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Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

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!

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

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Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes


  • 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.

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Published on June 10, 2013

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  1. Teresa says

    These look amazing! I love cooked pineapple in both sweet and savory dishes. These will probably be made this weekend unless I give in and have them for dinner sooner.

    My two current go-to breakfasts are a fruit smoothie (with protein powder and yogurt to keep me full) or a crustless quiche of some flavor (depends on what veggies or leftovers I have in the fridge).

  2. Denise says

    I want it in my mouth! These pancakes look sooo delicious, can’t wait to try them! If you want that true upsidedown cake flavor, you might try brown sugar as the sweetner. That is the other yummy ingredient traditionally used with the melted butter that goes in the pan before the batter. Bye now, I have some cooking to do. Thank you for another “Why didn’t I think of that myself?” recipe 🙂

  3. Claire Elizabeth says

    Oh! Now I wish I had pineapple! Hahah! These look AMAZING, Katie! I bet the Coconut Oil makes it SO soft and delicious!
    For breakfast, I am crazy addicted to puffed Kamut! My mom has your Single Lady cupcake with chocolate chips EVERY DAY! And I make it for her, everyday! Right now we’re out of chocolate chips (*tear*) and quite low on money (we get paid on Friday, so that’s when chocolate chips will come home!!!!), so right now I make hers like this:

    -3Tbsp Spelt Flour
    -1/4tsp Baking Powder
    -1/4tsp each Turmeric and Cinnamon
    -Stevia to taste
    -1Tbsp Apple Sauce
    -4tsp AlmondMilk
    -Dried Cranberries and Almond Slivers mixed in and on top

    She loves that one too, but nothing beats chocolate chips. Am I right??? 😉

  4. Amanda says

    Katie, I love how creative you are with keeping things healthy and low in everything! Can’t wait to try them!

  5. Shirley @ gfe & All Gluten-Free Desserts says

    Those are adorable and I bet every bite is amazing as you say, Katie! I shared on my gfe Facebook page. Off to Pin and share on Twitter now. 🙂


  6. Alyssa says

    Those look AMAZING! I love pineapple upside down anything 🙂 My current breakfast consists of an egg and sausage frittata…not necessarily vegan friendly!

  7. Ellen Stormer says

    I made these for breakfast this morning; really terrific! My daughter sprinkled hers with chopped walnuts & coconut – my kids are pretty spoiled when it comes to weekday breakfast, but I can’t imagine a better way to start the day 🙂

  8. Erin says

    I seem to go through breakfast phases….. I am currently in a apples and peanut butter phase. In the past I have gone through cereal, oatmeal, toast and jam, bagels and cream cheese, smoothies, bananas and peanut butter and yogurt and granola phases.

  9. Susan says

    These sound like they would be great (if I liked pineapple better). My current favorite breakfast is açai bowls, which is very popular in Brazil, where the açai berries are grown. After that comes smoothies and pancakes.

  10. Shannon says

    Wow those look tasty! My favorite breakfast at the moment is your Oreo Pancake recipe. I eat it at least once a week.

  11. Cindy says

    Good grief. I want to comment on the wonderful pancakes but all I can think about is the annoying ad announcing some dropout rate that COMPLETELY covers the header of your blog! I’m sorry. I’m just going to have to click off without seeing the recipe. It’s so incredibly annoying to click on a blog expecting a nice recipe and getting a huge in-your-face-and-completely-irrelevant ad staring in your face. I no longer care about the pancakes. I’m sorry to say this, Katie, but I hope you’re getting a lot of money for those things to cover up your header.

    • Jill says

      You know, you could be a little nicer. Good grief.
      For what it’s worth, I can see Katie’s header just fine. Oftentimes it’s yor own browser that’s at fault, and she’s even said in the past that she sometimes has design and coding issues. Bloggers aren’t tech geniuses and design hiccups happen sometimes to everyone. When they do, it’d be nice if their readers had some patience and respect.

