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11 May

Hazelnut Coffee Pancakes

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Hazelnut, coffee, and maple together in a harmonious breakfast package. Take a traditional pancake, jack it up with some of this morning’s coffee, mix in some crushed hazelnuts, and top with a few pats of butter! It’s a great grain-free take on an old non-Primal favorite.

Now, should these pancakes become a staple of your diet, completely replace your morning omelet? No. Should you drown the pancakes in maple syrup? I wouldn’t advise that. A little drizzle is probably more than enough. And for some people, perhaps too much. Know thyself.

But, these pancakes are perfect for certain occasions:

  • If you’re transitioning from a Standard American Diet, use this recipe as a stepping stone, replacing your traditional pancake recipe with this one as you inch closer to a Primal way of eating.
  • If your non-Primal mother’s favorite dish is pancakes and you want to surprise her tomorrow on Mother’s Day, serve her this healthier twist. She’ll probably be none the wiser. (Hat tip to Karen in the comment board.)
  • If you are craving the taste of the pancakes you grew up with but don’t want to eat the ingredients you grew up with, and you have room to spare in your 80/20. This is a much better option than caving and ordering a tall stack at your local pancake house.

Enjoy!

Servings: Makes about 10 pancakes

Ingredients:

  • 1⁄2 cup tapioca flour
  • 1⁄2 cup coconut flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1⁄4 cup hazelnuts, skinned and finely chopped
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon coffee extract
  • 1 cup brewed coffee
  • Cooled 4 eggs
  • Butter for pan
  • Maple syrup (optional)

Instructions:

1. Whisk together the tapioca flour, coconut flour, baking soda, and baking powder in a bowl. Add the chopped hazelnuts and whisk to combine.

2. In a large bowl, whisk together coffee extract, coffee, and eggs.

3. Whisk the dry ingredients into the wet ingredients.

4. Melt a few tablespoons of butter over medium heat in a griddle pan or skillet. Working in batches, pour or ladle the pancake batter onto the griddle. Let the pancake cook about 2 other side for another 2 minutes or until browned.

5. Serve with maple syrup (optional).

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  1. Mmm yum!! I love coffee in the morning, why not put it in my pancakes? Caffeinated!

    Hannah wrote on May 11th, 2013
  2. Here is the nutrition breakdown because I bet I’m not the only one wondering. This is per pancake (since it makes 10). I assumed 1 pat of butter and 1 Tbsp of maple syrup (that was per pancake, so less is less carbs). I suggest this is included so people know what they are getting.

    Calories: 151
    Carbs: 19g
    Fat: 7g
    Protein: 5g

    George wrote on May 11th, 2013
    • Yep thanks – I wasn’t going to eat it anyway.

      From your figures the approx percentages of food energy

      Carbs 50%
      Fat 40%
      Protein 10%

      EatMoveSleep wrote on May 11th, 2013
  3. Looks and sounds great. Maybe for a special treat. I wouldn’t eat just one, and I would probably use more than one tablespoon of maple syrup.

    Harry Mossman wrote on May 11th, 2013
  4. Mark, I truly respect you and love this website (I read it daily). I also appreciate your many recipes and have even made a few of them (all excellent!). I encourage others to check out this site and consider the Primal diet (and lifestyle) superior over everything else, even Paleo (which tends to get more attention).

    However, I’m having a hard time consolidating your main philosophy with a sudden (and abrupt) about face. The new cookbook looks jazzy, but I thought you weren’t for promoting foods that truly aren’t primal even when made primal. In other words, what is with the clearly well-drizzled-with-maple-syrup pancakes all about?

    Wouldn’t you rather promote a breakfast of sweet potato hash and eggs with bacon – or any other variation on that theme? And by theme, I mean truly primal! I understand the banana/almond butter pancakes from the PB cookbook, because they don’t really turn out like pancakes made with wheat flour (not even close), and if I recall correctly, you only suggested them as a treat and not as a “harmonious breakfast package.”

