Strawberry-Coconut Pancakes

I admit that I originally had another post scheduled for today, but I decided last night to change it. It was a post about a vegetable. I love my veggies, and you probably know this. You probably love them too if you come here again and again. But I decided, heck, it’s almost the weekend. Time to live a little and indulge, right? Unless you count carrot cake, I don’t really consider vegetables a part of my indulgences. Pancakes? That’s more like it.

I work with a group of people who celebrate Pancake Friday. Every Friday in the cafeteria, they indulge in a a thick stack cooked on a buttery griddle dripping in maple syrup. It sounds good, yes. I don’t partake, but I don’t feel like I’m missing anything either. Because I eat pancakes all the time.

Yes, that’s right. Ever since I figured out that I could enjoy pancakes without guilt, I think nothing of whipping up a short stack for myself any day of the week (they’re quick and easy, too.) Every time I do, I feel almost giddy with excitement. Like I’m partaking in some big secret. Like, hey there, my breakfast is better than YOURS in many more ways than one.

My pancake breakfast is low in fat, packed with good grains and protein, and with all the possible ways to dress them up, it always feels like an indulgence. I not only get to feel like I’m making something good for me, but also something that makes me feel really good. These pretty pancakes, studded with strawberries and coconut, were tied for second in the best-breakfast-this-week contest. If it weren’t for the no-bake-cashew butter-cookie-oats the next day, the pancakes would have won. Can you tell I love indulging in breakfast?

Strawberry-Coconut Pancakes

1/4 fat free, cholesterol free liquid egg substitute (or 2 egg whites)
1/4 cup (2oz) low fat cottage cheese
1/4 cup plain oats
1/4 teaspoon baking powder
dash of cinnamon
1 packet of Truvia, a few drops of liquid stevia, or other zero-calorie sweetener of choice
2 large strawberries, sliced thinly
1 tablespoon shredded coconut

Preheat a nonstick griddle over medium heat.

Combine all ingredients except for the strawberries and coconut in a blender, and process until smooth.

Spray the griddle with nonstick spray. Pour the batter onto the hot skillet, forming 2 large pancakes. Arrange the sliced strawberries and shredded coconut on top of the pancakes. Cook until tops are bubbly and the bottoms are set and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Flip and cook for 2-3 minutes on the second side.

Serve hot with syrup, if desired.*

Nutritional Info
Servings Per Recipe: 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories: 201.5
Total Fat: 5.0 g
Cholesterol: 7.5 mg
Sodium: 524.2 mg
Total Carbs: 24.1 g
Dietary Fiber: 4.0 g
Protein: 15.0 g

*If I can find any fault in these pancakes, it would be that they are one of just a couple things holding me back from entirely giving up artificial sweeteners, because I need my sugar-free syrup! Just can’t bring myself to go full-calorie. But artificial sweeteners in moderation are perfectly ok with me.

I’ve been enjoying this little indulgence again and again, so I’m sharing it with Amy at Simply Sugar & Gluten Free for her Slightly Indulgent Tuesday feature this week.  Go check it out for more tempting (but healthier!) goodies.

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69 Responses to “Strawberry-Coconut Pancakes”

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    Sandi — April 16, 2010 @ 12:16 pm Reply

    that looks really good!!

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    Arisu_2 — April 16, 2010 @ 12:49 pm Reply

    Ooh… I have all those ingredients and I'll be home Sunday morning. I like where this is heading.I agree, everything in moderation, including artifical sweeteners. I especially love my SF syrup!Thanks for the recipe!

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    yumventures — April 16, 2010 @ 1:06 pm Reply

    This looks amazing, and I can't believe they are so healthy! Perfect for my pancake day :) And strawberries are sooooo good (and cheap!) right now!

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    Elina — April 16, 2010 @ 1:20 pm Reply

    Good timing for sure. I love pancakes on the weekend morning. These look fabulous (as do all your meals actually – you are gooooood :) )

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    Dawn — April 16, 2010 @ 2:00 pm Reply

    I love splurging on breakfast too but then somehow that doesn't stop me from being just as hungry throughout the day. These pancakes are the perfect splurge item though! I printed this recipe out and I hope to try it this weekend!I so wish you were in this area. A few local bloggers are going to get together for a drink to plan a blogging event! I would have loved for you to be there too.

