As we have tried to go more natural in our eating and living habits, we have been experimenting more with the ingredients in our food. In our quest to add variety to the grains we eat, we bought a grain mill and several different organic whole grains like einkorn, emmer, barley, and buckwheat. It has been an adventure to substitute the grains for traditional wheat flours in recipes. Sometimes we experience success and sometimes not.
One success I am quite proud of is my vegan buckwheat pancake recipe. I knew people made pancakes with buckwheat but I didn’t realize how tasty they are until I had some. Yum, yum, yum! We first used a traditional recipe that called for eggs, milk, and whole wheat flour. The flavor was good but they were spongy, a little too spongy for my preference. Plus, since I’m trying to eat a diet that excludes dairy and eggs, I knew I needed a recipe that left those ingredients out. So I created my own.
In my recipe, I decided to use unbleached white flour to lighten up the pancakes a bit. It works nicely, but soon I plan to try a lighter whole grain flour like barley and see how it turns out. Another note, I use mostly organic ingredients. Here is the recipe that is working for me right now:
Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes
1/2 c buckwheat flour
1/2 c unbleached white flour
1 T light brown sugar, packed
1 T black chia seeds
2 t non-aluminum baking powder, heaping
2 t egg replacer powder
Mix dry ingredients and then add:
1-1 1/4 c light almond milk
1 T grape seed oil
Stir until you have a moist batter. Then pour batter by about 1/3 or 1/4 cup into a hot skillet. Flip when you see bubbles coming to the surface and the edges of the pancake are no longer shiny.
Pancakes are traditionally topped with a butter-like spread and maple syrup. Though that is delicious, my favorite way to eat pancakes is with a thin coating of a nut or seed butter and unsweetened applesauce. Or, make a fruit/berry sauce to top the cakes. That’s also really good.
I’m still looking for other things to make with buckwheat, so if you have any ideas, let me know.
Here’s a confession: our tub gets gross and fast. You see, we have hard water which leaves this white mineral deposit all over. It also acts like a magnet for soap residue. It seems like in no time, you can write “wash me” on the tub wall. Yuck.
I have tried all kinds of chemically based cleaners which promise immediate and lasting results. They get the job done, but the results don’t last long. Plus, I have to breathe all those stinky products as I scrub, scrub, scrub.
One day, as I was browsing the Angel Baby Earth Mama website, I found a recipe for non-toxic scrubby cleanser. It uses Castile soap, baking soda, vinegar, and essential oils. When the Angel Baby shampoo/body wash I ordered arrived, I was eager to try out the scrub recipe.
This creamy cleanser is so simple to make and it smells delicious! I did use three drops of Tea Tree oil and three drops of orange essential oil. That combined with the orange-vanilla scent of the Earth Mama Castile soap is heavenly. Mmmmmm!
The true test came when I attacked that nasty white film stubbornly clinging to the sides of the bathtub. Using a bit of the cleanser and a plastic scrubber pad, I went at it. After I rinsed the tub and allowed it to dry, I found the natural cleanser worked just as well as those stinky, chemical-laden cleansers. Plus, it has been nearly a week and the white film has not yet begun to return. I would call that a success!
I’m keeping the remaining household scrub in a sealed container in the bathroom so I can scrub out the shower easily every week. And the surprising thing is I’m actually excited about it.
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