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Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes with Coconut Syrup

With caramelized pineapple rings in the center and a drizzle of homemade coconut syrup, your family will love these Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes!

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes

Having grown up in Alaska, my family made it a point to get out of the cold, snowed over tundra every spring to thaw out in the not-so-distant tropical islands of Hawaii. One such spring while heading to the beach on Maui, we came across a small breakfast restaurant built on a gazebo, and being a family of breakfast eaters, we had to try it out. And you know how some flavors just stick with you? The coconut syrup-coated pancakes from The Gazebo will forever be etched into my taste buds. Sweet coconut with a side of pineapple, eaten next to the ocean under swaying palm trees, an entire day of snorkeling and laying in the sand ahead of you…what could be better? I was determined to replicate that delicious tropical flavor, and ladies and gents, I think I’ve gone and done it.

P.S. Did you enter the giveaway yet? I’m giving away a copy of The Vegetarian Flavor Bible and I’d love for you to enter! The book teaches you how to pair flavors, and has a whole index of what flavors and ingredients go well together (like pineapple and coconut and brown sugar!) Check it out over here.

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Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes
5 from 1 vote

Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes with Coconut Syrup

With caramelized pineapple rings in the center of each pancake and a drizzle of warm, homemade coconut syrup, you'll want to make these Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes every weekend!

Course Breakfasts
Diet Dairy-Free, Vegan, Vegetarian
Occasion 4th of July, Birthdays, Cinco de Mayo, Valentine's Day
Time 30 minutes or less
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 7 pancakes
Calories 253 kcal
Author Live Eat Learn


  • 4 Tbsp butter 56 g, or dairy-free alternative, divided and melted
  • 7 pineapple rings
  • 2 Tbsp brown sugar 25 g
  • ½ cup canned coconut milk 118 mL
  • 1 ½ cup flour 187 g
  • 3 ½ tsp baking powder 13 g
  • 1 tsp salt 5 g
  • 1 Tbsp sugar 13 g
  • 1 ¼ cup milk 295 mL, or dairy-free alternative


  1. In a large skillet, heat 1 Tbsp butter over medium until lightly brown. Add pineapple rings and cook on both sides until they begin to brown a bit, then add in brown sugar. Continue to cook, flipping rings as needed, until brown sugar is dissolved. Transfer pineapple rings to a plate, leaving juices in the pan.
  2. Pour coconut milk into the skillet with the brown sugar mixture and bring to a simmer for about 5 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove from heat and allow syrup to cool and thicken,
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar. Pour in milk, stirring just until evenly combined, then mix in remaining 3 Tbsp of melted butter.
  4. Bring a large greased skillet to medium/high heat and pour in batter in ¼ cup portions. Place a pineapple ring into the center of each pancake.
  5. When bubbles have formed on top, flip the pancake and cook until brown on both sides.
  6. Keep pancakes warm in the oven until ready to eat. Serve with a drizzle of the brown sugar coconut syrup.
Nutrition Facts
Pineapple Upside Down Pancakes with Coconut Syrup
Amount Per Serving (1 pancake)
Calories 253 Calories from Fat 99
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 11g 17%
Cholesterol 18mg 6%
Sodium 410mg 17%
Total Carbohydrates 35.1g 12%
Dietary Fiber 1.8g 7%
Sugars 11.6g
Protein 4.9g 10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  1. What a clever idea and twist for a totally tropical breakfast. I love those caramelised slices of pineapple.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks so much, Helen! 🙂

  2. Diana says:

    Ohh such a lovely idea! I love pineapple upside down cake and will have to try this!

  3. Kate says:

    This is such a genius idea! I absolutely love them and I’m going to surprise my kids with them soon. Tropically lovely.

    1. Sarah says:

      Thanks, Kate! I hope they love them!! 🙂

  4. Wow those look delicious! We love making pancakes on the weekend and these look perfect!

  5. These look perfect for the weekend brunch. Love the combination of pineapple and coconut. So tropical!