Coconut Flour Pancakes… with Gelatin!

Perfect coconut flour pancakes

Paleo Coconut flour pancakes with a special ingredient

Perfect Paleo coconut flour pancakesOodles of paleo coconut flour pancake recipes speckle the internet (including my fantastic Ultimate Coconut Flour Pancakes). So why would I go to the bother of posting another recipe?

The “secret ingredient” in these pancakes sets them apart from any other grain-free pancake recipe you’ve tried: it’s gelatin! As I discuss below, gelatin not only adds a nutritional boost but it creates a delightful, non-crumbly texture.

I love gelatin as a real food supplement powder. Gelatin from healthy animals (like this one) provides a potent dose of amino acids proline and glycine which support liver and bone health. Additionally, gelatin boosts digestive function by allowing ingested food to absorb digestive juices. 

 

But that is just the beginning. A few other capabilities on Gelatin’s resume include:

  • It supports the thyroid – I recommend at least a tablespoon of gelatin daily to those with hypothyroidism
  • It supports glutathione production, which is a key component in detoxing toxins from the body
  • It opposes estrogen and supports progesterone (a good thing because many, many women and men are estrogen dominant)
  • It promotes a good sleep with an inhibitory effect on neurotransmitters
  • It soothes and heals the GI tract

Why Grassfed Gelatin?

Grassfed gelatin, available in large health food stores or online as Great Lakes Gelatin or Bernard Jensen Gelatin, is worth the higher price tag than the typical supermarket brand gelatin. Just like any animal-based food, it is drastically more nutrient dense and nourishing if it comes from a relaxed, pastured animal free of antibiotics and artifical hormones.

coconut flour pancakes... with gelatin! (Paleo, GAPS)

Does gelatin really make a good coconut flour pancake?

Yes. Just yes. I adore the texture of these pancakes even more than my ever-popular Ultimate Coconut Flour Pancakes. You know how some folks prefer milk chocolate and some prefer dark chocolate? I think, when it comes to pancakes, some people prefer fluffy and some prefer the thick-crepe texture. These coconut flour pancakes are the latter–slightly chewy, moist, and pleasantly dense (in a way that is satisfying, not heavy).

And another thing. Paleo coconut flour pancakes usually meet a crumbly, dry demise. Not these! These pancakes hold together beautifully, since the gelatin acts as a binder in the batter. They are perfectly pliable, but never gummy or rubbery.

Perfect coconut flour pancakes

Coconut Flour Pancakes… with Gelatin!

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1 Tbs. grassfed gelatin
  • 4 pastured eggs, at room temperature
  • 1 heaping tbs. softened butter or coconut oil
  • 1/2 cup coconut milk (this one doesn't have any icky additives or BPA)
  • Coconut oil or ghee, for the pan

Instructions

  1. Start heating a seasoned cast iron skillet or enamel skillet over medium heat. Whisk together the coconut flour and gelatin. Stir in the eggs, beating until a smooth paste forms.
  2. Stir in the butter/coconut oil until combined, then add the coconut milk.
  3. Cook the pancakes in the hot skillet with coconut oil/ghee. Cook until the edges and center starts to look opaque, then flip. Smaller pancakes will be easier to flip.
  4. Makes about 2 servings (12 small pancakes).
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Comments

    • says

      So glad you enjoy my recipes! Unfortunately, 100% coconut flour recipes don’t work well with the chia eggs. But I have a couple dessert recipes going up in the next couple of weeks that don’t have any animal products, so maybe that makes things better? :)

      • says

        Um…gelatin is not vegan, either, so it seems like the whole recipe is pretty much out if you’re vegan. Pretty much all that would be left is coconut!

  1. Keketso says

    Hi Lauren I live in South Afrika, I am loving your page and more so the use of coconut flour, However I will have a problem locating a healthy version of gelatin can I use seamoss or agar agar???

    • says

      I get so excited when I learn that I have international readers! Vegetable-based gelatins aren’t going to have the same nutritional profile and they don’t dissolve the same way that regular gelatin does. I don’t know if it would work in this recipe. It also works to simply leave the gelatin out, and that may be easier than trying to substitute with the agar agar.

