Food Geek Friday: Paleo Banana Almond Pancakes

A number of my friends have been eating healthier, going Paleo or avoiding grains in some sort of fashion recently. I too have been playing around with Paleo and experimenting with different recipes. I've seen a lot of different grain free pancake options but the original of this one appealed most to me because it had just three ingredients that are pretty common in most households. Truth - I was fascinated that it would actually work. It was just two bananas, mashed up with an egg and almond butter. On what planet does that turn into a pancake?

Turns out...this one. The only difference between these and standard pancakes is that it didn't fluff out like standard pancakes. Texture was good and flavor was great. It's really not much sacrifice at all if you're Paleo or grain-free. Also, mine weren't very pretty. Then again, I've rarely ever made a pretty pancake so not much surprise here.

Paleo Banana Almond Pancakes


  • 1 banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tbsp almond butter
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • dash or so of cinnamon
  • pat of butter


  1. Heat pan or griddle to medium heat.
  2. In a bowl, mash the banana. I left mine a little chunky so there would be banana bits in my pancake.
  3. Create a well in middle of banana mixture then add an egg to it. Mix everything together. I started in the middle with the egg and work everything else into it.
  4. Add almond butter, cinnamon and vanilla extract. Mix well. Here's when the magic happens and it starts to look like pancake batter.
  5. Melt butter onto pan. Add small amount of batter. When divvying out the batter, you want to make small pancakes. These are more delicate than your regular pancake so they may break apart when you flip it if it's too big.
  6. When first side is cooked (edges start to look more cooked and air bubbles rise through) then very carefully flip your pancake. They were so delicate that I ended up using two spatulas to flip.
  7. When second side is finished, plate up and eat. You can top this with maple syrup if you wish (SO not Paleo) but the banana sweetens them up fairly well.