Spiced Coconut Macaroon Pancakes

by HEAB on March 21, 2010

I woke up again at 3:30 in the morning! Not sure what is going on inside my head, but for some reason I could not go back to sleep. After answering a few emails, I started watching Donnie Darko at around 6 AM…what a bizarre little film. I then fell asleep at about 7 AM and woke up about 45 minutes later when I heard CD leave to go trail running. I lay there contemplating going on a walk but decided to drink coffee and finish my movie instead. 🙂

Pancakes didn’t sound too great this after tossing and turning for most of the night. So I waited until I was really hungry, and around 11 AM, I cooked up a big batch based on this recipe sent to me by reader Kendall. Thanks Kendall!



1/2 cup So Delicious unsweetened coconut milk beverage

4 heaping TBSP of unsweetened shredded coconut (20 grams)

2 TBSP coconut flour

1 egg + 2 egg whites

1/4 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp cloves

1/4 tsp ginger

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 packet stevia or sweetener of choice (Optional. I omitted.)


Combine coconut, coconut flour, baking powder, spices, and sweetener of choice. In separate bowl, whisk together coconut milk beverage with egg. Slowly stir coconut/egg mixture into dry ingredients. While you heat up your griddle or skillet over low heat, beat 2 egg whites until stiff white peaks form and then fold into pancake batter. Cook pancakes over low heat.

For my toppings, I made reader Katie T’s coconut-cream-cheese frosting by combining 1 TBSP melted homemade coconut butter with 1 ounce (30 grams) softened cream cheese and then doused my entire plate in more cinnamon and a wee bit of maple syrup. Katie – loved the frosting! 🙂

Check out the coconut goodness…


A yummy late pancake brunch on a rainy Sunday morning. Perfect! However kind of kicking myself for not walking before it started raining. Oh well, I think I’ll take a cue from the weather, stay inside, cuddle up, and read while CD watches basketball all afternoon. I’m currently reading The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society . Have you read it? I’m about half way through and so far, it’s been a very entertaining read.

What are you doing today…besides eating pancakes of course? Have you seen Donnie Darko? If so, what did you think?


Ariel September 30, 2010 at 3:28 am

Your recipe looks delicious.

Donnie Darko is possibly my favourite movie – yes it might be a trifle unusual, but it’s not off the wall or anything. I find the general reaction to the movie to be far stranger than the movie itself.

To sum it up, any film featuring the Gyllenhaal siblings, a trippy sequence set to “Under the Milky Way” by the Church, a Halloween Harvey, an impending apocalypse, a random fat guy in a red tracksuit and a sacrificial suicide cannot be anything but fantastic.

Also, any recipe featuring coconut products cannot be anything but similarly marvellous.

HEAB September 30, 2010 at 9:06 am

I agree – love the Gyllenhals. Just watched Mona Lisa Smile, and I’d forgotten Maggie was in it – she’s so talented as is Jake. I’d also have to agree with you on recipes featuring coconut products. Never met one I didn’t like. 🙂

Ariel September 30, 2010 at 9:15 am

Thanks for the reply!

Have you seen Maggie in Secretary? She’s brilliant. But I could watch her or Jake in pretty much anything – Jake’s great in The Good Girl and Highway as well. And damn, they both are gorgeous.

Coconut is like magic, no wait… coconut is like the Gyllenhaal siblings. If added to something, that something is the better for it. Coconut gelato is especially perfect.

HEAB September 30, 2010 at 9:22 am

Yes, I have seen the secretary, and although I wasn’t a big fan of the movie, I thought Maggie did an amazing job of acting. Love James Spader too – ever since Pretty In Pink. Never seen the Good Girl or Highway. Will add to my Netflix queue. Thanks!

Ariel September 30, 2010 at 7:06 pm

I thought it was a really great film, but I realise it’s not for everyone. I don’t think I’ve ever seen Spader before, oddly.

People complain Highway’s a strange movie, it’s not really. It’s a guy’s road trip film, it’s fine but Jake is great in it, so funny. Good Girl is a good film. No problem!

Bekah March 28, 2010 at 1:10 pm

This makes me want protein pancakes… 🙁
Yum yum yum!

Susan March 23, 2010 at 1:10 pm

Ohgosh. That close-up shot with the coconut peeking out is heaven. Coconut is becoming one of my fave sources for extra fat!

