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Paleo Coconut Banana Pancakes & Lemony Butter



Quite a few of my readers asked me for a good recipe for paleo pancakes. I’ve tried making pancakes many different ways – with and without coconut flour, almond meal, hazelnut meal, arrowroot or tapioca flour, banana and no banana, eggs and no eggs – and I think I have found the perfect recipe. I still think the hazelnut pancakes with blood orange sauce in my cookbook are pretty good but this recipe is super easy and I have now tested it in different quantities to make sure that the pancakes are in fact ALWAYS good.

This recipe uses banana, almond meal, desiccated or shredded coconut and eggs as the key ingredients. They are, like most pancakes, heavier on the carbs and have quite a bit of almond meal but as an occasional Sunday breaky these cheeky babies are totally superb. They are very easy as you can whip up the mix in the blender. I recommend making these as mini pancakes because they are easier to flip over. I’ve tested these on multiple paleo and non-paleo friends and everyone really loves them and I hope you like them too.

Cook’s notes: For those avoiding nuts, I would use a combination of coconut flour (maybe 2 tablespoons) and tapioca flour (also about 2 tablespoons). Other nut meals can be used instead of almond meal.

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Paleo Coconut Banana Pancakes & Lemony Butter
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Lemony butter is optional as you can simply serve these with maple syrup. Double the ingredients if making for more people.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 2
  • 1 medium banana, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 2 whole eggs
  • ⅓ cup almond meal (6-7 tablespoons)
  • 3 tablespoons desiccated coconut,unsweetened
  • ½ teaspoon gluten free baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla essence
  • ghee or coconut oil for cooking
For lemon butter
  • 2 tablespoons butter, grated or mashed if softened at room temperature
  • Zest of ½ lemon
  • Juice of ½ lemon
  • Handful of blueberries & maple syrup to serve
  1. Grate butter stick into a ramekin and combine with grated lemon zest and lemon juice. Use a fork to mash the butter and incorporate lemon. Set aside.
  2. Place all pancake ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth and fluffy. If you don't have a blender, you can mash banana with a fork and whisk the eggs in a bowl and then combine with the rest of ingredients.
  3. Heat up a dollop of ghee or coconut oil in a non-stick frying pan. Cook pancakes in batches, about one and a half tablespoons of mixture per pancake. Keep the heat on medium making sure the pancakes don't burn too quickly and cook thoroughly. I usually cook mine for 1:30 mins on the first side and for about 1 minute on the second side. You know it's time to turn them over when little bubbles start appearing in the batter. The batter is quite fragile so use two spatulas to turn them over. Add a little more ghee or coconut oil in between pancakes.
  4. cooking paleo pancakes
  5. Serve with lemon butter or maple syrup and berries on top.

  1. Hi,
    I can’t help noticing that with any bread/ wrap/ pancake recipe…there are a lot of eggs. This is really unfortunate for me…as i have an egg allergy. Any suggestions as to what may work the best as an alternative?

    1. I would check out some recipes on Autoimmune Paleo or The Paleo Mom, as the autoimmune protocol is mostly egg-free, so they specialise in those recipes.

  2. Another lovely recipe! Thank you. My boys have had them twice in the last week and haven’t asked for any sauce so I didn’t make the lemon butter. They are delicious on their own and therefore very easy! I really love your cooking!

  3. Fabulous recipe,, thank you! Made this for the second time this week milling my own almond meal in the Thermomix first then adding in the other ingredients. Had mine with coconut yoghurt and drizzled with honey.

  4. These are winners! Even my picky husband who’s technically not Paleo (yet;) came back for 2nds when I did a test batch. My 7 yr old also loved them-we added a few chocolate chips which meant we never even thought to use butter or syrup. Thanks so much-and it’s such a simple recipe I know I can quickly whip up a batch on school mornings too!

  5. Thank you for this yummy recipe! My kids absolutely loves these pancakes – I can’t cook them fast enough! We eat these with or without maple syrup, mostly without.

  6. Omg! Delicious! I hade mine without the lemon butter and they are Devine! Also substituted 3tbs spoons of almond meal for coconut flour and did one less tbl spoon of dedicated coconut.
    Do you know the nutritional value of these?

  7. Hello, first of all thank you for this awesome recipe! This has turned into right ‘product of addiction’ in my circle of friends :) Now, I haven’t made them for a little while and just rechecked the recipe to make some breakfast – could it be that the recipe has changed? If I remember correctly there used to be different options? Sorry if I’m confusing things… Thanks in advance!

    1. Hi Nadja, I often update my recipes if I make an improvement. With the pancakes especially because we make them everyone second weekend. I’ve been trying to simplify and make them as easy as possible so it’s possible that the amount of some ingredients have changed (I remember I made them for one at first but now I’ve amended). They are still the same and as delicious, I can assure you!

  8. AMAZING! So yummy, lemon butter best compliment to pancakes. I added strawberries on top which made them even more delicious!! THANK U IRENE

  9. Hi I love these, I have experimented a bit with handling them. I don’t know if you endorse microwaves or not, but I found that if you pour a large pancake size into a microwave dish and nuke for 20 – 30s, it is cooked and retains its form. I ate them straight away but if I was serving for others, I would probabaly then fry them to get the golden crust, knowing the size and shape will hold.
    yum, thanks

    1. If you have any left ;) I think they taste best when they are fresh. They a little more moist than regular pancakes so I think that might not work in their favour when it comes to freezing. You can try freezing one. We never have any left to try.

      1. Thanks! Just have a HUGE stash of bananas I need to use up asap, so was going to do a big batch… but perhaps I’ll look into banana bread option instead

  10. I wanted to make this until I noticed that the recipe requires almond meal. Is there a substitution as the only thing I have on hand right now is coconut flour?

    Please advise. Looking forward to your response, thanks!

    1. Hi Tamara, you can make these with coconut flour as well, although the texture will be slightly different. Coconut flour absorbs a lot of moisture so I would use a lot less than almond meal. Just add a little bit at a time and stir through until the mixture is thickened enough a pancake consistency. Not too thick that you have to scoop it with a spoon but not too liquidy either. You can also grind some nuts you have at home into a course meal. I hope that helps.

  11. I just made these for breakfast as I have a little tummy bug and wasn’t exactly up to eggs and veggies today.
    Oh my God! They were delicious! I truly loved them and the lemon butter was a nice filling touch! I’m gonna have lemon butter with everything now.

  12. I tried these today (version 1) And they were delicious! They cooked very fast though but I wonder if that was because the banana was turning brown? I had to reduce the heat, but overall this is definitely a keeper recipe. I added frozen blueberries also to the second batch I made and I drizzled it with some honey! Sooo good! Thank you so much!

  13. Hi Irena,

    Your website and cookbook is amazing for one. It’s my go to guide for everything paleo.

    Just to clarify with the version 1 of the pancakes the almond meal is listed at 4tbsp is that correct measurement or should it be more? Just seems like it won’t be much mixture for 4 large pancakes?


    1. Hey Matt,

      Yes, it’s about 4 tbsp but quite full. Because there is not milk in this recipe, the banana and egg mix is already quite thick and fluffy. If it seems too runny, feel free to add more almond meal.The pancakes are not huge and you can make two large ones or 4 mediums/large ones but definitely enough for 1 person. You could even make one giant pancakes ;)

      I hope that helps and let me know if the measurements worked better if you add more. I just use my eye usually so it’s not always 100% accurate.


  14. love that you have made a pikelet recipe… we used to have those all the time when I was a kid. I will try them for the kids at the weekend if I manage to successfully hide the remaining bananas from them!

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