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    preventionrd.com — April 16, 2010 @ 2:13 pm Reply

    YUM! Those are GORGEOUS!I made coconut chocolate chip Belgian waffles this morning. That was easily 500 calories…oops! So worth it! I'm carb-loading for my 8-miler tomorrow ;)Have a great weekend, Cara!!

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    ChubbyNewlywed — April 16, 2010 @ 4:38 pm Reply

    Cottage cheese and oatmeal in a pancake? I'm intweeged. This is a perfectly timed post because I think a lot of us have tons of strawberries!

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    Brandi — April 16, 2010 @ 5:13 pm Reply

    ooh, i love the combo of strawberries + coconut!

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    Joanne — April 16, 2010 @ 5:33 pm Reply

    i love indulging for breakfast as well! I have to admit I was skeptical about these when I first looked at them (because they look way too decadent to be GOOD for you) but these are super-pancakes!

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    peacelovenutrition — April 16, 2010 @ 5:43 pm Reply

    Those pancakes look delicious!! I just ate breakfast but that picture is totally making me want to eat again! haha

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    Stephanie — April 16, 2010 @ 7:31 pm Reply

    Those look fabulous! I would've never thought to put the strawberries inside the pancake! So creative! Love your new blog header by the way:)

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    *Naomi* — April 16, 2010 @ 7:34 pm Reply

    i LOVe that you used fresh strawberries! I made some yesterday and all I had were frozen berries. Just as good, but there is something abotu FRESH that makes everything better!these are beautiful 'cakes!

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    Kerstin — April 17, 2010 @ 2:16 am Reply

    I love how tasty these sound and love the fact that they're not too heavy – yum!

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    Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) — April 17, 2010 @ 3:31 am Reply

    love the pancakesand although my diet in real life is 90% veggies…my blog makes it look like it's 90% desserts…it's just more fun to post about things other than veggies i think :)

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    Tyler — April 17, 2010 @ 4:11 am Reply

    wow, that sounds amazing!! i love pancakes, too. and now that strawberries are coming into season, this recipe sounds like a perfect weekend breakfast!!!

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    Miss. Tarrah Dame — April 17, 2010 @ 5:33 am Reply

    These look great! I just posted a whole-wheat pancake with a berry sauce myself for my blog! go healthy pancakes!http://cuppycakebakes.blogspot.com

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    Pam — April 17, 2010 @ 1:21 pm Reply

    What a great pancake! Love that with the coconut! Yum!

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    Taste of Beirut — April 17, 2010 @ 11:30 pm Reply

    Wow! That's some pancakes! My kids would love these!

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    Cynthia — April 18, 2010 @ 12:20 am Reply

    You just inspired me to have breakfast for dinner! I had all the items except the cottage cheese, so I just substituted Greek Yogurt and they came out fab! Thank you yet again for the great recipe! You have been a life saver this past year!

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    grace — April 18, 2010 @ 9:17 am Reply

    the sliced strawberries really make these special, cara! although i'm a pancake fiend myself, i've never made any using cottage cheese–duly noted!

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    Rosie — April 18, 2010 @ 6:18 pm Reply

    So pretty~ :) I think maybe I'll try putting strawberries like that next time I make pancakes… it looks so yum!

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    Kelly — April 18, 2010 @ 8:25 pm Reply

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. Chocolate goat cheese, OMG that sounds amazing!

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    Julia Rose Q — April 18, 2010 @ 10:35 pm Reply

    Made these this morning for my hubby, and they were fantastic (as we expected)! I got turned on to your blog through the nest and I'm officially hooked :)

  24. 24

    SideofSneakers.com — April 19, 2010 @ 7:21 pm Reply

    Those pancakes sound SO delicious!!

