Gluten Free Dairy Free Corn/ Cornmeal Pancakes

Total Time
Prep 10 mins
Cook 10 mins

GF flours are so expensive (especially in Panama), so I'm trying to get a good corn based pancake. I've been tinkering with this recipe, and I'm posting it here for safe keeping. It's a work in progress. Here in Panama they have what they call crema de maiz or cream of corn. It is a very fine ground corn flour. Masa harina that you use for tamales might work as well.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Bring water to a boil.
  2. Mix corn flour and corn meal.
  3. Slowly pour water OVER cornmeal mixture. Make paste as you go.
  4. Add everything else and mix well. The corn meal obviously make a coarser grit pancake. You could boil more (like 3 cups of water) and cook the cornmeal like grits to get maybe a different texture also.
Most Helpful

Wonderful recipe! So easy - no exotic ingredients, and VERY tasty! I halved the recipe and used honey instead of sugar, but that's the only change I made. Will definitely make this again. Thanks for posting!
Made for Healthy Choices ABC.

Mia in Germany April 27, 2011

Wow, that recipe turned out surprising good! I didn't think anything using masa harina could taste a little sweet. I was afraid the pancakes might taste bland or like a tortilla (which is what I've been only making with masa harina or cornflour) so I added some fruits. I juiced a sweet clementine and a lemon and added to the mixture and then two smaller kumatos. I just bought kumatos for the first time this week and their like a sweeter version of a tomato and they turn a brownish red when ripe. Overall the pancakes were delicious and were probably like corn latkes rather than potato latkes, flat, a little oily, with a sweet kick to them.

ahpowrocheez June 23, 2010