Best Ever Coconut Pancakes (with Coconut Syrup)

Coconut Pancakes with Coconut Syrup in the background - Delicious!
Coconut Pancakes with Coconut Syrup in the background - Delicious!. Taken by D. Schmidt for About.com
    25 min
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The best light and fluffy homemade coconut pancakes! These pancakes are so good, my husband and I were eating them straight out of the pan. Try serving them with my easy coconut syrup (recipe included) for a trip straight to coconut heaven!  In Thailand, coconut pancakes are a common street food, and while I enjoy them whenever I'm there, I also the love thick, fluffier pancakes we're used to here in North American. So for this recipe, I've combined the two types into a combination I think works beautifully. Includes frying tips for great-looking pancakes you'll love to serve. ENJOY!

What You'll Need

  • 1 can good-quality coconut milk (14 oz./398-400 ml)
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 2 eggs
  • 1+1/2 Tbsp. white sugar
  • 2 Tbsp. coconut oil OR butter, melted
  • 1 tsp. coconut flavoring (optional)
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 3 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • oil for frying
  • FOR COCONUT SYRUP:
  • 1/3 cup good-quality coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup table syrup (I used maple syrup)

How to Make It

For traditional Thai Coconut Pancakes, see: Colorful Thai Coconut Pancakes Recipe (gluten-free), OR Thai Coconut Pancakes/Crepes Recipe (gluten-free).

 

  1. In a medium-size mixing bowl, combine the can of coconut milk with the shredded coconut. Set aside.
  2. In a smaller bowl, whisk the eggs. Add the sugar then melted butter, and whisk again until light and fluffy.
  3. Add the egg mixture to the coconut milk mixture, stirring well to combine. Also add the coconut flavoring (if using).
  4. In a large mixing bowl, stir together the flour, baking powder, and salt.
  5. Now add the wet coconut-egg mixture to the dry flour mixture, stirring well to combine.
  6. Heat a frying pan or flat-bottomed wok over high heat for 30 seconds (use a pan with a thick base, if you have one). Reduce heat to medium for another 30 seconds. Add 1 Tbsp. oil and swirl around, then ladle about 1/4 cup pancake batter (for large pancakes) into the middle of the pan. Jiggle the pan a little or tilt to spread the batter out (if needed).
  7. When surface around is covered with bubbles, flip and cook the other side. Tip: Always add more oil when frying the next batch, or it may stick. Also, you may need to lower the heat as you go, or the pan might become too hot and burn your pancakes before they're cooked. I find medium-low heat best once my pan is good and hot.
  8. To Make the Coconut Syrup: Simply combine the coconut milk and syrup, stirring well. Adjust the flavors by adding more coconut milk or more syrup depending on how syrup-y or coconut-y you like it. ENJOY!