Donnie Darko is SO weird. I did not understand the ending at all. Although, I really enjoyed the soundtrack.

Susan March 22, 2010 at 11:19 pm

I forgot to mention that I made the coconut butter into 2 batches. The first batch turned the way it should. Then I decided to drop in a tsp of agave nectar, and it became thick!!!!!!
Then I blended and blended and still, became thick and sticky. Had to take that away from me and made the remaining batches that turned out perfect!!

Thanks again! 🙂

Susan March 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

They look delish!!
BTW, just wanted to say that I did the coconut butter, and it turned out AMAZING!! I just made enough to fill a jar!!!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 22, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Susan, Glad you enjoyed the coconut butter!

Alisa - Frugal Foodie March 22, 2010 at 2:09 pm

Serious deliciousness! I keep meaning to try some coconut flour pancakes. I bought loads of coconut flour, time to get busy!

Angharad (Eating for England) March 22, 2010 at 11:42 am

Hells bells! Those pancakes look amazing! I’m always looking for delicious new pancake recipes so thanks a million for this!

FoodFitnessFreshair March 22, 2010 at 11:38 am

Those pancakes look so good…and I’ve been having a few of those nights myself. Love your last post…I’m afraid I can be a condiment whore myself.

Beth March 22, 2010 at 10:09 am

Hi, Heather! i just found your blog and am loving it! Those macaroons look delicious

JavaChick March 22, 2010 at 10:07 am

I read that book and I thought it was delightful! Pancakes look great too. 🙂

Heather @ Get Healthy With Heathee March 22, 2010 at 9:38 am

Um yum! Frosted pancakes make my mouth water. It’s like dessert for breakfast. I didn’t have pancakes on Sunday but did my pina colada breakfast bars, such a coconutty and fruity perfection.

Kelly March 22, 2010 at 9:31 am

YUM!!! It is a good thing we don’t live close to eachother because I would have totally been at your doorstep begging for a bite! 🙂

Katie T March 22, 2010 at 8:59 am

Oh my god Heather, I feel so honoured to have made the blog!! SO GLAD you liked the frosting….I made another batch yesterday, and it’s already gone today…whoops!!! This time I had it on some avodado-chocolate-almond butter pudding (alla Fitnessista) for dessert…deadly.
Hope you have a fabulous week!

pippapatchwork March 22, 2010 at 8:45 am

Donnie Darko is one of those movies that gives me such a weird feeling but I still watch it for some reason…and I totally woke up at 3:30 am this morning, too! Sometimes you just can’t quiet your mind enough to stay in bed.

Sophie March 22, 2010 at 7:57 am

I love Donnie Darko. Its weird and trippy, but sometimes you are just in the mood for that 🙂 It is incredibly thought-provoking, though, which is why I like it the most!

brittac March 21, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Donnie Darko puts me in such a strange mood – I think if I watched it I would have to make something as amazing as the coconut pancakes too – to get myself out of the darko funk

Emily March 21, 2010 at 10:41 pm

My gosh, those pancakes look amazing! I love the sound of that coconu cream cheese frosting.

Donnie Darko is seriously the weirdest movie ever. That rabbit is so scary.

Brandi March 21, 2010 at 8:58 pm

Donnie Darko was crazy! That was the first movie we got from netflix 🙂

And I have that BOOK! I haven’t started it yet, but I just got another recommendation for it last night at our dinner. Guess I should get it out soon.

Happy sunday!

Michal March 21, 2010 at 8:39 pm

Those look scrumptious to me! I agree with Miss GC you are the pancake queen! 🙂

GLIDINGCALM March 21, 2010 at 8:28 pm

You are pancake queeeeeeeeeeen!! Those look fantastic!!

eatmovelove March 21, 2010 at 8:27 pm

Coconut flour is good.
HEAB, I know you don’t like reading my blog and are busy -but I wouldn’t mind some input if you have a moment to glance at the latest…namaste.

Samantha Angela @ Bikini Birthday March 21, 2010 at 7:57 pm

Damn! That looks good. I love pancakes!

Melissa S. March 21, 2010 at 7:46 pm

donnie darko is creepy…but i love it because i <3 jake. freak'n hotttt.

Critty/Crusty/etc March 21, 2010 at 7:35 pm

Yo – I feel so cool for making the blog yesterday (or whatever day the condiment one was on)~
My internet has been out so i’m having to catch up at random times in various places….yes, crazy that I liked plain turkey sammys but thankfully that has changed – I definitely put something on it these days. STILL love my turkey though – it’s funny b/c as I was reading I thought you were going to mention something about KETCHUP b/c that is obviously my condiment of choice -or salsa if that’s considered a condiment??!

