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These delicious flourless pancakes work great as a treat or even as a meal replacement. Topped with caramelized apples, freshly made blueberry jam and dark chocolate, she loved them from the first bite.

I used to love pancakes as a child and I remember how my mother used to make me pancakes quite often. She would make a batch of pancakes and serve them with homemade jam, but she had a rule: “No more than 4 or 5 of these pancakes, Marcel! You can’t eat them instead of a meal, Marcel!”.

I later understood that traditional pancakes are not that healthy and certainly not a meal replacement. They’re ok as a treat, yes, but they can easily turn into one of the worst foods you can eat, if you eat them on a regular basis.

Stack of Flourless Paleo Pancakes with Caramelized Apples decorated with apple slices and grated dark chocolate, top view

Regular pancakes aren’t healthy and here’s why

Let’s briefly look over a few reasons why regular pancakes aren’t healthy for you:

  • Regular pancakes are prepared using refined white flour which comes with a few nutrients and lots of sugars.
  • On top of that, a lot of refined sugar is also added into the batter.
  • Traditional pancakes are always cooked in refined seed oils which are prone to oxidation leading yo free radicals in the body.
  • Plus they are served with some kind of jam or marmalade, which almost always comes with a lot added sugar.
  • They’re simply devoured of real nutrients – no healthy carbs, no fiber, no healthy fats, no protein, not to mention vitamins and minerals.

This kind of pancakes are in fact a very dangerous combination that will lead to all sorts of health problems sonnet or later. From bad digestion, mood swings, heart problems, weight gains, etc,. the traditional pancake is simply not healthy.

Of course, you won’t notice these problems after eating pancakes once or twice, but things will sooner or later change for the worst, if you continue to eat these unhealthy pancakes on a regular basis.

Unfortunately, there are many people who consume traditional pancakes on a regular basis, simply because these pancakes are now available everywhere (restaurants, coffee shops, even on the street). I was one of those people and I’m not ashamed to admit it. Fortunately for me, I discovered paleo-friendly pancakes and never looked back.

Stack of Flourless Paleo Pancakes with Caramelized Apples decorated with apple slices and grated dark chocolate, top view

Flourless pancakes to the rescue

On the other hand, paleo-friendly flourless pancakes are prepared using real ingredients that come with many different nutrients and they’re always gluten-free.

We don’t use any kind of refined sugars, traditional flours or refined seed oils. This makes for a dessert that can also pass as a regular meal, because it comes with healthy fats, quality proteins and healthy fiber.

These paleo pancakes work great as breakfast, lunch, dinner, party treat of even as a recovery meal after a workout session.

A few more reasons why I appreciate these real pancakes so much. They’re:

Paleo-friendly
Naturally sweetened
Always gluten-free
And no refined seed oils
Nourishing
Satisfying
Healthy
Fun to make
& Homemade

What you’ll need to make paleo pancakes?

I so love this recipe because it doesn’t call for many ingredients … this are the only ingredients you will need for pancakes + toppings:

Pancakes

  • Eggs
  • Bananas
  • Vanilla
  • Cinnamon
  • Butter

Toppings

  • Apple
  • Butter
  • Cinnamon
  • Vanilla
  • Blueberries
  • Dark Chocolate
One serving of Flourless Pancakes with Caramelized Apples, close-up

How to make flourless pancakes 101

They’re pretty straightforward to make and can be easily dressed with your favorite toppings. Follow these steps (for complete details, see the recipe card section!):

  1. In a medium bowl add eggs, mashed bananas, vanilla and cinnamon. Gently mix all the ingredients using a whisk or a fork.
  2. Preheat a cast iron skillet and add 1/2 tsp of butter,
  3. Use a ladle to add the batter for your first pancake into the skillet.
  4. Cook on small heat until lightly brown on one side, then carefully flip using a silicone spatula.
  5. Continue cooking on the other side until done, making sure not to burn it.
  6. Once done, remove pancake from the skillet using a silicone spatula.
  7. Repeat the entire process until the whole batter is gone, making sure to add roughly 1/2 tsp of butter before each pancake.

How easy was that? Ok!

Stack of Flourless Paleo Pancakes with Caramelized Apples decorated with apple slices and grated dark chocolate

These pancakes can be upgraded with delicious extras!

