Kabocha Squash Pancakes {paleo, GF}

I am a bit obsessed with grain-free recipes these days. Only because I feel like I’ve hit the grain-free flour jackpot when using almond flour in conjunction with tapioca starch. I swear you cannot notice a difference between pancakes or dessert breads made with almond flour and tapioca starch versus all-purpose.

I have tried every squash flavor of pancake that I can think of (along with banana and pumpkin) so of course when I had leftover kabocha squash puree I decided to put it to good use and make pancakes. Per usual, they were completely delicious and could pass for “normal” all-purpose flour pancakes. I swear!


  • 1 c. mashed or puréed kabocha squash
  • 3 eggs
  • T. ghee, melted
  • 2 T. honey
  • 1 tsp. vanilla extract
  • ½ c. unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or any non-dairy beverage)
  • 1 ⅓ c. almond flour
  • ⅓ c. tapioca flour
  • 1 T. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. salt
  • ½ tsp. cinnamon
  • Grass-fed butter, ghee or coconut oil for cooking
  • Grass-fed butter or ghee, for serving
  • Pure maple syrup, for serving


  1. In a high-powered blender add pureed squash, honey, vanilla, and ghee. Pulse until combined. Add almond flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Pulse until well-combined. Add almond milk or other non-dairy beverage and blend until smooth. Adjust the amount of milk to your liking, if necessary.
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. Melt 1 teaspoon of butter or coconut oil in skillet. Pour approximately 1/3 cup of pancake batter into skillet. Cook 2 to 3 minutes until the pancake is browned on the bottom and starting to bubble on top. Use a spatula to flip and cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat until all batter is gone. Serve hot with extra butter and pure maple syrup.

If you don’t love pancakes you can use this batter in a waffle iron as well. Oftentimes after I make a round of pancakes I’ll stick my entire blender canister in the refrigerator for additional usage and inevitably end up making a waffle once I get down to the end of the batter. I appear to have more self control when eating waffles because I can easily stick to eating just one waffle where as pancakes I love to stack and then stuff in my mouth.

Recipe rating: 

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