Life changing Paleo Plantain Pancakes

When I say these pancakes are life changing I REALLY MEAN IT! Hands down the most delicious pancakes I’ve EVER eaten, paleo or not, these were truly epic! Super thick and fluffy, incredibly satisfying, owing to the starchiness of the plantain and so darn easy to make! These will definitely be on weekly rotation.

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I’m not a carb fan. I don’t crave them like I do turkey, almond butter and all things coconut, most notably Coyo. I’ve been trying to introduce some alternative carb sources when I have my high carb day each week and so plantain pancakes were on my hit list. I wasn’t expecting a whole lot from them to be honest. If anything I anticipated them being a bit limp and stodgy. Far from it! I was literally blown away by how incredible they were.

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The batter itself was really thick and a little gloopy. The only benefit I saw was that at least it wouldn’t spread too thin when it hit the pan but it wasn’t exactly the kind of batter you’d be licking clean from the bowl so as not to let it go to waste.

Once cooked however…mind blowingly good! They held they’re shape and size, deflating slightly once allowed to cool but somehow still so beautifully thick and fluffy in the middle. The pictures far from do them justice and I’m not sure my words truly convey just how stunning these are. I had a comment from an Instagram follower asking if she could use banana in place of the plantain. Yes banana works but they taste nothing like these; the texture is completely unrivalled!

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As someone who doesn’t crave carbs, when it comes to these pancakes it’s an entirely different story. As soon as I’d finished I wanted more! I almost made more for dinner but decided not to mess with a good thing. I’ll look forward to them next week though admittedly I’m worried they might turn out quite so glorious but it’s a risk I’m willing to take!

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I topped them off with my new favourite low fat high protein “caramel”. You can hardly call it a recipe but if you get the thick glossy texture just right you will die and go to heaven. I topped my pancakes off once cooled allowing the caramel to hold on to it’s thick finish. Stick the rough of your mouth goodness.

What’s your favourite alternative recipe using plantains? They’re my new favourite high carb source for sure!

Three Ingredient Paleo Plantain Pancakes

by Michelle Hunt

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Keywords: fry breakfast bread snack gluten-free grain free nut-free paleo soy-free sugar-free protein powder plantain

Ingredients (4 thick pancakes)

  • 175g (1 medium / 6oz) yellow (not green, not brown, somewhere in between!) plantain, peeled weight
  • 2 large eggs or 1/2 cup (125ml) egg whites (I used egg whites and they were awesome!)
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder (optional)
  • 5 – 10 drops liquid stevia (optional)
  • Coconut oil as needed for cooking

Protein Chocolate Caramel


Blend together all ingredients until smooth.

Melt coconut oil in a pan over a medium heat.

I used 1/3 cup measures (80ml) of the batter and made four big thick pancakes. Cook one to two pancakes at a time, four if you have a SUPER large pan!

Cook for 3 minutes, gently flip and cook for 2-3 minutes more.

For the caramel beat together ingredients until thick, glossy and smooth in a small dish. I use a teaspoon.

Stack pancakes and top with caramel! If you place on top of the hot pancakes it will melt and absorb into the pancakes. I prefer to spread mine; each to they’re own!

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  1. These look so tasty! I love cooking with plantain as there is so many ways to use it and it has a wonderful flavour at each period of its ripening period. They are wonderful when they are black and at their sweetest.

    One of my favourite recipes is to cook plantian in the oven stuffed with ground meat (i think its called Plátanos Maduros Rellenos de Carne). Another is to use the plantain as a base for paleo quiche baked in a cast iron skillet. When at their ripest stage they are also ridiculously tasty fried when sliced and in coconut oil!

    Looking forward to cooking your pancakes recipe when i next buy some plantains!

      1. Here’s the recipe for the stuffed plantain (you can sub in the feta for something paleo friendly or just make it without):

        and the one for the paleo quiche (just omit the cheese if you want it completely paleo):

        This is a great recipe for mashed plantains with leek. You can omit the sour cream or swap it for a paleo friendly option (i’m thinking coconut milk or dairy free coconut yogurt.)

        Hope you enjoy making these! 🙂

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