Paleo Banana Pancakes and a Day in the Snow

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.

paleo pancakes in the window

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.

Nat with Paleo PancakesWindchimesSnowy Branches

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.

Natirar in the snow

Natirar Waterfall

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.

Sledders at Natirar

Cross-Country Skiers

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.

Girls SleddingBlack and White Sledder

Snowball

by Shel Silverstein

I 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.

Nat and sledLea scarf

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.

Paleo Banana Pancakes

Ingredients

  • 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)

Paleo Banana Pancakes

Instructions

  1. Sift together the dry ingredients.
  2. In a medium bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk together the coconut milk, mashed banana, eggs and vanilla.
  3. Add the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients and mix until well-combined.
  4. Preheat a pan or griddle on medium heat and coat with a layer of coconut oil, ghee or butter.
  5. 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.)paleo pancakes cooking
  6. Cook the pancakes for 2-3 minutes per side. (I usually end up cooking them longer on the first side than the second.)

Serves 4-6

Paleo Banana Pancakes

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.

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54 thoughts on “Paleo Banana Pancakes and a Day in the Snow

  1. Good Morning Lea,
    I am reading this from sunny Florida so am truly enjoying your beautiful snowy pictures but perfectly happy to be enjoying warmth and sunshine. I do want to try out these yummy pancakes. When your recipe calls for full fat coconut milk, is this canned coconut milk or refrigerated carton coconut milk?

    Thank you
    Sherry Clooney

    • Hi Sherry,
      It’s a cloudy day here so I wouldn’t mind a little Florida sun! I typically use canned coconut milk and that’s what I did when I made these pancakes. The coconut milk in the cartons can have some ingredients that I try to avoid but I have definitely used it in the past. I think that would work in this recipe just fine. The difference will be the fat content and the thickness. You might need to make slight adjustments for that but all-in-all the recipe is probably flexible enough to allow you to use either.
      Thanks for your comment.
      Lea

      • Thanks for the comment Lea. So, in the recipe you do want the thickness of the canned coconut? Sorry, just wanting to clarify.

        Sherry

        • I think the biggest variable is the coconut flour – people tend to have varying results because of differences in brands. The milk thickness is probably less important. I would imagine you could make this with a thinner coconut milk or even whole milk if you tolerate dairy.

          • Lea,
            My son and his girlfriend came over last night and were famished. They are both vegetarians and with me being Paleo, sometimes it makes it a little difficult for us all to share a quick bite. Let’s just say on a spur of the moment visit, your banana pancakes were a complete hit!! They turned out as pretty as your picture and the taste was sinful!!

            Thanks again,
            Sherry

        • Hi Lily,
          I did not use the oven, I used a flat pan on my stovetop. Medium heat for me is with the knob for the burner literally in the middle of the heat range. Not sure what that translates to in terms of temperature. And if you use a gas range then yours might be different from mine. I think the best advice is to get the pan fairly hot at first then turn it down so they cook slower and do not burn before the middle is cooked. Keep the pancakes smallish and you will have the best results.
          I hope that helps.
          Lea

  2. Lea,

    I would love to chat diet, nutrition and wholistic health. I feel we would both benefit by sharing things that are mutually interesting we’ve learned. I’ve loved looking around your site. I hope you contact me.

    Kimberly

  3. Thanks for sharing the beautiful photos, of both your life and winter! These pancakes look awesome and will definitely try them soon.

  4. Hi Lea

    These pancakes look great and those photos are AMAZING. I react to coconut milk, which is a bummer doing paleo, but I can tolerate small amounts of heavy cream. Do you think cream could be used instead? I was thinking on the lines of adding water to the cream. Love to know you thoughts.

    PS those photos look even better as I am in Australia and about to have a HOT day!!!

    • Hi Michelle,
      Yes, you could use whole milk instead of the coconut milk or the watered down cream – as you suggest – in case you are avoiding the lactose of milk. We had some Australian friends here for a visit recently and they got caught in a snow storm before heading back to warm Australia! Good luck with the pancakes. Thanks for the compliments on the photos.
      Lea

      • Made the pancakes yesterday Lea, very yummy. I used heavy cream and it worked well. Had to use almond meal instead. Mine didn’t look like yours in the photo but they still had the YUM factor about them.

        Thanks for a great recipe.