  2. says

    You are a the gelatin “queen”!! I cant believe how many things you create with that simple ingredient. I think if you were given one food to make 100 things out of–it would be gelatin and you would win first prize!!

    Also love the pictures :)

  3. says

    Lauren this is genius! Actually this recipe is technically also the answer to my prayers since my dad is suffering extreme discomfort after a colonoscopy (TMI I know!) and I’m trying to get some more gelatin in him. I knew those exams weren’t all they were psyched up to be. Anyway thanks for this recipe, its what’s for brinner (breakfast + dinner)!

    • Hillary Tabah says

      Hey Kimberly! You can order the Great Lakes gelatin from Amazon .. that’s what I did and I live in Montreal. Where are you located in Canada? I know in Ontario you can find KerryGold Butter, which is insanely delicious!
      Hope this helped!

      • Belinda says

        Hillary,
        I’ve checked Amazon.ca but I couldn’t find the Great Lakes Gelatin there….I, too, am searching for a supplier of Great Lakes Gelatin for Canada. Since I wasn’t able to find it on Amazon, could you post the link to it, please? I’d appreciate this!!!! Thank you :)

        • Julia sharpe says

          I live in Vancouver and ordered some in amazon, bu amazon.com not .ca! I would love to find the kerrygold butter, where did you get it in Ontario? Anyone find it in Vancouver?

        • Cathy F. says

          Hi Julia,

          I live in Ottawa, Ontario (Canada) and I got my great lakes gelatin from amazon.com (not amazon.ca)….and you can’t get kerry gold in Canada…it is some importing legal issue (I contacted the kerry gold company directly)….if you go to the USA you can bring it back with you though.

  4. J says

    These are really good. I haven’t found a coconut flour recipe that I have liked for pancakes, and you saved the day! We added a little vanilla and they were wonderful.

  5. says

    I love to use gelatin as a protein booster in my foods too! So good for people with food allergies trying to heal their guts! I add it to smoothies a lot and use it in my gaps hot cocoa recipe too….this mommy is sneaky! Will be trying these soon, I love gal tine I baked things so far, this is a great idea!

  6. Hallie says

    Just wondering if you think they would work just using the egg yolk instead of including the white…..trying to be egg free, but the yolk seem to work fine. Just curious and didn’t want to ruin a batch if you already know the answer.

  7. Lori says

    So excited to see another recipe incorporating grassfed gelatin. I’ve been making yogurt with coconut cream, organic whipping cream and gelatin. I’m only intermittantly successful with getting the gelatin to not separate, but its still makes a very nice consistency for coconut yogurt without non-gaps friendly thickeners.

  8. Gina Messenger says

    I am now getting your newsletter and am so excited by these beautiful food pictures. You are a genius. Your creativity and your artistic eye is going put to a great use serving others. Go girl I am proud of you. I don’t know where I’ll find coconut flour but these pancakes look simply mouth watering.

    • Rebecca says

      I bought my coconut flour at a local health food store. It is pricey, but you only use a fraction of the amount that would be used with wheat flour. Also, I think Bob’s Red Mill has some in regular grocery stores.

      I wish Costco would carry it. They have coconut oil and we need the flour!

  9. christi howarth says

    These look delicious! I am in southern Germany. If I can’t find the gelatin at the bioladen, then how about a little potato starch as a binder. I have that in the cupboard :) Keep up the fantastic work!

  10. alexandra says

    I am greatfull for your recipe! I have try numerous of times to make pancakes and bake with coconut flour and it just does not cook well :-(

  11. says

    I love your recipe . They are fat and fluffy and just yammy. I take them for snacks. They do wonders with that apple sauce recipe from your previous post. And of course must admire your photos they are absolutely beautiful! hugs

  12. CG says

    Lauren, I can’t eat eggs, what would you recommend to use in lieu of eggs? making pancake without eggs is difficult especially when using coconut flour. please help.

