Orange Juice Dairy-Free Pancakes Inspired by Joanna Gaines


Orange pancakes are so delicious and I have enjoyed them for many years. Making orange juice dairy-free pancakes is so fulfilling! 

Today I have joined some blogging friends in a response to a challenge Joanna Gaines mentioned in the introduction to her cookbook, Magnolia Table. I have made a version of Joanna Gaines’s pancake recipe by making orange juice dairy-free pancakes.

Dairy Free Orange Juice Pancakes
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Orange Juice Dairy-Free Pancakes

Dairy Free Orange Juice Pancakes

Orange Juice Pancakes?

You got that right! Joanna Gaines is my hero and her styling, creativity, and recipes inspire me all of the time.

I read this in the introduction to Joanna Gaines’s cookbook, Magnolia Table.

“A huge part of cooking is owning and enjoying the experience. Similar to my design philosophy about making your space uniquely yours, I want you to feel inspired to personalize these recipes and adjust them for your family’s tastes. If you don’t like onions, take them out! If you love mushrooms, add more. Just because the recipe is in the breakfast chapter doesn’t mean you have to serve it for breakfast. In fact, I encourage you to switch it up more often than not.”                                                                                                                                                                                      Joanna Gaines, Magnolia Table

The Best-Ever Orange Juice Gluten-Free Pancakes

Magnolia Table Fluffy Pancakes

Today I “switched up” one of Joanna’s recipes. I used her Best-Ever Fluffy Pancakes recipe and turned them into my favorite Orange Juice Dairy-Free Pancakes.

If you haven’t ever had Orange Juice Pancakes then you are in for a wonderful discovery. Orange Juice Pancakes, also known as OJPC’s, have a fluffy and tangy taste that is just amazing.

I tasted my first Orange Juice Pancakes at a restaurant in Marina Del Rey over thirty years ago. Although I have yet to find them in a restaurant since then, I can’t believe I haven’t made them until now.

Orange Juice Pancakes

I love the Magnolia Table cookbook and love Joanna’s challenge to use her recipes and yet make them our own. The minute I saw her fluffy pancakes recipe I knew exactly what I was going to do. It was time to finally master the best Orange Juice Pancakes recipe.

I love making pancakes from scratch and I always include buttermilk. I was thrilled to see that Joanna Gaines included buttermilk in her pancake recipe. However, I wanted to make this recipe dairy-free.

How to Make Dairy-Free Buttermilk

I used my buttermilk replacement recipe. Add two TBL of vinegar or lemon and add enough almond or oat milk to measure one cup. Stir the milk and let it sit for five minutes. That’s all you have to do to make your own dairy-free buttermilk.

I used Joanna’s pancake recipe as a starting point and I made some changes to her recipe. I replaced the buttermilk and added orange juice, orange zest, and vanilla. The end result was fabulous and very tasty!

how to make orange juice pancakes

The ingredients in my recipe are typically the ones that you have in your home. I love having these items on hand so we can make a batch of OJPC’s on a Saturday morning  (I have a recipe for lemon dill sauce that I make all of the time and it requires buttermilk. So it is often likely you will find my “dairy-free buttermilk” made in our kitchen quite often.)

What can I add to make my pancakes fluffy?

It’s not really what you add to the pancakes, rather it’s how you mix them that makes them fluffy. Don’t over mix the batter because over-mixing can make your pancakes tough. Just stop mixing when the batter has small lumps. Also, let the batter rest which is why this recipe calls to set the batter aside for 20-30 minutes. You can also separate & beat the egg whites as this will make your pancakes fluffy & soufflé-like!

how to make fluffy pancakes

Why do pancakes stick to the pan?

Heavy pans work better for cooking pancakes that don’t stick. Thin pans can heat unevenly, causing pancakes to stick to their surfaces even if they have a nonstick coating. Pancakes soak up butter while they cook. If you plan on making a large batch of pancakes, periodically melt more butter.

What can be used instead of oil in pancakes?

You can substitute butter for oil, but it’s best to clarify it first. Or, you can also make a puree out of bananas or prunes and use it as a substitute for oil. You can also use milk, yogurt, or tofu.

