GAPS pancakes put traditional pancakes to shame. The three base ingredients of squash, nut butter and eggs can be amplified with cinnamon, vanilla extract, rich butter or even ground sausage mixed into the batter. Left to themselves they are a little slice of heaven, satisfying and nourishing. 

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GAPS pancakes are GAPS stage 3, when rebuilding. The introduction of nut butters adds variety and additional nutrition. Stage 2 is highly detoxing and rebuilding. Stage three introduces avocado and nut butters. Avocado is a flag telling you the status of healing. If avocado is not passed, it is best to stay low and slow instead of pushing through. It’s a signal telling you more healing needs to happen. 


For those who are not on GAPS, these pancakes, made with real food ingredients, will satiate and not cause sugar swings. 


These pancakes are simple. Take any nut butter, any squash and five, blend them in a cuisinart, Vitamix or blender. One of our favorites is one cup cashew butter, one cup white scallop squash or zucchini and five eggs. When the batter is smooth pour it onto a hot skillet greased with butter. Cook as you would Standard American Diet (SAD) pancakes. 


These pancakes respond and taste the same as SAD pancakes. When bubbles appear and  the edges lose their glossy shine, flip.


Top with butter and local honey. 

There are many recipes online that say they are GAPS pancakes but are not stage 3 GAPS pancakes of nut butter, eggs and squash. We stayed on stage 2 for a year and quickly progressed to Full GAPS. When we hit GAPS pancakes, we followed a recipe online that claimed itself to be GAPS pancakes but instead only used eggs and banana – which were painfully sweet and not worth eating. These, however, are compliant with early stage intro, if using ingredients that are tolerated. 

Adding more butter or other liquid to thin the batter can create crepes. 


Pancakes - GAPS Approved
A satiating pancake that will make you desire breakfast every meal of the day!
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  1. 1 cup nut butter (such as cashew butter, sunflower seed butter, almond butter, etc.)
  2. 1 cup cooked squash (such as zucchini, yellow crookneck, pumpkin, etc.)
  3. 5 eggs, pastured
Further optional ingredients
  1. 1 tsp vanilla
  2. 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  3. 8 tsps butter
  4. 3 Tablespoons apple sauce
  5. 1 cup cooked sausage
  1. Add ingredients to cuisinart, Vitamix or blender and blend until smooth. Pour onto a buttered griddle and cook until bubbles form and the edges lose their gloss and show a cooked appearance. Flip and continue cooking. Serve with butter and local honey.
  1. These pancakes are a fantastic method for increasing healthy pastured butter intake. They are best literally swimming in butter.
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*Nourishing Plot is written by Becky Plotner, ND, traditional naturopath, CGP, D.PSc. who sees clients in Rossville, Georgia. She works as a Certified GAPS Practitioner who sees clients in her office, Skype and phone. She has been published in Wise Traditions, spoken at two Weston A. Price Conferences, Certified GAPS Practitioner Trainings, has been on many radio shows, television shows and writes for Nourishing Plot. Since her son was delivered from the effects of autism (Asperger’s syndrome), ADHD, bipolar disorder/manic depression, hypoglycemia and dyslexia, through food, she continued her education specializing in Leaky Gut and parasitology through Duke University, finishing with distinction. She is a Chapter Leader for The Weston A. Price Foundation. [email protected]

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