Breakfast was probably the hardest meal for me the first time I tried paleo. I'm not a big fan of meat first thing in the morning and I have to be in a certain mood for eggs. I forced myself to eat eggs most mornings anyway, but I got tired of them pretty quickly.
These paleo pancakes are quick and easy to make and are a great way to change up a normal, boring breakfast. I don't advise eating them everyday as they are higher in carb and not as high in protein as eating some type of meat. But they are great for a Sunday morning treat or maybe a few times a week if you are eating them with meat (who doesn't love pancakes and sausage)?
They are really delicious plain. My sister tells me they are great topped with fresh fruit and coconut milk. I think if you are having a little cheat day (a.k.a. not in the middle of a paleo challenge or trying to lose weight) they would be so good with a little butter and honey!
OK so here's the recipe:
Chocoalte-Banana Paleo Pancakes
1/2 cup + 1 Tbsp nuts ground to flour*
1 large (or 1-1/2 small) ripe banana(s)
1 tsp vanilla
1.5 tbsp unsweetened, cocoa powder
Put all ingredients in a blender and spin until smooth. Pour or ladle onto a hot and lightly greased griddle or saute pan.
*Originally I made these with almonds, but after Aubrey started having a reaction to those we switched to pecans. I like the pecans even better. They are softer and create a fluffier pancake that has a more "real" pancake texture than the almond ones. I think you could use most any nut and they would be good. A magic bullet works great for grinding nuts, or a Vitamix or food processor (I use my food processor for the whole process).