From the start to finish, Fridays are hands down the best day of the week in our house. They start with my favourite breakfast (more on that in a minute) and usually end with a pizza party involving a collection of friends and family. In between there’s usually a punishing/fantastic workout at the hands of my coach/trainer, an amazing yoga class with the best yoga teacher ever, and a series of errands that have to get done to set us up for the weekend.
So, getting back to my favourite breakfast. I used to be big. Pituitary tumours and the hormonal chaos they can cause combined with 2 pregnancies and the stress of the brain tumour left me squarely on the heavy side of things. It wasn’t good, and I wasn’t happy about it. So I went back to the gym. And I worked my heart out on the elliptical machine. I went for walks at night. And I tried to watch what I ate. And I had a little bit of success. Things were looking up.
Then, one of the trainers at my gym convinced me to try a crossfit style class. One class in and I was hooked. My first class happened to be in January when my now coach/trainer was starting up a real food challenge for all the ladies in the class. And through his daily emails filled with advice, research, and ideas on the real food movement and a more paleo lifestyle, I started to make a LOT of changes in the way we eat in our family.
Fastforward to today . . . I’m much smaller, but more importantly, FAR stronger, and as an added bonus, I have WAY more energy. Oh, and I also healed from my surgery better and faster than the doctors though possible. But I digress.
As the people around have seen me change shape, I get asked a LOT about what I eat. And it seems that I get asked most about breakfast. My thoroughly unscientific research would indicate that most women don’t want to eat tons of protein every morning when they wake up. Myself included. So . . . Friday’s I break from my usual breakfast routine and make my favourite banana pancakes. Maybe you’ll like them as much as I do . . . but I will say that neither the kids nor my husband particularly care for them . . . which is their loss, as far as I’m concerned. There are a million recipes for this kind of pancake on the web . . . this just happens to be how I make them . . .
Paleo Banana Pancakes
- 2 eggs
- 1 banana (as ripe or unripe as you like)
- Coconut oil or butter for the pan
- Set the pan on medium heat and add in a generous teaspoon or so of coconut oil or butter.
- While the fat is melting in the pan, throw the eggs and the banana into a blender and blend until everything is combined. If you’re feeling particularly fancy, you can add in a teaspoon of vanilla too).
- Pour the batter into the pan and cook just like you would a regular pancake (i.e. flip them over when the bottoms start to brown). Practically speaking, it’s easier to make the batter into several smaller pancakes. But, since I make these just for myself, I pour the entire thing into one giant pancake; I just divide it into 4 when it comes time to flip it. Yup, it’s messy, but it tastes the same, so I don’t mind.