[Paleo] Pancakes with Blackberry Compote
Paleo Update: Day 11 and Jon and I are feeling really good! In my last Paleo post, I mentioned that I’ve been going to bed hungry a majority of the time. I’ve definitely felt better the past couple days – my stomach must be getting used to the amount of food I’m consuming. Also, Jon and I have been heavy handed with the dinner veggies (i.e. extra cauliflower or extra brussel sprouts). We’ve also been making a conscious effort to add even more protein to our diet – Jon’s now eating packed tuna for breakfast (Yuck, not for me!) and we cooked up an extra batch up chicken breasts just for snacks throughout the week.
If you’re on Pinterest, I’m sure you’ve seen a pin for pancakes made with just eggs and a banana (like this one). I’ve had a few variations of this recipe pinned but hadn’t gotten around to trying it until recently.
Sounds kind of crazy, right? How can you make pancakes with no flour?! I’ve always thought of flour as an essential pancake ingredient. I think this is why I’ve been putting off this recipe for so long.
But then, I was searching WordPress for posts tagged with “Paleo” and I happened to see this post. After I saw that she’d done it and they really did look like pancakes, I was game to give it a try!
Well, they turned out pretty well for a pancake substitute. Jon and I thought they were more similar to a crepe because they were so egg-y. If you don’t like bananas, don’t even bother making these. The banana flavor is definitely pronounced and Jon remarked that he liked these pancakes because the taste reminded him of banana bread (which obviously isn’t allowed on the Paleo diet).
So, you be the judge – whip up a batch of these pseudo-pancakes and let me know what you think. They take all of 10 seconds to mix together and if you’ve got a griddle, you can cook up the batch rather quickly.
In a small bowl, mash your bananas until they’re as smooth as you can get them.
Tip: Banana chunks = lumpy pancakes
Crack in 3 eggs and combine.
Heat a small frying pan (or griddle) over medium heat and pour roughly 1/3 cup of batter for each pancake.
Cook for about 2 minutes then flip. Repeat with all remaining batter.
Meanwhile, add 2 cups of fresh fruit (I used blackberries but you could also do apples, strawberries, blueberries, or raspberries) to a small sauce pan and add the juice from 1/2 an orange.
Heat the mixture over medium heat until the berries are soft and the compote has thickened.
Tip Since blackberries are a thicker berry, try to smush them with the back of a spoon once they’re soft. Yes, “smush” is a culinary term. 😉
Serve your pancakes plain, drizzled with honey or with the blackberry compote!
[Paleo] Pancakes with Blackberry Compote
Inspired by Paleo 2013
Makes 6 pancakes (4″ diameter)
- 2 overly ripe bananas
- 3 eggs
- 2 cups fresh blackberries
- 1/2 orange
What to Do
- In a small bowl, mash the bananas until they’re as smooth as you can get them.
- Crack in 3 eggs and combine.
- Heat a small frying pan (or griddle) over medium heat and pour roughly 1/3 cup of batter for each pancake.
- Cook for about 2 minutes then flip. Repeat with all remaining batter.
- Meanwhile, add 2 cups of fresh blackberries to a small sauce pan and add the juice from 1/2 an orange.
- Heat the mixture over medium heat until the berries are soft and the compote has thickened. Crush berries if necessary.
- Serve your pancakes plain, drizzled with honey or with the blackberry compote!
Ahh! I just can’t get over how much I love your paleo posts. I get oddly excited every time I see one in my inbox!! I have to admit, when I saw the recipes for the banana-egg pancakes, I was not at all inclined to try them. But yours look so profesh and I love that the compote doesn’t have any sugar in it–that would fit perfectly into my no-sugar challenge.
Happy to hear that the paleo diet seems to be going smoothly for you and John! 🙂
I’m so happy to hear that you’re enjoying the Paleo posts! When Jon and I first decided we were going to do it, I wasn’t sure if many people had even heard of it but surprisingly, they have!
