About 6 years ago I found Paleo. I’d already been dairy free due to an allergy and the additional parameters of not eating gluten and processed foods worked wonders for me. I gained energy, my skin cleared up, and my stomach issues all but disappeared.
I was hooked, and I’ve never looked back. The health improvements far exceed the occasional, “Boy I wish I could have…”
One of the reasons why it’s been so easy for me to stick to a Paleo/Primal diet is because there are many wonderful Paleo approaches to the foods that you may sometimes miss. For example, Capellos makes an amazing Gluten Free Sheep’s Milk Pizza. While I’m allergic to cow’s milk, the occasional sheep or goat dairy product seems to be okay.
Recently, I’ve started paying more attention to my carbohydrate intake. I’ve noticed significant performance issues when I eat too many gluten free bagels or even too many sweet potatoes. That means trying to stay around 70-ish grams of carbs a day. Which also means saying no to things like pancakes. Big bummer, right?
Last night, while in the midst of a huge PMS sugar craving, I tried a new recipe. Paleo Banana pancakes. It’s super easy, it hit the spot, and hey…it’s low carb.
- 1 banana (super soft is better because it’s sweeter)
- 2 eggs
- Cinnamon/nutmeg/vanilla based on preferences
- Ghee for cooking
Makes 4-6 medium sized (4 inch) pancakes.
Heat your pan or griddle on medium high
Melt a tablespoon of ghee in the pan
While the pan is heating up, beat the eggs. Add the banana and mash with a fork. Combine them until they’re well incorporated and there are few, if any, banana lumps. Add your spices.
(Note: if your batter seems too thin, you can add a tablespoon of gluten free 1 for 1 flour. I like Bob’s Red Mill One for One flour, which you can find for a great price at Thrive Market. I also buy my Ghee at Thrive, the Thrive Brand ghee because it’s such a great deal.)
Once your pan is heated, turn the heat down to medium and spoon your pancake batter onto the griddle or pan. Unlike traditional white flour pancakes, you won’t see the bubbles in the pancake to know when it’s time to flip. You have to pay attention. I watch and when it looks like the edges of the pancake are done, I flip. I like them golden brown and a little crispy. Ummm, so good.
I top them with a nice fat pat of grass fed butter and real maple syrup. Seriously they’re so good you may never have a white flour pancake again.
There’s no feeling of restriction or lack with Paleo and Primal eating. Quite the opposite, I feel abundant and healthy. Try the pancakes, you’ll see what I mean.
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