    Lastly, I will dare to say it, but there are TONS of recipes already all over the web for any concoction of SAD recipes turned primal/paleo – including pancakes, cookies, brownies, waffles, pizza, pasta, hamburger buns, etc. etc. You can make any wheat-flour recipe with any fake-flour you please – coconut, almond, cashew, flax, tapioca, potato, etc. I mostly avoid these recipes as they do nothing for my waistline but expand it. And, they never truly taste like the real thing. Why bother?! Instead, if you really want pancakes, go get them made with wheat. That’s what pancakes are anyway – wheat stacks smothered in sugar. Not harmonious in the least.

    Nope. I’m sticking to the original Primal Blueprint – that rings true and what I have always thought was your forte.

    Mary wrote on May 11th, 2013
    • Agree. Completely. Well articulated. :-)

      eema.gray wrote on May 11th, 2013
    • Also agreed. Glad I’m not the only one who found this bizarre…

      Travis wrote on May 11th, 2013
      • Totally agree….it’s like what happened to Dr. Oz. Sell-outs? Actually, I applaud you Mark if you are realizing that there is more to life than watching every.single.thing that you eat. If you are eat, drink, live, dream food….then where’s the living? But I am confused by a few things myself…like the “Primal Fuel Protein Powder” you’re selling – which includes maltodextrin, sucrose and whey protein….um, aren’t these sugars and dairy?

        LLY wrote on June 1st, 2013
    • Mary, I agree with the general premise of your post. It would have served Mark much better if he would have prefaced this recipe as an “indulgence,” possibly for Mother’s Day. He has in the past Primal-ified things for holidays, such as pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving. With the preface, it went over very well.

      That being said, there is nothing automatically healthy about a Primal/paleo food, and nothing automatically unhealthy about a so-called “neolithic” food. Eating this way tends to show benefits for one main reason: nutrient density per calorie of food. The SAD is loaded with high calorie, low nutrient food (grain flours, refined sugars, refined oils) that leave people consuming large caloric excesses, but fundamentally starving on a cellular level. Eating Primally tends to coincide with a large increase in nutrient density and a spontaneous reduction in caloric intake. Paired with food toxin mitigation, that’s the only reason why it works.

      What troubles me is the platitudes you’ve made. You seem to be offended by the maple syrup, then promote bacon for breakfast. I’m assuming your stance is because of maple syrup being considered a “carb.” Maple syrup is highly nutritious and contains well over 50 known antioxidant compounds. Bacon has far less nutrition, zero antioxidant activity and is the result of an unnatural curing process. It isn’t about carbs or fat, it’s about nutrient density, and people forget that most traditional, healthy societies are high carb/low fat because they are from tropical societies where lean game meats, starches and fruits rule and fatty game is nowhere to be found. Maple syrup, honey and blackstrap molasses all run circles around bacon, coconut oil, lard or tallow for health because their calories are packed with antioxidants and minerals whereas the fats are not. The only fat with any measurable nutrition is grassfed butter/ghee for the Vitamin A and K2, and even that falls short of maple syrup in terms of nutrient density. A cup of blackstrap molasses would be a more nutritious breakfast than half a pound of bacon for the same calories.

      I’m just saying, don’t get caught up in platitudes. Mark should’ve prefaced this, but nutritionally it’s still superior to a breakfast of 6 strips of bacon and a “bulletproof coffee.” *Shudders* I would also rather eat pancakes with tapioca and coconut flours than almond butter/banana because heat degrades PUFA rapidly, and I’d rather consume empty starch and heated nuts/nut butters any day. My research has led me to believe almost all of the modern “diseases” are not actually diseases, but autoimmune conditions. At heart, they’re fueled by stress reactions from too much PUFA in the diet. There’s nothing wrong with a high carb/low fat diet as long as the fat you do get is a high SFA:PUFA ratio and you try to avoid grain toxins.

      ChocoTaco369 wrote on May 11th, 2013
      • Choco-

        Sorry, I wasn’t clear and or came across offended. There is nothing wrong with maple sugar (agreed), especially when organic. I have maple sugar in my cupboard. I eat it sparingly, though. Not because it’s a carb, but because it is a sugar. I eat fruit all the time and sweet potatoes, etc. Carbs are not something I avoid. As for bacon, I eat it sparingly too and I only buy nitrate-free (which one could argue makes no difference). I don’t think there is anything wrong with bacon.

