Simple, Healthy Banana Cinnamon Pancakes

Try these delicious gluten free, dairy free, paleo banana pancakes for breakfast made with just 4 main ingredients and in less than 15 minutes! 

4-Ingredient Paleo Banana Pancakes

Simple Banana Pancakes make for better mornings.

 

Pancakes are interesting, they can be made about a million different ways and no pancake is ever the same. I find people can be very particular about how they like their pancakes, some like them light and fluffy others prefer them hearty and dense, some want all the toppings and others only like them with a simple drizzle of maple syrup. However you like your pancakes I think it’s safe to say that pancakes are a breakfast favourite. For me, banana cinnamon pancakes top the chart.

Delicious 4-Ingredient Paleo Banana PancakesI’ve made my fair share of pancakes for the blog (several of them being paleo-friendly) but I love the simplicity of this particular paleo banana pancake recipe (which I originally posted back in 2014). These banana pancakes are made with just 4-ingredients, contain no added sugars, are slightly sweet, a little more dense, and contain a great amount of protein. Unlike typical pancakes made mainly from flour, these pancakes mostly consist of banana and egg with a touch of coconut flour and tapioca flour and because the flavour of them is relatively subtle, they are like a blank slate for a variety of pancake toppings. Nut butters, jams, syrups, sauces, fruits, nuts, seeds, granola, you can get a little crazy or keep it super simple, it’s up to you!

Easy and Healthy Paleo Banana Pancakes with Cinnamon

When I decided to revamp this blog post I didn’t need to really change the recipe at all, I just added different toppings and made sure to take the most mouthwatering photos possible. I think I succeeded…are you drooling yet? I topped my simple paleo banana pancakes with natural peanut butter, a delicious blueberry jam, sliced banana, almond granola, cocoa nibs, and the perfect drizzle of pure maple syrup.

Even with all of the toppings these pancakes are quite nutritionally balanced with carbohydrates from the banana, coconut flour, and granola, as well as protein and healthy fats coming from the eggs and nut butter.

Delicious and Easy 4-Ingredient Paleo Banana Pancakes

I think it’s common thought that pancakes are more of a weekend breakfast because they take more time and effort to make but these paleo banana pancakes are great for any day of the week because they are just so simple to whip up and really don’t require much time at all. You can also make a bigger batch to keep in the fridge and just heat up in the mornings to enjoy during the week.

Delicious and Healthy 4-Ingredient Paleo Banana Pancakes

Why Paleo Pancakes?

 

When I first created this recipe for the blog I had been experimenting with the paleo diet because I had been diagnosed with PCOS (Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome) and after researching had discovered that the paleo diet tends to offer a lot of benefits for those with PCOS in particular or hormonal imbalances in general. While I don’t eat strictly paleo anymore (my PCOS symptoms ended up going away prior to getting pregnant with Hemsley so I’m not sure the diagnosis was accurate), I do like to experiment with grain-free cooking and I don’t eat dairy at all, so whether I intend it or not I seem to eat paleo-friendly a lot of the time anyways.

If you currently eat paleo you’ll love these pancakes and if you don’t… you’ll probably still love them! I think it’s always a good idea to veer a little bit out from your comfort zone with recipes like pancakes because there’s so many healthy ways to enjoy this breakfast favourite.

Easy, Healthy, and Delicious 4-Ingredient Paleo Banana Pancakes

Plus…it’s really all about the toppings at the end of the day anyway, isn’t it?! 

Have you tried paleo pancakes before or do you stick with a tried and true recipe? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this post for later and of course, share the love!

The Easiest Banana Paleo Pancakes
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
  • 1 medium banana
  • 1 whole free-range organic egg + ¼ cup free range egg whites
  • 1 tablespoon coconut flour
  • 1 tablespoons tapioca flour
  • ½ tsp ground cinnamon (optional)
  • ½ tsp baking powder (optional, but will make pancakes a little fluffier)
  • Optional Toppings:
  • sliced banana
  • berries
  • granola (preferably paleo)
  • nut butter (preferably paleo)
  • jam
  • pure maple syrup
  • cocoa nibs
  • nuts/seeds
Instructions
  1. In a small blender, magic bullet, or similar, blend all pancake ingredients.
  2. Blend only until just mixed (about 5-10 seconds), do not over blend.
  3. Heat a pan over medium heat with olive or coconut oil for greasing.
  4. Using a ⅓ cup measure, pour pancake batter into pan and cook for 2 minutes or until the side up starts to bubble slightly, flip and cook another 1-2 minutes on the other side.
  5. Repeat to make 4-5 pancakes.
  6. Stack pancakes and top with whatever toppings you prefer.
Notes
I suggest using a small pan because the batter can be quite runny and if you use a big pan you may not get nice circular pancakes. This is my trick anyways! 😉

Nutritional Information using ½ cup egg whites (not the whole egg + ¼ cup)

 

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These delicious paleo banana pancakes are seriously the best and so easy! With just 4 ingredients these clean eating pancakes have coconut flour, eggs, banana, tapioca flour, and whatever toppings you desire like almond butter, maple syrup, and sliced banana! Loaded with protein, healthy fats, and energizing carbohydrates these pancakes are a balanced and wholesome breakfast option!

Have a wonderful Sunday,

Christal // NITK

Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

  • Hi Christal! Love this recipe – definitely another one of yours I will try. I too have been diagnosed with PCOS, unfortunately, I have majority of the symptoms. Curious if you have other recipes or tips that you do in your day to day living that help manage it?

    p.s. I’ve been following your blog from the beginning and am thrilled with how far you have come. Keep up the good job! 🙂

    Positive vibes,

    Alyssa

    • Hi Alyssa, thank you so much for the comment and the positivity! Ah, yes PCOS can be a big drag!! I have found that keeping dairy out of my diet is beneficial, not only for digestion but for hormone balance, and I also supplement with probiotics, omega oils, vitamin D, vitamin B-6, and calcium/magnesium. I also find that managing stress is very important (I don’t always do the best job!) and keeping an eye on overall sugar intake (even from fruits) – my naturopath suggests staying below about 36g of sugar per day is helpful!

  • Hi Christal, I was just looking through your recipes and found this post… I too was diagnosed with PCOS about 9 months ago, but like you I only have some of the characteristic symptoms, not all. The drs can’t give me any reason why this hormonal imbalance has occurred! I’ve been toying with the idea of a Paleo diet for some time, I think you’ve almost convinced me! I’ve just gone through another round of tests and when I get the results I think I will see a nutritionist. I notice this was posted some time ago – can I ask how the paleo diet went long-term? Are you feeling better? Oh and I’m going to try these pancakes some time this week!

    • Hey Elle!

      I don’t eat fully paleo now, more of a “paleo inspired” eating, but slowly my hormones have started to balance out (I don’t think I’m there yet and not sure if the “PCOS” will ever be gone) but I know that one of the biggest things that helped me was managing and reducing stress! Best of luck and enjoy the pancakes!

  • My boyfriend and I made these last night and they were wonderful!! He has a wheat allergy and has been looking for a pancake recipe he likes. Thanks for the recipe!

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