Hawaiian Pancakes

It’s my birthday!! I am really looking forward to seeing what my 36th year on this earth will bring. It’s been a week of celebrating with family and friends which has been a complete blast. The finale was this weekend when I combined two of my favorite things…Disney and pancakes! These Hawaiian pancakes were inspired by the legendary pancakes at Kona Cafe in the Polynesian resort. It is one of my favorite breakfasts in the world and I miss it. Luckily I was able to get my Disney fix right here at home, which made my birthday weekend complete.

The batter for the Hawaiian pancakes came together really easily. My big trick was to whip up the egg whites separately before I folded them into the rest of the batter. All of that airiness made the pancakes so fluffy. I actually made it the night before too. That way the gluten in the flour could really relax, which made the pancakes incredibly pillowy and tender. It also made the morning a lot easier since I just had to cook off the batter.
In the morning, I fired up my beloved electric griddle and greased it with a little butter. Then I cooked off my Hawaiian pancakes in batches of 8. They took about 4 minutes on each side to get gorgeously puffy and golden.
While the pancakes cooked, I also toasted up some extra coconut for a topping. I just laid it out in an even layer on a lined baking sheet and put it into a 350 oven. It took about 3-5 minutes for it to become crispy and golden.

I served the Hawaiian pancakes as I cooked them so that they were nice and hot. The crispy coconut and crunchy chopped macadamia nuts were such a perfect topping with the super soft pancakes! The finishing touch was a big drizzle of maple syrup on top. Oh my goodness, it felt like I was enjoying my breakfast at Polynesian resort! Let me tell you, it was the perfect end to a week of birthday celebrations. I hope you all love them as much as I did! xoxo

Hawaiian Pancakes
Hawaiian Pancakes
Hawaiian Pancakes
Hawaiian Pancakes


3.81 from 26 votes
Hawaiian Pancakes
Hawaiian Pancakes
Prep Time
20 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
45 mins

These are incredibly fluffy Hawaiian pancakes loaded with crushed pineapple, coconut and macadamia nuts. They're so fun for brunch! 

Course: Breakfast
Keyword: Hawaiian Pancakes, Pancakes
Servings: 6
Calories: 564 kcal
Author: Jeanie and Lulu's Kitchen
  • 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 3 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 1/4 cups milk
  • 3/4 cup canned crushed pineapple
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 whole eggs yolks separated from whites
  • 1 1/2 cups macadamia nuts roughly chopped, divided
  • 1 1/2 cups shredded coconut divided
  • butter for the griddle
  • maple syrup for topping
  1. First, make the batter the night before. Whisk the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt together in a large mixing bowl. Then whisk the milk, crushed pineapple, vanilla extract and egg yolks together in another bowl until smooth. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and whisk it all together into a thick batter. In a third bowl, whip up the egg whites with a hand mixer until they are like fluffy clouds and form stiff peaks. Fold the egg whites, 1 cup of the chopped macadamia nuts and 1 cup of the shredded coconut into the rest of the batter. Cover the bowl and refrigerate it overnight.
  2. In the morning, pre-heat the oven to 350 and also get out an electric griddle or large griddle pan. Line a sheet pan with a silicone mat and spread the remaining 1/2 cup of coconut out on it. Toast it in the oven for 3-5 minutes until it becomes crisp and golden. Set it aside. Pre-heat the electric griddle to 350 or the griddle pan over medium high heat. Grease it with butter, then cook off the pancake batter in batches in the size you want. They take about 4 minutes to cook on each side to become puffy and golden. Serve them as you make them with a sprinkle of toasted coconut, extra chopped macadamia nuts and syrup on top!
Nutrition Facts
Hawaiian Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 564 Calories from Fat 333
% Daily Value*
Fat 37g57%
Saturated Fat 12.6g79%
Cholesterol 86mg29%
Sodium 147mg6%
Potassium 535mg15%
Carbohydrates 55.8g19%
Fiber 4.5g19%
Sugar 41.4g46%
Protein 9g18%
Calcium 160mg16%
Iron 2.3mg13%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


14 thoughts on “Hawaiian Pancakes”

  1. I love to bake with coconut and this recipe looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing–excited to spruce up my usual Sunday pancakes 🙂

  2. Oh my goodness! I have never seen this pancake flavor! This is so clever and looks so unbelievably decadent! I’m adding this to my weekend breakfast menu with the kids and definitely pinning!

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