I love these paleo pancakes! There’s something about these delightful fluffy oval treats that are comforting, especially with the all numerous toppings and choices you can have with them. The idea behind Paleo is to reproduce the metabolic environment of our ancestors more than eating the exact same food products and some of the most healthy and thriving traditional cultures have relied on butter for thousands of years because it contains high amounts of some nutrients seldom found in other foods. I’m pretty sure they didn’t eat pancakes back then, but it’s the concept that works for me and rather than focusing on restricting calories, the Paleo diet for me is centered on where your food comes from and how food should work in your body. I eat foods that have the most nutritional value; fresh fruits, green vegetables, lean meats, nuts and seeds. I avoid foods that are grains, legumes, processed foods, artificial ingredients, refined sugar, polyunsaturated fats, farmed meats and dairy (where the animals eat GM food, injected with growth hormones/antibiotics and can’t roam free). These avoidance foods are increasingly in demand and forced to grow at an unnaturally fast rate in conditions that limit the nutritious value and effect our digestive systems in a negative way.
I’ve been eating a Paleo lifestyle for some time now and have so much energy, feel full, motivated and happy. I know quite a few of my friends think I’m bonkers being so healthy, but once you feel this good you won’t want to go back to the sluggish way of living you once knew. I used to have to drag myself out of bed in the mornings, needed a sugar hit or four, constantly felt bloated and couldn’t stop eating (the list goes on and on). I think once you start eating more natural foods you become more in-tune with what your body and you seek out more alternative natural ways of living. Hopefully my pancake recipe will inspire you that being healthy doesn’t mean you have to give up the things you love and more that you swap out the bad for the good.
My Paleo Pancake Recipe
- 2 cups almond meal or gluten-free flour or you can also do a mixture of coconut flour and almond meal
- 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed
- 1/2 teaspoon Himalayan rock salt
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 3 large eggs (vegan’s you might want to use ripe banana’s instead)
- 3/4 cup unsweetened almond milk, light coconut milk, or milk
- 2 tablespoons coconut oil, or butter, melted
- 1/4 cinnamon
- 1/4 vanilla essence
Toppings – experiment with create your own masterpiece
- 3 rashes of bacon
- 1 banana
- 2 figs
- Maple syrup (you can also use honey)
- Mix all the wet ingredients together and in a bowl
- Mix all the dry ingredients together in a bowl
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until mixed and set aside
- Heat up the pan, I like to use a combination of butter and coconut oil
Fry the bacon set aside then slice and fry the bananas so they are soft and slightly cooked, you can also do this with the figs. I save any left over fat in a container to use for something else (it’s good nutritious yummy fat, so enjoy it). Next heat the pan with more butter and cook your pancakes, little bubbles will appear in the center then you know they are good to turn over. I like to stack my pancakes with salty and sweet. After a big Saturday morning workout this is one of my favourite brunch recipes I like to cook while dancing around the kitchen listening to a bit of jazz.
A bit about the ingredients I use…
I get my bacon from Ocardo (online shopping) which comes from Daylesford farm, where the pigs are born in outdoor arks bedded with straw, spend their entire lives out in the pastures the bacon is cured without the addition of nitrates or nitrites, the pigs are fed a GM-free diet which is kinder to the animal and better for us. Yes the bacon is more expensive, but it’s worth it and of course it tastes better (there are no white watery bits that come off it, cheap bacon lovers will know what I mean), one pack lasts me four meals and I make savings in other area’s of my life, so I can afford to splurge on the good stuff. I get my butter through Able & Cole (online shopping) where they source it from Berkeley farm in Guernsey. The Friesian cows graze in Wiltshire valley among the wildflower meadows full of the greenest grass. Nick and Christine have spent time learning all about cow psychology, and treating cow illnesses homeopathically. All other foods used are organic and with all the background work done, I appreciate my food that much more. Seriously how tasty does this look? You know it tastes amazing, but don’t take my word for it go and create your own impressive pancake stack…