Paleo McGriddles

Paleo McGriddles?! I’m Lovin’ it!

Paleo McGriddles

Paleo McGriddles

You know that song “Get Ready for This.” by 2 Unlimited. The one that’s like “Ya’ll ready for this? duhh duhh dunn dunn duhh…” Well if you don’t, iTunes the heck out of that song right now. No seriously, that song should be playing in the background while you read this blog post because what I’m about to tell you is crazy awesome…wait for it…I’ve created a recipe for Paleo McGriddles!!! Say whaaat!? Who doesn’t love a McGriddle?! Your choice of savory sausage or crispy bacon resting atop a bed of fluffy egg, cushioned between a warm soft pancake bun then smothered with sweet maple syrup. What’s not to like?! I’ll tell you what! (party pooper)… Modified Food Starch, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Flavor Enhancer, Sodium Phosphate, Sorbic Acid, Hydrogenated Cottonseed and Soybean Oils, Partially Hydrogenated Soybean Oil, Mono and Diglycerides, Sodium Benzoate and Potassium Sorbate, BHA, propyl gallate (Preservatives), Artificial Flavor, Caramel Color, do you want me to keep going? I didn’t think so! I don’t even know what half of that crap is. Do you? It might as well be written in hieroglyphics. But…I know, I know…it tastes SO good! Fret not fellow McGriddle lover, I have a clean eating wholesome Paleo McGriddle recipe for you! Best of all, it’s super easy. Get your taste buds ready for awesome!

    Paleo McGriddles

    Pancake Buns
    2 organic cage-free eggs
    3/4 cup of unsweetened vanilla almond milk
    2 tablespoons canned coconut milk, full fat (refrigerated overnight)
    1 tablespoon coconut nectar (Jimbo’s, Sprouts, Whole Foods, The Vitamin Shoppe)
    1 tablespoon pure maple syrup, grade B
    1 tablespoon coconut oil (melted)
    1 tablespoon carbonated water (makes the pancakes fluffy!)
    1 & 1/2 teaspoon vanilla
    1 & 3/4 cup sifted blanched almond flour
    1 teaspoon of baking powder
    1/2 teaspoon sea salt
    1/8 teaspoon cinnamon

    1. Heat a medium sized pan or skillet on low heat while you prepare the pancake batter.

    2. Put the eggs in a food processor or blender and mix. Then add the wet ingredients: almond milk, coconut milk, coconut nectar, maple syrup, coconut oil, carbonated water, vanilla extract and mix again. Now add the remaining dry ingredients: almond flour, baking powder, sea salt, and cinnamon. Mix until combined. The batter will have a liquid consistency a little thinner than traditional pancake batter, don’t fret!

    3. Coat the pan with your choice of anti-stick coating or spray, I used coconut oil. Turn the stove up to medium heat and pour the amount of batter into the pan according to your desired pancake size. These babies will have little holes that start to bubble on top when the bottom is ready just like regular pancakes do, so you’ll know when to flip them. Make sure the bottom is completely done, otherwise they might crumble due to their delicate consistency. They are Paleo after all, there is no gluten to “glue” them together. I suggest using an Egg/Pancake Ring which work well to shape and cook your pancakes. Just fill one half-way and let the pancake cook. When it starts to bubble at the top lightly lift the ring, if any batter starts to seep out the bottom, let it cook longer. Then use a spatula to flip it over once it’s ready. After you’re done cooking the pancake buns, set aside and start making your egg patty, sausage and/or bacon.


    Egg Patty
    2 organic cage-free eggs
    splash of water
    pinch of sea salt
    pinch of ground pepper

    1. I threw everything in a bowl and beat with a hand mixer to make the eggs super fluffy. Coat the pan with your choice of anti-stick coating or spray, again, I used coconut oil. Turn the stove up to medium heat and cook the egg like you would an omelet, then fold to a size that will fit on your pancake bun. OR use the Egg Ring mentioned above. Duh.

    1. For the bacon…please tell me you know how to cook bacon!


    1. For the sausage patty I had a hard time finding something non-Jimmy Dean MSG loaded processed crap. I ended up getting Applegate Organic & Natural Pork Breakfast Sausage. One minor problem, they don’t come in patty form. So I threw about 4 links into the food processor, blended until I had a ground sausage consistency and then mixed the ground sausage into some beaten egg batter so it would stick together when I cooked it in the pan. Worked like a freakin’ charm! You can also just cut the bottoms so they lay flat on top of the egg, your choice, but mine had to look pretty for you guys!

    Final Preparation:
    Now time to build your Paleo McGriddle! Take one pancake, place your egg patty on it, add the sausage or bacon and then drizzle some maple syrup on the inside of your other piece of the pancake bun, the top, just like you would add ketchup to a burger. If you really want to be naughty you could add a slice of Kerrygold Grass-Fed cheese as well. Eek! You can also use the Coconut Nectar in place of the maple syrup, I found it’s a great substitute and stays in place a little better due to it’s thicker consistency, but of course they are both delicious so it’s your call. Now its time to devour your Paleo McGriddles and laugh at McDonalds and their crappy over-processed food additives that you can’t even pronounce while you sit back not believing how delicious and similar these clean McGriddles taste! Bwahahahahahaha (insert evil laugh here).
    McDonald’s – 0 / You – 50,000,000.


In all honesty I was super surprised at how awesome these came out. They taste JUST like McGriddles. Brad was astonished as well. I know he really liked them because between mouthfuls he kept mumbling “Oh my gosh, these are really good. Wow, these are seriously so good. Can you make me another one? I really like these..” And there you have it my little McGriddle loving Paleoites! Oh yeah and
(insert professional commercial sounding voice here) ‘McGriddles’ and “I’m Lovin’ it” are registered trademarks owned and copyrighted by the McDonald’s Corporation yadda yadda. Hey I might make a better one but they still have more money.

What dirty food do you want to see made clean? Guinness? Me too…Damn you St. Patrick’s Day.

Vanessa Barajas
Vanessa Barajas


  1. These look amazing, I’ll have to forward this to my friends who do the whole Paleo thing, then make it for me and Mrs Peckish, although she’ll probably opt for home made tomato sauce instead of maple syrup.

    • Oh, I won’t be going out to find a song by anyone called 2 Unlimited though. I’ll eat clean in conjunction with a dirty mind, but I won’t have that mind be dirtied on account of what sounds suspiciously like a boy band song.

      • Fair enough! Yes, please do enjoy with anything homemade that you and the Mrs. prefer. Thanks for reading.

      • How about the final movement of Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the Ode to Joy? I think a mouthful of pancake, egg, bacon and maple syrup is synonymous with an orchestra at full throttle and 10,000 singers losing their collective minds…

      • Whoa! That’s what my taste buds do for anything chocolate or salted caramel. It’s good to know that McGriddles do it for you! 😉 Tee hee!

  2. Just read about your blog on PaleOMG, decided to check it out! Looks awesome!! I’m excited to have another paleo blog with a good sense of humor to follow :) Happy eating!

  3. Ok, just found you through PaleOMG and you’ve quickly made your way to my “must-check-this-blog-every-day-and-must-make-every-recipe” blog list.

    BTW, I’m LOL-ing at the comment about 2 Unlimited sounding like a boy band name. That song is one of THE most recognized songs every to have lived. I think that the PP would go “OH, Ok, THAT song” if they heard it. I was probably 8 or 9 when that song came out and it never goes away!

    • I’m so happy you’ve found me too! I’m a crazy huge fan of PaleOMG also so trust me I was ecstatic to be honorably mentioned by her! Dude it’s the most popular song ever and I totally had to Google who sang it! haha!

  4. Just found you through PaleOMG as well. Just blog is awesome from what I’ve read & seen so far. You will definitely be in my daily rotation. Congrats :)

    Looking forward to what you have in store for us!

  5. I found you through PaleOMG as well. Congrats on your blog!! I definitely am enjoying what I’ve seen thus far. Great pics and creative ingredients. You will def be in my daily rotation :). Have a good one!

  6. I totally had the 2Unlimited cassette tape, and the whole thing was AWESOME! Lovin’ this blog, it’ll be in my regular rotation as well! And like the others, PaleOMG sent me too :)

  7. Juli from PaleOMG mentioned your blog so i thought i’d check it out – love how entertaining you guys are, so refreshing to have funny, honest, down to earth bloggers – oh yeah, with great food ideas! Cheers for the Paleo inspiration.

  8. Holy Smokes my mouth is watering.. these look ah-may-zing.. as for cooking bacon.. I like cooking it in the oven.. 400 degrees for 20 miinutes.. no mess! Hey? How’d I get here? I followed PaleOMG! Of course!

  9. My bf and I made our own version of egg mcmuffins! We like to call them “McDuffins” after my bf! He has a video for on You Tube if you want to check it out. I think it pops up if you search “Egg McDuffins” lol. You have some awesome recipes on here! I want to try them all. I am Paleo but have a serious sweet tooth. I am always baking stuff! I just made coconut flour blueberry muffins…this is SO getting made this weekend! I like to use Applegate farms sausage too…except we don’t eat pork. They make chicken apple sausage patties which would work reallllly well in this recipe. We also use Jones turkey sausage patties…they’re a little thin but I think would work well too. AWEsome recipe and blog!

    • Yum! I want a McDuffin! I haven’t seen the Jones turkey sausage patties but they sound way easier than what I did! I will have to keep an eye out for those. Thanks for reading and I hope you enjoy these this weekend! I may or may not have made them for dinner twice this week.

  10. christi lynn Says: March 23, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Love your blog! Also found it through PaleOMG. These look so yummy! You asked what dirty food we’d like made clean? I’ve never found anything that works yet to make onion rings or deep fried green beans without dairy or any nuts/nut flours…..I’ve tried a few things with coconut flour, egg wash, etc but the batter looks perfect but then comes off the onion or green bean shortly after hitting the coconut oil…..even baking doesn’t work right! I miss onion straws, onion rings and TGI Friday’s fried green beans!! Have a great weekend!

    • Onion rings! Yum! I usually bread things with almond flour so this may take me a while to find something that works with coconut flour but I promise you I will give it a go! I’m making a note of it now :) Thanks for reading!

  11. First, thank you for bringing this song back into my life. And second, thank you for this awesome recipe!

  12. Jonathan Says: March 24, 2013 at 8:25 am

    What are your thoughts on Morningstar farms soy based meats?

    • Well soy is definitely not Paleo and usually those type of soy veggie meats like Morningstar are heavily processed. Are you a vegetarian or just trying to watch calories? If you’re a veggie I would say just leave the soy “meat” out, if you’re just trying to watch calories then try the Applegate chicken sausage, those are yummy as well. There is tons of research coming out lately about soy and how it’s not as healthy as was once though. But with that being said it’s your body, you know what works best for you, so if you want to eat it and your body has no problems processing soy then it would be up to you :) Thanks for reading!

  13. I found you through Pinterest and cannot believe i missed seeing something about you on OMGPALEO. My husband is not as excited about this as I am. He is not a Paleo baking fan. He makes fun of me constantly. I only have a few success stories :-( sad but true. When my 3 boys see me baking, the first thing they ask is if it is paleo. Then I get “the look”. I am sooooo excited to try this but my husband is already skeptical. I cannot wait to fill you in on our results soon. Everything you have on here looks amazing!! With all that said, I am also excited to see some main dishes pop up on here. That is my area of paleo amazingness. I went from cooking dishes that could clog your arteries in 3.2 secs to cooking paleo (and my husband is hooked – not my kids so much lol) Good luck with your blog!!

    • Thanks for the kind words Beth! Don’t give up on your Paleo baking! I sucked at first too, trust me, and my boyfriend still won’t even eat some of the stuff I make so I completely understand. I’m excited to get some main dishes up for you guys too, I’ve been playing around with a lot of stuff so stay tuned! Thanks for reading. :)

      • OMG!!!! These are paleo crack!!! Nuff said!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • So what did the skeptic think!? Glad you like them as much as I do!

      • I cheated!!!! He was at a business dinner!! The kids (and my nephews) liked them. He did ask me to save him one and I did. I saved him 3. BUT…. I ate those too! Which led me to needing to partake in a double WOD the following day at my box.
        I was sad with how thin they came out and changed my cooking technique a bit to make them thicker, any other advice? And since I’m asking for things,

      • I’ve been recommending egg/pancake molds, you can find them online or at Bed, Bath, and Beyond. I posted a link to them in response to a comment below and will probably update the actual post with that info as well! You can also try to make sure the bottom is really done before flipping, so maybe try a lower heat setting and cooking for longer? As for pumpkin, yes! I love pumpkin everything! Larabars are awesome and pretty easy to make from what I hear, I have a few recipes but haven’t made any of my own as of yet, stay tuned I definitely plan to!

  14. Did I miss the calories for this healthy McGriddle?? I can’t find it anywhere. Is this information available?

  15. Love this!!! My hubby went paleo about a year ago and he has lost about 80 lbs and feeling GREAT… we’re always looking for new recipes :) Thanks a bunch

  16. Making these tonight – can’t wait!
    Just thought I would mention….my whole foods carries a breakfast sausage patty in the fresh meat case that is really good and almost paleo (they have a tiny amount of sugar, but so does applegate farm). Not sure if all whole foods carry these or if they are just a local product to ours. Also, I’ve bought plain ground pork before and made my own sausage patties by just adding spices and forming into patties. Pretty simple too.
    Thanks for the delish looking recipes! Glad I find you through PaleOMG.

    • Oh yum! That sounds delicious and way easier than my Applegate situation! Enjoy the McGriddles! I had someone send me a picture of one they made that was heart shaped for Easter breakfast, how cute is that?!

  17. I just found you and am SO excited! I have been Paleo for about 2 years now and love to get new ideas and recipes!

    I made your McGriddles this past weekend and they were AWESOME! My pancakes were too delicate to hold and eat like a sandwich but that did not matter at all! The flavors all together were fantastic! Even my very non-Paleo mother loved them! They will be “repeaters” in my house! Thank you so much for your great recipes! Next on the list is the Red Velvet Cupcakes! (But I have to work off the pound I gained from eating too many McGriddles first!)

    • I’m so happy you liked them so much! Paleo pancakes can be tricky, I find the most important factor is just making sure the bottom is cooked so that when you flip them, they’re solid. I actually have a mold I use that I got from Bed, Bath, & Beyond and it works amazing, I think it’s supposed to be used for cooking eggs but who cares! :)

  18. Any secret to getting the batter to stick together? I made these, well I tried, and ended up eating it more like a mash…it was still delicious, but my picture definitely wouldn’t have been as pretty!

  19. Just made these and they were a total bust. Pancakes would not stick together when flipping and they are gritty in the mouth. I make homemade pancakes all the time, granted these were my 1st paleo ones i’m not impressed at all. At least the flavor was good.

    • A few things, since this is the first time you’ve had Paleo pancakes you shouldn’t expect them to be identical to real pancakes, there is no gluten, so they aren’t going to be super doughy. As for the grit, what kind of almond flour are you using? Some tend to be way grittier than others because they aren’t finely ground. I would suggest sifting if your almond flour is chunky. As for flipping make sure the bottom is completely cooked, you can also use an egg/pancake mold to cook as well. They sell them at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and I have included links in the comment above.

  20. Cant wait to try this! It looks amazing. Thanks for sharing it with us

  21. That was freakin delicious. Loooove. Didn’t have an egg pancake ring thingy, so my pancakes came out thinner. I stacked an extra third pancake in the middle to make up for it. :)

    Best almond pancakes I’ve made so far. ^_^

  22. Why are organic ingredients specified? There is zero evidence to suggest that organic foods are healthier or more nutritious than regular foods.

  23. Okay, I’m not sure what happened, because I made this recipe exactly as stated… and the mixture was extremely soupy. I added a bit of extra almond flour just so I could get the batter to set during cooking. Needless to say the pancakes all ended up running into each other and I ended up with one giant mess in the pan. Some bits were burned (on low temp) while some were underdone. I did try a mouthful when I took them out, and they were completely inedible. I ended up throwing the whole mess in the bin, and was really disappointed because I don’t like to waste food, and especially those expensive ingredients. I was really excited to try this, but I don’t think I’ll ever make this again.

  24. Iris Morrell Says: August 7, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    Could these be made in an egg pan? Th smaller pans that ate sold specifically for cooking eggs, or do you think the egg ring is better?

    • Iris Morrell Says: August 7, 2013 at 10:26 pm

      Eeee! Sorry for all the typos lol – but you get what I mean, hopefully lol.

    • Hee hee I understood :) it’s so funny because I saw one of those egg pans the other day and wondered if it would work too! I think it would, but you would have to use a non-stick cooking spray on it or some oil so that you could flip it without it getting stuck. I think I would use it will another larger pan as well to flip it on to after it was done cooking/forming in the egg pan. Let me know if it works! If not, at least we know the egg ring does! Also, I wonder if you could make an egg ring out of tin foil?

      • Iris Morrell Says: August 8, 2013 at 10:52 am

        Hmm I’ve just started getting into cooking so I will give the egg pan a try and the aluminum foil a try. YouTube or google probably has a demo on how to do it. I wouldn’t be surprised. Awesome! Thanks so much I will give these a try. They look super delicious and I’ll let you know how it turned out.

  25. These have to be the best Paleo recipe ever! And THE best pancake recipe too! They were amazingly good! Thank you! All your recipes look amazing! :)

  26. […] of you who like McGridles, Paul found this recipe for Paleo McGridles. Thought I would share: Haven’t tried it myself but it sounds […]

  27. I’m curious…for those who are saying their pancakes are coming out runny and not sticking together, are you using fine ground “almond flour” such as from Honeyville Grains…or are you using “almond meal” such as Bob’s Red Mill. There is a big difference, as the meal is made with unblanched almonds (almonds with the skin still on). You need a fine ground unblanched almond flour for these type of baked goods.

    • I absolutely agree! I only use Honeyville now. When I first started Paleo I used Bob’s because I didn’t know any better! For Paleo pancakes I think the easiest thing to do is to use the egg rings like I suggest, they make perfect pancakes every single time. :)

  28. sorry…”you need a fine ground BLANCHED almond flour”! I really need to learn to proofread. *sigh*

  29. There is a cookbook called “Make it Paleo” in it there is a paleo breakfast sausage recipe. Im sure it would be perfect for this Paleo McGriddle!

  30. Made these this morning and now know that I’ll have to invest in the egg ring to get them to be thicker. I used a 1/4 cup scoop to portion out each pancake. Wondering how much you put in each egg ring to get them thick and fluffy like you show in the picture. Otherwise, relish!

    • The egg ring works so awesome! I fill it up to about the halfway point, wait for it to bubble on the top like a normal pancake, then gently lift. If some batter starts to seep out, I let it sit for a little longer in the egg ring, when it doesn’t seep out I know it’s ready to flip!

  31. […] Original Recipe:  Paleo McGriddles […]

  32. […] Turns out it has. Multiple times (with much more success). […]

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  34. Hey Vanessa, made these for Sunday brunch this morning! I went ahead and added the Chai pancake spices to the batter. These were were great and my husband who raely complements, LOVED them! You are still my paleo recipe genius, and can’t wait until you publish your cookbook–i’m there to support you! Your loyal groupie, Jill S.

    • Yay! That’s always the best to hear! Now I want pancakes! Thanks for all your support Jill, you’re seriously the best! I totally appreciate all the feedback. I can’t wait for you to see the book! :)

  35. I used a few recipe hacks that your readers might be interested in:
    — My eyes skipped over the “refrigerated the coconut milk overnight” requirement, so I improvised by using 1/2 tsp of glucommannan/konjac powder, my go-to thickener. This was real serendipity (read on).
    — I brushed the inside bottoms of the egg rings with melted butter to reduce the likelihood of the batter sticking to them.
    — I used a non-stick pan (Scanpan, for the curious).
    — In between batches of pancakes, I scrubbed the inside of the rings with a nylon scrub pad.
    — I added fresh coconut oil to the pan after each batch of pancakes.
    The result was a nice thick batter that didn’t stick to the egg rings much. I could test for doneness on one side simply by waiting for the pancake top to dry out (no bubbles with the glucomannan powder) and sliding the egg ring around the pan a bit. If the ring slid easily, I could lift the ring up and have the pancake slip out (with a little help from a butter knife sometimes).

  36. BTW — my yield with this recipe was 11 pancakes.

  37. One final comment: I needed to calculate the price of this recipe in order to sell it to clients. Using conventional eggs (7) and ground ground pork (1 lb), it costs me 14.69. Using pastured eggs and pastured ground pork, it costs me $29.63.

  38. I made a second batch, and I cut down the amount of glucomannan powder in half. For each new set of pancakes, I put 1 t. of fresh coconut oil inside each ring. This increased the yield of the recipe to 13 pancakes, fluffier than the first batch, and a crispy, golden brown on the top side.

    The only drawback is the time required to cook. It took an average of 9–10 minutes per set of 4 pancakes with the egg ring. Add in the time to wash the rings in between sets of pancakes, make the sausages (with a cookie cutter) and the eggs, and it took me 4 hours!

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  40. […] Click here for the recipe. Ingredients: sausage, eggs, unsweetened vanilla almond milk, canned coconut milk, coconut nectar, maple syrup, coconut oil, carbonated water, vanilla, blanched almond flour, baking powder, salt, pepper, cinnamon. […]

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