My husband is obsessed with coconut. He is not a chocolate fan (sadly or not sadly I still haven’t figured out if this is good or bad), but give him coconut or pumpkin and he’s in heaven. And we’re also huge fans of breakfast for dinner, it just seems so New England to me, we love nothing more than to nestle in on a Friday night with big plates of pancakes and thick slab bacon (the only thing I hate about having pancakes for dinner is that I feel like I can’t eat dessert then, agh!).

But these pancakes are actually a fantastic side dish, and I’m listing a few meal pairings below that I think they make a great alternative to rolls or bread. If you’re serving them as a side dish with a savory meal, I would skip the syrup and just serve with warm melty butter and the flaked coconut on top!

Fluffy and Toasty Coconut Pancakes

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American


  • 2 cups all purpose flour
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 3/4 tsp salt
  • 1 cup whole buttermilk You can make your own buttermilk by mixing 1 cup milk with 1 tbsp white vinegar and let sit 5 to 10 minutes till curdled
  • 1 (13.25-ounce) can unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups sweetened flaked coconut, divided
  • coconut or vegetable oil


  • In a large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, coconut milk, egg, and vanilla extract until mixed well.
  • Add wet ingredients to dry, stirring just until all of the flour is moistened. 
  • Stir in 1 cup of coconut.
  • Place remaining coconut in a small nonstick pan and heat over medium heat, stirring frequently, until toasted. Watch it carefully so it doesn't burn
  • Heat a griddle over medium heat. Coat griddle with a little oil and use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to drop batter onto griddle. Cook until bubbles form in center and flip over. Cook another 1 to 2 minutes.
  • Top pancakes with toasted coconut


You can serve with maple syrup or fresh fruit

These pancakes go fabulously with these Indian dishes:

Slow Cooker Tikka Masala
Stovetop Butter Chicken
Cashew Chicken

I just love the combination of a spicy main dish and a sweet bread side (you can add a salad or green vegetable too) and these coconut pancakes really complement these main dishes. Or you can enjoy them on their own with thick slab bacon or spicy sausage and don’t forget the hot chocolate!