        My complaint is that SAD comfort (mostly junk) food does not coincide with the Primal philosophy – unless, after reading this website and Mark’s books, I’ve misunderstood him. As for this post being about Mother’s Day and a treat – I don’t see the correlation. I do, however, see the link to his new cookbook. From my perspective, this is a promotion of one of the recipes in that book. And I’m perplexed by the sudden embrace of this trend.

        And doesn’t Mark promote the 80/20 way of living? You eat primal 80% and non-primal 20% and you’re doing better than the average SAD-eating Joe. What is the need for the primal makeover of the foods we can just eat 20% of the time anyway? That’s where I’m confused.

        Oh, and I have to respectfully disagree about this being a superior breakfast. Two organic eggs and two slices of bacon would be the superior (and Primal) breakfast.

        Mary wrote on May 11th, 2013
        • “Maple syrup, honey and blackstrap molasses all run circles around bacon, coconut oil, lard or tallow for health because their calories are packed with antioxidants and minerals whereas the fats are not. The only fat with any measurable nutrition is grassfed butter/ghee for the Vitamin A and K2, and even that falls short of maple syrup in terms of nutrient density.”

          But that’s talking micronutrients only. Since fat itself is a macronutrient, how can one say that fat hardly has any measurable nutritition?

          Darcie wrote on May 11th, 2013
        • Mark absolutely promotes the 80/20 way of living. It’s his concept. This is a food that fits into the 20%. Realistically, I eat 2 meals a day for 14 meals a week. Realistically, I could eat this 3 nights a week and hit the mark. That’s pretty liberal. The MDA forums used to be a strange place years ago and had quite a loyal following of carnivores. I think where this community is going is toward common sense instead of platitudes, and that makes me happy. The pancakes on this post, while not super nutritious, aren’t unhealthy, either. Consider the average person eats junk every single meal for every single day. Even the more health-conscious are eating oatmeal for breakfast, a sandwich on whole wheat for lunch and some super lean meat with a whole grain and a salad made of God only knows which cholesterol-free seed oil for dinner. If weight loss is your ultimate goal, you probably shouldn’t be eating any kind of pancakes. But if you’re happy with your weight and you have your health, you seriously can eat things like this with moderate frequency and not compromise your health. Two of these pancakes and a couple eggs actually is a decent breakfast – just as decent as a couple eggs with a few strips of bacon – and that is a Primal staple!

          ChocoTaco369 wrote on May 11th, 2013
        • Darcie, fat is a macronutrient, just like a carb. There is nothing magical about fat in and of itself. If it doesn’t come with micronutrients, it is just empty calories. Coconut oil is the same thing as sugar, for example. If you eat a tablespoon of coconut oil, you eat 120 calories of a nutritionless fat that gets metabolized directly into your liver for energy and your own body fat burning is put on hold. When you eat 3 tablespoons of sugar, the same thing happens.

          ChocoTaco369 wrote on May 11th, 2013
      • “it’s about nutrient density, and people forget that most traditional, healthy societies are high carb/low fat because they are from tropical societies where lean game meats, starches and fruits rule and fatty game is nowhere to be found.” I hadn’t forgotten this because it isn’t true. However, if you replace “most” with “some” then you are much closer to the truth. High fat foods including fish, organ meats, dairy are all rich sources of essential nutrients

        Miket wrote on May 11th, 2013
        • Human begins evolved from equatorial regions. We did not migrate toward colder weather climates until very recently. A longstanding human diet mirrors that of an indigenous African tribe – lean game meats, starches and fruits. Fatty fish is a very new addition to the diet, which is probably why people have fish allergies yet allergies to land meats are extremely uncommon.

          Fish may be nutritious, but the PUFA’s are an issue. I prefer very lean fish for health and avoid the omega 3′s. I love dairy due to the SFA profile. I actually consume mostly lean red meats and get my fat from grassfed whole milk, shredded coconut and grassfed/raw cheeses. That being said, I eat more carbs than fat because I believe it to be ideal.

