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!


  • 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 ^_^
  • 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
  • This seems to be a very nice recipe. Fairly easy to make and healthy. Also it looks really tasty. Thumbs up!
  • These will be great to make for the kids in the morning. I have all the ingredients in my pantry.
  • Sarah Roberts
    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...
  • 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!
  • Kate
    Can I replace the oats with buckwheat flour for a Wheat free version? Would I need any more or less bucjwheat flour? Thanks x
  • These pancakes look super yummy! I love that they can be made egg free. Can't wait try that chia jam also!
  • Kristen
    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!
  • These look delicious! Can't believe your trip is almost over. Thanks for sharing it with all of us!
  • Naomi
    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...
  • 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?
  • 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!
  • Stephanie
    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!
  • In love with your photograhpy <3 and the pancakes look amazing I never thought you could do them with quinoa yummy
  • 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!
  • Laura
    i noticed that there are two different ground vanilla ingredients. can you clarify which is correct? thanks so much - safe travels
  • I love coconut pancakes! The jam sounds awesome!
  • Mmm that looks like one delicious breakfast! The citrus chia jam looks fabulous :)
  • Floor
    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!
  • Laura
    Love trying out your food, just noticed on the pancake recipe that vanilla is listed twice, should the second on be something else?
  • 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 ;)
  • 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 :)
  • 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!
  • 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
  • So many gorgeous flavours in this recipe. These pancakes are lovely!
  • Yum! I love the nutty flavor of quinoa pancakes! Can't wait to try this recipe out. Like maybe right now...
  • Nathalia
    those are the best looking pancakes i've ever seen!
  • emily
    Yay for vegan pancakes and those photos of the citrus fruits are so insanely pretty!!!

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