Banana Blueberry Pancakes | THM: E, GF, Low Fat

These Banana Blueberry Pancakes are a sweet way to start the day! So sweet, in fact, that you can’t even tell they’re made without sugar! They’re naturally sweetened through the use of super ripe bananas and blueberries that have been heated almost to bursting. 

I added a little Lakanto Golden Monkfruit Sweetener to my batter (or you can use xylitol 1:1, or Gentle Sweet in half the amount), and the result is a pancake sweet enough to eat hot off the griddle. No need to dress it up with sugar-free maple syrup for sweetness’ sake, but let’s be honest here: pancakes are meant to be doused! 

These Banana Blueberry Pancakes are also gluten-free if you use gluten-free oat flour. Don’t have oat flour? You can easily make it yourself by dumping gluten-free oatmeal in the blender and blitzing it into a powder. 

Speaking of blenders, the Banana Blueberry Pancake batter is entirely made up in one! That means a super smooth batter and very few dishes! Win-win. First puree your bananas, add all the other ingredients (except the blueberries) on top, give it a whirl until completely combined, and your batter is ready for frying.

After you pour your batter onto a hot, non-stick frying pan or griddle, sprinkle a few blueberries on the top of each pancake while the underside cooks. You can use fresh or frozen for this. Your pancake is ready for flipping when bubbles appear on the top and the edges begin to look dry. I recommend using medium heat (I set my burner to 5/10) for these so you don’t scorch the outsides before the middle is cooked. 

The recipe will yield a dozen, medium sized Banana Blueberry Pancakes. Trim Healthy Mama recommends limiting yourself to half a banana in an E meal, so that means you can have 2 pancakes per serving. You can make the whole batch and serve it to your family for breakfast, or freeze your leftover pancakes in an airtight container or bag with a piece of waxed paper between each one so they don’t stick together. They’re even better reheated in the toaster or microwave – a quick, make-ahead breakfast! 

Yield: 12 pancakes, 2 per serving

Banana Blueberry Pancakes | THM: E, GF, Low Fat

Banana Blueberry Pancakes | THM: E, GF, Low Fat

These pancakes are a delicious way to start a morning with energizing carbs! Banana and blueberry go so well together. There's so much natural sweetness in these pancakes, you may not even want to top it with sugar-free maple syrup. THM: E, GF, Low-Fat.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes

Ingredients

  • 3 bananas, peeled
  • 2 egg whites (1/4 cup)
  • 1 cup unsweetened almond or cashew milk
  • 1/3 cup 0% fat Greek yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 1/2 cups oat flour
  • 2 Tbsp xylitol or Lakanto 1:1 Classic Monkfruit Sugar Substitute (OR use Gentle Sweet in half the amount)
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp mineral salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 cups fresh or frozen blueberries

Instructions

  1. Add bananas to a blender. Puree until smooth. Add in egg whites, nut milk, yogurt, vanilla, oat flour, sweetener, baking powder, and salt. Blend until completely combined.
  2. Pour batter by 1/4 cupfuls onto a lightly oiled hot griddle or frying pan. Sprinkle each pancake with several blueberries (if using frozen blueberries, do not thaw). Flip when bubbles form on top and edges begin to look dry. Cook until the second side is golden brown. Serve with sugar-free syrup if desired.

Notes

Notes: You can freeze cooled pancakes between layers of waxed paper in a resealable plastic freezer bag.

Looking for more Trim Healthy Mama pancake recipes? We love these ones, too!

French Toast Wraps (S)

Cinnamon Protein Pancakes (E)

Apple Flapjacks (E)

Best Low Carb Pancakes (S) 

5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies | THM: E

A Trim Healthy Mama E cookie that tastes like more?!

Yes!

These 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies (well, six ingredients if you count the pinch of salt 😉 ) contain almost no fat, no gluten, no dairy, no eggs, and no special ingredients, but they are perfectly sweet and chewy little gems that kids and adults alike love!

Defatted peanut flour (one of my favorite sources of protein because I love peanut butter flavored everything!), is an excellent source of protein in this recipe, along with the protein you find in the rolled oats.