I was honestly really skeptical about banana-egg pancakes too! They certainly don’t have the texture of any of your amazing pancake creations but if you’re on the Paleo or no-sugar diet, they’re passable. It really helps to top them with fruit!
I don’t think I could eat packed tuna for breakfast. BUT I love the blackberry compote- looks amazing and my husband and I can’t wait for blackberry season, so I can jam!
Yuck, I could never eat packed tuna for ANY meal! The smell is horrifying to me. Jon doesn’t love it but it’s really low-cal and packed with protein.
I hope you share your blackberry jam recipe/process when the time comes. Sounds awesome! 🙂
Those pancakes look amazing! Just the right thickness I like. And no sugar added? Even more brilliant. I’ll have to try this one weekend.
Thanks, Irene. As long as you don’t get your hopes up that they’ll be like normal pancakes but you can eat them happily and guilt-free! Don’t forget the fruit compote – It makes all the difference! 🙂
Is it okay if you use really ripe bananas or should they be a bit more green? We always seem to have a couple of stray spotted bananas that the kids won’t touch because they look, and I quote, “grody.” I’ve been throwing them into the blender as part of some green smoothies, but it’d be nice to have another option. And I like pancakes… 🙂
Haha, I know what you mean about “grody” bananas. We always have a couple around our place too. Those are actually perfect for this recipe because they’re so soft and mushy which makes for less lumpy pancakes. Let me know if you give these a try. They’re much different in texture than regular pancakes but still tasty!
Okay — we tried it yesterday morning for breakfast. And wouldn’t you know it, we only had one “grody” banana around and then a bunch of super green ones. My husband tried to speed up the ripening process by some crazy method that he found online. I took some pics and I try to blog the resulting crepes/pancakes on Thursday. Thanks so much for the recipe — I thought it was delicious! Definitely a winner!
Yay, I’m so glad you came back to share your experience with me. I’m happy to hear they turned out well even with unripe bananas! I was actually wondering how they would work out. I can’t wait to see your pictures on Thursday. 🙂
P.S. This may not be a high-tech tip, but I heard you can speed up the ripening process of bananas by placing them in a brown paper bag and closing it up.
Whoa, never heard of pancakes made with just eggs and banana! They look just like regular pancakes, and I love banana bread…now I’m intrigued 🙂
They definitely are convincing as “regular” pancakes upon first glance! I hope you give these a try – They’re so quick to whip up!
Speaking of banana bread, I just made a Paleo banana bread that I can’t wait to post. It’s super moist and really healthy with no grain flour!
Ooh, I can’t wait for that one!!
These look good and love the blackberry compote addition! 🙂
Thanks, Kenley! The blackberry compote really made the flavors pop. I think the banana would have been a little overwhelming without it.
Pancake without flour? Really? I must try and taste this for myself! Thanks for sharing! I’m glad the paleo diet is going well. Going to bed hungry is no fun.
I know – it sounds crazy! But surprisingly it works and the pancakes cook up quite nicely. Keep in mind they have a very strong banana flavor!
Luckily, I’ve been going to bed hungry less and less. I think I just needed to eat more. 🙂 The nice thing about Paleo is that you’re not limited by how much you can eat – you’re just limited by WHAT you can eat.
Leah, these look incredible!
Thanks, Judy. They were a great experience but I definitely miss “real” pancakes!
I am noticing some changes on your blog. It is looking really good! Nicely done Leah! ~Thea
Thank you, Thea! I figured it was about time I started personalizing my basic theme. Jon gave me Adobe Photoshop Elements 11 for Christmas so I’ve just been playing around making a banner and some buttons. 🙂
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Wow, I CAN’T believe there’s no flour in this recipe. Your pancakes look amazing! I need to do an overhaul of my fat and carb filled diet. You are totally inspiring, Leah!
Thank you! It really is insane there’s no flour or added sugar. They have a different texture than true pancakes and have a strong banana flavor but they’re great for a healthy alternative!
I’m so glad to hear you’re inspired – that’s SUCH a compliment! 🙂 I have plenty more Paleo-friendly recipes coming your way!