Quinoa and Coconut Pikelettes

Maybe you’ve strayed into the wonderful world of sugar and process carbs and need a way back. After my weekend away in Melbourne, I sure did. All the delicious treats of St Kilda and surrounds have recharged my body and inspired me to get back into the kitchen and keep food fun, fresh and fast.

When it came time to get into a clean breakfast I had to get creative, I didn’t want to be lured back to by the sugar-faeries. Pancakes always seem a bit more special to me after a week of porridge, but I didn’t want the same old, same old. Good thing too as I was out of cinnamon and my vanilla essense was still packed from the trip. So, when  I opened my baking draw in my pantry, searching for inspiration, the coconut essence jumped out and grabbed my imagination. Combined with the nutty taste of the quinoa flour and a shredded coconut for added for extra chewiness I was excited.

There are many protein-rich pancake recipes out there and depending on the day i make mine with different ratios of liquids to solids, depending on whether i want crepes or cute fluffy pikelettes. When the mixture hit the pan and the tiny little bubble started to form, I new I’d be satisfied. Up the puffed, golden and luxurious a perfect reward after a cold winter’s morning walk.


Cooking Time:
suitable for bulk cooking


  • 40g (1.5 tbsps) quinoa flour
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp chia bran, see notes
  • 5g (2 tsps) shredded coconut
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 90g egg whites
  • 2ml (1/2 tsp) coconut essence


  1. Combine the quinoa flour, baking powder, chia bran and coconut in a mixing bowl. Add the beaten egg and egg white, along with the coconut essence. Whisk until all the lumps are dissolved.
  2. Preheat a small cast-iron frying pan to medium heat and lightly spray with cooking oil spray. Pour 1/3 of the mixture into the pan and cook until the pikelette begins to bubble. Flip over, using a plastic spatula and cook for a further minute, until golden.
  3. Repeat, twice more, using the remaining mixture.


Quinoa and Coconut Pikelettes

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Substitutes and Alterations

If you can't find chia bran, grind up some chia seeds or flax seeds in a spice or coffee grinder.

2 thoughts on “Quinoa and Coconut Pikelettes

    1. I get mine from a bulk food shop here in McLaren Vale. It’s really well priced at $9.90/kg. If you’re struggling to find it, I’d be happy to post a kg up to you.

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