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Coconut & Quinoa Pancakes

She had folded up her dress into an impromptu bag and filled it with sea shells in all sorts and sizes. “Dad, I’m taking these home” Elsa said while looking at me with a wrinkled nose and sharp mouth. I think she was waiting for me to tell her that we couldn’t fit anything more into our bags, but this time I gave in: “Sure, you can have them in your room when we are back home.”

We have reached the last leg of our trip and in just a few days we are flying home to Stockholm. It’s a bit sad but at the same time exciting to get back into our home and kitchen.  Eeeh, who am I fooling? We are absolutely devastated and are constantly trying to think of different excuses to stay here: “What if we got infected with a virus so we weren’t allowed on the airplane…” or “What would happen if one of our passports was eaten by a dog?”. Seriously, this trip has been unreal. We have connected with so many friendly people in Sydney, Melbourne and across New Zealand. Been invited to breakfasts, lunches and dinners by persons we had never met before and also got the chance to meet a bunch of readers on picnics, signings and events. We are now spending our last days revisiting our favourite spots, soaking up the sun and filling our bags with Elsa’s sea shells.

We have a chapter about traveling with kids in our latest book, but considering how many questions we have received on the subject while we have been here, I think we might write something more about it in a later post.


We tested and photographed this pancake recipe before we left Sweden, with the intention to post it while we were away. But somehow we completely forgot about it, until now. This is a recipe from our absolute favourite cookbook from 2014, Amy Chaplin’s At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen.

What made us choose this recipe among the many great ones in the book, was that this was a gluten-free recipe with only one egg and a suggestion on how to make it vegan (with a chia egg). We love pancakes but always seem to make ours quite heavy on eggs, so we have been on the look-out for good vegan breakfast pancakes. And these deliver! They have plenty of texture and body. And apart from the quinoa soaking overnight, they can be done in no-time (or as Amy puts it: “they’re the fastest pancakes you’ve ever made”)

We can’t recommend her book enough. If you like our food, you are going to love Amy’s. Her book was released in the US last year and will be out in Australia and the UK in June. 


The pancakes are perfect together with our homemade Clementine Jam. We have been experimenting with different citrus jam and marmalade recipes all winter. The photos show a cooked version, but since then we have grown much fonder of a simpler uncooked version using chia seeds. What we like about it is that it keeps the fresh flavours from the citrus whereas cooked jams and marmalades become a tad bitter and overly sweet. This Citrus Chia Jam is very easy to make and taste just like sun-ripe citrus fruits.


Coconut & Quinoa Pancakes (recipe from At Home in the Whole Food Kitchen by Amy Chaplin)
Makes ten 4-inch / 10 cm pancakes

1/2 cup / 85 g uncooked quinoa, soaked for 12 to 24 hours in 1 cup filtered water
1/2 cup / 45 g rolled oats, choose certified gluten free if intolerant
3/4 cup / 60 g unsweetened desiccated coconut
1 cup /250 ml unsweetened almond milk
1 egg or 1 tsp chia seeds soaked in 1/4 cup filtered water for 15 minutes
2 tbsp melted extra virgin coconut oil (more for cooking)
1/2 tsp ground vanilla
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp cinnamon

zest of 1 lemon

Drain and rinse quinoa, and place it in an upright blender. Add oats, ¼ cup coconut, almond milk, chia egg (or regular egg), coconut oil, vanilla, baking powder, and cinnamon. Blend on high speed for about 40 seconds or until completely smooth, scraping down sides as necessary. Add remaining coconut and lemon zest and stir with a rubber spatula to combine.

Warm a wide cast iron skillet over medium heat; add about 1 teaspoon coconut oil and spoon in ¼ cup batter for each pancake. Spread the batter out a little with the back of a spoon to make a 4-inch pancake. Cook for about 3 minutes or until surface is covered with bubbles and bottom is golden and beginning to brown. Flip and cook for another 2 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from skillet and repeat with remaining batter.

These pancakes are best hot off the pan, but they can also be kept warm in a 200ºF / 90°C oven as you cook the whole batch. Serve with Quick Citrus Chia Jam or fresh fruit and a dash of maple syrup.