          ChocoTaco369 wrote on May 11th, 2013
        • I agree that it is all about nutritional bang for your caloric buck. But, I’m sorry, I have to disagree about fat vs. sugar. 120 calories of coconut oil is not the same as 120 calories of sugar. Insulin response and essential fatty acids come to mind.

          Ham-Bone wrote on May 13th, 2013
      • You are, as always, a breath of fresh air, ChocoTaco.

        Anju wrote on May 11th, 2013
        • Wow from a newbie, I want to echo this: Chocotaco all of that much appreciated !! I have had my doubts re bacon for brekky – and all of the details here are very very very useful. If you get this, can you point us to more info re what you’ve clearly learnt somewhere along the way if that is at all feasible? Any websites or particular books that go into this much detail would be so appreciated by me…

          Anna wrote on July 31st, 2013
    • Mary, something to keep in mind is that for those who have gluten intolerance or Celiac disease, eating standard wheat-based pancakes just isn’t an option. In general, I think Mark’s about face has been about relaxing the Primal Blueprint to allow for individual variation; some people function better on more carbs and less fat and some on more fat and less carbs. I applaud his decision to do so, as there’s no one diet that is perfect for anyone. The real strength of the Primal Blueprint is that it’s the perfect starting point; it allows people to figure out what foods they cannot eat and what foods they feel best eating, and then let them develop their own individual diet from that knowledge. Keep in mind that Primal Living (and Paleo in general) isn’t a dogma, it’s a guideline ;)

      BGottfried wrote on May 11th, 2013
      • +1

        RenegadeRN wrote on May 20th, 2013
    • +3. Seems to be a creeping epidemic among low carb/primal/paleo bloggers since Paul Jaminet’s ‘safe starch’ onslaught!

      Alex wrote on May 12th, 2013
    • Agreed. I did a search for “paleo” recipes on Pinterest and was very disappointed to see a bunch of fake carbs– nothing but cakes, cookies, etc. I think the reason this diet is so great is that it gets you eating and craving the GOOD stuff (and not sweating occasional splurges of the other stuff)… these recipes seem to totally miss the point. But I get that this is what people want (to judge from Pinterest)… I just suspect that people who approach the diet by trying to mimic SAD food will be disappointed and will conclude it doesn’t “work.”

      Maya wrote on May 14th, 2013
  5. Maybe something to make with mother day ? Looks so nice and it gives me an idea for tomorrow :)

    Karen wrote on May 11th, 2013
  6. Mary – Not to speak for Mark but he has many times in the past stated that he views these types of foods as more indulgences and treats. I’m sure any of your friends you send here if they spend any time on the website would pick up on that theme.

    I agree these aren’t perfect paleo substitutes but many people who go primal find they are quite intolerant to wheat and if they want to indulge in a pancake are at least doing so without the gluten. The lesser of evils if you will.

    In my experience certain paleo-frankenfood foods are big selling points for some people when they decide to give going primal a try. It doesn’t seem so daunting that way.

    I think most people would agree thst we would all be best served eating primal 100 percent of the time. But for those who think of that as daunting may find comfort in the occasional “healthafied” junk food.

    I’m with you where I just avoid it (because I’d eat 12 of those) but I know people I’ve suggested paleo to and these foods provide that buffer to make the shift. Just my two cents.

    Luke wrote on May 11th, 2013
    • I hear you, Luke. You are correct that many folks turn to Primal/Paleo only when they know they can still get their SAD fix (i.e. comfort food). But that’s not in keeping with the Primal lifestyle or philosophy, in my opinion.

      I can’t tell you how many Paleo/Primal websites I’ve been on where the members are rabidly sharing recipes for their favorite comfort foods, using ingredients that, although allowed on the diet and nutritious, are often times more calorie dense than if they’d just used wheat – WAY more calorie-dense and promoted as healthy and “eat all you want without guilt.” This is creating a bogus, faux-healthy trend that I find disturbing.

      As for Mark – I don’t think he’s promoting these foods on a daily basis, but as would anyone making a living, he is promoting the cookbook (which he has every right to do). I’m just letting him know my disappointment and confusion. He was the last individual that I thought would jump on board this bandwagon. And no, I don’t mean to imply he’s selling out. He’s not. He’s a business man too and it isn’t his responsibility to parent the rest of us and make us eat the way we all know we should. It’s up to us.

