This gluten-free dutch baby (also known as a German pancake) is an easy breakfast favorite! With a light custard base, fluffy sides and edges, and a rich buttery flavor, you’d never guess this is gluten-free!

overhead shot of gluten-free german pancake in pan with berries

A Dutch baby (aka German pancake) is one of my very favorite easy, crowd-pleasing breakfasts! This gluten-free version has a light custard batter that bakes up puffy and buttery.

I’ve actually experimented with many Dutch baby recipes over the years before finding the secret to making a gluten-free version that actually gets fluffy edges. So many recipes I tried turned out flat and rubbery instead of craggly and light.

What type of flour should I use?

The main trick for a perfect gluten-free dutch baby is to use a high quality gluten-free flour. You can use oat flour or an all-purpose blend.

In most of my recipes (like my famous gluten-free chocolate chip cookies and gluten-free pizza crust) I recommend using a high-quality 1:1 gluten-free baking flour. This flour is usually a blend of several different types of gluten-free flour and a binder like xathan gum.

For this recipe, I like using King Arthur Flour Gluten-Free All Purpose Flour (not my usual Gluten-Free Measure-for-Measure Flour) that doesn’t contain xanthan gum for this recipe.

A blend with xanthan gum will work fine but might not be as puffy. This is because xanthan gum binds the pancake more than needed.

slice of dutch baby on white plate with fork

You can also use gluten-free oat flour in this recipe. It lends just the right amount of structure and a delicious wholesome flavor.

My favorite brand of gluten-free flour is GF Harvest Oat Flour. You can also easily make your own oat flour from gluten-free oats. Just be sure to buy 100% certified gluten-free oats. 

step by step photos of how to make a german pancake

How to Make a Gluten-Free Dutch Baby

One of my favorite things about german pancakes are that they’re so easy to make! The blender does all the work so clean-up is minimal.

  1. Start by placing a 9×13 pan in the oven as it preheats with a chunk of butter.
  2. Add the ingredients to the blender. Don’t overblend the batter – just pulse until combined.
  3. Blend until smooth.
  4. Take the hot 9×13 pan out of the oven and pour the batter in a figure-8 shape into the pan. Bake until puffy and golden!

Tip: Swirling the batter into the pan in a figure-8 pattern helps give the German pancake peaks and valleys which contributes to a better overall texture.

Tricks for a delicious gluten-free German pancake

  • Use gluten-free all-purpose flour (without xanthan gum) or oat flour for the best texture and flavor.
  • Blend the batter for a smooth texture and easy pouring (but don’t overblend!).
  • Add the batter to a hot pan for a puffy pancake with crisp edges.
  • Swirling the batter into the pan in a figure-8 pattern helps give the German pancake peaks and valleys which contributes to a better overall texture.

overhead shot of dutch baby in pan

My kids love this german pancake baby served with homemade buttermilk syrup. See the recipe below for how to make it! This gluten-free dutch baby is delicious with all kinds of toppings!

Topping Ideas:

  • Buttermilk syrup
  • Maple syrup
  • Fresh berries
  • Powdered Sugar
  • Nutella
  • Jam

If you like this recipe be sure to check out these gluten-free waffles (also made with oat flour!) and my favorite gluten-free pancakes.

Also be sure to leave a comment/rating below. I’d love to hear from you!

overhead shot of german pancake in glass pan with berries
5 from 8 votes

Gluten-Free Dutch Baby (German Pancake)

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 6
This gluten-free dutch baby (also known as a German pancake) is an easy breakfast favorite! With a light custard base, fluffy sides and edges, and a rich buttery flavor, you’d never guess this is gluten-free!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 3/4 cup gluten-free all purpose flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk preferably whole milk
  • 6 eggs

For the Buttermilk Syrup: (optional but delicious!)

