As winter approaches, so does my desire for comfort food: A hearty soup, warm bread, and buckwheat and honey pancakes. You haven’t lived unless you have eaten buckwheat pancakes. I am not talking about 1/2 buckwheat and 1/2 awful white flour. 100% buckwheat, baby. 100% awesomeness.
Breakfast Food for Dinner. Sticks to Your Ribs.
How many of you eat breakfast food for dinner? Pancakes, French toast or eggs? I remember growing up when my father would make us breakfast food for dinner. I loved it. He was the king of making pancakes, tuna, steak, and hot dogs. Back then, dads really didn’t cook. (At least mine didn’t.) I suspect that Dad made breakfast food for dinner when my mom was too busy. It didn’t matter to me because there is something about breakfast for dinner that I can’t describe.
Are you a breakfast food for dinner type of green guy or gal?
After I got married, I realized that I wasn’t the only one who had breakfast food for dinner. And the tradition of making breakfast food continued when I did not make dinner. My husband is an excellent cook and in my opinion, one of the best breakfast food cooks. His eggs are amazing! He makes them wet and moist. Everyone else I know makes them dryer than a barn door. You know what I am talking about, right?
The Nutritional Skinny on Buckwheat.
Buckwheat is not a grain but is the fruit of plant. It is sold as groats, grits, or flour. What I love about buckwheat is it is high in fiber, gluten free, and a good source of vitamins. Many of you may know of the food, Kasha, which is made from buckwheat groats.
“Buckwheat contains more protein than grains and is not deficient in the amino acid lysine as most grains are, so the protein is more nutritionally complete. That makes it a particularly good choice for vegetarians. It’s an excellent source of magnesium, a boon to your blood pressure. A phytochemical in buckwheat may be beneficial in the management of diabetes; studies show it may have the ability to lower blood glucose levels. It’s also a good source of fiber.” [Source.]
Growing Buckwheat. The Little Green Hen that Could.
You know I grew buckwheat this summer? I heard that buckwheat was a show stopper. And the bees couldn’t have agreed more. (You can catch a glimpse of the buckwheat growing on my video, “A Glimpse of the Garden.” Just a warning, I gush a lot about my plant. I am pathetic but I can’t help it.)
Show stopper but time consuming.
I plucked the buckwheat by hand and felt like the Little Red Hen. Come on. You know the story! Just in case you forgot. Remember the Little Red Hen and her lazy barn animal friends? She sows the seeds and no one wants to help. She harvests the grain and no one want to help. Then she bakes the bread and no one wants to help. Finally, when it is time to eat, everyone wants a piece. My life in a nutshell. Do you feel this way too?
I milled the Buckwheat…
The Little Red Hen took her wheat to be milled. I, on the other hand, have a mill attachment to my Kitchen Aid, and find any reason to use it. (The simplest things make me happy.) So, I mill my own grain. So much cheaper.
After you mill the grain, there is alot of hull in in the flour and sifting removes most of the hulls. Sifting doesn’t take that much time but my hand gets tried easily if I have alot of flour to do.
Buckwheat and Honey Pancakes Recipe.
Are you hungry for great buckwheat pancakes? I thought you would be. I adapted a gluten free Buckwheat and honey pancakes recipe from the Food Allergy Coach to make it dairy free. I added unsweetened carob to the pancakes, which you can get at the GT Store. Unsweetened Carob adds that little bit of sweetness, but doesn’t overpower like chocolate chips can. You don’t have to add anything. My kids who eat boring regular ho hum pancakes love semi sweet chocolate chips in their ‘cakes.
“Ingredients (makes about 5-6 pancakes):
- 1/2 C GF buckwheat flour (I used my own.)
- 1 t baking powder (if you cannot tolerate corn, click here for a corn free baking powder recipe)
- 1/2 t salt
- 1 t cinnamon
- 1 T honey
- 1 egg
- 2 T oil
- 1 t vanilla extract
- about 1/2 C whichever milk you can tolerate (yogurt would be nice, too) (I used rice milk. First time around I used a 1/2 cup and they were a little bit runny. The second time I used 1/4 cup and they seemed dry. So, I would use a little less than a 1/2 cup. You might need to play with it a little. Meaning start at 1/4 cup and if it seems too cookie dough like, add more milk until you get that pancake consistency.)
- Mix together the first 3 ingredients.
- In a separate bowl, mix the honey, egg, oil, and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir a little.
- Start adding in your milk a bit at a time until the desired consistency is met.
- Cook batter on a preheated pan or griddle that has been greased. (Master breakfast cook uses organic coconut oil to grease the skillet. It looks a lot like Crisco.)
The final product! I realized as I posted the picture that one of the buckwheat pancakes looks like part of Mickey Mouse’s face. I don’t think hubby was trying to be creative. As I indicated above, I added unsweetened carob chips. (You can buy them at the GT store.) Hubby hates carob and says he would rather die than eat “fake” chocolate. Personally, I like the taste and I bypass the sugar highs for eating chocolate chips.
What about syrup? I did not use maple syrup because they were sweet enough for me. Hubby used organic maple syrup. Major sweet tooth.
If you aren’t into being the Little Green Hen, you can purchase Organic Buckwheat Flour or Allie’s Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancake Mix at the GT Store. Why should I be the only one eating yummy, heart healthy, hip slimming Buckwheat pancakes? Trust me. They are quite filling.
- Do you have a breakfast tradition for dinner?
- Any favorite breakfast recipes? Link the recipes in the comments.
- Cook anything from your garden that you are dying to share?
- Love buckwheat? If so, what is your favorite way of eating it?
- Do you think the Little Red Hen should have shared her bread? (Just checking to see if you are reading or skimming…)
Why shouldn’t I be the only one enjoying buckwheat pancakes? Consider purchasing Organic Buckwheat Flour, Allie’s Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancake Mix, Unsweetened carob chips and/or organic coconut oil. Let me know how any of your buckwheat recipes turn out.