There are three secrets to making perfect Paleo pancakes: 1) blend like you mean it, 2) grease like there's no tomorrow and 3) believe in yourself.
The first is essential to getting all of the chunks out of your batter. This recipe uses banana for natural sweetness. The starches from the banana help make the batter lush and creamy. But, in order to transform that banana into luxurious pancake batter, you're going to want to blend it until it's basically a banana smoothie. This recipe also uses coconut flour, which tends to clump up, but those clumps can't stand up for a minute against the blades of your blender. While traditional pancake batter can handle a few clumps, you'll want this batter to be silky smooth, so blend like you mean it!
The second secret is tactical but essential. Use a non-stick pan, or a cast iron with a ceramic enamel like a Le Creuset skillet (what I use) and then grease that puppy up. Coconut oil will work better than butter, because the solids in butter may burn, and cause your pancakes to stick. I haven't tried ghee, but I would imagine a very well clarified ghee would work great too, just make sure you use enough! I will re-grease my pan with a 1/2 teaspoon of oil between every pancake when I really want every single one to come out of the pan with zero flaws. There's another trick here that will make your pancakes shine: think small. Paleo pancakes are going to be a bit more fragile than regular pancakes, so make Silver Dollar sized pancakes. They're easier to flip!
The third secret is confidence. Trust your pancake flippin' skills and go at it. Reality: everyone in the house is just happy you are making pancakes, so when you put them on the table, be excited. Cook those pancakes fearlessly: letting them cook almost entirely through on the first side before you go in the for the flip will help a lot. I look for little bubbles around the edges and a almost-set center before I flip. This will make the pancake easier to get with a spatula, and easier to turn over. Once your pancake is done, go forth and fearlessly top that thing with all of your favorite things. Drizzle syrup. Add berries with reckless abandon. Make that pancake a towering breakfast feast. Just don't forget to turn off the stove! 😉
Happy Tuesday everyone!
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Yields: 6 silver dollar pancakes | Total Time: 20 minutes
- 2 eggs
- 1 banana
- 1/4 cup milk of choice
- 2 tablespoons coconut flour
- Coconut oil for cooking
- Place the eggs, banana, milk, and coconut flour in a blender and purée until smooth.
- Heat 1 teaspoon of coconut oil in a non-stick of ceramic enamel skillet over medium heat until the oil glistens. Pour 2 tablespoons of batter into the pan, and cook until bubbles appear around the edges and the center looks like it is beginning to set. Use a spatula to flip the pancake, and cook 2-3 minutes more or until the pancake is golden. Place pancake on plate.
- Repeat step 2 until all of the batter is used.