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Paleo Mocha Almond Pancakes {Healthy Mother’s Day Brunch}

May 8, 2014

The ladies are back! And this time we’re bringing you recipes from everyone’s favourite meal, brunch! Just what I need in my life, more breakfast food…Consider this a sneak peak into my ecookbook since this gal ain’t got time for 41 breakfast recipes!

meet-the-team-1It only makes sense that I spend today’s post discussing mommy dearest. Unfortunately she likely won’t be able to read this as she is currently frolicking the globe and last I heard THM was in Russian…True story!

It’s probably a good thing I made this recipe while she’s away since the Maven Mama hates coffee. Clearly I didn’t inherit that gene. Her planning and organization genes seemed to have skipped my generation too. Sorry ma!

Paleo Mocha Almond Pancakes + Healthy Mother's Day Brunch Ideas // thehealthymaven.comIf you know my Mom, you know she is by far the most competent human-being on the planet. This is a lady who plans her vacations two years in advance, will find you the best deal on just about anything, and shuttled around 4 kids all while whipping up delicious meals. She’s basically the closest thing to superhuman that earth has ever seen.

Though I may have given her a hard time, well, all the time, she really is amazing and I’m grateful to have someone who I can turn to to help me navigate any situation, inspire me in the kitchen and remind me I have a dentist appointment. She is truly one-of-a-kind!

Even though we should tell our moms everyday how awesome they are, Mother’s day is the perfect opportunity to show them how much we care. So myself and my fellow food obsessed bloggers have brought you delicious and healthy brunch recipes that you can quickly whip up for Mom. There’s no better way to say “I love you” than through food amIright?

Healthy Mother's Day Brunch Ideas that Mom will love!Let’s start off with my homegirl Lee who has taken your average quinoa to whole a new level with this Citrus Quinoa Salad.

Citrus Quinoa Salad + Healthy Mother's Day Brunch Ideas // thehealthymaven.comIf we disregard the bacon (I know, I’m crazy!) I would be all over this BLT Crustless Quiche from Kelly, our mama of the group!

BLT Crustless Quiche + Healthy Mother's Day Brunch Ideas // thehealthymaven.comI was obviously on Lexi’s mind when she made these Paleo Lemon Blueberry Muffins because we all know how much I love lemon and bluebs!

PaleoLemonBlueberryMuffins10I was intrigued to see what the spiralizing queen Ali would come up with and she clearly didn’t let us down with these Mango-Avocado Plantain Cups with Coconut Whipped Cream.

IMG_0033 copy 2And last but not least, I brought my Paleo a-game to the table with these Mocha Almond Pancakes. It only took me three tries but they were SO worth it.

Paleo Mocha Almond Pancakes 2I hope you all have a fabulous day celebrating with your Mamas!


Paleo Mocha Almond Pancakes

  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pancakes 1x


  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 3 T coconut flour
  • 2 T cocoa powder
  • 1 tsp freshly ground coffee
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup strongly brewed coffee (cooled to room temperature)
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 T maple syrup
  • 1 tsp almond extract (or vanilla extract if you can’t find)


  1. In a large bowl combine almond meal, coconut flour, cocoa powder, ground coffee, baking powder and sea salt.
  2. In a separate bowl combine coffee, eggs, maple syrup and almond extract.
  3. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until just combined. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  4. Heat a large pan or pancake griddle to medium heat and melt coconut oil (about 1 tsp).
  5. Add 1/3 cup of batter per pancake and let cook for 3 minutes or until all bubbles have popped and rim looks cooked.
  6. Flip and cook for 1-2 more minutes.
  7. Repeat process until all pancake batter has been used.
  8. Serve with maple syrup or toppings of choice.

Paleo Mocha Almond Pancakes 3Do you have Mother’s Day plans? What’s your favourite memory with your Mom?


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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    May 8, 2014 at 7:59 am

    Davida. You have finally done it. This is a breakfast recipe that I will most certainly be creating. Holy smokes, I LOVE IT!!! Mocha almond pancakes??? This sounds delicious. Only problem is that I don’t have anything with which to brew coffee, because I kind of hate it just like your mom does. Can I leave it out? What should I sub in?

    Seriously, this is a home run.

    Your favorite breakfast hater

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 8, 2014 at 8:28 am

      replace with milk!!! Thanks so much Ammmmmm! It only took me 3 tried GAH!

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    Kim @ BusyBod
    May 8, 2014 at 8:03 am

    I’m with the THM Mama, down with coffee! I don’t have Mother’s Day plans with my mom but I will be seeing her the very next day when she comes to town for my graduation. I have a lot of favorite memories with my mom (like my wedding day, obviously) but most of them are times when I was at a low and she told me exactly what I needed to hear. I always think how to her, she was just talking and there was nothing profound about what she was saying, but the things that had a profound affect on me I’ve never forgotten and have had a huge influence on how I view myself.

