Tapioca & almond meal pancakes (paleo friendly)

Pancakes with banana and coconut condensed milk

Pancakes with banana and coconut condensed milk

Do you know how many wheat flour substitutes I now have in my cupboard?  A LOT.  I seem to have collected a massive amount of different flours to enable me to continue to experiment food wise while still maintaining our predominantly paleo approach.  At first coconut flour and almond meal were the go to for cooking, but I recently purchased tapioca flour to make a key lime pie base, so that’s now added in the mix (excuse the pun.)  While there is some debate as to whether tapioca is truly paleo friendly, I went with it for the sake of convenience.

In the week after the key lime pie dinner I still had some coconut condensed milk.  While it is amazing in smoothies I really wanted to use it more creatively.  A quick google and I came across a number of recipes for tapioca pancakes.  Tapioca though, I read, can be a bit rubbery, as anyone who has tried bubble tea can attest.  I really hate that stuff.  I spent some time volunteering in China about 10 years ago and still feel a bit queasy when I think of the warm bubble teas we got at the school I was in.  To counteract the potential tapioca squishiness I decided to add in some almond meal.  A good call.

Tapioca and Almond meal pancakes


  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1/2 cup almond meal
  • pinch of salt
  • 1 cup of coconut milk (I used the left overs from a can of coconut cream that I had taken the ‘top’ off.)
  • Coconut oil for cooking


Combine the flours, egg, salt and coconut milk in a bowl and whisk to remove lumps.  Melt coconut oil in fry pan and cook as per regular pancakes.  Unlike coconut flour pancakes these will hold together well.

The first was a bit thin, crepe like, so I rolled it with my paleo jam.  YUM.

Pancake with raspberry jam

Pancake with raspberry jam

The rest went into a stack with bananas and coconut condensed milk, as an homage to Thai banana pancakes you get in Bangkok which are AMAZINGLY GOOD. These were pretty impressive too, if I do say so myself.

Pancakes pre-topping.

Pancakes pre-topping.

The pancakes we really tasty and easy to make. I also added no sweetness to them so I think they’d make a reasonable alternative to tacos or a savoury wrap.  Add them to the repertoire.

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