Coconut Flour Pancakes

Doughy coconut flour pancakes with a coconut almond butter sauce are a simply delicious way to enjoy a pancake breakfast.

*This post was originally published 1/23/2012. The content and photographs below have been updated.

These coconut flour pancakes are an old recipe. Six years old in fact, originally published this month back in 2012. Usually, I leave the original text and just write a blurb about it being updated but this post was a hot mess of broken links and nonsense doing absolutely no justice to this wonderfully delicious stack of breakfast carbs. So, I’ll try to do better for my first post in 2018.

Doughy coconut flour pancakes with a coconut almond butter sauce are a simply delicious way to enjoy a pancake breakfast.

Speaking of, Happy New Year!

I would’ve called 2017 a great year until the last 45 days of it happened. Between losing our beloved Ginger, two trips to the ER for Ulysses, being sick myself for a week leading up to Christmas and seeing no family at all for the holiday because we were stuck at home while Ulysses worked Christmas Eve weekend, Christmas and New Years yesterday (his schedule is the absolute worst), I was happy to see the year go.

That said, we brought Holly home 2 weeks ago so 2018 is already looking up (especially now that the housebreaking accidents have let up! *knocks on wood*). Not to mention, I’ll be back in Cabo, my happy place in 28 days soaking up that much needed Mexican sun and wearing something other than sweatpants. Trips to Barbados for my birthday in April and a bucket list trip to Peru in June are also happening this year. It’s going to be a great year of travel and hopefully a great year of eats on the Running to the Kitchen front.

I decided to kick things off with one of my favorite from scratch pancake recipes that was hiding deep underneath horrible pictures in the archives back when coconut flour was still a relatively newish ingredient in the healthy food blogging world.

Spelt and coconut flour combine to make the perfect doughy and moist pancake breakfast. These coconut flour pancakes have a wonderfully doughy, moist texture perfect for a healthy weekend breakfast all year round.

I remember researching these pancakes wanting to use the brand new bag of coconut flour I had acquired but knowing it was a bit trickier than most flours out there. I think this recipe was only experiment 1 or 2 and it definitely set me up with a false sense of confidence in the coconut flour world.

Don’t get me wrong, these coconut flour pancakes are perfection. But, I got lucky. There have been many coconut flour recipe fails that came after this that put me back in my place. Maybe it was beginners luck, maybe it was the fact that pancakes are a little more forgiving than other baked goods. Regardless though, I’ll take it because this stack is a definite favorite.

Put these coconut flour pancakes on your weekend breakfast plans, you won't regret it!

These pancakes are special enough (it’s the nutmeg) to feel fancier than your usual weekend breakfast stack but easy enough to make them your go-to recipe.

More pancake favorites: Banana Nutmeg Pancakes (<–a serious favorite if you have some extra time and want to make a really special spread), Toasted Coconut Cinnamon Raisin Oat Bran Pancakes (<–so hearty!) or, Blueberry Avocado Pancakes (<– healthy fats and superfruit filled)

They’re doughy and moist, not as fluffy as a normal buttermilk diner pancake but not dense either (basically that sweet in-between spot) and if you serve them with the coconut almond butter sauce in the recipe, you’re sure to fall in love because it’s seriously finger-lickingly delicious.

Topped with a creamy coconut almond butter sauce, these coconut flour pancakes are a delicious start to the day. A careful mix of coconut and spelt flours results in a perfectly moist, doughy pancake stack everyone will love.

When I made these recently to re-photograph, Ulysses asked if he could have some (you know you’re a food blogger’s spouse when you ask before you eat…everything) and I turn around 10 minutes later after cleaning up to him polishing off 8 of these. EIGHT. This from the guy who prefers Trader Joe’s toasted coconut pancake mix to pretty much every pancake I’ve ever made.

Now that I typed that, these are actually slightly similar in taste to those.

A few extra minutes to make these coconut flour pancakes from scratch are well worth it once you take the first bite!

I don’t ever make resolutions in the New Year but I think I’m going to make a concerted effort to include these coconut flour pancakes in my weekend plans as much as possible in 2018. That’s a guarantee of good year to come!

Yields 12 pancakes     adjust servings

Coconut Flour Pancakes

Preparation 5 min Prep Time
Cook Time 10 min Cook Time
Total Time 15 mins Total Time

Doughy coconut flour pancakes with a coconut almond butter sauce are a simply delicious way to enjoy a pancake breakfast.

