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Perfect Grain-Free Pancakes

February 5, 2014 Leave your thoughts Print this page


People, this is huge. I have reached pancake nirvana–grain-free pancake nirvana, that is.


For the past few weeks, I have been seriously craving pancakes. No, I didn’t want flimsy, egg-y pancakes like the grain-free ones I usually make, but I didn’t want to use nut flour, either, because I know many of you out there have allergies to them. I was a girl caught in the midst of a dilemma: wanting pancakes and wanting to create a nut-free recipe for my blog. It was like trying to find a pair of shoes that was both comfortable and fashionable…it’s not an easy task.

But then, one morning, I woke up to find that I had a two hour delay for school. (FYI, I haven’t had a full week of school in over two months. Ouch.) Immediately, the little voice inside of my head started chanting, “Pancakes, pancakes, pancakes,” and I knew that this time, I had to listen.

In my teddy bear pajamas and purple fuzzy socks, I darted back and forth between my kitchen, my computer, and my light box, poised by my craving and my quest. I stirred and ladled, positioned and shot, clicked and re-clicked: this time, my pancakes had to be perfect.

And the universe worked itself out in return.


My favorite part of these pancakes was the fact that they were fluffy. When I’ve made grain-free pancakes in the past, they wind up flat and dense, reminding me more of a hockey puck than a breakfast delicacy. By using a combination of coconut flour and tapioca powder, as well as both baking powder and baking soda, I created pancakes that were tender and had–wait for it–air bubbles. When I cut into one, I almost cried–I realized that it was possible to make a fluffy product without wheat flour!

Now, are these exactly like the white flour pancakes you used to make from a box? Nope, but that’s OK–these pancakes have their own distinct character. Depending on what brand of coconut flour you use, you might get a lighter or darker pancake than me, but that only adds to the fun of it. I used Coconut Secret coconut flour, and as you can tell, mine definitely had more of a “whole grain” texture, which I really enjoyed. If you want a slightly whiter pancake, I’d recommend Let’s Do…Organic coconut flour instead, or, if you’re so inclined, doing a combination of the two.

These are SO easy to make and can be prepared in advance for quick breakfasts during the week. I recommend serving these with a little all-fruit jam, nut butter, or freshly sliced bananas and strawberries for both a pretty and filling breakfast.

Ready for your mind to be blown? Good. Let’s get started.


In a large bowl, whisk together 3 eggs until little bubbles begin to form on the top. This will take a minute or so, but be patient–those air bubbles will really help you out later on.

To the eggs, add in 1 tablespoon of vanilla extract, 2-3 tablespoons of maple syrup, and 2/3 cup of coconut milk, preferably at room temperature, and whisk to combine. You can use either lite or full-fat: I used Whole Foods’ generic full-fat coconut milk, which I always feel has more of a liquid-y feel than, say, Thai Kitchen, which tends be much thicker and denser.


To the wet ingredients, sift in 1/2 cup of coconut flour, 1/2 cup of tapioca powder, 2 teaspoons of cinnamon, 1/2 teaspoon of baking soda, and 1/2 teaspoon of baking powder. A note on baking powder: it often contains cornstarch, which some people are sensitive to, in which case you can make baking powder from scratch using this recipe. Stir to combine and set aside.

In a large skillet or cast iron pan, melt 2 tablespoons of coconut oil over medium heat. Once the skillet/pan is hot, ladle in about 1/4 cup of batter to form one pancake. Repeat twice or three times more, depending on how much space you have. (Make sure there’s room in between!)


When bubbles begin to form around the edges of the pancakes, it’s time to flip them! This should take about 3 to 4 minutes, but make sure you watch the pan so the pancakes don’t burn on the bottom.

Cook on the other side for another 3 to 4 minutes, then remove from the pan and repeat with the rest of the batter. I made 9 pancakes, but you might get more or less, depending on how much batter you use.

Serve immediately, or keep in the fridge for quick, tasty breakfasts for DAYS!


When you make pancakes, what’s YOUR secret ingredient? Leave me a comment here or on Facebook and let me know!

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