Paleo Gluten Free Chocolate Banana Pancakes

Paleo Banana Pancakes is one of my favorite posts here. The recipe has all the goodness of a sweet and indulgent breakfast packed in into just half a banana and one egg per serving. And 9 grams of protein per serving.
Gluten free Chocolate Paleo Banana Pancakes

PLUS, the pancakes are gluten free and paleo…and could be almost vegan if you dare replace the single lonely egg for Egg Replacer (on my bucket list).

Chocolate Paleo Banana PancakesThis little chocolaty variation is the new and improved way to make them. I just got a purple immersion blender and is my new best friend. Batter to batter, you can’t even tell if this one is gluten free or paleo or “normal.”

Save some trees: Print the recipe here and check out the nutritional info.

Ingredients:

For 1 serving. This was inspired by the Paleo Banana Pancakesrecipe.

  • 1/2 ripe banana
  • 1 egg
  • 1.5 tsp raw cacao powder
  • 1 tsp coconut palm sugar, or stevia
  • 1 tsp coconut flour
  • 5 vegan chocolate chips
  • 1 pinch of Kosher salt

Directions:

With everything in one single container (minus the salt), use an immersion blender until frothy. If you don’t have an immersion blender, grab a fork, mash the banana, and then beat the rest of the ingredients (skip the chocolate chips).

In a medium pan at medium to low heat, cook SMALL silver dollar pancakes (small is key as these are a little bit tougher to flip versus other ones). Watch them like a hawk – they can burn in extra 3 seconds. Start with the heat at low and build from there. Around 2 minutes for the first side and 20 seconds for the other side.

Chocolate Banana Paleo Pancakes http://glutenfreeskinny.netServe with maple syrup, coconut nectar, skinny coconut cream frosting, or solo. Add the pinch of Kosher salt at the very end…it really does the trick!

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Hide and Seek: 5 Foods that Will Make You Sick

I used to go to sushi restaurants and pad myself on the shoulder for ordering non-tempura, non-fried items. And then, a few hours later, I would be curling on my couch, holding my poor stomach in my hands…in pain. But I only ate rice and fish, I used to tell my upset tummy. The growling spoke for itself, and after a week, I would do it all over again.


Fortunately, after much research and many cups of mint tea with a celiac expert and friend, I realized that gluten was not only in bread and cookies- soy sauce, salad dressings and even curry powder had it too. So if a food label doesn’t specifically call out GF, chances are, it carries GF.

Where do you think gluten is hidden? The following five foods were incredible surprises for me. And you?

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You can read about more food where you will surprisingly find gluten at Fitsugar.

Gluten Free Diet for Weight Loss: Why A Third of Americans Bit into It

A recent study found one third of Americans are now trying to keep this protein out of their diet. Dr. Sanjay Gupta declares: “Gluten-free”is the health mantra of the moment. Trend, fad or mantra, most of the hopefuls are following into the footsteps of Gwyneth Paltrow and other celebrities who, in the eyes of our layman eyes, continue to be the icons of beauty, youth and success.

Miranda Kerr, Jessica Alba, Rachel Weisz, Miley Cyrus, Victoria Beckham, and Selma Blair, amongst others, are well-known gluten-free “enthusiasts.”

I’ve been on a diet since I can remember. As a kid, I was always weighing more than my (much smaller) friends, and once I hit college, the well-known “freshman 15” really turned out to be “freshman 50+” for me. But I was healthy. And now, looking back, eating a whole pizza for dinner seems like a far off dream, versus an artery-clogging and calorie-heart-attack nightmare.

I’m not celiac, but I do have a gluten allergy. And had to walk a long path before arriving to this life-changing eye-opener. Doctors prescribed counseling for stress, told me to go the gym, and even gave me anti-anxiety medication. In the meantime, I couldn’t get on a plane without going to the restroom 5 times at the terminal, and I didn’t understand why. (Did I mention I was addicted to Starbuck’s banana and chocolate chip coffee cake? Thats why!)

Eating gluten-free, avoiding preservatives and things I can’t pronounce, and spending more time thinking about what I put in my mouth has been the best and most incredible “medication.” It also forced me to spend countless hours baking and cooking, which I just figured out I really love to do. I don’t eat anything that has a label, so if I want a cupcake, I have to bake it myself!

And this is how I lost almost 15 pounds. Remember, I’m not celiac. I’m just eating better and managing my gluten allergy. My body looks trimmer and I can finally see my Pilates sessions paying off. Many people that haven’t seen me in a while immediately notice and want to know “the secret.” I tell them. And that’s how Gwyneth and all her fabulous friends promptly get into the conversation.

gf fadPost Atkins and the South Beach diet crazes, eating “gluten-free” for many dieters might be a welcoming option. There is a plethora of cookies and crackers and snack goodies abound. Every day, I discovered a new one at the supermarket, and established brands such as Udi’s and Glutino Foods seem to be exploding in the social arena, with thousands and thousands of followers.

The reaction to this gluten-free “fad” in the celiac community has been very divided. On the one hand, many are enthusiasts – raising awareness for gluten sensitivity is a win-win. On the other, many are getting upset – celiac disease is a REAL illness that affects nearly 1 in 20 Americans, and leads to very serious, long-term, health problems such as destroying the lining of the intestine and damaging the body’s ability to absorb nutrients.

Dr. Joseph Murray, MD, a specialist in celiac disease at the Mayo Clinic, brings forward the most important takeaway in this argument, as a response to one of their studies that revealed that 1.6 million Americans have cut gluten completely from their diets. “It’s a little ironic,” said Dr. Murray, “that you have 1.6 million people on a gluten-free diet without a diagnosis of celiac disease, and we’ve got about the same number of people who have celiac disease, don’t know it, and aren’t on the diet they need to be on.”

I’m partial to the first group – awareness is always a great thing. Maybe in a few more months I won’t have to fight with a restaurant manager when I ask to replace the French fries with rice, or go through lengthy explanations at a business meeting when I don’t touch the donuts.

And as for Gwyneth and the rest, more power to them. Trying to eat healthier and taking care of yourself are evergreen mantras everyone should adopt.

Check out more celebrities follow a gluten-free diet here.

Check out Glutenista.com handy celiacs and non-celiacs celebs and athletes here.

Even Bill and Chelsea Clinton are gluten free proponents.