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    Shannon — April 20, 2010 @ 12:42 pm Reply

    i used to make pancakes like these with bananas… thanks for the reminder, i have no idea hwy i stopped :)

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    Chelsey — April 20, 2010 @ 1:49 pm Reply

    I made these for breakfast this morning!!! They are fabulous. Great texture- chewy and soft, just like the 'bad' ones. Next time I'm going to replace the strawberries with a knob off a banana and throw it in the blender. Great recipe!

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    Kevin — April 21, 2010 @ 1:28 am Reply

    I like the use of strawberries in pancakes like this.

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    TheChattyMom — April 21, 2010 @ 6:01 pm Reply

    Oh this is ridiculously tempting. What a wonderful combination to incorporate into pancakes!

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    Proud Italian Cook — April 27, 2010 @ 1:52 pm Reply

    I love this idea Cara,it looks beautiful and sounds healthy and delicious!

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    Melissa — January 5, 2011 @ 5:40 pm Reply

    Hi Cara! This is Melissa from the gym. I stumbled upon your page from Facebook! I absolutely love it..and this recipe looks so yummy(all of them do!!!)!! Thank you :)

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    Cara — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    Great tip, thanks for sharing! I love these pancakes, I think I'll have them tomorrow :)

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    JQBancroft — March 27, 2011 @ 3:07 am Reply

    I wanted to make a double batch of these today, but I only had two eggs in my my fridge, so I used both of the eggs instead of just the whites and I had a tablespoon of flax that I mixed with a 1.5 tablespoons of hot water for another egg substitute. Unfortunately, I didn't have any more flax to substitute for the fourth egg, but the recipe turned out great! I actually couldn't tell a difference between this batch and the many others I've made before this. So in case someone is in a similar egg-lacking conundrum, have no fear! :)

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    Melissa — March 28, 2011 @ 8:52 pm Reply

    Hi Cara! This is Melissa from the gym. I stumbled upon your page from Facebook! I absolutely love it..and this recipe looks so yummy(all of them do!!!)!! Thank you :)

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    TheChattyMom — March 28, 2011 @ 8:52 pm Reply

    Oh this is ridiculously tempting. What a wonderful combination to incorporate into pancakes!

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    Chelsey — March 28, 2011 @ 8:52 pm Reply

    I made these for breakfast this morning!!! They are fabulous. Great texture- chewy and soft, just like the 'bad' ones. Next time I'm going to replace the strawberries with a knob off a banana and throw it in the blender. Great recipe!

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    Proud Italian Cook — March 28, 2011 @ 8:52 pm Reply

    I love this idea Cara,it looks beautiful and sounds healthy and delicious!

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    Kevin — March 28, 2011 @ 8:52 pm Reply

    I like the use of strawberries in pancakes like this.

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    Shannon — March 28, 2011 @ 8:52 pm Reply

    i used to make pancakes like these with bananas… thanks for the reminder, i have no idea hwy i stopped :)

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    Julia Rose Q — March 28, 2011 @ 8:52 pm Reply

    Made these this morning for my hubby, and they were fantastic (as we expected)! I got turned on to your blog through the nest and I'm officially hooked :)

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    Kelly — March 28, 2011 @ 8:52 pm Reply

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. Chocolate goat cheese, OMG that sounds amazing!

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    SideofSneakers.com — March 28, 2011 @ 8:52 pm Reply

    Those pancakes sound SO delicious!!

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    JQBancroft — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    I wanted to make a double batch of these today, but I only had two eggs in my my fridge, so I used both of the eggs instead of just the whites and I had a tablespoon of flax that I mixed with a 1.5 tablespoons of hot water for another egg substitute. Unfortunately, I didn't have any more flax to substitute for the fourth egg, but the recipe turned out great! I actually couldn't tell a difference between this batch and the many others I've made before this. So in case someone is in a similar egg-lacking conundrum, have no fear! :)

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    Cara — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    Great tip, thanks for sharing! I love these pancakes, I think I'll have them tomorrow :)

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    TheChattyMom — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    Oh this is ridiculously tempting. What a wonderful combination to incorporate into pancakes!

