Since most breakfast foods have grains, paleo eaters can sometimes have a hard time finding filling options other than eggs and bacon. The Paleolithic Diet, an increasingly popular lifestyle choice, is based on consuming only foods available to the first humans who lived over 200,000 years ago. Meaning: Plants and animal meats are in and grain and dairy products are out.
If you flip for flapjacks but are eating paleo, don’t despair! We’ve rounded up our favorite paleo-friendly pancake recipes from around the web. Since gluten-free flours tend to be heavier than regular flour, your grainless pancakes may be a little denser than normal (but just as flavorful!). Whip up a short stack today for a cro-magnificent morning!
1. Pumpkin Pancakes
Halloween has come and gone but there’s still time to get your pumpkin on! Ground flax seed, vanilla protein powder and egg whites pack on the protein, while pumpkin pie spice and pumpkin puree provide a double-punch of pumpkin flavor. Top with pepitas and honey for a delicious and festive feast. Photo and Recipe: Gina / Running to the Kitchen
2. Pina Colada Pancakes
No time for a tropical vacation? Make these coconut and pineapple pancakes instead! Mix all the ingredients in a blender and combine freeze dried pineapple and coconut sugar for a sweet topping. To make this recipe paleo-approved, be sure to swap the baking powder (which contains non-paleo cornstarch) for one of these simple substitutions. Photo and Recipe: Carol Kicinski / Simply Gluten-Free
3. Chocolate Chip Banana Pancakes
Ground almonds, bananas, eggs, almond flour and coconut milk make the base of this classic pancake recipe. Sprinkle chocolate chips or chopped dark chocolate (for extra antioxidants!) on the flapjacks once they hit the griddle so the chips don’t sink to the bottom of the batter. Photo and Recipe: Adriana / Living Healthy With Chocolate
4. Cinnamon and Coconut Pancakes
These tasty pancakes can be in your belly in 10 minutes or less. If you like your short stacks on the thicker side, add a tablespoon more of coconut flour. Top with almond butter or honey and serve ‘em up! Photo and Recipe: Michelle Tam / nom nom paleo
5. Chocolate Chip Espresso Pancakes
Get a morning buzz with this caffeine-infused pancake recipe. Combine all seven ingredients in a blender until smooth. If you are a strict paleo eater, don’t forget to substitute the baking powder for one of these simple substitutions. Photo and Recipe: Lexi / Lexi’s Clean Kitchen
6. Sweet Potato Pancakes
Transform that leftover pile of sweet potatoes into a steaming stack of delicious pancakes! Combine wet ingredients (sweet potatoes, eggs and almond milk) in a food processor and sift the dry ingredients in a separate bowl. Substitute the baking powder for one of these simple substitutions to avoid the cornstarch in the powder. Photo and Recipe: Cassandra / Fed and Fit
7. Simple Flapjacks
Almond flour, eggs and water serve as the base for this instant classic. Use a high-speed blender to combine ingredients for the batter, and top with your favorite fruits. And when you’re ready to switch things up, this recipe also works for waffles! Photo and Recipe: Elana / Elana’s Pantry