The snow started early on Friday and did not relent until the following morning. Upon waking, we were met with the sun peeking into our bedroom windows giving the promise of a beautiful day. The promise was fulfilled with sun, warmer weather and just enough snow to make sledding, snow ice cream and snowmen possibilities.
But first, before venturing out, we shared a special breakfast together.
We fortified ourselves with paleo banana pancakes made with almond and coconut flours, mashed banana and eggs. They were the perfect accompaniment to our wonder at the beauty of God’s creation in the snow.
After devouring pancakes and bacon, and feasting our eyes on the snowy morning outside our windows, we decided to head to a nearby estate-turned-park known as Natirar. The crystal blue sky, the sparkling white snow and the giant sycamore trees greeted us.
We thought it would be fun to make use of the pristine snow and venture sledding on the rolling hills.
It turned out a few others had the same idea.
Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening
By Robert Frost
Whose woods these are I think I know.
His house is in the village, though;
He will not see me stopping here
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer
To stop without a farmhouse near
Between the woods and frozen lake
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound’s the sweep
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark, and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
by Shel SilversteinI made myself a snow ball as perfect as could be.
I thought I’d keep it as a pet and let it sleep with me.
I made it some pajamas and a pillow for it’s head.
Then, last night it ran away.
But first — it wet the bed.
It was a fine day in the sunshine and snow filled with the beauty of nature and the joy of life exemplified by frolicking children and adults.
Paleo Banana Pancakes
One of the great things about these Paleo Banana Pancakes is they are sweet without any type of sweetener other than the bananas. The almond flour is rich and gives the pancakes moisture and great body. I added coconut flour because I think the two work in harmony with the coconut keeping the almond from being too heavy and oily.
- 1 1/4 cup blanched almond flour
- 1/4 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 1/4 teaspoon celtic sea salt
- 1 cup full fat coconut milk
- 1 ripe banana, mashed (about 1/2 cup)
- 3 large eggs
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1 tablespoon raw honey (optional)
- coconut oil, ghee or butter for frying
- maple syrup and fruit for topping (optional)
- Sift together the dry ingredients.
- In a medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the coconut milk, mashed banana, eggs and vanilla.
- Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until well-combined.
- Preheat a pan or griddle on medium heat and coat with a layer of coconut oil, ghee or butter.
- Pour, or spoon out about two tablespoons of batter to make small pancakes. (They are much easier to manage if you keep them small – You can use your spoon to spread them out a bit.)
- Cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes per side. (I usually end up cooking them longer on the first side than the second.)
Cooking paleo pancakes is more of an art than a science. The blanched almond flour seems to work better than other almond flours or almond meal. Coconut flour can be finicky so you may need to adjust the liquid to get the right consistency in the batter. The mixture will be fairly thick but if you think it is too thick to pour you can add a little more liquid. If the batter is too thin you can add just a touch more coconut flour. But be careful with the coconut flour, a little goes a long way. Check out my fluffy coconut flour paleo pancakes recipe for a different take on the paleo pancakes genre, especially if you are cooking for someone with a nut allergy. There are quite a few comments on that post you might find helpful regarding readers’ experiences using coconut flour.