Hello followers! Sorry it’s been so long. I’ve been really busy! I went on vacation to Portland with my wonderful family. I also had to move in with my grandparents. Rent plus car payment and making a couple dollars over minimum wage wasn’t helping me save money for school. But just because I was busy doesn’t mean that I wasn’t creating new recipes for you!
So about 2 months ago I was shopping at my local Winco. I was walking down the bulk foods aisle and I came across buckwheat. It caught my eye because I’m used to flours that I try being white or brown but this stuff looked like white flour mixed with a ton of black pepper. Out of curiosity I bought about 2 or 3 pounds of it. When I was checking out the cashier exclaimed “Oooh buckwheat! Are you making pancakes?” I explained that I was gluten intolerant and that I like to try different types of flours in baking. She then told me that she was from back East and the local Amish made fantastic buckwheat pancakes that she really loved. I told myself that I had to try it. When I got home I looked up other recipes online and noticed two things. One, buckwheat pancakes typically include wheat, and two, most of the recipes used yeast to make them rise.
My first attempt reminded me of making bread with mom. Start with warm water, add the yeast and honey then mix the flour and everything else in. Cooking them up smelled delicious! When I flipped the first one I had to laugh in amazement at how dark it was. Any other type of pancakes and I would have assumed they were burnt past saving. Eating them with a little bit of syrup was delightful. So light and airy it almost feels like you are eating dessert instead of breakfast. The rest of the day after I kept on thinking back on how good they were. It was like they were haunting me!
My second try I added in the chia seeds and really liked it. They rose up a little bit better on the griddle and made them more filling. I also added some vanilla because when is vanilla a bad idea anyway?
Honestly this recipe is fun, easy and so yummy!
2 cups warm water
1/2 tsp salt
3 tbs honey
3 tbs active dry yeast
2 cups buckwheat
1/2 cup whole chia seeds
3 large eggs
2 tbs baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
3 tbs vegetable oil
Caution! Make these pancakes in a large bowl. This batter will rise! Start by adding warm water, the salt and the honey. Mix then add yeast and mix again. Wait a minute or so for the yeast to wake up. Then add in buckwheat, chia seeds eggs and baking soda. Stir well. Your batter should be bubbling and rising now. Now mix in the vanilla and vegetable oil. let rise for 10 minutes and heat griddle to 350 degrees. Using a quarter cup, ladle out spoonfuls of the bubbling mixture onto the griddle. Cook 2 to 5 minutes on both sides. Yields about 20 pancakes.
Have fun with this recipe and let me know if you have any suggestions on how to improve upon it. I really love these and I think that you will too!
Here’s some pictures from my Portland trip: