Perfect Paleo Pancakes

 

This morning, I was not in the mood for any of my typical breakfasts. Eggs and toast - bleh, savory oatmeal -  too hot, a protein smoothie – not filling enough, a greek yogurt bowl - lame… I wanted something new and exciting! But still satisfying, delicious, and healthy.

I peered in the fridge. No inspiration. I opened up the freezer, dug around, and saw my abandoned almond flour. I had tried to pancakes with it before, but they were too eggy and covered in second degree burns. It was time to try it again.

Perfect paleo pancakes with caramelized banana compote – for one!

for just the right kind of full

These pancakes came out perfectly! They are fluffy and lightly sweet with a hint of vanilla. They are very low carb, high protein & fat, paleo, and sugar & dairy free! I had a scrambled egg + an egg white on the side as well :)

Recipe: Serves 1

1/3 cup almond flour

1/4 tsp baking soda

2 tsp almond milk

1 egg

1/4 tsp vanilla extract

~6 drops liquid NuNaturals stevia (or to taste)

dash cinnamon

dash salt

For the compote- 

1 ripe banana

tsp coconut oil

tbsp real or sugar free maple syrup + plus extra for drizzling

Directions –  Place a pan on the stove with 1 tsp of coconut oil. In a bowl, mash a banana with some maple syrup and spoon into the pan. Cook on medium-low heat, stirring occasionally, until the banana is caramelized.

Meanwhile, combine all of the pancake ingredients in a bowl (I recommend in that order) and mix well. Place a non stick pan on the stove on medium heat (mine was on 3.5 out of 8). Pour 1/3 of the batter into the pan. Let the bubbles rise to the top. Once the bubbles start to disappear, flip the pancake with a spatula. It should be light brown on the other side. Let cook for an additional minute or two. Remove pancake and place onto a heating plate and repeat with the rest of the batter. Plate the pancakes and top with the caramelized banana and additional maple syrup.

Benefits:

Almond flour * by subbing almond flour for regular flour, you are getting more healthy fats and less carbs in your cookies. These are monounsaturated fats, which raise HDL (good cholesterol) levels and lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels! Almonds also have fiber, manganese, vitamin E (another antioxidant), tryptophan, copper, B2 and phosphorous!

Banana * A good source of fiber and potassium.

Eggs * the yolk is where all the nutrients are! It contains tryptophan, selenium, iodine, B vitamins, and phosphorous, many of which are necessary for optimal metabolism. The egg white has 6 grams of complete protein!

Coconut oil * coconut gets a bad rap because of its saturated fat content, but its fatty acids are mainly medium-chain triglycerides, not long-chain. The long-chain triglycerides are bad for our cholesterol levels, but coconut has been shown to improve cholesterol levels. Animal studies suggest that medium-chain triglycerides can increase metabolism. It is great to cook with because it is stable at high temperatures!

almond flour pancakes with caramelized banana and maple drizzle

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26 responses to “Perfect Paleo Pancakes

  1. Almond Flour pancakes yummy! I didn’t know about the health benefits of subbing regular flour for almond :)

  2. spoonfulofsugarfree

    These look amazing! I better whip out my magic bullet to make some almond flour :D Oh wait! I’m out of bananas-gasp! Better make a trip to the store….

  3. oh holy yum. i had banana pancakes on the weekend (with jack johnson playing in the background, natch ;) ) and i’ve been craving another batch ever since.

  4. Those pancakes look PERFECT and so fluffy to be of the Paleo variety. I’m impressed! I am bookmarking to make this weekend…

  5. Oh my goodness, I love the simple ingredients and how these look so perfectly fluffy! I just have to make them soon :)

  6. OoOoOo I am madly in love with all things pancakes and almond flour has always intrigued me…I shall add this to the list!

    You are a genius…ONCE AGAIN!

  7. you have no idea how happy your recipes make me. i have a list of about 8 or 9 right now of your food i want to make…ok, now its 10 thanks to these delightful pancAAAAKKEeeS <3

    xoxo

  8. those look incredible. fall makes me want to eat comforting foods and pancakes are pretty high on the list of my favorites!
    the bananas on top really make the meal!!

  9. Yum! These pancakes look so fluffy and moist that I never would have guessed they were Paleo. :-D

  10. I am loving this recipe! The nutrition must be great and I like the ingredients a whole lot :) Thank you for posting this

  11. Wow that looks so good! I’ve never even heard of paleo haha I’m clearly behind on the times!

  12. Yum! Delish looking pancakes! Great way to start the day!! :D

  13. These look awesome. I do love breaking meal monotony… I really need to do an interesting breakfast post… but I don’t usually eat anything worth blogging at that time of the day. I shall make it my mission this week to do so :D You are inspiring yet again :P

  14. Those look SOOOO good!!! :D

  15. I am completely amazed at how fluffy these are! And that compote…girl, you know the way to my heart!

  16. EASY and I love them! Ohhh especially with the carmalized banana!

  17. Drool! I’m making these tomorrow…no matter how late I sleep in! Thanks for sharing such a yummy treat, my friend. I hope you are doing well and enjoying your weekend. I’m eating graham crackers and about to go to sleep. Perfect in my book! Much love.

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