Quick Citrus & Chia Jam
5 mandarins or citrus fruits of choice, peeled and most of the white rim discarded
2 tbsp honey or maple syrup (more or less depending on the sweetness of the citrus fruits)
1-2 tbsp chia seeds

Peel two of the mandarins and chop the slices into small pieces that you place in a small bowl. Cut the remaining mandarins in half and squeeze out all the juice into the bowl. Add honey and chia seeds. Use a fork to whisk until all is combined. Leave in the fridge for a few hours or overnight, whisk once or twice to prevent the chia seeds form forming lumps. The chia seeds will bind the juice into a jam-like consistency. Store in a sealed jar in the fridge for up to 3-5 days.



PS. Green Kitchen Travels is being released in German, Dutch, Swedish and Danish during these next couple of weeks. Check out our book page for more info!


  1. emily
    Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 13:49 | #

    Yay for vegan pancakes and those photos of the citrus fruits are so insanely pretty!!!

  2. Nathalia
    Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 14:26 | #

    those are the best looking pancakes i’ve ever seen!

  3. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 14:26 | #

    Yum! I love the nutty flavor of quinoa pancakes! Can’t wait to try this recipe out. Like maybe right now…

  4. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 14:28 | #

    So many gorgeous flavours in this recipe. These pancakes are lovely!

  5. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 14:31 | #

    I can understand you guys being sorry to leave! Oceania must be so stunningly beautiful. It showed in your latest video! :) On the positive side, you’ll get bak to Sweden when it’s almost springtime! I hope you have a few more videos to show us soon.
    I’ve had my eyes on that book for a while now, and these pancakes sound great. I’ll be sure to try them! Thanks! :D

  6. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 14:34 | #

    I received yesterday Amy’s book and can’t take my eyes from it! Will certainly try these pancakes!
    We watched the video where you were making the frittata together with Elsa: she is so beautiful! Thank you for the video!

  7. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 14:44 | #

    Finally a pancake I will also be making… thank you so much! I was never comfortable making/eating pancakes for the very same reason you mentioned – heavy on eggs. Am I more excited about the pancake or the jam? Not sure :)

  8. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 14:53 | #

    Absolutely lovely!I can’t wait for Amy’s book to come out in the UK.I know I’m going to love it.Have a save journey home!I’m sure you won’t settle for long ;)

  9. Laura
    Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 14:57 | #

    Love trying out your food, just noticed on the pancake recipe that vanilla is listed twice, should the second on be something else?

  10. Floor
    Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 15:36 | #

    Hi do you thinkI could replace the soaked quinoa with quinia flour? Travelling is great and it is always sad to go home. Maybe you should start planning the next trip already! Enjoy your last days!

  11. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 15:46 | #

    Mmm that looks like one delicious breakfast! The citrus chia jam looks fabulous :)

  12. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 15:53 | #

    I love coconut pancakes! The jam sounds awesome!

  13. Laura
    Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 16:19 | #

    i noticed that there are two different ground vanilla ingredients. can you clarify which is correct? thanks so much – safe travels

  14. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 16:47 | #

    I have Amy’s book and it is one of my favorite books ever. So gorgeous! I have yet to make these pancakes, as I always forget to pre soak the quinoa, but I am going to go do it now. Thanks!

  15. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 17:09 | #

    In love with your photograhpy <3 and the pancakes look amazing I never thought you could do them with quinoa yummy


  16. Stephanie
    Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 17:28 | #

    Yum! I will be making these this weekend! Ground vanilla is listed twice in the ingredient list for the pancake batter. Is that correct? Also, is it ok to use liquid vanilla if I don’t have ground? Thanks!

  17. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 17:28 | #

    I have this recipe flagged in Amy’s cookbook and am excited to make it soon. There’s nothing better than having to merely blend and cook the morning of!

  18. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 18:12 | #

    I am so excited to a JAM with no cane sugar in it. I’ll be making this today/tonight with a little honey. I wonder if it would work with other fruit too?

  19. Naomi
    Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 18:23 | #

    I justs recieved an email saying that your cookbooks (in Danish) is on it’s way. Looking so mush foreward to that. Every time I make one of the recipes from the App, my daugther (22) says this is going to be be her new favorite dish :-). So come to Copenhagen when you get back from Australia…

  20. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 19:17 | #

    These look delicious! Can’t believe your trip is almost over. Thanks for sharing it with all of us!