When it comes to toppings, this is where you can get very creative. I decorated my pancakes with caramelized apple slices and fresh blueberries jam, both of which were prepared in the same pan where I cook my pancakes. For an exquisite taste, I’ve also included a few squared of my favorite dark chocolate and voila!

Here are a few more ideas of toppings that you can use:

  • Homemade jam which should always be free pf unhealthy stuff
  • Homemade dark chocolate sauce prepared with cacao mass, cacao butter, coconut oil and vanilla powder
  • Fresh or frozen berries
  • Apple slices cooked in butter as I did.
  • Grated carrots cooked in butter are particularly delicious!
  • Berries cooked in butter (I used frozen blueberries)
  • Fresh fruits that are in season
  • Sour cherries (fresh or frozen)
  • Sour cream or creme fraîche (full fat and grass fee)
  • Homemade whipped cream with
  • Greek yogurt is another delicious dairy option
  • Medjol dates or dried figs

WOW! That was definitely a very long article. If you try this recipe, I’d love to hear from you and see what you came up with. I hope you will consider leaving us a review and a comment.

Thanks for reading and enjoy these fluffy flourless pancakes with someone dear to you!

Have you made paleo-friendly pancakes before? Would you try this recipe? Share in the comments.

One serving of Flourless Pancakes with Caramelized Apples, top view

Flourless Pancakes with Caramelized Apples and Low-carb Blueberry Jam

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 15 mins
Total Time: 20 mins
Servings: 5 big pancakes
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These delicious flourless pancakes work great as a treat or even as a meal replacement. Topped with caramelized apples, freshly made blueberry jam and dark chocolate, she loved them from the first bite.

Equipment

  • Skillet
  • Plain Bowl

Ingredients

Pancakes

  • 4 medium eggs
  • 2 bananas (peeled)
  • 1 tsp vanilla powder
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 2 tsp butter (for cooking the pancakes)

Topping Apples

  • 1 medium apple
  • 1 tsp butter
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla powder

Topping Berries

  • 100 g frozen blueberries
  • 1 tsp butter

Topping Others

  • 40 g dark chocolate (85% cacao)

Instructions

Pancakes

  • In a medium bowl add eggs, mashed bananas, vanilla and cinnamon. Gently mix all the ingredients using a whisk or a fork.
  • Preheat a cast iron skillet and add 1/2 tsp of butter. Note that we’ll be cooking each pancake in about 1/2 tsp of butter.
  • Using a medium ladle, add the batter for your first pancake into the skillet.
  • Cook on small heat until lightly brown on one side, then carefully flip on the other side using a silicone spatula.
  • Continue cooking on the other side until done, making sure not to burn it.
  • Once done, remove pancake from the skillet using a silicone spatula.
  • Repeat the entire process until the whole batter is gone, making sure to add roughly 1/2 tsp of butter before each pancake.

Topping Apples

  • Prepare your apple: remove seeds and slice it into 8-10 slices.
  • Grease the skillet with butter, add apple slices, vanilla and cinnamon.
  • Cook the apple slices on all sides using medium heat.
  • After 2-3 minutes, while the butter has absorbed into the apple slices, remove from heat and decorate your pancakes on top and on the sides.

Topping Berries

  • Add berries and 1 tsp butter into cast iron skillet.
  • Cook on medium until all the water has evaporated and the berries have cooked into a gem.

How to put together

  • After you’ve finished cooking all the pancakes, take a separate plate and arrange the pancakes again, this time adding one layer of that freshly made berries jam between each layer of pancakes.
  • Add cooked apples on top and on the side.
  • As a final touch, chop and grate dark chocolate and add it on top of everything.
  • Enjoy fresh or store in the fridge for up to 2 days.

Notes

You can use any type of berries, I happened to have blueberries and some blackberries in the fridge so I used those.
Here’s how to assemble everything: Cook the pancakes at first and stack them on a plate. When the pancakes are done, cook the topping separately. Once the topping is ready, assemble your pancakes in a new plate and decorate them as shown in the pictures.
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Keto, Low-carb, Sugar-Free, Vegetarian
Keywords: apples, banana, gluten-free pancakes, healthy pancakes, low-carb pancakes
Author: Marcel Corbeanu
Marcel Corbeanu

Hi, I'm Marcel! I'm a health coach, I write about health and wellness and I love cooking healthy food with fresh and simple ingredients.

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