Coconut Flour Pancakes

Don’t be fooled by the demure size and dainty appearance of these Coconut Flour Pancakes. Packed with protein, low carb, and delightfully tender, these pretty pancakes are the breakfast incarnation of small but mighty.

Fluffy low carb coconut flour pancakes! Light, tender pancakes made with coconut flour. High protein and easy to freeze for healthy breakfasts. Add banana, lemon, or any of your favorite toppings!

I’ve received a number requests for a coconut flour pancakes recipe, most coming from those of you who’ve tried and loved these Coconut Flour Cookies.

A few of these requests even mentioned having tried other recipes for coconut flour pancakes in the past, without success.

Challenge accepted!

I set out to see if I could come up with a recipe for Coconut Flour Pancakes that would be a wholesome, filling, delicious breakfast that felt worth your time and tummy space.

It took five tries (yes, FIVE) to get these Coconut Flour Pancakes right, but I have them for you at last. They’re lightly sweet and tender, and while I loved my Coconut Flour Pancakes with banana, a drizzle of maple syrup, and peanut butter (seriously, try it!), they’re equally tasty with any one of those, or even on their own if you are in a hurry.

There are a few things you need to know before you set out to make these Coconut Flour Pancakes, so be sure to take a good look at the rest of the post and recipe notes. I’ve also included a step-by-step recipe video for you that shows the Coconut Flour Pancakes in action.

Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes topped with fresh fruit and syrup.

How to Make Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes

FIRST: What Is Coconut Flour?

If you’ve never cooked or baked with coconut flour, please allow me to introduce you.

Coconut flour is exactly what it sounds like—flour that’s made from ground coconut—but it has incredibly unique properties. I love to use it because I like the taste of recipes that use it and because coconut flour is good for you! It’s naturally high in fiber and protein, meaning the recipes I make with it tend to turn out that way too.

SECOND: You Can Bake with Coconut Flour

And make pancakes with it too, but please make sure the recipe was developed for coconut flour specifically. Coconut flour is not like any other flour. It is very dry and heavy, meaning that the recipes that call for it tend to have a lot of liquid ingredients to compensate (eggs being a big one). Coconut flour can’t be substituted 1:1 in recipes that call for wheat flour (nor can you use wheat flour to make Coconut Flour Pancakes). Please, PLEASE believe me here. I want your pancakes to be perfect!

Speaking of unique…

Low carb coconut flour pancakes. Healthy, high protein pancakes that are great for the keto diet.

THIRD: Coconut Flour Pancakes Are Delicate (in a Good Way!)

Because coconut flour is unique, it also yields unique pancakes. Coconut Flour Pancakes are very tender and delicate but in a super yummy, melt-in-your mouth way.

Unfortunately, the delicate nature means that pancake batter made with coconut flour is tricky to flip. I tried dozens of different flour/liquid ratios, pancake sizes, and pan temperatures in an attempt to make the Coconut Flour Pancakes as easy as possible to flip without drying them out. Please follow the size and heat tips in the recipe very closely.

I also highly recommend using a thin, flexible spatula like this fish spatula or this thinner plastic spatula to turn them.

FOURTH: Coconut Flour Pancakes Are Everyone Food!

Coconut flour is gluten free, so these pancakes are perfect for those who need to avoid gluten. For those seeking a Paleo coconut flour pancakes recipe, you can swap a coconut-milk-based yogurt for the Greek yogurt in this recipe. I’m not familiar enough with the keto diet to declaratively state that yes, these Coconut Flour Pancakes are keto, BUT I can tell you that they are low carb, which I know is an important part of the keto diet.

The one diet I wasn’t able to accommodate is making these Coconut Flour Pancakes vegan. The eggs proved to be essential to bind the pancakes and keep them from becoming dry. I have heard about mashed banana being used as a substitute, so if you try the Coconut Flour Pancakes with banana instead, I’d love to hear how it goes!

For those not following a specific diet (myself included), you will still love these Coconut Flour Pancakes for being their healthy, high-protein, high-fiber, tasty breakfast selves.

