3 Ingredient Paleo Pancakes (+ Breakfast Ideas)

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Since I started blogging about my Paleo recipes, I have received questions from many of you. One of the main questions I hear quite often – What are you eating for breakfast besides eggs?  This is a great question and one that I struggled to answer for a while because… well, I was honestly struggling with what to make for breakfast.

When I first started eating this way, I would on a regular basis scramble eggs with veggies or make an omelet. But, of course, over time that got really, really, really old!  And I finally had to use google to my advantage to see what creative (and frugal!) Paleo-friendly breakfast ideas I could find. So for the past month, I have really started making a point to change-up what we have for breakfast… and it has actually been fun experimenting.

Here are a few of my favorite breakfast concoctions:

* Mixed Nuts (sometimes I add shredded coconut) and berries with almond milk
You can see a picture of what this looks like at the bottom of this recipe post.

* Squash or Sweet potato Hash with veggies and sometimes bacon or eggs
Similar to this recipe.

* Leftovers from dinner the night before
I know this may sound weird to some of you, but occasionally in the morning dinner actually sounds good to me. Last week, for example, I made meatloaf patties with sweet potato and cauliflower “mashed potatoes” (recipe to come) and I ate a huge helping the next morning for breakfast. Yum! πŸ™‚

* Simple Paleo-Friendly Pancakes

Have I peaked your curiosity regarding these simple and did I mention scrumptious Paleo pancakes? Well, good! I’ll be sharing this super simple pancake recipe below. And the credit for this recipe goes to Mark’s Daily Applethank you! Once I saw that this pancake recipe required just 3 ingredients (and 3 ingredients I already had on hand), I knew I had to try it and I am so glad I did!

3 Ingredient Paleo Pancakes (makes about 4 to 5 pancakes)

2 ripe bananas
1 egg
1 to 2 tablespoons of almond butter (you could probably use other nut butters in place of this)

Optional ingredients:
Vanilla Extract (or other flavoring extracts)
Chocolate Chips (I made a few for the kiddos one morning and added these!)
Cacao Powder

Mash the bananas in a bowl. Add the egg and almond butter. Mix until combined. I also opted to add cinnamon and a little vanilla extract. Heat coconut oil (or whatever you have on hand) in a frying pan over medium heat. Once hot, I used a 1/4 cup measuring cup to pour each pancake onto the frying pan.

Once you start seeing holes and bubbles on the pancakes (like the pic below), they are ready to flip.

Keep in mind that these pancakes are on the delicate side since they have no flour in them, so take your time when flipping them and use a good spatula. These pancakes are actually really good plain… but there are also lots of various topping you could put on them. Just get creative! Blended blueberries with a little Stevia make for a sweet and oh so delicious topping.

If you have any other healthy breakfast ideas, I’d love to hear! πŸ™‚

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  1. Chrisb

    Oooooh, yum!

  2. Kim

    Looks good to me!

    • Monica

      BTW your pancakes look delish!

  3. Megan

    Those look delicious! I love pancakes and I usually make cottage cheese pancakes for the protein (they are just eggs, cottage cheese, and whole wheat flour), but I will have to give these a try. Thanks!

  4. Tammy

    How many 1/4 cup pancakes does this recipe make? Looks yummy!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      About 4 to 5. πŸ™‚

      • Tammy


  5. lynn

    wow collin you really are branching out there and now getting all domestic on us. I love your site and you inspire me to try new things!

  6. Gail M

    This has nothing to do with your recipe but thanks for sharing about the Irish Spring sweepstakes, I just won a $25 Am Ex gift card- yippee!!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yay! That’s awesome! Congrats! πŸ˜€

  7. brigit

    Weird question…does coconut oil have a strong coconut smell or taste? I have never tried it but am considering. I love coconut but not everyone in my home does. Thanks:)

    • Mara @ Super Savings

      Brigit, it seems like it varies by brand from what I hear. We use LouAna (because it’s the only kind in our store when I last checked), and I don’t notice ANY taste or smell…..but my mom has mentioned that she enjoys the slight “coconutty” taste it gives to their food, and she uses a different brand (sorry, don’t remember which).

      ~ Mara

    • Roxy

      Yes, brigit. It does, but it’s very pleasant. You can definitely taste it in most foods. Give it a try and who knows maybe your family will like it too πŸ˜‰

    • Laura

      No, absolutely not. Myhusband despises coconut and he doesn’t even notice when I use coconut oil.

    • Anna

      Im on strict diet so I use very little of it but I cooked small steak and chicken with it. I couldn’t really taste or smell it after I cooked it. It maybe different when it’s used more.

