Gluten Free & Sugar Free pancakes from anewu.ieIf you are Gluten Free, Sugar Free & Dairy Free, then this could be a great recipe to add to your repertoire! I am recently gluten free and have been wheat, refined flour and sugar free for over 4 years now. While I am not Dairy Free, I limit dairy and only use organic dairy products. I love pancakes, and was thrilled to discover this basic recipe that uses 2 eggs and 1 banana to make a pancake batter. I couldn’t actually believe that it was this simple, so I tried it and it was…………SIMPLE! Gluten Free, Sugar Free & Dairy Free!

What is more, it is Flour and Grain Free….which satisfies a Paleo lifestyle. Being grain free also means that this is relatively low impact on the blood sugar levels and may be beneficial for weight loss and diabetics. (unless banana spikes your particular glucose levels). The protein in the eggs will dampen the sugar impact from the banana. I also serve it with organic natural yogurt with some vanilla powder, further increasing the protein value…….while adding a tasty and luxurious texture.

Some times I will add 2 tablespoons of almond butter in place of the yogurt, for dairy free protein and healthy fats for the body. This healthy fat will keep you fuller for longer, and adds a different taste dimension. Serving with some strawberries or pear will add sweetness, vitamins, fibre and deliciousness while remaining Gluten Free, Sugar Free & Dairy Free!

This recipe really could not be simpler, and I would highly recommend that you give it a go as an alternative to wheat flour and sugar pancakes. To give it another dimension, I add 1/2 teaspoon of good quality ground cinnamon. This gives the pancakes a darker colour, and cinnamon is known as beneficial for further lowering blood sugar, which can help to prevent sugar cravings later in the day! I also sprinkle some Raw Cacao nibs on the cooking pancake to add a crunchy texture and a bitter “chocolate” flavour. The sweet banana will take the bitterness out of the cacao, and you will get the taste along with the health boosting benefits of Cacao  such as magnesium, antioxidants and flavanoids.

When you go gluten free it can be easy to get caught in the “Gluten Free Sugar Loaded” trap! When you see the amount of gluten free products in any supermarket, you may be tempted to think that they are ALL healthy, simply because they are gluten free! BUT………………Beware! Most of these products are loaded with sugar, additives, preservatives and chemicals. Sticking to wholefoods that are naturally gluten free is a much healthier option. I generally say that if you do not recognise the ingredient on the pack, then your body definitely will not! And consuming manufactured ingredients can put undue pressure on our digestive systems. Going gluten free is usually as a result of digestive issues, so loading the system with more unnatural ingredients may cause further discomfort. So, my advice is read the labels and stick to as few ingredients as possible. (For a good gluten free bread recipe click here for my porridge bread recipe and substitute the porridge with gluten free oats or brown rice flakes).

If you would like to make positive changes in your life contact me now at 086 3866372 or regina@anewu.ie