Wild Plantain Pancakes
Author: Abel James
Serves: 2 – 4
- 2 large green plantains (or slightly yellow*)
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tablespoon coconut oil, plus more as needed (or grass-fed butter)
- Sea salt
- Grass-fed butter or coconut oil
- Run a knife up the plantain peel lengthwise, and pry your fingers between the plantain and peel to separate the peel away. Remove and discard peel.
- Add 2 plantains and 2 eggs to the blender. Blend smooth, about 1 minute.
- Melt a tablespoon of coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat. Add dollops of pancake batter to the skillet, and cook until the top starts to dry and the edges brown, about 2 – 4 minutes. Flip pancakes, and continue to cook until lightly browned with crisp edges.
- If needed, add more coconut oil to the skillet between batches.
- Top with grass-fed butter or coconut oil, and sprinkle with sea salt. Serve with a side of scrambled eggs, bacon, and a green smoothie.
Green plantains are low in sugar and high in resistant starch, which feeds your good gut bacteria. Ripe plantains are high in sugar, so be sure to use them while they’re green or just starting to turn yellow. If you can’t find green plantains out and available at the grocery store, ask one of the employees and they may be able to find some in the back. It’s worth it!
If you listen to most health nuts, they’ll tell you to give up pancakes for good.
But I won’t.
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These babies are low-glycemic, moist, and surprisingly delicious considering they’re made of unconventional ingredients.
These pancakes are a favorite on the weekend… or any morning.
You die-hard pancake lovers won’t believe that this is good for you.
How Pancakes Can Heal Your Gut & Help Burn Fat (Not Sugar)
These pancakes are made from four simple ingredients: eggs, coconut oil, sea salt, and green plantains.
If you’ve been following The Wild Diet, you know that protein like eggs are an important building block for the body and that the coconut oil (fat) helps keep you in fat-burning mode—but the plantains?! Aren’t they a starch?
Not all starches are created equal. #ResistantStarch Click To Tweet
Starches are long chains of glucose found in grains (like wheat and rice), potatoes, pasta, bread, and corn.
When you eat mashed potatoes or a plate of noodles, for example, the glucose in that starch signals your brain to release insulin. Insulin’s job is to regulate blood sugar… but the problem is that insulin also tells your body to store fat.
That’s one of the major reasons to limit starches and stick to The Wild Diet Plate—full of low-starch veggies, protein, and fat.
However, some starches mosey right on through the digestive tract. They are resistant to digestion. Commonly referred to as resistant starch. And it’s awesome for fat-loss, and keeping all your gut bacteria happy.
Green plantain is a resistant starch that simply has an indigestible cell structure. So when you eat these pancakes, the green plantain goes to work in a number of ways:
- Improves gut health – reduces your risk for diseases like diabetes, colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel disease, diverticulitis, Crohn’s Disease, and obesity.
- Increases insulin sensitivity – reduces the amount of insulin released when you eat, thus reducing the amount of fat stored in your body.
- Heals leaky gut – promotes a healthy immune system and reduces low-grade chronic inflammation.
- Increases satiety– helps you feel fuller and thus consume fewer calories.
If you want to get the full rundown on how resistant starch helps you burn fat and feel amazing, check out this article.
In the meantime, try out these delicious, light and fluffy pancakes—they’re easier than the junky pancakes from a box and much healthier.
Before You Go…
Resistant starch, like that found in green plantains, along with raw green veggies are some of your good belly bugs all time favorite foods.
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