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  1. Do you buy your coconut milk? What do you get? I know it’s everywhere now, but not sure where to get it without carageenan and all that crap in it. Or not in a BPA lined can. What do you use?

    • Yes, I buy Trader Joe’s Light canned coconut milk (they don’t carry full-fat canned coconut milk). It contains only coconut–no gums or fillers (plus, it’s only a doller per can). I have contacted the company to double check that they don’t put anything else in it. And, according to Mark’s Daily Apple, they do not contain BPA. If you don’t have access to a Trader Joes, you can order Natural Value Lite Coconut milk from Amazon. It is pricey, but contains no fillers or gums. Natural Value is currently switching all of its cans to BPA free.

    • Coconut butter is usually interchangeable with creamed coconut. Coconut butter would be lovely in the sauce–I think it would even be better than using creamed coconut, as creamed coconut can be a bit gritty. I just prefer creamed coconut (the Edward and Sons’ brand) because it is cheaper.

  2. I just made these this morning for my children and myself. I made a 4x batch to have some leftovers. These were really good texturally, although they had more of an eggy flavor than I prefer. I have another coconut flour pancake recipe that’s very similar (same ratio of eggs/coconut flour, oil, etc.) except it uses two bananas instead of the applesauce and add some other flavoring ingredients. I like this one better than my first recipe because it cooks up a thinner pancake that doesn’t burn as easily. Bonus! Maybe next time I will add some finely chopped apples, cinnamon, honey, and salt. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Hi! We are new to the paleo thing and my husband is about to die for something similar to bread and pancakes. So glad to find your website and this recipe. One question, though – your instructions say to add Stevia, but it’s not included in the ingredients??

  3. Thank you so much for these! Just made them for the second time…. soooo delicious. I can (and do) eat the entire batch myself! I have a big sweet tooth so this time I added Enjoy Life chips and cinnamon 🙂

  4. I liked that they weren’t as eggy as most pancake recipes out there but they were a bit dry… not sure how I’d fix that… I also wish they’d been sweeter but I’m also staying away from stevia for the time being so I guess that’s my fault. Drizzled coconut butter over them. They did stay together better than most pancake recipes I’ve found.

  5. I ran out of flour, so I substituted a tbsp of ground flax seed and a tbsp of shredded unsweetened toasted coconut. The recipe still worked just fine and we LOVED them! Thank you for a versatile and delicious recipe that both I (paleo) and my family (not paleo) can enjoy.

  6. I made these this morning with mashed banana instead of applesauce, since that’s what I had on hand, and I topped them with slices of the remaining banana that I fried in the coconut oil left in the pan. HOLY MACKEREL! Amazing. My two year old ate so many as I cooked them that I only had three leftover for me at the end! 😛

  7. Hi Lauren! I just made these for a little breakfast party I threw at my home… they turned out terrific! There were three of us, so I doubled the recipe. It was so easy just to mix everything in my Vitamix. I used canned pumpkin I had leftover from Thanksgiving rather than applesauce, per your recommendation in the comments. Next time I am going to give them a try in my waffle maker (one scoop of the batter, at least)…. it just may work.
    Not sure if this is GAPS/Paleo/whatever (I’m not up to speed on these or really following any type of diet right now) but I soaked some cashews and almonds, then blended them with maple syrup, cinnamon and some sea salt to make a glorious topping for the pancakes. YUM

    Thanks again for the recipe!

  8. Delicious! I used duck eggs (son has chicken egg allergy), added no stevia but a handful of enjoy life chocolate chips. Hey, my kids are 8 and 10 and needed an incentive to try them. No syrup was needed, the chocolate chips and applesauce made them sweet enough. Thanks for a great recipe.

  9. Any luck with egg alternative? These would be great as I’m allergic to dairy & gluten, but I am also allergic to eggs. Thoughts???? I haven’t found anything that is “good” yet.

  10. Just made these now because I could not wait until tomorrow morning !! Feeling full and very very happy. Thanks so much for the recipe..maybe I will make them again for breakfast 🙂

  11. Been meaning to try it this is recipe and Im so glad I finally did! Yumm! Held together pretty well and made them small like you suggest and had no trouble flipping them! Definitely gonna be making these for now on 🙂

  12. I made these this morning with a banana instead of the applesauce (because I didn’t have any). These are by far the best coconut flour pancake I’ve made (and I’ve made a bunch)! They were sweet enough so that they didn’t need syrup (my daughter is pre-diabetic), they held together, were light and fluffy, easy to make (no whipping tons of egg whites and having to clean up a machine) and best of all they were VERY delicious! I think they deserve your “ultimate” designation. Thank you!

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  14. Hi Lauren,

    I am thrilled to have recently become a Lauren follower:). I just made these and they are truly the ultimate. I can’t believe how light and fluffy they really are! I did add some cinnamon half way through and it added some extra yummy. Thanks for posting.

