Coconut Pancakes Recipe

This Coconut Pancake Recipe makes a fluffy pancakes with just the right amount of coconut flavor.

Coconut Pancakes Recipe

Coconut is on the brain, as well as all warm and sunny, blue-watered places that inspire all things coconut. So what better way to start the day than with Coconut Pancakes? Stick your feet in a kiddie pool, turn on some Caribbean tunes while you enjoy a plate of these, and you just may be able to drift off to a deserted island even if for a short while.

This recipe creates a thicker pancake batter for fluffy coconut-y pancakes. The addition of coconut milk and shredded coconut creates a thicker batter than regular pancake batter, but you will find that they cook in the same amount of time as most pancakes, rising a little more to their fluffy goodness. I’d recommend testing a few to begin with to perfect the cook time and desired size.

Coconut Pancakes Recipe

Top these Coconut Pancakes off with your favorite syrup, fresh whipped cream, fresh berries or a bit of lime zest for a delicious tropical-inspired start to the day. You may find everyone rising and shining early for these. The early bird gets the Coconut Pancakes after all!

Enjoy! And pass the syrup!

Coconut Pancakes Recipe
This recipe creates a thicker pancake batter for fluffy coconut-y pancakes. Top them off with your favorite syrup, whipped cream, or berries for a delectable start to the day. I may get up even earlier if these are on the menu. The early bird gets the coconut pancakes ya know?
Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: Makes about 8 pancakes.
  • 1¼ cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ cup shredded, sweetened coconut
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • ½ cup buttermilk
  • ¾ cup coconut milk (NOT coconut water, although that's tasty stuff)
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter (I used salted.)
  • additional butter or cooking spray for cooking surface
  1. Lightly mix all dry ingredients together.
  2. Add all wet ingredients to the beaten egg and combine well.
  3. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and stir until incorporated. Don't over mix.
  4. In a hot skillet or griddle, add a pat of butter if needed to coat pan.
  5. Over medium-hot heat drop rounds of batter and let cook until bubbles begin to pop in center of pancake, about 2 minutes.
  6. Flip pancake and cook for an additional minute or so until golden brown. Test cook surface and temperature, and adjust cook time accordingly.

Originally posted June 20, 2011. Updated August 11, 2015.

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  1. 1

    Georgia Pellegrini says

    I’m really into coconut milk and cream these days, it has such a nice flavor that is so subtle in batter and other treats. I’m definitely going to try these!

  2. 4

    Aggie says

    I’m totally sticking my feet in the pool and eating these up…I love all things coconut. Always. These pancakes are brilliant I tell you! (Coconut milk in the batter!!)

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    this reminds me of our recent maui vacation where i may or may not have overdosed on all things coconut…although i have to say, i don’t really know if it’s possible to OD on coconut. it’s just always so stinking good! love this recipe :)

  4. 11


    My favorite pancakes are made with ricotta cheese and blueberries but I LOVE coconut and am already thinking about these, with maybe a ginger/coconutty (I use the word; it’s in Webster’s isn’t it?) syrup.

  5. 13

    Maggie @MaggieCooks says

    These look so yummy!
    Pancakes and Coconut 2 of my favorite things together?
    I say YES! 😀

  6. 14

    Wenderly says

    Those little beauties make me feel sunny just looking at them. I’ll get the kiddie pool ready when it comes time to eat one and I’m quite certain that I’ll find myself smack dab in the middle of the Caribbean.
    Le sigh.

  7. 15


    I like the flavor of coconut but not really coconut itself. These look like they would taste like a tropical island!

  8. 17


    These look awesome! After trying coconut oil for the first time a few weeks ago, I have been craving everything coconut! I would love to try making these but use coconut oil instead of butter to fry them! :)

  9. 21


    I love coconutty things – think I would really get into the idea of indulging in these next to the aforementioned kiddy pool 😉

  10. 22


    please don’t judge me but my favorite pancake are from ihop.
    I’m pretty sure they’re my fave because I don’t have to make them myself and things always taste better when there are no dishes to do afterwards :)
    But, I am pretty sure that these would be my new favorite…as long as you come over and make them for me, kay?

