Gluten Free Pear Date Pancakes Recipe

by Carol Kicinski on May 9, 2011

Gluten Free Pear Date Pancakes | Dairy Free | Low Fat In the process of making foods taste wonderful, one could easily become the “Paula Dean” of the gluten-free world, creating food filled with butter, cream and sugar. I do also love coming up with recipes that are free of refined sugar and low in fat.

These pancakes that I made this morning are a pretty good example - whole grain goodness from brown rice flour, sweetened with pears and dates instead of sugar, and very little in the way of fat. The natural pectin in the pears gives the pancakes a lot of the same “mouth-feel” that butter or oil would.

To go along with the pancakes I made a quick Pear Maple Spread, it simmered pretty much unattended while the pancakes cooked; I love that in a recipe. And just to make things even easier, I made the pancakes in the blender, why do work when your appliances will do it for you?

If you prefer, you can thin the pancake batter out with a little more liquid, making them more like crepes then fill them with the Pear Maple Spread and roll them up. A light dusting of confectioners’ sugar would be a nice touch. As would a side of bacon. But I digress…

Gluten Free Pear Date Pancakes

Gluten Free Pear Date Pancakes Recipe



1 pear, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
6 large medjool dates, pits removed and roughly chopped
1 cup milk (any kind)
1 egg
¾ cup plus 2 tablespoons superfine brown rice flour
2 tablespoons tapioca starch
½ teaspoon kosher or fine sea salt
1 teaspoon baking powder

Pear Maple Spread

2 pears, peeled, cored and roughly chopped
1 teaspoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
2 tablespoons maple syrup



Place the pear, dates, milk and egg in a blender and process until smooth, about 1 minute. Add the flour, starch, salt and baking powder and blend until fully combined, scrapping down the blender container a time or two.

Heat a griddle or skillet over medium heat until a drop of water sizzles immediately when splashed on it. Spray with some gluten-free non-stick cooking spray. Ladle on a heaping ¼ cup of batter per pancake. Cook until the edges look dry and the bottom is golden brown, about 3 – 4 minutes. Flip and cook until the bottom is browned and the pancakes feel firm to the touch. Keep pancakes warm in a low (200 degrees) oven and repeat with remaining batter.

Pear Maple Spread

Combine the pears, lemon juice and maple syrup in a small sauce pan. Bring to a boil, lower the heat to medium low and simmer until the pears are fork tender, about 6 minutes. Mash the pears a little with a fork or potato masher, keeping the mixture chunky. Raise the heat and reduce the liquid until it is thick a syrupy, serve warm with pancakes.


This gluten free recipe makes 12 pancakes depending on size.

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  • Lisa

    I love the addition of dates!!

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  • Juanita

    How lovely that these tasty-looking bitties are practically fat-free too!

  • InTolerantChef

    I love pears, the dates are just so sweet too, yumm…

  • CassidyS

    You’re so creative, this looks amazing! I love that they’re sweetened with pears and dates.

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks, I have really started to be a date lover recently!

  • Kim (Cook It Allergy Free)

    What a great idea! I love this recipe and how healthy it is. Will definitely be giving this one a try! ;)

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks my friend!

  • Julia Lynn

    Yum! Can’t wait to try these! :-) LOVE that there’s no refined sugar!!! Thank you!

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thank you Julia.

  • Maggie

    Carol your picture is gorgeous! This is a great recipe, I would love to try it with the dates! Such a great idea.

    • Carol Kicinski

      Thanks Maggie!

  • Heather @Gluten-Free Cat

    How delightfully simple, elegant, and so healthy! Pears and dates sound refreshingly like summer is on its way.

  • Jennifer Preston

    Beautiful picture!! The recipe sounds so good….must try the spread too!

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  • Stacey Crouch

    I can not wait to try making these for my son this weekend! Thanks for subbing for the sugar!!! Perfect, just perfect!

    • Carol Kicinski

      My pleasure Stacy – enjoy!

  • Jen

    Which GF cooking spray do you use?

    • Carol Kicinski

      Usually Spectrum First Cold Press Olive Spray but sometimes I will use Pam – but their baking spray is not gluten free, just the cooking spray.

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