    • Charlene

      I use it to pop popcorn and I cannot taste a coconut aftertaste, however, it is a tasty oil to use with the popcorn. All that’s needed is a little bit of Kosher salt!

      • brigit

        Thank you everyone!!

    • Marisol

      Refined and deodorized coconut oils do not smell or taste like coconut (like LouAnns), on the other hand virgin coconut oil both smells and leaves a coconutty taste in the foods. In our home we only use coconut and olive oil.

  8. mj

    omg this is fantastic……yumm…thank U Collin 4 posting this,,,,wow
    I think plantein works the same way…….

  9. April M.

    Those look so good-Once Again is a great brand! I will have to try these this weekend.

  10. Chandra

    Mmmm those look great!
    Once I am done with my 10 day juice fast, I’ve decided I’m going to eat Paleo. I was inspired by your delicious recipes you’ve posted and I want to continue living and eating healthfully.
    Thank you Collin for inspiring me!!

  11. mj

    def got to try that
    I love bananas ….and everything bananas …and I think bananas love me 2 …lol

  12. Ann

    Agoo just posted a new 80% off 100 dollars using FINALSALE. Just wanted to let you know. I am still waiting for my order from Feb. 3… hopefully I’ll have it in a few more days!!! I’m sure it will be worth my wait!

    • Sallie

      If you buy from Agoo, don’t try to use a free shipping code. Another Hipster said they processed her order but refused to send it until she paid an additional $16 for shipping. They also refused to cancel her order. I ordered a puddle jacket and pants. They only sent the jacket and used the rest of my payment to cover shipping costs. I was told by email that, considering the amazing deal I got on the jacket, I should be happy that they sent it instead of cancelling my order. πŸ™

  13. growingupnatural

    Holy smokes those look amazing!!!

  14. machelle

    yum! I have been eating eggs with bacon, sauteed veggies, topped with avacado this week, so maybe next week will be the berries and nuts in almond milk! Thanks for the delish ideas!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Sounds good. I LOVE topping my eggs ( and well really anything) with avocados! πŸ™‚

    • Rachael

      My Favorite omelet is mushroom avocado topped with tomatoes and a little jack cheese. SUPER YUMMY!

  15. rachel

    in the past 2 weeks i started cooking gluten free for a family member, is the paleo diet essentially gluten free?

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Yep… sure is! πŸ™‚

      • rachel

        wow, i shouldnt have been ignoring your paleo posts afterall. πŸ™‚ thanks for the paleo stuff!

    • GWEN

      Paleo in a nutshell is eating Meats, Veggies, little Fruit and Nuts and good quality Fats. πŸ˜€

    • mommyspendsless

      If you’re new to GF cooking/baking, be careful – gluten is very tricky. It’s in a lot of foods that you wouldn’t suspect had wheat products in them and it hides under a variety of names.

  16. mel

    No way, these pancakes look awesome – Collin you are quite the cook!! I’m making these as soon as I buy some almond butter, these look soooo good!!!!!!!!!

  17. Rachel

    Can’t wait to try these! I love bananas & walnuts, so I might try adding some walnuts to the mix too!

    • Rachel

      Can you use raw almond butter for this?

      • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

        Yep! πŸ™‚

        • Rachel

          Great! Thank you! Sent hubby to the store for me & that’s what he brought back! πŸ™‚

  18. Rachael

    Okay my husband made these a couple weeks ago and he never lets bananas ripen so the pancakes were slightly bitter but that was my only complaint. I am very positive with ripe bananas they would be really tasty! He added fresh blueberries and chopped walnuts to them while they were cooking and that helped some. He also used honey to top them with which was really good.

    At our Costco they had the 26oz jars of MaraNatha Almond butter for 5.99 so if anyone is looking for some at a decent price I would suggest starting there.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Ya… I have to agree. Ripe bananas make all the difference!

  19. Inga Foksha

    Can you use regular butter??

    • GWEN

      yup real butter! forget about that nasty margarine, blegh

  20. Anna

    Those look great, I will try them this weekend. Maybe I will let my 9-month old try them too.

