Healthy Toppings for Gluten-Free, Paleo Coconut Flour Pancakes

If you’ve been through the coconut flour pancakes basics and are now wondering what to pair with your coconut flour pancakes, here’s a short list of some tasty toppers to give you some ideas!

While coconut flour in itself is healthy for you, full of fibers and nutrients, the value is kind of decreased if you just choose to top your coconut flour pancakes with unhealthy products. Of course there is nothing wrong with a little cheat every now and then, but if you want to stay on the healthier side, I’ve put together a few delicious suggestions!

Coconut flour can be very dense, even after cooking it, so it’s good to serve your coconut flour pancakes with something that has a lot of flavor, as well as a lot of moisture.  If you’ve been reading my other coconut flour pancakes recipes, you will notice that I usually just top my pancakes with grass-fed butter or organic honey, so let’s start the list with that.

butter

Grass-fed butter has a deeper yellow color compared to non grass-fed butter.

1) Grass-fed butter you can find in almost any store or supermarket. It’s naturally packed with nutrients and vitamins like Vitamin A, D, E, and K, and full of good cholesterol.  However, it is still a dairy product, so if you want dairy-free coconut flour pancakes you can put ghee (what is ghee? link), which you can find in supermarkets or specialty stores. You can also make your own ghee by boiling regular grass-fed butter and removing the liquid residue. Sometimes coconut flour pancakes can be a bit dense and dry so I usually like to put a pat of butter or ghee between each pancake, to add moisture, and because it tastes delicious!

raw-honey

Raw honey comes in different colors depending on the flower.

2) Raw, organic honey on coconut flour pancakes for me is the best. I prefer honey over maple syrup because I feel it’s difficult to find real organic maple syrup. Raw honey is also a safe choice for diabetics and people (like me) who are keeping watch on their sugar levels. Just make sure that the honey you’re buying is really 100% organic, and not full of chemicals. Honey in it’s pure form where it’s almost like crystals and very thick is the best quality to get as a topper for coconut flour pancakes.Try honey and grass-fed butter with this recipe for Buttermilk Coconut Flour Pancakes. 

 

coconut butter

So good, tastes like peanut butter

3) Coconut Butter with coconut flour pancakes. A recent and amazing discovery to my palate. Made from just from coconut meat, it’s densely packed with nutrients and healthy fibers. Pure coconut butter is white in color, and quite dense. The texture is similar to peanut butter, but a bit drier. I usually make a mixture to put onto my coconut flour pancakes by combining equal parts coconut butter with honey or equal parts coconut butter with coconut cream. It’s so healthy and good! Try some delicious coconut butter with this recipe for Chocolate Chip Coconut Flour Pancakes. 

4) Extra Virgin Coconut Oil. Firstly, it’s important that you get  the extra virgin organic coconut oil if you’ll be eating it plain on top of coconut flour pancakes– otherwise the taste will be awful. Extra virgin coconut oil is almost clear in color, sometimes a slight tint of yellow, but not a lot, and it definitely should be without any tint of gray. It should also have a sweet and strong coconut smell, if it doesn’t then your coconut oil isn’t at it’s purest, and I wouldn’t suggest trying it alone on coconut flour pancakes.

Extra

Extra Virgin Coconut Oil shouldn’t have a more yellow tint than this.

If you want to have dairy-free coconut flour pancakes, this is an excellent alternative to butter. Coconut oil brings out the sweet and nutty flavor in coconut flour pancakes. Just put 1-2 Tbsps of extra virgin coconut oil over your pancakes along with some honey, and you’ll be good to go!

Lemon

Using the zest as well as the juice gives it more flavor!

5) Lemons and coconut flour pancakes. If you haven’t tried this yet, you need to right now! I like to add some of the lemon juice with some honey over my coconut flour pancakes, it’s so zesty and fresh! Add some candied lemon or some powdered sugar with lemon juice on your coconut flour pancakes for a great presentation if you’re serving it to guests. Check out this recipe for Lemon Coconut Flour Pancakes if you want to incorporate it into the batter.

 

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All natural, all yummy!


 6) Natural jams and preserves on coconut flour pancakes. Make sure that when you look for jams or preserves you buy the ones that don’t only say “organic” but also have a “no sugar added” label. Sometimes people are under the misconception that because it’s labeled “organic” and “natural” that it’s healthy. Always read your ingredients! I like apricot or blueberry jam on my coconut flour pancakes, because of the tart flavors!

7) Caramelized Bananas! Oozing goodness onto your coconut flour pancakes. These are so simple to make, and can really transform the average pancake into a fancy dessert! All you need is a banana, cinnamon, butter, and a sprinkling of natural cane sugar. If you want sugar-free coconut flour pancakes, you can use stevia or xylitol.

Caramelized-Banana

Fry them in butter or coconut oil until crispy on the outside, but soft inside.

Here’s how you do it: In a pan, heat up an adequate amount of butter or coconut oil for frying, about 1-2 Tbsp. Then, peel the banana(s) and toss them in cinnamon and sugar. Fry them until they develop a crisp exterior, chop and put over your coconut flour pancakes! If you have left over sauce in the pan, pour it over as well, it tastes sooo good. Try them with this recipe for Banana Coconut Flour Pancakes.

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