Gluten free grain free plantain and cassava fufu pancakes

Plantain + Cassava Fufu Pancakes {gluten free, grain free}

Fufu pancakes are delicious, soft and savoury grain free pancakes made with fufu flour – a blend of plantain, cassava and potato.

I’ve been buying fufu for years, but up until now I’ve used it almost exclusively for dumplings {recipe here} and not much else! And I keep asking myself why because it’s such a great naturally gluten free product and I can’t help feeling like there must be so much more to do with it!

So this morning I decided to make some pancakes. I didn’t really know what to expect, but I’m so happy with the result! In fact my boyfriend loved them so much, he went as far as saying that they may actually be his favourite gluten free pancakes so far!

The texture turned out really soft and flexible with a delicious kind of cheesy flavour that I feel makes it ideal for savoury pancakes and crepes. And a bunch of savoury baked stuff that I can’t wait to try. 🙂

Gluten free grain free plantain and cassava fufu pancakes

For those of you who are not familiar with fufu, it’s a food that’s commonly eaten in many parts of Africa and also the Caribbean. It’s generally made from cassava and/or plantain flour, but always check the ingredients just in case. Apparently it can sometimes be made with other flours, like wheat semolina, but I’ve never seen that myself so I think it’s quite rare! The only variation I’ve seen here in the UK is one made with cocoyam instead of plantain.

You can usually find it in the world food section of mainstream supermarkets or in many ethnic corner shops (particularly those selling african and caribbean foods). And to make it easier, they’re usually labelled gluten free which saves us having to worry about potential hidden gluten. Something that can be a problem with imported foods at times.

This is the one I tend to use, by the brand Tropiway, bought in Morrisons. This particular one contains a mixture of plantain, cassava, potato, saffron and turmeric. 🙂

Gluten free, grain free, plantain and cassava Tropiway fufu flour

Fufu pancakes recipe:

Preparation time: 5 mins + 10 mins (resting time)

Cooking time: 4 mins per pancake

Yields: about 7 pancakes


  • 1 cup Fufu flour
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 + 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • Cooking oil of your choice (I used an avocado oil spray)


  1. Combine all ingredients in a bowl until there are no lumps left and let the batter sit for about 10 minutes.
  2. Heat a bit of oil in a non-stick frying pan on low/medium heat.
  3. Add some batter (about 1 ladle worth) and then spread it around with a spoon or by angling the pan in a circular motion.
  4. Cook each pancake for about 2 minutes on each side.

Notes: fufu flour absorbs more liquid than ‘normal’ gluten free flour so for that reason I added 2 eggs and more milk than I usually do for pancakes. I even found that the longer the batter sat around (while I was cooking), the thicker it kept getting… So feel free to top it up with a bit of milk as you go along. 😉

Gluten free grain free plantain and cassava fufu pancakes - with cheese and harissa yoghurt
Fufu pancakes with extra mature cheddar, shredded mozzarella and harissa yoghurt. 🙂


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