  11. 24


    Yum! This recipe sounds fantastic & I love the top picture. Now if I could only get my hubby off the golf coarse on a weekend morning to enjoy these with me… (pancakes are always more fun when shared with the people you love)

  12. 31


    Where is my mixer? These look wonderful. I usually love blueberry or apple but never in a million years would I have thought of coconut. Divine!

  13. 32

    Jenna says

    Yum!!! I saw these on TastyKitchen and had to swing by to say that they look MARVELLOUS. I love coconut milk in curries, and I’m excited to expand and use it in other things. Mmmmm.

  14. 35

    Jenn says

    Thank-you for this recipe, oh my goodness I cannot wait to make these they sound so good!!

  15. 39

    Jeanette says

    Coconut definitely reminds me of my favorite vacation spot – Hawaii. I had a taste of fresh coconut water for the first time straight from the coconut, and bought all sorts of tropical fruit which would go nicely on top of these gorgeous pancakes – papaya, mango, passion fruit, pineapple.

  16. 40

    Kerry B says

    That sounds delicious! I’m always trying new dishes to keep my girls palate full of life! Thanks so much. You have a wonderful site.

  17. 41


    That sounds delicious! I’m always looking for new ways to keep my girls palate entertained and coconut is a fav of mine. Thanks for posting!!

  18. 42

    Liz @ Southern Charm says

    Wow! These look amazing. Love the ingredients too!!

    My favorite pankcakes are the whole grain ones (no lies) with fresh bananas. Yum!! There is something about the warm pancake with the warmed banana that touched the skillet, yet still a little cook in the middle. Ahhhh.

  19. 43

    Amy says

    I was wondering – do you mean coconut milk from the carton of from the can? I started making these a year ago and always used from the can, but I just realized you might’ve meant from the carton?

  20. 45

    Pam says

    These were delicious! I didn’t have buttermilk so I just used 1%, and to add a little more coconut flavor I used coconut oil instead of butter for greasing the pan. I made half the batch as is, and then I added chocolate chips to the other half. Adding the chocolate chips made these the best pancakes ever!

  21. 49

    sydney says

    These are the best pancakes i’ve ever had! So delicious i’ve already eaten 5! They’re a little had to cook because the batter is extremely thick but they always turn out nice and they’re definitely the best i’ve ever eaten! :)

  22. 51

    Danielle says

    This morning I made these pancakes and they cook up nicely and are delicious. I am incapable of making things faithfully to the recipe so I added 2 tbsp wheat germ, 1 cup of whole wheat flour (instead of white), doubled the recipe so used 1 can (about 2 cups) of coconut milk, used flaked coconut instead of shredded and added 1/2 tsp of cardamom.

    I made a sauce of 1 cup frozen raspberries, 1/4 cup fresh orange juice and 1 tsp honey and simmered this for a few minutes. This was tart so you might add more honey.

    This made lots for 3 people and we have some for snacks left over :)

  23. 52

    jean says

    I followed the recipe yet it turned out like cookie batter so I added more coconut milk. I have them on the griddle now and they won’t flip. Cooed on the bottom yet still won’t flip. Any suggestions? Thx

    • 53


      Hello Jean, I’m sorry you’re having trouble, but without being right there with you, I’m not really sure what to tell you. A couple of things … is the griddle well buttered/oiled? Is it hot enough?
      I wish I could be right there with you to help you figure it out.

  24. 54

    Liliana says

    Thanks for this delicious recipe! I made it yesterday and only replaced the sugar for coconut nectar because of the low G.I diet that I am in at the moment. I must say that it came out lovely and my kids loved it :)

  25. 55

    viv says

    My goodness – these are tasty.
    I totally adore coconut so it’s great to get such a coconutty (not a word) recipe.
    The whole house loved them – thank you.

  26. 56

    Priya says

    I made these this morning and they tasted great. Loved that the coconut flavor was subtle. Thanks for sharing the recipe!

  27. 58


    Wow, that sounds awesome! So awesome, I actually added it to an article I wrote titled “Caribbean Destination Inspiration.” Thanks so much, check out my article.

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    I Like this, sounds nice I will make sure I try to make coconut pancake.

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