Pancake mix from a box may be easy—but it can be filled with hydrogenated oils and a third of your day’s sodium. This recipe is just as simple and only requires mixing everything in a bowl and cooking (same thing as a mix!). To enhance the flavors of the coconut, cocoa, and coffee, top these cakes with coconut flakes, dark chocolate chips, or cinnamon.


  • 1/2 cup oat flour
  • 2 tablespoons cocoa powder
  • 1 tablespoon instant coffee
  • 1 tablespoon sweetener of choice
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened shredded coconut
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon coconut extract
  • 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 2egg whites
  • Cooking spray
  • Toppings, as desired


  1. Combine all ingredients except egg whites in a large bowl.
  2. Taste batter to ensure there is a slight sweetness. Add more sweetener if needed.
  3. Add egg whites and stir together with a whisk.
  4. Heat a skillet over medium-high heat and grease with cooking spray.
  5. Pour batter into skillet, making 2 to 3 pancakes at a time. Flip each pancake when bottom is slightly browned or bubbles have risen in the batter. Remove pancakes from skillet and serve with desired toppings.