Hey, I have some marinutta tahini butter that I want to give to you – I just opened it today. I won’t use it like you will so I want you to have it….

Also, I have been OBSESSED with coconut lately – sometimes I call myself COCO nut but anywho – love the oil, shredded, ice cream, etc. SO anytime you want to have me over for something coconut -i’m there and can bring ingredients or whatever is needed to go with 🙂

Ok, done with my random comments- talk to ya later

Gena March 21, 2010 at 7:13 pm

We’re just coconut fiends lately, aren’t we? Awesome idea, m’dear. Have to try coconut butter soon. I’m sure these were totally wonderful!

Mimi (Damn the Freshman 15) March 21, 2010 at 6:31 pm

Wow, bomb pancakes! I REALLY need to track down coconut flower. Would you recommend a brand?

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 21, 2010 at 7:04 pm

Mimi, I’ve only ever used Bob’s Red Mill. Love it!

Julie March 21, 2010 at 6:22 pm

Yum!!! I’m trying it for sure. I love that there are no grains in this recipe. Thanks!

Pure2Raw twins March 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Heather these pancakes not only look great they sound amazing! Love anything with coconut!!!!

Jennifer Trigo March 21, 2010 at 5:16 pm

oh yeah, and I have no coconut flour…almond flour works too I suppose?

Jennifer Trigo March 21, 2010 at 5:01 pm

Crazy Heather! I was just debating last night on how I could make some good coconut pancakes. Great minds think alike! It is the coconut gods that bind us…making us all mighty coco-nuts ourselves:P I shall try this in the AM! I think I may use those yolks as topping though, perhaps with some sweetener and cocoa powder!….hmm…maybe sweetener and vanilla extract!….hmm…maybe some sweetener and coconut oil, or cinnamon or all of it or almond butter….eeekkk.

my mind constantly contemplates ingredients for everything. lol

it sucks that I broke my cheapy blender. I wish for a VitaMix:(…any decent/cheaper alternatives you would suggest?

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 21, 2010 at 5:32 pm

Jennifer, Mae seems to love her $45.00 blender: http://ohhmay.com/2010/03/13/homemade-cacao-bliss/

From Party To Hearty March 21, 2010 at 4:37 pm

Going for a HUGE grocery shop soon! Aww your pancakes always look so good. I cant wait to get my apartment and try these great eats!

Betherann March 21, 2010 at 4:21 pm

This post’s title made me drool!

On my end, I’m having weird sleeping patterns, too. Sorry to hear that you’re sharing in this. 🙁 After an off-and-on night’s “rest,” the hubby and I went for a glorious 2 hour hike with our dogs. We did the same thing yesterday, and after both hikes we went to Barnes & Noble where he read and I wrote (and edited, emailed, caught up on my feed reader, and commented on this post!). 🙂

Sonia @ Master of Her Romaine March 21, 2010 at 3:50 pm

Ohh those look awesome!
I have seen Donnie Darko, and it’s strange, but I like it! The “Sparkle Motion” stuff is too hilarious! They made a second one where the sister finds out she’s adopted and goes in search of her other family or something…but I have not seen that one.

Annie (HotFlashBang) March 21, 2010 at 3:48 pm

oo-oo-oo- whee.. those pancakes look SCRUMPTIOUS! I don’t have the ingredients to make these… but they’re going on my list so I can make them next Sunday. I love traditions.. and this tradition of yours to do pancakes on Sundays is the BOMB!

Then, when I least expect it you surprise me with a good book! How did I miss this one?? Ordering now! Oh! Have you ever done “pass the book”? You can do it “officially” or just simply pass the book on. I work at a hospital where people usually don’t get to prepare for long waits and may not have brought reading material with them. I read a book and plop it in a waiting area where it disappears into the hands and mind of someone who really needs to be “taken away” the way only a book can do… I do the same with magazines that would typically just clutter my house… it’s a small way to help the planet too! If you’re interested in something a bit more “official” see http://pass-the-book.blogspot.com/

Blog on sister!

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 21, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Thanks Annie, I never buy books and usually just check them out from our local library. “Pass the book” is a great idea. I’m going to check it out!

