Coconut & Almond Pancakes With Spiced Plum Compote

high protein coconut and almond pancakes

I am a boring breakfast eater. Most days I’ll just have a bowl of cereal or occasionally porridge because I wake up hungry (surprise, surprise…I’m always hungry…), so I want something quick, I don’t want to faff around cooking while I’m hungry and half asleep (I am not a morning person…). But on the odd occasion I’ll be in the mood for something a bit more special, and what is a better breakfast than pancakes? Sticking with my resolution to try to make healthier, lower sugar things for a few weeks, I made healthy pancakes. Now I am not by any means gluten free, or on the paleo diet (give up carbs and dairy? Never! The idea is laughable!), but I came across a recipe for coconut and almond pancakes which sounded interesting, and also happened to be gluten/grain/dairy/sugar free and paleo diet friendly. I thought I’d give them a go and despite my reservations about the lack of flour, they were delicious, moist and full of coconut flavour. They also paired beautifully with the spiced plum compote I made and are very high in protein so they fill you up.

paleo coconut and almond pancakes

They (like all pancakes should be) are simple to make, as is the compote, but they are rather more delicate than regular pancakes so require a little more care when flipping. They are made using ground almonds and coconut flour, I couldn’t get hold of any coconut flour so I used powdered coconut instead, which you can either buy (I got some in the Asian section of ASDA), or make yourself by blitzing unsweetened desiccated coconut in a food processor until powdered. Coconut milk is used in place of dairy milk, make sure that if it has separated in the tin that you whisk it together before using. Honey is used as a sweetener in place of refined sugar, both in the pancakes and the compote (you can use sugar if you prefer); I make spiced plum compote quite often as I find that fresh plums can sometimes be a little disappointing, but the compote is utterly delicious, I like to make a double batch and keep some in the fridge to eat with yoghurt. The recipe will feed two very hungry people, or four not so hungry ones (I forgot to count exactly how many pancakes it makes – not a morning person!). And apologies for the lack of decent photos – I was hungry and impatient!

coconut and almond pancakes

Coconut & Almond Pancakes With Spiced Plum Compote

(Please note: although I have provided a conversion from grams to US cup measurements I cannot guarantee the accuracy as I do not bake using cups, I thoroughly recommend investing in a digital metric scale, it is far more accurate.)



  • About 8 medium sized plums
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 star anise
  • 4 cloves
  • 1 tbsp (or more) runny honey
  • 2tbsp (or more) water


  • 1oog (3/4 cup + 2 tbsp) ground almonds
  • 25g (1 oz) coconut flour/powdered coconut (you can make powdered coconut by blitzing unsweetened desiccated coconut in a food processor)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 4 eggs
  • 200ml (3/4 + 1/8 cups) coconut milk
  • 1 tbsp runny honey
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • coconut oil (or butter) for frying

To make the spiced plum compote, chop the plums into eighths and remove the stones, place in a small saucepan along with the spices, 1 tbsp honey and tbsp water, bring up to the boil then cook at a gentle simmer for 10-20 minutes until the plums are tender, adding a little more water if needed. If you want large pieces of plum in your compote then stop cooking as soon as the fruit is tender, if (like me) you prefer more of a puree then continue to cook until the plums have broken down. Taste, and add more honey if it isn’t sweet enough.

To make the pancakes, whisk together the ground almonds, coconut, cinnamon and baking powder in a large bowl, making sure that you get rid of any lumps. In a separate bowl, whisk together the eggs, coconut milk, honey and vanilla extract then pour into the dry ingredients and whisk to combine. Place a non-stick frying pan over a low heat and add a little coconut oil. Pour in a spoonful of the pancake batter (I used about a third of a ladleful per pancake) and cook until bubbles have stopped forming on the top then flip over and cook the other side until browned. Repeat with the remaining batter adding more oil as necessary. Cook the pancakes one at a time and keep them quite small as they are delicate and can be a little tricky to flip.

Serve drizzled with more honey and the plum compote.

(recipe adapted from

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20 Comments on Coconut & Almond Pancakes With Spiced Plum Compote

  1. My Family Ties
    January 13, 2015 at 4:17 pm (4 years ago)

    That sounds just delicious, I’ve never tried cooking with coconut flour but it sounds really nice, I like the sound of the spicy compote too just right for this time of year. Gorgeous photos too! πŸ™‚ #TastyTuesdays

    • hannahhossack
      January 14, 2015 at 12:28 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I haven’t been able to get hold of coconut flour so just subbed powdered coconut instead, they are a little different but it works just as well. I love spiced compote, I’ll happily just eat it on it’s own πŸ™‚

  2. Snaphappybakes2015
    January 13, 2015 at 6:24 pm (4 years ago)

    Ooo these look to die for! I’ve just bought coconut flour, so these are on my to do list for the weekend! #tastytuesdays

    • hannahhossack
      January 14, 2015 at 12:29 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you! Hope you like them!

  3. HonestMum (@HonestMummy)
    January 13, 2015 at 9:26 pm (4 years ago)

    Oh wow just look at that epic tower of gorgeousness! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays

    • hannahhossack
      January 14, 2015 at 12:30 am (4 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  4. Julie's Family Kitchen
    January 14, 2015 at 3:58 am (4 years ago)

    Delicious looking pancakes, I’ve never heard of coconut flour but will definitely look out for it. #TastyTuesdays

    • hannahhossack
      January 17, 2015 at 4:53 pm (3 years ago)

      I only heard of it a couple of weeks ago while looking for gluten free recipes πŸ™‚

  5. annainternational
    January 16, 2015 at 1:39 pm (4 years ago)

    Really lovely! I did a Whole30 a while back and to be able to have had pancakes?! Well, that would have been awesome. I am definitely going to try these as an alternative to my banana pancakes (my first Fiesta Friday post nearly a year ago!). I’ve still got coconut and almond flour in my cupboard, and not sure how to use it up, so this is perfect timing!

    • hannahhossack
      January 17, 2015 at 5:00 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚ I love banana pancakes, I might try making banana pancakes with coconut and almond flours, I reckon they would be utterly delicious…

    January 16, 2015 at 3:59 pm (4 years ago)

    We are a pancake loving family and I am always looking for a new recipe to try. Thanks for coming to FF # 51 πŸ™‚

    • hannahhossack
      January 17, 2015 at 5:02 pm (3 years ago)

      I love pancakes but don’t make them often enough…I’m lazy in the mornings… Happy FF πŸ™‚

        January 20, 2015 at 11:31 pm (3 years ago)

        Gene always had to have breakfast so there was always something on the table πŸ™‚

  7. carolinescookingblog
    January 16, 2015 at 6:42 pm (4 years ago)

    These look and sound delicious! I made some part-almond flour pancakes not too long ago myself and the smell as they were cooking was amazing! These look better, though, so will have to see if I can give them a go

    • hannahhossack
      January 17, 2015 at 5:09 pm (3 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚ They do smell amazing – very coconutty πŸ™‚

  8. thebrookcook
    January 18, 2015 at 3:11 am (3 years ago)

    The compote puts this gorgeous stack over the top! I love gobs of fruity deliciousness on my breakfast!! πŸ™‚

  9. Suchitra
    January 20, 2015 at 10:21 pm (3 years ago)

    Very interesting and worth trying recipe!

    • hannahhossack
      January 21, 2015 at 9:45 am (3 years ago)

      Thank you πŸ™‚

  10. Frugal Hausfrau
    February 15, 2015 at 8:46 pm (3 years ago)

    Another fantastic breakfast post! πŸ™‚ The plum compote sounds like such a great pairing.


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