Dutch Baby/German Pancake for Two (gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, Paleo)

Dutch Baby/German Pancake for Two | In Johnna's Kitchen

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, even in the heat of Summer.  Sometimes when it’s really hot, like it’s going to be later this week, the only time of day I really want to use the oven is first thing in the morning.  On those days, I make a Dutch Baby/German Pancake for Two.

Well, sort of.  Often it’s my favorite fella who whips this up.  He’s not super comfortable in the kitchen, even though his cooking and baking skills are definitely improving.  This is one dish he makes without fretting.  It’s easy enough for a fretting kitchenphobe and produces great results every single time.  Top with a little fresh fruit, perhaps some maple syrup and start your day off right.

Dutch Baby/German Pancake for Two | In Johnna's Kitchen

I labeled this a “for two” recipe. Maybe at your house it will serve four with a side of coconut bacon or tempeh sausage or whatever breakfast sides you like to start the day off right.  Here, with just the two of us, this is quickly devoured so it’s a “for two” recipe in our book.  Just a heads up that it’s a plentiful serving and may serve more…or not. 😉

I hope you’ll take a minute after the recipe to chime in on this…tell me where you are from and whether you say Dutch Baby or German Pancake when describing a dish such as this.  We’re a house divided on this one. I’m from Northwest Missouri and say German Pancake.  And you?

Dutch Baby/German Pancake for Two (gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, Paleo)

Dutch Baby/German Pancake for Two (gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, Paleo)


  • 1 Tablespoon coconut oil
  • 4 large eggs from happy hens
  • 1/2 cup non dairy milk (I use unsweetened almond milk)
  • 2 Tablespoons plus 1 teaspoon arrowroot
  • 2 Tablespoons coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla bean paste or vanilla extract
  • dash salt


  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Place coconut oil in an 8 x 8 baking dish. Place atop your oven while it preheats, which will put off just enough heat to liquefy the coconut oil. (If it does not liquify, put the dish into the oven for just a brief moment right before putting the filling in to liquefy the oil.)
  • In blender, place 4 eggs. Blend until yolks and whites are combined.
  • Add all remaining ingredients. Blend until well combined, 15-20 seconds in a high speed blender such as a VitaMix or Blendtec.
  • Pour mixture into pan. Bake for 15-18 minutes, until set in the middle.
  • Serve topped with fresh fruit and maple syrup, perhaps a dollop of whipped coconut cream.

Dutch Baby/German Pancake for Two | In Johnna's Kitchen

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  1. Kelly says

    Is there an alternative to arrowroot? Just looking for things that I already have in the cupboard ( like tapioca flour)

    • says

      I have used arrowroot in recipes that call for cornstarch, so I think it may work in reverse subbing cornstarch for the arrowroot. I don’t know if tapioca flour/starch would work or not. If you try it, will you let me know? Thanks!

  2. Krista says

    Interesting name :) I’m Dutch, but we do not have any dish like this :) Also in Germany I never saw this, although maybe made in a pan, called Kaiserschmarrn?
    Either way, I am going to make this recipe some time soon!

    • says

      Hi Krista! Your comment inspired me to do a little research. Turns out this dish is credited to the Pennsylvania Dutch. I grew up eating lots of German pancakes, a variation on Kaiserschmarrn, but not always with a sweet sauce and rarely shredded or cut into small pieces, more larger pieces. So interesting how our food ends up with names like this! Regardless of what it’s called, I hope you enjoy it. I’m thinking of having it for breakfast tomorrow!

  3. Cindy says

    Thank you for the recipe. It is soooooo good. I miss having pancakes and French toast for breakfast. This taste like the real thing.

  4. says

    This is soo good! Thank you for the post. As a savory option, Dutch Babies can be served along Yorkshire Pudding and beef roast. Yorkshire pudding is a gravy over the pancake. I’m using a low fodmap diet and this recipe will help my sanity as I find my way! Thanks again :)

  5. Jill Schmidt says

    Very tasty.
    I have made it twice in the past week.
    First time with corn starch, then I found my arrowroot. I couldn’t tell a difference.
    I would not have first guessed the main ingredient was eggs; would have guessed flour or milk.


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