On Day 1 of my 7-Day Food Countdown, I mentioned bananas as one of 7 ingredients needed for domesticated caveman survival. Now on Day 6, I want to expand on just how awesome (and useful!) bananas really are.
1. Paleo Pancakes
For many baked goods, bananas are used as a substitute for eggs due to their grain-sticking abilities. But when eggs aren’t the issue, and everything else in your favorite pancake recipe is… bananas can still be the solution!
This tasty recipe, is a grain-free anytime meal, and requires minimum time, ingredients and skill.
coconut oil (~ 1-2 tbsp for cooking)
cinnamon (~1/2 tbsp, or to your liking)
1 very ripe banana
1 large egg
1/4 cup almond butter*
*You can substitute almond butter with any nut butter, just stay away from peanut butter if you want to keep it Paleo.
-Crack your egg in a medium-sized mixing bowl and whip it up like you would for scrambled eggs. Peel your banana and throw it in the bowl. Mash the banana to a fairly smooth consistency (doesn’t have to be lump-free), while simultaneously combining it with the egg.
-Add the almond butter and cinnamon, and mix once again until the four ingredients are evenly distributed.
-Heat a 10″ skillet on medium heat, and melt 1/2 tbsp of coconut oil. Once the oil is melted, your pan should be ready.
-Add the pancake batter to the skillet using a 1/4 cup measuring cup. You should be able to make about 4 to 6 pancakes depending on your size preference. I am able to make 5-6 pancakes about 3″ in diameter fairly consistently using this recipe.
-Flip each pancake when the sides starts to brown (~2 min.) and then let the other size brown for about another minute to minute and a half. Cooking time will depend on your stove and your preferred level of ‘done-ness’.
-Top with fresh fruit, more almond butter, or some raw honey and enjoy!
2. Paleo Ice Cream
Paleo desserts are tricky. With limited sugar, not to mention an ixnay on all grains, it can be hard to find a suitable alternative for your favorite bedtime (or anytime) snack. Bananas are, once again, to the rescue!! This recipe (adapted from Spoon University) is ridiculously simple, and is a perfect guilt-free snack even if you’re not Paleo.
-3 ripe bananas
-fresh/frozen fruit, or any favorite Paleo-topping you want!**
-food processor or blender
* Technically this should be home-made if you want to be truly Paleo, but if you don’t want to go through the hassle I’ve found that 3 tbsp of fruit juice can be a great substitute. This gives it more of a sorbet taste, but does the trick. I’ve also just left it out entirely, and it worked just fine!
**You can add nuts or frozen fruit to the mix to make a new ‘flavor’, or add fresh ingredients on top for a sunday!
– Slice the bananas into thin slivers
– Place slices on a plate or in aplastic container. Freeze for 2 hours
– After two hours, take the frozen banana slices out of the freezer, and put in food processor/blender. Add almond milk/juice and any other add-ins that you so desire.
-Blend until smooth and creamy. Yummm.
See! If you have your pancakes and ice cream, you’re set for life! Being Paleo is totally do-able. Are there any other easy Paleo recipes that you recommend? I’d love to try them out. Send them my way in the comments below!