These Perfectly Fluffy Paleo Pancakes are made with a combination of coconut flour and tapioca flour. Airy, fluffy and nut-free, these are a big win for breakfast time!
A few weeks ago, we spent the weekend in Cleveland visiting friends and on Saturday morning, a few of us whipped up a massive brunch. And of course, since I am convinced there is never too much breakfast food, I decided to add to the menu (that already consisted of hash, quiche, fresh fruit, bacon and sausage) by adding some pancakes. It was one of those instances where I wanted them, but didn't have a recipe to use and was going to have to get creative with the supplies available to me. Since I'm was all about experimenting, I threw random ingredients together in a bowl, closed my eyes and prayed something good came out of it all. Kidding - kind of.
Fortunately, my friends had been adding some Paleo recipes to their diet so they had coconut flour, tapioca flour and non-dairy milk for me to use. I set to work combining these ingredients with some eggs, coconut sugar and vanilla before working on getting them to fluff up. I was never a huge Paleo pancake fan because they pancakes always ended up flat and extremely dense, but recently I'd seen a trick to put a lid on the pan when you are cooking the pancakes to help increase the fluff. Since I was already testing a recipe, why not test a new procedure too ya know? I added in baking soda and apple cider vinegar and set to work. The results that I got were a billion times better than I could have imagined. I had kind of been tossing stuff in as I went but I loved the outcome so much that I had to quickly write down the recipe.
Hoping that I had remembered everything right, I remade these pancakes the next weekend at home to perfect them. And to eat them again obviously. This time, I added a muddle strawberry topping to them and it was just beautiful. I made one tiny tweek to the ingredients between the first run through and this second one, but other than that, everything turned out!
When you go to make these, you might be a bit fooled by the consistency. The batter mixes up easily but it WILL be a bit thicker than traditional pancake batter. They don't spread around the pan as you might be used to, so I like to use a 1/4 cup scoop, drop it into the pan and then use the back of a spoon to spread it around. Alternatively, you could just use a spoon, drop it by the tablespoon until you have the size of pancake you like and then spread it a little more.
Yes, the batter is thicker than traditional batter, but once you make them, you'll see that the pancakes will have the same fluffy, airy texture that you are used to an looking for. So much so, that non-paleo and/or non-gluten free eaters won't be able to tell the difference. To quote one friend, "wait, these are paleo?"