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Paleo Banana Pancakes

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School holidays generally equal lazy mornings and sleep ins. Or so you would think.

My two are early rises, no matter what time of year it is. The darker mornings of winter, now that it’s finally set in, makes me want to laze in bed until the sun has warmed the house. Not my kids though. Phoenix was up at 3:15am this morning, Noah following her not long after at 5:20. Tonight they’re extra rugged up in an attempted to coerce them into a longer morning sleep. At this point I’d be happy with 6 o’clock…..

To me, pancake breakfasts signify a relaxed morning. There’s no rush to get dressed, make lunches, pack bags, brush hair and teeth and eat breakfast before 8am. I suppose if I actually got up at Noah’s 5-something rise time, there wouldn’t be a rush. But I don’t. I just can’t. I am not a morning person. Noah’s shipped off back to bed and I’m crawl in between my warm sheets begging for a few more stolen moments of sleep.

It doesn’t happen. But I still try. Every. Single. Morning.

I look forward to Saturdays and school holidays, so I can enjoy my lazy morning. We’re already a week into the holiday and today is the first morning I’ve been able to make pancakes, which says a lot. Even holidays don’t seem to completely slow us down! Except for today.

I’ve been working on my Paleo Banana Pancake recipe for a little while now and it’s my absolute go to now. I even used it the other night to make waffles (for dinner!) and it worked perfectly.

And they pass the bend test. You know, being able to roll a pancake up and eat it on the go. Because it’s all about the important things.

Mine is a Thermomix recipe but you could substitute the Cashews for Almond Meal if you need to.

Paleo Banana Pancakes: 

You’ll need: 

  • 100g Cashews
  • 60g Tapioca Flour/Starch
  • 2 Tsp Coconut Flour
  • 150g Banana (approx 2 bananas)
  • 300g Coconut Milk
  • 3 Eggs
  • Coconut oil, for frying.

Method:

  1. Add the Cashews, tapioca flour and coconut flour to the mixing bowl and mill for 20 Sec/Sp 9. Scrape down sides.
  2. Add the Banana, coconut milk and eggs and mix for 30 Sec/Sp 4 or until well combined and without lumps. Transfer to another container and let sit or a few minutes (I do this while I wash the mixing bowl) for the coconut flour to help thicken the mixture.
  3. heat a teaspoon of coconut oil in a fry pan over low heat. Pour some of the batter into the hot pan and cook until bubbles appear. Flip and cook on the other side for another minute. Remove from the pan then continue until the mixture has finished.
  4. Enjoy!

I top mine with whatever I have in the fridge. Strawberries and Coconut Cream, lemon curd and CoYo, Nuts and CoYo. Your options are endless!

Just for your Saturday morning.

 

Paleo Breakfast Meals

One thing I’ve learnt about changing lifestyle and eating habits that’s challenging is finding the right solutions for all meals, not only for dinner, but for lunch and breakfast. Yes, there are now a gazillion dinner and not-cheesecake paleo recipes out there, but as someone who doesn’t enjoy bacon and eggs for breakfast, I initially struggled with how to start my day.

After a lot of trial and error I’ve come up with a bunch of my go-to Paleo Breakfast Meals. Most of them include some kind of fresh muesli I’ll make up a couple of times a week. I find it usually lasts for a few days in the fridge and I like the crunch of the fresh fruit and veggies I include so I prefer to make a smaller batch more often then a bigger batch once a week.

One of my go-to’s is a variation of CADA. If you have the Thermomix Everyday Cookbook it’s in there but I just use the technique from that recipe and make it my own. Essentially it’s a fresh muesli made with nuts, fruit, coconut and dates. I use whatever I have on hand, as well as a carrot for the extra crunch and it’s unique sweetness.

Mine usually has cashews, a carrot, an apple, dates and desiccated coconut in it. I never peel the carrot (or most veggies for that matter) and apple, preferring to just chop them into chunks and throw them in. I ‘guesstimate’ how much of everything else I need. A hand full of dates, nuts and then tip in a decent load of coconut. Sometimes I’ll add some ground cardamom, vanilla powder or other spices I’m feeling like too.

I turbo for 2 seconds a few times, or will blitz at Speed 4.5/6 Seconds. Then always eat it with some fresh fruit and coconut yoghurt. Sometimes a drizzle of maple syrup.

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(Okay, nearly always a drizzle of maple syrup)

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The above photo I’ve mixed avocado with my coconut yoghurt (or coconut cream) and a dash of lime. It’s beautiful and smooth and adds a wonderful flavour to breakfast!