High-protein, gluten-free Coconut Flour Pancakes are fluffy and delicious. Perfect for breakfast!

If you are making Coconut Flour Pancakes for one or two, the leftovers are easy to freeze and reheat. I have plenty of tips in the recipe notes for you below.

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Coconut Flour Pancakes

Fluffy low carb coconut flour pancakes! Light, tender pancakes made with coconut flour. High protein and easy to freeze for healthy breakfasts. Add banana, lemon, or any of your favorite toppings.

Yield: 8–10 (3 1/2-inch) pancakes

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Ingredients:

  • 1/3 cup plain nonfat Greek yogurt
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 3 large eggs
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 2 tablespoons coconut oil or unsalted butter, melted and cooled (you can also use canola oil, though I found the pancakes I tested with canola oil didn’t have as rich of a flavor), plus additional for cooking the pancakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut flour (I used Bob’s Red Mill)
  • Toppings for serving: fresh fruit, whipped cream or whipped coconut cream, maple syrup, peanut butter or nut butter of choice

Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, whisk together the Greek yogurt, honey, eggs, and vanilla. Once combined, whisk in the coconut oil. If the oil resolidifies, microwave the bowl for a few seconds to re-liquify it.
  2. Sprinkle the baking powder, baking soda, and salt over the top. Sprinkle on the coconut flour. With a rubber spatula, stir just until the flour disappears and no large lumps remain. Let rest for 10 minutes (this allows the flour to absorb some of the liquid and the batter to thicken, and will keep your pancakes from becoming dry).
  3. Preheat a nonstick skillet or griddle over low to medium-low heat. Once the griddle is hot (and not a second before), portion the pancakes by 1 tablespoon batter each (do not be tempted to make them larger or they will not flip). They will spread into a 3-inch silver dollar size. Cook for 3 1/2 to 4 full minutes (it’s longer than you think). Do not rush it or be tempted to crank up the heat too high or the pancakes will not cook all the way through before the outsides burn. The pancakes should be very dry at the edges and start to look set on top. To flip, wiggle a flexible spatula like a fish spatula gently underneath one edge, then coax it across the bottom, stopping as soon as you think you can flip. The pancakes are quite delicate—if it doesn’t flip perfectly, don’t worry, it will still taste delicious. Repeat with the remaining pancakes, adding a light amount of butter, oil, or nonstick spray to the skillet as needed to prevent sticking (I found mine flipped on a nonstick griddle without it). If you like, you can keep the pancakes warm in a 200 degree F oven while you cook the remainder. Enjoy warm with desired toppings.
  • Store leftovers in a ziptop bag in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days. Reheat in a toaster oven or the microwave. To freeze: Arrange the pancakes in a single layer on a parchment-paper-lined baking sheet. Place in the freezer until firm, then transfer to a ziptop bag and freeze for up to 1 month. Reheat directly from frozen.
  • No other flours may be substituted for the coconut flour, as it has completely unique properties. If you’d prefer different pancakes, check out my flourless Banana Oatmeal Pancakes! They are delicious and still gluten free.
All images and text ©Erin Clarke/Well Plated.

Nutrition Information

Serving Size: about 3 pancakes

  • Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories: 261 Calories
  • Total Fat: 16g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Cholesterol: 187mg
  • Carbohydrates: 20g
  • Fiber: 4g
  • Sugar: 14g
  • Protein: 11g

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7 comments

  1. I LOVE LOVE LOVE everything coconut but don’t like the texture of coconut pancakes. Would it be possible to blend the mix in my high powered blender and make it smooth?

    • Judy, I actually thought these were super smooth without blending, so you shouldn’t need to! You can experiment if you like, but I’ve never tried the recipe this way, so I can’t 100% vouch for the results. If you do try the recipe, I’d love to hear how it goes.

  2. Just wondering if the recipe is correct for the coconut flour pancakes and only uses 1/4 cup of flour

  3. Yum!! Love how you added the coconut flavour! Great work (:

  4. These are TOTALLY worth the tummy space!

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