Grain-Free Spiced Banana Pancakes

Grain Free PancakesGoing gluten-free isn’t always easy, but it has its perks – perks like reduced antinutrient (lectins, phytates and gluten) consumption. Grains in general are loaded with these not-so-marvelous features that make them difficult for us to digest. Without our realizing it, many of us are sensitive to these antinutrients and they are wreaking havoc on our systems in the form of leaky gut, among other potential problems.

While many nutritionists push the benefits of grains, I suggest that you don’t need them.  Furthermore, you can still have a delicious meal without them. When I work with clients looking to improve their diet or lose weight, we always talk grain removal or at least grain reduction. There is nothing in grains, or grain-based foods like breads and cereals that we can’t get elsewhere (hello, fruits and veggies!). There is some pretty compelling evidence that certain grains are worse than others so you may see rice, quinoa and buckwheat pop up in my recipes here and there. Everything in moderation, right?

This fall, give your family/friends/self the gift of a grain-free pancake breakfast. With two simple ingredients you can turn what can be a very calorically-dense and not-so-healthy breakfast food into an nutritious (and easy) one! If you are looking for an option that is significantly lower in carbohydrates than this one or a traditional pancake breakfast swap the banana for 6 tbsp. of pumpkin puree. Those on a low-sugar/low carbohydrate diet will be pleased that they can enjoy this tasty number too.

What You Need:

(Serves 2)

  • 4 eggs
  • 2 ripe bananas
  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • ½ tsp cloves
  • ½ tsp cinnamon
  • ½ tsp nutmeg
  • pinch of seasalt

What You Do:

Heat coconut oil in a pan over medium heat. Mash the bananas into eggs until mixed well (small lumps are ok). Mix in spices. Scoop mixture onto pan in desirable portions. Flip after 3-4 minutes (or when lightly browned on bottom side).

Top with maple syrup, whipped coconut cream and blueberries, or just eat plain!
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