Macadamia Nut Pancakes: A Tropical Breakfast Delight

These Macadamia Nut Pancakes are the epitome of a perfect tropical-style breakfast—soft, fluffy pancakes infused with the crunch of roasted macadamia nuts. If you’ve ever dreamed of savoring a Hawaiian-style breakfast, this recipe is tailor-made for you.

Consider whipping up these healthy gluten-free Banana Oat Pancakes if you have leftover ripe bananas.

Why Choose This Recipe

  1. Simple Ingredients: No need to make a run to the store for expensive ingredients, as this recipe calls for pantry staples.
  2. Consistent Perfection: This is a straightforward recipe that delivers perfectly fluffy pancakes every time you make it.
  3. Tropical Escape: These Macadamia Nut Pancakes transport you to a tropical island, even if you’re still in the comfort of your home kitchen.
  4. Crunchy Bliss: The crispy texture of macadamia nuts imparts the perfect balance of flavor and crunch, leaving you craving more.

Tools Needed

For this fluffy pancake recipe, you only need some basic kitchen tools. The beauty of this recipe lies in the fact that all these tools are typically found in your kitchen, sparing you the need for expensive equipment.

  • Large bowl
  • Medium bowl
  • Griddle or large skillet


To whip up this stunning pancake recipe, you’ll only need a handful of basic ingredients. So, gather these ingredients and get ready to indulge in these tropical-style pancakes in no time.

  • All-purpose flour
  • Whole wheat flour – Opt for 100% whole grain for added nutrition.
  • Leavening agents – Baking powder and baking soda to make these pancakes extra fluffy.
  • Salt
  • Buttermilk
  • Egg
  • Coconut oil – This adds a hint of coconut flavor.
  • Vanilla extract
  • Chopped and roasted macadamia nuts – Roasting the nuts releases a buttery flavor and adds texture.

Steps to Make Macadamia Nut Pancakes

Creating these delicious pancakes is incredibly simple. Just follow the instructions below, and you’ll be enjoying this special breakfast in no time.

Step 1: Roast Macadamia Nuts

In a small skillet over medium heat, roast the macadamia nuts until lightly browned. Keep a close eye to avoid burning. Remove and let them cool.

Step 2: Preheat Your Griddle or Skillet

Spray non-stick cooking spray on the griddle or large skillet or grease it with butter. Heat the skillet over medium heat.

Step 3: Mix Dry Ingredients

In a large bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.

Step 4: Mix Wet Ingredients

In another bowl, whisk together buttermilk, egg, cooled coconut oil, and vanilla extract.

Step 5: Combine Batter

Add the liquid mixture to the flour mixture, stirring until moistened. Gently fold in the roasted macadamia nuts, being careful not to overmix.

Step 6: Cook Pancakes

Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto the preheated griddle for each pancake. Cook until the edges begin to bubble or turn golden brown (approximately 2 minutes). Flip the pancake and continue cooking for about 2 more minutes. Keep warm in the oven until ready to serve.

How to Serve These Pancakes

We love topping these delicious pancakes with some homemade coconut syrup, or you can pair them with maple syrup. I enjoy pairing this delightful breakfast recipe with a simple egg and cheese casserole.

Substitutes and Additions

Here are some ways you can tweak these tropical-style pancakes to suit your taste.

  • Oil Replacement: Swap coconut oil for vegetable oil or butter.
  • Milk Variations: You can also use whole milk, almond milk, or any type of milk your family prefers instead of buttermilk.
  • Banana Slices: Add banana slices to each pancake for extra flavor and texture.
  • Sweet Twist: Sprinkle some white chocolate chips on top for an additional sweet kick.
  • Nutty Experiment: Try using chopped walnuts or pecans instead of macadamia nuts for a different nutty flavor.


Store leftover pancakes in an airtight container, refrigerating for up to 3 days. Reheat pancakes using a toaster or adding a bit of butter in a skillet. You can also freeze these pancakes for up to 3 months. Simply wrap them tightly in plastic wrap and place them in a freezer bag.

Tips for Perfect Pancakes

Ensure perfection every time you make these pancakes with these tips.

  • Let the pancake batter rest while your griddle or skillet heats up; this helps make the pancakes fluffier.
  • Avoid overmixing the pancake batter to prevent the pancakes from becoming tough.
  • Use a lightly greased griddle or skillet to ensure even cooking and golden-brown pancakes.
  • Wait until your griddle or skillet is hot; this ensures quick cooking without losing fluffiness.
  • For crispy exteriors, cook in a cast-iron skillet. For soft, restaurant-style pancakes, use a non-stick pan.

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