This Paleo Plantain Breakfast Cake was such a happy discovery, y’all.
Necessity is the mother of invention, right? Well, one morning I’d planned to make Paleo Plantain Pancakes but was running behind and feeling sort of desperate. The thought of standing at the stove flipping pancakes all morning (because that’s what it feels like when you quadruple recipes for your three growing boys, can I get an amen?) was just too much.
I just couldn’t even.
And then, Eureka! I had a blinding flash of inspiration. What if I poured the entire pancake batter into a baking dish, baked it in the oven, and called it a Breakfast Cake?
My friends, this was one of my finest moments in the kitchen. When I pulled that warm, glorious breakfast cake from the oven all golden brown and sweet smelling, I almost heard angels singing.
Okay, it was more like three hungry boys plus my own growling stomach, but still. It was a brief and shining moment of glory.
This Paleo Plantain Breakfast Cake is really something special, y’all. Perfect for a special brunch or a weekday family breakfast. So easy to pull together, totally hands-free once you pop it in the oven, and delicious with fresh fruit, cooked fruit, or homemade fruit syrup. And nutritious! Did I mention you can even make it ahead of time? See my tip below. And leftovers are a snap to reheat.
Here’s a great tip: make this the day before, and under-bake it slightly. The next morning, reheat it at full temperature (350) until golden brown.
Incidentally, my first experimental batch of Honey Sweetened Strawberry Jam made a delicious topping for this breakfast cake. I used the wrong kind of apples and not enough of them, so the jam turned out pretty runny. But it’s absolutely perfect as a topping for this breakfast cake (as well as yogurt, pancakes, ice cream, and more)!
So if you end up with runny homemade jam, just call it syrup and drizzle it over this delicious Paleo Plantain Breakfast Cake. <wink>
Oh, and if you want to go all out, bacon is the perfect accompaniment. Because bacon makes everything better. Though not necessary, I always feel a little sad when I have to eat my breakfast cake sans bacon.
And now, for the recipe…
- Preheat oven to 350.
- Chop plantains into 5 or 6 pieces each, and puree in a food processor.
- Add almond butter and coconut milk and process until smooth.
- Add eggs and process until well combined.
- Add remaining ingredients and blend well.
- Pour into 9x13 baking dish.
- Bake about 30 minutes or until an inserted toothpick comes out clean.
- Serve with warm strawberry jam or simple homemade blueberry syrup.
Kathleen Henderson is the yankee behind the homestead. Follow along as we grow real food and three boys while renovating a 20-acre farm in northern Virginia. Do you love homegrown food, Paleo-ish recipes, and natural living? You’re in good company! Let’s grow together…