Protein Boost Buckwheat Pancakes
These light and airy buckwheat pancakes from the fabulous chef at Grace Belgravia, are a delicious gluten and dairy free alternative to the traditional ones, which use wheat flour and with the addition of so many healthy ingredients, you’re also packing in the nutrients! Their delicate nutty flavour allows them to pair well with so many toppings; fruits, nut butters or just a squeeze of lemon and a drizzle of maple syrup. How about a dollop of nut butter and sliced banana for an energising protein-rich breakfast?!
Making these Buckwheat Pancakes….
200g Buckwheat flour
300ml Almond milk
1 tablespoon Chia seeds
1 tablespoon Poppy seeds
1 tablespoon Agave/Maple syrup (optional)
1 teaspoon Baking powder (option: Gluten free)
2 pinches Sea salt
Coconut oil for greasing
Protein Boost Option: add 2 scoops of vanilla protein powder
Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl and add the almond milk a little at a time, to form a smooth batter. Whisk together until all the milk is added and allow to rest in the fridge for 30 minutes. After resting, whisk it again and add a little more milk to ensure a slightly thicker (but not too thick) consistency.
Heat a frying pan and brush with coconut oil. Using a ladle, spoon the mixture in large rounds onto the frying pan. Allow to cook for 1-2 minutes on one side before carefully turning.
Transfer the cooked pancakes to a sheet of baking paper and keep warm in the oven whilst you finish cooking the rest of the batch.
Serve with grilled bananas, dollops of Greek yoghurt, toasted pecans/coconut flakes, blueberries and cinnamon.
TIP: Make a big batch and freeze. Re-heat in the toaster as a quick and easy breakfast during the week.
- Add a teaspoon of ground cinnamon or nutmeg for a spicy alternative
- For a fruity twist, include puréed berries such as raspberries to the pancake mixture after resting and serve with fresh fruit and a berry coulis
- Replace buckwheat flour with Oat flour (ground oats) or Spelt flour to vary your grains occasionally
Although it may sound like a cereal grain, Buckwheat is actually a fruit seed related to the rhubarb family and provides a nutritious alternative if you’re sensitive to gluten or simply prefer to reduce your gluten consumption; ideal alternative to rice or made into a porridge. Buckwheat is rich in many trace minerals including Manganese, Copper and Magnesium and also provides a good source of B vitamins, fibre and Rutin; a compound which has been shown to strengthen small blood vessels. For more information on Buckwheat, CLICK HERE