11 December

He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree. - Roy L. Smith

Paleo Pancakes

 

And a week of ready-made breakfasts 🙂

 

Gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free

Another solution to the eternal question of “What’s for breakfast?” These pancakes have made my life so much easier since I discovered Health Riot’s Cassava Flour – I am eternally grateful to them 🙂

 

You see, you make a big batch of pancakes, then freeze them. In the morning you simply reheat one in a dry pan, choose your filling (all ready-made too), and ta da! A delicious and nutritious, homemade breakfast ready in minutes – and one that is “same-same-but-different” from the one you served the day before.

Mila's Meals Paleo Pancakes

Key: gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy-free, grain-free, nut-free, paleo, vegetarian; for adults too

Makes: 12 pancakes

INGREDIENTS

(t. = teaspoon; T. = tablespoon, C. = cup)

 

METHOD

 

  1. In a large mixing bowl, add the cassava flour, coconut flour and salt. Stir to mix. Make a well in the centre.
  2. In a small mixing bowl, beat together the coconut milk, eggs, and vanilla essence.
  3. Pour this mixture into the well of dry ingredients. Incorporate the dry ingredients by stirring from the centre of the the well. Make sure there are no lumps. If the batter is a bit to thick, slowly add the water (while stirring) until you have a pouring consistency.
  4. Heat a frying pan over medium heat and add a tablespoon of coconut oil or ghee.
  5. When the coconut oil or ghee has melted, pour a ¼ cup (or soup serving spoon-full) of the batter into the pan, swirl to spread and cook until you see bubbles appear on the top of the pancake. Flip over and cook for another minute or two.
  6. Transfer to a plate while you cook the rest.
  7. Serve with your favourite filling (see below), or allow to cool completely.
  8. Once cool, layer with a sheet of baking paper in-between each pancake. Place them in a freezer Ziploc bag and freeze until needed.

Mila's Meals Paleo Pancake

A week of Pancakes!

 

(This is really convenient for those mad-rush school mornings!)

 

These fillings have all been suggested because they are nutrient-dense, and rich in protein and healthy fats – the nutrients that are going to keep you and your little ones full and their blood sugar stable.

 

  1. Almond butter + honey + hemp seeds
  2. Chocolate Spread (see page 296 of my book for the recipe) + chia seeds
  3. Apple Sauce (see page 350 of my book for the recipe) + cinnamon + ground flaxseeds
  4. A blend of roasted pumpkin/butternut (from last night’s dinner) + dates + cinnamon + nutmeg
  5. Chocolate Mousse (see page 326 of my book for the recipe)yes even this is nutrient-dense 🙂  It’s made from avocado, dates, chia seeds, raw cacao and coconut oil!
  6. Steamed or baked pear + sesame seeds
  7. Carrot and cashew nut spread (simply blend some cooked carrots with soaked cashew nuts and a couple of dates!)

 

There you have it! A week of delicious and nutritious, ready-made breakfasts!

Some of the pancakes filling recipes from my book Mila’s Meals: The Beginning & The Basics.

Mila's Meals Chocolate Spread Recipe
Mila's Meals Apple Sauce Recipe
Mila's Meals Chocolate Mousse Recipe

Paleo?

 

I have avoided admitting to myself that I follow a Paleo Diet for a long time. In fact- I consciously refused to do it. Not because there’s anything ‘wrong’ with Paleo – but because I really don’t like the idea of a “diet”. But I do, and I am – I am Paleo!

 

This has got nothing to do with weight loss. Or following a trend. Actually I am the most reluctant Paleo Person you will find! I ate this way before I knew it was a “thing”. I eat this way because I listened to my body and how it responded to certain foods. I eliminated what aggravated it (reluctantly after also eliminating gluten, sugar and dairy) – and what did that leave me with? A Paleo way of eating!

 

 

Why am I a reluctant Paleo?

 

Because I crave a bowl of brown rice, soaked for 24 hours in apple cider vinegar, cooked in bone broth and smothered with coconut oil. Surely that can’t be ‘bad’ for you?

 

 

Why do I not eat what I crave?

 

Because it makes my skin itch. That is – it aggravates my eczema (the skin on my hand splits open), makes my tummy bloat (aggravates my Leaky Gut), and it makes me grumpy (yes, like PMS-mad the next day for no apparent reason).

 

 

So what is the Paleo way of eating? (I refuse to say ‘diet’.)

 

“The Paleolithic diet, also known as Paleo or Primal diet, is rooted in the belief that sticking to food our caveman ancestors would have eaten leads to optimal health. This includes meat, fish, vegetables, wild fruits, eggs, nuts, and more. The goal of the Paleo approach is to consume the foods cavemen did millions of years ago, before the cultivation of grains and legumes, and well before the invention of processed, packaged foods. According to Paleo advocates, if a caveman wouldn’t eat it, modern people shouldn’t either.

 

Guidelines include eating a relatively high amount of healthy fat such as coconut oil, avocado, ghee, and olives. Vegetables, raw or cooked, are the primary source of carbohydrates, rendering the diet relatively low-carb. Animal protein, including its naturally occurring fat, should be included in the diet. Red meat, poultry, pork, eggs, and organ meat are all encouraged. Some followers of this approach choose to emphasize vegetables and minimize meat; however, all devotees put a high premium on organic and grass-fed meats. Although included, fruits are limited since cavemen encountered these “treats” infrequently.” – Source: Institute For Integrative Nutrition.

The Paleo Food List

 

Since I don’t adhere to a ‘diet’, I don’t follow a list of what you ‘can’ and can’t’ eat. But, as a basic guideline of what Paleo is about:

EAT

  • Grass-fed meats
  • Fish/seafood
  • Fresh fruits
  • Fresh vegetables
  • Eggs
  • Nuts
  • Seeds
  • Healthy oils (olive, walnut, flaxseed, macadamia, avocado, coconut)

DON’T EAT

  • Cereal grains
  • Legumes (including peanuts)
  • Dairy
  • Refined sugar
  • Potatoes
  • Processed foods
  • Overly salty foods
  • Refined vegetable oils
  • Candy/junk/processed food

You can find a more specific list here.

 

Obviously (since I have always been reluctant to fit in a box), I don’t agree with some of those recommended foods on the list (like bacon). I am more inclined to ‘label’ the way I eat as Dr. Axe’s ‘Healing Foods Diet’ which you can find in his article Why I don’t Eat A Paleo Diet But Close’ article.

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