Simon asked for coffee, and Clary, after a moment’s hesitation, chose a large coffee and coconut pancakes. The waitress winked a blue eye at her and flounced off.
-City of Bones; The Mortal Instruments, Cassandra Clare
Coconut flour, like almond meal, can be a challenge when baking. Its extra protein results in a very moist and therefore denser consistency, and quite often you desperately wish you could use an air pump to make it rise!
My original batch of coconut pancakes was made purely with coconut flour. It fell apart when cooked, resulting in a crumbled heap. It definitely needed more oomph, so I added self raising flour–gluten free in this case. With or without the extra flour, there are two things you absolutely need to get the “puff” happening. One is bicarb/baking soda. And the second, stiffly whisked egg whites.