Heather March 21, 2010 at 3:39 pm

oh good Lord…coconut cheesecake frosting? could there be anything better in the world? i think not 🙂

i haven’t seen donnie darko, and honestly i probably won’t 🙂 i’m too much of a sucker for romantic comedies!

Michelle March 21, 2010 at 3:18 pm

Ooooo pancakes!! 🙂

caronae March 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Those look awesome. Definitely one of the most fun pancake recipes I’ve seen in a while! I love rainy-curl-up-inside days, but it’s actually pretty nice in NY, and I ran the NYC half this morning. So fun. Now homework time. Ick. I hope you are continuing to enjoy your Sunday 🙂

Scooter March 21, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Are there any left? I’m coming over. Ernie wants to play with the big dogs.

Meg's Gut March 21, 2010 at 3:11 pm

those look great, and relatively easy!

Liz March 21, 2010 at 2:55 pm

Thanks for the recipie. I just bought coconut flour a couple of weeks ago to make the almond butter “silk” reipie so it’s great to have another use for it.

You will LOVE the rest of the Potato Peel Society book. I read it during DC’s blizzard and have been recommending it to anyone who will listen ever since!

fitandfortysomething March 21, 2010 at 2:42 pm

Yum love coconut everything! Never seen the movie or read those books! Enjoy your cozy day 🙂

eatmovelove March 21, 2010 at 2:40 pm

Never seen that movie. I watched Love Happens with Jennifer Aniston and Aaron Eckhart…meh, it wasn’t just a cheesy rom-com that I thought it would be…but I don’t know – I think I’m getting sick of Jen Aniston playing these girls – she’s too perfect from her hair to her clothes – bah!! I’m just jealous 🙂
Love that coconut cream-cheese frosting too!! Too those who haven’t made – beware – it’s addicting…and you don’t know untill it’s too late ….:0

Carbzilla March 21, 2010 at 2:38 pm

Holy yum!!!!

I didn’t really “get” DD but maybe I should have seen it when it first came out before all the hype.

I had Kodiak pancakes with a half scoop of chocolate Jay Robb. I’ve learned too much protein powder in the mix makes them drier and less fluffy than I would like. Little (ok, a lot) of AB and some s/f syrup, and I was good to go!

Enjoy your snuggly day.

Jaya March 21, 2010 at 2:16 pm

Heather, I haven’t seen S.Darko yet (have you?) but I love Donnie Darko. I levitate toward anything that raises existential questions and DD is like a subtext goldmine!
When we were jetlagged from our trip overseas, we woke up one morning at 4am and watched the Sound of Music, but it’s so interesting to note that you picked something so intense!
These pancakes look just delicious. I went to breakfast with some girlfriends and had an amazing sandwich with (all local ingredients) avocado, bacon, egg and I am still full…4 hours later! It was super delicious.

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 21, 2010 at 2:48 pm

Jaya, Nope, haven’t seen S. Darko yet, and yes *intense*, very good word to describe Donnie Darko!

Kenzie (Healthy Purpose) March 21, 2010 at 1:57 pm

Those look amazing! And I love the ingredient list. I’ll definitely think this in mind for my next brunch party.

theemptynutjar March 21, 2010 at 1:56 pm

i started reading a stephen king book , but halfway through i gave up…it was giving me the creepy crawlies…so i am just reading a silly book now!
I watched The Hangover recently. Good movie. Watched Mean Girls and Devil Wears Prada all day!

grm3690 March 21, 2010 at 1:55 pm

Hey, Heather! I just found your blog, and your story is so inspiring! Can’t wait to read more about all of your awesome eats 🙂

The Fit Collegiate March 21, 2010 at 1:47 pm

Yummy pancakes! I read the “Guernsey Literary Society” book over winter break and really enjoyed it. If you’re looking for another good read, I read “The Art of Racing in the Rain” and LOVED it. Whipped through it in a day!

Candice March 21, 2010 at 1:41 pm

Your pancakes look awesome – what a great close up! So sorry you couldn’t sleep. At least Sundays are a great day for an afternoon nap! I think I might try to squeeze one in as well…

midgetkeeper March 21, 2010 at 1:25 pm

Those pancakes look amazing!

Kristin (Cook, Bake and Nibble) March 21, 2010 at 1:11 pm

What a delicious looking breakfast!


Deirdre March 21, 2010 at 1:09 pm

I thought Donnie Darko was kinda too weird for me and I usually like ‘different’ movies.

