Wednesday, August 29, 2012

2 Ingredient Banana "Pancakes"!

Happy Wednesday Everyone! So today's recipe almost didn't happen. Actually at one point I was 100% sure that I would not be posting anything today- except for maybe a Facebook status saying "hey everyone, my recipe experiment this morning was a big fat fail." Because I thought it was. Because these were the world's ugliest "pancakes"... Why pancakes in quotations? Well, to answer that question I have to explain something else I've been doing lately (why do I sound like Ted on How I Met Your Mother?). For about a week (maybe more, I'm horrible at keep track of time) I've been experimenting with a new way of eating, it's called Paleo. You may or may not have heard of it before, but chances are if you have you probably thought it sounded in-sane. Trust me, I did too when my husband told me about it maybe 2 years ago. He's been trying to eat as close to "paleo" ever since- which is not an easy task when I'm cooking. I told him he was crazy. "Paleo"- the gist of it anyway- is eating like our primal ancestors (cavemen!) would have eaten. Lean protein (poultry, beef, pork, eggs, etc), vegetables, fruit, and some nuts. No bread, grains, legumes, dairy, etc. My initial response- "heck no, I love bread. I love cheese. I love sandwiches. I love bagels. No way Jose" And so 2 whole years later I read a book called "The Paleo Solution" by Robb Wolf, it totally changed my thinking. I'll speak another day on why I even picked the book up, but you should definitely check it out if you have any interest in the Paleo diet. I'm not going to preach here, because ew I hate when people do that. I'm not going to say that from here on out I'm going to be 100% Paleo either, because whoa I just started and that's a big step. BUT I am going to be sharing a lot of my new grain-free recipes, along with normal stuff too. Ideally I would like to eat 85% paleo. You'll probably see 50% paleo recipes on here, because really a lot of the things I eat are just boring. I don't think anyone needs a recipe for a salad with grilled chicken, or scrambled eggs (but if you do, totally e-mail me and I will help you out:)). The MAIN reason I'm doing this, I just feel better when I don't eat bread. I have more energy, I sleep better, I don't get groggy mid-day, my skin is better, I just FEEL better. No science, no miracle pill, just better. Okay back to the "pancakes". As you can now understand the reason I was looking for no flour pancakes- flour is definitely not paleo. And breakfast has been the hardest paleo meal for me, eggs EVERYDAY? Eek.

See? I told you. Ugg-leeeeeee. Whatever, this is a "don't judge the book by the cover moment". When I took the first "pancake" off of the griddle I was going to just throw it away, accept failure, and head to the mall (I need some new gear for the Jags game tomorrow!) But a little voice in the back of my head said "No, Brittany- you made these, you wasted 3 eggs in there. You will at the very least TRY one!" So I very tentatively took a bite (you know one of those minuscule bites little kids take when you make them try something new. I'm a big baby.) and holy heck! It tasted like a pancake. Like a banana pancake. Topped my next bite with a little maple syrup and downed that beast. Yeah, it was ugly- but it was a pancake. Tasted just like one. Where did I get this insane recipe from? Well I got the idea from an Instagram photo I saw (you can follow me on Instagram @ Unbearablygood- I post some food pictures, but mostly random pix from my totally random life) but the description of the picture was simply "egg whites and banana"- no amounts. So I just kinda experimented. Maybe a different ratio would lend to prettier pancakes? I don't know. I'll try later. For now I'm going to finish my pancakes... and I hope someone out there has the courage to try these ugly pancakes too! PS: Sorry for the insanely long post today, hopefully some of you stuck with me :-D and big happy birthday to my mother-in-law Mary Ann, Love you!

Ingredients: (makes about 4 "pancakes"
1 banana, mashed
3 egg whites
2 Tbsp. chopped nuts (optional)

Step 1: Pre-heat a non-stick skillet on medium high heat and spray with cooking spray. Mash your banana, I always mash mine in a Ziploc to protect my hands!

Step 2: Whisk together your mashed banana and egg whites.

Step 3: Pour batter onto skillet into "pancake shapes" 

Let cook until it looks like the bottom is cooked through, mine took about a minute, top with nuts if desired and flip.

Cook a minute more and serve with favorite pancake toppings. 
Oh also, when I tried to top mine with syrup, the top came off and poured EVERYWHERE as you can see from the puddle at the top of this picture. Seriously, this was the cooking session from you-know-where!

ENJOY your ugly- protein packed pancakes :-D


  1. These are kinda like ones I make! I do 1 egg, 1 banana mash them together then 2 tbsp coconut flour. mix together and cook! no syrup needed!

    1. MMM, sounds terrific and I bet yours come out a lot prettier than mine! Lol! I definitely would have added a bit of coconut flour or almond flour but I didn't have any on hand :( I will need to stock up on that ASAP! Thank for the tip!