Healing Banana Pancakes

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2016/04/18 by nikkiledford

Healing Banana Pancakes

If you haven’t jumped on the banana pancake train, you’re late.

Seriously, just mash some banana with some egg and nut butter and you have FANTASTIC healthy pancakes! It’s so easy! This week, I decided to step up my banana pancake strategy by adding in some gut and joint healing COLLAGEN.

Collagen is having its moment in the nutritional supplement spotlight these days.  My awareness of It started with Liz Wolfe recommending Great Lakes collagen on some (very old) episodes of the Balanced Bites podcast. Then we saw the rise of Bone Broth in the collective consciousness. So much so that there are take-out windows with warm bone broth as a health supportive stand-in for your morning cup a’ joe. Fast forward to today and there’s a handful of options including my favorite, Vital Proteins Collagen Peptides. A powdered collagen supplement, like bone broth, provides some essential building blocks for your bodily tissues. Especially connective tissue like joints, ligaments, and skin. Collagen is also a great support for your digestive tract, helping your cells regenerate and heal more quickly after acute nutritional insults or chronic gut inflammation.

Since I’m growing a human, which means more stress of my joints because of weight gain and looser ligament tissue due to hormones, and plagued with a history of less than optimal digestion, I try to incorporate collagen in my foods to help support my growing boy and all the demands on my body at present. Consider giving it a try! It’s way easier than toting around a thermos of bone broth all day.

Healing Banana Pancakes

2 eggs
2 bananas, mashed
1 heaping Tbsp. Collagen Peptides
dash of cinnamon
pinch of salt

  1. Blend all ingredients using a fork or blender.
  2. Heat a large flat skillet with some butter or coconut oil over medium heat.
  3. Once hot, drop batter in 1/4 c. amounts or smaller (easier to flip when smaller they should be larger than a silver dollar but smaller than the typical pancake)
  4. Serve with fresh fruit, maple syrup, coconut yogurt, hemp seeds, … pretty much any (preferably healthy) topping you like will work!
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