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    May 8, 2014 at 8:24 am

    Yes! the coconut pancake recipe – you gem!! I can’t wait to try these out. My poor boyfriend has been eating so many dry, floury coconut numbers haha. I think its time I start measuring everything and stop throwing things together when it comes to coconut flour! Those Mango Avo cups from Ali look pretty badman too!

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    May 8, 2014 at 8:33 am

    whoa! that’s one impressive team! I’ll eat at your table any day! give me the pancakes please

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    Erin @ The Almond Eater
    May 8, 2014 at 8:35 am

    Bluebs…I call them bluebs as well. Love the pancakes and love coffee…. my mom doesn’t like coffee either but I love love love it. I would love it if you come and make my mom breakfast and then I’ll just tell her that I made it and she will be sooo impressed.

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    Kim @ Hungry Healthy Girl
    May 8, 2014 at 8:46 am

    Oh my goodness….I’m loving all of these recipes! I’ve been wanting to try my hand at coffee pancakes too. Can’t wait to give yours a go!

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    Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    May 8, 2014 at 8:47 am

    LOVE the pictures! My mama doesn’t like coffee either… the similarities between you and I just keep on comin’.

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    May 8, 2014 at 9:12 am

    Absolutely gorgeous photos…all of ’em! Let’s hope my momma never comes across this post…you ladies have truly stepped up the bar ;)!

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    Dixya @ Food, Pleasure, and Health
    May 8, 2014 at 9:14 am

    so many deliciousness in just one post.

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    Mary Frances
    May 8, 2014 at 9:27 am

    We agree on our love for coffee! And almonds … so yeah, my mind is slowly being changed 😉 You are going to have seen enough breakfast food to last you a year!

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    meredith @ The Cookie ChRUNicles
    May 8, 2014 at 9:44 am

    Since I am selfish, I now think of Mother’s Day as my holiday, as in another birthday of some sort and then realize I better find my mother a card or a gift lol. At least I am honest. Ok now really, Sunday my son and I go out for our traditional early breakfast and then spend time with my parents…BTW, did I ever tell you I am allergic to almonds? Makes me sad sometimes with so many yummy looking almond meal involved recipes.

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    May 8, 2014 at 10:36 am

    I love it when I find out about other people that hate coffee…makes me feel less alone in my coffee hatred 😉 But I still might like these pancakes – while I hate coffee in general, give me coffee-flavoured desserts or ice cream and I’m a happy girl. Does it make sense? Not really…but I roll with it.

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    May 8, 2014 at 11:25 am

    Awesome lineup Davida – being a coffee and chocolate addict, I am partial to your mocha pancakes – love how fluffy they look – bet the coconut adds a nice touch to the coffee/cocoa!

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    Megan @ The Skinny-Life
    May 8, 2014 at 11:40 am

    Yum! I recommend we all get together and have brunch with you. Don’t you need a taste testing crew for your ecookbook? If so, count me in!

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    May 8, 2014 at 12:23 pm

    Oh wow everything here looks so delicious and I’m so hungry looking at everything!

    I think my mom is the best too! One of my favorite memories is only being allowed to do half day camps in the summer because my mom wanted to pick us up and eat lunch with us and take us the beach. How cool is that!?

    No mother’s day plans this year but hopefully next year! 🙂

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    Polly @ Tasty Food Project
    May 8, 2014 at 1:43 pm

    The mocha almond pancakes look amazing! Thanks for sharing all of the Mother’s Day brunch ideas!

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    May 8, 2014 at 1:45 pm

    I have to work on Mother’s Day, so, my sister and I took our Mom and Grandma out for breakfast today. 🙂

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    May 8, 2014 at 6:24 pm

    These look amazing! As do all the other recipes. Love the way you guys have been teaming up for these posts lately!

    One of my favourite memories with my mom was flying out to Montreal for a weekend when I was in grade 12 to go grad dress shopping together. Runner up: when we were in Mexico when I was 15 and my mom got me a brown cow at the bar and said “Here you go – you first real alcohol drink!” And I was just like “Uhh actually…” Haha!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    May 8, 2014 at 6:56 pm

    These look wonderful lady!

    I am immediately suspicious of people who don’t like/drink coffee. Not that your mom isn’t wonderful, but everyone should like coffee 😉

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    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    May 8, 2014 at 7:33 pm

    Freaking GENIUS. You know I’ll take any excuse to pack more chocolate into my mornings, and I’m loving the fact that you used almond meal and coconut flour for these… I’ve been meaning to do more experimenting with those myself, but ugh… so finicky. Thank you for saving me the trouble 😀

    Girls’ weekend away for me and my mom! Can.not.WAIT.

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    Kammie @ Sensual Appeal
    May 8, 2014 at 8:58 pm

    All of this looks amazing! I love protein pancakes, but I’d love to try the quiche as well 🙂 I have never tried chocolatey pancakes so I’ll have to add this to my to-do list!

