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Coconut Flour Pancakes

I haven’t made coconut flour pancakes in about a year???  I don’t crave them anymore until 2 weekends ago when I went pancake cRaZy!

My first attempt at coconut flour pancakes bombed because they got all fluffy while they were cooking. Then as soon as I took them off the heat they deflated. I hate that.

Coconut Flour Pancakes

Coconut Flour Pancakes

I worked out the structure problem with the recipe and now they don’t deflate, which makes me happy.

Coconut Flour Pancakes

Coconut Flour Pancakes

FYI if your baked goods deflate like that (puffs up and then collapses when cooled) when you are making a loaf, muffins, cupcakes, pancakes etc, you usually need to add another egg since eggs provide structure in baked goods.

In this recipe I simply decreased the coconut milk by 1/4 cup and replaced it with 1 large egg which measures 1/4 cup.

Coconut Flour Pancakes

Coconut Flour Pancakes

I also added 1 more tablespoon of coconut flour since my first attempt needed a little more flour to soak up the liquid and 1 tablespoon of coconut flour goes a long way.

Coconut Flour Pancakes

Coconut Flour Pancakes

Have fun making pancakes this weekend!

P.S. I feel the little bit of raw honey in the recipe is needed for flavour.  I don’t recommend skipping it until you have tried it once.


Yield: Makes 8-10 – small pancakes

Serving Size: Serves 1-2 people



  1. Cream together the coconut oil and honey. Add the eggs one at a time.
  2. Add coconut milk and vanilla. Mix until smooth.
  3. Add coconut flour. Mix until smooth.
  4. Lastly add cream of tartar, baking soda and salt.
  5. Do not overmix. Overmixing will result in the baking agents (cream of tartar & baking soda) not working.
  6. Use a laddle and pour small amount of batter into a crepe pan with grass fed ghee/butter etc on medium heat.
  7. Flip once the bottom is light brown. The pancakes will not bubble as much as “regular” pancakes.
  8. Serve immediately with a drizzle of maple syrup.





52 Responses to Coconut Flour Pancakes

  1. Elissa June 17 at 9:54 pm #

    I made these just as described and they are DELICIOUS. Thank you so much for sharing the recipe! It’s a new favorite for me.
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  2. Michelle June 30 at 9:52 pm #

    Can I leave out the cream of tartar or substitute it for something else? I don’t have any on hand right now and want to try these. They look amazing!

    • Carol Lovett July 9 at 9:25 pm #

      You can switch cream of tartar for lemon juice but the recipe wasn’t developed to handle the extra liquid.

    • LaDonna February 15 at 10:19 am #

      These made me SO happy 😀 :-D!!!!! Paleo pancakes I’ve tried before we’re flat, but these were fluffy and delicious. I didn’t have cream of tarter so I substituted 1/8 tsp baking powder for the tarter and baking soda. They came out marvelously. I’m having seconds right now!

    • Toni November 17 at 9:42 am #

      Leave out cream of tartar and baking soda substitute with one teaspoon baking powder. It is a combination of the two.

  3. Bridget Campbell July 13 at 3:24 am #

    Great recipe 🙂 used 1/2 tsp baking powder (UK)and they turned out light and fluffy. I did overcook the first one which was a little dry but reduced the time and they were light and fluffy. The whole family loved them. Thank you for this recipe.

  4. beth August 3 at 11:20 am #

    I have some buttermilk i want to use up. could i sub it for the coconut milk?

    • Lynda Hill December 4 at 11:29 am #

      I was thinking of using kefir milk instead of coconut milk. I would think raw buttermilk would be ok. I do know that a lot of paleo followers don’t use dairy, but I think raw dairy from grass-fed jersey and goats is a good choice.

  5. Jen Lee August 3 at 12:55 pm #

    Just made these for breakfast and they came out so tasty! I noticed they do deflate so the tbsp of coconut flour helped! Thanks for sharing!

  6. Wistaria August 17 at 4:00 pm #

    Made the this morning and what a treat! Yum! This was my first attempt at coconut flour pancakes, and I was a little nervous going in. I made as written, only subbing 1/2 tsp of baking powder for the soda and cream of tartar as a previous comment suggested. I use my homemade coconut flour but that didn’t make them gritty at all. I also cooked them in bacon grease because bacon. The batter seemed runny and I was worried they would fall apart. Nope. The pancakes were a little floppy but held together amazingly well. The flavor was great, coconutty in a good way. I served with grassfed butter and maple syrup for my boyfriend and he would have eaten the whole batch if I let him. That is high praise, he’s pretty tough to please and cautious of anything not completely mainstream. I ate them with a few drops of maple syrup and a side of bacon. They were great, and what’s more, I feel really good after eating them too! Thanks for a great recipe!

  7. Jackie September 19 at 2:02 pm #

    Hello! Can you use egg replacer?

  8. Mara September 29 at 8:50 am #

    Excellent! Mine were not runny and did not need extra flour. I used 1/2 tsp. Non aluminum baking powder. Actually my batter was quite thick. Love the taste :).

  9. whitney October 14 at 11:34 am #

    Is there a substitution for honey I could use? I’d like to make these for my infant….no honey, especially raw, until older than a year. Thanks!

    • Carol Lovett November 4 at 12:52 am #

      I don’t know. The honey sweetens the pancakes. Without it, it tastes too plain. Just don’t give the pancakes to your infant? Focus on more nutrient dense food instead?

    • Jes November 17 at 12:52 pm #

      Try using date sugar, or pulverize dates with a high speed blender like a Vitamix.

