Grain Free Pancakes (Plus: Why grains get such a bad ‘rep’)

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Dr. Lauryn Lax, OTD, MS

Dr. Lauryn, OTD, MS is a doctor of occupational therapy, clinical nutritionists and functional medicine expert with 25 years of clinical and personal experience in healing from complex chronic health issues and helping others do the same.

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Grains get a bad rep nowadays. But why? Is it because they make you fat? Nope. Because they have gluten?

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No, not necessarily. Because gluten-free products are all the rage right now (it’s all marketing). Think again. Read on for the real truth on grains (plus an easy-peasy grain free pancake recipe that WON’T have you missing your old bagel and schmear or oatmeal).

As a kid, I grew up on a steady “SAD” diet—Standard American Diet. Especially at breakfast:

Eggo waffles, Quaker Apple Cinnamon Oatmeal, Pop-tarts, Cinnamon Toast Crunch.

Every morning I started my day off with “the most important meal of the day” in the form of sugar and grains—lasting energy and “brain power” (so I thought).

What about you? What cereal did you beg your mom for at the grocery store? (Capn’ Crunch please!) Were you a Pop-tart or Toaster Strudle kind of kid?

(We are survivors of the processed food generation!)

Then you grew up, and breakfast became one of those meals that you had to grow up too—no more sugary cereal or frozen pastries with your “grown up” expectations.

Often times, I am asked, “What can I eat for breakfast if I want to eat more real food?”

After all, the standard American breakfast—even of adults—still caters to higher sugar and refined grains fair (think: a granola bar on the go, fat-free yogurt, a fruit smoothie or a Starbucks’ blueberry muffin).

While no food is inherently “bad”, a steady diet of sugar, artificial sugar and grains does not do your gut any favors—as both of these food “groups” are associated with increased gastrointestinal distress.

You’ve heard the buzz:

  • “Go gluten free.”
  • “Avoid grains.”

But what’s the “buzz” all about? Why are grains and gluten labeled as “bad”?

No, not because they “make you fat”, but instead because they are associated with increased inflammation—namely in the gut.

“Right…gluten is the cause!” you say. “Just avoid gluten!”

True, gluten (the sticky substance in grains that helps it maintain its shape and ‘stick together) is inflammatorybut there is more to the story than just gluten (and eating gluten-free foods to solve the problem).

The real issue with grains (gluten-containing ones and gluten-free ones alike) is that most grains (wheat, corn, rice, oats) contain toxic proteins called “prolamines”—tough proteins humans can’t digest.

Prolamines give plants a protection mechanism for their survival (since they can’t get up and run away). When consumed, these proteins irritate our gut lining and sneak their way past the intestinal wall in humans and animals that eat them.

When grains make up our daily diets (like my childhood past of Frosted Flakes and Pop-tarts), our guts take the brunt of wear and tear of trying to digest them.

Your gut has to work super hard…eventually giving way to leaky gut, digestive distress, malabsorption and a host of other issues down the line (allergies, hormonal imbalances, fatigue, anxiety, depressed mood, and beyond)—in other words: inflammation.

So what are you to do if cereal or oats is out of the picture?

No breakfast bar on the go? Pancakes be gone?

Today, I love having ‘unconventional’ breakfast food for breakfast! My favorite kick as of late, has been…leftovers: Leftover protein from dinner the night before with avocado on top (of course) and greens (you know I love my greens).

This morning?

Mustard-glazed chicken thighs, rainbow chard sautéed in ghee and mashed avocado goodness.

How’s that for inspiration?

However if my “dinner for breakfast” philosophy is not be your cup of tea…I bet my grain-free banana nut pancake recipe may be (especially if you add chocolate chips).

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Grain Free Banana Pancakes

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Ingredients:
  • ½ ripe banana (may also use ½ cup unsweetened applesauce)
  • 1 pasture-raised egg
  • 1 tbsp. almond butter or sunflower seed butter
  • cinnamon, to taste
  • dark chocolate chips or Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips, optional

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Directions:

Whisk all ingredients in a small mixing bowl until batter like consistency is achieved. Cook over medium heat in 1 tsp. coconut oil or ghee. Flip when lightly browned on one side and cook until desired doneness is achieved. Consume (preferably with nitrate-free bacon or turkey bacon on the side, and optional extra smear of nut butter on top.

Boom.

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