I may be eating more cleanly, but I still miss the small luxuries, especially on the weekend when the usual egg scramble or protein smoothie just isn't going to cut it. If you Google "Paleo pancakes" you'll find a host of recipes claiming to transform clean, flour-free, dairy-free ingredients into something that resembles a pancake. Someone told me to try it with almond meal, but since I didn't have any I decided to give an almond butter version a try.
You simply mash up a banana with egg, almond butter and any other add-in you desire, I used vanilla extract and a dash of really good cinnamon.
I was able to mix it relatively well with just a fork, but put it through the Vitamix for an extra smooth consistency.
I prepared them just as you would a regular pancake and the result looked surprisingly appetizing.
And the taste? They taste amazing, if you like bananas and almonds. Thankfully I love both. The texture is nothing like a traditional pancake because of the lack of flour. They are relatively dense, but not in an unpleasant way, and they are super clean and super healthy. I'm going to continue to experiment with recipe variations, including almond meal vs. butter. But for now, if you have a pancake craving and want to be healthy, give these a try.
Banana Almond Butter Pancakes for One
1 ripe banana, mashed
1.5 tbsp almond butter
1/4 tsp vanilla extract
Sprinkle of cinnamon
Place all ingredients in a small bowl and mash with a fork or pastry cutter until smooth. You can also mix it in a food processor or powerful blender.
Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat with a spritz of cooking spray (if you're eating butter you could alternately use a dab). Pour the batter into heated skillet in desired pancake size. Allow about 2-3 minutes per side, or until the pancake has turned golden brown.
Drizzle with honey, top with fruit or other desired topping.
Makes 2-3 small pancakes, depending on size.