  45. 45

    Shannon — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    i used to make pancakes like these with bananas… thanks for the reminder, i have no idea hwy i stopped :)

  46. 46

    Kelly — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    Thanks for the comment on my blog. Chocolate goat cheese, OMG that sounds amazing!

  47. 47

    grace — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    the sliced strawberries really make these special, cara! although i'm a pancake fiend myself, i've never made any using cottage cheese–duly noted!

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    Pam — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    What a great pancake! Love that with the coconut! Yum!

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    Tyler — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    wow, that sounds amazing!! i love pancakes, too. and now that strawberries are coming into season, this recipe sounds like a perfect weekend breakfast!!!

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    *Naomi* — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    i LOVe that you used fresh strawberries! I made some yesterday and all I had were frozen berries. Just as good, but there is something abotu FRESH that makes everything better!these are beautiful 'cakes!

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    Stephanie — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    Those look fabulous! I would've never thought to put the strawberries inside the pancake! So creative! Love your new blog header by the way:)

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    Joanne — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    i love indulging for breakfast as well! I have to admit I was skeptical about these when I first looked at them (because they look way too decadent to be GOOD for you) but these are super-pancakes!

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    preventionrd.com — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    YUM! Those are GORGEOUS!I made coconut chocolate chip Belgian waffles this morning. That was easily 500 calories…oops! So worth it! I'm carb-loading for my 8-miler tomorrow ;)Have a great weekend, Cara!!

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    Elina — March 29, 2011 @ 2:03 am Reply

    Good timing for sure. I love pancakes on the weekend morning. These look fabulous (as do all your meals actually – you are gooooood :) )

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    Alyce — April 3, 2011 @ 4:21 pm Reply

    These pancakes were so yummy!!! I will say though I accidently put the strawberries and coconut in the blender. It still turned out fine though. They just were a pretty pink color (breast cancer pancakes?). I also liked how after eating these pancakes I didn't have that gross feeling that you get when you eat regular ones. Thanks for another fab recipe!!!

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    Alyce — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    These pancakes were so yummy!!! I will say though I accidently put the strawberries and coconut in the blender. It still turned out fine though. They just were a pretty pink color (breast cancer pancakes?). I also liked how after eating these pancakes I didn't have that gross feeling that you get when you eat regular ones. Thanks for another fab recipe!!!

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    Joanne — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    i love indulging for breakfast as well! I have to admit I was skeptical about these when I first looked at them (because they look way too decadent to be GOOD for you) but these are super-pancakes!

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    Tyler — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    wow, that sounds amazing!! i love pancakes, too. and now that strawberries are coming into season, this recipe sounds like a perfect weekend breakfast!!!

  59. 59

    Julia Rose Q — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    Made these this morning for my hubby, and they were fantastic (as we expected)! I got turned on to your blog through the nest and I'm officially hooked :)

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    Shannon — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    i used to make pancakes like these with bananas… thanks for the reminder, i have no idea hwy i stopped :)

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    Pam — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    What a great pancake! Love that with the coconut! Yum!

  62. 62

    Proud Italian Cook — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    I love this idea Cara,it looks beautiful and sounds healthy and delicious!

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    Chelsey — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    I made these for breakfast this morning!!! They are fabulous. Great texture- chewy and soft, just like the 'bad' ones. Next time I'm going to replace the strawberries with a knob off a banana and throw it in the blender. Great recipe!

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    Brandi — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    ooh, i love the combo of strawberries + coconut!

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    yumventures — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    This looks amazing, and I can't believe they are so healthy! Perfect for my pancake day :) And strawberries are sooooo good (and cheap!) right now!

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    Sandi — April 5, 2011 @ 1:13 am Reply

    that looks really good!!

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    Emily — September 1, 2011 @ 4:57 pm Reply

    wow!! i'm gf and havent had a pancake in FOREVER! I am making these… possibly for diner!!

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    Cara — September 1, 2011 @ 5:03 pm Reply

    As long as you have certified gluten-free oats, you are good to go :) I've also seen great pancake recipes with coconut flour, and I hear that packaged gluten-free pancake mixes Bob's Red Mill or Pamela's are very good too. Lots of options for you! Enjoy!

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