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    May 8, 2014 at 8:59 pm

    These look great! Wonder what you could use in place of the coffee for some other interesting flavours?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 8, 2014 at 9:02 pm

      Thanks Suz! One of my favourite things to flavour things with is tea! Steep tea for at least 20 minutes and use in place of almond milk in recipes! I’m a big coffee fan so I always sneak it in where I can 😉

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    Laura @ Mommy Run Fast
    May 8, 2014 at 9:51 pm

    Wow… mango avocado plantain cups? Everything looks fantastic- especially your pancakes!

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    Luv What You Do
    May 8, 2014 at 10:36 pm

    Mmmm! I love breakfast foods!
    Wish I had time to make this tomorrow!

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    GiGi Eats Celebrities
    May 8, 2014 at 11:05 pm

    OMFGGGGG!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MINUS THE MAPLE SYRUP – and BOOM! GiGi can wolf these down like she downs salmon skin handrolls, no rice! BOOM SHAKA!!! I want to snuggle in between two of those layers and doze off into a dream land filled with cinnamon rolls and pancakes and vanilla frosting!

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    May 9, 2014 at 4:43 am

    You are a paleo faleo.

    What an amazing combination. Mocha almond- I knew you were deep down a paleo hack. That wasn’t quinoa in your bowl…it was mince beef. 😉

    Your mum > davida.

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    Tina @ Tina's Chic Corner
    May 9, 2014 at 1:22 pm

    What time should I be over for breakfast? 😉 These look so dang good! And I’m all about anything coffee flavored. 🙂

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    May 9, 2014 at 9:05 pm

    Everything looks delish! You know I love pancakes as much as you do, and those plantain cups are really intriguing! I so want to try them.

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    May 11, 2014 at 6:09 pm

    Lemon Blueberry! Lemon Blueberry! Lemon Blueberry! Sorry, I got excited.

    Happy Mother’s Day to Mama Maven. She sounds like my type of gal.

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    Alexis @ Hummusapien
    May 13, 2014 at 12:32 pm

    Ermmmmmm how did I miss these beauties?! Like I’m dying. I need twenty five, ASAP.

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    May 14, 2014 at 7:11 am

    Can you make the batter ahead and store in the fridge overnight?

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 14, 2014 at 10:37 am

      Hi Katie! Haven’t tried it myself but it should be fine! You may just need to thin it out with a bit of liquid (water, almond milk, coffee etc..) in the morning. Hope you enjoy 🙂

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    May 13, 2015 at 4:49 am

    Hello Davida. My name is Dan and I am a founder of Easy Fast Recipes website. Many thanks for this fantastic Paleo Almond Pancakes recipe! Simple and affordable ingredients, easy to follow step by step instructions. I am a Paleo diet follower myself. This is yummy easy fast recipe and it’s surely going into my bookmark list. I am looking forward for more easy food recipes on your site in the nearest future.
    You are welcome to visit my website >> Easy Fast Recipes for Healthy Lifestyle & Fitness. Cheers

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    May 27, 2015 at 1:49 pm

    Hi Davida! Love your website it is super adorable.

    I was super stoked when I saw your mocha almond pancakes, but I’m having a hard time getting them to work!

    They were falling apart like crazy no matter how much I cooked (or burned) them, so I added some xanthan gum and a little extra coconut flour. That made it too thick, so I added some more coffee. They will now hold together if I really cook them, but then they taste burnt and the insides are still totally uncooked and moist.

    Help! Gluten-free baked goods are hard.

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      Davida Kugelmass
      May 27, 2015 at 2:44 pm

      Hi lovely! I know, gluten-free baked goods can be tricky and especially pancakes because of the whole flipping thing 😉 My recommendation would be to turn the oven temp down and cook them for longer on the first side. They usually fall apart if you flip them too soon. So if they’re burning, your stove top is too hot and burning the pancakes before they’re even ready to be flipped! So just turn the oven down slightly, cook them for a bit longer and if you’re struggling at all with flipping, they’re still not ready to be flipped! Hopefully this helps to solve the problem. It’s usually what’s happening if my pancakes are being a little finicky!

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    April 12, 2016 at 2:12 am

    I think the things you covered through the post are quiet impressive, good job and great efforts. I found it very interesting and enjoyed reading all of it…keep it up, lovely job..

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    November 23, 2016 at 1:40 pm

    Wow. I just saved all of the recipes on this post because they all look so good. That Mango plantain cup looks too pretty to eat…lol……I never heard of coffee pancakes but will save for later. – thanks,anna

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    Tui Khoe Con Ban
    April 18, 2019 at 10:02 am

    Hey girls, can I add some more nuts like walnuts, pistachios…? I did replace maple syrup by honey and it stills tastes great. Thank you for this recipes.

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    October 25, 2019 at 11:33 am

    Awesome recipe

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