Grain-Free Paleo Pancakes

by Katelyn Block on October 18, 2012 · 39 comments

After my day in New York City, I came home feeling like death and woke up the next morning wanting nothing but pancakes.

Warm, fluffy, buttery pancakes.

The kind that I used to have when I was a kid, made of love, bisquick, and ricotta cheese. That’s right, great-Grandma’s secret recipe? Used ricotta cheese. The initial childhood freakout was forgotten after I tasted them. Oh, there’s cheese in there? Awesome, can’t even tell.

I wanted those pancakes. Loaded with chocolate chips and no blueberries. Who needs blueberries when you have chocolate? Classic morning logic. Go with the good stuff.

This is the part where you say, “How can you possibly have pancakes? Don’t you need flour and butter and sugar?”

And that’s the part where I say, HA. Joke’s on you.

No grains. No sugar. Lots of protein. Super buttery …. no butter (although I could see some Kerrygold atop these — completely Katelyn-approved). And definitely no ricotta cheese.

Sorry, Grandma. These are for grown ups.

These are for those days when you wake up wanting to eat a whole cake for breakfast but use your better judgement. Realize that you can have your pancakes and have them loaded with chocolate, too.

Sometimes a girl’s just gotta go with it.

Grain-Free Paleo Pancakes

by Katelyn Block

Prep Time: 2 minutes

Cook Time: 5-7 minutes

Keywords: fry saute breakfast dessert gluten-free high protein kosher low-carb nut-free paleo soy-free sugar-free vegetarian

Ingredients (1 serving)

  • 1/4 cup coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. stevia powder
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • pinch sea salt
  • cinnamon (if desired. I desired)
  • 2 eggs + 1/3 cup egg whites, OR 3 eggs
  • unsweetened almond or coconut milk, a few splashes to 1/4 cup, until combination reaches a batter-like consistency
  • 1/4 cup chocolate chips (or other mix-in)


  1. Heat a pan on medium with 1-2 tablespoons of extra-virgin coconut oil (or butter/ghee).
  2. Whisk your eggs (and whites) in a mixing bowl.
  3. Add your dry ingredients. Combine well and add milk as needed.
  4. Fold in your mix-ins, then add your batter to the pan 1/4 cup at a time.
  5. Cook until bubbles form well on the top (about 2-3 minutes) and then flip when sturdy.
  6. Fry for another 1-2 minutes and then plate. Add more coconut oil between batches as need be.
  7. Yield 5-7 small pancakes. Top as desired.
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Warm, buttery, delicious. And totally filling.


What’s your favorite breakfast food?
Talk to me about your favorite pancake toppings. The options are endless. 

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Danielle @ itsaharleyyylife October 18, 2012 at 8:26 PM

mmm these look delicious! I just made my first batch of paleo pancakes this week! (:


Chelsie @ Balance, Not Scale October 18, 2012 at 8:27 PM

I think I’ll have to favourite these and save them for a morning when I’m off work (which doesn’t look like it’s going to be happening any time soon, sadly!). I have pancakes every day, but I’m usually more lazy and stick to the two-ingredient ones — either banana and egg or squash/pumpkin and egg. They’re simple, but fabulous. These, though? These look fabulous!!


Sarah October 18, 2012 at 8:35 PM

Why do your recipes always look SO good?! They never fail to make me hungry even after I just had a ton of food for dinner! The ingredients in those don’t sound too appetizing together, but they look DELICIOUS! I’m sure they taste just as good :) I can’t wait to go home this weekend and have my dad make me some of his delicious pancakes… although he’s a bit lazier than you/your grandmother and makes them from a box. Still better than me making them myself, though, so I can’t complain!


Brittany @ eatingbirdfood October 18, 2012 at 8:36 PM

Please come make me breakfast. :)


Courtney @ Journey of a Dreamer October 18, 2012 at 10:34 PM

oh yum! I’m loving Paleo Pancakes lately. Pumpkin ones, to be exact… Tis the season!


Annie @ Mama Dweeb October 18, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Those look AMAZING! Coconut flour? To be honest, I have never cooked with it. But I really do want to try now! Thank you for the recipe!


Sandra Laflamme October 18, 2012 at 11:52 PM


Your pancakes look delicious! I have always wondered what does Stevia taste like? Also, I was intrigued by your grandmother’s secret ingredient. I would never have thought to put ricotta cheese into pancakes!


Christine @ Love, Life, Surf October 19, 2012 at 12:03 AM

I wish that I didn’t just look at this before I went to bed because these look amazing! Might have to make them this weekend. Your pictures are gorgeous by the way.


Laura @ Sprint 2 the Table October 19, 2012 at 12:28 AM

That is some serious food porn! I love coconut flour pancakes – it gives everything such a silky texture. Happy Friday!


Angela @ Happy Fit Mama October 19, 2012 at 5:18 AM

I’m seriously digging grain free pancakes these days. Our grandma’s would flip if they knew you didn’t need Bisquick to make delicious pancakes!


Kierston October 19, 2012 at 6:38 AM

I love pancakes! These look amazing!