  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk
  • 1/2 cup butter
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F. Place the butter in a 9X13-inch baking dish and put the pan in the oven while it preheats (keep an eye on the dish so the butter doesn't burn; take it out when the butter is melted).
  • Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend until just combined and smooth. Don't over-blend or the pancake will be tough.
  • Take the pan out of the oven and pour the batter into (Tip: When pouring the batter into the pan, swirl the batter in a figure-8 pattern: This helps give the German pancake peaks and valleys and a delicious texture.)
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes until the pancake is puffy and lightly browned on the bottom and edges.
  • Serve immediately with butter syrup (recipe below), maple syrup, powdered sugar, berries or jam. Enjoy!

For the Buttermilk Syrup:

  • In a larger than you think saucepan (it will foam and triple in volume at the end), combine the sugar, buttermilk and butter and bring to a boil, stirring often. Reduce the heat and simmer for 3 minutes.
  • Off the heat, add the baking soda. Whisk quickly to dissolve, the volume of the syrup will greatly increase. Stir in vanilla extract. Serve warm with the dutch baby.

Notes

Don't overblend the batter. Just pulse until smooth and combined.
Swirling the batter into the pan in a figure-8 pattern helps give the German pancake peaks and valleys which contributes to a better overall texture.
MAKE IT DAIRY-FREE: I've made this with vegan butter and almond milk with good results. The pancake won't get as puffy and brown with almond milk but will still be delicious. 

Nutrition

Calories: 497.67kcal | Carbohydrates: 49.81g | Protein: 10.6g | Fat: 29.01g | Saturated Fat: 16.15g | Cholesterol: 225.67mg | Sodium: 569.5mg | Potassium: 215.6mg | Fiber: 1.3g | Sugar: 36.72g | Vitamin A: 984.14IU | Calcium: 110.81mg | Iron: 1.57mg

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Hi, I’m Erin!

BS Food Science,

MS Nutrition

I believe you can make amazing, gluten-free food with everyday ingredients that everyone will enjoy. I’m here to share my tried-and-true recipes with you!

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Comments

  1. We weren’t sure if you are supposed to add the melted butter to the rest or keep it in the pan separate. We combined it and then questioned ourselves, ha. Will see how it goes!

    1. Okay so it turned out fine! In fact, we ended up making a second batch (we’re 7 big eaters) and tested not putting the butter in the mixing bowl, left in the pan and poured the rest on top. We liked the texture of the butter mixed in better. They both puffed the same, looked and cooked the same. The first one was more custard and the second more eggy. I did it in my cast iron skillet but next time will use a bigger pan and try to get a double batch in it at one time.
      The fam definitely enjoyed the syrup, too. I jokingly called it liquid frosting. LoL

  2. 5 stars
    I’ve been seeing so many influencers post about this recipe but none with a GF version. This was so easy. I didn’t quite understand the figure 8 thing but it turned out light and delcious and was quick and easy. I hate making regular GF pancakes or waffles so mixing together and popping in an oven is my ideal. Thank you for the recipe and tips.

  3. This was so delicious! And not very difficult, but it looks so impressive on the plate!

    I was wondering if an emersion blender would work instead of a standard blender?

    1. Unfortunately coconut flour won’t work here! It has very different properties than gluten-free flour blends – sorry about that!

    1. Unfortunately it won’t work here! You need the gluten-free all-purpose flour for a light and fluffy texture.

  4. 5 stars
    Thanks so much for this. I am excited to try for my daughter as she LOVES German Pancake!! It will be a nice surprise on the week end!

  5. I am going to cut it in half since there’s only 2 of us. What sized pan do you think would work?
    8 x 8? Seems so easy and good.

  6. Hi! If we use normal flour, is it just 1 cup of flour? My hubby is German and loves these things. Thank you

    1. 5 stars
      This really turned out nicely. More crisp than a regular flour Dutch Baby, but I like that. And you’re right, the xantham gum in GF mixes always does get the pancake rubbery. This was crips, light, tasty, and browned up beautuflly. Thanks for the tip about the figure 8, as it did puff up more than my earlier attempts with GF flours.

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