Posted by: Lauren | January 24, 2010

coconut pancakes

Saturday was a mix of productivity, laziness, working out, and a new I was inspired by this recipe (from Cooking Light as usual). FYI: I will type a recipe idea into their website and then adapt to make using more whole foods or more flavorful or easier and occasionally I follow the recipe exactly. With this recipe, I changed to use wheat flour, a tad less sugar, and coconut oil instead of butter.

Please, make this recipe:

Coconut Wheat Pancakes


  • 1 1/2  cups  whole wheat white flour (I found at TJ’s-you could use a mix of whole wheat and all purpose)
  • 1.5  tablespoons  sugar
  • 2  tablespoons  flaked sweetened coconut
  • 1  teaspoon  baking powder
  • 1/2  teaspoon  salt
  • 1  (13.5-ounce) can light coconut milk
  • 1  tablespoon  coconut oil, melted
  • 1  large egg, lightly beaten

Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Combine flour and next 4 ingredients (through salt) in a large bowl. Combine coconut milk, butter, and egg; stir well. Add coconut milk mixture to flour mixture, stirring until smooth.

Pour about 1/4 cup batter per pancake onto a hot nonstick griddle or nonstick skillet. Cook 3 minutes or until tops are covered with bubbles and edges look cooked. Carefully turn pancakes over; cook 2 minutes or until bottoms are lightly browned.

These are SO yummy on their own, but they are divine with a tiny hit of pure maple syrup. Or like I had this morning, a leftover pancake warmed up with crunchy peanut butter. Oh and again for a snack with a sprinkle of chocolate chips. I told you these are good!



Oh man some of my pancakes got well, a little ugly and black. Oooops. I was kind of freaking out in the kitchen, unfortunately. In fact, Joe had to gently remind me to “Calm down, it’s just an egg” as I broke multiple yokes making eggs over easy! Ok now it’s funny, but I really need to work on patience, and not getting worked up when stuff goes wrong. Just picture me with the spatula going “Uhhh I broke another yoke!!!” and “Joe, please come here and man the bacon!”

In the end, breakfast for dinner was a success! We had some yummy natural bacon to use up from the chowder. Guys, newsflash: bacon is awesome. But I wish it was all crispy meat and no chewy fat. Visible meat fat=nastay (in my opinion). I know, I know, “fat gives it all the flavor,” I just don’t want to chew it, or see it, k?

His (just look past the ugly eggs and pancake):

IMG_0873Add a lot more to this plate-I like when my man wants seconds!


IMG_0875 Plus another piece of bacon and another pancake. Duh.


Joe came with me to my gym for the first time! The last time we had a gym membership together was when we were 17. At first we started on the elliptical and I warmed up for 5 minutes. Then I ran on the treadmill and he ellipticalled next to me. I haven’t been running for a few weeks because my shins and knees were bothering me and I’m done running with pain. Today: no pain and it was an awesome fast run! Thanks God! I ran my little heart out for only a mile then cooled down.

I’m thinking about maybe just working on speed with a mile or two running, depending on how my legs are feeling. Before I would always try and work on mileage, but injuries would ensue. Or, I could change my mind, like I do every other day.

Ok, so when I was walking after, Joe was like, “wait, I’ve got 3 more minutes.” I can’t tell you how cute that was because a part from his incredibly laborious job, he doesn’t work out.

Um he was like the fastest little elliptical man I’ve ever seen. A lil strength training followed and then, we swam! I hadn’t used the pool gym yet and it was great! My heart was a-pounding…swimming is such a good work out!


We celebrated the 25th Anniversary of Christ Community Church today. This church changed my life and showed me how to have a real relationship with our God through Christ, which has changed my eternity as well. I am so grateful to see God’s faithfulness to this body of believers.

“We look at this Son and see the God who cannot be seen. We look at this Son and see God’s original purpose in everything created. For everything, absolutely everything, above and below, visible and invisible, rank after rank after rank of angels-everything got started in him and finds its purpose in him. He was there before any of it came into existence and holds it all together right up to this moment. And when it comes to the church, he organizes and holds it together like a head does a body.” Colossians 1:15-18





  1. Hi Lauren,

    Looks like you’re having fun experimenting with recipes! You mentioned salad dressings, so I have to share. My new fav it Ken’s Light Sundried Tomato… I marinated chicken in that, plus tons of sliced, fresh garlic cloves, and a little olive oil. After several hours, I put all of tha tin a pyrex dish with all of the marinade and baked it in the oven at 350, for mmmm……maybe 30 mins. I served with Jasmine rice and roasted asparagus with Kosher salt, olive oil, and tons o garlic!! Yummy! Oh, do you ever use Montreal Steak seasoning on your burgers……mmmmm…so good. We share your sentiments about Spring/Summer…..we could literally taste Spring the other day when it was mid 60s….didn’t last long, but was nice respite from our winter. Love you tons!! Your Clam Chowder, burgers, and Curry dish sound YUMMO….your girl, RR, would be proud! HA!

    • That chicken sounds so good and I’m all over lots of fresh garlic! I even have sundried tomatoes that I could add as well. I really want to make that this week. I love your recipes! I haven’t used that seasoning-but I’ve heard it’s good. I was happy about 30’s this week! Sooo I really want to go with Mom and Dad on their trip to visit all of you guys, but I don’t want to leave Joe, and I have work…urgh. Who knows…?? Love you!

      • I was wondering if you’d be able to travel with your M&D. That would be so AWESOME! That chicken recipe would be extra yummy with Sundried Tomatoes added. I just bought some sundried tomato pesto yesterday….it has so much flavor!! Let me know if you try the chicken. We’re having TJs Pad Thai tonight. Richard does it in the wok and we just add chicken, plus bean sprouts, green onions and pnuts after it’s done. Enjoy your “warm” weather……I guess I shouldn’t mention that it’s going to be mid-50s here today. There is talk of a wintry mix though on Fri night/Saturday. Come visit us!!!

  2. Yummers! I love pancakes!! OH and I totally agree about the bacon, all I like is the crispy part!
    Dad and Steve are freaking out about the Vikings, wish you were here!

    • hehe you’re so cute kikers.

  3. Um ok YUM.

    I am making those delicious pancakes tonight. YUMYUMYUMYUMYUM…:) Oh and congrats to Steve and Emily! YEAY!

    • Let me know what you think of them!

  4. I could not be trusted with those pancakes! Awesome recipe! I am silly because I kinda like eggs like that. I could never do over easy. My husband has only gone to the gym with me or at all should I say, twice. We have had the membership for 2 years! Patience is something I continually work on too 🙂

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