories 240 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • cup gluten free flour blend * see notes
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • teaspoon salt
  • ¾ cup milk or non-dairy
  • 3 large eggs room temperature
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425º F.
  • Add the room-temperature eggs, milk, sugar, salt, flour, and ground cinnamon into a blender or Vitamix.
  • Whip it for 1 minute until it is very bubbly and well mixed.
  • Put the cast-iron skillet into the oven as the oven preheats to get hot. When the oven is at 425º F, add the butter. Wear an oven mitt and swirl the pan to coat the bottom with hot butter.
  • Let the butter sit in the pan with the oven door closed for 90 seconds to 2 minutes. Put on an oven mitt. Open the oven and carefully slide the rack out a little bit. Pour the pancake batter into the hot cast iron skillet. Quickly close the oven door.
  • Cook for 10-15 minutes until the pancake puffs up. When the edges pull away and the pancake is golden, remove it from the oven.
  • Top with powdered sugar and/or syrup and serve warm.

Notes

  1. Most 1:1 blends will work in this recipe. I tested Bob’s Red Mill 1:1 Gluten Free Flour Blend. If your blend doesn’t contain xanthan or guar gum, add 1/2 teaspoon.
  2. I used Oatly oat milk, but any non-dairy or regular milk will work in this recipe.
  3. Use plant-based butter to make this gluten-free Dutch baby pancake dairy-free.
  4. Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

SPECIAL NOTE

Please know that every gluten free flour blend has a different starch to grain ratio. If you use a blend I didn’t test, you may need to adjust your moisture levels in your baked goods.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sliceCalories: 240kcalCarbohydrates: 23gProtein: 8gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.4gCholesterol: 151mgSodium: 138mgPotassium: 117mgFiber: 2gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 515IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 92mgIron: 1mg
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14 Comments

  1. This looks amazing! I’m intrigued so please excuse my ignorance but what does the “puff” mean? Thanks!

    1. Hi Elle. I don’t mind the question at all. The pancake “puffs” up in the high heat, then falls. It is almost like a souffle.

  2. Dear Sandi, this sounds like a wonderful treat! Perfect for whenever you need something in a pinch. xo, Catherine

  3. Ohh I bet this tastes so good with the bit of almond flour and cinnamon. I especially love that you used honey too. These look delicious!

    1. Thank you Erica. I am trying to use honey to sweeten more often as it gives such a wonderful flavor to baking.