Paleo pancakes

While I do not follow a paleo diet, I do try to eat healthy whole foods most of the time.

Here is a recipe I adapted from a paleo recipe a friend gave me.  I'll make a whole batch of these, eat 2, then put the rest in the fridge to eat all week for breakfast.

10 dates – finely chopped
1 ripe plantain
2 ripe bananas
4 eggs
1 tbsp vanilla (or more)
1 tsp cinnamon (or more)
coconut oil (virgin and unrefined oil adds a nice coconut-y flavor)
fresh or frozen berries (blue, straw, rasp…whatever you like) - optional

Mush the finely chopped dates, plantain and bananas in a bowl using a potato masher or strong fork.

Add the eggs, vanilla and cinnamon.  Mix well.  Add berries if you like.  The batter is ready to use as is, but today I decided to use an immersion blender to get the lumps out and I was happy with the result.  Or just make the pancakes with lumpy batter; they really turn out ok no matter which way you go.

Heat coconut oil in a large frying pan.  If you are new to coconut oil, in the jar it is thick, like crisco, but melts when heated.  Make sure the oil covers the whole bottom of the pan and a little up the sides.  Since these pancakes have very little fat in them, they need extra oil so they don't stick (you'll have to add more oil to the pan with each batch of pancakes).  

Drop the batter into the pan making any pancake shape you like.  

Cook slowly over low heat.  

Enjoy as is or add a little pure maple syrup over the top.