I (hopefully) haven't spent too much time talking about it on this forum, but I am currently suffering from an increasingly worsening state of digestion. When I first started the Georgeats Instagram (around 4 years ago now, really?) I had recently gone gluten free in the wake of a persistent, three month headache behind the eye, and a never before experienced decline in digestive health. Otherwise, I could eat what I wanted - pesto wasn't pesto if it didn't involve at least 10 cloves of garlic.
Fast forward to today: I feel sick on a daily basis, my system is as fragile as a fig at the bottom of your shopping, and the list of foods I'm supposed to avoid is as long as my list of drunken regrets. I have to avoid onion and garlic (most fodmappers will be able to relate to the nausea accompanied by even the smell of garlic) I have to avoid grains of most descriptions (interestingly, despite my absolute skepticism, I was a lot better with sprouted grains on my recent visit to Aro Ha, a post on which is in the works) I have to avoid sweeteners, excessive amounts of fruit, etc etc etc etc.
I'm bloated after a mouthful, constantly lethargic, have spent thousands in medical tests, and really 'not mad, just disappointed' at my own system, given how much I love food and cooking, and given that my job IS food and cooking. The reality of testing recipes all day is that this is never going be an easy fix - I can't just eat zucchini and eggs for the rest of my life. I'll always be testing recipes with these 'forbidden' ingredients in them (aka all the food groups) because I love doing it and I love creating recipes for everyone, intolerant and tolerant alike. This post, while dedicated to the Fodmappers, is really just a) an easy, healthy pancake recipe for your repertoire and b) hopefully a reminder to the non Fodmappers out there that we're not new age food wankers drinking kale powder and denouncing gluten, food genuinely does make us feel terrible. If you don't believe me, feed me an onion pizza and then come over to my place and watch what happens.
In summary of this enormous, self indulgent essay, I plan to try and blur the boundaries of Fodmap friendly and regular person friendly recipes this year, to be more inventive with restricted eating requirements. I want to create things that you can whip up for your pals, without needing to worry about who can eat what, and who might end up in foetal position later. Of course there will be times when the sugar and dairy and fructose take over, but it's all about balance, amirite?
2 medium super ripe bananas
2 tablespoons almond butter
1 1/2 cups almond meal
1. Pop all the ingredients into your food processor, and whizz up until a pancake batter has formed. Put the mixture in the fridge for 10 minutes to harden up.
2. Heat some butter or oil in a nonstick saucepan over a medium heat, and spread a generous spoonful of the batter into a pancake shape. You may need to turn the heat down a little after cooking a few, play it by ear. I've just begun using a gas stovetop at my new apartment and boy! Medium on a hotplate is v v different to medium with gas. Insert the flame emoji here.
3. Gently flip the pancake after a few minutes, and then repeat until you've used all the batter. It should make about 8-10 big pancakes, which will serve around 4 people, depending on how big their appetites are. Top them with coyo and blueberries for a dairy free, lower fructose option.