Recently I have been reading up on the GAPS Diet, which stands for Gut And Psychology/Physiology Syndrome. This is an elimination diet intended to help heal and repair the gastrointestinal tract and as a result improve the health of the rest of the body, including the brain. The diet focuses on nutrient-dense, easy to digest foods including homemade bone broth, boiled meats and fish, cooked vegetables, healthy oils and fats, and fermented probiotic rich foods like sauerkraut and homemade yogurt. As the diet progresses, it introduces more foods, prepared in various ways including the GAPS pancake. I thought to myself, “That sounds really delicious!” and so I was inspired to create this recipe.
Butternut squash is an ingredient most people tend avoid in recipes because it can feel really burdensome. It is difficult to breakdown, remove the skin, and cut it into those perfect cubes the recipe often calls for! However, there are many ways to get around this challenging ingredient. The two options I often go for include the pre-cooked, cubed and flash-frozen butternut squash or the raw, cubed, fresh butternut squash. Both save you tons of time and energy. In this case I chose the fresh variety and simply boiled the entire container in a pot of bone broth. You can also boil it in water, but by using the bone broth the squash absorbs healthy, gut-healing nutrients.
From there I simply combined the rest of the ingredients in my Ninja blender and the entire recipe took about 10-minutes to make! It is a healthy, nutritious, guilt-free way to eat your morning pancakes. Also, these pancakes are super light, fluffy, and flavorful. Enjoy.