  15. I’m a little late to the pancake party, but these were by far the best coconut flour pancakes I’ve ever had, thank you!! I also added cinnamon halfway through, and I definitely ate the whole recipe myself….oops. 🙂

  16. OMG! Just made these and they came out amazing! I used regular almond milk and added cinnamon to the mix. It gave the pancake a yummy flavor. I didnt use stevia in the mix, it didnt need it. I made a raspberry topping used a cup of fresh berries, a tsp of butter and a little honey. It was amazing! I made 4 normal size pancakes and split half with my honey, he loved them too! I was just wondering the stats on this recipe. Thank again!!! Found the perfect pancake. 🙂

  17. I enjoyed making your delicious Ultimate Coconut Flour Pancakes this weekend. They were absolutely delectable with a blueberry cream sauce. I opted for using the fresh organic blueberries I had on hand rather than strawberries (the only ingredient I would need to go to the store for). That’s the great thing about your recipe… so may variations would go great on the coconut pancakes. I think I’ll try either the strawberry or even raspberry next time.

  18. This is a great pancake recipe! I had to make some substitutions when SURPRISE! I was mixing everything up only to realize I didn’t have some things. I didn’t have applesauce so instead I added the same quantity of pumpkin puree. I didn’t have coconut milk (though I swear I just bought some…?) so I used the same quantity of almond milk. I also added about 1/2 teaspoon raw honey and a healthy dash of cinnamon. They turned out really fluffy, easy to flip, and the best part, yummy! I will definitely make these pancakes again.

  19. Lauren,
    I’ve been following you for awhile now. Like you, I am convinced that the way to health is through food. It has taken me several years of fruitless attempts at getting help from conventional doctors and specialists to come to this conclusion. I have (as far as I know) fibromyalgia, chronic lyme disease, chronic fatigue syndrome, misophonia, PCOS, severe IBS…along with a slew of mystery symptoms. Your story inspires me to keep going. 🙂

    I made the pancakes tonight. My husband and I LOVED them!! I am so excited. We had ours with raspberries on top but also tried them as “sandwich” bread too. SO versatile. I have tried so many recipes for this sort of thing, and they just turned out dry and eggy. I saved and named this recipe in my computer’s favorites bar as, “The One”. Lol.

    I did not have applesauce so I took a chance and used mayo! Oh my gosh, so moist, fluffy and good. Thanks again!

    God bless,
    Kristel Stewart

  20. Like Kristel, I’ve been following you a while too. I’ve enjoyed your education and helpful articles. I quit Truvia because of your article and switched to using honey and coconut sugar. I feel like I’m treating my body better because of your informative posts!

    I tried making coconut pancakes in the past and it was a disaster! I tried this recipe this morning. I inadvertantly added 2 tbs instead of 1 tbs coconut oil and as another person mentioned, I used mashed banana instead of the applesauce. I also threw in some cinnamon and ginger. These were deliciously divine, light and fluffy!! I served them with a homemade cherry almond sauce which took them over the edge. Thanks for the great recipe and thanks also for your post on coconut flour so that I know the health benefits and the proper way to measure the coconut flour.

    I appreciate you sharing your wisdom and knowledge with the rest of us. I can’t tell you how many lives you positively affect, but you’ve certainly affected mine in an awesome way!

    Thanks and God bless.

  21. Hi Lauren,
    I’d love to try this recipe out, I am fructose intolerant and can’t have apples. Is there a substitute I could use for the apple sauce? Thanks heaps for your blog xx

  22. Is it just me? I don’t see “stevia” listed in the ingredient list, but in the instructions you mention adding it when you add the applesauce, coconut milk and oil! Please advise and many thanks!

  23. Hi Lauren,
    Sorry to say but –
    These pancakes were an unmitigated disaster,
    the texture was identical to the coconut flour muffins, and the flavour was also the same

    the pancakes broke up and never set at all, they weren’t even pancake consistency

    I like your website but this recipe was just plain awful. Shame on you.

    I took a photo and posted it here , maybe I did something wrong but I followed the recipe to the letter.

  24. OMG! I just made these and they THE MOST DELICIOUS THING I’VE EVER TASTED.Thank you SO much for the recipe. I substituted coconut milk for unsweetened almond milk because I forgot to buy coconut milk. Thank you thank you thank you!

  25. Hi there, Lauren!

    I just stumbled upon your blog and I can’t wait to try out your recipes as our diets are almost perfectly aligned! I had a question about this recipe and I’m sorry if this has already been asked. Is there a substitute I can use other than applesauce? I can’t eat fruit when it’s mixed with other foods.

    Thank you!

  26. OMG, these were awesome and easy to make. I used frozen peaches, as I didn’t have strawberries, and the ‘sauce’ was more of like a peach sorbet (definitely good to know when I’m craving ice cream!). Is it supposed to be cold and “sorbet-ish” in consistency? Thanks!

  27. Thanks Lauren! They’re a bit eggy but light and fluffy and great with maple syrup and a nice cup of hot tea! I should be eating totally GAPS but am having a hard time staying away from the gluten-free bread I’ve been eating for years. This recipe is a wonderful help to keep me away from that morning bagel habit! Thanks for your website and other paleo recipes! I’m slowly trying recipes from your 100 paleo breakfast ideas blog!

  28. Just made these this morning. My kids and I all enjoyed! We agreed that though a slightly different consistency, they were still good enough for Sunday breakfast, with maple syrup, or raspberry jam. I substituted mashed ripe banana for apple sauce, since it’s just not something in my pantry. Thanks for the recipe!

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I’m Lauren Geertsen, an author and Nutritional Therapy Practitioner. When doctors told me that surgery and medication were the only answers to my chronic health issues, I decided to use the power of nutrition and a natural lifestyle instead.
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