    I’m trying to decide if it’s worth it for me to buy organic products though. Part of me thinks it’s a great idea, part of me thinks it’s a scam πŸ˜›

    • Jana

      Well, coming from a farm family that has multiple degrees in food science and having a husband that’s studied food and different means of agricultural all over the world I can say with all certainty “organic” is a complete scam. If one wants to eat organic then I say go for it! I’m just not willing to pay more for my food when I know it’s not better for my family. πŸ™‚

      On another note. Thanks for these recipes, Collin! My husband bought some books on the Paleo diet about a year ago. I scammed over them a little but thought it was a little too “Adkin’s” diety for my taste. πŸ™‚ Now, I think I’ll get them back out and try out some of the recipes! πŸ™‚

      • Kelly

        I would be interested to hear more from your point of view. I am trying to be careful not to expose myself to a ton of toxins and lately have also been buying free-range chicken and grass fed beef. I have been eating a ton of fresh vegetables and fruit lately, and I just can’t afford to buy them organicly grown. I do my best to really rinse and drain them, but am hoping that I am not counteracting the health benefits

        • lilu

          Organic doesn’t mean ‘no pesticide’. It can mean no synthetic pesticide. I agree with Jana that organic is a scam.
          I don’t know that it is possible to have the yields that organic farmers need to make a living and not use pesticide. I’d be interested to find out more on that.
          Great recipe by the way! I don’t diet, am just on a breakfast kick and looking for simple and fresh ideas! These were great!

        • Laurie

          If you cannot afford organic fruits and veggies at least get some real apple cider vinegar such as Braggs and “wash” your produce by putting the veggies in a big bowl of water and add a little vinegar. This will help remove some of the bad stuff that is on the outside of the food.

          • Laurie

            I should have added, soak the veggies for a half hour or so and then rinse pat dry and refrigerate.

  21. Tilla R Ham

    can you not eat potatoes on the paleo diet?

  22. Sheyanne

    I am not eating a paleo diet but am a Celiac and am definitely going to be trying this…what an easy and perfect recipe for breakfast when I can’t have “normal” pancakes. I will be trying this one for sure!

  23. Joy

    Collin- could you please, pretty please put all your delicious Paleo recipes and Paleo related entries in a link from your website so I could easily find them all. You have totally inspired me to make a major change in my diet and it would be so much easier to find all the Paleo info in one location instead of paging back, paging back, paging back. πŸ™‚ thank you so much for all the inspiration!

    • Jenny

      Click the cooking with Collin link and you should be able to find them all

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Hi Joy!

      If you click on the Orange β€œView All Categories” button on the upper right, you can then select β€œCooking with Collin” and view all of the recipes. And here’s the link to all of them so far…


      Enjoy! πŸ˜€

      • Joy

        yea! thank you so much!

  24. Sara

    Rice pancakes are really good. Wild rice adds a nutty flavor and makes them very wholesome and hearty. They keep those mid morning hunger pangs away for marathons, etc. Just bring the wild rice to a boil and add to any pancake recipe.

  25. Sara

    And…Collin Im definitely trying your recipe. It looks absolutely delicious.

  26. Heather

    When it gets warmer you could make smoothies with almond or coconut milk – adding frozen banana (makes it creamy!), and any combo of frozen fruit, and tons of fresh baby spinach- optional stuff to add – stevia, cocoa powder, pure vanilla extract, nut butter, chia seeds, flax seeds – breakfast in a cup! I also like to add a pinch of xanthan gum (a gluten free product) by Bob’s Red Mill to make them extra thick!

  27. Jenny

    OMG. I am so going to make these for dinner. Just finished making dinner for my family and was trying to think about what I should have. Collin you are the greatest. These days I am more excited about your paleo recipes posts than your coupon posts. Thank you so much for encouraging me to change my eating habits and gain control of my life. If it wasn’t for you I would still be eating junk. Can’t wait for more recipes

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      Thanks for taking the time to comment. I am so glad to hear you are finding these recipes helpful. πŸ™‚

  28. Melissa

    I didn’t know what Paleo was until you started these posts. I’m soooo ridiculously busy w/ my 5 kids. I know that my 3 little 1’s would like a lot of these recipes, BUT, my teen and tween would beat me out of the kitchen;p. I would like to try the pancakes. That’s right up the little 1’s alley and quick and easy. Thanks!

  29. Ashley

    Awesome! I’ll be trying these and your Cauliflower Jambalaya to sneak some nutrition into my picky toddler’s diet!

    • Ashley

      ALSO…do you have a Yonana maker? I won one off of Dr. Oz’s Christmas giveaway that you posted about and we love it! Basically, it makes soft serve ‘ice cream’ from bananas. I bet your kiddos would love it!

      • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

        Oh my that sounds amazing! I’ll have to go check on Amazon to see how much they are. I have actually never heard of a Yonana Maker?

        • Alex

          I just use my food processor to blend the frozen bananas. It is easiest if the bananas have only been in the freezer for a few hours. You can also add some coconut milk to help them puree. It definitely gives me my “ice cream” fix πŸ™‚

          • Ashley

            Ha! That might have the same effect for less cost ;p Either way, my picky little gal decided it was okay to eat a ton of it even after she was turned off by how loud it was to make the stuff.

