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

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


  • 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.
Author: Arman
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Arman Liew

I’m a two time cookbook author, photographer, and writer, and passionate about creating easy and healthier recipes. I believe you don’t need to be experienced in the kitchen to make good food using simple ingredients that most importantly, taste delicious.

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  1. 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 🙂

    1. I think you should type up a post one time drunk….imagine that as a weekly theme. Go out Saturday night, come home, type up a post and press enter.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. 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!

  5. 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! 😉

    1. I reckon pancakes are like oatmeal in the way you can dress them up or down or put twists on them- hope you managed to satisfy the craving!

  6. Huzzah!! It’s been quiet around work for me too. Everyone winding down before the holidays. We have two weeks off this year for Christmas. I never really liked pancakes but those Lamingtons do look yummy.

    1. 2 weeks off?! Thats so awesome! So many companies here consider it generous to give Xmas day- New Years off! My friends in retail HATE this time of the year- its like hell for them!

  7. Huzzah!!! Happy Friday! I’m very excited for the weekend as well.

    These pancakes, uh Lamingtons, look amazing 🙂

    Question: how many tries does it usually take you before you perfect a recipe and are ready to share it on the blog? I get so discouraged when I make something and it doesn’t turn out right the first time that I usually just move on to something else.

    1. Thanks Whitney!

      It depends on what I’m making and how badly it turns out- if its just a minor gliche (too dense/too soft etc) I would recreate it and try and perfect it. If its a complete bomb out, then I would either dismiss it and try something else or swap out some ingredients. Usually pancakes require a specific liquid to flour ratio to turn out well- as do muffins. Things like cookies and no bake bars- I’ve found adding or decreasing honey/syrup etc to be the key factor!

  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!

    1. Not having coconut flour in your pantry is borderline criminal 😉

      Wow, I’ve never had Greek Yogurt pancakes before- I hope you have a recipe up 😉 Hope your feeling better!

  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.

    1. Nothing beats homestyle pancakes… extra whipped butter and syrup of course 😉

      I live for the applause (applause applause).

  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!

    1. When you come to Australia we’ll be dining on lamingtons and Anzac biscuits…the latter being my next experiment in pancake or oatmeal form…cross those #strangebutgood fingers.

  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! 🙂