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Banana nut pancakes with chocolate and coconut

Can you believe these are sugar and wheat free?! Five weeks in to my no sugar challenge and I needed something to satisfy my sweet cravings (which I suspect only occurred after several cheat moments in week 4!). These banana nut pancakes (yep, just three ingredients) hit the spot. They are simple and healthy, but super indulgent.

Banana nut pancakes with coconut and chocolate

Banana nut pancakes with coconut and chocolate


Try them for breakfast, make a batch for the family for morning or afternoon tea, or they would make a great desert.


1 banana, mashed

2 eggs

2 tablespoons almond or hazelnut meal

Butter or coconut oil, for frying


Add top three ingredients to a small bowl and stir to combine. Heat butter or oil in frypan over low-medium heat. Pour small rounds of pancake mixture into the frypan.

Keep a close eye on these, as they won’t bubble like regular pancakes because they don’t contain flour. To tell if they’re ready to flip, watch for the edges as they begin to round up. This should take about 1 – 1.5 mins.

Turn the pancakes over and cook on the other side. Serve on a plate with shredded coconut and two chocolate coconut ice cubes.

Serves 1.

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Hall of Frigga #

    Hej, just wondering – by “almond meal” do you mean ground almonds?


    March 19, 2013
    • Yes, almond meal is 100% ground almonds. You could use whole or blanched almonds for this recipe depending on your personal preference and increase the quantity of the almond meal used to achieve a more pancake-like consistency. I like the runnier version because you can make lots of little pancakes and get a higher stack! 😉


      March 20, 2013
      • Hall of Frigga #



        March 20, 2013
  2. ana #

    Just made a variation using almond flakes and ground coconut with the banana and egg. I topped them with staka – a Cretan clotted cream made from goat’s and sheep’s milk – and a small spoonful of honey produced by a friend’s parents. Yummmm!! NOT to be eaten too often though – all that lovely healthy fat becomes not so healthy with the banana and honey sugars.
    Thanks for the recipe!


    April 17, 2013
  3. Emily Langron #

    Kate! What should I use instead of banana? I’m in week 3 and not on fruits as yet! Also feeling guilty for using the microwave but my lunch needs to be heated. Any tips?
    I had a bend cookie last weekend and have never experienced a worse sugar “hangover” . Love your posts!


    April 23, 2013
    • Hmmm… You could try replacing the banana with a couple of tablespoons of cream cheese (note: I haven’t tried this before but am thinking I will give it a go!)
      Three weeks is great Weez! It’s amazing how quickly your body rejects sugar after you eliminate it for a while. How are you finding your energy levels and are you experiencing cravings?
      When I need to heat up food I use the stove (for soups for example) or an oven (for meat and vegetables), but I realise not everyone has access all the time. I’ve also been eating leftovers cold – and food that I would have once reheated in the microwave like roast lamb and roast pumpkin. Still tastes great (but leftovers always do, don’t they?)!


      April 23, 2013
  4. Time to upgrade my food choices and become more critical even in topping for my pancakes. I totally love this recipe.


    July 7, 2015

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