Banana & Coconut Pancakes with Palm Sugar Syrup

Weekends are perfect for pancakes as you have the time in world to prepare teeny tiny pancakes. I love anything miniature for instance, cupcakes, mobile phone and coin purses. I like the cosy feeling of eating from a small bowl/plate and my childhood dream was owning a bakery called “Baby Bakery”.

Last weekend, I was in the mood of making pancakes inspired from my favourite street food in Malaysia called apom manis ( means sweet pancake in Malay).  I’m not too sure how apom manis is made, but I do believe it involves some complicated concoction of different types of flour (i.e. rice flour, plain flour etc.) which honestly, was too much too bear in the morning on weekends. The main ingredients of apom manis are dessicated coconut and banana slices. Using the similar concept, I improvised my street food favourite into these fabulous Asian-inspired pancakes.

{Palm sugar block}

 Banana & Coconut Pancakes with Palm Sugar Syrup

(A fuss free cooking recipe)

Serves 2

Ingredients A:

1 cup pancake batter

1 banana

2 tbsp dessicated coconut

Oil to grease pan

Syrup Ingredients:

225g palm sugar (1 palm sugar block – see photo above)

1 cup water


1. Pour water and a palm sugar block into a pot and heat over moderate heat until the block is fully dissolve and slightly thickened. Set aside.

2. Add dessicated coconut into the pancake batter and stir to combine.

3. Slice the banana into 1/4 inch thick. Set aside.

4.Set the pan over moderate heat. Pour a thin layer of oil over the pan.

5. When the oil is heated, place a slice of banana first and pour about a tablespoon full of batter over the banana.

6. When the batter starts to bubble, flip the pancake to the other side. Cook until golden brown.

7. Serve the banana side up with warm palm sugar syrup.

(Emily’s note: Don’t worry if you notice some residue in the syrup. The residue comes from the palm sugar and if it bothers you, you can run the syrup through a sieve.)


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19 Responses to Banana & Coconut Pancakes with Palm Sugar Syrup
  1. Jillyann
    July 5, 2010 | 1:57 pm

    these looks amazing and I am a huge fan of palm sugar. I also recently found dehydrated raw coconut tree sap granules…which is a delicious lower glycemic sweetener. I will definately give these a try.

    • Emily
      July 5, 2010 | 2:00 pm

      Hi Jillyann,

      To me, anything with palm sugar in it sounds delicious. I’m happy that you are willing to give my recipe a go! :)

  2. Sevgi
    July 5, 2010 | 3:52 pm

    I love coconuts and never have had it with pancakes. I really want to try this recipe. Also, I don’t believe I have ever had palm sugar. This recipes sounds delicious!

    • Emily
      July 6, 2010 | 7:12 am

      Hi Sevgi,

      Coconut and pancakes go wonderfully well together and with the palm sugar syrup is just icing on the cake. :)

  3. Just Food Snobs
    July 5, 2010 | 10:29 pm

    Thank you for sharing this recipe. I love making pancakes, especially something different and tropical. Great syrup idea with palm sugar.

    • Emily
      July 6, 2010 | 7:15 am

      My pleasure and thanks for the comments!

  4. penny aka jeroxie
    July 5, 2010 | 11:04 pm

    That is great idea to use palm sugar. I will try it out.

    • Emily
      July 6, 2010 | 7:08 am

      Hi Penny,
      Thanks for the comment. Let me know if you like it. :)

  5. A Little Yumminess
    July 6, 2010 | 12:21 am

    I make mango coconut pancakes but will have to try these. I like the idea of using palm sugar syrup!! Great photos

    • Emily
      July 6, 2010 | 7:08 am

      Mango in pancakes sounds delicious. Thanks for the idea, I might just give it go next weekend. :)

  6. sneige
    July 6, 2010 | 8:10 pm

    Pure perfection! Just irresistible! And I can feel the palm sugar’s taste! Delicious.

  7. patrick
    July 7, 2010 | 12:06 am

    I LOVE BANANA AND COCONUT what an amazing way to blend them together! sure did capture my attention! i DEFINITELY want to make this for breakfast now. sigh this looks so delicious i wish i can eat this right now!

    • Emily
      July 7, 2010 | 2:02 pm

      Hi Patrick,

      Thanks for your lovely comments! :) I’m glad you like the recipe. How can one dislike this combination? Plus, I can’t have enough of the palm sugar syrup! :P

  8. Sarah
    July 7, 2010 | 4:42 am

    These look absolutely amazing! What a great combination of ingredients!

    • Emily
      July 7, 2010 | 2:07 pm

      Hi Sarah,

      Thanks for your comments. Banana and coconut is my favourite combination at the moment. Since it’s Winter now in Australia, having tropical-esque pancakes will remind me of the warmth of summer. :)

  9. chocolatesuze
    July 7, 2010 | 1:59 pm

    dude awesome photo! im drooling now i need me some palm sugar!

    • Emily
      July 7, 2010 | 2:16 pm

      Thanks for your comment! I’ll find any excuse to have the velvety warm palm sugar syrup! A remedy for my homesickness. :P

  10. ashleyrowell
    July 8, 2010 | 4:59 pm

    Oh my gosh, that looks so good I could eat the page. Palm sugar syrup is perfect to top it off. I am bookmarking this for future use.

  11. christine
    September 3, 2010 | 5:40 pm

    Hello Emily! I found this blog in Foodista and followed it here. This is a lovely blog and awesome Banana & Coconut Pancakes with Palm Sugar Syrup recipe. The photos are mouthwatering! By the way you can place more Foodista widget in your past and future blogs so that other Foodista readers can follow and see your blog too. Just search for a related recipe or food in Foodista and use its widget. I hope to read more from you. Cheers!

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