Perfect Paleo Pancakes
These hotcake-style pancakes were a serendipitous accident. I was working on a crepe recipe (which I will be posting soon!) and my first attempt was not crepe-like at all, but a light fluffy and delicious, if maybe a little too thin, pancake. Once my crepe recipe was perfected, my next priority became to take a step backward and see if I could thicken up the first batter variation to make an even better pancake. The results were more marvelous than I could have hoped for. These pancakes are awesome.
One of the biggest complaints about paleo pancakes is that they are difficult to flip. Because almond flour batters don’t hold together very well, you have to make small 2-3” diameter pancakes that also take an eternity to cook. Coconut-flour pancakes hold together marginally better, but many people don’t like either the texture or the flavor (including me) and they still take 15-20 minutes to cook over low heat so they don’t burn on the outside before cooking on the inside. Paleo pancakes also tend to be very dense. I have tried 7 or 8 different paleo pancake recipes from other blogs, looking for one that works or was at least close enough to use as a base to experiment with. I never found one I liked… until now!
These plantain-based pancakes are not dense; instead they are so light and fluffy. They cook quickly (about 6 minutes total, which is comparable to traditional pancakes). They are so easy to flip that you can make them as big as your pan (I made mine 5-6” in diameter) or as small and dainty as you like. They also happen to be nut-free (and you can sub any fat you want for the coconut oil to make them coconut free). See my recipe for plantain crackers for tips on picking and storing green plantains.
What can you top these with? My kids love maple syrup and butter (total shocker, right?), but berries, sliced peaches, sliced bananas, pretty much any sliced fruit would be delicious. Nuts or a dust of cinnamon would be good additions too! You could throw some coconut cream on top to be extra decadent (you can buy coconut cream in a box or you can take the thick fatty top part of a can of full fat coconut milk that has been sitting in a cool pantry or refrigerator overnight). However you choose to dress these pancakes, I hope you enjoy them! This recipe makes 6 large (5-6”) pancakes.
- 2 large green plantains (about 2 cups pureed)
- 4 eggs
- 2 tsp vanilla
- 3 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
- 1/8 tsp salt (a generous pinch)
- ½ tsp baking soda
- Extra coconut oil for frying
- Peel plantains (I find it easier to quarter them before I peel them) and place pieces in your blender or food processor.
- Add the rest of the ingredients to the blender or food processor and process until it forms a smooth batter (about 1-2 minutes).
- Heat 1 Tbsp of coconut oil in a frying pan or on a griddle over medium-high heat. Pour batter into the frying pan until your pancake is the desired size.
- Let cook 4-5 minutes on the first side, until the top looks fairly dry with little bubbles in it (just like regular pancakes!).
- Flip! And cook on the second side for 1½-2minutes.
- Repeat with remaining batter, adding a little more coconut oil to your pan as needed.