Trim Healthy Mama’s Defatted Peanut Flour

An energizing snack or breakfast, you can also pair these 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies with almond milk, 0% fat Greek yogurt, low fat kefir, or an E friendly shake for even more protein if you’d like.

You definitely want ripe bananas for this recipe, since no other sweetener is called for. The riper, the better: when the yellow peel is completely speckled with brown spots, you have exactly what you’re looking for!

My 5 year-old daughter calls these “banana muffin cookies.” They taste so much like banana bread or muffins, but instead of being a Crossover with fat from eggs and oil, these cookies are energizing E snacks that only take 5 ingredients to make, and 5 minutes to prepare!

If do you want a Crossover (a great option for kids lunches!), these 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies are also amazing with sugar-free chocolate chips, or chopped 85% chocolate, chopped walnuts, or shredded coconut. Just be sure to keep your add-ins to 1/4 cup or less; any more than that and your cookies won’t hold together very well.

Yield: 4 servings

5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies | THM: E

5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies | THM: E

These 5-Ingredient Peanut Butter Banana Oatmeal Cookies are a deliciously chewy and sweet Trim Healthy Mama E snack or breakfast! They contain no eggs, gluten, dairy, or special ingredients.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 ripe bananas, mashed
  • 1 cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • 1/4 cup defatted peanut flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • pinch of mineral salt

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350 F. Lightly greases a cookie sheet.
  2. Stir mashed bananas, oats, peanut flour, cinnamon, vanilla extract, and mineral salt together. The texture should be similar to wet cookie dough, so you may need a little more or fewer oats, depending on the size of the bananas you used.
  3. Scoop 12 spoonfuls of dough onto prepared cookie sheet. Bake for 15 minutes. Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer.

Berry Banana Baobab Smoothie | THM: E

This Berry Banana Baobab Smoothie has been a saving grace this pregnancy!

One of the suggestions my midwife gave me for combating morning sickness (er, all day sickness!) was to increase my Vitamin B6 intake. Until then, I hadn’t purchased or used any baobab powder, simply because it wasn’t something I could find locally.

At least, I didn’t think I could find it locally until I discovered it accidentally at S & H Health Foods (that’s for you, Canadians)! Baobab is very high in both Vitamin B6 and Vitamin C – the vitamin that helps you absorb iron properly – something else I had very low levels of.

Baobab Boost Powder – $13.99

Baobab is also extremely high in fiber and has a pleasant, slightly citrus flavor. You only need a very small amount to reap its benefits, so adding just a teaspoon or two a day to your diet has measurable benefits.

S meals were guaranteed to make me sick earlier in this pregnancy, so I first experimented with baobab by adding it to E smoothies. This Berry Banana Baobab Smoothie is my favorite combination. It’s full of nutrients, fruity and refreshing.

When my bananas are nearly brown (but not mushy), I peel and cut them in half, and freeze the chunks. Freezing them at their peak level of sweetness does two things:

  • it eliminates the need for a sweetener
  • keeps your smoothie cold without needing to add ice

The goal of Northern Nester is to serve up Trim Healthy Mama-friendly recipes that are free from special ingredients, so in some ways, this one is kind of out of place here. I consider baobab to be a “special ingredient” since its not readily available everywhere, but you can leave it out, too. A Berry Banana Smoothie is equally delicious and a great way to enjoy healthy carbs!

Yield: 1 serving

Berry Banana Baobab Smoothie | THM: E

Berry Banana Baobab Smoothie | THM: E

This fruity smoothie is a delicious way to enjoy a Trim Healthy Mama E meal or snack! Fresh, energizing, and super easy to make.

Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 frozen, very ripe banana
  • 1 cup frozen berries (I've used strawberries, red and black raspberries, or a mix)
  • 1 cup low-fat (1%) kefir
  • 1/2 cup almond or cashew milk
  • 1 tbsp collagen
  • 1-2 tsp baobab powder
  • optional: on-plan sweetener to taste

Instructions

  1. Add all ingredients to the blender and blend until smooth. Pour into a glass and enjoy immediately.