Grain Free Banana Walnut Pancakes (Gluten-Free)
You might be thinking, “How can you make pancakes with no flour?” Well, when I first began trying, it wasn’t so easy. The batter came out great, but when I would spoon it into the skillet, the pancakes would get too dark on the outside, or if I flipped them too soon, they would fall apart. Yet, the taste was magnificent, so I kept trying.
Before Christmas, my mom told me, “Macy’s has an electric griddle on sale for $24.99. That might be the answer to your pancake problem.” You know how hard it can be at times to admit that your mother might be right, but it seemed like the only thing I hadn’t tried.
I left that griddle under the tree until after Christmas, a present to myself. When I finally plugged it in and ladled three spoonfuls of banana pancake batter onto its non-stick surface at once, I was amazed. I had grain free pancakes that looked better than their real wheat predecessors. The taste was unsurpassed. I could eat three small pancakes and remain full for hours without getting that heavy, queasy feeling in my stomach that real pancakes caused.
During my experimentation phase, I substituted a plantain for one banana. That also works, but I prefer the taste of the pure banana batter. For a more tropical flavor, you could mix in some toasted coconut and chopped pineapple instead of walnuts. The pancakes are naturally sweet and moist enough that you don’t need butter on top, and about a tablespoon of pure maple syrup or agave syrup will do.
The moral of the story: Sometimes your mother is right, so listen.
Makes 6 – 4 inch pancakes, or many silver dollar pancakes.
1 electric griddle (or a nonstick skillet)
¼ tsp. baking soda
2 tsp. baking powder
1 tbsp. honey
½ tsp. cinnamon
1 tsp. vanilla extract
¼ cup walnut pieces
2 tbsp cacao nibs or ¼ dark chocolate chips (optional)
Fresh blueberries (optional)
1 splash whipping cream (optional)
Coconut oil to treat the griddle surface
Preheat the electric griddle to 350 degrees. Rub coconut oil lightly over the surface before it gets too hot using a paper towel.
In a medium sized bowl, place three eggs and three peeled yellow bananas. Add the baking soda, baking powder, honey, vanilla and cinnamon. Use an electric mixer to beat the ingredients together until smooth. Start at a medium speed and gradually work up to the highest speed. Add nuts and cacao or chocolate chips, and mix with a spoon to combine.
Use a ladle filled ¾’s full to spoon each pancake on the griddle. Three pancakes will fit comfortably on the griddle’s surface at one time. When small bubbles form in the pancakes, they are ready to turn. Cooking time will vary depending on your griddle, but the second side will cook in about 45 seconds to 1 minute.
Place 3 finished pancakes in a plate and garnish as desired.