      But junk food is junk food. Period. You can gussy it up all you want with primal ingredients – it’s still not Primal and Grok would not approve. (In fact, I think he’s kill that stack of pancakes with a spear, bury it, and then go off hunting for a boar)

      Mary wrote on May 11th, 2013
      • I don’t know if you’re fully understanding the reasoning behind the inclusion of this recipe and others like it. The system can’t be all about BEING Primal; there has to be some room for BECOMING Primal, which can be a long, complex, and difficult process for people who have spent all of their lives enjoying SAD foods and are still surrounded by Burger Kings. While changing lifestyles cold-turkey works for some of us, the overwhelming majority need some tools to help make the transition easier (and prevent a relapse.) So yes, this absolutely is junk food. That doesn’t mean it can just be conflated with any stack of flapjacks from IHOP. If someone were to break down and eat pancakes, wouldn’t you rather they were these pancakes? Obviously, in keeping with the Primal philosophy, these foods should be avoided whenever feasible. But unconditional rejection of their potential use to someone struggling with cravings, simply on the grounds that Grok would not approve, is tantamount to snobbery.

        P.S. I bet Grok would wolf these down in a heartbeat. They were rather opportunistic about that whole food thing, you know ;)

        Nick wrote on July 12th, 2013
    • Luke, I am a newbee, 3 weeks into the whole primal thing and knew before hand this was exactly as you state… an indulgence! This was also my first time EVER making anything without sugar and white flour. I will admit my first reaction to my first bite of these (without syrup) was to spit it out but, after my 2nd, 3rd and 4th bite it was not so bad. Daily indulgence? no… Monthly, maybe, with the syrup and butter! And I think I’d ditch the hazelnuts and use walnuts.

      Sue wrote on June 12th, 2014
  7. I am in complete agreement. I feel like the lines are slowly getting blurred between paleo/primal and regular old SAD stuff bumped up and glorified by adding coconut anything to it. I know mark probably wants to keep broadening his appeal … But I like the idea of sticking to the real primal stuff and letting others see the heathy results without the ploy of ridiculious pancakes to do it. Btw – is that a hamburger bun on the cover??

    Nancy wrote on May 11th, 2013
  8. I find this entirely appropriate for MDA and agree with Luke, without trying to speak for Mark, but speaking as an MDA reader. I was stoked when I read this recipe because I love pancakes but the thought of a typical wheat pancake is unappetizing. Surely I won’t eat these every morning for breakfast but wouldn’t mind indulging for my birthday breakfast or a similar occasion when I’m feeling like straying for something a tish sweet but don’t want to stray too far. I thought the title of the cookbook said it all…?

    Angela wrote on May 11th, 2013
    • +1
      I have been following Mark for 5 years. I don’t call myself “Primal” because I eat (organic) white rice and potatoes and (organic, sprouted) corn tortillas several times a week and refuse to call them “20%” or indulgences. I would NEVER have looked twice at Primal if it was strict Paleo. I passionately support Mark because he is flexible and reasonable, not fanatically Paleo.

      As for bacon, our ancestors have been smoking and eating fatty meat since they first poked around after a wildfire and found some roasted meat. That would be hundreds of thousand years ago.

      Strict Paleo is and always will be a small cult movement. Primal can help millions of people. Thanks, Mark, Megan and Brandon!

      (I’m in the forums as “Hedonist2″.)

      Harry Mossman wrote on May 11th, 2013
  9. Well, when I see recipes like this, I just turn off. Not just because of the whole issue of primalizing SAD foods, but because of the tiny amount of weird ingredient. Coffee extract? One-quarter teaspoon? Who has coffee extract in their pantry? I’m going to go out and purchase something like this and use a tiny amount? Yes, I realize it is concentrated. Still, what else am I going to use it for? I prefer recipes that are made up of ordinary ingredients, or at least something that I can reasonably expect to use again.

