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Wednesday, December 29, 2010

vegan buckwheat pancakes!

I'll excuse the time it took to post this by saying these particular pancakes were a work requiring immense development to get them to the stage of perfection you will find them to be at upon producing them. But that would be a lie. In fact, the photo you see below was taken several months ago - and the recipe was easy as piecakes! Well, as easy as googling "vegan buckwheat pancakes" and chopping and changing from there.

So here you go:

Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes!

1 cup of buckwheat flour
1 cup of spelt flour
2 teaspoons of baking powder
2 tablespoons of ground flaxseeds
1 tablespoon of raw sugar (you could also use agave, maple syrup, stevia to make the recipe sugar free)
pinch of salt
sprinkle of cinnamon or other apt spices
2 cups of oat milk (or other non dairy milk - oat milk is my current number one)
3 teaspoons melted coconut oil
approximately 1/2 cup of water, give or take.

Super easy directions - mix the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients! Using a whisk helps to create a smooth and bump free batter. You need to let it sit for about 10 minutes because the flax is supposed to be substituting eggs and it takes roughly this long for them to develop their eggy qualities in the recipe (thickening it up and whatnot). You can use this time to get your toppings ready - chopped fruit and nuts, berry coulis (wizz up some berries in a blender with a touch of sweetness - a date works well - and some vanilla), jams and maple syrup and hemp seeds if you have them.

Heat up a good sized pan over medium heat and melt some coconut oil. Use a ladle to measuring cup to pour out the batter (less messy and makes good circles unless you're into fancy or otherwise shaped pancakes). Cook until bubbles appear and flip (important to leave them until they are bubbly as! It took me countless flippings of half cooked, batter exploding pancakes to get it right), then cook the other side for another couple minutes. You can keep them warm by keeping the plate of pancakes in the oven or covering with a teatowel.

Serve with prepared toppings and go wild! Et voila!

This recipe allows you to indulge in delicious pancakes which in addition to providing several taste sensations also provide you with fibre, protein (from the grain flours and plant milks and nuts/seeds), healthy fats (from the flaxseeds and coconut oil and nuts/seeds) and a variety of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants from everything! Really an excellent breakfast to get your day started.

You could potentially make this a gluten free recipe by substituting gluten free flour instead of spelt. I haven't tried this variation but you could use quinoa flour or one of the commercially prepared flours available.

Recipe adapted from: The Clean Eating Mama. Thanks!

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

where i mix business with pleasure.

You know learning is rubbing off on you when you start subconsciously planning your meals to include a complete protein. That and scouring the garden for edible (and highly nutritious!) weeds, which you then proceed to chuck into your morning smoothie.

This blog is the result of my extended hiatus from More to Love Vegan. I'm aiming to give it the same uber food nerd tone, complete with hand shakingly taken yet highly provocative gastronomic pornography and my own slightly rabid musings on my favourite topic - vegan friendly food! I'm gonna put a slant on things, however, and attempt to incorporate my second favourite topic (that being healthy vegan food!) into the mix, something I never quite attempted in my former incarnation. Being that I'm now an (almost) fourth year nutrition and herbal medicine student, I have found myself with a whole new outlook on food - that being, it exists for reasons other than purely eating it (and making bold political statements, of course), and that old adage of eating to live and not living to eat kinda becomes interspersed and takes on a single holistic meaning, rather than presenting as two opposing entities. In short, you can expect to see recipes and reviews amongst my usual gluttony, but there will be what I hope is helpful information and healthier alternatives thrown in there as well.

You can also expect a variety of topics that amuse myself (and probably only myself) to appear from time to time. They may or may not, but probably will, include cute and also possibly funny animals, Gossip Girl and failed hobbies.

Watch this space. Pancakes are approaching.