These pancakes are made with coconut flour and they are fluffy, which is a bit harder to achieve when using almond flour, however I solved the challenge by adding yogurt and coconut flour to my recipe for fluffy pancakes using both almond and coconut flour. There are many virtues to coconut flour, but more importantly, the test for really good pancakes is the fluff factor, and these deliver the fluff.
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Coconut Flour Pancakes
To make the pancakes a bit denser and fluffier, you can add up to 2 tablepoons of yogurt, dairy-based or dairy-free.Updated on 4/30/13: I added a pinch or so of salt (about 1/8 teaspoon) to this recipe since these pancakes are a bit on the sweet side. Also, the technique has been simplified. Many of the comments are from an old set of instructions.The recipe makes about 12 silver-dollar size pancakes, which are small, so double the recipe if you want more than 3 pancakes each. You can refrigerate the leftovers for about a week.
Servings: 4 servings
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon oil coconut or other cooking oil
- 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 teaspoon honey or maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
- pinch salt about 1/8 teaspoon
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil for the skillet
- In a bowl, whisk the wet ingredients together.
- Add the dry ingredients to the wet batter, and whisk again until well blended.
- Let the batter sit for a few minutes so the coconut flour can absorb the moisture.
- Preheat a skillet on medium heat. Add cooking oil to coat the entire skillet.
- Whisk the batter again to remove any remaining lumps.
- Pour about 1 tablespoon of batter for each pancake in the skillet without letting the edges of each pancake touch.
- Flip the pancakes after a few minutes or when the edges begin to brown and small bubbles begin to appear on the top.
- Repeat for the remaining batter, adding more cooking oil as necessary.
Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 140mg | Sodium: 129mg | Potassium: 52mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 203IU | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
I have made these pancakes for years now. thank you!! I use sugar free syrup 1 tsp., and I use 1 tsp. melted butter for the oil. I end up using about 3 tbsp. of Coc. flour and they are delicious, just right to fill the stomach. I make 2 medium size pancakes and eat both with walden farms sugar free maple syrup.
Yum! Sounds amazing 🙂
Very nice my daughter and I are on the SCD and I’ve had a lot of fail coconut pancake recipes. This one is easy to flip thank god!! The only thing that’s wrong is it is much too dry. It either needs more oil, or a banana or some squash or pumpkin purée pear sauce would also be nice. I am saving this in my Pinterest , I will try some experimenting with this recipe. It was very good it didn’t taste “eggy “ to me, but I used to cooking with coconut flour so… I’m used to eggy taste maybe. The best thing about this recipe? IT SMELLS LIKE MCDONALDS HOTCAKES!! Magic!!
Thanks! So great to hear. Interesting though, I’ve never heard of these tasting dry so maybe your coconut flour is a bit different? Not sure. But in any case, yes feel free to add some applesauce or mashed ripe banana, or you can reduce the amount of coconut flour a bit.
I just made these exact according to the recipe. They tasted too eggy. Any way to remedy that considering the batter is mostly egg?
Yes, you can add a bit more coconut flour. Coconut flour can vary a bit by brand.
I used Whole Foods brand organic coconut flour. I’ll add a bit more next time. Thanks!
Thanks for this recipe!
I thought that it could be a bit sweeter, perhaps somehow a richer taste…
Yes, this is an older recipe that’s pretty basic. You can try adding some vanilla extract and mashed bananas to make it thicker and richer.
Alt Food Guy
These come out great every time. Thanks for sharing!
Hi, my old coconut flour pancake recipe has disappeared and so I found yours. I just want to make sure I’m reading this right, you really only use 2 TBSP coconut flour for the entire recipe? I remember using a lot more. I just thought I’s double check. Thank you!
HI! I’ve just discovered your website and it was love at first sight! Thank you so much for this blog and rich variety of great recipes! 🙂 When it comes to this recipe, I’ve just wondered if I could make it without oil ? What do you think?
Ps. I’m really sorry for my English but I hope you understand me. I believe your site will help me to improve my skills! 🙂 Thank you.
possibly, I haven’t tried it though. Butter or coconut oil are options, or coconut milk.
I added a banana, left out the honey and it was a total hit here with 4 kids!
Great idea. I’ve been wanting to share a banana pancakes recipe. This might be it 🙂
Made these today and batter really runny. Pancakes have just turned out very flat! Wonder what has happened?
