Coconut Banana Pancakes (Gluten-Free)

Some days, I have to force myself to eat breakfast.

Today was not one of them.

gluten free coconut pancakes

These are coconut banana pancakes from the brand new (and completely fabulous!) In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World. The book is written by the adorable and fabulously talented Cara Eisenpress and Phoebe Lapine, who blog over at Big Girls, Small Kitchen. I have an extra copy of the book to give away to one of my readers.

I adapted the recipe just a bit by substituting pulverized oats for the all-purpose flour so these are gluten-free as well as dairy-free (they are made with coconut milk). You know I adore recipes that are delicious as well as nutritious, and these pancakes fit the bill.

This is the fourth recipe I’ve made from Phoebe and Cara’s cookbook, and I have loved them all. I am also loving the stories woven in with the recipes (they are so charming!)…I really cannot say enough good things about it.

If you’d like to enter the giveaway for In the Small Kitchen: 100 Recipes from Our Year of Cooking in the Real World, you can leave a comment on my last post or here. I’ll use the total number of comments from both posts to pick a winner with help from

1. In your comment, please let me know if you have a small or big kitchen.

2. For an second entry, follow me and BGSK on twitter, then leave a comment letting me know you did (or that you already do).

3. For a third entry, “like” Healthy Green Kitchen and Small Kitchen on Facebook and leave a comment letting me know that you did (or that you already do).

This giveaway is open until next Monday, June 6, 2011 at midnight. Make sure I have your email so I can contact you if you win; please note the giveaway is only open to US residents.

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gluten and dairy free pancakes

This post is linked to Slightly Indulgent Tuesday.

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Gluten and Dairy-Free Coconut Banana Pancakes


  • * 1 cup oat flour these can be purchased from Bob's Red Mill , or you can pulverize organic rolled oats in a blender until finely ground; make sure to use certified gluten-free oats if you have celiac disease
  • * 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • * 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • * 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • * 1 very ripe banana
  • * 1 tablespoon plus 1 teaspoon raw cane sugar or muscovado sugar
  • * 1 large egg preferably organic and free-range
  • * 3/4 cup coconut milk I use organic, whole coconut milk
  • *1 tablespoon organic coconut oil plus more for cooking the pancakes
  • * Butter for serving
  • * Maple syrup for serving
  • * sliced banana for garnish-optional


  • 1. Mix oat flour with baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a small bowl.
  • 2. In another bowl, mash the banana with the brown sugar. Add egg, coconut milk and 1 tablespoon of the oil.
  • 3. Fold flour mixture into banana mixture. Stir to combine (don't overmix).
  • 4. Heat a cast-iron or other heavy skillet over medium heat. Brush lightly with the coconut oil (or cook the pancakes in butter). Phoebe and Cara recommend making a test pancake to see if the temperature of the skillet is correct. Clearly I should have followed their directions, as my pancakes got slightly burned from me overheating the pan. Make sure to lower the heat of the pan if the pancake(s) brown too quickly (on the other hand, if your pancake(s) don't flip easily, then your pan isn't hot enough).
  • 5. Cook pancakes for 3-4 minutes on each side, until brown and cooked through. Top with butter, if you like, as well as sliced banana and maple syrup.

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40 thoughts on “Coconut Banana Pancakes (Gluten-Free)”

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  2. I so seriously hope this is the pancake recipe that will solve my GF oancake problems! When I try to sub coconut milk in for regular milk in GF recipes, it turns out to be a gummy patty, EVERY TIME!! Going to try when my little one is not STARVING in the morning:)

    • Absolutely! I don’t know about 100% coconut flour but it’s worth a try (I’d combine it with almond flour if it was me). And the all-purpose GF flour would definitely work.

    • Oh my gosh I am SO sorry. It’s supposed to be 2 teaspoons. I’ve corrected it now and really cannot apologize enough!

  3. These were great!!! I substituted the egg for 1/4 cup applesauce and the sugar with 1 tbs maple syrup. The pancakes were very soft and melted in your mouth. This one is a keeper! Thanks!

  4. I tried the recipe for these. I didn’t have coconut milk, so we used almond milk and it was still very good. We’ll try coconut milk next step. The recipe was a keeper, so there will be a next time.

