Ultimate Coconut Flour Pancakes – Paleo

Paleo coconut flour pancakes

Perfect coconut flour pancakes!

Coconut flour pancakes seem lovely in theory, but often lead to a disappointing breakfast of dense, pale pucks of dough. These grain free pancakes, however, do justice to memories of Aunt Jemima’s chemical-filled goodness piled sky-high on breakfast plates.

paleo coconut flour pancakes

Coconut Flour Pancake Secrets

Paleo coconut flour pancakesFirst secret to perfect coconut flour pancakes? It’s not really a secret, more of a widely accepted fact of coconut flour baked goods: use lots of eggs. Here, I use one egg per tablespoon of coconut flour. That seems excessive, but it helps the pancakes hold together.

Next, I use applesauce for moisture. Often, coconut flour pancakes require mounds of butter and syrup to hide the dry texture–but not these! Finally, the combination of baking soda and vinegar adds lift to the pancake batter.

Creamy Strawberry Sauce

Enjoy these coconut flour pancakes with traditional favorites like  maple syrup, honey, applesauce or fresh fruit. One of my favorites is this creamy strawberry sauce, which requires only three ingredients. ! It calls for creamed coconut, and I use this (inexpensive) brand. You could also substitute coconut butter, if you have it.

Ultimate Coconut Flour Pancakes

Yield: about 10 small pancakes, for 2 servings

Ultimate Coconut Flour Pancakes


    For the pancakes
  • 3 Tbs. coconut flour
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 Tbs. unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 Tbs. melted butter or coconut oil, plus extra for the pan
  • 3-4 Tbs. coconut milk
  • 1/4 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp. apple cider vinegar
  • For the strawberry sauce
  • 1 cup organic strawberries (I used thawed frozen ones)
  • 2 Tbs. creamed coconut, at room temperature
  • Honey or stevia, to taste


  1. Heat a skillet (preferably cast iron) over medium high heat. Stir together the coconut flour and eggs until a smooth paste forms. Stir in the applesauce, oil, coconut milk, and stevia until smooth. Just before cooking, stir in the baking soda and vinegar.
  2. Add about a tablespoon of oil into the hot pan. Cook the pancakes in the skillet. For best results, make smallish pancakes so they are easier to flip. Top with syrup or Creamy Strawberry Sauce.
  3. To make the strawberry sauce, blend all ingredients in a food processor until creamy.
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  1. says

    Hi Lauren,

    I’ve been waiting for this recipe!! These pancakes look just amazing. I am going to make them for lunch today! Can’t wait!!!


  2. says

    These look gorgeous! I love the strawberry sauce – I must make pancakes, they’re not really a British thing – I guess we’re missing out!

  3. says

    Thanks Vicky! I hope you enjoy these pancakes, if you make them. I hope they are a worthy ambassador for this American breakfast tradition!

    • says

      Yeah–that a really good point about fruit sauce being cost effective! I always use frozen organic fruit, and that saves even more than buying fresh berries.

  4. Leah says

    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?

    • says

      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.

  5. Victoria says

    Is creamed coconut the same thing as coconut butter? If not, can coconut butter be used instead of creamed coconut? Thank you!

    • says

      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.

  6. ~Kate F. says

    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!

    • says

      I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe! I do agree about the eggy flavor… but I find the strawberry sauce or butter plus raw honey covers it up. Thanks for the thoughtful comment!

    • V says

      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??

  7. says

    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 :)

  8. Liz says

    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.

  9. Emily says

    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.

  10. Nancy says

    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! 😛

  11. Melissa says

    Hi I wanted to make these today but I don’t have apple sauce on hand. Do you think that it would work with almond butter instead?

  12. Janell Hartman says

    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!

  13. Kristy says

    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.

  14. T.K. says

    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.

  15. Maggie says

    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 :)

  16. Kristine says

    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 :)

  17. Marti says

    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!

  18. Shelly Jennings says

    These are legit delicious!!! Thanks for a great recipe that I will use again and again!

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  20. Vanessa says

    I’m confused….I read your article posted earlier, “why I quit Stevia”, yet Stevia is included in this recipe?!

  21. Patty White says

    Can this be made with egg substitute? They sound so yummy, but I have an egg sensitivity. Thanks!

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  23. Christina says

    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.

  24. Allison says

    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. :)

  25. Vanessa J. says

    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. :)

  26. Amy says

    These were incredible! I ate the whole recipe and thoroughly enjoyed them! All the other recipes I tried never turned out the ways these did.

  27. Zoe says

    Yum! Can I freeze these?? I’ve a 6 month old and I desperately need quick scd/ paleo breakfasts/ snacks!!
    I just love your site as I’m nut free and adore coconut!! Thx

  28. Rachel says

    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.

  29. Victoria says

    Thank you very much for this recipe. The pancakes are delightfully flavoured, light and fluffy. I served them with applesauce and cream.

  30. Robin says

    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.

  31. Kristel says

    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

  32. Heather says

    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.

  33. Lorelle says

    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

  34. claire says

    these were delicious! i drizzled them with the fudge sauce from your coconut chocolate pie; it was amazing! thanks once again!

  35. Jessica says

    These look great! But you say to add stevia to the pancake recipe, yet there’s no stevia listed in that recipe, only for the sauce. How much do you add to the pancake mixture? Thanks!

  36. Alexandra says

    Amazing Pancakes recipe!!! Did them with mashed banana instead of applesauce! Very delicious and not too sweet!

    Greetings from Cologne, Germany :-)

  37. Tj says

    I cant believe it! This is the real deal. Finally a fluffy non dry real coconut flour pancakes. I could not be happier with this recipe.

  38. Shari says

    LOVE your recipes. Could the Apple cider vinegar be replaced by coconut cider vinegar?

    Shari from Mauritius

  39. Debbie says

    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!

  40. Jonny says

    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.

  41. says

    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!

  42. Alevtina says

    Thanks for the recipe! Very nice pancakes. Both me and my daughter enjoyed cooking and eating them :)

  43. Avery Cecile Balsiger says

    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!

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