  13. Valerie says

    I love coconut flour pancakes and I will try the gelatin addition. Have you ever tried to soak the coconut flour to reduce the phytic acid? Lately, I notice when I eat coconut flour goodies I seem to develop tiredness and bone aches. I don’t know if the phytic acid could be the problem. Have you any idea how to soak the flour for this recipe?

    • says

      Coconut flour is super low in phytic acid, so it doesn’t need to be soaked. I wonder why you could be getting the aches. Do you think you could have a food sensitivity to coconut?

    • Patti says

      Coconut flour is high in fiber. That could be what is causing your distress when you eat something made with it.

  14. says

    What a brilliant idea! I’ve been experimenting with creating a vanilla pudding using gelatin and coconut milk. I miss vanilla pudding. But I would never of thought of using it as a binder for “baked” goods type recipes. Awesome! Thanks for sharing! :) Kelly

  15. Melinda says

    My children haven’t been so happy with me since I’ve been changing the food on our table. Today I got 3 thumbs up for breakfast. These are denser than normal pancakes, so they were full after 2 pancakes, instead of 6. That’s just another win for this recipe.

  16. Jessica says

    Do you think it would work to mix it the night before? I’m wondering if it would get too gelled in the fridge overnight.

  17. Veronika says

    This recipe sounds great. Do you think it would still work if I use enough egg whites to replace the whole eggs without the yolk?

  18. Victoria says

    thank you for the info on almond flour. I was just starting to get into it. I have tried coconut flour and it was very gassy. Do you use a brand or type of it that is not gassy?

  19. Claire says

    I’m not sure if this would be possible, but is there a way to use homemade jelly from boiled pigs feet in something like this? I can get pigs feet from my local farmer for much cheaper than I can order grass-fed gelatin online, but I can’t seem to figure out how to use them.

    • Beth says

      Yes, that should work. You’ll find some great pig’s feet recipes in these wonderful books on nose-to-tail eating:

      Odd Bits, by Jennifer McLagan
      The Whole Beast, by Fergus Henderson

  20. Rebecca says

    I made these this morning mother came out just like the picture. My advice is to remember to keep them small. I got lazy and made one bigger one at the end and it was hard to get the middle to cook without burning the outside. I couldn’t find natural gelatin so I used the Knoxx unflavored. I’ll have to order the superior product off the Internet, I think.

  21. Sid says

    Hi Lauren, I am really enjoying your website!

    Does regular gelatin not work? I tried these and followed it exactly. They were nice but very eggy. Didn’t look like the picture, though. :(
    Can you post name brands so I can order grass-fed gelatin through Amazon?

  22. Cat says

    This was a great recipe, thank you :) I added a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to take away some of the egg taste and strong coconut taste that I usually get with coconut flour recipes, and I added some honey and a pinch of salt. I am def gonna try the ultimate coconut pancake. The gelatin made it so much easier to handle and it was still fluffy. I want to try adding gelatin to a coconut flour tortilla recipe, it would make it so much easier to cook, thanks again :)

  23. Sheridan says

    What a lovely coconut flour recipe! I made some bolognese type sauce last night (half ground beef, half ground beef liver… The children love it! Heh heh) in preparation for breakfast and was able to quickly whip up a batch of your pancakes this morning (I’m in Australia, hence the time!). They were a delightful accompaniment to the bolognese and I am thankful that I didn’t have to whip up 1000 eggs to go with it . ;) So simple and quite filling, so glad to have found another way to get gelatin into us all. :)

  24. Joe says

    Maybe this is a dumb question, but in the recipe, does coconut milk mean the kind of Coconut milk that you can drink if you don’t like milk and choose almond or coconut? Or, does it mean the kind that is basically the watery “juice” from the coconut that is also called coconut milk? :)

    Thanks. LOVE your blog btw. My new fav site that I check every day.

    • says

      You can use any “milk” or even water in place of the coconut milk. I used canned coconut milk, but I’ve also used water when I was out of coconut milk. Enjoy the recipe!