Ingredients

Pancakes

  • 1 cup spelt flour (*see note)
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 3/4 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/8 teaspoon nutmeg
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 1/2 cups milk of any kind (if using nut milk, use unsweetened)
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla

Coconut Almond Butter Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon almond butter
  • 1 tablespoon coconut butter
  • 2-4 tablespoons milk of any kind

Instructions

Pancakes

  1. Whisk together flours, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt in a medium bowl.
  2. Whisk together remaining wet ingredients in a small bowl.
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until combined.
  4. Heat a pancake griddle or pan over medium heat. Grease your pan with desired fat and spoon batter in about 1/4 cup measurements onto pan forming a circular pancake shape. 
  5. Cook for about 2-3 minutes per side.

Coconut Almond Butter Sauce

  1. Combine all ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Microwave for about 20 seconds.
  3. Stir until creamy and smooth.

Recipe Notes

*I've also used oat flour and einkorn all-purpose flour successfully.

59 Comments

  1. Julie @ Table for Two

    coconut flour?? wow, i’ve never heard of it. i guarantee you I won’t be able to find it at a store around me. I’ve never seen it on the shelf either..it’s already hard enough to find cake flour! sheesh! these look fluffy and delicious :) and that SAUCE! wow!! delicious :) you should just fedex me some so i don’t have to be stressed out looking for coconut flour haha

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    1. Vasanti

      I found coconut flour in natural food store it cost about $10.50, I went to look for cocoa nibs and found it in this store.

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  2. kari @ Running Ricig

    I freaking love pancakes. Mike hates them, so, lately, whenever we go out to breakfast I order pancakes. It seems silly to make them for just one person if we’re at home.

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  3. Amanda

    I’ve had a bag of coconut flour sitting in my kitchen for months and had no idea what to do with it (the texture is a little odd). I can’t wait to give this recipe a try! Maybe I’ll be extra ambitious and make pancakes during the week…or more likely I’ll bookmark this for Saturday. :)

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  4. liza@docrunsforhealth

    Haven’t heard of coconut flower. I am sure I won’t find any here, in Fort Smith, AR. But I so want to try these pancakes… I think I am making a trip to the closest WF. Your photos are outstanding, by the way!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Bob’s Red Mill makes it, that’s the only kind I can find around here. My selection is pretty limited too, no whole foods for at least 75 miles! My local natural foods store had it though.

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  5. Hayley @ Oat Couture

    These look amazing! I haven’t had pancakes in aaaages, I think I wore them out over summer and autumn… having them every other day will definitely do that to you! ;D But these are tempting me back into my pancake devouring ways!! :)

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  6. Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga

    Ages ago I made vegan/GF pancakes and used coconut flour and almond meal in them. The batter was SO THICK. Anything with coconut flour gets even thicker and then I had chia seeds in mine. Holy moly it was thick.

    These look great & a good way to use up the ton of coconut flour I have!

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      Ohhh, I don’t know! But I might have to try that out soon because I love waffles too. If you try it let me know.

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  7. Cait's Plate

    Woohoo! I’m so glad you made them and loved them! You just made me want to eat them all over again! Love the photos ;)

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    1. Running to the Kitchen Post author

      How does it work as a moisturizer? I’ve been thinking about trying it out because I currently spend a fortune on face moisturizer creams and I swear they don’t work! At least I could still use the coconut oil for cooking if it doesn’t pan out!

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  8. Kerry

    These look delicious! I have a big jar full of coconut flour, and now I know what I’m going to do with it! Thanks for the recipe!

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  11. Hope

    I stumbled upon this recipe/blog from google while looking for something to make with my coconut flour. I have made them two times since then (and am actually eating some now, I’ve saved the left over batter in the fridge) and they are delicious!

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  15. Natasha @ Salt & Lavender

    I’m glad that 2017 ended with Holly at least. :) She is very cute. I’m enjoying all the IG stories with her. These pancakes look awesome. I am new to using coconut flour, and it definitely is tricky, I’ve found out. Maybe I will give these a go!

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  16. Mary Ann | The Beach House Kitchen

    Sounds like you’ve got a busy year planned Gina! Wish I had a few of those trips in my future! Love these pancakes. I tried making coconut flour pancakes a few months back and they were a total bust. I’ll definitely need to try your recipe! Happy New Year!

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  17. Charlotte | Sweet Sundays

    It took my husband a while to get to the ‘ask before you eat’ stage but we’re finally there! I made brownies yesterday and the first thing he said when he saw them come out of the oven was: let me know when you are done photographing them.

    I’ve never baked with coconut flour (only coconut sugar) but I love the look of them so I’m definitely going to add these to my breakfast rotation.

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  18. Jen @ sweetgreenkitchen

    I’m so excited to try these pancakes and you already answered my question, oat flour is the option for me! I also love making my own coconut flour from the pulp of making homemade coconut milk, which I haven’t made for a while, I guess it’s time to make some coconut milk and coconut flour pancakes, yum!

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