    • Lauren December 7 at 1:03 pm #

      Pure maple syrup is what I use

    • Lyn February 24 at 10:32 pm #

      Instead of using honey try Stevia – 1/4 tsp
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  10. Kathleen November 15 at 11:55 am #

    Love these pancakes! I make them all the time. I have never used Cream of Tarter and they come out prefect. Try adding shredded coconut or chopped dates, yummy!

  11. Sharon November 27 at 11:49 am #

    Can I use almond flour and almond milk instead of coconut flour & milk? Also, does the honey in your recipe add anything to the consistency? (I use pure stevia leaf powder as a sweetener which would not add to consistency).

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 2:14 am #

      You’ll need to use an almond flour based recipe. You can’t substitute coconut flour 1:1 for almond flour. The little bit of honey is for taste.

  12. Keren December 1 at 8:39 am #

    Is the recipe listed the adjusted recipe, or do I need to make those adjustments?

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 2:13 am #

      it’s the adjusted recipe.

  13. Tony December 29 at 2:41 pm #

    You have a stash of great recipes, many thanks I’m going wheat free starting in the new year. Going to blog daily on Hope it works for me!
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  14. Janis January 15 at 9:32 pm #

    Why raw honey when it’s going to be heated when cooked?

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 2:03 am #

      It has minerals.

      • Rach June 25 at 3:34 am #

        Yes, as soon as raw honey is baked, it is pasteurized, so it is no longer raw when eaten.

  15. Sharon January 17 at 10:03 pm #

    I just made these tonight, and they are absolutely heavenly, even my husband thinks they are tasty and he is the most skeptical about this new way of eating. YUM!
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  16. Rick D January 23 at 2:47 pm #

    coconut oil, coconut milk, coconut flour,

    Im allergic to tree nuts and their products (oils, butters & flour)

    you think this recipe would work if I substituted sweet potato flour for the coconut flour, grassfed butter or ghee for the coconut oil and flax milk for the coconut milk

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 1:56 am #

      You need to use an almond flour based pancake recipe. You can’t substitute sweet potato flour for coconut flour. You can use ghee instead of coconut oil in any recipe.

      • Toni June 14 at 9:14 pm #

        He can’t use almond flour if he’s allergic to tree nuts; almonds are definitely a tree nut. However, I wouldn’t think coconut would be classified as a tree nut.

  17. Naomi Teeter February 22 at 8:50 am #

    Okay, so anytime I see a stack of pancakes, my mouth starts to water. Thanks a lot! 😉
    Thanks for this recipe! I had been using gluten-free pancake mix from time to time when making pancakes. But I have like 4 bags of coconut flour in my pantry just in case. Now I know one way I can use more of them. Thanks!!
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  18. mona February 24 at 11:53 am #

    Im trying this right now I made do with what i had – No raw honey just honey , No extra virgin coconut oil just coconut oil. yet Im impressed.

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 1:34 am #

      That will work just fine.

  19. Susan March 15 at 5:57 pm #

    These were great. Don’t know if you need to have the coconut oil in liquid form first? Getting the temp correct on the pan is a must. But they were delicious with fresh strawberries!

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 1:25 am #

      I never use liquid coconut oil. It’s not a big deal if you used it in liquid form.

  20. Soula March 20 at 3:10 pm #

    What king of coconut milk did you use? Canned or carton?

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 1:22 am #


  21. Audrey March 26 at 2:33 pm #

    When do you sift the coconut flour? In conventional baking with grain flours, sifting comes before measuring. Is that how you do it?

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 1:15 am #

      Yes, that’s how I do it.

  22. MaryAlice March 30 at 11:41 pm #

    Above the recipe it says to add 1 extra egg and 1 tab of coconut flour, etc. and then I couldn’t figure out if you made these changes to the recipe or I had to make these changes to the recipe. Says something about in order to make them stay fluffy.???????

    • Carol Lovett April 12 at 1:10 am #

      I did not change the recipe that is posted.

  23. Seesaw July 1 at 1:18 pm #

    This were delicious! They had a slightly coconutty flavor and I love coconut. I didn’t have honey so I used one tablespoon of maple syrup instead. However, I noticed there was kind of a ridiculous amount of fat (47 in the whole batch), so I think next time I will see if I can decrease the amount of coconut oil.

  24. Lara Antipova July 12 at 6:36 pm #

    Can you make waffles with this recipe?

    • Carol Lovett March 24 at 3:57 pm #

      I don’t know but you could always try.

  25. Sarah July 24 at 9:39 pm #

    Any suggestions on how to substitute the eggs? I have a 4 year old who is allergic to eggs. I haven’t had very good luck with subbing eggs in coconut flour recipes. 🙁

    • Carol Lovett March 24 at 3:54 pm #

      Sorry, but substituting the eggs won’t work in this recipe. You will need to look up an AIP pancake recipe.

  26. Luda September 13 at 3:57 pm #

    Ok, I’ve made these pancaces twice already and I’m moving it! Thank you Carol!

  27. Carly September 27 at 6:10 pm #

    Made these pancakes as written a couple weeks ago and was very impressed! They spread quite a bit on the griddle to definitely give them room. The texture was great and I didn’t even need syrup. This morning I made them again but added 1/4c pumpkin and 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice. So tasty!

  28. Nancy January 15 at 6:22 pm #

    These do NOT work if you use “flax egg”. 🙁

    • Carol Lovett March 24 at 3:09 pm #

      You can’t use egg replacements for coconut flour recipes. It hardly ever works.

  29. Kevin Stanley March 5 at 1:32 pm #

    Made these pancakes and then took them to work for breakfast, put in the microwave and brill very nice
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  30. Jennie March 10 at 1:34 pm #

    I am going to try these for sure this weekend….it is maple syrup season now….but I will probably add nutmeg….it is my favorite spice…and adds the “thought” of sweetness without actually doing it .!