Brynn March 21, 2010 at 12:53 pm

I really liked that book! I didn’t know if I’d like the letter style writing but it worked.

Tiffany March 21, 2010 at 12:49 pm

wow, coconut macaroon pancakes? macaroons and pancakes all rolled into one? and with coconut? haha sounds awesome!

i actually loved donnie darko and went through a phase a few years ago where i tried to get everyone i knew to watch it. and of course i loved writing 28:06:42:12 everywhere haha. can you say obsessed? i know it’s a weird film, but i loved it nonetheless haha. its very confusing, but maybe that’s why i liked it.

Deb (SmoothieGirlEatsToo) March 21, 2010 at 12:36 pm

Oh I hate those sleepless nights. Throws everything off. HOpefully you can take a little Japanese power nap later.

I’m definitely due for some pancakes- allie had a killer one the other day…perhaps dinner?

I’m heading up the coast to meet Girl Hero Jenn and her familia. They’ll hike and we’ll do kettlebells til our arms fall off can’t wait!
Enjoy your day!

VeggieGirl March 21, 2010 at 12:32 pm

Donnie Darko!! Recommended to you by which weird friend of yours??? 😉

Janet (Pantry Bites) March 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Pancakes look fantastic. Love coconut flour. It’s like sponge- absorbs everything.

I love Donnie Darko…just keep thinking about the white rabbit. It is a weird movie but strangely attracted to it.

Lauren @ Eater not a runner March 21, 2010 at 12:27 pm

Sorry about the sleeping problems :-/ At least breakfast looks delicious!

Ameena March 21, 2010 at 12:22 pm

My mom would go crazy for this recipe since her favorite thing in the world is coconut macaroons! Delicious!!

Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen) March 21, 2010 at 12:20 pm

Coconut flour in pancakes is so tasty! I am have pancakes for dinner in honor of pancake Sunday! Is is dinner time yet???

Ashlei March 21, 2010 at 12:15 pm

So I just put macaroons in the dehydrator! 🙂 Today is a coconut-y sort of day I guess!

jenny March 21, 2010 at 12:14 pm

I’m eating a grilled laughing cow and strawberry preseves sandwich! And studying, … and working. No fun, and no Donnie Darko!

Lauren E March 21, 2010 at 12:12 pm

It sure is a rainy day in Nashville! I’m staying inside too 😛 I saw Donnie Darko, I’d say it was interesting…I enjoy seeing Jake Gyllenhaal in any movie though! 🙂 Those pancakes look fantastic!

Chloe March 21, 2010 at 12:02 pm

I had pancakes this morning too – blueberry topped with peanut butter. So yummy, I love deviating from my usual bowl of oats. Today I am going to hit up the market for some fun ingredients to spice up my meals, I’m feeling like I’m in a rut and need to get creative like HEAB does!

Run Sarah March 21, 2010 at 12:01 pm

Coconut!! Yum, I need to pick up some coconut flour – it sounds like it would have a great texture!

Julie @ Pickley Pear March 21, 2010 at 11:58 am

Never even heard of Donnie Darko! I feel your pain when it comes to waking up in the middle of the night. Love the pancake idea, I rarely make them anymore! Enjoy the rest of your day, and take a nap if possible!

Mara @ What's for Dinner? March 21, 2010 at 11:58 am

I did blueberry flax pancakes again today 🙂 I love Pancake Sunday! I’m sorry about the getting up so early thing… I’ve noticed i have a really hard time staying asleep about one week “mid month”… could that be it?

Heather Eats Almond Butter March 21, 2010 at 11:59 am

Mara, Could be!

nutellacube March 21, 2010 at 11:57 am

I thought Donnie Darko was quite strange too. I had read reviews and was psyched when I finally rented it. I should probably see it again though, as I saw it four years ago, when I was sixteen…

The coconut macaroon pancakes sound fabulous. Only if I could find that So Delicious coconut milk beverage in Canada… last I glanced at the dairy aisle on one of my rare trips to Whole Foods, I don’t think I saw it. How was the texture of the pancakes?


Heather Eats Almond Butter March 21, 2010 at 11:58 am

Jenny, Fluffy & light from the egg whites, but the shredded coconut added a bit of chewy texture, and I love a little chew. 🙂

Carolyn March 21, 2010 at 11:53 am

OMG that looks good…

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