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Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

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These buttery pineapple pancakes might just become your new favorite pancakes:

Soft, buttery, and sweet pineapple pancakes that literally MELT in your mouth! A reader favorite recipe, it's also one of my personal favorites, and I keep coming back to these pancakes again and again. Recipe here:

With a base that absolutely melts in your mouth, it’s almost more like cake than pancakes.

I’ve posted many pancakes over the years; a giant list can be found here: 100+ Healthy Pancake Recipes. And these pineapple upside down pancakes are surprisingly my favorite of them all. A friend from high school once taught me how to make a ridiculously-easy pineapple upside down cake that went something like this: pour melted butter into the pan, spread on a layer of crushed pineapple, and top with vanilla cake mix and more butter… maybe it wasn’t quite that simple, but it was pretty easy and tasted amazing.

These cake-like pineapple pancakes remind me of that cake… but without all the butter! (Seriously, there was a massive amount of butter in the cake. No wonder it tasted so good!)

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I hope you like the recipe as much as I do!

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  • 1/3 cup flour (spelt, all-purpose, Bob’s gf, or ww pastry all work) (45g)
  • 2 tbsp quick oats or certified-gf quick oats (10g)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • pinch stevia, or 1 tbsp liquid sweetener of choice (such as pure maple syrup)
  • 1/3 cup milk of choice, warmed slightly (minus 1 tbsp if using liquid sweetener) (80g)
  • 2 tsp melted virgin coconut oil (Can sub veg oil, but coconut oil gives the pancakes an incredible shortbread-y taste. Omit only if you don’t mind the taste of fat-free pancakes.)
  • 1/2 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • 4 pineapple rings


In a cereal bowl, combine all dry ingredients except pineapple, and stir very well. In a separate bowl, combine all liquid ingredients. (The milk is warmed to prevent the oil from solidifying on contact. This is a good practice for any baked-good recipe that calls for coconut oil.) Pour dry into wet, and stir together to form a batter. Grease a skillet, then turn the heat to medium. Test the heat of your skillet by throwing a few drops of water onto the surface. When the water sizzles, the pan is ready for the pancake batter. Turn skillet to low-medium and drop about 1/4 of the batter onto the skillet, then spread out and lightly place one pineapple round in the middle, pushing down just a little. Repeat with another pancake. (Unless you have a giant skillet, it is best to just do two at a time so as not to crowd the skillet.) Flip pancakes over when the edges become firm and they are able to be flipped without breaking. Continue cooking until desired doneness is reached. I turned the heat up to high at the very end, to fry the pineapple slices a little. Makes 4 super-thick pancakes.

*View Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes Nutrition Facts*

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Katie is the baker, photographer, and author of the popular blog Chocolate-Covered Katie. Her favorite food is chocolate, and she believes in eating a balanced diet that includes dessert every single day. More about Katie—> 
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  1. Diana says:

    I just made them and I must say these are delicious! I would have never thought of pineapple upside down to be a flavor of pancake! Good work Katie!

    1. I think that’s probably a record for the fastest anyone’s ever made one of my recipes after I posted it. Thank you so much for trying them! 🙂

  2. BakeMeABallerina says:

    These look delicious! Sorry, I wasnt quite sure… Are the nutrition facts for 1/4 of the recipe?

  3. Michelle says:

    This looks so yummy!

  4. What a happy post to find this morning! These look incredibly delicious! I just discovered I like pineapple so I will have to give these a try!

  5. Wow! This sounds so amazing. Love putting fruit in my pancakes and I’ve never ever thought to add my favorite fruit — pineapple! Can’t wait for the weekend to try these out.

  6. Love this idea, that’s delicious! A pineapple ring fried into each pancake – genius :).

  7. Suzanne says:

    Mmmm pancakes! I’ve made a tradition with some friends- every Sunday we make pancakes together and this recipe will most definitely me featured soon!
    My go-to breakfast of late has been chia seed pudding with blueberries and bananas, topped with some crunchy granola. Filling and delicious!

