Lately, I have been loving breakfast. And by that I mean, lately, I have been loving getting up, making coffee, and whipping up a batch of these pancakes. Making a few (eating the first one I make, hot off the pan!), sticking the rest of the batter in the fridge (it keeps for 3 days!), slathering some homemade peanut butter in the middle of two that made it to the plate, slapping on a few banana slices, topping with the second pancake, a few more sliced bananas and a drizzle of maple syrup.
Heaven on a plate. Seriously. You would never guess by the texture that these are 100% made with buckwheat flour, a gluten-free pseudo grain that is related to rhubarb. Cool, eh? Buckwheat is easy to digest, but also may have a mild laxative effect in some folks. I personally have never had this happen, but I’d say it is worth the risk for these delicious, easy, good-for-you pancakes. And! These are 100% FODMAP friendly (with 2/3 cup buckwheat flour being the serving size recommended, you are in the safe zone with 3 pancakes made with 1/3 cup batter). If you want to make these vegan, you can a) try to leave the egg out, b) try your favorite egg substitution, like 1 TB ground flax or chia mixed with 3 TB water, or c) try one of those cool egg replacers found in the cooler section along with the real eggs! For mine, I use 1 locally produced, organic egg that I get at our local farmers market…but when I am lucky, I use eggs from my aunt! But do what works for you, and your food mantra. Just note that I have NOT had success with vegan pancakes on my traditional pancake pans (seasoned cast iron, All-Clad stainless), so I would recommend using a non-stick pan if you go this route.
Did I mention that these are amazing with fresh blueberries and/or strawberries?? Yeah. Done deal, people! Get your spatulas ready, pans hot, and appetite ready. Enjoy!
Note: you can easily double or triple this recipe. This recipe was adapted from the buckwheat pancake recipe in Honey and Spice, my first natural foods cookery book that I snagged from a used book store about 12 years ago! Good stuff…indeed. You can easily make the whole batch in one go, cool pancakes, then wrap and refrigerate for easy breakfasts or snacks. I like to toast mine, and top as desired.
Favorite Buckwheat Pancakes // gluten-free; low FODMAP; refined sugar-free; soy-free option; nut-free option // makes 7 to 8 pancakes made with 1/3 cup batter //
- 1 cup buckwheat flour
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup plant-based (I use almond or hemp/coconut milk), or other milk of choice, using allergy friendly where needed
- 1 1/2 tsp melted virgin coconut oil, olive oil or other neutral cooking oil, plus more for the pan
- 1 1/2 tsp maple syrup or organic cane sugar
- 1 large egg, free range/local/organic when possible, or use 1 plant-based egg replacement to be vegan friendly
- Optional: you can stick on a few blueberries, fresh or frozen, on the pancakes as they cook for blueberry pancakes.
- Toppings: maple syrup, sliced banana or seasonal fruit like blueberries or strawberries, granola, toasted walnuts, nut/seed butter, yogurt of choice, etc.
1. In a large bowl, whisk together the maple syrup/organic cane sugar, egg/egg replacer, oil and milk. Add the buckwheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt to the mixture, and whisk until no lumps remain. Allow the batter to sit 5 minutes, in which time you can ready your cooking pan, spatula and serving (plate).
2. Cook the pancakes, using 1/3 cup batter for (what I think) perfect sized pancakes, in a lightly oiled pan (or non-stick pan, or electric griddle). Top the raw batter size with a few blueberries while the pancakes cook, if desired. Serve immediately. Really tasty topped with seasonal fruit, bananas, nut/seed butter and maple syrup.
You know what to do! Mix that batter!
Get toppings ready as you let the batter sit for 5 minutes. Procure your favorite pancake making pan, and get ready!
Look at you! Making pancakes…on a Thursday morning…wow…you even added blueberries. Go you!
Stack, pile…top…shove in face. Smile, drink coffee, be happy. Repeat.
I said repeat!