Blueberry Coconut Pancakes (And a GF pancake FAIL!)

March 31st, 2015 12:45 pm by Kelly Garbato

I recently received a whopping five pounds of coconut flour for review, so I finally broke out that copy of The Paleo Bread Bible I scored through Goodreads. Nearly every recipe calls for coconut flour, yo! I’ve been meaning to try it for ages, but haven’t done a whole lot of baking lately.

I decided to start with something simple – you know, a real can’t-eff-this-up recipe – and, spoiler alert, it was an epic fail.

I give you: Blueberry Pancakes.

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Since he’s the designated pancake-flipper in the house, Shane was stuck making these, and I tweeted halfway through the ordeal my prediction that these GF Paleo Pancakes would have him in tears before the night was done. He didn’t cry, but it was close. There was a lot of cursing and several areas of burned skin. (Never cook while you’re angry, folks.)

The problem? The pancakes just didn’t hold together very well. Even after he added some wheat flour to the almond/coconut-flour batter, it spread out like whoah after he ladled it onto the griddle. And while they got nice and crunchy on the outside, the insides remained a gooey mess, as you can see in the bottom pic. We even tried oven-baking some of the batter into a giant pancake, like so, to no avail.

Now, all of these recipes use eggs – so it could be that the egg replacer we chose just wasn’t up to the task. It was ye trusty old Ener-G, though, so I don’t think that’s it.

I was planning on trying the banana bread, but I’m legit afraid at this point. This is why I rarely give cookbooks a negative review: I don’t feel comfortable rating a cookbook unless I’ve tried multiple recipes, but I refuse to throw good money after bad if the first two or three are a disaster. It’s a conundrum.

Anyway.

A few nights later, he tried swapping out some flour in a regular carby recipe for coconut flour, with much better results;

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you can find the recipe under the jump. He was feeling lazy, so he just went with Bisquick – but you can try this trick with your own favorite recipe, too. We also added some coconut extract for double the coconutty flavor, and it tasted amazing with blueberries.

All in all, not a total loss.


 

Blueberry Coconut Pancakes

Ingredients

1 1/2 cups Bisquick
1/2 cup coconut flour
1 cup coconut or soy milk
1 tablespoon Ener-G Egg Replacer + 4 tablespoons water, prepared according to the directions on the package (or another vegan equivalent to two eggs)
2 teaspoons coconut extract
1 cup blueberries, fresh or frozen and slightly defrosted

Directions

1. In a large bowl, combine the Bisquick and coconut flour; mix well. Add the nondairy milk, egg replacer, and coconut extract; mix briskly until no lumps remain. Stir in the blueberries.

2. Pour the batter onto a hot, lightly greased griddle by slightly less than 1/4 cupfulls. Cook until the edges look dry. Flip and continue to cook until golden.

3. Enjoy warm, preferably topped with blueberry syrup!

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