Thursday, October 25, 2012

Paleo Banana Pancakes

paleo006Tip #4: Go to bed and wake up at the same time every day.

I think this is going to be a hard one to swallow for most people. I am not someone who likes routine, but let’s face it, dieting is all about routine, because the more choices you get to make the more likely you’ll make some bad ones (I’m talking about eating, nothing else), and being tired is not going to help one bit.

I never go to sleep at the same time or even wake up at the same time. But I’ve been doing this more now, and I have to admit I’m kind of liking it. I know for sure I’m going to get 8 hours of sleep every night (occasionally this doesn’t work out) and I naturally wake up in the morning and I feel way less tired than if I have to wake up to an alarm. I hate alarms way more than I hate diets or not sleeping enough.

This is advice given by everyone who knows anything about sleep and energy, and most of us still totally ignore it. I often want to stay up later, and I really miss being able to do more after the kids are in bed, but if you try it for a week and don’t like it, then no harm done. It’s one of the best changes I’ve made since starting this whole thing.    

I’m still really tired. Dieting and exercising like a maniac every day is going to make you tired. But at least you’re body tired and not brain tired, if you know what I mean.

I feel a little better about waking up at the crack of dawn to do my ridiculously tiresome exercise when I look forward to eating some of these. I don’t make them every day, so I pretend that they are a cheat breakfast. But they’re not. Even better.

I miss breakfasts (and lunches and dinners and desserts) so much. I love some french toast, cinnamon rolls, a bagel with cream cheese (! Oh! Do I dare dream?). At least I still get to eat bacon.

My sis and bro in law posted a paleo banana pancake and I’ve been playing around with it ever since. I thought, if there’s a way I can eat a pancake every once in a while, I’ll be able to keep doing this, right? paleo007

Paleo Banana Pancakes

  • Coconut oil
  • 1 banana, mashed with a fork
  • 2 eggs, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 C almond flour (* or coconut flour works here—just add 1/2 C almond milk)
  • 2 Tbsp almond milk
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • cinnamon (to taste)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  1. Heat a skillet or large frying pan on medium. Sprinkle some coconut oil into the pan (about 1 tsp) and move the pan so that the oil coats the surface.
  2. Mix all of the ingredients together.
  3. Use a 1/4 Cup measuring cup to pour batter into the pan. I can fit 3 in a pan at once. Flip the pancake when the edge looks dry and the bottom can be easily lifted off of the pan.
  4. Serve immediately. These taste better when hot. Can be served with a smidgen of maple syrup.




sienna said...

the less sleep i get, the more likely i am to binge on sugar. if i get a good night's sleep, i tend to want more protein and have energy to make real food for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. or in other words, as my friend say, if you are sleeping, you aren't eating. sleep is definitely my favorite diet. pancakes look yummy too.

Sippity Sup said...

I am a keen believer in Tip number 4. Of course I believe in banana pancakes with every fiber of my being as well. GREG

Lauren said...

What's your recommendation for someone whose work schedule changes from day to day? Sometimes I have to be at work by 6 or 6:30 am, other days 9:30 or 10. I can tell you right now that no matter how early I go to bed, I will not wake up naturally at 5 the winter, this is two hours before we see any sun where I live! So should I try to go to bed at the same time every night, regardless of when I have to wake up? I hate alarms as much as you do. :-)

Unknown said...

Great recipe! The banana adds just the right amount of sweetness...don't even need syrup!

Mariko said...

Wow. That would be really hard! I agree that waking up before the sun rises feels nearly impossible. Now that it's pitch black when I wake up it makes it a bit harder.
I doubt you want to wake up at 5 am. I think you're right, go to bed at the same time every night. I'd say that the waking up thing for me started happening after about three or four weeks. That's when waking up at 5:30 started kicking in like normal. I lost it over the break though, so I have to start all over... And I'm kicking myself for going so off my schedule. :)
Good luck!

Nicole: Thanks! I feel the same way.

Noemi said...

my 18mos old son love this pancake.. he know trust this pancake will make him happy and full up.. i had try make different pancake all not came out great till this recipes perfect!! thank you!!.. gonna try sweet yam or apple sauce with it.. various daily.. my family are paleo and GF.. so we try stay on this not buy package from store ready make pancake gave my hubby and sons really bad reaction.. thank you!!

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