Two yellow plantains and a pint of blueberries + a blender and a cast iron skillet = something delicious for breakfast! I’m calling it a blueberry pancake, even though that might confuse the search engines somewhat. No, it doesn’t look like the traditional form, but it has the taste and the texture of an indulgent breakfast blueberry pancake without any flour at all or eggs. And it really couldn’t be easier to make!
You do need a decent blender to make the batter properly. I have a basic Blendtec (yes, it was an investment, but since I use it almost every day, I really think it was worthwhile). I’m sure any other high speed blender or probably even a food processor would work as well. The other key requirement is a 10 inch cast iron skillet, preferably well seasoned so that the “pancake” pieces easily pop out for serving. I’m fortunate that I inherited mine from my paternal grandmother, but I know this is a good brand if you need to buy a new one.
I normally only buy very green plantains and make them into tostones. I keep them in the refrigerator in order to slow down the ripening, but had a couple get yellow last week when I was in Wisconsin for a few days to celebrate my maternal grandmother’s 90th birthday… allow me to digress for a moment in order to share a picture of the two of us at her party (thank you to Sift Gluten Free bakery in Minneapolis for creating three delicious and gorgeous cakes for everyone to enjoy). Isn’t she beautiful?
Plantains can be used at any stage of ripeness, but they will be very different in taste and texture. For this recipe, they should be completely yellow with maybe a few small black spots.
Don’t skip the lemon juice in this recipe – it is there both for flavor and also to provide acidity that activates the baking soda and gives the pancake a little lift.
I used coconut oil since that is what I had on hand and seemed like it would be a good flavor, but if you prefer to use palm shortening or even lard, feel free.
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Notes for healing diets
As far as I can tell, this recipe should be very low-FODMAP. It is also completely gluten free (it uses no flour at all, in fact) and egg-free, which means it is suitable for people on AIP and people who either have egg allergies or just want to eat vegan. Unfortunately for my friends who are on the Specific Carbohydrate Diet, while very ripe bananas are allowed, the official word is that plantains of any kind are illegal.
Oven Baked AIP Blueberry Pancake Recipe
- 2 yellow plantains
- zest and juice from 1 lemon
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons melted coconut oil (plus more to grease the skillet)
- 1 cup (about 6 ounces) fresh blueberries
- Preheat oven to 425° F.
- Lightly grease 10 inch cast iron skillet with coconut oil and set aside.
- In high speed blender, combine plantains, lemon zest and juice, baking soda, salt, and coconut oil until a uniform batter is formed.
- Poor batter into greased skillet (it will be thick, you will probably need a spatula and to do some scraping!).
- Sprinkle blueberries evenly over top.
- Place in oven and bake for 10-12 minutes, or until firm and top is lightly browned.
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