    Siobhan wrote on May 11th, 2013
    • +1

      I make the effort for unusual ingredients for truly special occasions – birthdays, holidays – but for an indulgent weekend breakfast, no way.

      eema.gray wrote on May 11th, 2013
    • I’m with you on the weird ingredient issue. If it’s something that’s hard to get or very expensive, or a major part of the recipe, I just skip the recipe and cook something else.

      In this case, I’ll probably make the pancakes without the “extract” – a cup of coffee, after all, IS coffee extract, so why double the effort? If I want stronger coffee flavor, I’ll just make stronger coffee.

      W. J. Purifoy wrote on May 11th, 2013
  10. Looks really yummy!

    What I’d like to know is: What ingredients are in the baking powder you use? I have two different baking powders with a) disodium pyrophosphate, sodium bicarbonate, wheat starch, or b) potassium tartrate, sodium bicarbonate, corn starch.
    Haven’t been able to find a baking powder without starch yet.

    What is your opinion regarding this? Too little a dose to be of importance?

    Thank you!
    Christine

    Christine wrote on May 11th, 2013
    • Baking powder can be mixed, starch free, from cream of tarter and baking soda. I’m enough of a kitchen geek that I get slightly pissed off when I find out that packaged things like B.P. can be easily compounded by hand for half the price. I believe the ratio is 4 parts baking soda to 1 part cream of tarter but it’s been awhile since I’ve mixed it up so double check before you go compounding!

      eema.gray wrote on May 11th, 2013
      • The ratio is 2:1 Cream of Tartar to Baking Soda. Easy-Peasy.

        Primal Paul wrote on May 11th, 2013
        • Thank you both, I’ll go hunting ;-) for potassium tartrate (cream of tartar) now. There already is loads of baking soda in my house, since I use it as shampoo.

          Christine wrote on May 12th, 2013
  11. From what I remember, Mark provided the nutritional information at the back of his book. It is very easy to see that those pancakes are not exactly health food. But if u really want pancakes …..this sounds yummy…not lean but tasty…

    Marta wrote on May 11th, 2013
  12. What is so wrong with eating SAD food with a Primal twist on occasion? I have been Primal for a little over two years and I have no intention of turning back. My favorite food and still is Pizza I could live off of it and at one time in my life I probably did! I miss the crunch and texture of wheat pizza crust but I can’t eat or else I have to deal with the consequences so I substitute what I can to make it as Primal as possible so I can have best of both worlds. I think majority of MDA readers and participants are ahead of the game nutritionally speaking anyway so I don’t think an occasional pancake is going to make a difference. One of the reasons I eat this way is because it makes me feel so much better but genetics plays a key role. My best friends dad lived to be in his nineties when he passed and he lived on white bread, booze and cigarettes most of his adult life so I can’t imagine a pancake or not the real thing pizza will make much of a difference. Just my opinion!!!

    Lucy wrote on May 11th, 2013
  13. Looks awesome. Not a coffee guy, wonder what I could substitute for that? Anyway, keep up the good work Mark. I’m going to show my wife the Primal Cravings cookbook and see if she wants to order it, she needs comfort food type of substitutes like this, she is not as hard core as I am.

    George wrote on May 11th, 2013
  14. I totally don’t mind seeing that recipes for stuff like this exists, but I just don’t want it – certainly not at the moment.

    I’ve been primal since October last year and although I’m feeling stronger, healthier and overall just a damn site better than I’ve ever done. However I came across the paleo lifestyle whilst looking for a way to lose weight (I’ve about 60 pounds to lose). I haven’t lost anything yet (not even bodyfat!) so am a little frustrated. But, when the weight does go it’s nice to know that there is a decent recipe book out there for when I want to treat myself.

    Dianne wrote on May 11th, 2013
  15. Tapioca powder?!

    Amy wrote on May 11th, 2013
    • aka Tapioca Starch.

      Primal Paul wrote on May 11th, 2013
  16. I was also surprised to see the pancake picture and almost decided not to read it. Very interesting conversation in the comments. I’ve changed my idea of “comfort food” to a level that would have apalled me years ago. A newbie may find it hard to make the transition away from things like bread and pancakes, though, and this recipe might help someone cross over. ;) I just don’t feel the need.

    gibson wrote on May 11th, 2013
    • Calm down people. It’s just a tasty recipe for grain-free pancakes. It won’t clash with your loin cloth.

