Coconut pancakes inspired by tropical flavors, 100% grain-free, and super high in protein. The flavors from the soft, fluffy, and thick plantain pancakes with juicy mangoes and strawberries are so good! The turmeric adds a subtle spice that compliments the coconut as well as antioxidants.
Who’s looking forward to the weekend?!
Last week’s Sunday, like every Sunday, I started off my day with a run. Despite the early morning, the weather was hot and sticky, and after 3 miles, I felt like a hot hungry tropical mess, so I make pancakes. 😛
These are plantain protein pancakes based off my blueberry protein pancakes, with a few replacements to make it more tropical. 🌴 Like my blueberry protein pancakes, these pancakes are soft, fluffy, and thick but have zero grain flours and are high protein!
Just one pancakes are more protein than an egg. Plus fiber and healthy fats from the flax and coconut flour. Also, the turmeric in these pancakes not only give them this gorgeous glowy dark yellow color but also adds additional antioxidants. Nutritious? Yes. Delicious? You bethca.
The soft thick sweet plantain pancakes with that juicy mango and yummy coconut. UGH. PARTY in my mouth! These were so good, and I really think you’ll really like them. 🙂
Because these pancakes no grains, I use a few ingredients that “replaces” the flour.
Plantains. The “secret” ingredient to these grain-free pancakes are plantains. If you’ve never seen a plantain, they’re usually right next to the bananas at your grocery store.
Plantains are similar to bananas but are a lot starchier. If you don’t want to use plantains, you can certainly get away with bananas or even applesauce. I’ve tried both ways with success, but the plantain makes the pancakes slightly thicker because of its extra starch.
If you do use bananas or applesauce, remember that they have more water, so you may need to reduce the amount of milk by just a bit.
Protein powder. Protein powder also replaces the flour in these pancakes. I like organic soy protein because it absorbs a lot of liquid and makes these pancakes super fluffy. However, I have tried both brown rice protein and whey protein, and they turned out great, but soy is what gives it the most fluff.
Coconut flour. Coconut flour is not a grain flour and is made from 100% coconuts. It absorbs a lot of liquid, which is why these pancakes always turn out so fluffy and thick.
Turmeric + Plantain + Coconut Lime Protein Pancakes with Strawberry Mango
Makes 10 pancakes // Serves 3
6 tbsp (40g) soy protein powder (or brown rice or whey)
4 tbsp (27g) coconut flour
3 tbsp (18 g) golden flax
1 tsp baking powder
Zest of one lime
1/4 tsp turmeric
1 (6.5 oz) ripe plantain, mashed (or banana or applesauce – see notes above!)
3 (140g) egg whites
1/2 cup (100 ml) pure coconut water
1 tsp vanilla
Pure stevia, to taste (or sweetener of choice – remember plantains are sweet!)
In a bowl, mix the dry ingredients. In another bowl, mix the wet ingredients. Add the dry to the wet, add the blueberries, and gently fold together.
The batter will be thick, which is the “secret” to super fluffy pancakes, so don’t be tempted to add a lot of liquid to thin it out!
Preheat a griddle to 325*F greased with a little bit of butta or coconut oil. These pancakes are a little different from typical flour pancakes because the sugars from the plantain will make them burn fast, so cook them on medium heat.
And just do the pancake routine!
Nutrition info // 1 pancake: 75 kcal; 2F, 7.7C (2g fiber, 2.8g sugar), 6.7P
Topping ideas // Tropical edition – for a more traditional pancake, see my blueberry protein pancakes!
Fresh sliced Strawberries
Chopped fresh Mangoes
I made Pink and Orange Coconut flakes. For the pink, I just mixed the coconut flakes with all-natural beet powder (you can find it on amazon), and for the yellow, I used turmeric powder.
Even if you aren’t grain-free, I know that you will love these tropical protein pancakes! And I say this as a bread and grain-lover! 😉 Give these a try and let me know how it goes! Share your creations Instagram and don’t forget to tag me @vivanttang, so I can see them! Enjoy! 💛