I am in pancake quarantine heaven.
To prepare these Buckwheat pancakes requires just a little bit of footwork and planning (but barely) - I soaked the buckwheat for better digestibility - and it's relatively mindless. All you need is buckwheat flour, water and apple cider vinegar. Whether soaking and fermenting grains improves the cooking process I'm not sure, what you will notice however is that the soaking process lends a bit more creaminess to the batter - and I'm sure that's a good thing (right?)
roughly 2 cups of buckwheat flour - soaked in 2.5 cups of water and 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar. Give or take a little water just so long as you're able to stir the batter easily. *Sit on counter over night (or for 8-12 hours) with a plate over the top. You'll notice the following day that the water rises to the top. It's all good.
I made this a day in advance and ended up putting the batter in the fridge to use later. You can use it straight away or wait like I did.
On the day you plan on making these, add the soaked buckwheat flour batter to a blender.
+ 2-3 handfuls of fresh or frozen spinach (I buy those 3 lb bags of spinach from Costco and usually freeze them so I don't have to deal with wilted greens I end up wasting and throwing away).
+ 1 Tbsp ground flax seed (flax meal) - * this acts as an egg replacement
+ 1 tsp baking powder
+ 1 tsp baking soda
+ 1/2 tsp salt
Blend the batter and heat a cast iron or non stick plan to medium heat.
Spray with coconut oil cooking spray or add a drizzle of coconut oil, butter or any neutral high heat oil.
Make 1 -2 pancakes at a time, flipping once several bubbles form on the top and cook on the flip side for about 1/2 the amount of time.
Serve with raw honey or sweetened condensed coconut milk & some fruit of your liking. Yum! Enjoy!
Buckwheat Health Benefits include:
- a good source of plant based protein, buckwheat has more protein than wheat & rice
- Buckwheat is richer in minerals than many cereals. It’s high in manganese, copper, and magnesium but low in most vitamins.
- Buckwheat is richer in antioxidants than many common cereal grains. Its plant compounds include rutin, quercetin, vitexin, and D-chiro-inositol *Rutin is the antioxidant polyphenol in buckwheat and may lower the risk of cancer and improve inflammation, blood pressure, and blood lipid profiles.
- may moderate blood sugar levels, making it a healthy choice for people with type 2 diabetes