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The Best Plantain Pancake Recipe

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Well, it’s here: the BEST Plantain Pancake Recipe on the internet.

Four ingredients. Paleo. Gluten free. Nut free. AIP friendly.

It’s one of those recipes that has you assuming it’s too good to be true — but I’m telling you, hands down, this recipe is every bit as amazing as I’m making it sound.

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These pancakes are dense but fluffy. They soak up maple syrup like skin parched for a little sunshine. 

I could break down how to make these pancakes, which is the format I use for many of my recipe posts. But this recipe is so dang simple that it just doesn’t make sense to do that.

We can, however, talk about plantains a little bit.

How to use plantains

If you’re curious about plantains, I wrote a whole post diving into the starchy fruits. Head over and read that post if you want more plantain knowledge stuffed into your brain.

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But for the purposes of this recipe, here’s what you need to know:

  • You can’t substitute bananas. They aren’t starchy enough.
  • Use yellow plantains for best results in this recipe.
  • To easily peel a yellow plantain, chop off both ends. Then slice lengthwise down the peel (but not through the fruit). Peel away the outer layer to the flesh inside.
  • Plantains tend to burn pretty easily in a hot skillet. So keep the skillet on medium and use the first pancake as a test before cooking batches of 2 or 3 at a time. Flip them after two to three minutes, and try not to make them too thick!

Follow those pointers, and you’ll be devouring the best plantain pancakes in no time.

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The Best Paleo Plantain Pancake Recipe |
The Best Plantain Pancake Recipe |

The Best Paleo Plantain Pancakes

  • Author: Chelsea @
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Fluffy and dense with only 4 ingredients, this plantain pancake recipe makes the perfect paleo and gluten free breakfast!



  • 2 yellow plantains
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup + 1 tablespoon cassava flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons ghee, butter, or olive oil, divided


  1. Peel the plantains by cutting off both ends, then slicing lengthwise down the peel and removing it. Add the plantains and eggs to a high-powered blender. Blend on medium, increasing in speed, until the mixture is smooth.
  2. Combine cassava flour and baking soda in a medium bowl. Pour the plantain mixture into the dry ingredients and stir until completely combined.
  3. Heat 1 tablespoon ghee, butter, or olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Once heated, add about 1/4 cup of batter to the skillet. You may have to spread the batter out a bit to make a thinner pancake – this batter is thick! Flip after 2-3 minutes or once bubbles start to appear on the edges of the pancake. Cook for another 2-3 minutes, then transfer to a plate. Repeat with remaining pancakes, using additional ghee, butter, or olive oil as necessary to oil the skillet between batches.
  4. Serve pancakes with fresh fruit, toasted nuts, or a drizzle of pure maple syrup.

Keywords: plantain pancakes


The Best Plantain Pancake Recipe |
The Best Plantain Pancake Recipe |


I'm Chelsea, the author behind Do You Even Paleo! I believe life should be full of flavor. I enjoy creating recipes that are nourishing, flavorful, and satisfying. When not experimenting in the kitchen, I usually have a camera, barbell, or mug of coffee in hand. My posts may include affiliate links, which means if you click through a purchase something, I make a small commission at no cost to you. It helps me fuel my coffee habit and pay rent!

25 thoughts to “The Best Plantain Pancake Recipe”

    1. Hi Tanya! I haven’t tried this recipe with any other flour, so I can’t conclusively say what would make a good substitute for cassava. However, my first picks would be arrowroot or almond flour. Coconut flour can’t be subbed 1:1 with any other flour because it’s too absorbent, but if you want to try it out start with 1/4 of what the recipe calls for. Hope that helps!

          1. Not yet but am thinking on it. I tend to stay away from grains and starches. But these look great. I do make plantain bread which is a basic 3 ingredient recipe with a bit of vanilla flavoring. It comes out differently depending on how ripe/unripe the plantain. A very easy recipe and a favorite that I do big and freeze part of for later use.

          2. Yes, plantains are definitely pretty easy to cook with! Since they’re pretty much all starch, you don’t need much flour to bake with them.

  1. Do you think I could leave the eggs out or replace with something else?
    I’m following AIP and need to take out eggs.

    1. I wouldn’t leave them out – the pancakes definitely wouldn’t get fluffy without them! You could potentially replace them with a gelatin egg replacement (1 tablespoon gelatin dissolved in 3 tablespoons water) or an arrowroot egg replacement (1 tablespoon arrowroot + 1 tablespoon olive oil + 1/4 cup water whisked together = 1 egg), but I haven’t tried either myself so I don’t know if it would work.

    1. Hi, Christi! At this time, I don’t post nutritional information for my recipes. I’m a one-woman show over here and I simply don’t have the time for it! There are awesome websites like myfitnesspal that allow you to plug in a recipe to find that stuff out for yourself, though!

  2. Any plantain pancake I try seems to burn so easily. Not sure if its because I’m using cast iron. I try to turn the heat down after I get the griddle hot but that doesn’t seem to help. Any ideas?

    1. Hey Angela! I also find that plantains tend to burn pretty readily. I covered my tip for that in the post, but here’s the excerpt: “Plantains tend to burn pretty easily in a hot skillet. So keep the skillet on medium and use the first pancake as a test before cooking batches of 2 or 3 at a time. Flip them after two to three minutes, and try not to make them too thick!”

      I find that I cook plantain pancakes on lower heat than I would normal pancakes. I use cast iron, too — the reason turning the heat down doesn’t work is because cast iron is great at retaining heat, so even after turning the heat down or off the skillet stays very hot. So my best tip would be to only turn it up to medium and no higher.

  3. Ever since I started AIP I’ve been craving something starchy and have tried 1000 different pancake recipes. Every time I used cassava flour, my pancakes would come out wet and chewy, and it doesn’t help that I have to substitute the egg (which is never perfect). But this one is by far the best recipe I’ve tried!! They actually came out fluffy and have SUCH a nice flavor.

    I used semi-sweet plantains, subbed the eggs for arrowroot starch and hemp milk mixture, and added a boat load of cinnamon to the batter. It came out perfect. Thank you SO much for posting this. It’s so nice to find a recipe you would actually choose to eat regardless of dietary restrictions. New favorite <3

  4. Do you think this could work with overly ripe plantains (almost black) I let them go too long and can’t find an appropriate recipe!

  5. Made these this morning and they have a lovely light texture and are so delicious 😋 I used my Nutribullet to mix the egg, plantains and oil (easier to clean than my blender). Also added a little almond milk to the batter to get it more spreadable in the pan. This recipe is a keeper!

  6. Why do you fold the dry ingredients into the plantain mixture manually? Can one put all the ingredients into a high speed blender without disturbing the texture of the batter, Chelsea?

    1. Hi Olivia! I’ve tried it before and wasn’t as pleased with the results. The batter is pretty thick, so blending everything in the blender makes it a little hard to get the batter out! You can certainly give it a try though and make your own judgement!

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