Recipes • February 21, 2010, at 12:35 pm
Banana Blueberry “Paleo” Pancakes
For those days when you must simply break out of the routine, this delicious and simple recipe lets the “paleo-dieter” enjoy an all-American classic breakfast treat. These pancakes require some special ingredients, and a few specialized techniques, but they are worth it. Non-paleo eaters and toddlers enjoy them too.
Take eggs, and separate them into two bowls; make sure the whites are in a grease free bowl.
Using a hand mixer or whisk, whip the egg whites into a thick froth, “until stiff peaks form.” Set aside.
Add coconut oil to the egg yolks. Cut the banana into slices and add it to the yolks. Using a hand mixer, whisk or spoon and fork, blend the banana, coconut oil and yolks until they form a creamy yellow mixture. Add the salt, vanilla and nutmeg, blend in.
Blend in the 3 tbsp. almond flour and some of the almond milk. Blend in the 3 tbsp. coconut flour and some of the almond milk. Keep blending for 1 minute, adding in additional almond milk until the desired consistency is reached. Thick = thick pancakes. Thinner = crepe-like pancakes. (For true crepes, you can skip step 1 and just use whole eggs throughout).
Now, “fold” the egg-whites into the batter, using a spatula and the hand mixer to turn them together. Do not over-mix, but simply mix the two bowls together only until you get a nice frothy batter.
Pour 1/4 to 1/3 cup scoops of the batter onto an evenly heated and nicely greased skillet. Put a small handful of blueberries into the cooking pancakes. When they begin to bubble and appear a bit dry on top, and the edges harden just a bit, use a thin and flexible spatula to CAREFULLY flip them.
These pancakes are not exactly “paleo,” since you can be assured no paleolithic person ever ate anything like one of them. But they are gluten free, very low carb, and filled with nutritious protein and fat. They definitely look sharp on the plate next to your eggs and bacon, and I don’t think they need syrup or butter to be enjoyed.
If you need a sweet topping for these I suggest a mash of fresh banana or a “syrup” made from boiling frozen berries in a bit of water for about 1/2 hour. If you need something like butter try 1/2 tsp. coconut oil.
I know I don’t have to warn you: don’t use sweetened almond milk!
I gotta give my friend Steve Parsoneault credit for inspiring this recipe — his love of pancakes has produced several good recipes on his blog. While I’m at it, I might as well credit at well Bobby Flay’s Throwdown on Food Network, the Pancake episode, where I learned the technique of beating the whites.
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