Adventures in paleo banana pancakes

Leah at Inspire & Indulge posted a wonderful recipe for banana pancakes and blackberry compote that looked scrumptious. So when S said he wanted to make crepes for Sunday morning breakfast, I immediately showed him her post.

The only problem? We didn’t have enough ripe bananas.

It’s laughable, really. Any other moment we would have had loads of slightly disgusting, totally black bananas — labelled “grody” by my kids — to use up. What to do?

Turn to the internet, of course. S found one site (and I apologize, I didn’t get to see where he found this information) that suggested that you place the bananas on a cookie sheet and bake them in a warm oven (about 170 degrees) for 45 minutes. Then let them cool overnight. (You’re not supposed to let them blacken — oops!)

Poor green bananas, baked to ripen.

Poor green bananas, baked to ripen.

They were definitely soft, but I don’t know if I would have considered them ripe. They lacked the sweetness of an overly ripe banana.

To make sure that the batter was very smooth, S whizzed them in the blender. Then he dropped them onto a pan with this pancake-batter-gizmo that we have. I’m sure that’s the technical name for it too.


Allow me to digress for a moment. In general, I think S and I have an issue with specialty cookware; specifically, we fall for buying some crazy fancy-pants pan that’s supposed to make a huge difference in our cooking, but really it’s just something else that takes up precious space in my cabinets. However, I must admit that this pancake-batter-distributing device is a fun, slightly flashy way to make mess-free crepes and flapjacks. Don’t tell S, though — or he’ll be on his way to buy more stuff I don’t have room for faster than you can say “Williams-Sonoma.”

We thought the paleo pancakes were a little tricky to work with. The batter didn’t want to hang together and flipping them was not easy since they tried to stick to our pan. We used a really thin spatula to loosen them.


There were a few duds.

pancake dud

But most of them turned out just fine and soon we had a stack of crepes to go with our eggs. We didn’t make the blackberry compote (no blackberries in the house), so we substituted an orange-butter sauce that we had made for something else and frozen the remnants. I’m pretty sure that orange juice and butter sauce is not on the paleo diet, but it was delicious nonetheless.

paleo pancake stack

The verdict in our house was a thumbs up. The kids chomped them down in seconds flat and asked if they could put some sort of chocolate spread on them next time. Both S and I liked the crepe-like pancake and that it didn’t use white flour and sugar. Ours didn’t seem very sweet at all and we didn’t notice much banana flavor, probably because we were using poor bananas that we forced to blacken rather than allowing them to ripen on their own.

Thanks so much to Leah for sharing the recipe. It was so much fun to try something new and delicious on a cold Sunday morning. We’ll definitely be making this one again — with truly ripe bananas next time.

Seen any paleo recipes that you’ve found intriguing?


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11 Responses to Adventures in paleo banana pancakes

  1. Leah says:

    Joan, you’re a doll! Thanks for the shout-out. I’m so happy you got to give this recipe a try. I’m jealous of your fancy pancake pourer – that thing looks awesome!

    Orange butter and/or a chocolate topping sound delicious! Great ideas to both you and the kids! I’m surprised you didn’t think they were very sweet or very banana-flavored. Let me know what you think when you make them with your “grody” bananas. 😉

    • I was so intrigued by the simplicity of the recipe — especially that you wouldn’t need flour and could use bananas for both the starch and the sugar. Wild. It was good –although ours really weren’t very sweet and had just a hint of banana taste. I blame the uber green bananas; they were practically day-glo neon green and we put them through a lot to ripen.

      We’re definitely going to do it again. Such a great recipe — thanks for sharing it!

  2. Cul de Sac says:

    I don’t like to buy kitchen gadgets as they take way too much place in my small kitchen and these are expensive too, but i’m still in love with my small cookie spoon ( looks like a ice cream scoop but it’s 1 tablespoon size!) use it A LOT! Camille i’m sure would be thrilled to use such device fir her pancakes 😉

    • Man, I hear you. Every time — and I mean, every time — we’re in some store that has a “change-your-life” gizmo, I have to walk away. My first question is always, “Where are we going to put that?” And yet, our kitchen overfloweth with every sort of gadget and pan that you can imagine.

      And yet… when we’re making pancakes with the kids and that particular gizmo is so handy, I always wonder what I’m missing out on. So the obvious answer is that we should just win the HUGE lottery so I can build a kitchen with as many cabinets as my heart sees fit… right? 🙂

  3. Oh boy, you sure made me miss crepes! My mom used to make them all the time when I was little. I have never tried making them but this sure makes me think I should!

    • Don’t crepes seem like such fancy food? Must be the name. I always felt like they must be out of our cooking wheelhouse but really they’re pretty easy. And these banana ones that Leah put the recipe out for? Delicious. Simple. About 4 ingredients (love that!). Let me know if you try ’em!

  4. I’ve heard about roasting bananas to make them taste ripe…good to know it doesn’t work if the bananas are too green! I love seeing all your kitchen gadgets 🙂 I saw these pancakes on Leah’s blog and have been meaning to try them, will do it this weekend!!

    • I think that trying to ripen a super-green banana quickly by roasting them is like trying to make a one-minute soufflé — you won’t get the same result by short-changing the process. I will say that the roasting made them SOFT, but definitely not ripe.

      I’m realizing that we have an unhealthy addiction to all things gizmo in the kitchen (and beyond, if you count the rotating Christmas tree stand). Sigh. But I have drawn the line at a food processor for now — which is a weird place to make a stand, I realize. 🙂

      Can’t wait to hear how your pancakes turn out. Leah’s are so much prettier than ours — hers look like a Food Network beauty shot! 🙂

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