      KathyKathy wrote on May 11th, 2013
      • My thoughts exactly! It’s not like they will jump off the screen and come get you!

        I appreciate a good gluten free recipe as I cook for some people who really are gluten sensitive. I like to be able to offer a treat that won’t cause them immediate health issues. Most of the time I cook meat and vegetables, but sometimes something sweet and delicate is nice.

        Liz wrote on May 11th, 2013
      • + 100.

        If there’s anything worrying about this thread it’s the level of overreaction and dogmatic response over what is nothing more than an extra option if and when you want it. The book (and other similar books/websites) will appeal to those who are seeking recipes of that type. For the rest of the population it can simply be ignored.

        As has been said above, one of the most appealing things about Mark’s approach is the complete lack of dogma or self-righteousness. There’s no place for it in the Primal community either.

        Jay wrote on May 16th, 2013
  17. Hazelnut coffee pancakes?! I wonder how one decides to mesh together all the best parts of breakfast into a meal! Can’t wait to try this recipe!

    Sarah T wrote on May 11th, 2013
  18. I’ve added a few thoughts to the beginning of this article to answer some of your questions/concerns, and to clarify how I see these pancakes fitting into the Primal Blueprint. Hope it helps!

    By the way, note that the maple syrup is completely optional.

    Grok on!

    Mark Sisson wrote on May 11th, 2013
  19. Thank you for the additional comments, Mark. Knowing myself, I’m staying clear, but having you clarify is truly appreciated. Have a great weekend.

    Mary wrote on May 11th, 2013
  20. That’s one thing I really love seeing in this community you don’t see elsewhere – a spirited discussion staying civil and and letting common sense rule in the end. Kudos to all. Only one thought I want to add in:

    The idea behind the Primal Cravings cookbook and smart indulgences in general (red wine, chocolate etc) is to, very simply, sate cravings. If you don’t have a deep seated psychological or physiological craving the recipe is intended to sate, then of course it’s utterly pointless eating the food and may well derail your progress on your current goals if fat loss is a high priority.

    Having said that, my personal experience says Cortisol is the ultimate bane of fat loss. If having a treat like this keeps your stress levels down and keeps you in a good head space, it can only be a good thing. At the end of the day the recipes, like the other information here, is just a tool to be used. If it’s not the right one for the job, don’t use it, much like how many PBers will never bother with a full on carb refeed because it’s just not necessary.

    Reventon wrote on May 11th, 2013
  21. I haven’t checked out the cookbook yet, but it sounds like the type of recipes I came up with for years of being gluten free, but mine never made into the cookbook I had planned.

    I thought this might be a good place to post my primal “pancake”, which is very satisfying and I believe very primal and simple:

    For 1 pancake

    Mix together:
    1/4 C almond flour (I use Trader Joes)
    ~1/2 tsp cinnamon
    salt to taste, I think I use about 1/8 tsp
    1 heaping tsp beef gelatin (Now Foods)

    Add;
    1 pastured egg
    a bit less than 2 T water

    I mix this well and fry in a Tablespoon or more of olive oil in a small pan. You kind of have to smoosh it around the pan.

    OK, it may sound weird but it’s awesome. The cinnamon disguises the taste of the olive oil. You can add some baking soda for a fluffier pancake that cooks a little better, and a couple drops of vanilla are a great addition.

    I top it with 1/2 C of unsweetened organic wild blueberries (Trader Joes)

    This is the most satisfying breakfast ever, for someone who has to be very low carb and needs good protein for breakfast. (the blueberries aren’t very sweet, and I tolerate them very well.) Serve with bacon if you like, but it satisfies me as is and is very quick to make.

    I hope you enjoy it.

    Pat

    Pat wrote on May 11th, 2013
  22. Oh just stop it with that food porn, lol…

    GiGi wrote on May 11th, 2013
  23. I always wonder if cooking with nuts or nut flour is a good thing? Wouldn’t it make the fats unhealthy?

    Christine wrote on May 13th, 2013
  24. Is there any way to make these without eggs?

    I have been searching for a paleo/primal egg, dairy, soy free pancake. please, I am craving pancakes!!!

