Pancakes for me are the perfect lazy morning comfort breakfast, something to linger over with a steaming cup of coffee or hot chocolate. These are perfect for me as they are both vegan and gluten- free. Being fairly new to cooking with buckwheat flour I must admit I was a little worried they would be too heavy. In fact, they are gorgeously fluffy, with a perfect texture.
I much prefer the American fluffy style pancakes over the thin crepes, I find the texture and thickness of these much better. Stacked on a plate, lovely and warm and just waiting to be covered in the topping of your choice.
Serves 4 (makes 8 pancakes)
- 1 banana
- 1 cup of buckwheat flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
- 1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
- pinch of salt
- 2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 cup of soya or almond milk
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseeds
- 1 tsp orange or lemon zest
- 1/2 tsp mixed spice or cinnamon
- coconut oil to cook
In a bowl place the dry ingredients and mix together thoroughly. Add the mashed banana, vegan milk and maple syrup, whisk in the zest, then again until you have a thick pourable batter.
Grease a non stick heavyweight frying pan with a little coconut oil. Then add about 1/4 of a cup of batter to the pan. If you have a large pan you can do a few at a time. Cook the pancakes until small bubbles appear on the top of the pancake. Flip over and cook for roughly 2 minutes.
Keep doing the same until all the batter has been used up. Grease the pan each time you add a new batch. To keep the cooked ones warm, cover with a kitchen towel.
They are then ready to be devoured. Serve with some sliced bananas, a sprinkle of blueberries and lashings of maple syrup.
If you want a more uniform shape to your pancakes, maybe to impress,I find placing a greased metal pastry ring in the pan.Pour the batter into the middle. Making sure you don’t add too much batter. Once the bubbles appear remove the ring and flip. I use spray oil to coat the inside of the ring each time.
This batter makes a little too many pancakes for me to eat in one sitting. I have left the batter in a sealed container in the fridge for a couple of days. For me though I tend to freeze them ready made in batches of 2. Place a slip of baking barchment between them. Take from the freezer, wrap in foil and warm through in the oven, delicious. It is comforting to know I have a stash of these in the freezer ready for a lazy day.