There was a sad period of time where pancakes did not feature prominently in my life. Even when my Dad made them on a weekend morning, or I made them for the guys at work, they were viewed as a kind of halfway point between carbs and dessert. It was like, hey you want dessert, but in a less satisfying formal than triple chocolate caramel cheesecake? Well, here you go! Even when I started my long runs, I liked pancakes, but if I had them I wanted to eat a whole stack. And a whole stack of traditional pancakes is really not good for you.
Enter the original paleo pancake. It was like a magical lightbulb went off in my head. Even if you don’t do the traditional two ingredient banana and egg paleo pancake and add a little bit of flour, they are still incredibly good for you. AND YOU CAN EAT THE WHOLE STACK. It was like my world had opened. You don’t need white flour, coconut flour, or even my favorite, buckwheat flour, to make a good pancake. You don’t need milk, and you don’t need butter unless you want to include it. All you need are some eggs, some sort of moist fruit or vegetable, and a little inspiration.
The other thing about pancakes is that they can be incredibly cheap and easy. As long as you are purchasing the eggs anyway, you can make them with whatever fruit or veggie is laying around the house. I have made sweet squash paleo pancakes, traditional paleo pancakes with nut butter and honey, sweet potato pancakes, and my latest and greatest, chocolate avocado pancakes. With apple season coming up, I’ve done my research and found a fantastic recipe by Primally Inspired. I’ll probably adapt it and try it without the coconut flour, but wow, do those look good! For the more adventuresome, you can put GREEN things in pancakes too, and make them sweet and tasty and super healthy. Nosh and Nourish makes a yummly looking recipe, entitled green smoothie pancakes. Seeing it now, it actually makes sense. I don’t think this would work with kale (bummer!) but baby spinach is mildly sweet, and goes fantastic with sweet fruit in raspberry vinaigrette salads. Why not try some in pancakes? Why not have my salad, and my omelet, in pancake form?
The more I have to stuff my face for all this triathlon training, the more and more I am relying on my pancake repertoire. When I need to calorie up I add butter and fat and flour. When I just want some protein, I calorie down and make more straight paleo versions. Pancakes are sweet, cheap, easy to make, and one of the more versatile foods you can find. Same some money, eat better, and have pancakes for breakfast, lunch, and/or dinner. If you come up with any absolutely fantastic pancake ideas, please let me know! I would love to try them out.
This week in updates: Off to Atlanta!
Well, not much to say here, as I’m flying off to Atlanta! Live from the Sacramento Airport, it is the P3BG! Another travel weekend where I’m not going grocery shopping until Monday, and even then it is going to have to be short and sweet. I’m with my good friend and sister by choice, Heidi Marie Kirsch, who I haven’t seen in far too long. She’s on a new healthy food kick, which being the food and health nerd I am, I am terribly excited about. We are going to cook together! Food is family, you know? These weeks being so go-go-go, I am incredibly grateful for the cooking experiences that I have learned from writing this blog. I have to eat so much, and a lot of it now needs to be snackable because of the nine hour flights we have for work. Who has been eating tons and tons of kale chips? This girl! Pancakes are nice pack food too, easily making a nice sandwich or a handful to grab as you are heading out the door.
The Recipes: Paleo Chocolate Avocado Pancakes (Oreo and peanut butter cup versions too!)
Who wants a bagel with peanut butter or cream cheese in the morning? Or a doughnut? These things are tasty yes, and easy and sweet, but where is the protein? These chocolate pancakes are good for you, and taste delicious. To make the oreo pancakes, simply sandwich cream cheese between two cakes. For a peanut butter cup version (or a paleo nut butter version) sandwich your nut butter of choice between two cakes. Top with honey or syrup (or nothing at all and just eat it from your hands on the go!) and enjoy! Makes two stacks.
1 large avocado
4 tablespoons honey (For less sweet you can get away with two)
½ cup cocoa powder
1 teaspoon baking powder
Blend eggs and avocado in a blender until smooth. Mix in the rest of the ingredients. Bake, top with your topping of choice (I used honey) and enjoy!
If you like this recipe, you might want to try some easy chocolate avocado snack cake!