These cassava and green banana flour pancakes are a weekend special for us and the kids love them!
We were fortunate to discover both the green banana flour and the cassava flour when we were living in Ubud, Bali.
We discovered it at our local health food store, which makes sense as both cassava and bananas grow plentifully in Bali.
I must admit up to that point of discovery, I had never heard of either cassava or green banana as a flour. But I am so glad that we did!
What Are Some Banana Flour Benefits?
Green banana flour is definitely becoming a trending ingredient amongst the health community, and for good reason.
Banana flour is made by peeling, slicing and dehydrating green bananas, then they get milled to form the flour. This super ingredient can be used for anything from baking cakes and cookies to a nutritious thickening agent in your morning smoothie.
Here are 4 reasons to add green banana flour to your pantry
- It is Rich in Fiber – Banana flour contains a prebiotic fiber. Prebiotics are your guts best friend, they act as a fertilizer for the good gut bacteria. They help your gut flora work better and thrive. Thus, banana flour is great for anyone suffering from gut issues.
- A Powerhouse of Nutrients – It is rich in vitamins and minerals. Some of which include including zinc, vitamin E, magnesium, and manganese, and of course potassium. The flour is so concentrated that just 2 tablespoons contain the same amount of nutrients as 7 whole bananas! Besides being a great food for your gut, banana flour is able to lower cholesterol, aid in heart health, as well as nerve and muscle activity.
- High in Resistant Starch – This is a vital starch in promoting gut health. It also increases faecal bulking which promotes colon health and also acts as a re-hydrating agent for those suffering from diarrhea.
- Gluten Free – Ideal for anyone suffering from gluten intolerance. This banana flour is great since it behaves in a very similar way to wheat flour, making it an ideal replacement in wheat containing recipes.
One of the main reasons for all the healing properties in green banana flour is the fact that it is high in resistant starch. We discuss this more in depth in our article What is Resistant Starch (and why you should care).
Resistant starch is only present in raw green banana. A type of starch that isn’t fully broken down in the small intestine, but instead gets fermented in the large intestine and produces short-chain fatty acid.
These fatty acids are known to provide a whole host of benefits such as inhibiting the growth of pathogenic bacteria, promoting colon health, increasing nutrient circulation.
With that being said here is our gluten-free, gut-friendly Green Banana Flour Pancake recipe that everyone will find tasty.
MAKES: 12 Large Pancakes (Great Family Size Recipe)Print
- 3 cups filtered water (or 2 1/2 cups if you like your pancakes thicker)
- 2 cups Cassava Flour
- 1 cup Green Banana Flour
- 3 Whole Eggs
- 1/4 cup xylitol or erythritol
- 1/2 tsp vanilla powder
- 1/4 tsp pink himalayan salt
- 1 tsp baking soda
- Add water first to a blender and then add all other ingredients. Blend until smooth texture.
- Add a teaspoon of coconut oil or ghee to a fry pan and wait until pan is at medium heat.
- Pour desired amount of pancake mixture into fry pan and flip over once bubbles appear all over the top. Cook until golden brown.
- Serve plain with organic grass-fed butter or something sweet. We like fresh strawberries/blueberries or raw honey.
All ingredients used in this recipe are organic and gluten-free. Try adding cooked mashed pumpkin for a more savoury flavour. Great way to get your kids to eat extra veggies!
These cassava and green banana flour pancakes are high protein, high fibre, low sugar and a great source of resistant starch! Read more about the benefits of resistant starch here.
Cassava Flour is our new favourite gluten-free flour! It can be used in many different ways. Another favourite of ours is home-made Mexican tortillas using Cassava Flour.
We hope you love this recipe as much as we do!