Sticky Maple Plum Pancakes (Vegan Gluten-Free)

These Sticky Maple Plum Pancakes are light, fluffy, tender and packed with wholesome ingredients like oat flour and buckwheat flour. Serve with sticky maple cinnamon plums and yoghurt for a vegan, gluten-free and delicious stack.

There may be a few weeks to go until pancake day, but it is always a good time for pancakes. This stack is super light and fluffy and boasts tons of flavour while being full of good-for-you ingredients. I love my oat and banana blender pancakes but this time, I wanted the plums to be the star of the show. So, these pancakes are banana-free and still so fluffy and thick.

A stack of Sticky Maple Plum Pancakes topped with plums and yoghurt
Sticky Maple Plum Pancakes

Why will I love these pancakes?

These pancakes are amazing, they are:

  • Light and fluffy
  • Tender and moreish
  • Lightly spiced with cinnamon
  • Packed with slices of plums and topped with sticky cinnamon plums
  • Easy to make in one bowl
  • Naturally vegan, gluten-free and nut-free
  • Easy and quick to make
  • Great to make ahead of time for meal prep
  • Made with wholesome ingredients

If you already love the sound of these pancakes, then skip ahead to the recipe card below. Or, first let’s discuss the recipe in more detail.

What ingredients do I need?

This stack needs a few kitchen staples:

  • Buckwheat flour: I love how light and airy this flour is while adding a rich “nutty” flavour. It is also naturally gluten-free so is a great option for these pancakes. If you prefer, you can swap this for plain or spelt flour.
  • Oat flour: grind your oats to a fine flour to make your own oat flour.
  • Baking powder and salt: for rise and flavour.
  • Chia seeds: this helps to bind the batter and acts as an egg replacer in these vegan pancakes. You can also use ground flaxseed.
  • Plant-based milk: use your favourite milk like oat, almond, coconut or make your own Brazil Nut Oat Milk for these pancakes.
  • Apple cider vinegar: or you can use lemon juice. The acidity reacts with the firm to form a buttermilk and create fluffy, light pancakes.
  • Maple syrup: for sweetness in the pancake batter as well as for the plums on top. You can swap this for other sweet syrups like agave or rice syrup.
  • Thick coconut yoghurt: this adds moisture and healthy fats to the pancake batter that results in fluffy tender pancakes. I also add some more on top for a cooling, creamy addition. I use the Cocos Vanilla or Natural yoghurt but other Greek-style thick yoghurts will work.
  • Vanilla essence and cinnamon: for flavour.
  • Plums: this recipe was made with the delicious South African Plum which are in season from January to March, so if you’re buying plums in this time, you are probably buying these ones. They are vibrant, naturally sweet and so delicious.
  • Coconut oil: this is to fry off the plums to make the sticky cinnamon plums on top and you can also use it to fry off the pancakes. Alternatively, use a light olive oil for both.

How do I make them?

These pancakes are a breeze to make:

  • Whisk together all the dry ingredients: to combine.
  • Pour in the wet ingredients: and whisk to a smooth batter. Allow to rest for 5 minutes.
  • Slice the plums thinly: for inside the pancakes. Also slice other plums thicker for the topping.
  • Heat some oil in a non-stick pan and add 2 large tbsp of batter: per pancake.
  • Lay on a few pieces of thinly sliced plum: and cook until golden underneath (about 2-3 minutes).
  • Flip over and cook on the second side: till golden and fluffy.
  • Repeat to make 8 pancakes: and keep warm.
  • Fry off all the ingredients for the sticky plum topping: till softened and sticky.
  • Serve the pancakes stacked or plated with the plums, yoghurt and syrup: and anything else you fancy.
The top of a stack of Sticky Maple Plum Pancakes
Sticky Maple Plum Pancakes

Are these gluten-free and nut-free?

Yes these are 100% gluten-free and nut-free as the recipe is written. Make sure that your oats/oat flour are gluten-free and check that your milk is also nut-free and gluten-free, where needed. Also if you are adding extra toppings, please check those.

Can I make more or fewer pancakes?

Yes this recipe is easy to increase or decrease. To make enough pancakes for one person, halve the full recipe or if you want to feed 4, double the recipe as written. Be aware that frying off more pancakes will take more time, and you may want to keep them warm in the oven set on a very low temperature.

Pouring syrup over Sticky Maple Plum Pancakes
Sticky Maple Plum Pancakes

What other pancakes can I make?

If you are keen to make more pancakes, how about my:

A stack of Sticky Maple Plum Pancakes topped with plums and yoghurt

Sticky Maple Plum Pancakes

Yield: 8 (serves 2)
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

These Sticky Maple Plum Pancakes are light, fluffy, tender and packed with wholesome ingredients like oat flour and buckwheat flour. Serve with sticky maple cinnamon plums and yoghurt for a vegan, gluten-free and delicious stack.


For the Pancakes:

  • 60g buckwheat flour
  • 60g oat flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • A pinch of salt
  • 120ml plant-based milk
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp thick coconut yoghurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla essence
  • 2 plums, sliced thinly

For the Sticky Plums:

  • 4 plums, in slices or halves
  • 1 tsp coconut oil
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • ½ tsp cinnamon

To Serve:

  • 2 tbsp coconut yoghurt
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup


  1. Make the pancake batter: whisk together all the dry ingredients and then pour in the wet ingredients. Whisk to a smooth batter. Leave for 5 minutes to thicken.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare the sticky plums: add the plum slices, coconut oil, syrup and cinnamon to a non-stick frying pan and fry for 10 minutes, stirring often, until sticky and softened.
  3. Make the pancakes: heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan. Once hot, add 1-2 heaped tbsp of batter into the pan and shape into a circle. Top with 3 plums slices and allow to cook for 2-3 minutes until bubbles form and the pancake is golden underneath. Carefully flip over and cook on the second side, till golden. Transfer to a plate and repeat to make 8 pancakes.
  4. To serve: stack the pancakes and top with some yoghurt and then the sticky plums. Drizzle over extra maple syrup and some desiccated coconut and enjoy straight away.
  5. To store: you can make the pancakes ahead of time, once cooked allow them to cool and keep in a sealed container in the fridge for 2-3 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month. Allow to defrost and warm back up in a frying pan.

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I hope you are going to love these Sticky Maple Plum Pancakes so please let me know what you think in the comments below and leave a star review above. If you do make these, I’d love to see so please tag me, I’m @nourishing.amy on Instagram and use the hashtag #nourishingamy. I’m also on TwitterFacebook and Pinterest  – please say hello!

With sticky plum love x

p.s. this recipe was first made with South African Plums but this blog post is not sponsored and all opinions are my own.

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