    PS. I’ve started a blog and would love if you checked it out! You inspire my inner vegan chef!

  8. Melissa says:

    I’ve recently been having chocolate oatmeal smoothies/milkshakes for breakfast. It’s a variation of one or more of your milkshakes, and let me tell you, this is the easiest it has ever been to lose weight…knowing that I get to start my day with a milkshake makes it easy to not eat at night. And it keeps me so full that I have no problem waiting until an appropriate time to eat again. I put in a frozen banana, cocoa, cashew butter, oats, and almond milk. If I’m feeling like something decadent I’ll add a tbsp of chocolate chips.
    The next time I go shopping I’m going to get hazelnut butter because these taste to close to the hedgehog milkshakes I used to make at the ice cream shop I worked at, I figure I may as well go all the way. 😉

    Also, to explain my love for you and your recipes, I make a chocolate cake batter milkshake for almost everyone who walks through my door. Thank you so much for sharing your love of healthy and delicious food!!

  9. Please come cook for me! They look epic.

  10. Lisa says:

    Ohh, I love the look of this!
    It looks so pretty.
    And of course, delicious.

    I typically am a creature of habit when it comes to Breakfasts throughout the week, I usually keep it to the same 3-4 Breakfasts and then I become a bit more adventurous with other recipes during the weekend!

    1. Kate says:

      I like to have coffee 1 egg white and a bit of fruit. Yum!

  11. Danielle says:

    Looks great! And I actually have a pineapple in my kitchen just waiting to be cut!

  12. Upside down pancakes- what a cool idea! I bet they give so much more fruity flavour than when you mix in the fruit.

    1. Tin_Man60! says:

      I followed this recipe very carefully but the pancakes were gummy and undercooked under each pineapple ring. It seems like the moisture of the pineapple prevented the batter from cooking completely. Maybe next time I try this I should pat dry and warm each pineapple slice before pushing them into the batter.

  13. Sarah the official CCK Drooler says:

    I am seriously loving Angela’s (@OhSheGlows) overnight oats/banana soft serve parfaits…it’s hard not to have one each day!
    I also vary that with the Fitnessista’s bfast cookie, green smoothies, and raw buckwheat porridge (again, courtesy of Angela).
    And this morning was great: peanut butter cinnamon banana soft serve with chia seeds mixed in. Really good!
    Man… I’m getting SO impatient for tomorrow morning!

  14. Samantha&Nicholas! says:

    Katie, surely you did not eat those pancakes topped with syrup?! Wasn’t that way too sweet for you? I mean, I might like it, but you? Not trying to give you a hard time, it was just the first thing that popped into my mind when I say the (very lovely) pictures!

    1. Liz says:

      Even if she didn’t eat it with syrup, it’s not like she’s not allowed to pour on syrup for presentation….

  15. meredith says:

    These look delicious…I am a creature of habit and always end up with a bowl of steel cut oats mixed with fruit and peanut butter…I like my oats cold as I believe you have said you do too.

  16. Mozzie says:

    spelt flour – check, oats – check, coconut oil – check, pineapple – check… soo… guess what I will have for breakfast tomorrow 😉

  17. I drool with all your pictures and recipes. I cannot wait for your cookbook!

  18. Heidi Lynn says:

    I love that you give nutritional info, but I’ve noticed a lot of the times you just give the serving amount as grams and there’s no way to know how many servings the total recipe is without me weighing it all out. Can you please include the number of servings?

    Now to your question. I go through spurts where I eat the same thing daily, but most of the time I like variety.

    1. Unofficial CCK Helper says:

      CCK has listed the serving size for this recipe, both in the post and in the nutrition facts.

  19. Oh my gosh – what a great idea! Those pancakes look awesome! I love pineapple upside down cake!

  20. shayfit says:

    My favorite at the moment is peanut butter and banana, I eat it almost everyday and love every bite!

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