  5. We’ve made these 2 days in a row. They are just that yummy! They remind me of a old peanut butter pancake recipes we used to enjoy a lot! I topped these with butter, fresh diced banana, pear, and apple and a drizzle of maple syrup. Yummo! Thanks!

  6. Hi, the pics of these pancakes are fabulous, however, i followed your recipe to a T and mine did not look like that! the consistency was crumbly and they did not cook through properly. The batter i made was a good consistency – thick runny – not thin and not sludge, however, they just didn’t resemble your pics one bit. Not sure what went wrong ;(

  7. they look so good!! I am trying to cut out eggs and have been struggling with gluten free pancakes. do you know how this recipe will do with an egg replacer? have you worked with replacing eggs or know anything about it? I just wish I could find a recipe that would work with me. :/

    • Margie,
      I don’t know how these would work with an egg replacement. I have never used one so I can’t guarantee any results. The eggs are a fairly important part of this particular recipe. You might want to look into what is known as “flax eggs”.

    • One of my recent finds for egg replacer is Chia seeds … off the top of my head I want to say it is 1(seed) to 3 (warm-hot water) ratio. sometimes I don’t even measure them out anymore. I feel like this may work well but I haven’t tried it before. Some other egg replacer’s are tapioca and water, almond meal or flax. But I am not sure how the latter 2 will act in this recipe with almond flour and coconut flour already as part of the recipe and they are so dense…I am new to paleo , but I have seen similar recipes, in which people are just using bananas and eggs with great success. So in my mind I feel like the chia seeds will work the best…. I hope this helps. I use chia seeds to thicken my berry syrups for pancakes also.

  8. Hi Lee,
    Loved your pictures they are great. I’ve been researching Paleo recipes since my doctor put me on the Paleo 30 diet in hopes of lowering my cholesterol. I’ve been eating more vegetables and meats plus fruits. I have to say its actually refreshing to eat foods that are healthy and good for you.. I’m dying to try the pancakes and the mini meat loaf muffins. Incidentally I’m trying to lose a few pounds and am wondering if the pancakes are ok in that respect.

    • Hi Maria,
      I’m impressed your doctor is recommending using paleo as a means to control cholesterol as well as weight. My personal opinion is when your goal is losing weight you should stick primarily to recipes for meats, vegetables, fruits, nuts and seeds. The paleo pancakes are meant more as a treat meal that you would not be eating on a regular basis. They contain ingredients that fall into the “paleo” category because they are grain-free, legume-free and dairy-free. They will not raise your blood sugar the way normal pancakes would. But I see them as something you might try when transitioning to a new way of eating and/or as a more rare treat.
      I hope that is helpful.
      Lea

  9. This recipe was amazing….mine came out just like your pictures (which I have to add…your pictures are so beauitful).

  10. This recipe is amazing! I added blueberries to the batter and a touch of honey on top – to die for. Thanks so much for sharing.

  11. Came across your website googling paleo recipes and tried out your pancakes this morning with home-made turkey sausage. The pancakes were great although they didn’t quite look like yours. I had to cook them longer because they were too mushy to turn. I did not use blanched almond flour, regular almond flour and unsweetened almond milk.

    • same experience with me… still on the stove. very tasty. Next time, I’ll make sure the pan is hotter as well before I begin cooking. I actually put the plate of the done ones in the oven, just to make sure that they were dry enough on the inside.

  12. Hi,
    Was wondering if there are substitutes for coconut flours and oil for I hate coconut. Could you make the pancakes with only almond flour?

    • Jenn,
      You could certainly make this using something other than coconut oil. I’ve made them using butter and ghee. You could probably leave out the coconut flour but will need to adjust the amount of almond flour. The amount of coconut flour is small enough that it doesn’t end up tasting like coconut. It just serves to dry out the somewhat oily almond flour. Good luck.
      Lea

    • You could also use buckwheat flour. It’s a seed and not a grain. Quinoa or millet, also seeds. And you could grind up the seeds in a blender and make your own flour. You’ll have to experiment and decide on the texture and taste.

  13. Hello! I found this recipe on Interest! It looks amazing, however do you have a substitution for almond flour? My daughter allergic to tree nuts. Thank you!