  21. Kristen
    Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 19:21 | #

    I couldn’t agree with your more about Amy’s beautiful cookbook. I have been obsessed with it for 5 months now but somehow the superfood oatmeal has overshadowed all other breakfast recipes :) I will try these tomorrow.
    Safe travels back to Sweden…Western Canada is beautiful in the summer (winter too, but you guys get enough winter in Sweden) and we’d be happy to have you for a visit too!

  22. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 21:10 | #

    These pancakes look super yummy! I love that they can be made egg free. Can’t wait try that chia jam also!

  23. Kate
    Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 21:14 | #

    Can I replace the oats with buckwheat flour for a Wheat free version? Would I need any more or less bucjwheat flour? Thanks x

  24. Posted 28 Feb ’15 at 22:48 | #

    I love this book and it is great to hear you feel the same :)
    I’ve not tried this particular recipe yet, but it sounds deeelish!

  25. Sarah Roberts
    Posted 1 Mar ’15 at 00:27 | #

    These look amazing! I love using soaked whole grains instead of flour in recipes–more nutritious and cheaper, too!

    For those of us who don’t eat oats… any thoughts on using quinoa flakes instead? I think I remember that quinoa flakes soak up more liquid than oats, so I might try using 1/3 cup instead…

  26. Posted 1 Mar ’15 at 01:16 | #

    These will be great to make for the kids in the morning. I have all the ingredients in my pantry.

  27. Posted 1 Mar ’15 at 01:17 | #

    This seems to be a very nice recipe. Fairly easy to make and healthy. Also it looks really tasty. Thumbs up!

  28. Posted 1 Mar ’15 at 05:23 | #

    Hope to get my hands on this book :) btw the link for this post I received via email took me to your previous frittata post …not sure if some issue with the link ? THanks for this post and have been loving your pics and wonderful experiences in AU/NZ on Instagram

  29. Posted 1 Mar ’15 at 07:16 | #

    Yum! This looks so delicious!

  30. Posted 1 Mar ’15 at 10:52 | #

    The experience you have made is so enviable and I think traveling is a great experience for children too, they can learn so much from that – in this case Elsa can :)
    About the recipe, I’m in love with Amy’s cookbook, it’s full of simple and more complex recipes, perfect for every day and for more formal occasions. Thanks for the vegan version of her pancakes ^_^

  31. Posted 1 Mar ’15 at 22:14 | #

    This post is delightful- excellent photos. I’m so excited to try this out

  32. Posted 2 Mar ’15 at 08:11 | #

    Genius, quinoa in pancakes. Who would have thought! I made these pancakes for breakfast this morning and they were gorgeous! Didn’t have any lemon zest but they still turned out beautifully. I sense these will become a weekly breakfast for us!

  33. Willa
    Posted 2 Mar ’15 at 19:37 | #

    These would be perfect for Sunday brunch! So good to find good vegan pancake recipes that are actually good for you. Quinoa is such an amazing ingredient!


  34. Posted 3 Mar ’15 at 07:59 | #

    Dear David & Luise,

    I made these today and although the taste was delicious, the texture was very grainy. Do you think I need to soak my quinoa longer next time?

    Thank you for the recipe!


  35. Adriana
    Posted 3 Mar ’15 at 15:21 | #

    I made these today, we really enjoyed them. The flavor of the lemmon zest is so nice. I was in a hurry, didn’t see all the instructions and put it all together in the blender. It was not grainy at all, different texture maybe a little dry, but very good, we had then with maple syrup. A great alternative to flour. I would like to ask if you think these can be frozen to be kept on hand. Thank you :)

  36. Posted 4 Mar ’15 at 00:24 | #

    Love Amy’s book too! And this chia jam is simply genius, as are all your recipes :)

  37. Posted 4 Mar ’15 at 12:24 | #

    Safe trip back home to the 4 of you! And after our almond and coconut favorites, yet another pancake to try on Sunday!

  38. Sofia
    Posted 4 Mar ’15 at 14:12 | #

    We are always looking for great pancake recipes, thank you! We just moved to Stockholm after 4.5 yrs in Brooklyn and would LOVE to switch our U.S. Vitamix blender for a model adapted to the EU market (220 Volt). Anyone interested? Crossing fingers that we will find someone that is about to move across the Atlantic. We miss using it SO much. Thanks everyone.

  39. Emma
    Posted 4 Mar ’15 at 22:18 | #

    Absolutely delicious! Thank you for generously offering up such beautiful recipes!

