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Cinnamon Swirl Quinoa Pancakes

Author - Alyssa Rimmer


Looky what we have here today, my friends: Cinnamon Swirl Quinoa Pancakes.

Cinnamon. Swirl. Pancakes. I’m going to just let that sink in for a moment.

Just picture it with me for a moment…

The warm aroma of cinnamon buns wafting through your house. A fluffy stack of gluten-free pancakes sitting on the table ready to be drenched in pure maple syrup. You have a hot cup of green tea and glass of fresh squeezed orange juice just waiting for you to enjoy. Well… maybe not the orange juice part because heck knows I’m not that patient, but you get the idea.

We’re setting the stage for the ultimate breakfast.


Like a once in a lifetime kind of breakfast. That kind of breakfast that you’ll remember time and time again.

These pancakes are it.

And bonus, you can totally have them more than once in your lifetime 🙂


You all know I’m a sucker for a good stack of pancakes. We’ve had the pancake talk before.

I grew up eating them every single Saturday, and still do when I visit my parents, etc., etc., and I have since made this a tradition in our little apartment here in NYC. It reminds me of Vermont which always makes me smile, it’s fun for Matt and I to have our own traditions and plus, how can you possibly argue with a fabulous stack of gluten-free pancakes for breakfast? Ya just can’t. It’s not possible.


Which also makes them PERFECT for the holidays.

Why? I like to think that many of us are likely going to have friends or family visiting soon – or perhaps we’ll be the ones doing the visiting – and the food dilemma will inevitably arise. Personally, breakfast seems to be one of those meals that often gets passed over when company is in town, since it’ so much easier to just grab a few things from your local bakery than actually whipping up a homemade breakfast.

Maybe it’s because breakfast can be time consuming, or you have multiple food allergies to contend with or you just don’t feel like chopping up a hundred pieces of fruit to make that gorgeous fruit salad everyone loves.

The grab-and-go-and-reheat method is so much easier.

Butttt…that’s precisely where I think these pancakes come into play. They’re practically grab-go-ready-to-eat and taste like a fluffy cinnamon bun.

And everyone loves cinnamon buns! I mean honestly, how can you not? They’re loaded with sugar, butter, flour and all things delicious. And yes, they’re usually totally unhealthy, totally over the top and totally not gluten- or dairy-free. Not to mention they are quite the task to make from scratch.

I have just the solution for you.


These cinnamon roll pancakes are made with a healthy, whole-grain pancake MIX! Yes, a mix. And guess what? They taste amazing!

This mix was created by my dear friends over at GoGo Quinoa, and it's packed with natural goodness AND is gluten-, dairy-, soy-, sugar- and nut-free. Not to mention that I absolutely adore that it contains all the same ingredients I would use to make my own pancakes from scratch, except it just requires one bag, one measuring cup, one bowl and a few add ins that I’m sure you have in your pantry.

Pancakes made easy!



Since it’s nearing Christmas and we tend to have pancakes on Christmas morning, among other yummy treats, I wanted to make these pancakes special. Something with some flare that will wow my family, be utterly decadent but not be complicated to make gluten-free.

Cinnamon rolls? Don't have the time nor the energy.

But cinnamon roll pancakes? You betcha!


These might look like a tall order to tackle, but trust me, they are so easy to make. All you have to do is mix together a little melted vegan butter (or coconut oil), some sugar and cinnamon, then put it into a squeeze bottle. Bam, got your filling!

Next up is making the pancakes. Just mix everything together in your bowl and make your pancakes as your normally would. Scoop some batter onto the pan, then you just swirl on the filling using your squeeze bottle. Watch for the bubbles to appear and flip.

And you’ve got cinnamon swirl pancakes on the table. Happy breakfasting!


Now one small thing to note about these pancakes is that the filling will run a little bit. It won’t affect the look of the pancakes at all, but I did add more of the filling into the swirl once I removed from the pan. It made them look prettier and added even more cinnamon-sugary goodness. And how can you say no when there is more cinnamon-sugary goodness involved?


And now something special for you!!

The wonderful folks at GoGo Quinoa are offering SQ readers two amazing gifts:

1) You can save 20% on your order of any pancake mix from now until January 15th, just use the code PAN17CA on checkout!

2) One lucky SQ reader will take home an awesome goodie pack including:

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Cinnamon Swirl Quinoa Pancakes

The warm aroma of cinnamon buns wafting through your house. A fluffy stack of gluten-free pancakes sitting on the table ready to be drenched in pure maple syrup. 

Course Breakfast, Dessert
Cuisine American
Keyword cinnamon, healthy pancakes, pancakes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 12 Pancakes
Calories 88 kcal
Author Alyssa


for the pancakes:

  • 1 1/4 cup GoGo Quinoa Pancake Mix SQ readers can save 20% using PAN17CA at checkout!
  • 1 egg or flax egg
  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • Pinch of cinnamon optional

for the cinnamon swirl:


  1. Preheat a skillet over medium-low heat.
  2. Whisk together pancake ingredients.
  3. In a separate bowl, mix together cinnamon swirl ingredients. Add to a plastic squeeze bottle and set aside.
  4. Grease skillet with cooking spray. Scoop 1/4 cup of batter onto skillet and using the squeeze bottle create a spiral with the cinnamon swirl filling on top of each pancake.
  5. Cook until bubbles begin to form, about 2 - 3 minutes. Flip and cook for another 1 - 2 minutes. Transfer to a wire rack and repeat previous step until no batter remains.
  6. Serve warm with maple syrup and a pad of vegan butter.
  7. And of course, enjoy!

Recipe Notes

I had extra filling left over to I filled the swirls I had created on my pancakes with the additional filling. This is optional, but delicious!

Nutrition Facts
Cinnamon Swirl Quinoa Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (2 g)
Calories 88 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 31mg10%
Sodium 178mg8%
Potassium 54mg2%
Carbohydrates 10g3%
Sugar 2g2%
Protein 2g4%
Vitamin A 170IU3%
Vitamin C 0.2mg0%
Calcium 87mg9%
Iron 0.4mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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