I couldn’t be happier being gluten free. It’s one of the best things I’ve ever done for my health. However, sometimes I just want some of the foods I used to have! I’ve been experimenting with buckwheat flour lately and wanted to share this recipe for pancakes. These pancakes are fantastic topped with fresh, chopped berries and/or spread with date puree (recipe below) instead of syrup. Recipe makes about 10 medium pancakes.
BUCKWHEAT BLENDER PANCAKES
1 cup organic buckwheat flour
1 tbsp ground flax seeds
1/4 tsp baking soda (aluminum free)
1/2 tsp baking powder (aluminum free)
3 Medjool dates (pitted)
1 1/2 cups filtered water
1/4 cup raw, organic cashews
1 tsp vanilla extract
Pinch of sea salt
Pinch of cinnamon
Coconut oil for pan
Directions: Prep either your berries or date puree (recipe below) and put to side.
Place a small dollop of coconut oil in a pan and warm to medium-high heat.
Place all pancake ingredients in the blender and mix until thoroughly blended and creamy.
Directly from the blender, pour batter into pan to create the size of pancakes that you want. When you see many air bubbles form, and the edges of the pancake are starting to dry – flip!
Brown the other side, remove from pan and top with berries, date puree, honey or whatever syrup you’d like and enjoy.
Note: I tend to make small pancakes and keep extras in an airtight glass container in the refrigerator. I eat them cold for a snack or with nut butter and the date puree spread on top. Super easy for on-the-go!
EASY DATE PUREE
I like to keep a jar of date puree in my fridge when I need to sweeten, and I want to use a natural option. Fiber plays an important role with sweeteners, allowing the sugars to release into your bloodstream the way nature intended—slowly, and in natural amounts. Using a date puree, instead of a concentrated sweetener is an ideal way to control caloric intake as well—you’ll be come full faster. Plus, you’ll avoid any harmful artificial sugars and other nonsense.
Try a spoonful of date puree mixed into a glass of pure water with a squeeze of lemon for a natural, simple energy boost before a workout. You could also make natural fruit purees out of pear, apple, apricots or raisins.
10 Medjool dates (any dates will do, here is how you pit them)
1/2 cup pure water
Directions: Place all ingredients in blender or food processor (make sure you pitted your dates) and mix until thoroughly blended. Store in an airtight glass container in the fridge for 7-10 days.