I have always been a fan of Hayden Quinn, ever since Masterchef, he is a local, his food and upbringing is similar to my own, I guess this happens when we both grew up on the beaches and no shame, he isn’t hideous on the eye. He is also a very approachable guy and always comments back to you on social media. His food is simple but delectable stuff, his pig on a spit is a paleo taste bud orgy and cavemen the world over would be unfreezing and unmummifying to get it into them – I can’t watch the video anymore – it is like food porn and the other tenants would be so pissed if I roasted a pig in my block of flats. (Attention JK parental units – this is what we are making for Xmas lunch this year – HERE.) But I digress, blame the pig.
Every day of the week I eat bacon, it is like paleo bread, not really but I have it for breakfast with spinach and eggs every morning, on Sundays I like to mix it up and do something different, quite regularly I cook my bacon, egg, tomato and herb muffin things – recipe HERE (it’s on the old site and looks horrible – need to update that one!) and for dinner I regularly make my brussel sprout, carrot and bacon mix up to have with a meat dish – recipe HERE.
I also do the omelette thing on Sundays but lately I have had a hankering for something completely different, I looked at a few coconut pancake recipes but most of them were very similar and I was not getting overly inspired – then Hayden posted his latest episode in his UNREFINED VIDEOS – that of BANANA AND COCONUT PROTEIN PANCAKES. Firstly, UNREFINED, it is a series of amazing food that Hayden cooks while doing something adventurous, and the recipes are amazing, and pretty much always only one step from paleo. Meals range from beer braised mussels, Asian crab and papaya salad (YUM), zucchini scrambled eggs and much more. They are fun recipe vids he packs in with adventure stuff like horse riding, mountain climbing and cliff jumping (#fthat). It is similar in style to, I suppose, when Jamie Oliver hits the road, but Hayden’s difference is he doesn’t get much more Northern Beaches of Australia into an Australian and it appeals to the Australian market – god knows why the U.S. isn’t picking him up for syndication!! They would lap it up.
Here is his video for BANANA AND COCONUT PROTEIN PANCAKES and here is the FULL RECIPE. Hayden loves his gym stuff so it uses protein in the mix, I don’t have any and didn’t want to buy any so thought it could work if I used bananas instead and then last minute found out I only had coconut cream in the pantry and no coconut milk – made the executive decision to use almond milk instead. Everything in Hayden’s recipe was paleo except the yoghurt to serve so this was going to be easy. I would serve it Canadian style, with crispy bacon, maple syrup and bloody spewing I threw out all of my Nanna’s Frozen Berries last week – this would have been ideal but made do with what I had and sliced black plums – also worked a treat.
They are fluffy and incredibly filling – I think we can put that down to the almond meal and then the almond milk – but O M F G – the combo together tastes so good it shouldn’t be healthy for you and it shouldn’t be considered a paleo meal, it should be a gluttonous treat!!
Enough babbling………..Hayden’s recipe is good enough as it is – but I do like to tinker and this is too good not to share 🙂
WHAT YOU NEED: (makes 8 thick pancakes – enough to serve 4 people)
3 bananas – peeled
1/2 cup coconut flour, sieved
1/2 cup almond meal, sieved
2 tsp baking powder
3 tbs coconut oil, melted
3/4 cup almond milk
1/2 tsp salt
grass-fed butter, for cooking (use coconut oil as alternative) – I actually made half of them using the last of my rendered bacon fat – I found these the best – I also think the grass-fed butter works better than the coconut oil – you could also use ghee?
4 full slices of middle bacon halved to make 8 slices for topping
the best maple syrup you can afford for topping
WHAT YOU NEED TO DO:
1) Get that oven to 200 degrees and place the bacon slices next to each other on baking paper – bake for 20mins – will be uber crispy at the end – rest on paper towel
2) Put all the dry ingredients into your food processor via a sieve and let it spin/ pulse its ass off
3) Add the bananas in pieces – I ripped them into quarters and dropped into the still spinning processor
4) Add the coconut oil, almond meal and eggs into the still spinning processor and leave for a good 20-30 secs. Take the lid off and check it is all mixed well. It will be quite gluggy. I then put it into a pouring jug – so much easier for pouring into the pan
5) Get your pan to medium high with some butter (or fat or oil) and then add two servings, they will turn out thick, it is not a runny pancake/ crepe mixture consistency. I know when to turn them by checking the edges, have they gone darker? Then get that spatula under them and gently flip them! No TV cheffing aiming for the roof in your pan wrist flip motion!!
6) I keep the cooked ones warm in a low oven until all done
7) Serve up by placing two pancakes on each plate stacked, add your slices of bacon, the sliced plums and drizzle maple syrup over the top
8) I dare you not to foodgasm!!!!
Again thanks to Hayden for this amazing recipe inspiration – people – do yourself a favour and follow his blog and videos – you can stalk him as I do here: Web, FB, Twitter, Instagram, Google+, YouTube