Just finished eating some of these. Very good! I have tried several grain-free pancake recipes, and this one is, so far, the most fluffy. I think it is partly due to the lack of banana.
I made 2 giant ones instead of a bunch of silver dollar sized ones, and they were big and fluffy! 🙂
yum to big pancakes 🙂
I was SO excited for this recipe. The batter smelled good enough to eat on its own, and it cooked up flawlessly fluffy.
But then when I tried it, all I got was an overwhelming taste of egg. Even drenched in butter and maple syrup, they tasted more like fluffy scrambled eggs than the slight hint of coconut, vanilla, cinnamon, and honey in the batter.
You’re the pro so I figured I’d ask before trying this recipe again…have you had success in baking replacing one egg with either 1/4 cup applesauce or 1/2 a mashed banana? I know coconut flour needs a lot of liquid to soak up, but I’m hoping applesauce might do the trick to cut this down to 2 eggs.
Are you using US large eggs? If so, maybe try one less egg or add more coconut flour. These are not eggy for me, but to some degree the recipe will be dependent on your egg size, any substitutions you make, and your coconut flour. Either sub will work, but I’m not sure if that’s your issue. I would suggest adding just two eggs and seeing how the batter is at that point. Hope that helps.
I used US cage free eggs, labeled large on the carton. But turns out they’re the same size as my regular carton of eggs that are labeled medium. Not sure who the Chief of egg size is around here…
I’ll try again with just 2. Thank you again for the feedback!
ha, so funny. I agree—egg sizes vary regardless of labeling!
I wish I had found your recipe BEFORE just using coconut flour in a regular pancake recipe! That was a disaster!!! I am looking forward to making this recipe!
I tried these with the recipe as shown & they came out fluffy & yummy – my daughter needed a little more flavor so I added some ripe mashed banana & WOW!!! Super yummy !! Thx for this recipe! I kept coming across almond flour recipes which I try to avoid for my daughter she’s on a anti inflammatory diet due to neurological issues , so this recipe is perfect next I’m going to try a batch adding some applesauce .thanks for your yummy recipes!
Hi-I love your banana bread recipe and I thought I’d try these pancakes. Is there really only 2TBS of coconut flour in the recipe? It seems like too much liquid to dry. Please clarify if you can. Thanks.
yes, it’s true. They are very light.
These are delicious! Just made them for the first time and added some pumpkin puree – so yummy! Thank you!
good to know, I’ve been wanting to try that!
I just tried this recipe in my donut maker, to have breakfast ready when I wake up in the morning, they turned out pretty well, and delicious, just like your other recipes, but one exploded, I’m thinkin it might be the egg, that’s causing this, but they were still delicious, with a little honey drizzled on top.
Oh! Forgot to say, the fresher the eggs and quality of (organic, grain free, pasture raised is the best!) the eggs goes along way with flavor. The “egginess” might not necessarily be the recipe itself but the quality of eggs you are using.
Hope this helps!
Hi Andrea. Thanks for leaving your tips! Yes, the eggyness could be the eggs. Sizes vary across country and even from one chicken. Just fyi, I don’t pack my coconut flour for any recipe unless noted. Best wishes, Erica
I really love your recipes, thank you for blogging them for us!
A (hopefully) helpful hint on using coconut flour for those not used to it:
When you measure it, pack it in like you would brown sugar. It helps to insure consistent measuring. When you add it to the recipe, sift it in with the other dry ingredients. This helps to smooth out lumps and make the batter less dense.
Happy Healthy Eating!!
Hi Erica, Have been existing on meat and cooked veggies for almost 4 months now, with the occasional scone cheat (which I paid for) and have been craving pancakes. This recipe is amazing and so is the rest of your site!!! You have opened up a whole new world for me, I will just have to use with restraint at first. Thanks again!! Christine
That’s awesome to hear! best wishes!
