The Simplest Banana Cinnamon Pancakes

The Simplest Banana Cinnamon Pancakes via Nutritionist in the Kitch

Ah, Monday – the weekends just slip by so quickly sometimes, don’t they? I don’t even remember what I did this weekend – a blur. A good blur though. Oh yeah, we went and saw The Hunger Games – so good. I never thought I’d be so into a teeny bop movie, but someone recommend the books to me a long time ago, and yeah, I loved them – so I’m hooked – can’t wait for Part 2!!

Anyways, I’ve got something super yummy, simple, and paleo for you today. Yup, that’s right P A L E O! I think that’s the first time the P word has actually made it on my blog. So, why paleo you ask? Well, I’m trying it out!

The Simplest Banana Cinnamon Pancakes via Nutritionist in the Kitch

Over this past year I’ve had some not so great health issues to deal with – without going into too much detail (for now) I found out about some hormonal imbalances caused by a number of things, some known, some unknown, and well, I ended up just recently getting a PCOS diagnosis. Say what?!

PCOS… otherwise known as Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome. This came as a bit of a shock, but also something I’m not totally sold on – neither is my Naturopath. See, I have some of the distinct characteristics of the syndrome, but I also don’t have a lot of the other ones. I’ve been working closely with my go-to professionals to sort things out naturally and so far – so good.

In my research, I discovered that for PCOS, or hormonal imbalances in general, the Paleo diet tends to offer a lot of benefits. I also think it’s important as a Nutritionist to be up-to-date and educated on all the different types of diets out there to be able to offer accurate information to my clients. So, I’m giving it a go!

The Simplest Banana Cinnamon Pancakes via Nutritionist in the Kitch

That brings me to these pancakes. These P A L E O pancakes.

Since trying out the diet for the last few weeks I’ve had to change up my typical dietary choice of oatmeal for breakfast and give some other options a go. I love pancakes – I think we all know that, and these are paleo approved and DELICIOUS.

Banana, egg, cinnamon, coconut flour  – whirl in a blenderpour in a pancook, cook…flip cookdrizzle with almond butterdevour.

Yum!

The Simplest Banana Cinnamon Pancakes via Nutritionist in the Kitch

With that process I get a nice balanced mix of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins! I’ve found that on this diet I’m eating a lot more fat, and less carbohydrates – not too little, but definitely less – and yet I feel totally satisfied and energized! I’m going to be doing a more paleo specific post coming up about my experience and take-aways from the diet soon!

The Simplest Banana Cinnamon Pancakes via Nutritionist in the Kitch

So, just a heads up, it’s going to be all paleo on the blog for a while here! Does this mean I’m officially paleo forever ?? – not really, I’ll have to see how I feel. I’ve never been into dieting extremes, but rather finding something that works for ME, and encouraging others to find what works specifically for THEM.

What foods do you put in your body that make you feel amazing… and which do you put in your body that make you feel totally crappy? It’s important to know these things and really pay attention!

The Simplest Banana Cinnamon Pancakes via Nutritionist in the Kitch

These pancakes, they make me feel darn good.

So I’m gonna keep on eating them – maybe even on a daily basis! 😉

The Simplest Banana Cinnamon Pancakes via Nutritionist in the Kitch

What’s your take on the paleo diet? Have you tried it? Would you try it? I’d love to hear your thoughts!

The Simplest Banana Cinnamon Pancakes
 
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Serves: 1
Ingredients
Instructions
  1. In a small blender, magic bullet, or similar, blend all ingredients except for almond butter.
  2. Blend only until just mixed (about 10-15 seconds)- do not over blend.
  3. Heat a SMALL pan over medium, with olive or coconut oil for greasing.
  4. Pour into the pan to fill it with a small layer of batter. Cook for 2-3 minutes and flip. Cook for another 2 minutes. Repeat until the batter is finished. You should get 2-3 pancakes.
  5. Top with almond butter.
  6. Garnish with sliced banana and cinnamon if 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)
Nutritional Information
Serving size: 1 Calories: 232 Fat: 9g Carbohydrates: 22g Fiber: 6g Protein: 19g

Have a fantastic Monday, and a great week!

Christal

Nutritionist in the Kitch

Author: Christal

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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