Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes are the ultimate comfort food! You can eat them any time of the day. “Yes!”, dairy-free buttermilk tastes just like the original! It makes delicious light, fluffy pancakes.

Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes are the ultimate comfort food, perfect for any time of the day. Whether you’re enjoying them for breakfast, brunch, or as a late-night snack, these pancakes provide a delicious and satisfying option that caters to various dietary needs. The versatility and ease of preparation make them an excellent choice for busy mornings or lazy weekends when you want something both wholesome and indulgent.

The secret to their incredible taste and texture lies in the dairy-free buttermilk, which remarkably mimics the original. This ingredient ensures the pancakes are light, fluffy, and full of flavor, making them an irresistible treat for everyone, even those with dairy sensitivities or preferences. The deliciously airy consistency combined with the subtle tanginess of the buttermilk creates a perfect balance, making these pancakes a favorite for anyone who tries them.

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Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

Reasons You’ll Love Our Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

Here are a few great reasons

    • Dairy-Free Buttermilk: We use our homemade buttermilk in this recipe which makes our pancakes super fluffy, light, and airy. The ultimate pancake recipe
    • Delicious: Our homemade Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes are delicious. Pile on a few pats of dairy-free butter and fresh fruit and you’ll be in heaven!
    • Versatile: Our Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes are super versatile. Stack them high, drizzle on some butter, and add some fresh fruit of any kind and you have a super delicious meal or brunch. 
    • Options:  This recipe is dairy-free so for those of us who have an allergy to cow’s milk this is a great option! 
    • Health Benefits: This recipe can be made with gluten-free flour AND many plant-based milks. It’s really up to your taste.

So, don’t think you CAN’T make delicious pancakes with buttermilk that are dairy-free!

Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancake

How to Make Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

Start by making your buttermilk.

    • Choose Your Milk Base: Choose the plant-based milk you’ll be using. Examples are soy milk (high in protein), oat milk (less high in protein), and almond milk (high in protein). It’s best to choose a milk with a high protein content. 
    • Pour the milk into a large glass bowl or measuring cup: Choose an acid that will curdle the milk. Examples of this are lemon juice and vinegar. We use apple cider vinegar. The acid will quickly curdle the milk and you will easily see the chunks. This is the curdling process. 
    • Let Sit: Allow the curdled milk to sit for two minutes. This gives the milk the time it needs to completely curdle and absorb the milk.

Don’t be alarmed by the curdling process! Buttermilk made from cow’s milk is made in this same process. So, go for it!

Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

Make Your Pancake Batter

Your dry ingredients are the base of your pancakes.

    • Dry Ingredients: Add your dry ingredients to a large glass mixing bowl and mix it.
    • Add Your Dairy-Free Buttermilk: Add your curdled buttermilk to your dry base of ingredients. We like to create a hole in the middle and pour the buttermilk into it. 
    • Add Your Dairy-Free Butter: Melt your dairy-free butter and then let it cool for about one minute. Then add it to your mixture.
    • Add Your Vanilla: We like to add pure vanilla to our recipe. It adds a subtle, but delicious taste. 
    • Mix and Allow Bubbles to Form: Mix the ingredients by hand and allow bubbles to form. The bubbles are coming from the reaction of the baking powder and the curdled milk! It’s science!

You should see bubbles in your batter. This is what will make your pancakes super fluffy!

Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

Cook Your Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

Now it’s time to cook!

    • Heat a Frying Pan: Set your stovetop to a medium temperature and allow it to heat up.
    • Add Oil to the Pan: We use canola oil to fry out pancakes. It’s more healthy than vegetable oil and provides a great hot point. 
    • Scoop Our the Batter: Your batter should be scoopable and not too running. Make several round scoops and place in your frying pan, which should be hot by now.
    • Flip: Flip your pancakes when they start to further bubble up from the heat. You should be able to easily use a spatula to flip them at this point.
    • Stack ‘Em High: Stack your pancakes high on a plate and cover to keep them warm
    • Serve: Serve your pancakes for almost any meal of the day. Breakfast, brunch, lunch or dinner.
    Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancake

    Serve Your Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

    Variation Gal0re!

      • Add Dairy-Free Butter: We LOVE Miyokos European Style Plant Milk Butter. It’s truly the very best of all the plant-based butter on the market. Delicious!
      • Add Fruit Toppings: We often top our pancakes with our Homemade Apple Compote. This makes for a perfect combination – somewhere between a dessert and breakfast!
      • Add a Syrup: We LOVE to use our Homemade Strawberry Syrup. This fresh, sweet syrup is so fast and easy to make! You’ll be hooked!
      • Add Fresh Berries: We LOVE to add our homegrown fresh raspberries. When they are in season, there’s nothing better than to go to the garden and get fresh berries that are a perfect add-on to our package.
      • Add Ricotta: If you want a more savory topping, add our Homemade Dairy-Free Ricotta Cheese. This dairy-free option is better than the original and a scoop pairs perfectly with our pancakes.

    We know you’ll love the Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes as much as we do! Experiment with the toppings as you like! Enjoy!

    Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

    Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes

    Denise Keniston - Basil Lover
    These Dairy-Free Buttermilk Pancakes are fluffy, light and delicious. Server them with an endless selection of toppings for a great breakfast, brunch, or lunch!
    5 from 2 votes
    Prep Time 15 minutes
    Cook Time 2 minutes
    Course Breakfast
    Cuisine American
    Servings 4


    • Mixing Bowl
    • Frying Pan


    Dry Ingredients

    • 300 grams flour gluten-free flour works too!
    • 4 tbsp sugar
    • 2 tbsp baking powder
    • 1 tsp salt

    Homemade Dairy-Free Buttermilk

    • 1 1/2 cups soy milk other plant-based milks work too
    • 1/2 cup water
    • 2 1/2 tbsp apple cider vinegar lemon juice / all vinegars work too
    • 2 tsos vanilla
    • 4 tbsp vegan butter


    Make Dairy-Free Buttermilk

    • Pour milk into glass container
    • Add apple cider vinegar
    • Wait two minutes or until mixture bubbles

    Dry Ingredients

    • Mix dry ingredients in large bowl
    • Add dairy-free butternilk
    • Add vanilla, buttermilk, and melted butter to dry ingredients
    • Mix ingredients by hand until bubble form
    • Heat friying pan on medium high
    • Scoop in batter
    • Wait for it to bubble
    • Flip
    • Serve
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