Best recipe ever! I make this almost every other day. I mix in dark chocolate and/or banana and blueberries.Yummy!
just discovered your blog today when looking for a coconut flour pancake recipe. mine turned out pretty good consistency but i feel it needs more flavor so i will tweak that to my liking. unfortunately, the use of coconut flour, coconut oil and some coconut manna with cashew butter for topping ended up making my guts HURT. i didn’t eat much of the pancake since it was so filling so i’m hoping it was just the coconut manna that pushed me over the edge. i REALLY want to be able to use this recipe because i love pancakes. i have no known food intolerances or allergies (except dairy) but my husband and i do chose to avoid wheat and eat fairly low carb. i am very sensitive to lots of foods and food combinations but have never been tested. the GI doc i once saw just said, if something makes your gut hurt, then just avoid it. sounds simple, except when i still come across something or some combination of foods every few weeks that mess me up! i am so glad to have found your blog.
thanks! Best wishes. Erica
I made these and they had an “eggy” flavor as one commenter noted, so I made another batch and replaced one of the three eggs with a few splashes of almond milk and they turned out great! Fluffy and light. Thanks for the recipe!
Thanks for letting us know! I suspect it may depend on the egg size as well.
I don’t know how to get 5-6 pancakes. I got 3 at the most and they weren’t thick or big pancakes.
They are about silver-dollar size, if that helps.
How do you make pancakes with two tablespoons of flour?
The Pancake 2.0 link has an extra “.html” at the end, so the link doesn’t work. Here’s the link:
Thanks Dave! My links changed when I ported the posts to the new site.
Hi Jessica. This is not the standard American pancake recipe – it is, as you say, thinner and runnier. But, as you note, you can make it thicker with more flour. I’d love to know how the freezing experiment turns out. Thanks for all the valuable info on your changes!
Oooh, these were fantastic! Here in the UK our pancakes are more like the French style crepes – larger and thinner. This is first time I’ve made american-style thicker and fluffier pancakes and it worked perfectly first time. My first one was thin and the batter did seem runny as ours traditionally is, so I added another half tbsp of coconut flour and let it sit for 5-10 mins to thicken up. Result: super thick and fluffy, very “cake” like. I used stevia instead of maple syrup and pan spray instead of oil to cut down a bit on the sugar and fat. I can’t believe how filling they are! I’m going to try freezing some so I always have them on hand for a quick breakfast or dessert, thanks so much for a brilliantly simple recipe. : )
I don’t get it?! With 3 eggs and 2 tablespoons flour it’s an eggy mixture? I’ve added a good tablespoon of sorghums flour.
Thanks in advance for any feedback.
Victoria, I don’t know, but most probably it will. Pancakes don’t usually have much sweetener in them anyway. Let us know if you try it.
Hi, I’d like to try this, but I don’t want any sugar or sugar-type sweeteners at this time. Will this recipe work if I omit the rapadura and/or honey/maple syrup?
Wendy – good to know these work as waffles! I was just about to try them out since I have a new batch of coconut flour.
Hi Wendy! Thanks for the info. How did you calculate it? Just curious.
Just calculated the nutritional information: if you use xylitol instead of honey or maple syrup, the whole recipe has only 350 calories in it!!!
Fantastic as waffles with berries on top!
Since I’m new to the paleo way of life, I’ve been having a tough time wrapping my brain around the flavor changes. This recipe totally helps even though it’s a little dry- my breakfast menu is officially saved! Thanks! Oh and I used the baking powder sub… major fluff!
Vanessa, I get coconut flour from Tropical Traditions: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/.
Have yet to try coconut flour. What brand and where do you get yours?
hmmm…as written, this recipe yielded pancakes that tasted just a little bit ‘off’ to me, and i think it’s because i’m so used to buttermilk pancakes. i added a little apple cider vinegar (as well as a little milk to thin out the batter), and voila! the slightly sweet/sour tang i’m used to. thanks for a good starting point!
Triple Beam Scales
I am new to gluten free cooking, and I didn’t even know about coconut flour! These turned out perfectly! I was so happy I froze a bunch and now my daughter eats them in the morning during the weekdays. Thanks so much for this delicious recipe.
I tried these pancakes but I found that by adding just 1 teaspoon of lemon juice to the recipe it made them really fluffy. I love coconut flour! It has saved my life. That and xylitol (unable to have any sugars at all).
Anyway, the pancakes are to die for. I sent the recipe to my daughter who also suffers from my affliction [no sugars, no starches, no bovine dairy … except butter (thank God) and whipping cream]. Thanks for the wonderful recipes. Life is good.
Thanks Kay! I’m quite baffled at the array of results – too thin to too thick. I’m not sure what else to say except to try adjusting ingredients and double-check the measurements. This pancake is a bit more runny and thinner than a regular pancake. Yes, it can be a bit eggy too – it does call for a higher ratio of eggs than a normal batter. Also, try the pancake 2.0 recipe.
