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Banana Pancake Muffins

Banana pancakes have been a staple of the Specific Carbohydrate Diet since the first edition of Breaking the Vicious Cycle (then called Food and the Gut Reaction) was published in 1987. Whether you're on the SCD or not, it's hard not to like them. Banana pancakes require two ingredients that most people have in their home - bananas and eggs - they take all of five minutes to whip up and another five to fry. They are nutritious, kid-friendly and just about a perfect breakfast of protein and healthy carbohydrates. They're inexpensive too.

So when we found this variation of banana pancakes on Facebook (posted by Cleverly), it took about a nanosecond to recognize this recipe as genius. You can make them in ramekins or muffin tins and feel equally satisfied having them for a quick breakfast or serving them to company. The following recipe makes two small, ramekin-sized muffins - perfect for one person:

  • One ripe banana 
  • Two eggs
  • A few raspberries (other berries or peeled, sliced fruit would work too) 

Blend banana and eggs. An immersion blender makes a very nice, smooth batter, but some people use a fork.

Lightly grease the muffin tins or ramekins. Place a few raspberries (4-6) on the bottom. Frozen berries work fine. Pour in the batter on top.

Bake at 350-degrees F until they firm up, about 10-15 minutes. They'll be golden brown on the top. 

Remove and enjoy! 


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This diet may not work for everyone but if you have a choice between scary possibilities (high-risk medication, extreme surgery, eventual bowel cancer) or a little self-restraint and denial (avoiding some foods you might like), then the choice to me is clear. Everyone with these sorts of problems should at least TRY the ideas in this book, down to the letter, for at least a month, and see how they go.
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