Lamington Pancakes

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 @ thebigmansworld


  • 3 T coconut flour
  • 1 T quick oats/oat flour/rolled oats gluten free
  • 1 T unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 3 T shredded coconut divided
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 2 tsp Natvia natural sweetener OR 1 tablespoon of Norbu sweetener or sugar
  • 3 large egg whites
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp 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.
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    75 thoughts on “Lamington Pancakes

    1. 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.

    2. 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… 😉

    3. These look so fluffy and perfect!!! My plan for the weekend is to get very drunk tonight. Somewhere in there I have to grocery shop because I have no other time! Should make for an interesting weekend recap….or selfie, sunday 🙂

    4. Oh my goodness, these look so fluffy and perfect. I’ve gotten to the point where I’ve figured out coconut flour in mug cakes, but not in pancakes yet…these might have to be my foray into coconut flour pancakes.
      I guess I’ve kind of used desserts to inspire healthier dessert (chocolate cake – chocolate casein mug cake) and breakfasts, to some extend (peanut butter and chocolate oats) but I need to work on that more…for example, I should figure out how to make lemon meringue pie into breakfast. That would be awesome.

    5. I love plain old regular pancakes with some 100% Canadian maple syrup! I also love these protein cakes I conjured up a couple of years ago. These do look amazing, though!
      I think I will go on a Lamington hunt this weekend in your honour. I’ll keep you posted.

      1. I would much rather you go on a Vegemite hunt. 😉

        Oh I’ll need to stalk your blog now for this protein cake recipe- I love cake and protein is always an added bonus!

        PS Did you hear about our egg shortage until Eater…Time to hoard up now!

    6. I have never heard of Lamington, but I have to say that these sound absolutely delicious. I LOVE making pancakes for dinner so you can bet I’ll be keeping these in mind for my next brinner!

    7. You know I’m a sucker for pancakes, right!?! I’m kind of sick of plain ones, so I love this twist on them. They sound terrific! I only wish I was home right this very minute so I could make them because now I’m totally having a craving! 😉

    8. Those look amazing! It’s confirmed, I need to go buy some coconut flour. I love Greek yogurt pancakes and chocolate chip pancakes…maybe I need to combine that, now that I think about it!

      No real plans except running an 8k Sunday. I’m getting sick though, and it’s supposed to be cold and rainy all day, so we’ll see how that turns out!

    9. I love banana chocolate chip pancakes topped with PB 🙂 That said, I really like crêpes, with fruit and a touch of maple syrup. Thanks for linking up to #RECIPEFRIDAY my FUriend! Oh, I’m taking a bread making workshop tomorrow!

    10. I applaud the coconut flour! I haven’t successfully incorporated it into pancakes yet but oh do I love it so! My favorite kind of pancakes are chocolate chip ones from local, hometown restaurants.

    11. I have never heard of Lamington, but I do know what spongecake is and I LOVE it. Trying this one out when I get home. You can’t go wrong with cocoa powder and coconut!

    12. It’s Friday, Friday
      Gotta get down on Friday
      Everybody’s lookin’ forward to the weekend, weekend 😀

      These look so amazing Arman! I love anything with chocolate in it and am also a big fan of pancakes. 🙂 Thanks for posting another amazing recipe!

    13. One word man: THICK.

      I think that’s the biggest compliment you could ever receive for pancakes. Haha.

      You couldn’t have picked a better recipe to dedicate to the pancake queen on her blogiversary!

      I’m now convinced that you may just the guy for an allergy-free pancake round-up. Are you up for the task? 😆

    14. HOLY YUM!!!! I might be able to pull those off! 😉 I have been hooked on Laura’s coffee protein pancakes! 🙂

      Busy weekend but family & fun too! 🙂

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