Lamington Pancakes

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Can I get a ‘Huzzah’ for it being Friday? Actually, to be perfectly honest, this week has been quiet at work and with abit of spare time since finishing exams- its been relaxing. I intended to post an exciting giveaway today but seeing as there are several floating around this week, I thought I’d leave it for Monday- stay tuned!

Last Friday’s post, I talked about how I was trying to perfect the infamous Australian treat- the ‘Lamington’. Just to remind you what a lamington is- a sponge cake, dipped in chocolate and sprinkled with shredded coconut. There are twists to it including having a layer of cream and strawberry jam in the centre (my favourite) and even chocolate or custard filled.



After several attempts, I finally perfected the texture and taste to resemble a Lamington. I needed the pancakes to be light and airy and a distinct coconut taste throughout. I tried it without the cocoa powder mixed it and as a sauce but preferred it mixed into the batter. These pancakes are extremely fluffy, filling and and make four large pancakes. I ate them layered with strawberry jam and a tiny bit of whipped cream– bliss. The best thing? They are a much healthier alternative to a traditional lamington, which can clock in at up to 390 calories for a piece! 


PS- I dedicate these pancakes to the pancake Goddess herself, Heather– Happy 3rd Birthday to KMG- May you continue to spread your cruciferous love to the world.

Aussie ‘Lamington’ Pancakes


Lamington Pancakes

A classic Aussie treat converted to a healthy pancake form- without sacrificing on taste- gluten free and high protein too!
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Servings: 1
Author: Arman


  • 3 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoon quick oats/oat flour/rolled oats gluten free
  • 1 tablespoon unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 tablespoon shredded coconut divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 2 teaspoon Natvia natural sweetener OR 1 tablespoon of Norbu sweetener or sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Jam/cream/greek yogurt to serve


  • In a large mixing bowl, sift the coconut flour and unsweetened cocoa powder to avoid clumps. Add in the rolled oats, baking powder, natvia sweetener and 1 tablespoon of the shredded coconut. Mix well to combine.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together the egg whites and vanilla extract and add it to the dry mixture. Slowly, pour in the milk- you want the batter to still be quite thick. Do not over mix.
  • Heat a frying pan on low heat and spray with cooking oil. Once pan is extremely hot, using a measuring cup pour 1/4 cup of the batter and then cover the pan. Once bubbles appear and the edges go brown, remove cover, flip the pancakes and cover again for approximately 1 minute. Repeat until all the batter is used up.
  • Top the pancakes with the remaining 2 Tablespoons of shredded coconut and spread the pancakes with strawberry jam and cream for a true 'lamington' experience.


Do not use brown sugar instead of white as it changes the flavour significantly.
By using only egg whites as opposed to whole eggs allows for a lighter, airy texture which resembles the 'lamington' texture.
Tried this recipe?Give us a shout at @thebigmansworld or tag #thebigmansworld!



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75 thoughts on “Lamington Pancakes

  1. Yum- I love lamingtons, and made into a pancake- awesome. My favourite pancake is lemon juice and sugar or plain maple syrup, or cream cheese and jam :). I have only ever turned mars bars, bounties and mint slices into cheesecake filings (each one separately) SO good. Nothing as creative as you though. I also made ice cream cake by mixing peters vanilla ice cream with lots of lollies and chocolate (lindor balls!) in a cake tin and then refroze it so it was firm- slice and serve. It’s cool because you can play around with the lollies and choc you want to add each time- corn flakes made an interesting addition once (my flam ages and I make one every week! Lol)

    1. Um….. that ice cream cake sounds absolutely amazing! Whenever I have leftover biscuits/chocolate etc- I usually make a huge rocky road and chuck it all in there. Ice cream sounds better though 😉

  2. My favorite pancakes are simple ones, I’m still learning how to get the flip timing right. I’m not really a fan of jelly, in sandwiches, on toast, pancakes, however it’s just really not my favorite. These would be good with the Greek yogurt or peanut butter in place of the jam!

    1. You bet- the jam in lamingtons is optional- most varieties are without jam!

      Don’t even get me started on the damn pancake flip….I admire those who do it for a living.

  3. Lamington, huh? I always wondered what Australian’s national food was…besides vegemite. 🙂

    I love pancakes with banana, strawberry and nutella! It’s my favorite combination ever.

    1. That should be inserted into a creme brulee 😉

      We also have Anzac biscuits! Working on a pancake recipe incorporating that!

  4. KMG? Well, you can kiss my GUNS if you want…well, my GUN I should say as my left one never got the memo! 😉 But seriously, thanks for the love…I’ll take it any way I can get it, but most DEFINITELY with a side of strawberry jam and whipped cream! These look FANTASTIC!! And you’ve totally lured me in with the flavor/texture description! I need these in my life ASAP! I’ve been really sick for the last couple of days but I’m starting to get my appetite back now…fingers crossed these can be fitted into the menu for early next week! 🙂

    1. Oh my gee I’ll go change it- The association with KMB and KMG is that in 2007 there was this concert called Kiss My Grass and we called it KMG for short… it clearly hasn’t left my mind (and it was a s#!t concert too…fml).

      Saying they look fantastic and coming from you- the pancake/sandwich/yolk porn… Queen. Actually scrap that lets just call you God. That is an honour! Hope your on the mend buddy!

