Island of the Gods Pancakes

by Maia Bedson
Spring 2018, Living Well Magazine

This recipe was inspired by our 2018 International retreat, in Ubud, Bali, Indonesia. During the weeklong retreat, participants enjoyed an abundance of mouthwatering foods including tropical and exotic fruits, fresh salads, lightly cooked vegetables with rice and legumes, home-made muesli with dried pumpkin, dragonfruit smoothie bowls, and pandan crepes with fresh coconut.

Pandan or pandanus (sometimes referred to as “Asian Vanilla”) grows abundantly in Bali and is used for wrapping, cooking and presenting food, as well as adding colour and flavour to dishes. As most Australian cooks won’t have access to fresh pandan, I have used vanilla powder in this recipe as a substitute.

This thicker pancake is perfect for baking in the oven, meaning that no oil is required during the cooking process, and making it suitable for those following the Gawler healing diet.

Island of the Gods Pancakes


  • 6 tbs brown rice
  • ½ cup shredded coconut
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 banana
  • Rice Malt Syrup to drizzle
  • Vanilla Powder to sprinkle
  • Pinch of Shredded Coconut


1. Preheat oven to 180°C

2. In a blender or food processor, grind the brown rice to a fine flour consistency and place in a mixing bowl

3. In a blender, blend the shredded coconut and water to a milky consistency, then add to the bowl of brown rice flour and mix with a spoon

4. Place a sheet of baking paper on a baking tray, set four (4) egg rings on top of the baking paper and pour prepared mixture into the egg rings

5. Bake in the oven for approximately 25 minutes (checking at 20 minutes), then turn them over and cook for another 10 minutes

6. Remove the rings and arrange pancakes on two plates

7. Top with banana and drizzle with rice malt syrup, vanilla powder and shredded coconut

Some other toppings ideas: Cinnamon instead of vanilla powder, Berries, Mango, Papaya, or anything other tropical fruits

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Maia Bedson
Therapist, Facilitator
The Gawler Cancer Foundation & Yarra Valley Living Centre
DipHol Couns, Grad DipCounsHS, Grad DipClinNut

Maia is a counsellor, meditation instructor, a practitioner of various forms of natural therapies who has worked in the area of energetic healing for over 20 years, and has worked at The Gawler Cancer Foundation since 2000. She has a Graduate Diploma in Clinical Nutrition as well as formal qualifications in plant-based nutrition, counselling and psychotherapy. Maia uses her various skills and the experience gained from her own healing to inspire and support others on their path to wholeness and has a particular interest in helping people to access their own inner wisdom.