Paleo Pancake Recipe

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I love these pancakes. I make them every three mornings or so, and refrigerate the leftovers for use over the next few days. They feel like a real treat to me, and I savor them — even without any syrup.  The four eggs also make me feel like I am getting a good dose of protein to go with my fake junk food.

Admittedly, I’ve sort of made the recipe up each time I make these.  The version below has worked pretty consistently, but it is loose and forgiving (Like an old whore?  Bad!  So bad!  Jeez!  Where’d that come from?  It’s a good thing no one is reading this).  Tomorrow I might try adding some chia seeds or some other hippie nonsense (to the pancakes, not the whore — I don’ think you can teach an old whore new chia seeds)

Ingredients:

1 medium-large ripe banana (or two small ones)

4 eggs

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons coconut palm sugar (optional — especially if the banana is super sweet and ripe)

1/3 cup coconut floor

1/2 teaspoon xanthan gum*

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

dash of light coconut milk (if desired)

Coconut oil to grease your cast iron skillet

Mix banana, eggs, vanilla, and sugar (if using) in the blender until smooth. Add dry ingredients and blend again. Let the mixture stand for about thirty seconds — this allows the xanthan gum to gel (Don’t make the mistake of adding more xanthan gum right away — give it a minute. You may need to add a wee bit more coconut flour or a wee bit of coconut milk in order to achieve the desired consistency — it should be similar to that of SAD pancake batter.

Pour batter straight from blender into heated, coconut oil-coated skillet. Flip your pancakes once the batter starts to bubble. Periodically add more coconut oil to skillet as needed.

These are delicious served with fresh berries or even thawed frozen berries — the juice from the frozen berries soaks in, and I am adept at pretending it is syrup. With fresh berries, I sometimes pour some coconut milk over the pancakes or smother them with coconut butter. Très Yum!

* The xanthan gum is an amazing and necessary addition to this recipe.  Prior to using it, these pancakes were more of a scramble — they totally fell apart, as did I when I could not convince my toddler that they were real pancakes.  This magical “sticking-together-powder” makes the pancakes more beautiful and has the child fooled into thinking she’s eating a treat.  Mwah-haaaaa-haaa!

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