I can’t even tell you how much I love pancakes! But going grain free, and especially avoiding white flour, meant that I didn’t have any for the past few months. When I heard about coconut flour and that it can be used for baking, I decided to search ideas and decided to make pancakes as a first recipe. Amazing!
Coconut flour is actually a finely grained dried coconut that remains after coconut oil is extracted from the flesh. Coconut flour is naturally high in fiber and protein, low in carbohydrates and is gluten free – this means it has the opposite effect on us compared to any grain flour. Main coconut flour benefits are:
- It makes you feel full for longer and cleans other residue before leaving our body.
- It absorbs moisture very easily, helping to clean our digestive system, which also means that staying hydrated is an important thing to remember when having a treat made from coconut flour.
- A little bit of this flour goes a long way and it is never a 1:1 ratio to white flour, so this means it lasts you for much longer!
- It always goes with quite a few eggs, meaning it is even more nutritious.
Now, let’s move on to the recipe. I decided to try making the pancakes for breakfast and they were really quick to prepare!
- 3 eggs
- 1 teaspoon high heat oil (I use coconut oil), plus more for cooking
- 1 teaspoon of honey
- A pinch of cinnamon
- ¼ baking soda
- A pinch of salt
- 2 tablespoon coconut flour
Firstly, whisk together the wet ingredients: eggs, oil and the honey. Then add cinnamon, baking soda, and coconut flour and whisk until well blended. I prepared everything in Thermomix but you can also do this manually. It is always good to let the batter sit for a few minutes to allow the coconut flour absorb the moisture, then whisk again until the batter is smooth.
Next, reheat a skillet on low/medium heat and add a generous amount of cooking oil (I used coconut oil and butter). Pour about 1 tablespoon of batter for each pancake; make sure the edges of pancakes don’t touch. Cook each pancake for few minutes on each side, until brown. It may take longer for them to cook, compared to average pancakes; just use spatula to check if they are ready.
I decided to decorate my pancakes with Baobab powder, a dash of honey and sprinkle them with raw cocoa. I try and add superfoods to most of my breakfasts to give me extra energy for the day, and you could use either baobab or maca powder. A little bit of honey adds sweetness and raw cocoa gives me energy boost, without the dangerous sugar rush.
I hope you will enjoy these pancakes like I did. I am thrilled to have found a healthy alternative to one of my favourite treats.
Have you tried using coconut flour yet?
P.S. You can buy Coconut Flour in most health food stores; I bought the Infinity Foods Coconut Flour, 500g; this is the third recipe I made and I still have half of it left!