  40. Posted 5 Mar ’15 at 06:26 | #

    Wow, these pancakes look amazing and I can’t wait to try the jam – what a great combination!

  41. Posted 5 Mar ’15 at 19:57 | #

    I absolutely adore your first book and love the coconut pancake recipe but will have to give these a try. New Zealand is my homeland but I now live in London. Your instagram travel pics throughout New Zealand were making me horribly homesick – so beautiful in the summer. Cold, damp and grey London just can’t compete.

  42. Posted 7 Mar ’15 at 14:12 | #

    When I used to think of healthy eating, I always just thought of a bowl of rabbit food! Now I’ve researched into it a bit more I realise there’s so much more to it and there are hundred’s of delicious recipes out there, that are completely healthy, this baffles me slightly.. I love your blog! I have both of your apps and your books are most definitely on my wish list :-)

  43. Posted 7 Mar ’15 at 16:47 | #

    I love the sound of that jam! and the pancakes! I’m glad you’ve had a good trip!

  44. Caroline
    Posted 7 Mar ’15 at 18:53 | #

    Tried and loved the pancakes, surprisingly fresh and a nice twist on the standard ones :) But please don’t ignore your neighboring country, Norway – would love to have the books in Norwegian!

    • Posted 9 Mar ’15 at 08:55 | #

      Hi Caroline, our first book is just being released in Norway this month! Hopefully, our second book will also be available later on.

  45. Posted 9 Mar ’15 at 13:54 | #

    These look absolutely scrumptious, can’t beat a good pancake!

  46. eleanor
    Posted 10 Mar ’15 at 00:51 | #

    I think it might have already been published her in aus – I bought it just the other day and it really is so nice! The photography is excellent too.

  47. Posted 13 Mar ’15 at 16:27 | #

    Looks wonderful! I love the tropical flavours!

  48. Posted 15 Mar ’15 at 01:44 | #

    These look so lovely – can’t wait to try! It has been so fun following your adventures in Australia and New Zealand =)

  49. Posted 16 Mar ’15 at 21:05 | #

    this looks incredible! I have to try it one day :) your blog keeps inspiring me to make and bake in the kitchen- thank you!

  50. Posted 23 Mar ’15 at 19:04 | #

    Whoaaa! This looks amazing! Sadly, it looks soo healthy that we won’t feel any guilt finishing a whole batch on the spot… And yes, that’s a problem!

  51. Posted 24 Mar ’15 at 08:50 | #

    Vegan pancake is a fabulous idea. Homemade Clementine Jam makes it even more perfect. A wonderful recipe!

  52. Sloane
    Posted 26 Mar ’15 at 19:19 | #

    Hi there!
    Love your blog:)
    About how many servings would this recipe make?


  53. fayms
    Posted 30 Mar ’15 at 11:50 | #

    your gluten free coconut and quinoa pancakes are not actually gluten free as they contain oats.

    • Judy
      Posted 29 May ’15 at 14:40 | #

      Actually, oats are naturally gluten free. The problem is oats are often processed in facilities that also process wheat, barley, and rye, which can lead to contamination. Oats which are uncontaminated contain no gluten.

  54. Posted 5 Jun ’15 at 00:14 | #

    thank you very much ” turkey ” Vegan pancake is a fabulous idea. Homemade Clementine Jam makes it even more perfect. A wonderful recipe!

  55. Sara
    Posted 16 Nov ’15 at 23:40 | #

    Attempting an anti-inflammatory diet and have made these twice in the last month. So, so good. They definitely don’t heat up as nice as they taste when they are hot off the grill.

  56. Posted 10 Feb ’16 at 10:04 | #

    I love your recipes, have done some. I have a question: What kind of chia seed do you use that this jam is clear and orange? My is as if dirty :-(

  57. Gosia
    Posted 9 Mar ’16 at 14:59 | #

    Hi! When can we expect polish edition?

  58. Posted 24 May ’16 at 11:22 | #

    Sweden i on my bucket list! The pancakes are very filling and yummy! thanks!1

  59. Olivia
    Posted 11 Sep ’16 at 20:56 | #

    I made these with left over cooked quinoa. They remained a bit raw on the inside but they were delicious! :) the lemon zest is a nice touch.

  60. Charlene
    Posted 5 Apr ’18 at 16:37 | #

    How can I obtain a book?

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