Posts Tagged ‘coconut oil’

  1. Bodacious Banana Pancakes

    September 16, 2017 by Heather

     

    These gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free pancakes are light and comforting without the heaviness of many similar recipes which include almond or coconut flour.  A truly nutritious, balanced treat!  This recipe serves about 4 people, but it’s easy to halve or double for a different crowd.  I highly recommend leftovers; toast them later and spread with peanut butter for a delicious snack.

    • 5 large bananas, ideally very ripe (covered in little brown spots)
    • 8 organic eggs, ideally extra large size
    • 2.5 Tbsp organic peanut butter (if peanut is an issue, use sunflower butter or almond butter)
    • 2.5 tsp chia seeds
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1.5 tsp cinnamon
    • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
    • 1/4 tsp sea salt
    • 1/2 tsp baking soda
    • 1 tsp baking powder
    • Optional:  about 8 drops of liquid stevia extract (good for those with a sweeter palate – or perhaps help you to avoid slathering them in syrup. )
    • Coconut oil for cooking

    Put all ingredients in a mixing bowl, adding the chia seeds last.  Blend with a hand or standing electric mixer  on medium-high speed for about 15-20 seconds (a hand blender will work too).  Don’t over blend; some dime-sized bits of banana are fine and will make for a lovely texture.  Let batter stand while you prepare the pan.

    Put 1 Tbsp coconut oil in a cast iron, ceramic or stainless steel skillet or large saucepan.  Heat on medium heat until coconut oil is shimmering and spread evening across the pan.  Stir batter gently a couple of times to blend it; the chia seed will have thickened the mix while sitting.  Drop batter about 1/8 cup at a time – to make 3-4″ pancakes.  Cook until edges start to brown and top surface has some air bubbles.  Flip and continue cooking about 1 minute.  Don’t overcook, or they will be dry.  Use more coconut oil for each batch.

    I loved these pancakes without any topping, as the banana flavor is wonderfully sweet.  The peanut butter adds richness without any real peanut flavor.  Savor the delicate flavors and light texture; a douse of maple syrup would probably drown it all out.