Two more days and it’s again pancake day. Although the day symbolises the last day of feasting just before the lent starts, it doesn’t mean your pancakes can’t do better than being sugary and greasy and everything but a healthy, great start into the day. Here’s a guilt-free, healthy & yummy version. My version gets a nutty flavour thanks to the buckwheat flour (don’t be fooled, it’s no flour at all), some banana and crispy raw coconut chips make it that extra special. But there’s plenty of variation potential – you can add fruits (although less healthy then), nuts or raw cacao, top it with a little bit of almond butter, … .
Ingredients (for ca. 8-10 10cm pancakes):
- 1 1/4 cups soy milk (unsweetened)
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tbsp argan oil (it’s got a nutty flavour but you can go for a more neutral oil)
- 1 tbsp rice syrup
- 1 cup buckwheat flour (if you don’t care about gluten you can substitute the buckwheat flour with e.g. wholemeal flour or spelt flour)
- 1 tsp baking soda
- 1 cup raw coconut chips
- 2 bananas (thinly sliced)
- Maple syrup for decorating
- Butter or coconut oil for frying
- You need two bowls. Use a slightly smaller bowl to whisk together the soy milk with the argan oil, the lemon juice and rice syrup.
- Use a slightly larger bowl to whisk together the dry ingredients such as the buckwheat flour, baking soda and a pinch of salt. Slowly add the soy milk mixture to the dry mixture and stir until well combined.
- Heat two nonstick pans over a medium heat. Add a bit of coconut oil or butter until melted and turn to low heat when you pour in the pancake mixture – I do one pancake in each pan so always 2 at the same time.
- Place a few banana slices on top of the pancake and fry the first side for 1.5 minutes before turning and fry the second side for one minute. Be careful as you don’t want the pancakes to burn. They will naturally look darker because of the buckwheat flour so you need to fry them on a very low heat. Probably when you get to round two (i.e. pancake nr 3 & 4) you need to turn down to the lowest possible heat if you cook with a gas cooker for example but check and feel your oven… the pancake should be golden but not burnt).
- Repeat the process until all batter is gone. Stag the pancakes on a plate, drizzle with maple syrup and top with a few coconut chip sprinkles and some additional banana slices if you want.