You’ve heard of the saying you can’t have your cake and eat it too? That doesn’t apply to these Gluten Free Turtle Sundae Brownie Pancakes. Not only will you and your family devour these, you won’t have to decide between breakfast or dessert.
If you want your friends to invite themselves over to your house, make these pancakes. If you want your family to jump out of bed, make these pancakes. And if you want to treat yourself to the ultimate decadent stack, make these pancakes!
Naughty and Nice
When you hear the words turtle sundae brownie pancakes your first and second thoughts probably aren’t gluten free and dairy free. However these fully loaded and over stuffed pancakes are both.
Not only are these luxurious dessert inspired pancakes gluten free and dairy free, they’re easy to make. I don’t know about you but when I want pancakes, I want them five minutes ago.
The base of these pancakes begins with using your favorite gluten free pancake mix. I used Josie’s Best Pancake Mix. Made in a top 8 allergen free facility, Josie Best Pancake Mix bake up light and fluffy.
In addition to starting with a pancake mix, we take help with the brownie portion in Gluten Free Turtle Sundae Brownie Pancakes. By using gluten free brownie dough, you are on your way to pancake bliss that much faster. For this recipe I used Sweet Loren’s Fudgy Brownie Cookie Dough.
Building the Ultimate Gluten Free Turtle Sundae Brownie Pancakes
Not only are these pancakes a decadent experience, they’re also so much fun to build! Get your friends and family involved and let them top them however they like. It’s just as easy to make a single batch as it is to double and triple the recipe.
Just follow the recipe on your chosen Gluten Free pancake mix and adjust the amount of cocoa powder and oat milk. From there, these pancakes are your canvas. From there, you are going to add a drizzle or lava flow of dairy free caramel. Every turtle needs pecans so sprinkle your stack. Be generous! Finally, don’t forget about the sundae portion in these Gluten Free Turtle Sundae Brownie Pancakes. You can top them with your favorite dairy free ice cream or dairy free whipped cream!
Love pancakes? Make sure you check out my recipe for Gluten Free S’mores Pancakes.
Tips for the Perfect Pancakes
There is nothing like sinking your fork into a mile high stack of pillowy pancakes. Perfectly crisp on the outside and airy inside, they’re a food group unto themselves. Whether you’re making homemade pancakes from scratch or using your favorite Gluten Free mix, here are some top tips to make the best pancakes.
- Don’t Overmix the batter! – It’s better to have a few lumps in your batter than it is to over mix. Overmixing your batter will create a tough and chewy pancake instead of a tender and airy bite.
- Let your batter rest. – After mixing up your pancake batter, allow it to rest for at least ten minutes. This will let it relax, giving you that tender bite.
- Make sure your pan is fully heated – A hot pan or griddle equals happy pancakes. Make sure your griddle or skillet is fully heated. This will give you that golden brown exterior and prevent the pancakes from spreading out and being too thin as the heat helps cause them to puff.
- Don’t scorch your pancakes! – You want a hot pan to cause that puff, but you don’t want your pan or griddle so hot that the exterior of your pancakes burn before the interior has a chance to cook. Maple syrup makes everything better, but not burnt pancakes.
- Grease your griddle or skillet. – Make sure that you use either melted Dairy Free butter or nonstick spray on your pan or griddle before adding your batter. Even if you’re using a nonstick pan, this helps the to easily release.
- Measure your batter. – Use a ladle or squirt bottle to easily and evenly distribute your batter. Cooking consistent sized pancakes at the same time makes it easier to manage.
- Don’t overcrowd your pan or griddle. – It’s better to make your pancakes in batches than it is to try and make too many at one time. Not only does the batter drop the temperature of the hot surface, but you also risk them running together. Plus, they’re easier to flip when they’re more spread out.
- Flip Once – Be careful of over flipping your pancakes. The first side may cook a little longer than the second side and that’s okay. How do you know when to flip your pancakes? Watch for bubbles. You will see bubbles begin to form both on the outside edges of the pancakes and also in the middle. Gently ease your spatula under the cake, and then flip with confidence.
- The first pancake is never perfect. – If your first pancake isn’t Instagram worthy, this isn’t a big deal! Crepes and pancakes have an unwritten rule, the first one might look a little wonky. This is a great way to gauge the heat of your pan or griddle, if you have enough grease, and how long to let your pancakes cook.
Gluten Free Turtle Sundae Brownie Pancakes
- Mixing Bowl
- Gluten free pancake mix, made according to package directions
- 1/2 cup cocoa powder
- 1/8 cup oat milk, or non dairy milk of choice
- chocolate brownie cookie dough, broken up, GF & DF
- Dairy Free caramel topping
- Dairy Free ice-cream or whipped cream
- Add cocoa powder to your favorite pancake mix.
- Add wet ingredients for pancakes, along with the oat milk. Stir to just combine.
- Heat skillet. Using a ladle or measuring cup pour pancakes onto the griddle. Sprinkle the brownie dough onto pancakes.
- Cook until bubbles begin to form on top and edges are set and then flip, 3-5 minutes for the first side and a little less for the second. Continue with the rest of the pancakes.
- To assemble, drizzle or pour on caramel sauce. Sprinkle with pecans. Top with Dairy Free ice-cream or whipped cream. Dig in and enjoy!