  25. sweetclafoutis says

    Do you just add the gelatin as powder to the recipe without soaking it first? These sound really interesting. I have only recently started making pancakes and experimenting with alternative flours like coconut flour. I’d love to try this recipe.

  26. says

    I just made these pancakes this morning and they turned out great! I did add a little bit of cinnamon to them, but kept everything else the same. I even blogged about the experience. It’s nice to find a Paleo friendly pancake that doesn’t fall apart!

  27. says

    I made these over the weekend and topped with rhubarb sauce, for a celebration of spring. My husband commented on the texture being perfect (like a “normal” pancake). Thanks for your creativity in adding gelatin to the recipe. I did take your advice and keep the pancakes small for even cooking. I used a 1/8 cup measure to scoop the batter and got 12 little pancakes.

  28. Poppy says

    Hi there! Thanks for this recipe! I intend to try this out as soon as I get my hands on some gelatin. Have you tried incorporating gelatin into a bread recipe? I’m on a quest to make the perfect paleo bread. The best one I’ve managed so far is Elana’s pantry Paleo Bread but even that is too dense for my liking.

  29. Saundra says

    Lauren, Im getting ready to order the gelatin right now. It looks like the Great Lakes is only porcine for the grass fed product. Unless I missed it?? The beef one states only that it is kosher. Have you used a bovine grass fed gelatin?

  30. Saundra says

    So the bovine one that reads kosher on it is grass fed too? I’m sorry to be so dumb … but I can’t see anything where it says it is. :-)

  31. Brian Kozmo says

    Funny your recipe doesn’t mention anything about cooling the pancakes down, which is necessary for gelatin to even have an effect. Nobody likes to cool down pancakes.. are do you think gelatin magically holds the dough together when it’s heated? Have you tried this same exact recipe without gelatin and noticed that it’s completely different?

  32. Leonora Corate says

    I just made these and they were AMAZING!! Have you tried it with coconut milk over the top, like they do it in Indonesia? That’s what I did and it was just melt in your mouth delectable. Thank you so much for turning me on to this (and so many other things)!!

  33. AdrianaG says

    Finally! A better coconut flour pancake! Thanks!

    This turned out great! Since peaches are in season here in Georgia , I added 1/2 a peach, diced. Yum. Blueberries should be equally good.

    I did find that they cooked better on high heat.

  34. says

    I made these this morning for my family. While they were good I think next time I will add a little bit of some honey and unrefined salt. Thanks for sharing nourishing recipes! Love the gelatin, not only did it increase the nutrients, but it made them much easier to flip.

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  36. julia says

    My batter as quite thick, not pancake consistency at all. Is that the way it is supposed to be, or should I have to add more milk/liquid. I used homemade almond milk, instead of coconut milk..but don’t think that would make a difference?

  37. Ann says

    I need some help– do you make the gelatin like the directions say on the container and use 1 tablespoon of it, or do you just mix 1 tablespoon of gelatin powder with the coconut flour?

  38. Pamela says

    I’ve been making this recipe for several months now and thought I’d share a change that makes the pancakes really light and airy. Separate the eggs first. Stir together the coconut flour and gelatin, plus I add 1/4 tsp baking soda and 1/8 tsp sea salt. Beat the egg yolks into the dry ingredients, then add the coconut milk, plus I add 1/2 tbsp lemon or lime juice. I omit the coconut oil. Finally, I very gently fold in the beaten egg whites. Fry immediately over medium low heat. Simply ethereal! Thanks for the great inspiration, Lauren!

  39. Sandy says

    Do you use the Great Lakes gelatin with the green or orange label in this recipe? The green one does not gel and it is made to mix in any temperature liquid. The orange one does gel and is made to mix in hot liquid. Thanks!

  40. Dana says

    Lauren, do you think I could use this batter for waffles? Maybe I would need to add a little more oil?
    Thanks for all you do for us!
    Dana

  41. Betty says

    Will the Great Lakes gelatin in the green can work? Also, does the gelatin in the green can have the same health benefits as the gelatin in the orange can? Thank you for all your wonderful recipes.

