Today I thought it would be a good time to share with you a new series of posts called “Cracking the Cooking Code.” In today’s world, there are so many false health claims, and it is impossible not to feel overwhelmed by all of the advertising and diet trends, or healthy buzzwords. So, I thought it might be a good time to talk about the real definition of gluten-free, and a recipe for those who are gluten free!
Nowadays, companies are desperate to appear like the most healthful brands and attract customers. Buzzwords like “gluten free” lead customers to believe that gluten is unhealthy for their body, but really it is very natural and doesn’t harm anyone unless the have an intolerance or Celiacs disease. Gluten is the naturally occurring protein of the grain, which doesn’t have much effect on the body, unless you have a sensitivity or allergy.
So, gluten free products are actually more processed because most go through the process of taking out the gluten part of the grain. If you have an allergy, I would absolutely recommend using a flour like almond or coconut, but otherwise, whole wheat is perfectly.
So, I’d love to share a recipe with you for gluten free pancakes that are real food if you can’t eat whole wheat flour. This is definitely a recipe that takes a few tries to perfect your skills with, but is delicious and packed with protein. Enjoy!
Protein Power Banana-Berry Pancakes
- 1 very ripe banana (or 2, depending on size)
- 1 organic egg
- 1/2 tsp. Cinnamon
- 2 tbs. raspberries
- 2 tbs. blueberries
- 1 tsp. coconut oil
To prepare, mash the banana and mix in an egg. Add in the cinnamon, and grease a griddle or saucepan with coconut oil. On the pan with medium heat, add in small pancake sized circles of the banana mixture, and sprinkle in berries. Cook until golden brown on each side and serve with more fresh berries and a touch of maple syrup. Enjoy!