Think #whole30 breakfasts have to be eggs and bacon? Think again!
If you are hardcore about the Whole 30 rules you may disagree that pancakes are an approved food. Some supporters of the program say eating pancakes is a no no.
I think that is a bunch of crap. The ‘rule makers’ say you can use almond flour to make a crust for fried chicken but not in pancakes or baked goods. The ‘rule makers’ also say you can use 100% cocoa to flavor your coffee, but not in a recipe that mimics a dessert. So you can make ‘fried’ chicken with almond flour but not pancakes? You can add cocoa powder to your coffee but not to ‘ice cream’ or a smoothie?
If it increases your chances of being successful with the Whole 30 program I say, “GO FOR IT!” Eggs, almonds, bananas and blackberries are whole foods with nutritional value and fiber. In my mind, that makes these pancakes a completely acceptable option for breakfast.
Now….onto this amazing recipe! 🙂 I used overripe bananas so they were really easy to mash. I also whipped the egg whites separately from the egg yolks and folded them in to give the pancakes some lift. The almond flour imparts a grainy texture, which I liked, but it definitely does not mimic a fluffly buttermilk pancake from IHOP. Note: I would not recommend making a double batch and freezing the leftovers. These pancakes are best enjoyed fresh from the griddle for the best flavor and texture. Enjoy!
- 2 overripe bananas, mashed
- 3/4 cup almond flour
- 3 eggs, separated
- Pinch of cinnamon
- 1 cup blackberries, fresh or frozen
- Ghee or coconut oil for the griddle
- In a large bowl, stir together the mashed bananas, almond flour, egg yolks and cinnamon.
- In a separate bowl, beat the egg whites to soft peaks (use a hand mixer, stand mixer with a whisk attachment or a hand whisk).
- Fold the whipped egg whites into the batter with a spatula.
- Grease a skillet with ghee or coconut oil.
- Cook the pancakes over medium high heat, turning when golden brown.
- Add the blackberries to a small saucepan.
- Smash berries with the back of a fork and heat over medium heat until bubbly.
- Serve immediately for best taste and texture.