Breakfast

Chia Coconut Pancakes

It’s about time I posted a breakfast, right? I was psyched about this one as it’s different but easy to make.  AND the nutritional value is out of this world.  There are a lot of pancake recipes out there that use wholewheat flour, but coconut flour is new and now my new best friend.  Coconut flour is a delicious, healthy alternative to wheat and other grain flours. Ground from dried, defatted coconut meat, coconut flour is high in fibre and low in digestible carbohydrates. A single 2 Tbsp serving of coconut flour delivers 5 grams of fibre with only 8 grams of carbs.  Lovin’ that, right?!

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And don’t even get my started on Coconut Oil!  Coconuts are everywhere now and I’m loving it!  From shampoo to moisturiser, to cooking and putting into your smoothies (yes!  smoothies!) you can’t go wrong with Coconut Oil!  Listen up!

Here are the Health Benefits of Virgin Coconut Oil:

Coconut oil is made up of medium-chain fatty acids that accelerate and stimulates metabolism, and definitely gives you more energy.  Coconut oil has a good quantity of caprylic acid in it which is well known to kill off excess candida by targeting harmful bacteria.  It is also rich in lauric acid which protects your heart by reducing total cholesterol and increasing the good cholesterol.

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And here is an astounding fact about coconut oil; even though it is a fat, it can actually help with weight loss!  The healthy medium chain fatty acids do not circulate in the bloodstream like other fats; they are sent directly to the liver and are converted into energy. Thus the body does not store the fat in coconut oil as fat; it uses it to produce energy instead.  Loving that one!

Also, it doesn’t produce an insulin spike – instead, it actually helps to control blood sugar by improving the secretion of insulin.  So, good for diabetics!  And lastly, (although there are MANY more benefits!) coconut oil as studies done on residents in the Pacific Islands showed that their diets included 30-60% of their calories from saturated coconut oil and yet they have a nearly non-existent rate of cardiovascular disease!

And don’t even get my started on the topical benefits.  Yes!  You can put it on your skin and hair! It speeds up healing on the skin but is also a great moisturiser as well as conditioner for the hair!

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If you’re wondering how the heck are we going to make pancakes without eggs?!  Well, that’s one of the many beauties of chia seeds…. they can be used as an egg replacement as well!  Yes, C’est vrai!  Simply combine 1 Tbsp of Chia with 3 Tbsp of water and let the seeds expand for about 20 minutes, and voila!  You have a seriously healthy alternative to eggs!  The benefits of Chia Seeds are seriously UNREAL – well, have a look at my other post called ‘Chia Seeds – A Cool Superfood’ and you’ll see why.  With the combo of coconut and chia – this breakfast is super special, nutritious and superfood delicious!  Grab yourself these ingredients!

Makes about 12 silver dollar pancakes:

6 Tbsp chia combined with 18 Tbsp water (let sit and expand for at least 20 minutes)

1/3 cup coconut oil

2/3 cup coconut milk

1 tsp. vanilla extract

1/4 cup coconut palm sugar

1/2 cup coconut flour

1 1/2 tsp. baking powder

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You will first need to combine the chia seed mixture, coconut oil, coconut milk, vanilla and coconut sugar in a large bowl. You can then add coconut flour and baking powder. Mix again until lumps are incorporated. Scoop about a 1/4 cup of the mixture onto your hot pan to make your silver dollar pancakes.  YUM!

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48 comments

  1. Looks absolutely deliscious!

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and for following. You have a great blog here with some awesome content – keep up the good work 🙂

  2. I love coconut and drop it in cookies and brownies. I did not know coconut flour existed. Is it available everywhere? Thanks for visiting and deciding to follow me.

  3. loving the site, got some great stuff here. trying to get more of my friends into healthy living, i live a pretty healthy lifestyle but i’m no saint! thank you for following my thoughts on food too. I write poetry as well on wordpress, if that interests you at all, have a read. best, doug

  4. AnElephantCant survive on just peanuts
    Although he thinks that they are his dream
    He likes the look of your pancakes
    They look just like his mum bakes
    But can he please have his with ice cream?

  5. I was brought here because you dropped by my blog and kindly started following it. What a delightfully yummy page you have here! I’m salivating at all these recipes. Following (and cooking) for sure!

  6. I love the video! You have such a happy vibe it is infectious! I have not had the opportunity to work with chia or anything coconut (other than flakes) before – so this is a intriguing recipe for me. It looks mighty tasty. Also, I wanted to let you know, because you were a follower of FoodToTheMax, that we’ve moved to http://chasingteal.com – I hope you will follow and enjoy the same great posts, with even more content and images!

  7. I just found my way here, after seeing that you’re following my blog! 😉 I’m definitely an omnivore, but I have been looking for some good recipes, and this definitely is what I’ve been looking for! I only eat meat once a day, so there is lots of room for veggie goodness…I’ll be back!

  8. Holy shit. What a tease! I have to say that I agree with you on food that is dense with nutrition. Like these pancakes. We have a Hare Krishna Temple nearby that has a restaurant in it, and they have stuff like this all of the time. I love making things like this at home. Thanks for the like on the Elmore Leonard post, It brought me to this site and I’m a better man for it!

  9. Those look amazing! Have you tried baking anything with coconut flour? I’m always looking for healthier alternatives to whole wheat flour, but I’m always afraid the texture will be way off.

  10. I really like like the idea of chia seeds instead of egg for there are some recipes I’d like to make but require consumption of raw egg. Not sure homemade mayo will taste the same but worth a shot!

  11. Hi Julie, thanks for visiting HappySpiritsKitchen! Im so happy to have found your site, Im very much still learning the lifestyle of eating good nutritious food and we are so eager to teach people that it can and does taste good too! We aren’t actually sacrificing anything by choosing not to eat take aways are other ‘food’ of the sorts. I love your recipes and will be making your Chia coconut pancakes for sure!
    Once again thanks
    MissHappySpirits

  12. Will have to come back and have my husband, the cook, have a dig through your recipes. I love eating coconut, but don’t like it on my skin. Weird eh? Yoga? Would love to have yoga moves while travelling. The long days kill me! Thanks for dropping by and following “Honey.”

  13. Dear Julie, I’m a big fan of your recipes. Thank you for sharing! I would love to try the chia pancake but my son is doesn’t like coconut 🙁 Do you have a substitute I could use to replace the coconut flour? I have tried with almond powder/flower but it does not work (not compact/thick enough). Thank you for the advise. Best wishes from Belgium!

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