Looking for a paleo pancake recipe that can hold up against the grain flour competitors? Look no further. These light and fluffy banana flour pancakes are everything that is right in this world.
What the heck is Banana Flour?
I was wondering through Home Goods the other day trying to find something that I didn’t actually need, and BAM! I stumbled upon banana flour. Until then I had never heard of banana flour, but I am all for trying weird and unfamiliar foods. This banana flour was $4 dollars for 16 ounces, so obviously I purchased it.
Subsequently, I went home and did some research on this obscure flour type like any good nutrition student.
Here is why Banana Flour is Fantastic.
- Banana flour is made from green, imperfect bananas that do not meet standards for commercial sale. By using these bananas in alternative foods, we are reducing waste. By that logic, banana flour is environmentally friendly.
- Two words. Resistant starch. Banana flour is an incredible source of resistant starch which is a prebiotic fiber. This prebiotic acts as a substrate for our good gut bacteria. By giving your gut flora adequate substrate we are doing two things. First, we are allowing the friendly bacteria to proliferate. Secondly, these good bacteria use the prebiotics to create short chain fatty acids (SCFA’s) which act as fuel for our enterocytes. Enterocyte is just a fancy word for intestinal cell. These cells play an important role in our ability to absorb nutrients, and when given proper fuel (SCFA’s) these cells can regenerate more effectively, and do their job more efficiently. Comparably, grains and grain flours, specifically the lectins in these foods, cause inflammation of the gut lining, and in some individuals, can cause fissures in the cell lining of the gut causing a condition called leaky gut syndrome. A happy gut is a healthy human.
- Versatility. Unlike most grain free flour alternatives, banana flour is actually comparable in taste and texture to wheat flour. I didn’t believe this when I read it online, but when I made these pancakes I was convinced that banana flour is something special and magical and put on this world to make people like me happy.
- It is incredibly cost effective. You need less banana flour than traditional flour because it is exceptionally water absorbent. The only issue is that it is not carried in most grocery stores, but thank goodness for Amazon! Here is the exact flour I used for this recipe, and which is also the cheapest available on Amazon: Pereg Natural Foods Banana Flour, 1lb . And, here is the cheapest add-on item for banana flour: Let’s Do Organic Green Banana Flour, 14 oz. which is only $5 if you add it on to your purchase.
- Banana flour is lower calorie than wheat flour. The brand that I purchased is just 25 calories per 1/4 cup. This means you can make satisfying comfort foods with fewer calories! Total win.
No need to take my word for it. Try these deliciously fluffy grain-free pancakes made with banana flour! You will not regret it.
Grain-Free Paleo Pancakes made with Banana Flour
- 1/2 cup banana flour
- 1/2 cup milk alternative - I used almond milk but coconut milk, hemp, soy, or rice milk would work depending on your dietary needs
- 2 eggs
- 1 tbsp coconut sugar or honey
- 1 tsp vanilla
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 tbsp avocado oil or any neutral cooking oil
- extra oil for pan frying
The game plan:
Add all ingredients to a food processor or blender. Blend for several seconds until smooth.
Add oil to pan, and warm on low to medium heat.
Begin cooking the pancakes. Wait for the batter to bubble and then flip.
Enjoy this fluffy, grain-free goodness!
Oils, sweeteners and milks are all interchangeable in this recipe. Feel free to use what ever you prefer or have in the house.
Start cooking at a lower temperature than traditional pancakes. I feel like these babies browned easier than the wheat flour version.
Double this recipe if you are feeding more than 2 people.
Find banana flour here.