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These corn-based cakes are naturally gluten-free; just make sure you buy certified gluten-free cornmeal and corn flour if you are making them for someone with a sensitivity. Serve these cornbread pancakes topped with a smear of honey butter (just mix 4 tablespoons softened butter with 1 tablespoon honey and a pinch of kosher salt) and a side of scrambled eggs and breakfast sausage.

EatingWell.com, April 2022


Credit: Photography / Caitlin Bensel, Food Stylist / Chelsea Zimmer Hall, Prop Stylist / Lydia Pursell

Recipe Summary

1 hr
1 hr


Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • If using poblanos, preheat broiler to high. Place poblanos on a baking sheet and broil, turning occasionally, until charred, about 10 minutes. Transfer to a cutting board and set aside until cool enough to handle. Peel, seed and chop the peppers.

  • Whisk cornmeal, corn flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl. Whisk egg, buttermilk and butter in a medium bowl. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Stir in herbs and the peppers (or green chiles).

  • Heat a large nonstick skillet or griddle over medium heat. Coat the pan with cooking spray. Add batter, using 1/4 cup per pancake, and cook until the edges start to dry, 2 to 3 minutes. Flip and cook until cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes more. Repeat with the remaining batter.


Corn flour is made from finely ground dried corn. It's finer in texture than cornmeal and should not be used interchangeably. A good substitute is masa harina—finely ground, lime-treated dried corn (hominy). Find corn flour in the natural-food sections of supermarkets, in natural-foods stores or at bobsredmill.com.

Nutrition Facts

2 pancakes
220 calories; protein 6g; carbohydrates 34g; dietary fiber 3g; sugars 6g; added sugar 3g; fat 7g; saturated fat 4g; mono fat 2g; poly fat 1g; cholesterol 51mg; vitamin a iu 376IU; vitamin b3 niacin 1mg; vitamin c 23mg; vitamin d iu 9IU; vitamin e iu 1IU; folate 19mg; vitamin k 8mg; sodium 482mg; calcium 221mg; chromium 8mcg; iron 2mg; magnesium 42mg; phosphorus 181mg; potassium 212mg; zinc 1mg; omega 6 fatty acid 1g; niacin equivalents 2mg; selenium 8mcg.