easy paleo lunch: coconut pancakes

2014-06-15 paleo coconut pancakes by Melissa Crossett-2Every now and then, we like to make pancakes as a special treat.  I googled and found this recipe and it has worked perfectly for me.  It’s both grain free and dairy free.2014-06-15 paleo coconut pancakes by Melissa CrossettWe turn it into a family affair, and everyone enjoys being involved. 2014-06-15 paleo coconut pancakes by Melissa Crossett-3 2014-06-15 paleo coconut pancakes by Melissa Crossett-4 2014-06-15 paleo coconut pancakes by Melissa Crossett-5They take a while to cook up, especially if you make a double batch like we usually do.  But it’s a simple and delicious meal. 2014-06-15 paleo coconut pancakes by Melissa Crossett-6 2014-06-15 paleo coconut pancakes by Melissa Crossett-7

We like to top our coconut pancakes with homemade applesauce, butter and honey, or real maple syrup if we can get our hands on it.

Here’s the recipe if you want to try it:

FLUFFY COCONUT FLOUR PANCAKES
(makes around 20)

Ingredients

  • 4 eggs, room temperature
  • 1 cup coconut milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • coconut oil or butter for frying

Directions

  1. Preheat griddle over medium-low heat. In a small bowl beat eggs until frothy, about two minutes. Mix in milk, vanilla, and honey.
  2. In a medium-sized bowl combine coconut flour, baking soda, and sea salt and whisk together. Stir 3/4 of wet mixture into dry until coconut flour is incorporated. Allow to sit for 3-5 minutes.
  3. At this stage your batter should be thick, almost like brownie batter. If it is still fairly thick and dry add the rest of the wet mixture.
  4. Grease pan with butter or coconut oil. Ladle a few tablespoons of batter into pan for each pancake. Spread out slightly with the back of a spoon. The pancakes should be 2-3 inches in diameter and fairly thick. Cook for a few minutes on each side, until the tops dry out slightly and the bottoms start to brown. Flip and cook an additional 2-3 minutes.
  5. Serve hot with butter, coconut oil, honey, syrup, or fruit.

You can read a bit more about my experience with Paleo eating here.

Have you made any good recipes lately?

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easy paleo lunch

easy paleo lunch

As I mentioned before, in the past two years, I’ve dramatically changed my health by changing the way I eat.  The results I’ve had make it worthwhile to say goodbye to a few things like bread, pasta and processed sugar.  It wasn’t long ago that I was loosely diagnosed with chronic fatigue syndrome.  Eating Paleo has given me more energy than I’ve had in 10 years.  I’ve heard Paleo is currently a trending fad diet, but as you can probably tell, I’m not the kind of person who usually follows trends or fads – this way of eating really works for me.

In a nutshell, Paleo is getting back to the basics… meat, vegetables, nuts, fruit, and natural fats.  It means cutting out grains (we do eat rice), refined sugars, processed junk, and factory oils.

easy paleo lunchAn easy Paleo lunch that I do all the time is grilled chicken, sweet potatoes (with lots of butter) and green beans.  The kids love it, and so do I.

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There are so many options for fresh veggies at our local marketmarket Northern Laos

The choices in greens alone, seem endless.  So far, we’ve only tried a handful.mug of broth

I also like to include a cup of bone broth with our lunch.  I’ve learned from Thai restaurants to sprinkle in some fresh chives and cilantro, which gives it a delicious flavor.  It’s also a nice comfort drink to warm us up on a cold day.

If you’ve never heard of Paleo before, you might be shocked to hear that I find it healthy to put lots of butter on our sweet potatoes and make sure to include a decent portion of meat in our meals.  Here are a couple of sites that I have found helpful to explain Paleo and its benefits.

Mark’s Daily Apple – The Definitive Guide to the Primal Eating Plan and the success stories are addicting!

Robb Wolf – What is the Paleo Diet?

Eat Drink Paleo – What is Paleo?

So many have lost weight, improved cholesterol, cured chronic pain, and improved their overall health and energy levels through this way of eating.

Have you heard of Paleo?  Would you give it a go?