Gluten Free Dutch Baby

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This five ingredient gluten free Dutch baby pancake is an easy, delicious dairy free breakfast recipe with an impressive presentation.

Pouring syrup on the Dutch baby

My family loves pancakes and waffles for breakfast during the weekend. When we’re in a hurry, we take a shortcut and make this Dutch baby instead.

Also called a puff pancake or German pancake, a Dutch baby is similar to a giant popover. It’s baked in a preheated skillet in a hot oven. Big air pockets develop while it bakes, giving it a dramatic presentation. The air pockets deflate a bit as the Dutch baby cools, and the final product has a texture that’s crispy in parts and custard-like in others.

This gluten-free version tastes delicious. It’s a great allergy-friendly breakfast that everyone loves.

Step by Step Instructions for this Gluten Free Dutch Baby

Ingredients in a large mixing bowl

Step One: Mix Ingredients

In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, and salt. Add the gluten-free flour blend and mix to combine. When you add the flour to the wet ingredients, gently stir the mixture to break up most of the flour. Don’t over-mix the batter. It’s okay to have some small pockets of flour left in this gluten free Dutch baby batter.

Batter in the preheated cast iron skillet

Step Two: Place Batter in Skillet

Place a 9-inch cast iron skillet in the oven while it preheats. After preheating, carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven. Add the coconut oil to the pan and let it melt. Tilt the skillet to coat the sides with the coconut oil. Pour batter into the hot skillet and place it in the oven.

Gluten free Dutch baby pancake in the oven

Step Three: Bake the Gluten Free Dutch Baby Pancake

Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until parts are puffed above the rim of the skillet and the pancake turns golden brown. Serve warm topped with fresh berries and a drizzle of maple syrup.

Gluten free Dutch baby puffed up in the skillet

Tips and Frequently Asked Questions

Why do they call it a Dutch baby?

This dish is actually German, not Dutch. According to popular belief, many years ago a restaurant in Seattle put a small (“baby”) version of a German pancake on their menu. Apparently the restaurant owner’s daughter mispronounced “Deutsch” (which means “German”) as “Dutch,” and the name stuck. Nowadays, you can find a Dutch baby on many menus in Seattle, as well as other parts of the country.

What are the best toppings for a gluten-free Dutch baby?

Raspberries, strawberries, blackberries, or other fresh fruit taste delicious on this Dutch baby. Pure maple syrup and whipped cream are other nice options.

What substitutions can be made in this recipe?

This gluten free Dutch baby pancake is also dairy-free. You can substitute plant-based butter for the coconut oil if you’d prefer, and use any non-dairy milk like oat milk or almond milk. And for a dairy version, you can substitute butter and cow’s milk for the coconut oil and coconut milk. You can use regular flour instead of gluten free flour, but I haven’t had success using whole wheat flour in this dish.

Can this recipe be doubled?

This gluten free Dutch baby recipe makes 4 modest servings. You can also double the recipe and bake it in a larger skillet if you’re serving a crowd.

Gluten Free Dutch Baby on a plate

Gluten Free Dutch Baby

This five ingredient gluten free Dutch baby is an easy, delicious breakfast recipe with an impressive presentation.
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5 from 13 votes
Pouring syrup on the gluten free Dutch baby
Prep Time:5 minutes
Cook Time:20 minutes
Total Time:25 minutes

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Ingredients

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. Place a 9-inch cast iron skillet in the oven while it preheats. 

  • In a large bowl, mix together the eggs, milk, and salt. Add the flour and mix to combine.
  • Carefully remove the hot skillet from the oven. Add the coconut oil to the pan and let it melt. Tilt the skillet to coat the sides with the coconut oil.
  • Pour the pancake mixture into the hot skillet and place it in the oven.
  • Bake for 20 to 25 minutes, or until parts are puffed above the rim of the skillet and the pancake is beginning to brown.
  • Serve warm with fruit and/or maple syrup. It will flatten after a few minutes.

Notes

This recipe was adapted from Joy of Cooking.

Approximate Nutrition Info

Calories: 387kcal | Carbohydrates: 36g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 15g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0.03g | Cholesterol: 246mg | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 356IU | Calcium: 104mg | Iron: 3mg
Servings: 2
Calories: 387kcal
Cost: $.88 per serving

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Price Breakdown

This gluten free Dutch baby recipe costs $1.77 to make, or $.88 per serving. Try this easy breakfast or brunch recipe on a busy morning.

Check out my vanilla waffles and oat flour pancakes for other easy, delicious breakfast recipes.

Note: This post was originally published in 2013, and it was updated in 2023.

This five ingredient gluten free Dutch baby is an easy, delicious dairy free breakfast recipe with an impressive presentation.

21 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    I love how it puffs! This is a good one to do with the kiddos – I know they’ll like seeing the transformation too.

  2. 5 stars
    I love that this is gluten-free! Dutch Babies have such a special place in my heart, and I am so glad to try this gluten-free version.

  3. 5 stars
    I’ve always wanted to try my hand (and mouth) at one of these! How cool the gluten-free swaps work — I had mistakenly assumed it wouldn’t puff up! Yours looks so yummy

  4. 5 stars
    Oh my, puffy pancakes were my favorite as a kid and I can’t wait to try these this weekend. My kids will be so excited.

  5. Annemarie,
    On snow days my kids love to eat Finnish Oven Pancake–very similar, but you beat the snot out of the batter–since I’m happy to take a long time mixing and then baking this breakfast treat. I love how you can take simple ingredients and make such a delicious treat. Thanks!

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