Banana Macadamia nut sourdough pancake with toasted coconut

These banana macadamia coconut pancakes are no ordinary pancakes.  They are made with a sourdough, kefir base and cooked with sliced bananas and toasted macadamia nuts and coconut.  Syrup is definitely optional! On a recent trip to Hawaii, we asked friends for restaurant suggestions.  One of the suggestions was Tip Top Restaurant in Kauai.  My daughter googled it and crossed it off the list.  

While in Kauai, we met a security guard who helped us with some BBQ challenges we were having at the townhouse in which we were staying. We asked Caesar what he was doing for Valentines since it was the day before Valentines Day.  He said he was going to take his wife to Tip Top Restaurant.  My daughter was immediately curious since she had crossed it off her list and asked why.  Caesar said they had the best banana pancakes. Sold!

We made a trip to Tip Top Restaurant to try their banana pancakes.  The restaurant wasn't quite the place I would want my husband to take me for Valentines, but the food was surprisingly good.  We had their famous oxtail soup and the banana nut pancakes.  The pancakes were large and fluffly with the bananas and macadamia nuts cooked into the pancake.  I thought that with a few tweaks, the pancakes could be amazing!

Upon returning home, I decided to use my original sourdough kefir pancake dough (which I have now included) as the base, because I like the texture of the sourdough pancake better.  I then made a few changes.  With these changes, you don't need to use syrup with these pancakes.  I loved my addition of the toasted coconut and coconut oil into the batter.  If you love coconut like I do, these banana, macadamia and coconut pancakes are for you. Yum!

Tips for making banana macadamia coconut pancakes.

Pancake batter.

This pancake batter includes 3 ingredients that are different than regular pancake batter.  This pancake includes sourdough, kefir and coconut oil.  It is well worth the extra time if you plan ahead since the resting period allows the sourdough and kefir to break down the gluten and release more nutrients, making it a healthier pancake with a lower glycemic index.  The kefir and sourdough ingredients also add a little acidity that balances out the sweetness of the pancake.

When pouring the pancake batter into the pan, use about a cup so that the batter will spread throughout the entire pan.  It is better to make larger pancakes so that the banana slices can be distributed better.  The pancakes I make takes up the entire medium sized skillet and are about 8"  (20cm) in diameter.


Use ripe bananas.  As bananas turn from green to yellow, they become sweeter and more flavorful.  The sweeter the bananas, the more they will caramelize and the banana flavor will be more pronounced.   Slice the bananas thin and be generous when adding this to the batter.  You want to add them in a single layer so that they will make contact with the pan and caramelize.

Macadamia Nuts.

Chop the macadamia nuts to a 1/4" small dice.  You can toast them to bring out the nuttiness of the mac nuts.

Chopped mac nuts and coconuts.

Chopped mac nuts and coconuts.

Sliced bananas, toasted mac nuts and coconut.

Sliced bananas, toasted mac nuts and coconut.


For extra flavor, toast the coconut, preferably non-sweetened, before adding.  Place the shredded coconut briefly in a toaster oven.  It burns quickly so keep an eye on it!

Adding the "goodies" to these banana macadamia coconut pancakes.

The key to make these banana macadamia coconut pancakes amazing is not to add the add-ins when making the batter, but add the add-ins after the pancake batter has been poured into the pan.  In this way, you will have more control with the placement and amount of add-ins used.

Add sliced bananas, toasted mac nuts and toasted coconuts.

Add sliced bananas, toasted mac nuts and toasted coconuts.

Cooked pancake with caramelized banana, macadamia nuts and coconut.

Cooked pancake with caramelized banana, macadamia nuts and coconut.

Enjoy plain or try them with passion fruit butter and let me know what you think of these tropical banana, macadamia, coconut pancakes in the comment section.  Does it transport you to the sunny beaches of a tropical island?

See Sourdough kefir pancakes recipe


Michelle Sam
These delicious pancakes have a chewier body and texture with an interesting mouthfeel and complex taste. They are not only delicious, but are so much healthier for you!
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Fermentation Time 12 hours
Total Time 13 hours
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 5 8" pancakes
Calories 244 kcal


  • Mixing bowl
  • Whisk
  • Non-stick Griddle / skillet


  • 60 grams active starter
  • 150 grams all purpose flour
  • 200 ml kefir
  • 100 ml milk Need milk to thin the batter
  • 25 grams sugar
  • 1 egg room temperature to prevent the butter from solidifying
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 30 ml coconut oil or melted butter Use coconut oil for the tropical pancake with banana, mac and coconut
  • 3 grams baking powder
  • 3 grams baking soda


  • In a large mixing bowl, stir together your starter, milk and kefir until the starter is dispersed.
  • Add the flour and sugar until mixed.
  • Cover and let rest at a cool temperature for about 12 hours, making a type of levain.
  • In a small bowl, beat together the egg, vanilla extract, salt, coconut oil or melted butter, baking soda and baking powder. This mixture will bubble
  • Gently fold into the levain.
  • Pour the batter onto preheated non-stick skillet or oiled steel.  
  • You can add your add-ins to your cooking batter here.
  • Flip when bubbles appear. Sourdough pancakes have a lot more bubbles than regular pancakes.
  • Serve warm with your favorite accompaniments.


Serving: 5pancakesCalories: 244kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 6gFat: 9gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 387mgPotassium: 72mgFiber: 1gSugar: 8gVitamin A: 162IUCalcium: 117mgIron: 2mg
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