The BEST Wild Rice Pancakes!

January 24, 2021

Wild rice for breakfast? Oh yes!

Wild rice is not only delicious, it’s also a nutritional powerhouse that unlike other types of rice, is easy to digest, and it’s high in protein, fiber, magnesium and antioxidants. 

It also works well within a grain free diet because, wait for it… 

True Wild Rice is not really “rice” at all!

Shocking I know… But It’s actually an aquatic grass seed that grows wild in the Great Lakes Region.

Important note: I’m talking about True 100% Wild Rice here. Not a “wild rice blend” that’s mostly brown or red rice with a couple of wild rice seeds strewn in. 

I really like:

North Bay Trading Co Long Grain Canadian Wild Rice
Moose Lake’s Hand Picked Wild Rice.

Now without further ado: The Wild Rice Pancakes! 

Growing up my mom used to make the most delicious rice pancakes. I started thinking about them the other day and dreaming up a healthier remix using gluten free ingredients and of course, Wild Rice!

I set out on Google and found this Wild Rice Pancake recipe from The Pioneer Woman and gave it a go switching up ingredients with some healthier options.

What I ended up with are absolutely delicious gluten-free, and easily made vegan pancakes brimming with Wild Rice!

The texture of these is delightful… Serve as you would regular pancakes, or really dive into the deliciousness of wildness and top with a quick Wild Blueberry Maple Syrup.

Wild Rice Pancakes with Wild Blueberry Syrup

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time10 minutes
Author: Melanie Beckler


Pancake Ingredients:

  • 1 Cup Wild Rice (Cooked)
  • 1.5 Cups Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • ¼ tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2 T Coconut Sugar
  • 1 ¾ Cup Milk or Milk Alternative (I use So Delicious Unsweetened Organic Coconut Milk) 
  • 1 Large Egg (Can also make a Flax Egg with 1 T Flaxseed Meal + 2.5 T Warm Water. Mix and let sit for 5 minutes)
  • ½ tsp Vanilla
  • 1 T Coconut Oil Melted

Easy Blueberry Syrup:

  • 1 Heaping Cup Wild Frozen Blueberries (Can substitute organic frozen strawberries blueberries as well) 
  • Maple Syrup to Taste (About ¼ Cup)


Step By Step Directions

    Prep the Wild Rice: 

    • Cook 1 Cup Wild Rice according to package instructions and set aside. (Typically 1 Cup Wild Rice to 3 Parts Water). Skip adding any salt. 
      Wild rice takes a long time to cook, so feel free to make it the night before and have it in the fridge ready and waiting.
      Start Your Blueberry Syrup:
    • Add frozen wild blueberries and maple syrup in a small saucepan. Simmer over medium heat until the blueberries are melted and a bit broken down.  

    Pancake Time:

    • Mix Dry Ingredients together in a large bowl. 
      (1.5 Cups Flour, ¼ tsp Salt, 1 tsp Baking Powder, 2 T Coconut Sugar)
    • Mix Wet Ingredients in a separate bowl. 
      (1 ¾ Cup Milk, 1 Large Egg, ½ T Vanilla, 1 T Melted Coconut Oil) 
    • Stir the Wet Ingredients into the Dry Ingredient Bowl until just combined.  
    • Stir In the Wild Rice.
    • Cook pancakes on a lightly buttered or coconut oiled skillet on Medium until golden brown.

    Serve with a Blueberry Syrup and a generous amount of Butter.

    Have you tried Miyoko’s Organic Vegan Butter? So good!


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    1. LOL!!! My family are always razzing me about finding "healthy" substitutes for traditional recipes. I am over the moon excited to try these Melanie! Thanks for sharing 🙂 I will let you know how they turn out …. Also, LOVE your new blog idea!

      1. Melanie I’m so glad you post vegan recipes. I was worried the pancakes might be using animal products and therefore tainted with abuse and cruelty. I should have had more faith in you. 💕

      2. haha its so fun to remix traditional recipes into something still delicious, but much healthier too! Thanks for your support and encouragement.

    2. Looks so good. Thank you for sharing. I was wondering if u can substitute the rice for something else like oat flour or coconut flour? The picture of pancakes is so inspiring to make these! Debbie

      1. Hey Debbie! The Wild Rice is definitely the star of the show with this recipe… You could use brown rice pretty comparably … Or try subbing some oats, though I have not tested that.

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