December 15, 2014

An easy Paleo pancake recipe

Paleo pancakes, ready to serve

We’re big fans of paleo pancakes, but they can be tough to get right.  We’ve seen a lot of recipes on the ‘net that call for tons of different ingredients or claim that easy paleo pancakes are just 5 minutes away, but most of the time those pancakes end up, well, less than optimal.  

Nichole Dehart over at CrossFit Invictus told me about her favorite paleo pancake recipe during a night hike a few years back, and when I tried it the next morning it instantly became one of our go-to breakfasts.  Easy to remember, easy to get ingredients for, easy to make, and damnably delicious.

We call these C&B pancakes, which I’ll let you figure out, but most folks just call ‘em banana pancakes.  So here it is: the PT guide to how to make paleo banana pancakes that’ll blow your socks off!

paleo pancake recipe and ingredients

INGREDIENTS:

2 bananas
4 eggs
pinch of cinnamon
pinch of nutmeg
splash of vanilla
coconut oil, enough to cover your cooking surface

Note: The banana::egg ratio is 1::2; you can make a huge recipe or just enough for you.

Serves 1 hungry person or two regular people, or occasionally 3 people who eat like birds.

THE 3 THINGS YOU COULD SCREW UP:

Use enough coconut oil!

-Not using enough coconut oil.  Make sure it completely covers your surface and is liquid, not just a smear of oil.  These pancakes like to float on oil.
-Not getting your coconut oil hot enough.  If you think it’s hot enough, wait another minute.
-Making pancakes too big.  These do not have (major gut irritant) gluten to hold them together; you're relying on the delicate proteins in the eggs. You’re going to get to eat all of these little guys, don’t try to make one of the the world’s largest pancakes with this recipe.  

DIRECTIONS:

You can see you don’t need to be super exact with spices; yesterday morning I accidentally loaded up on vanilla and they still tasted fantastic.

Before you start blending or mixing, get out a pan, scoop out a big ol’ spoonful of coconut oil and start heating it up.  The oil should be just this side of smoking; water should DANCE if you flick a few tiny drops on to the surface.

Once you’ve got the oil heating up, blend everything else together in a cup or bowl ’till smooth.

Immersion blender for banana pancakes

We use an immersion blender we got for Christmas a few years back.  Handy little things, we use it for everything from pancakes to buttered coffee.

Ok, back to the pancakes.  Once you’ve got a smooth blend and a hot oiled cooking surface, start pouring out the pancakes.   If you want this to be easy, do NOT make big pancakes.  About the size of your palm or slightly larger is about as big as you want to go.  
Paleo pancakes on the griddle!
Lee insists in writing her name with the batter, or making massive Mickey Mouse heads or Van Gogh ears or any number of other things, but they’re hell to flip over and that job is usually mine, so I try and keep her away from the batter and just make small little beer coaster sized pancakes.  

They’ll be thin and should cook pretty quickly, a minute or two max on each side.  Again, make sure your cooking surface is hot enough.  If the batter doesn't "sizzle" as soon as it hits the pan, it's too cool.  If the batter is super active when it hits and immediately bubbles up and gets brown, it's too hot. 

ENJOY (QUICKLY!)

At our house there are the quick and the hungry; we usually eat ‘em with our hands as soon as they’re cool enough to touch.  We recommend serving them hot to hungry people; you’ll have a happy crowd.

Want this as a 1 page PDF recipe card?  It's a part of our eBook, For The Love of Paleo, which you can find on our Store, here.

Liked this paleo pancake recipe?


Nik Hawks

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Nik Hawks helps run the show at Paleo Treats. Fascinated by humans in all their strange glory, Nik is harnessed in and pulling hard in pursuit of excellence with the rest of the PT Crew. Enjoy!


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13 Comments

Toni
Toni

April 01, 2016

Plantains work really well and are thicker (so stronger) than bananas and paleo-healthy, especially with nuts, coconut, dark chocolate or berries added.. Same ratio of 2 eggs per plantain.

Nik @ PT
Nik @ PT

March 15, 2016

Hi Rebecca, this serves 1 hungry person or two regular people, or occasionally 3 people who eat like birds. :)
Dalia, thanks, I think you’ll enjoy ’em!

Dalia
Dalia

March 15, 2016

Your narration is hysterical. Can’t wait to try these!!!

Rebecca
Rebecca

July 18, 2015

How many servings does this recipe make?

Nik @ PT
Nik @ PT

March 12, 2015

Hi Julia, you might try using applesauce, though you’ll probably have to add coconut flour as well to thicken it a bit. Cheers, Nik@PT

Julia
Julia

March 12, 2015

I am allergic to bananas. What’s an alternative?

Nik @ PT
Nik @ PT

December 19, 2014

Hi Tracy,
I usually get between 26 and 32 of those small size pancakes. I usually make 8 at a time on our griddle, and I get 3-3.5 rounds. Cheers!

Tracy
Tracy

December 19, 2014

How many of your small-sized pancakes does this recipe make?

Nik @ PT
Nik @ PT

December 17, 2014

Hi Halapenoq, hmmm, that’s a good question. We haven’t tried it, but it doesn’t sound like it’d be disastrous. Maybe yummy and slightly messy. :) I think the big challenges would be flipping the pancakes with berries or dried fruit in ‘em; they’re so thin that they tear easily. Give it a whirl and let us know how it goes!

Halapenoq
Halapenoq

December 17, 2014

Sounds Super Simple, but what if I wanna add some berries or dried fruited with the mix, would that be disastrous ?!
Thx

brandon
brandon

December 16, 2014

This recipe was fantastic!

Nik @ PT
Nik @ PT

December 16, 2014

Hi Donna,
As long as you’d happily eat the banana (not too ripe or too new) you’ll be fine. Enjoy!

Donna
Donna

December 16, 2014

Is banana ripeness a factor in how well these turn out?

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