    Kelly

  14. I followed this recipe but subbed the coconut milk for organic whole milk, and found they look exactly as they should. I did not find them hard to manage at all, and they are delicious! Great recipe. We topped them with a simple strawberry rhubarb sauce. Thanks for sharing.

  15. I’m in heaven! And so very glad I only made half a recipe – eek! I added some freshy ground cinnamon to the mixture and cooked them in a bit of coconut oil. I will stop looking for the perfect recipe now! I’ve found it! Thank you!!!!

  16. Hi Lea, I came across your site via pinterest. I have thoroughly enjoyed your recipes, and lovely pictures, quotes, and encouraging words. I do have a question about celtic sea salt. I’ve noticed that in your recipes, including this wonderful banana pancake recipe, you use celtic sea salt. Can you tell me the benefits of using this ingredient?
    Thanks,
    Janne

    • Hi Janne,
      Thank you for the nice compliments! I’m very happy you found my blog. You raise an excellent question about the salt. Celtic sea salt is harvested off the coast of Brittany, France and is naturally air and sun dried and harvested using wooden tools to maintain it’s living enzymes. Celtic Sea Salt has live minerals and trace elements like iodine, iron, calcium, magnesium, manganese, potassium and zinc. The 84 trace minerals provide the necessary nutrients and protect the body from the harshness of sodium chloride that we consume from commercial salt. It also just tastes really good. I found this link for you to read more. Many people take it as a dietary supplement so if you are putting salt in recipes you get the most nutrition from Celtic sea salt IMHO. http://juicing-for-health.com/sea-salt-health-benefits.html
      I hope that’s helpful!
      Best, Lea

  17. That sounds soooooo good! And I’m in love with your blog. All the food pics is to die for!! What camera do you use? :)) Really need to buy a new one!!! Take care! /Emma @primallife on insta ;)

    • Hi Emma,
      Sorry I missed your comment! Thanks for the compliments on the photos. I use a Canon 7D with a 50mm f/1.4 lens for most of my pics.
      Best, Lea

  18. Made these for my boys this morning. Added cinnamon and pecans. They thought they tasted like banana bread. Thanks for a yummy recipe!

  19. I was so hoping these would be good! Mine turned out way too soft and wouldn’t hold their shape. I let them cook longer but then they were almost burned on the outside and raw inside. Bummed…

  20. Delicious! I’ve made these with almond milk with flaxseed meal instead of coconut flour. Today I finally made them exactly like the recipe indicates. And they were delicious. These are the only pancakes my tow and half-year-old will eat. Thank you for such a great recipe.

  21. I was snowed in today and worked remotely from home. Before I got started for the day, I decided to make your pancake recipe. I have been eating primarily a paleo diet for about 9 months and had yet to make any cakes or bread type items.

    I had a couple of really ripe bananas hanging out on my kitchen counter and I wanted to get some use out of them. I used almond meal because that was all that I handy. I also sliced one of the bananas and added piece to the top of the batter when the pancakes were cooking. I had a few walnuts available and crushed them up and added them to the top.

    The pancakes turned out great. They were such as nice treat for breakfast. I will defintely try them again with the blanched almond flour. They were not quite as fluffy as a standard pancake, but they really hit the spot this morning with my cup of tea. I drizzled two warm cakes with real maple syrup and topped them with a small pat of butter. Yumm. I even got my “non-paleo” adult daughter to try them and she said they were pretty good.

    • Thanks for the great feedback. I’m really happy you liked the pancakes and your “non-paleo” daughter liked them too. I’m snowed/iced in today too. Stay warm!

  22. Hi there! I love your Paleo Banana Pancake recipe! My 5 year old daughter is very picky, however, she had 4 pancakes this morning and asked for more! Thanks for sharing!

  23. Thank you so much for this great recipe. The pancakes are delicious. I made a triple batch so we could freeze them for later! Also, I’ve made multiple Paleo pancake recipes and yours is by far the fluffiest so far. :)

  24. Hi there!
    Stumbled on your website while finishing breakfast :) I was searching for make ahead paleo breakfast meals. If I were making these for the week, would I freeze or just refrigerate them?
    Thank you kindly!
    From a beginner paleo-er (ee?)

    • Hi Leah, Sorry for the late reply. I just saw your question. If it were me I would probably just refrigerate them. But if you think you will have them longer than about 5 days then you should freeze them just to make sure they stay fresh.

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