We're bringing pancakes back. Them other paleos don't know how to act. Yeah! It's time to butter up the griddle and get ready for a fat stack of breakfast comfort food with pancakes that have a paleo pedigree. I'm talking Plantain Flour from POW! It's loaded with subtle earthy sweetness and just the right texture to make for a tender bite on the plate perfect for a bit of butter and just a wee drizzle of real maple syrup. Now, wipe off that salivation starting to build up and get your paws on some of this plantain flour.
It's not enough to completely strike from our routines all those things that contain grains and legumes and such when following the paleo lifestyle. We have habits and cravings and foods that bring back levels of comfort that are hard to let go.
So let's talk about warm, comforting . . . pancakes. In times of stress and extreme crankiness, I have a friend who wants nothing more than pancakes. Big, fluffy, buttered up, sweet griddled pancakes. Sounds like heaven, right? Swallow that salivation and whip up your own grain-free stack of comfort food with this plantain flour from POW! Superfoods. All it takes is eggs and baking soda to get the bubbles activated and you'll be flipping flapjacks faster than you can check to see if the Kerrygold stash is intact.
That's not all this flour can do, of course. It is just the beginning. Let's talk real food. You'll be on your way to things like tortillas, batter coatings, and dozens more recipes. Adding this raw to your smoothies will also give you a super boost of prebiotics! It's also AIP friendly.
Resistant Starch: it's on everyone lips and almost all Paleo/ancestral nerd's brains. It's the kind of fiber that helps build good gut bacteria, which in turn create nutrients for us as they digest their food (that resistant starch). It's a beautiful circle. When using plantain flour, keeping it under 130 degrees will enable it to retain it's resistant starch properties (perfect to use in smoothies, sauces, puddings, etc.)
Plantains' typically yellow hue provides a hint to their vitamin content. There's beta-carotene in them thar fruits. In your body, beta-carotene converts to vitamin A, helping to maintain healthy tissue, support resilient skin and a functional immune system. Eating a medium plantain provides your body with 2,017 international units of vitamin A, corresponding to 86 percent of the recommended intake for women and 67 percent of the intake for men, according to the Linus Pauling Institute.
Vitamin C is very well-recognized as a "good thing" but also, still, a critical nutrient to keep tissue growth normal and protect against oxidation. Plantains, like many fruits, have ample Vitamin C. We're not saying that eating a bag of chips every day is a recommended way to prevent scurvy, but these Plantain Strips have Vitamin C as a side benefit to the great taste.
Let's start with the story up top: pancakes. Here's a recipe adapted from POW! themselves, pared down for pure simplicity. Fancy it up by including any of the optional ingredients, or none of them to get going as quickly as you can. You can find many more online, or just substitute this plantain flour 1:1 for nut flours in any of your tried and true paleo-fied recipes.
1 cup POW! Plantain Flour
1 tsp vanilla extract (optional)
1/4 tsp sea salt
3/4 tsp baking soda
1/2 cup coconut milk or water
3 Tbsp coconut oil or butter, melted (optional)
3 Tbs maple syrup or other natural sweetener (optional)
Place everything in a blender, blend and cook as any pancake. Top as you like: butter, maple syrup, raw honey, nut butter, go crazy!
For more ideas, and tips on how to use Plantain Flour instead of other flours, see the tips from POW! directly: http://powsuperfoods.com/blog/tips-tricks-for-baking-wpow-superfoods
"My personal journey starts 22 years as a vegetarian (now carnivore). I studied herbs and healing. Living in Hawaii, I thought my path was to be a naturopath. In 1999 my Mother was diagnosed with cancer and went the conventional route. It worked. When the cancer came back a few years later she wanted nothing to do hospitals and researched all ways to naturally heal. Together, with my sisters, we researched herbs to help her sooth her body and soul. I quickly became familiar with Nourishing Traditions, Clark, Budding, and many more. She was happy and living a very pure simple life. Unfortunately, we lost my loving Mother after 10 natural years of a good battle.
Again! Cancer was again around the corner. Too close to home when our 7 year old son was diagnosed with Leukemia. I was mad at how this little boy that wasn't fed preservatives, food coloring, and all the other cooties out there, could be dealt such a bad diagnosis. Our world as we know it turned upside down. Priorities that seemed important just weren't anymore. We grew closer as a family, spiritually, and we started our whole healing process. Today my son is healthy, happy, and strong!
My plantain flour journey starts the first time I tried plantain flour. It was my brother, who works research & development in the foodie industry, who shared with me plantain flour for the first time. I was amazed at how versatile and tasty this new flour was. When I researched the health benefits I couldn't believe that it wasn't on the shelves of my local health food store. I had never heard of this flour before. As I tried plantain flour biscuits, cookies, and pancakes I fell in love with plantain and wanted it as a regular kitchen pantry item stocked on my shelves. This started my mission to find a good quality plantain farm that could supply me with great tasting plantain flour. I wanted the plantain to be grown in rich mineral soils, so I was picky when approached by some companies. It was a long frustrating search as these cultures that harvest plantain from the tropical regions are not as "fast paced" and technology isn't at their fingertips like here in the US. I wanted to give up but it seemed every time I tried to give up another door would open. Well, this company was easier dreamed up than executed. It took me 2 years to find that farm! I am so happy to finally be doing business with the amazing people and farmers I knew I would find. They are the true heroes of POW!"