    • says

      Only the red can – the gelling kind – will work for this recipe. (I haven’t tried it with the green can before.) The green can has slightly different properties but the same health benefits :)

  42. Emily says

    I’ve made these for the last two mornings and my boyfriend and kids love them! I added a little real salt and a teaspoon of cinnamon with the coconut flour/gelatin mixture, used raw milk instead of coconut milk, and also whipped the egg whites and added them to the rest of the batter once the other ingredients were mixed in. We like ours with blueberries and chocolate chips inside and topped with real maple syrup. :-)

  43. says

    Hi Lauren!

    I’m making these right now and I don’t want to nag all over a recipe, but these absolutely aren’t working. Despite following the recipe to a “t” they are falling apart in the pan and really do not have a lot of flavour. I’ve made quite a few recipes with coconut flour (waffles, lemon cake, other baked goods) that I’ve been relatively satisfied with but these just didn’t fit the bill for me. Just wanting to leave an honest opinion. Thank-you for sharing – I look forward to others!

    Sincerely,

    Jackie

  44. Svetlana says

    Thank you for the recipe. My husband is from Italy and following his cooking traditions I use a lot of fish gelatin in my receipts. It does wonders for panacotta, puddings and many more. It comes in thin strips. Do you think it will work in this recipe if I grind it?

  45. sarah says

    LOVE these pancakes! They are so good and easy to make. I usually don’t like coconut flour because they seam to crumble to much or I cannot get the right texture. This recipe made it so easy. I was a bit worried when I put them into the pan that the texture would be strange, but they were great! Thank you.

  46. Maureen says

    Hi from the Netherlands!
    I just had them for break and I LOVE the pancakes!!!!!!!!!
    A little bit of applesauce, sliced bananas and some coconut flakes on top
    and aaaaaaaaaaaaahhhh: delicious.
    Thank you so much.

  47. Debbie W says

    Can’t wait to try this recipe. Just wondering if I used coconut oil instead of butter, does it need to be melted before added to the mix ? Thanks !

  48. Anisha Moodley says

    Hi
    thanks for this yummo recipe… I have to ask, should I dissolve the gelatine first or add the powder with the flour?

    thanks
    Anisha

  49. Kendall says

    Fantastic recipe! I made these this morning and added 1/2 tsp cinnamon and 1/2 tsp vanilla. They were awesome and I will definitely be making them again soon. For breakfast, I just drizzled a little honey on them. Then at lunch, I made little almond butter sandwiches with them. I can totally see using these as sandwich thins for other fillings as well (as written, not with cinnamon and vanilla). Thanks for such an awesome recipe.

  50. Marci says

    These are really wonderful. The first time I didn’t read the post carefully enough & made them with the green Great Lakes gelatin. Still good, but much better with the orange. I quartered the recipe & made 3 pancakes just for me. I did add slightly more coconut milk, a pinch of baking powder & topped it with melted coconut butter sweetened with a little toffee Sweet Leaf stevia. Yum!!!!

  51. Ana P says

    Just made these….I have to say this is the BEST BEST pancakes ever! I have tried various kinds and recipes. This recipe surpasses all other pancake recipes.

    I topped it w Organic applesauce. Yummmmmmm

    Thank you!

  52. Christy says

    These were really good! I just wanted to let you know in case you have other readers who are more of a “primal” instead of a full paleo lifestyle. It is a Mark Sisson thing. It just means that if your body can handle dairy, then you can have clean grassfed dairy once in a while. I did not have coconut milk, so I used 1/3 cup dairy milk. We also added a touch of vanilla. Thank you for your recipe!

  53. Mrs metzger says

    Is it OK to prepare this before hand and use at a later time? I plan on going camping and want to make this on the prior day.

  54. Guni says

    O. M. G I love your blog, just found you this morning on a friend’s pinterest site,
    that was 2.5 hrs ago. Can’t wait to get over this flu to go out an by EVERYTHING you are suggesting.
    It makes so much sense, based on scientific evidence and your own experience. Damn about almond flour,
    my absolute favourite.

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