My gut and plumbing system don't deal well with Starches. Despite having cut out gluten, I still have to watch anything that smacks of bread, pasta or the likes. All special products that replace bread and pasta contain  potato flour, tapioca and/or corn flour and the final insult is definitely Xantham Gum and Guar Gum. Replacing wheat and other gluten-containing flours with starches and gums does not cut it and my gut lets me know very quickly.

 So it's not Coeliac but an Irritable Bowel and plain badly functioning system have led me to cut out starches to the greatest degree. The resultant diet is severely low on Carbs and can lead to carb cravings like you wouldn't believe! I can go a whole day obsessing on cookies. Or a Chicken Mayonnaise sandwich. 


And, of course, there's a heck of a lot of veggies and protein needed to make up for the energy generated by those easy and fast carbs in Chocolate Chip cookies, a bowl of Fried Rice or Pancakes

 

 

Being a fairly disciplined sort of gal means I mainly stay away from S**T that gunges up my system. But I am also human and then it pays to have a well-stocked larder. Sometimes 1 tablespoon of starch is enough to make a seriously delicious dish that will satisfy my cravings for a while.
This morning I ditched the smoothie and went for a pancake. A healthy, mindful, almost  but #notquitePaleo and definitely delicious start of any day:                                                                          
                                                                                               
          

 

 
I had 1/2 a ripe banana in the freezer. Took it out, cut it into small pieces and put it in a bowl. Added, when it was defrosted and mashed (10 mins. tops):

1 egg
1 tbs almond paste
1 tbs Buckwheat flour (be a devil: try almond flour or millet or even wheat if you're not Paleo or Gluten-free)
1 pinch of salt
1/4 tsp baking soda

1/2 a lime with as much of the fruit meat as possible while squeezing.

Beat it all up. Melt coconut oil in frying pan, pour in batter and let it set over fairly high heat. Once it's slightly set add:

1/2 tsp hemp seed/ chopped walnuts/roasted pecans?????? Choose your crunch! You could even add some bacon bits.

Meanwhile, let your overhead grill heat up and place your frying pan under and let your pancake set further. If you don't have the grill, turn your pancake very carefully when the sides are loose and browning.

Alternatively, fry smaller flapjack-size pancakes. 





If you're like me and a seriously lucky ducky, you will have delicious raw  honey I smuggled in from South Africa. 
No illegally obtained honey? Go for legal, organic local honey or maple syrup to pour over your gourmet, state-of-the- healthy-art made-out-of-scraps pancake. Just a spoonful. And don't forget: honey might be sugar but the raw, organic stuff has good things going for you as well.

Eat each bite with care: it should be fluffy, sweet in the best way and just the memory will keep you going strong an hour longer than the carbs normally generate.