Promises, promises. In my post
I promised to share the paleo pancake recipe I referenced when raving about my fabulous blender. If you’ve read
you’ll know that when I make a promise I keep it. To a fault. Example? The first picture in that salmon recipe. Anyway. We are here to talk pancakes!
When I began my journey with the paleo diet and lifestyle this was the second thing I made. I started paleo for a number of reasons. I will elaborate on those reasons in a future post so stay tuned. Yes that’s another promise! Making promises keeps me honest. When I say something “out loud” it means I’m committing myself to doing it.
I will elaborate however on the main reason I went paleo. The number one reason is because I was feeling like s@*t, all the time. I have kept myself on a very low carb diet for YEARS. About 15-20 years to be vaguely exact (hehe… vaguely exact, I made myself chuckle). I also workout like a beast. Every. Single. Day. My energy was completely non existent and my body HURT in a completely fatigued kind of way. By late afternoon my blood sugar crashes were so intense that it was literally hard for me to walk from one room of my house to the other. On top of that, to give myself an energy boost, I’d throw down atomic fireballs. If you don’t know what those are, they are hot cinnamon jawbreakers. 100% SUGAR. BAD BAD BAD stuff. I was also addicted to Sees Candy chocolate lollipops. Again, 100% SUGAR and BAD BAD BAD. In terms of quantity of these items, I’d consume about 3-5 fireballs and at least 2 Sees pops A DAY. Sometimes more, never less. When my blood sugar dropped (several times a day) I’d use these goodies to get me through until the next meal. Not to mention I was a cranky biatch most of the time. I was STARVING! Literally, my body was starving for nutrients. Mind you the rest of my diet was healthy. Lots of protein and veggies and fat. But I wouldn’t even eat fruit. Because I was starving and addicted to sugar, I would have horrible binges about twice a week. I’d just go cray cray with whatever I could find in my fridge and cupboard. There wasn’t much to choose from because I purposely had to NOT keep certain things around since I couldn’t eat them responsibly. Like nuts, nut butter and dried fruit. Since I didn’t have any snack foods around, sometimes I’d end up making a 6 egg omelet AFTER dinner. I’m not exaggerating. But since I still wasn’t giving my body the nutrients it needed, all these binges did was make me feel sick from over eating. My cravings were never satisfied.
I realize, as you might, that the saddest part to this story is that I actually have a college degree in nutrition and dietetics and a graduate degree in public health. I KNEW EXACTLY what I was doing to myself. Go figure.
I knew that I absolutely had to start eating more variety AND incorporate CARBS into my diet. Hello PALEO DIET! I was aware of the paleo diet and ate that way about 70% of the time (I’m including all that above referenced sugar in that 30% non paleo hole in my diet), so I decided to step it up to get myself healthy. I added fruit, starchy veggies, squashes, sweet potatoes and yams, and some coconut flour or almond flour here and there for baking. I started eating MORE fat. After the first day, my sugar cravings were completely tolerable to the point where I didn’t even want to look at a fireball or Sees pop! My binges stopped. Now I can keep nuts, nut butters and dried fruit (among many other things) in the house because I can eat them responsibly! Again, more deets to come in a future post, but I FEEL FANTASTIC overall since I’ve gone paleo. I know I sound like a paleo informercial, but I swear this is the truth.
So there I was, deciding to bite the bullet and incorporate carbs into my diet. Since I was going to do this I thought long and hard about how to go out with a bang (paleo style of course). What came to mind? PANCAKES! I hadn’t had pancakes in way over 10 years. Seriously.
I found this recipe online
and I made some alterations to it. Yes I took a very simple and downright lazy person recipe and made it even lazier because that’s how I roll. Here’s what I did
2 bananas (I didn’t know what I’d do with 1/2 a banana left over so I used 2 whole ones)
2 tsp cinnamon (I really like cinnamon so I added more than the recipe called for)
1 tsp vanilla
Handfull of walnuts
I added it all to the blender just like the recipe calls for, and fried them up in coconut oil (per the recipe’s cooking instructions). I had intended to smother them with honey when they were done and ready to eat, but they didn’t need anything else. They were so rich and naturally sweet. AMAZING! BEYOND AMAZING. And truly the best pancakes I’ve ever had. They didn’t taste super banana-y at all. They tasted just like pancakes!
One thing to note, I made these a second time and changed the egg to banana ratio. I tried 2 bananas and 2 eggs. They totally fell apart while cooking. They did taste good, but make sure your egg to banana ratio follows the recipe.
YOU MUST MAKE THESE! Of course you can experiment with add ins and toppings! Fruit, chocolate chips, you name it! Nom nom nom.