For a little while a gorgeous friend lent me her dehydrator. They’re amazing, I want one. I haven’t gotten mine yet, but it’s on the wish list. For the month I had it I used it HEAPS! One of my favourite things to make was this activated muesli (recipe in Pete Evan’s Family Food Cookbook). It would last ages and was amazing. I know I didn’t have all the ingredients and would substitute like I do for the CADA. If you don’t have a dehydrator you can still make muesli in your oven too.

I soaked nuts, buckwheat and seeds overnight then drained and rinsed them well. They went into the Thermomix with some dried fruit (apricots and dates are staples in my house), vanilla, honey and coconut oil then pulsed till crumbly. If using an oven I would then spread it out on a tray or two and bake on a low setting, mixing every now and then so it cooks evenly, until dry and crispy. Or into a dehydrator on baking paper overnight.

 

 

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If you follow me on Instagram or my Facebook page (or are a reader of my blog!) you’ll already know I love pancakes on a Saturday morning. Saturday is my relax morning, after the hustle and bustle of a busy school week. I (try to) take my time and always enjoy them with fresh fruit. Now that the weather is cooling down I’ll take them outside and eat them on our back deck.

I love the Hazelnut Pancakes from one of Pete Evan’s Paleo books and make it often. 
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I also use this wonderful recipe my friend Luci from Wholesome Kids created. It’s quickly become my go-to, changing the almond for cashews or hazelnuts for a different flavour. It acts like ‘normal’ pancakes.

 

 

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If I’m in a hurry I often make simple banana pancakes before school/work/day care/any excuse to leave the house really. Just one banana, one egg and a drop of vanilla extract, mixed well and cooked like a pancake. The vanilla helps to mask the really ‘eggy’ taste it usually has. With coconut yoghurt or cream and a drizzle of honey, you can close your eyes and pretend it’s Saturday.

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My one vice is coffee. Sorry, but I just don’t function without it. After experimenting with a few different milks I’ve found a combination that is dairy free and tastes amazing. I make some Cashew Nut Milk once a week and for my coffee I’ll use a ratio 1:3 Coconut and Cashew Milk, froth it and enjoy. Its beautiful and creamy and tastes amazing. Try it! 

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I will always have some sort of fresh fruit as I have a massive sweet tooth and it seems to satisfy that, and some kind of fat (coconut cream/yoghurt, avocado etc) to help fill me up and keep me going.

If you’re looking for a substitute to the good old bacon and eggs, I hope I’ve given you one!

Thermomix Gluten Free Saturday Pancakes

If you’re with me over on Instagram (@thestrandsofme), you’ll know that I love my pancakes on a Saturday morning. it’s my way of unwinding after a busy week or Kindy drop offs, day care pick ups, work, and demos. I love taking the time to prepare a nice breakfast. For me, it’s the best way to slow down for a morning instead of rush, rush, rush. Weekends aren’t always slow and easy, but one thing is certain, there are always pancakes.

I’ve written about them and shared my basic Pancake recipe with you before (which I’ll have to find and re-type as I probably deleted it when I broke my blog…). One weekend I was out of flour and while I usually make my own gluten free flour mix it was early and I had a terrible case of the ‘I-couldn’t-be-bothered’-itis. So I decided to experiment…

If I’m honest with you (and I will be, because it’s my blog), most of my experiments are a complete flop. To the point where Hubby questions my ability to even cook. Then I make sure I take the words right out of this mouth with a fantastic dish!! My odds are 1 good blogable dish for every 5 crappy ones. These pancakes have made it to the blog, so they were pretty damn good!!

These are gluten and dairy free and unlike most ‘free’ things, they actually taste nice! Try the for yourself and let me know how you go.

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Thermomix Gluten Free Pancakes

You’ll need:

  • 100g Almonds
  • 60g Rapadura
  • 1Tsp Gluten Free baking powder
  • 2 Tbs Arrowroot Flour
  • 2 Tbs Coconut Flour
  • 2 Eggs
  • 1 Tsp Vanilla
  • 130g Coconut Milk
  • Coconut Oil for cooking

Method:

  1. Add the almonds and rapadura to the thermomix mixing bowl and mill for 10 Seconds / Speed 9
  2. Add the baking powder, arrowroot flour and coconut flour and mix together for 10 Seconds / Speed 7. 
  3. Add the eggs, vanilla and coconut milk and mix tother for 20 seconds / speed 7 or until a thickish batter.
  4. Cook the pancakes one at a time in the coconut oil over a LOW HEAT. They will burn easily so take your time. Well worth the wait in the end!

Serve with your choice of accompaniment. Mine are always served with coffee.