  5. I love your blog – and I can’t wait to try these pancakes. I have a very small kitchen in a city row house. Luckily though it opens up to my back garden – so while small it feels bright and open.

  6. Yum! I never thought about using coconut milk in pancakes. This sounds absolutely delicious and the photos are beautiful.

  7. I love your blog! I came across it searching for gluten-free recipes. My husband and I recently decided to change our diet to include more fresh vegetables and greens, and less grains. We have a garden, chickens, backyard goats and ducks. This recipe looks great, and I’m sure the rest of the ones in the cookbook are as well. I have a small kitchen (we live in a 1960’s home), and I have “liked” the facebook pages. Looking forward to more good recipes!

  8. I think this recipe needs to go on my to-do list for breakfast this weekend. I have all the ingredients which is so rare. Must take advantage of that. Pics look great!

  9. I acquired a container of coconut oil that I have yet to use… and now I’m certain of what I’m going to make with it! Lovely recipe!

  10. I like Healthy Green Kitchen and small kitchen (i tried searching as the link didnt go throu and I hope I got the right small kitchen) on facebook as trinastrinx

  11. Where was this recipe three hours ago when I was attempting to convert a vitamin recipe into gluten and dairy free. Ah….I would love to win this cookbook and I have a relatively small kitchen. My biggest challenge is counter space with the vitaminer and exalebor deydrator on the counter I dont have much room

  12. This recipe and the book both sound lovely! I’ve got a relatively small kitchen/apartment, but the amount of light more than makes up for it :)

  13. I’ve just discovered your blog and LOVE IT! I’ve been skimming through it for the past half hour and can see that I’ll be spending far too much time here from now on! I am always altering recipes in an attempt to make them healthier.

    Our kitchen is probably small to average in size but because it is open to the family room, it appears a bit bigger than it is.

    I never have a problem eating breakfast; I love breakfast foods and these pancakes look so delicious that I might have to make them this afternoon just because!

  14. Winnie, it was so nice meeting you at BlogHer Food – I have been an admirer of your blog. Love how you made this recipe gluten/dairy free. I have a good size kitchen for which I am thankful as I do a lot of cooking for a fairly large family. I would love to see this new cookbook and see how they cook in their kitchen as when we vacation, we often rent a place with a small kitchen so we can eat in less expensively and more healthily.

  15. I love those flavours!
    My kitchen is a good size for an apartment, but I have had to learn to share it with my sister…we are sort of like Cara and Phoebe!

  16. I have a very small kitchen in a very small apartment – kind of a galley-style that opens onto the living room. Am on sabbatical this year, so went down to half-salary and had to move to be able to afford it. Haven’t regretted it for a minute! It’s a challenge to cook in a tiny kitchen, but I’m fortunate to have a full size refrigerator, stove, and a double sink.

    This cookbook looks wonderful!

  17. I have ameduim kitchen with not a lot of storage. All of the cabinets are too low to put an appliance underneath. So I’m still waiting for a KitchenAid stand mixer

  18. I would say I have a moderately sized kitchen. You can fit 3 people in here comfortably, though I prefer just me :)

  19. I love how these look! I just want to run into my “small kitchen” and make them! I just followed you (BGSK) on Twitter. Also liked Healthy Green Kitchen & Small Kitchen on Facebook – all these follows under my melissalopata handle.

    Looks like a great book! Happy to have a few new recipe blogs to read too.

  20. Oh Winnie, this is SO fabulous! I have a small, skinny kitchen! I LOVE those girls over at BGSK! I follow them and you, of course, on FB!!! (BGSK & Healthy Green Kitchen)! And, if that’s not enough to make the winner, you know how I feel about the chickens.
    Love you, Winnie…..with or without a giveaway!!! xoxo

  21. Your photos are gorgeous, Winnie and those pancakes look truly irresistible. I’m looking forward to checking out this book (though I cook in a medium-sized kitchen).

  22. Coconut and banana in pancakes? Yum. I love your gluten-free option, too. And, as usual, your photos are beautiful! Thanks for the chat yesterday!

  23. Wow, those look amazing. You take the most unbelievable photos! I can taste those yummy pancakes already. We are huge pancake fans (my kids are 2 and 4) and we’re always looking for creative new recipes. So, thank you!!! :)