Katie @wishandwhimsy October 19, 2012 at 6:59 AM

Thanks to you…I’m craving pancakes for breakfast. Warming up the skillet now. :)


Danielle @ Clean Food Creative Fitness October 19, 2012 at 8:42 AM

Katelyn you’re on a Paleo baking roll and I love it! I still need to try your Paleo cupcake and now these are next on my list! Thanks for the fabulous recipes!


Mila @ Tales From The Kitch October 19, 2012 at 9:23 AM

These look yummy! It excites me to see great, healthy pancakes!


Shoshana October 19, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Those look delicious. I have protein pancakes every morning for breakfast. but they’re not paleo. My favorite topping is peanut butter and jelly. I take that back, my favorite topping for pancakes is butter and syrup, lol but that’s not the road I’m looking to go down every morning. Gonna have to try these ASAP! And seriously, you put real chocolate chips…I might have to splurge.


Amber @ExSoyCise October 19, 2012 at 9:42 AM

Yummm these look lovely!!! I make a very similar recipe and it comes out amazing every time! Thank goodness for coconut flour!


Elle October 19, 2012 at 10:05 AM

This looks really good… love that we are coming up with so many new pancake recipes right now! Must be Fall comfort food…:)


Lee October 19, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Nice work KBlock. These look delicious. I need to get me some coconut flour ASAP.


E @ adventure of E October 19, 2012 at 2:01 PM

This looks great! Definitely a recipe I’ll try once I wrap up my Whole30! Thanks for sharing!
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Laura @ Mommy Run Fast October 19, 2012 at 2:52 PM

These look and sound so fantastic! I’m not a paleo eater, but am trying to cut back on grains a bit and eat more variety and higher quality. Coconut flour has been on my grocery list… need to get some soon. Do you order it online?


Joe @ The Hybrid Athlete October 19, 2012 at 5:40 PM

That settles it, going to have to make a trip to the store (out of coconut milk) so I can make these for breakfast tomorrow. Although, I think I am going with blueberries and not chocolate chips. Keep the good eat ideas coming!


Maria @powerpeanutlife October 20, 2012 at 9:51 AM

I’m basically obsessed with paleo pancakes. I make them all sorts of ways. I used coconut flour this AM for my pumpkin pancakes. I’ve used rolled oats before…I know that’s a little controversial in the paleo community. I tend to like the consistency better with oats. I found the coconut flour to be a little gritty.

Have you tried almond flour? Also good. Sometimes I throw in a heaping tablespooon of cottage cheese to make the pancakes a little more moist — and for a little extra protein.


Sky October 22, 2012 at 10:00 AM

Yummm! Those pancakes look sooo delicious!! Breakfast is my all-time favorite meal of the day! When it comes to breakfast foods pancakes are definitely my number one. My mom taught me to top my pancakes with peanut butter and that’s what I’ve done ever since. I also love bananas and chocolate chips on top of my pancakes too! I’m obsessed with making different variations of protein pancakes for breakfast! It makes me so happy to realize that I can still have my pancakes, but they’re healthier than normal :)


Kati Mora, MS, RD, Kellogg's FiberPlus(R) Wellness Advocate October 22, 2012 at 2:19 PM

What a fun and creative recipe! Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day and I really enjoy seeing what other people eat for that oh-so-important meal. My favorite breakfast is a good ole bowl of cereal (Kellogg’s FiberPlus cereal usually) with soy milk, topped with a banana, berries, and walnuts. Yum! These toppings are pretty universal though, and would also work well on top of a stack of pancakes.


Kathleen @ KatsHealthCorner October 23, 2012 at 12:41 AM

I have really got to get some coconut flour — these look SO good!!! :D


Lynn Marsh October 27, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Just made these for myself and my husband for our Saturday brunch (with a protein smoothie) and they were delicious! Thank you for posting!


Amy November 14, 2012 at 2:13 PM

They look great! Any idea how many carbs per pancake? My son had Type 1 diabetes. Thank you!!


Lisa Traugott January 4, 2013 at 11:24 PM

Oh these pancakes look FABULOUS! (Of course I love anything with chocolate chips in them.) Here is a sweet potato/pumpkin pancake recipe you might like:


Mindy January 12, 2013 at 4:47 PM

Made these today..they were awesome!! I followed the recipe as stated, except I left out the stevia (doing a 30 day paleo challenge, so no sugar!), and I topped them with sliced bananas that I caramelized in a frying pan…delicious! Thank you for such a great recipe!


Kris January 27, 2013 at 10:45 AM

Just made these and they are fantastic!


Camille January 28, 2013 at 11:50 AM

Can these be frozen for later use?? Or do you think that would take away from the flavor?


Katelyn Block January 28, 2013 at 4:44 PM

Hi lady! I have no idea! I would imagine that they would do fine in the freezer, but they might end up with that “refrigerator” frozen aftertaste, you know what I mean? BUT, I would love to hear what happens if you try it out, and if I ever freeze them, I will be sure to post the results! xo


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