So, we didn’t start out living a grain free life. I ate at regular Mexican and Italian restaurants just like everyone else in America for most of my life. Then, when chronic illness hit our family…things changed. We discovered the GAPS diet and took some time healing our guts…and thank goodness we did…because at the time we didn’t realize that we would be treating Lyme, PANDAS/PANS and eventually mold exposure. My son and I were so sensitive to certain foods, that we just felt terrible when we ate them. Not only our guts, but energy levels, concentration and “brain fog”. It’s a long list that we will discuss another time. Now, I also keep making these grain-free pancakes because they are wonderfully high in fiber and low carb. This batch of pancakes has a whopping 10 eggs. There may be some flexibility with some ingredients like applesauce or sour cream, but not with eggs. If you can’t eat eggs, this may not be the recipe for you.
- 1 cup coconut flour
- 1/2 cup fresh ground golden flax meal
- 1 tbsp psyllium husk powder
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp baking soda
- pure monk fruit to taste, about 1/4 tsp
- 10 eggs
- 12-16 oz. applesauce (1/2 jar)
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 tbsp vanilla (optional)
- (optional) pumpkin pie spice, Lillys chocolate chips, nuts
Before you get started:
First, make sure that you have a good strong motor to mix this with. I don’t care if it is a hand mixer, a kitchenaid stand mixer, or a cuisinart food processor, but however you mix it make sure the motor won’t burn out on you. It is a thick batter, and it is supposed to be thick. I have tried thinning it many ways and I have found that the texture is just better with a thick batter. If you use a mixer over a food processor, make sure that you sift the coconut flour to eliminate lumps. Make sure to preheat your skillet or griddle, and only add a small amount of oil. If they cook in too much oil the texture will suffer. When you spoon them into the pan, spread them and dab them, as the batter will not pour..that’s fine just go with it. Cook them low and slow, and I use a lid as you want them to cook all the way through. Remember, these are not “typical” gluten free pancakes…they will not bubble and firm up until the bottom is very much done. So, you want a THIN flexible spatula. I like cookie spatulas that are flexible stainless steel. GENTLY flip your pancakes as soon as they hold together enough to flip. It may take some practice, and your first batch may look like a kindergartener made them…but keep practicing and you will be pleased with the result.
More about coconut flour for the novice:
Keep in mind that coconut flour, flax meal, and psyllium husk are ALL FIBERS. They are not grains in any way. Ease into eating it, if you are not used to eating fiber. Those on the true full GAPS diet will want to grind their own coconut flour from coconut. That leaves more oil and cream in the coconut, and will lead to a heavier outcome. That is fine, just know that the result will be slightly different. When we were on a more restricted GAPS diet, we ground our own coconut flour years ago, but that was over a decade ago and we tolerate coconut flour fine now. For those who do not tolerate this much fiber, I suggest reading the GAPS diet books by Martina Campbell McBride. It is all about healing by healing the gut, and can be found in the books section of my shop.
If you are on Keto:
For those on Keto, whether for health or weight loss, you may not wish to include applesauce. I really like the texture it gives, and I make these for a teen boy who is growing, so we use applesauce. You could substitute something else like cream cheese, additional sour cream, or a different vegetable puree like cauliflower or zucchini. It is up to you.
About the Ingredients:
I chose the specific ingredients for reasons. For example, the monk fruit I use is all monk fruit and you only use a minute amount. It is not the same as what you see at the big box store that is mostly sugar alcohol. Always always read the ingredients.
I will post links here to what I use. I do have affiliate accounts, so I may get a few cents here and there if you purchase through these links. This helps me pay for this blog and the necessary equipment to bring you more content. It also helps in a HUGE way when you like and subscribe on YouTube, it helps to distribute my content to more awesome folks just like you. I order a lot of my products from Iherb, and the awesome spatulas in the video are from Amazon. The thin ones don’t always last forever, but they are my favorites anyway.
Feel free to reach out should you have any questions. I’m happy to help. Until next time, -Anne