How to Make Coconut Flour Pancakes (Gluten free, Grain free, Paleo)

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Whether or not you are on a grain-free diet, you will love these pancakes. Brian doesn't typically like the flavor of coconut, but even he loved these. The recipe is from one of my favorite grain-free cookbooks, Cooking with Coconut Oil by Elizabeth Nyland. The author blogs at where she shares healthy living tips and writes about her Paleo lifestyle. Her book is beautiful and contains lots of wonderful gluten-free and grain-free recipes, including new twists on old favorites. 

These pancakes are really, really good. And, what's even better, they are very filling and very nourishing. I also loved how easy they are to make. Even Little Owl can help me make them (and actually help... rather than, you know... what two year olds normally do in the kitchen...). ;) Every recipe I've tried from this book so far has been simple to make and delicious. There are a few ingredients for this recipe in particular that I didn't have on hand in my kitchen (hemp hearts and flax seeds) but they were very easy to find online or at my local health food store. 

If you haven't already, I highly recommend checking out both Nyland's book, Cooking with Coconut Oil and her blog. Whether or not your family is grain-free makes no difference, you will love the recipes in this book. There are pictures for almost every recipe, too, which I find really helpful since I am a very visual person... but you don't want to look through this book when you're hungry! :)
Now, without further ado... the recipe you all came here to see:

Coconut Pancakes 

from Cooking with Coconut Oil by Elizabeth Nyland

Yield: 18 pancakes
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted (where I buy)
  • 1/4 cup nut butter (such as almond, cashew, or macadamia)
  • 2 tbsp honey or maple syrup (optional)
  • 4 pastured eggs
  • 1 tbs pure vanilla extract (make your own!)
  • 1/2 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 3 tbs coconut flour (where I buy)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp ground golden flax (I buy whole and grind my own so it's fresh)
  • 1 tbsp hemp hearts (where to find
  • 3 tbsp mini chocolate chips (optional) (where to find)
  • Coconut oil (for frying; optional) 

  1. In a large bowl, mix the coconut oil and nut butter until smooth. Mix in honey or syrup if using. 
  2. Beat in the eggs one at a time until combined completely.
  3. Whisk in the vanilla extract and apple cider vinegar and set aside.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix the coconut flour, cinnamon, salt, baking powder, flax, hemp hearts, and chocolate chips, if using.
  5. Place a nonstick or cast-iron pan on the stove and heat on medium-low (preheat it for a good few minutes). Melt the coconut oil in the pan if using. When the pan is hot, mix the wet ingredients with the dry and drop by spoonful into the pan. 
  6. Cook each pancake until bubbles form and pop. Flip pancake over and cook until done, about 2 to 3 minutes total per cake. Serve immediately or cool and freeze on baking trays. 

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  1. I use coconut oil, but not enough...this book would help broaden my uses!

  2. This looks like a great recipe, I'm wondering if I could omit the flax and hemp hearts. Would it make much difference?

    1. Hey Hope! Excellent question. I can't say for sure because I haven't tried it without, but I'm guessing that the batter would be on the runny side. The flax and hemp adds a little oomph to the recipe, as well as delicious flavor balancing with the coconut. But, I'm all for experimenting. So if you give it a go, let me know how it turns out. I'm curious! :)

  3. I would love to win because I love coconut oil and I'm always looking for new recipes using it.

  4. I love pancakes! These sound delicious ... my little one would love those added chocolate chips in them.

  5. Oh my! I have that book and never thought about the pancakes! So simple. I mean, who doesn't love pancakes. Pinning!

  6. I like the addition of chocolate chips- woot! These sound great! No wonder they're a new family favorite. I need to make them for my kids. They would be MOST happy. ;)

  7. I haven't worked with coconut flour too much, so I'd love to give these a try!

  8. This would be cool to win as it would allow me to find and use some new recipes! I am a great cook, but tend to stick to the same ol' same ol'.

  9. I would love to win this book because I *need* coconut oil recipes. I have a big tub in my cupboard that hasn't been used as much as I hoped.

  10. I would like a chance to win! Pick me!

  11. I have a few recipes using coconut but I need more ideas.

  12. I've had coconut flour in the fridge for over a year! The only thing I've made so far are coconut flour pancakes!
    Thanks for the giveaway!


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