        • Ashley

          I really like it because I give my daughter 1/2 a banana for lunch, and then instead of scarfing down the rest, I just throw it in the freezer. A couple nights a week she’s ‘treated’ to banana ice cream πŸ™‚

        • Heather

          I got one for Christmas and it is awesome -you can can add in any other frozen fruit with the bananas for delicious banana ice-cream. For years, I had been visiting this place down at our Shore when we were on vacation called the Bashful Banana where they serve banana “ice-cream” They use a commerical juicer which is rather expensive – so the Yonanas maker was an afforable alternative. Now if I could just get their recipe for their all fruit “hot fudge” sauce………

          • Kathy

            I won the Yonana Maker from Dr Oz also, and just love it. You can add any frozen fruit with the banana to give it different flavors – o far, I have done banana/strawberry, banana/mango, banana/raspberries, and even banana and dark chocolate – they are all great, and everyone loves it. I have even take the “banana” ice cream and put it between two cookies and made ice cream sandwiches. No need to add any sugar or anything – just make sure the bananas are really ripe before you freeze them – they provide the sweetness you need.

  30. Amy

    The pear dressing was a big hit (the kiddos came home and raved about their lunch salads!) and these pancakes look fabulous! Thanks for sharing, you’ve totally helped add more variety to our Primal diet! We’ve started making green monster smoothies (thanks to iowa girl eats!) for breakfast too!

  31. Lori

    You can also use Coconut flour to make Paleo Pancakes.

  32. jamie

    WOW, I was just searching for almond flour pancake recipes! I wonder if I could use it in place of the almond butter? Hmm.. Anyway, thank you again for posting all these awesome recipes, Collin. You rock!!! Can I ask how your hubby feels about the diet? My husband is deployed so I can experiment all I want but I don’t think he’d be willing to give up his regular pancakes ; )

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      He has actually been great… surprisingly! He has been brave enough to try most of my creations… now has he liked all of them? Well, that’s a different story! πŸ˜‰ He is, though, super supportive of my new adventures in the kitchen. He also has seen such a positive change in me, so I think seeing that really motivates him.

      Now when he’s out running errands by himself sometimes his car takes him to some sort of drive through. That darn car! πŸ˜‰

      • Rachael

        Jamie I can tell you that these pancakes are very similar in texture to a regular moist pancake. I was actually surprised with how well they turn out. When your hubby gets home try these and see if he can tell a difference.

    • Carly

      I usually make mine with 1 egg, 1 banana and 1 tbsp almond flour and those are yummy, but I will be trying your recipe tomorrow, Collin! Also love to add cinnamon & a bit of shredded coconut & berries! So good!

  33. Kristen

    My sister introduced me to http://www.stevesoriginal.com where you can order paleo friendly “cereal” and really delicious beef and chicken jerky. I wonder if they would do a deal for Hip2Savers? Thanks for the recipe!

  34. dustbusterhip

    I bought turnips for the first time and tried the diced baked turnips with coconut oil and we loved them. They were delicious. Keep the recipes coming. Thank you.

  35. jai

    Collin, I was just wondering if you have seen results with the Paleo way and if you might share what they were. My family has had food allergies and we’ve tried many different ways of eating. I’ve also been so interested in it, just wanted to hear your thoughts if you have time. Thanks!

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      I have NOT seen results, but felt results (if that makes sense). I am not doing this for weight loss, so I haven’t stepped on a scale. But in terms of my energy being up and the fact that I am sleeping better… well, I’d say I am feeling the results! I also have been dealing with digestion issues for a long time and eating this way has cleared most of those issues up. It’s pretty amazing what eating healthy, whole foods can do for your body. πŸ™‚

      • jai

        Thanks so much for sharing. It’s so cool that you are feeling great. I think the body has an amazing capability to correct issues when we give it proper nutrition and take away the not so great for us foods. Thanks for posting recipes. Appreciate all you do! Best to you! πŸ™‚

      • Deb

        I’m a vegetarian and had overdone it over the holidays-we traveled a great deal & I enjoyed everything that was put in front of me.
        Reality set in a few weeks ago.
        I started South Beach-it was designed by a heart surgeon so everything is heart-healthy. Yiu drop the weight very rapidly-and the more you throw in some exercise, the lighter you’ll get! πŸ™‚
        I’ve already lost the weight I needed. You can drop 5 lbs a week-it’s a breeze! The scale doesn’t lie πŸ™‚

  36. Sarah

    Can someone explain to me the use of coconut oil by lots of people lately? Whatever I look up about it doesn’t seem so good as far as sat. fat (high) and low in monosaturated fat (which is supposed to be the good stuff)…I want to know what I am missing.

