These banana and almond pancakes topped with fruit puree and berries from Heather Richards are just the stack you need this Pancake Day to take your traditional low glycemic pancakes to nutritious and blood sugar balancing. Also wonderful as a bedtime snack as the banana and almonds are full of tryptophan, which helps promote sleep.
Banana & Almond Pancakes – Recipe
Serves – 3 | Prep. Time – 5 minutes | Cooking Time – 5 minutes
WF GF DF
- 250g mashed banana
- 100g ground almonds
- 2 eggs
- 1 heaped tablespoon ground flax
- A generous shake of cinnamon –1 teaspoon
- ½ teaspoon baking powder
- Mash the banana
- Add all the other ingredients and mix well
- Place a generous tablespoon of the mixture on a hotplate at approx 150 degrees centigrade or cook in a frying pan with a little butter or coconut oil
- Flip halfway through cooking. They should be slightly browned on the outside but still nice and moist on the inside
- Be careful not to overcook as they dry out.
- Serve with berries, fruit compote and yoghurt (coconut yoghurt if required to be dairy-free)
Almonds – The Nutritional Facts:
- Almonds are a great source of easy to absorb calcium, vitamin E, manganese, biotin, and copper
- They also contain magnesium, molybdenum, riboflavin (vitamin B2) and phosphorus
- Almonds are a great source of heart-healthy monounsaturated fat
- Research has shown that including almonds along with a high glycemic index food significantly lowers the glycemic index of the meal and reduces the rise in blood sugar after eating. Reducing a surge in blood sugar helps protect against diabetes and cardiovascular disease and almonds also provide the antioxidants that mop up free radicals that result.
- Almonds are a great choice for protecting against high blood pressure and atherosclerosis as they contain the essential minerals, magnesium, and potassium. Magnesium causes the muscles to relax which reduces resistance resulting in a lowering of blood pressure and improves blood flow. In cardiovascular disease, a deficiency of magnesium is associated with heart attacks and can also cause free radical injury to the heart following an attack.
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