Caramelized banana pancakes – gluten-free!

One of the things I finally decided to try is eating gluten-free for three months. Migraines are one of the symptoms of people with gluten sensitivity and I thought I might as well rule it out since I have tried every other treatment under the sun. I am exstatic to say it’s not gluten! I will say I’m glad to have had the experience. I  realized that there are lots of delicious gluten-free foods. My husband decided to do the three-month trial with me purely out of the kindness of his heart. We loved the crackers made of rice and nuts and I found this pancake recipe below. I do know that gluten causes inflammation in your body and that inflammation is linked to many diseases. I think we will have no problem eating a lot less gluten in our diets without feeling like we are sacrificing anything. I am happy to say that we can still splurge on ocean rolls once in a while!

This is a recipe I found on line, then tweaked a bit to make it better. It’s like a bowl of oatmeal in the shape of a pancake! Aidan (my 3 1/2 year-old son) likes to eat them cold from his hand on the go! I make a double batch and eat them all week by putting them in the toaster oven. They make great roll ups with pb&j or banana. I’m even thinking about making a savory version with herbs and spices and using them instead of bread for sandwiches or spread with cream cheese and lox.

1 cup yogurt, I use plain but anything will work
1 egg
1 banana
1 teaspoon baking soda
Pinch of salt
1.5 cups rolled oats
1/4 cup milk
Pumpkin pie spice – or any spices you like
1 tablespoon vanilla extract

Put everything in the blender. Blend till smooth batter consistency. Let the batter sit for 5-10 minutes. It will thicken up as it sits.

Optional: caramelized fruit embedded in the pancakes!

Slice some fresh fruit. Pour the batter in the pan and let it cook for a few minutes so the pancakes can set up a bit. Then lay the fruit slices on the raw side. I let the first side of the pancake cook till very set up, then flip it to finish. Never flip your pancakes more than once. Fruit I like is banana, pears, peaches, strawberries or blueberries.

Adding the bananas to the cooking pan cake

Caramelized banana pancake

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