      • Cindy says

        Dear Jill,
        I don’t need to be a little nicer when I’ve clicked on Katie’s new site and design and dealt with overbearing ads EVERY. SINGLE. TIME. I. CLICK.
        Jill, perhaps you have no clue that I have been reading CCK for YEARS now and I have witnessed this site make some great transformations. I don’t like all of them but she is has grown a LOT.
        It’s not my own browser that is at ‘fault’ if you so childishly feel a need to assign a ‘fault’ to something like this.
        If she has said this in the ‘past’ then it may very well be that I read a lot of different blogs and didn’t catch that little blurb on one of her posts.
        You claim that I need ‘patience’ and ‘respect’. Oh gosh, if you could help me understand how long I am required to be ‘respectful’ and ‘patient’ according to YOUR standards that would be a huge help! I am never rude on blogs but get over yourself. I’ve been reading Katie’s blog probably longer than you have. I’m tired of the ads. Period. It’s not for YOU to deal with. It’s for her to deal with.
        CCK is cool. Blog readers griping about headers that stand out more than anything when they click on the page is all a part of HER job, not yours, dear Jill.

    • Chocolate Covered Katie says

      Hi Cindy,
      I am sorry for the glitch, but it was ceertainly not intentional. I don’t have my ads set up to cover the header. I’m not tech-savvy; and as Jill said, I’ve had a lot of issues with the design of my site, which is upsetting and frustrating to me as well. Is the ad always covering the header on your screen, or was it a one-time thing?

      • Cindy says

        Hi Katie,
        Please know that I understand the ads are not intentionally covering up your header. I am 100% certain that you and your blog designer did not intend that either!
        Ever since you switched to your new design the ads always cover the header. Sometimes something will pop up at the bottom but those are easily deleted. For whatever reason, the ones at the top do not always give the ‘X’ option in the top right corner of the ad. They just hover over all or most of your header.
        This is definitely not a one time thing! I know it sounds ridiculous but I have avoided clicking on here as much as I usually do because of the glaring ads that take over your header. That’s all I was pointing out.
        For what it’s worth, I’ve tried 4 different browsers and they’ve all displayed the same thing. I can say that there have been a few times I haven’t had this problem so it doesn’t happen 100% of the time but it’s enough to irritate me like crazy!
        P.S. Have you decided what is going to replace the chocolate dripping heart? I thought that was temporary until you found something else. Maybe I’m just missing all the old colorful pages more than I want to admit! 🙂

  12. Cheri M. says

    Oh my goodness! These were delicious! I didn’t have any pineapple, but I DID have some nice, juicy ripe nectarines, so substituted those instead (just chopped up & placed in the batter) and they were AMAZING! They tasted like peach cobbler. So good!! Thanks for all the great recipes Katie. I enjoy them a lot!

  13. Mykel says

    These look like heaven! I love breakfast for dinner. I, for medical reasons, have to follow a gluten free diet so many of your recipes I follow and try out. I have a hard time finding some of the things you use(I live in a very very very small town). What would happen if I didn’t use quick oats? I have to have the gf kind and I have a hard time finding the quick cook kind. Also…could I use the left over gluten free pancake mix I have? I love from scratch but I need to finish the premix too. Pineapple is going on my grocery list.

  14. Jennifer Wentworth says

    Katie!!! My darlin! I made these first thing this morning for my mom dad brother and grandma with gf flour and used rice chex in place of oats because I’ve had bad reactions with oats since becoming allergic to gluten wheat and soy I also added orange zest to the batter and used the centers I cut from the pineapple and put in cuisinart and puréed down then put in a sauce pan with a little stevia water and corn startch and made pineapple glaze syrup. They were sooo good! Everyone loved them so much!! Cooking has never been something I have enjoyed until recently and now I literally live to cook and create and make others smile by sharing my tasty creations!! Love you and your inspirational blog!

  15. Paul Lista says

    I was on my cousin’s page and the picture of the pineapple jumped up off the page and grabbed me by the neck. Pineapple is one of my favorite fruits, I could eat it every day. I’ll try this one weekend when I need cheering up.

  16. Esther says

    I just had an epiphany! Merging this would the pizzert/breakfast pizza! Just made breakfast pizza for my kids (which they LOVE) and thought about this idea too late. Can’t wait to try it!

  17. Sylvia says

    Omg this pancakes are Amaaaazing!!! I was in breakfast heaven and then kicked out when i saw my empty plate 🙁 hehehe …but im going to make them again very soon for sure! This is one of the best pancakes recipes i´ve ever tried!!!!

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