Yield: 12 pancakes

Orange Juice Dairy-Free Pancakes

Dairy Free Orange Juice Pancakes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes


  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 TBL baking powder
  • 2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk (or mix 5TBL vinegar or lemon with 1 1/4 c. dairy free milk)
  • 1/2 cup fresh orange juice
  • 1/2 cup plus 2 TBL vegetable oil or melted bacon grease or 10 TBL melted butter
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3 tsp. vanilla
  • 2 TBL. orange zest


  1. To make my buttermilk dairy-free replacement recipe. Add four TBL of vinegar or lemon and add almond or oat milk to measure 1 1/2 cups. Stir the milk and let it sit for five minutes. That's all you have to do to make your own dairy-free buttermilk.
  2. In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Set aside.
  3. In a medium bowl, whisk together the buttermilk, orange juice, oil, eggs, vanilla, and orange zest.
  4. Pour the liquid ingredients into the flour mixture and stir together until well combined. Let stand 20 - 30 minutes. The batter will begin to get fluffy.
  5. Heat a skillet or griddle over medium-high heat until hot. Generously oil the hot skillet. Pour 1/4 cup batter per pancake into the pan, far enough apart so the pancakes don't touch.
  6. Serve hot, with butter and maple syrup.

Isn’t the orange zest in these pancakes wonderful?

how to make symmetrical pancakes

I get asked all of the time how I make my pancakes so symmetrical. Perhaps you could say I cheat. I have this great pancake batter dispenser that releases the same amount of batter for each pancake. I have this Stainless Steel Pancake Batter Dispenser but you can also use this Stainless Steel Pancake Cupcake Batter Dispenser.

how to make pancakes

Be sure to serve the pancakes with my favorite plant butter from Country Crock. It is amazing.

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Dairy Free Orange Juice Pancakes

And now I am thrilled to share the recipes my blogger friends created from the inspiration of the Magnolia Table cookbook.

Happy Happy Nester

Joanne made these homemade orange sweet rolls that I can’t wait to try!

Modern Glam

This layered arugula salad (which is a variation of Joanna Gaines recipe) looks so delicious. 

Inspiration for Moms

I love these banana bread bars inspired by Joanna Gaines. Yum!

Twelve on Main

Sara made this fabulous broiled peach and cheesecake mousse inspired by Joanna Gaines.

Your Marketing BFF

Tana made lemon angel food cupcakes with fresh blueberry compote. This recipe was inspired by Joanna Gaines Lemon Angel Food Cake.

I hope you are inspired to try some of these recipes.

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  1. I never heard of Orange juice pancakes. This very different.. Great tips for making pancakes too. I’ve heard several time about not over mixing the batter.

    My favorite breakfast food hands down is French toast. I came up with a version of a recipe my husband and I love. We have it for dinner sometimes.

    I’m going to share it on my blog. I have shared recipes some but I’m going to start sharing more often. Thanks for the inspiration


  2. When we still had our boat, our yacht club always made their pancakes using 7 UP. I know this because Mr. Cottage rotated to work the kitchen on Sundays. They were super fluffy and delicious!

    1. Yes similar to 7up I imagine is an original Joy of Cooking recipe calls for club soda which makes a wonderfully light and fluffy pancake.

    2. This recipe sounds delicious! I make French Toast more often than pancakes and I usually add orange juice, orange zest, heavy cream, real vanilla and cinnamon. I look forward to trying your orange juice pancake recipe soon! Also I’d love to have Joanna’s cookbook! My grandma taught me how to make a recipe my own or simply learn to use what you have on hand to create something delicious (cherished memories I try to keep alive daily)! 💕
      Thanks for sharing! 😊

  3. Yuummmm – I never would have thought of orange juice in pancakes – I totally can’t wait to try this one! I love the idea of changing up recipes too – it’s so fun to personalize. The rest of the dishes look great. Thanks for the fab ideas! 💗

  4. I’m pregnant and was craving this for dinner tonight lol. A friend gave me some homegrown oranges which I wanted to use. I actually let the batter sit this time around as instructed and it truly did result in beautifully fluffy pancakes! Ate them with yoghurt and real maple syrup.

    1. Those pregnancy cravings are the real deal, right Siobhan?! I a so happy that you found my post when this one hit 😊 I am so glad that you had a yummy dinner!

  5. Hi Leslie! I think you may want to check the recipe. I don’t believe you meant 65 Tbl of vinegar or lemon juice. I look forward to trying these pancakes. They sound amazing!

  6. So confused on the buttermilk substitution. 3 diff TBSP amounts listed. Please clarify. Can’t wait to try.thx.

  7. I’ve never heard of orange juice pancakes but am very intrigued. I’ll definitely give these a try one weekend as a family treat. Thanks for sharing.

  8. Same question about the amount of lemon juice for the buttermilk replacement. You show it differently three times. Not sure which is accurate.

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