Pancake Day with Coco Pro Coconut Protein Pancakes

February 12th, 2015, by Dylan Thomas
As pancake day fast approaches and others think of indulging, most fitness enthusiasts or those who have managed to maintain their new year resolution will be looking for healthier pancake recipes.

The good news is that there are hundreds (if not thousands) of healthy pancake recipes available on the internet. Some are more healthy than others, or what maybe healthier may not contribute to your current goals.

So, I wanted to create something a little different. Something which tastes good, is easy to make and will be healthy enough to eat every day for anybody regardless of their current goal.

Coconut pancakes are tasty, different and most importantly will fit in with almost any diet as they are much lower in carbohydrate, sugar free and high in protein!

For this recipe, rather than using protein powder (which can give a slightly rubbery texture), I’m going to use a high protein coconut water from Coco Pro which will provide the bulk of the protein content plus much of the coconut taste.

To replace the flour, I’ve used almond flour mixed with dessicated coconut. The dried coconut meat provides additional flavouring and a great coconut texture which reminds me of coconut macaroons. The ratio required some experimenting in order to get the correct texture and binding, but I think I’ve cracked it.

The Ingredients

To make these pancakes you will require the following;

  • 1 carton of Coco Pro Protein Coconut Water
  • 40g of Almond Flour (reduced fat is better)
  • 30g of Dessicated Coconut
  • 3 large Eggs
  • 2 tsp of Baking Powder
  • 2 tbsp of Granulated Sweetener
  • A pinch of salt
  • Virgin Coconut Oil (for frying)

Coco Pro pancake ingredientsCoco Pro pancake ingredients

Making The Batter

Place all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl and stir with a spoon, ensuring that they are mixed evenly. This will make your batter smoother and of a much more even consistency (so you will not get lumps of coconut).
Dry ingredients for coco pro pancakes

When all the dry ingredients look even and there are no lumps, crack in the eggs and add about 200ml of the carton of Coco Pro. Use the edge of the spoon to crack the egg as this prevents getting egg running down the side of the bowl.
Adding the coco pro

Stir the mixture until an even batter is achieved. The batter will not be entirely smooth due to the coconut meat, but this is fine as it will create the coconut texture we’re looking for.
The coco pro pancake batter

Alternatively you can use a blender. This is the quicker method as you will not need to mix the dry ingredients first, the blender should ensure an even consistency.

Cooking The Pancakes

Add about half a teaspoon of coconut oil, butter or other cooking oil to a large non-stick frying pan or griddle over a medium heat. I prefer to use virgin coconut oil for it’s flavour and MCT content.

When the oil has melted and the surface of the pan is fairly evenly coated, pour a single ladle of the batter into the centre of the pan and smooth out using circular movement of the pan or by using the back of the ladle. Try not to make any holes in the mixture as you do this.
Protein pancake batter added to the panTry to ensure there are no holes in the pancake

Leave on the heat for about five minutes or until the bottom of the pancake has become firm.

Now comes the fun part, turning it over!

If you’re feeling adventurous you can try to flip the pancake. If not, carefully turn the pancake using a large spatula. An alternative trick is to slide the pancake onto a plate, then back into the pan by turning the plate over onto the pan (careful not to burn yourself).

Continue to cook the pancake until it’s golden on both sides.
Coco Pro protein pancake with one side cookedThe Coco Pro pancake after ‘flipping’

Depending on the size of your ladle, you should get 4 to 6 large pancakes (not the smaller American style). This should be enough for two people as they are quite filling.

Serving The Pancakes

To serve, I went with some strained greek style yogurt sweetened with Stevia. The strained yogurt has much of the lactose removed, so is lower in carbohydrate, higher in protein and fits well with the macro nutrients of these pancakes.
Coco Pro protein pancake serving suggestionYour delicious protein pancakes served with strained yogurt

The cool smooth yogurt makes a perfect accompaniment for the slightly crumbly coconut texture of these delicious pancakes, but for something a bit fruitier, why not try serving with some fresh pineapple?

You can find a full nutritional analysis in the Coco Pro Protein Pancake Recipe. For more information on Coco Pro, see our our full review of Coco Pro in the nuutrii blog.

Reader Comments

I make protein pancakes using Vanilla Ultrapro. Will have to try yours.
4th June, 2015, by Liza.
I've not tried using flavoured protein. Will have to give them a go. There are so many new flavours coming out, rhubarb and custard perhaps?
30th June, 2015, by Dylan Thomas.

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