Pineapple Upside-Down Pancakes

One of my all-time favorite desserts is pineapple upside-down cake.  Okay, truth is…I adore it.  It was often my personal birthday cake request growing up.  There are tons of really good paleo or gluten-free cake recipes out there, but sometimes I want to satisfy a certain craving without having to make a big dessert that will last a few days.


I decided to test out some pineapple upside-down pancakes instead.  I am so glad I did because these babies are awesome!!  I could be alone on this — but I totally associate Easter with pineapple upside-down cake — so the timing is perfect!!  Perhaps your family would like these for a nice Easter brunch?

Happy Easter everyone, hope you enjoy!




(yields 6 pancakes — but amounts can easily be multiplied)

  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 tbsp. coconut flour
  • 1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut milk
  • 3 eggs
  • 2 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • 1 tbsp. pineapple juice (reserved from the can)
  • 6 pineapple rings, canned & unsweetened
  • 1 tbsp. coconut sugar
  • 2 tbsp. grassfed butter for frying
  • 6 frozen sweet dark cherries, thawed



  1. Start by placing your pineapple rings on a paper towel lined plate — this will help remove a lot of excess moisture from them.  Sprinkle some of the coconut sugar on one side of the rings.  Set them aside.IMG_1389
  2. Combine all of your dry ingredients (almond flour through salt) in a large mixing bowl.
  3. Add all wet ingredients (coconut milk through pineapple juice) and combine well with a hand or stand mixer.
  4. Melt some of your butter in a skillet over medium heat.  If you have a large enough skillet you can fry multiple pancakes at once, just make sure that you leave enough room to flip them.  If I am making a small batch I prefer to use a small skillet and fry up one at a time.  You can add more butter for frying as you go.
  5. Lay a pineapple ring sugar side down.  Let it cook for about 1 minute.  While it is cooking, sprinkle the opposite side with more coconut sugar.  Flip the pineapple slice.IMG_1390
  6. Place a cherry in the middle of the pineapple ring and then pour about 1/4 cup of pancake batter on top.  Allow that side to cook for 2 minutes.  You will see the edges firming up and some bubbles form over your pancake.IMG_1394
  7. Carefully flip the pancake over and cook an additional 2 minutes.IMG_1398
  8. Keep them warm while you continue the process.






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