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.