Coconut flour is a flavorful and fragrant gluten-free alternative but can be a bit tricky to work with. We've smoothed out the kinks to ensure that these pancakes come out golden brown, tender and packed with coconut flavor. Since coconut flour is high in fiber, it retains a significant amount of liquid, which can make pancakes dry. The Greek yogurt in this recipe provides extra moisture and fat to ensure the pancakes stay plush and moist. Because there's no gluten to provide strength or structure to the batter, we call for an extra egg white, baking powder and a little elbow grease when whisking the wet ingredients to make the pancakes fluffy while also being sturdy enough to flip. Just be sure to keep the pancakes small so they can be easily flipped. With a little patience and a quick turn of the wrist, these coconut flour pancakes are sure to satisfy.
Sift the coconut flour, baking powder, salt and baking soda into a medium bowl.
Vigorously whisk the eggs and egg white in a large bowl until combined and just starting to foam on the surface, about 1 minute. Whisk the coconut milk and Greek yogurt in a separate glass measuring cup or a small bowl until combined. While whisking, add the coconut milk mixture, maple syrup, coconut oil and vanilla extract to the eggs and whisk until combined and bubbly.
Fold the flour mixture into the egg mixture until just combined (it's OK if there are some lumps).
Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium heat and lightly brush with coconut oil. Making 2 pancakes per batch, pour 1/4 cup of the batter into the skillet for each pancake and top with toasted coconut flakes if using. Cook until the bottom is golden brown and the edges are just beginning to set with some small bubbles forming, 2 to 3 minutes. (If the pancakes are browning too quickly, reduce the heat to medium-low.) Flip and continue cooking until golden brown on the other side, about 2 more minutes. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with the remaining batter, brushing the pan with more coconut oil as needed. Serve with butter, syrup and more toasted coconut.
When measuring flour, we spoon it into a dry measuring cup and level off excess. (Scooping directly from the bag compacts the flour, resulting in dry baked goods.)
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