  37. Kay

    Thanks for all these recipes and inspiration. I started paleo after reading your second post about it. I never actually heard of this diet before until your posted it. So far going well. Made these for dinner right away! I love bananas and this was perfect and it’s was so sweet YUM!!! My batter looked just like yours, but didn’t get fluffy pancake as yours though. Any advice?

    I really want to try Banana French Toast from here https://paleomg.com/banana-bread-french-toast/ Thought you would like it too!

    There’s another recipe for a little treat https://paleomg.com/sweet-potato-brownies/

    Keep the recipes coming!!!!

  38. Andrea

    Collin, what stores/websites are you purchasing your Paleo-friendly ingredients? Our local Walmart & Kroger do not have good supplies. I am looking for a good website to order from that is also budget friendly.

    • Collin (Mrs. Hip)

      I mainly order from Amazon, but sometimes I’ll order from Vitacost (as their prices will occasionally beat Amazon prices). I also have a local health food store near by and have had lots of luck finding various items at Fred Meyer.

  39. campanita

    Ya me dio hambre, it looks really good!

  40. The Frugal Free Gal

    I like wheat toast with almond butter, drizzled natural honey, and wheat germ on top! πŸ™‚

  41. Jan

    Hi Collin. Made this recipe tonight. It made 4 nice-size pancakes. Need only a little oil in pan. Batter is very soft, so best to cook 1st side til well-done before flipping. Yummy & satisfying. Thanks for sharing.

  42. Lauren

    When I went raw, I was desperate to find satisfaction…when I came across the pineapple spinach smoothie I was immediately addicted. I no longer eat a raw diet, but those smoothies sure stuck with me.

    1 cup diced fresh pineapple
    1 huge bunch fresh spinach leaves
    1/2 banana or 1/2 avocado (definitely need one or the other for creaminess)
    1 TB raw honey
    1/2 cup water

    Blend until smooth. Delish and super good for you!

  43. erica from dallas

    I make pancakes with 2 eggs ,2 oz cream cheese,handful of almond meal,lots of cinnamon and vanilla.Blend.Sometimes I throw in nuts or

  44. Tina

    doing low carb and use many paleo recipes. keep em coming. want to try the celery root hash browns just have not found anywhere to buy the root!

  45. Rachel

    Yum! I’ll definitely make these!
    I got this idea from the podcast Dishing Up Nutrition. The night before, put some drumsticks in the crockpot with some sauce (I like lemon juice, mustard, onions, and a touch of honey). Keep on low for 6-8 hours, and when you wake up you can grab some cheap, healthy protein and go!

  46. Lissette

    You never seize to amaze me. These are so cool and look delicious. πŸ™‚

  47. Katie Collard

    Hey Collin! I have been making these pancakes for quite some time. They are truly delish without the feeling of heavy tummy that one might get after eating the regular pancakes. I am “experimenting” in paleo. Still trying to get the hang of it. Keep up the great recipes, I am always willing to try more ideas! Especially with breakfast! The other thing, I know you say how much you enjoy it, but it is a lot more work of slicing, cutting, preparing…ugh! (like the butternut squash) How do you best prep for your meals? Thanks!

  48. Janel

    Off the topic of breakfast but what is the difference between Coconut Oil and Coconut Manna? I have quite a few jars of the oil, and am stocking up on items at vitacost, and am wondering if I should pick Manna up? Also what other “staple” items would you recommend grabbing? Thanks Collin!

    • Nancy

      The things I’ve found you use more of are coconut oil or olive oil, granulated garlic, granulated onion, sea salt, paprika, coconut milk, coconut flour or almond flour (I couldn’t buy both due to the cost). Fresh onions, garlic, herbs to give the food flavor such as basil, thyme, cilantro, parsley, and stock (chicken, vegetable, or beef). I don’t know what coconut manna is but I don’t see how you would need both. HTH

  49. Claudine

    Hi Colin,
    I’m so exited to see you are doing the whole30! My husband and I did it the beginning of feb for two weeks and omg it was an amazing change in how you feel! Unfortunately we feel off the wagon due to his birthday! The hardest thing I’ve encountered was how expensive it was. I am goin to start again and wanted to know how you are able to coupon for the ingredients? Since we all coupon it’s a big difference not being able to coupon coconut oil, coconut flour, etc. any advice would be great! And please keep the recipes coming! Have you checked out http://www.everydaypaleo.com? She had a great and inspiring site also. Love all the ideas! Thanks!

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