One of my favorite trips ever was to Costa Rica. Everything from the people, the landscape, the surf and the food was amazing. Pura Vida…

Waking up every day and having fried sweet plantains with yogurt (a popular local breakfast dish) was heavenly. I mean I didn’t even know what a plantain was up until then, and I definitely didn’t know a rotten-banana-looking-thing could taste that good. It’s like candy. The locals said I hate so many I was going to be a mosquito magnet. Luckily, that didn’t happen so the pounds of plantains I had that week was totally worth it.

Now, the authentic way to make fried sweet plantains is frying them in oil and sugar to make them soft and caramelized. It tastes amazing but I wouldn’t exactly call it healthy. But I found an easier, healthier way to recreate this dish at home whenever I’m feeling exotic.

coconut paleo pancakes

In this recipe, the sweet plantains are used as a sweet topping for my Gluten Free Paleo Coconut Pancakes. Move over banana pancakes, you have to try this breakfast recipe.

Gluten Free Paleo Coconut Pancakes with Sweet Plantains
Serves 2
These gluten free, grain free, paleo coconut pancakes are better than the real thing. Fried sweet plantains add sweetness and taste like Costa Rica. #puravida
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 1 Extra ripe yellow plantain, peeled and sliced into 1" pieces
  2. 1 TBSP coconut oil
  3. 1 TBSP organic honey
  4. 1 Egg
  5. 2 Egg whites
  6. 1/3 Cup raw coconut flour
  7. 1/2 Cup coconut milk
  8. 1 Tsp vanilla extract
  9. 1 Tsp apple cider vinegar (can omit but helps with rising)
  10. 1 Tsp coconut nectar or organic honey
  11. Dash of sea salt
  1. Heat coconut oil and honey in small nonstick skillet
  2. Once melted, add plantains and heat for 3-5 minutes, flipping often
  3. Remove from heat and set aside once edges are browned and a fork goes right through.
  4. Mix all other ingredients in a blender or food processor (egg, whites, coconut flour, coconut milk, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, coconut nectar and sea salt)
  5. Once it reaches batter-like consistency, pour 4" diameter pancakes onto heated, greased skillet
  6. Heat for 1-2 minutes, flip once bubbles start to appear, and heat other side until lightly browned
  7. Serve with 'fried' plantains and maple syrup on top, enjoy!
Courtney Prather