Morning Buckwheat and Banana Pancakes
Around this time of year, with the lazy days of summer over and the kids back at school, I like to go through all my kitchen and cookware. I try to say goodbye to some old favourites who have gotten a little bit too tired and dinged up after some sterling service. That also means sourcing some replacements with as much charm and character, so I was thrilled to discover House Of Fraser's Flowery Kitchen Range. They look fresh and delightful while also fitting in with some of the retro cookware and family hand-me-downs I will never bring myself to throw out. They look like they belong in our busy kitchen and the quality makes me think they will last for a long time.
Its also that time of year when we love to watch BBC1's The Great British Bake Off. Each episode gets our minds working on how to make these masterpieces without the cupfuls of artificial sugar. Not easy.
At weekends during term time its fun to let the kids take on some cooking and one especially delicious treat we have managed to eliminate the sugar from are these Morning Buckwheat Banana Pancakes. Our 8 year old has now mastered the recipe. Protein rich and seriously delicious drenched in maple syrup- they power the kids up to take on whatever activities the weekend throws their way.
1/2 cup of buckwheat flour
1/2 cup of spelt flour (if you are gluten free - you can make them just with buckwheat - double the amount)
1 tsp bicarbonate of soda
A pinch of salt
1 1/4 cups of rice milk
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 tbsp sunflower oil
1 tbsp maple syrup
coconut oil - to fry in
Mix the buckwheat, spelt flour, bicarbonate of soda and salt into a bowl and then in another bowl mix together the wet ingredients. Pour one into the other and stir to get rid of any lumps. You don't have to leave it to stand like with other pancakes, you can start cooking right away!
Melt the coconut oil on a hot frying pan and then place a spoon-full of batter onto it. Drop some sliced banana's onto the pancake if you wish - kids seem to love the taste. When bubbles begin to appear on the pancake, flip it over and fry on the other side.
We love to drizzle maple syrup over them and then sprinkle cinnamon on top. Add chopped fruit and sultana's - its such a delicious way to start the day!