    Thanks!

    chris wrote on May 13th, 2013
    • While the source of my advice is by no stretch of the imagination paleo/primal, perhaps it can help you out. I make what I call panCAKES for my wife on special occasions (1/2 pancake batter and 1/2 cake batter; I know I know let the onslaught begin, just know I usually skip over them for bacon :) ) and I just use oil and water in the mix to make the batter…no eggs. Now I’m not sure how this would work with more exotic flour-like ingredients (almond/coconut flour) but it might be worth a shot in a small test amount. I also find a splash of milk helps fluff it up a bit. Hope that helps!

      Jacob wrote on May 13th, 2013
      • Sorry, didn’t see you say dairy free…might try what some of the other posters said by adding some baking powder (soda?) to fluff it up…I never had an issue with them being fluffy, but like I said, completely different list of non-paleo ingredients, so I don’t know how they’ll react.

        Jacob wrote on May 13th, 2013
  25. To go in a slightly different direction, I’d love a copy of the cookbook and was going to order it through this site but the handling was calculated at $18.95. (I live in Canada.) Not going to do that; I’ll wait til it’s available elsewhere, even full price would be better than forking over that amount of $ for handling. Maybe Amazon as part of an order that qualifies for free Super Saver shipping? Just thought you’d like to know, might impact your sales.

    Lynn wrote on May 13th, 2013
  26. You can order it in Canada from amazon.ca (Amazon’s Canadian site).

    Susan wrote on May 14th, 2013
  27. You people drive me crazy if you don’t want to eat them don’t eat them. Don’t ruin it for everyone and whine on his blog about how they aren’t 100% primal.

    greta wrote on May 15th, 2013
  28. this looks yummy.

    i’m amused @ some people’s reaction.

    but why is dark chocolate ok? it’s processed & still has sugar & sometimes soy lecithin.

    cheers,

    pam wrote on May 16th, 2013
  29. Much ado about nothing, it seems to me. Since when is maple syrup, eaten occasionally and in small amounts, not primal? This post bears pointing out: https://www.marksdailyapple.com/primal-paleo-cod-liver-oil-sunflower-butter-mead-maple-syrup-pectin/

    @chocotaco (since I can’t seem to reply to you directly): if glucose is so terribly, massively important to our health and well being—and the fuel that our bodies really want to be fed, above all else—then why are our bodies only able to store a comparatively tiny amount of it? Why is it that much more than a teaspoon in your bloodstream is potentially fatal?

    There’s also no such thing as an “essential carbohydrate” to my knowledge; our bodies are easily capable of synthesising the tiny bit of glucose that we need (from protein), even in the complete absence of dietary carbohydrates. As for the issue of meat illiciting greater insulin release than certain carbs: that may be so, but unlike carbs, eating meat also causes glucagon to be released, which negates the potential negative effect of much of the insulin.

    And as for your body cannibalising its own tissues to get glucose: not if you’re eating sufficient protein and fat.

    Of course, if I’m way off base with any of these points, I’m open to comments telling me why.

    Malandro wrote on May 16th, 2013
  30. Have not read the entire thread, but could someone please tell me what “coffee extract” is? Is it the same as dehydrated coffee, or something else entirely? Thanks.

    Susan wrote on May 20th, 2013
    • There is an actual extract at the grocery that’s Coffee flavored (like Almond Extract or Lemon Extract or Peppermint Extract). I’m assuming that’s what it is..?

      Molly wrote on May 20th, 2013
      • Molly, I had no idea. Thanks for the reply :)

        Susan wrote on May 20th, 2013
  31. ok,so i can’t do caffeine. i substituted flax milk for the coffee stuff and downed these babies with REAL maple syrup ( just a tad). OMG. this tasted JUST LIKE bisquick. thank you!!!!

    wendy wrote on September 23rd, 2013
  32. Well, this ruined pancake day.

    Norton Bilsby wrote on March 4th, 2014
  33. Just wondering if Mark will reply to Mary’s original post. Lots of people chiming in and giving their opinions except for Mark who I’d be most interested in reading his response.

    Varune wrote on July 9th, 2014

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