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Paleo Plantain Pancakes

I’d been holding off on posting this recipe to the blog. Why? Well, for selfish reasons. “They” say to hoard your best recipes for publication. Anything I share here is no longer book material because ya’ll have it for free. So, I’ve shared this recipe on Instagram and other fleeting social networks where it would soon be forgotten.

Why share it now? Well my plans have changed! There’s lot of exciting stuff in store for Castaway Kitchen, but in the mean time… enjoy the shit out of these pancakes. They truly are perfection. They’re easy to make, and they turn out. Every. Single. Time.

No, they’re not the only plantain pancake recipe out there, but these are mine, and I love them and I want to share them with you.

Fun story, that beautiful picture above.. my dear friend Julie took it. She’s in San Diego. She was helping me put together my book proposal and was amazing enough to make and photograph a few of my recipes for it. How awesome is that. Also, you see, a non-blogger, no chef person made that gorgeous stack of flapjacks and you can too!

Paleo Plantain Pancakes
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  • 2 large green plantains (3 if they are small)
  • 4 eggs
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp maple syrup (more for serving)
  • 2 tbsp grain free flour of choice (I use Otto"s, but tapioca, almond or tigernut work too!)
  • 2 tsp baking soda
  • Ghee, butter, fruit, etc for topping!


  • Peel your plantain.
  • Cut off each end, and make a slit in the peel lengthwise then open the skin and peel it outwards and back. The greener the plantain, the harder to peel.
  • Cut in to a few pieces and add it to the blender.
  • Add in eggs, maple, fat, salt, baking soda, and grain free flour.
  • Cover blender and turn on low. Gradually increase the speed until the batter is moving.
  • Blend until all the plantain is completely smooth.
  • Heat a large skillet or griddle on medium heat.
  • Grease with ghee.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of batter per pancake. Cook 2-3 minutes per side.
  • Lower the heat if you smell it getting toasty. These are best cooked slow and low, because plantain caramelized easily and you don't want them to burn.
  • Flip when the edges look done, cook another 1-2 minutes.
  • The batter will make 6-8 pancakes. you can also halve the recipe and it works great for a mini stack 🙂

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9 Thoughts to “Paleo Plantain Pancakes”

  1. Catalina
    I loooove plantains, im from Colombia and we have tons. Actually I was looking for this kind of recipe cus i was wondering if i could replace my banana pancakes for plantains,and here you are. Thanks a lot for sharing!
    1. Que bueno Catalina!!! Espero que los difrutes!
  2. These pancakes are so creative! Plantains are amazing and I will definitely have to make this sometime!
  3. Erin
    OK I just tried to make these and they were so watery and would burn, I couldn't even flip them. I had the heat on the lowest setting and even would turn off the heat for a few minutes, then turn back on. I omitted the maple syrup bc we're doing whole 30. What am I doing wrong!?!
    1. Sorry to hear that! That is very strange as the recipe doesn't contain liquid. It sounds like you were using bananas or really ripe plantains, hence the soft texture and fast caramelization. We your plantains still partly green? What size were they?
      1. Also, did you add the flour? Which kind did you use?
  4. Nathalie
    I just made these and I think I'll stick to your recipe forever. They were super fluffy and light and so delicious! I poured Yacon sirup on them and it's to die for! Thanks so much for this recipe!!! Btw I love watching your snaps 😊 Greetings from Switzerland
    1. So thrilled you love them Nathalie! I love this recipe too <3

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