gluten free paleo sweet potato banana pancake

My husband’s friend and his wife are on the Paleo diet (also known as the caveman diet, for anyone who is already lost). Basically, they don’t eat grains, legumes, dairy and refined sugars. I find it totally interesting and whenever I see recipes for Paleo stuff my interest is usually piqued. Major problem? Everyone knows I’m a sugar freak.

Anyway, the other day Jess (the wife for those keeping track) put a picture up on Instagram of sweet potato banana waffles. Um, yes please was my immediate reaction. I love all of those things.

So I tried it. And while two attempts at waffles were seriously charred and inedible, I emerged triumphant with a batch of sweet potato banana pancakes.

gluten free paleo sweet potato banana pancakeIt may not be the prettiest thing you’ve ever seen, but this guy was seriously delicious. And seriously easy to make (says the girl with batter burnt onto her waffle iron).

I only used three ingredients (ok, four if you count the coconut oil I coated the pan in) and it took less than 10 minutes. Here’s what you’ll need:

banana sweet potato pancakes

  • 1 sweet potato
  • 1 banana
  • A splash of almond milk

I used a super ripe banana because they’re nice and sweet and super easy to mash. To mash the sweet potato I poked a few holes in it and put it in the microwave for 5 minutes. Once it cooled a little I took off the skin, threw it in a bowl with the banana and mashed away.

mashed banana and sweet potatoSince my mixture was really thick I used a little bit of almond milk to thin it out and make it more batter like. Next, I put a little coconut oil in my pan and put it on medium before scooping out a spoonful of batter. I’m completely coconut oil obsessed at the moment but if you’re not worried about being Paleo friendly and you don’t have any coconut oil, you can coat your pan in whatever you normally would to make pancakes.

When they were cooked to my liking I drizzled a little honey on top. Did I mention that it was seriously delicious? Even Ellie thought so.

cool it downShe took her time letting it cool. Apparently, your lips don’t need to be anywhere near your food while you’re blowing to cool it down. According to Ellie, your fork can totally be at your belly button while you blow on it and all will be right in the world.

taste testOnce she tasted it, I waited for the reaction. She looked at me, furrowed her brows a little and said “Ooooooh, ‘licious!” before going in for another bite.

There you have it, friends. These pancakes are officially Ellie approved.

If you’re interested in checking out some Paleo recipes, you should totally check out She’s got tons of delicious looking recipes, she’s funny, and she’s not a super strict food nazi who will look down on your for going astray. My kind of girl.

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Written by Jennifer Garry
Jen is a freelance writer and girl mom from New York. When she's not knee-deep in glittery crafts and girl talk, you can probably find her sprawled across her couch in the middle of a Netflix marathon with dark chocolate smeared on her face. The struggle is real.