Fluffy and light Paleo coconut pancakes, perfect for a relaxed breakfast. Best of all, they are low carb, grain free and sugar free!
Find the recipe card with ingredients and instructions at the bottom of the page. Don’t miss the extra tips in the post!
What is it about pancakes that makes them so irresistible?
The answer is simple. Pancakes, just like their very close relative, the waffle, are reserved for days you look forward to. They are signifiers of fun, relaxation, enjoying yourself.
I have an awesome low carb pancake recipe on this website already – my almond cream cheese pancakes. They use, as the name suggests, almond flour and cream cheese and are one of my most popular recipes.
This time I wanted to make pancakes that were extra fluffy extra light and extra thick – and an alternative for my readers who are allergic to nuts.
Hello, Paleo coconut pancakes!
I’m sure you’ll absolutely love these pancakes. They are made with coconut flour, which is my absolute favourite grain free flour and, as an added bonus, very healthy. It is really high in fibre and has a lovely mild coconut taste.
The secret to supreme pancake fluffiness? You have to beat the egg white until they form stiff peaks and fold them into the batter at the very end. I used to think it was impossible to get egg whites stiff – until I discovered some very useful tips, listed in my post for this strawberry mascarpone tart. Follow the instructions and it’ll ALWAYS work!
You can play with the sweetness and spices in this recipe as you wish.
I used 1 teaspoon of mixed spice (that’s pumpkin spice for my US readers). Cinnamon or vanilla extract/powder would be great in this recipe too.
I also sweetened with a bit of Sukrin Fibre Syrup Gold, which is a sugar free syrup – this is optional. It’s in my opinion the closest you can get to a maple syrup taste without using, well, maple syrup. Some people have reported a slight blood sugar reaction when using this syrup, so if you’re diabetic, do test if it works for you.
The one thing to note with these pancakes is that you need to a lil’ bit of patience when frying them. Keep your stove to a low or medium heat so they do not burn!
If you have a large non-stick (!!) pan, you can make 2 pancakes at a time. Watch’em with hungry eagle eyes and as soon as they start bubbling on top, turn them over.
I slathered my pancakes with more Sukrin Fibre Syrup and we ate them with berries. If you have time, you could also make this very yummy 2 ingredient sugar free caramel sauce or have them with blueberry jam.
Last but not least I have more amazing news for you: I have successfully toasted leftover coconut pancakes on the next day.
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Paleo Coconut Pancakes (Low Carb, Gluten Free)
Fluffy and light Paleo coconut pancakes, perfect for a relaxed breakfast. Best of all, they are low carb, grain and sugar free.
- Melt coconut oil and mix with the egg yolks, coconut flour, coconut milk, baking powder and spice/sweetener, if using. I did this with a food processor, but you can use a stick blender, too. If you just use a fork, sift the coconut flour first so it does not clump and use some serious elbow grease to get the mixture nice and smooth.
- In a clean metal or porcelain bowl, whisk the egg whites until stiff peaks form. The stiffer you get the whites, the fluffier your pancakes will be!
- Fold the egg whites into the mixture.
- Heat some coconut oil in a non-stick pan. This mix makes 6 pancakes (ca 10cm diameter each) using 3 tbsp of batter per pancake. Fry them over a low-medium heat so they do not burn. Turn over once the top starts bubbling.
These pancakes are filling - that's the nature of coconut flour. One was enough for me. If you have a teenager, a hungry husband or an active day ahead of you, you might want to calculate two per person. You know your crowd best, so do increase the amounts accordingly!
To keep things on the simple side, I have calculated the nutrition info per pancake.
Tip: Do invest in a quality pan when you're cooking low carb. Coconut flour pancakes, for example, are more fragile than wheat pancakes because they lack the gluten. You don't want them to stick! I have had this frying pan for a couple of years now, and it's still like new. Here's a post listing all my essential low carb kitchen gadgets!