    1. You guys have the best products- seriously being an Aussie blogger brings out massive food envy haha. E.g. – our peanut butter here- The most ‘creative’ you might find is salted AND extra crunchy. Whoa, step back.

  5. So excited for this recipe, so glad you decided to post it they look so fluffy and delicious!! I am definitely making these very soon. This weekend isn’t looking likely but next weekend is for sure and I love that I already have all the ingredients on hand ready to go!! Yay!!

    My favourite pancake is probably the pecan/maple ones I had at Denny’s in Hawaii of all places, it was so damn good!! 🙂

    Can’t think off hand of a dessert I’ve recreated into something else but I love making cookie dough to snack on does that count?

    1. No worries Jan- Glad you have the ingredients on hand to make it!

      OMG I LOVED DENNY’s PANCAKES. Well actually it was their syrup and whipped butter…seriously infused with crack!

      Of course cookie dough counts 😉

      PS Attempting an Anzac biscuit style pancake and oatmeal creation. Cross your fingers (and cats)

  6. And can I just say: thank god! Fiiiinally 🙂 I’ve been waiting for this one for so long. I remember taking a lamington to school for ‘play lunch’ 😛 Sometimes Mum had bought the non-jam filled ones … those were always sadder recess moments.

    These look great, especially with a spread of jam and whipped cream:) They just look so damn thick!

    My favourite pancake is just plain pancakes with a dollop of butter and plenty of maple syrup. So simple yet ‘exactly’ how I want my pancakes 🙂 I still can’t get over the blintzes I had at Pancake Parlor earlier this year = to die for!

    1. OMG! Play lunch! I forgot that word! hahaha best.

      Ohhh Blintzes sound so good- my friend has tried most of the creations at PP and is still obsessed with the rhubarb and strawberry one.

      PS- Attempting to make an Anzac biscuit pancake/oatmeal recipe. Cross them fingers!

  7. The infamous Lamington recipe!! Sounds super yummy. I am obviously on a huge pancake kick lately… but really, when am I not. Look at those photog skills… impressed 🙂 hope you’re having a great start to your weekend! I’m working today (and all weekend) but I know I have an email to reply too. Talk soon friend

    1. LOL.. please. I have gone from extremely crap photos up to just crap now. I’m hoping by the end of the year they reach mediocre status 😉

      If anyone would appreciate a pancake recipe, it would have to be you!

  8. WOA – These look like thin layers of cake! So fluffy! I dont think I’ve had a Lamington before, but any cake dipped in chocolate with shredded coconut and a layer of cream and jam or custard can only be bliss!
    I have not tried replicating a baked treat into a pancake…but, I guess if I did, it would have to be these “apple cakes” I used to eat in Sri Lanka, the bakery that sold them made them by squishing up all the crumbs from the days cakes combined with some liqueur – and frosted with this hardened icing – they did not have apples in them, but were shaped and colored to look like one – they were just divine! Unfortunately, I have never found them elsewhere…Asha from Food Fashion Party has been encouraging me to replicate them… other than these my fav pancakes would be pb and chocolate of course! My daughter’s bday is this weekend so party prepping is on the books…:)
    Hope your weekend is awesome!

    1. ….Shashi no joke I love those cakes that you speak of- My friend Kalpanee used to bring them once a year to share with us at school after a special holiday. So good…but moreso the syrup on top! I think you replicating them would be a very good thing to do 😉

      Hope your daughter has an amazing birthday- no doubt under your guide it would have been a success 🙂

  9. Yessss these look amazing! I don’t usually have much luck with coconut flour, but these are the fluffiest look coconut flour based pancakes I’ve ever seen!

    My favourite kind of pancakes (before I try these, that is, because these could quickly become a favourite) are actually just regular old pancakes, but piled with lots of toppings like banana and maple syrup.

    1. Nothing beats a classic pancake- I hope you do give these a go- be careful flipping them though 😉

    1. Haha you guys in America have the best products- I’d trade lamingtons for a quarter of them :p

  10. Oh my gahhhh these look so good! I really need to step up my pancake game and I think a good place to start might be to buy some coconut flour? My favorite pancake hmmmhmm maybe plain pancakes topped with banana and nutella? Aka the most healthy kind.

    1. Bana is a fruit and nutella has…hazelnuts. Very healthy 😉

      You NEED to get some coconut flour. Borderline criminal you don’t have some!

  11. Seeing as these pancakes use coconut flour and oats, I don’t even think I have to tell you how much I love the sound/look of them. I usually use desserts as inspiration for my oatmeal bowls (ABJ, apple crisp, banana mud pie), but I’ve yet to do anything fancy with pancakes. Heck, I can’t even remember the last time I MADE pancakes. I blame this on two things. First, I just don’t have the flipping skills — I worry they’re going to burn and end up flipping them way too early. Second, my mom makes the BEST buttermilk pancakes that I can never hope to recreate, so I just gave up 😆

    Happy Friday!

    1. Slightly off topic but my friend and I had a good 15 minute rant buttermilk and how the majority of the world think its unhealthy because of the words ‘butter’ and ‘milk.’

      No joke but these pancakes are like a mug cake in pancake shape… 😉

  12. These are new to me – I’ve never heard of lamington before, but I’m pinning this for sure! They sound delicious!!! 🙂

    1. No way- you didn’t try them when you were here?! So good! Hopefully you’ve tried an Anzac biscuit- that’s my next experiment!

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