I just tried the coconut pancakes, I also ended uo with a dense pancake that did not cook all the way through. And even tho I only used 3 large eggs, it was very “eggy” tasting? Other than adjusting the amount of flour, do you have anyother suggestions?
p.s. love your site!
mahalo from hawaii!!!
Hi Shannon – I actually have the opposite experience – a bit runny. In any case, you can certainly add some coconut milk to the recipe. But check your other measurements as well – maybe you’re adding too much of something else?
There seems to be a dearth of liquid – are the eggs and one teaspoon olive oil really the only liquid? What about some coconut milk?
I’ve been experimenting a bit with this recipe, and the best way to insure fluffy pancakes is to separate the egg whites and beat them until fairly stiff peaks form. Then blend the egg whites back into the batter.
I’ve used 1 T ground flax seed mixed with 3 T water and set aside for a few minutes to thicken which replace one egg, and it’s worked fine. Love the recipes!
Kathy, good question – I don’t know though. I am aware that there is a powder egg replacement, but I don’t know if it works well. The eggs work as a binder, so maybe some kind of replacement binder?
I like to try making coconut pancakes but I am allergic to eggs. What should I replace them with?
Thanks for listing your sources. I didn’t know about the “double-acting” effect so thanks for that tip as well!
I got mine from newenglandcupboard.com but I know there are other sites too like yankeeharvest.com that also carry it. I found it by googling starch free baking powder and just went through the first site I found. I think this was the only double acting starch free powder, the others I saw were just single acting which means timing is more important in the recipe. I wonder if a grocery store like Whole Foods would special order it for you… they are adding in a specific allergy section in our local store right now which will include corn free options. Pretty cool.
Thanks, Kelly. Great tip on the Bakewell Baking Powder! Where do you order from online?
Mmmmm. I am going to try these tomorrow morning! Regarding the baking powder: my daughter is allergic to corn, so I found that Bakewell produces starch free versions of their double acting baking powder and the Bakewell Cream. I special ordered it and use it for all my baking now. I love coconut flour!
(My own personal opinion about almond flour/meal – Bob’s Redmill is the coarsest grind there is and stinks for baking! Honeyville Farms produces a great fine milled almond flour that is fabulous for baking.)
They don’t have much coconut flavor at all, oddly.
Regarding the rolls, did you use almond meal or blanched, ground almond flour? Big difference, especially for some of the “bread” recipes.
See this post for more explanation: https://comfybelly.wpengine.com/2009/01/the-scoop-on-almond-flour.html.
Do they taste really coconuty? i tried making rolls tonight with almond “flour” (it was pretty course) and they were barely edible. They were very course and mealy and erm… felt like sand in my mouth.
Sigh… this grain free baking is obviously going to be a learning curve,
Sometimes mine come out thin as well. Yes, try beating the eggs or the entire batter. Also, maybe a pinch more baking soda (or if you use baking powder, I think that might help as well).
I tried to make these and they are paper thin, any suggestions? Do I need to use beaters instead of just a whisk? Thanks for your help, mine look nothing like the picture and the picture looks so good! 🙂
Great to know about this combination! Thanks, Del.
You can make your own baking powder by using cream of tartar. You mix 2 parts cream of tartar with 1 part baking soda. Then, you can use the measure of the combined mixture that the recipe calls for. I too go starch free, due to AS, and had read about this on other sites.
I did this just the other day, and the pancakes came out fine, although I thought that just the soda worked well too.
I avoid using baking powder because it has starch additives. Feel free to substitute baking powder for baking soda – I haven’t done it yet, but I’m pretty sure it would work just fine.
Another option is to reduce the amount of baking soda to 1/4 teaspoon (or none), and then really whip up the batter to add air bubbles to it so it is fluffier without the use of a rising agent (like baking soda or bakign powder). Thanks for the feedback!
Hello, I tried this recipe and I think you mean baking powder, not soda. Mine came out very soda-y.
Just thought I’d let you know!
I want to try your Tamarind ice cream with coconut milk…
Those look delicious, everything on your blog actually looks delicious 🙂
I have been eating coconut flour pancakes everyday for the past month now, they just taste so good with strawberry jam and whipped cream.