Thursday, July 12, 2012


This post is dedicated to Oma who inspired a trial run of what has become a new favorite.
Thanks Oma!!! 

   SCD, GAPS, and Paleo friendly!
Mmmmm...  Beachcakes!
In early June we went to the beach with friends who were previously on the GAPS diet to heal a milk allergy for one of the kids.  This is a fab mom friend of mine who has been the source of many inspirational recipes to try and while we were at the beach she was making banana and egg pancakes.

Hm.  My brain didn't know what to do with that combination.  After all, the only two ingredients she was using were bananas and eggs.  "A little yuck" was what my brain decided, although I did take note of the four year old happily wolfing them down every morning.

Fast forward a couple of weeks and I was cooking for Oma who was (keyword here is was - huzzah!) really struggling with digestive issues.  To help her I whipped out all my best intro-style recipes, the foods which are very healing and easiest to digest:  homemade broth, butternut squash soup, boiled/broiled meats, etc..

Well, one morning after the worst seemed to be behind us but Oma was not yet ready for Opa's famous breakfasts (English muffins, pancakes, french toast, etc.) she seemed to need a little something besides one more cup of broth.  I wanted to make our favorite pancakes but I didn't think her digestive system would appreciate the coconut flour.

Then I had an "aha" moment and remembered the egg and banana concoction from the beach and I figured it was worth a try.  The ingredients were simple and easy to digest.

NOTE:  Although bananas are not on the earliest stages of GAPS intro they are on the earliest stages of SCD intro.  

So I mixed it up in a 1 banana : 2 eggs ratio.  Using a potato masher (one of many alternative uses for an old potato masher) I mashed a couple of bananas into a mixing bowl.  Then I added eggs and vanilla and mixed it well.

I put the griddle on the stovetop and melted some butter and pan-fried my first beachcake.  It was fantastic.  It had even browned up and looked like a real pancake.

I sometimes like to sprinkle a little sea salt on top of a beachcake but mostly I stick a big fat wedge of butter on top of every beachcake as I build a layer of 4-6.  They swim in the butter and I am one happy Mama.  Both of my girls are happily eating more butter and eggs than ever before, cleaning all the butter off their plates by sopping it up with the beachcakes!

The beachcakes are SCD / GAPS / Paleo friendly and if you eat them and then go do an hour's worth of ab crunches...  well, maybe it'll work better for your abs than mine but they are ridiculously yummy and my kids, who have been on a scrambled eggs strike for awhile, are now again happily eating eggs every morning.

Beachcakes (serves 4) 
4-5 bananas (depending on size - if they are huge I use 4, if small I use 5)
12 eggs
1 Tbsp vanilla

Mash bananas
Add eggs and vanilla
Stir well
Pan fry in butter, lard, or coconut oil
Serve with butter, berries, melon, bacon or perhaps just a sprinkle of Celtic Sea Salt.