I came up with a great, healthy pancake recipe that I just had to share. Its so easy, so delicious and so healthy. And with pancake day right around the corner there’s now no excuse for us plant based eaters not to get involved in all of the fun too!
If you’re anything like me you will of always associated pancakes with being pretty unhealthy. Traditional pancakes are often made of some sort of processed gluten containing flour, eggs and cows milk and they are then usually cooked in a processed vegetable oil. None of this is what the body needs or wants and will usually leave you feeling sluggish, full and tired due to the amount of energy your digestive system will need to break down these types of ingredients.
So, not only will this blog post give you the recipe for these awesome vegan and gluten free pancakes but I’m also going to go into a little detail as to why they are so good for you. But first things first, here’s the recipe:
- 1/2 cup of buckwheat flour
- 1/2 cup of quinoa flakes
- 1 tbsp. of tahini (or any nut butter)
- 1 – 1 1/2 cups of brown rice milk
- 1/2 tsp. of bicarbonate of soda
- 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
- 1 tbsp. of coconut oil for frying
- Top with anything you fancy, I went with fresh banana, pure maple syrup, cinnamon and goji berries
Mix the buckwheat flour, quinoa flakes and milk together until smooth. The mixture should resemble a smoothie in consistency, its best to add the milk a bit at a time so the mixture is just right. Once you are happy with the mixture add in the tahini and again mix this in thoroughly. Now add the bicarb and give it a good stir, as this will make the pancakes nice and fluffy. Now add in the blueberries and stir one last time. The mixture is now ready to hit the pan.
Get your frying pan hot and add the coconut oil, once the oil has melted add a large spoonful of the pancake mixture. Once bubbles start to appear on the top check the underneath is golden brown and give it a flip. Continue to do this until you have used all of your mixture and have a lovely stack of 3 or 4 American style pancakes that are golden brown on both sides. Now add your toppings and enjoy while still warm.
So, now for the nutrition side of things. I hear you asking ‘What’s so good about these pancakes?’. Well I’m about to tell you…
- Buckwheat is often thought of as a grain but it is actually a fruit seed. However, it is often eaten in a similar way to grains. It is gluten free and high in protein, making it a great choice for health foodies. As well as being high in protein it is also full of other beneficial minerals and vitamins.
- Quinoa is a natural gluten free, high protein grain and because of this is a staple food for most vegans. Similarly to buckwheat it is loaded with antioxidants, vitamins and minerals. Quinoa is particularly important for vegans as it is a great source of Iron.
- Tahini is ground sesame seeds, you want to use unhulled tahini as this is when the whole seed has been used ensuring the nutritional content is kept in tact. It is a terrific source of calcium, which is super important for vegans. It is also loaded with other vitamins and minerals, including lots of your B vitamins.
- Blueberries have had a good reputation for a long time and its not surprising. These little berries are loaded with vitamin C, Vitamin A, Vitamin E and an array of antioxidants. These high levels of antioxidants neutralise free radicals within the body which we know are connected to disease and aging of the body.
- Coconut oil has been given a bad name in the past for its high saturated fat content. However, it is now becoming a popular food due to its endless health benefits. Its important to point out that the saturated fat found in coconut oil differs from that found in other foods like cheese or steak. The saturated fat found in coconut oil is Medium Chain Triglycerides, these fatty acids are metabolised differently by the body. Coconut oil is high in Lauric Acid which helps kill off viruses, fungus and bacteria, making it an essential food for anyone wanting to improve their digestion, boost their entire immune system or fight an infection.
As you can see, these aren’t just any pancakes. These are superfood pancakes!
To make these pancakes even more super think of adding toppings like: goji berries, hemp seeds, bee pollen, cacao nibs or cinnamon.