Sometimes it’s hard to think of delicious and easy breakfasts when you are gluten free or dairy free. For the past 5 years I’ve have oatmeal with banana and cinnamon every day for breakfast. I love it, I look forward to it when I wake up every day. Recently I’ve decided to cut out the oats and try something different to hopefully help my bloating/digestion issues. I’m avoiding grains and can’t have any dairy so it’s not easy to come up with ideas for breakfast without a little research. I have a few options now that I rotate, this is one of them and it’s kind of a substitute for the oatmeal because it’s warm and sweet and satisfying in the same way as oatmeal.
I had no idea what to expect as buckwheat flour isn’t something I’ve tried up ’till now. I’ve made egg white pancakes before (with oats) and they were delicious, so I decided to try this recipe out. It’s really easy and only takes 10 minutes to prepare in the morning. You could even pre-mix the dry ingredients before hand and separate them into single servings for each morning as this is what takes the longest.
This recipe makes 3 small pancakes which is enough for 1 person. The great part about these is how much you can customize them with fruit, nuts, spices, yogurt, there’s so many creative ways to make these different each time. I chose to add a vanilla protein powder to mine and raw cacao nibs (and sometimes cinnamon as well).
Vanilla and Cacao Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes
- 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
- 1 tsp agave nectar
- 1/4 cup unsweetened almond milk
- 1 ripe banana, mashed
- 1 tsp ground flax
- 1/8 tsp baking powder
- 1/8 tsp baking soda
- 1 scoop vanilla protein powder
- 1 tbsp raw cacao nibs
- 1/2 tsp vanilla or half a scraped vanilla bean
- Maple Syrup
Directions: Mash up the banana in a bowl, add in all the dry ingredients and then the almond milk and vanilla. Stir until it’s smooth and slightly runny. Oil a frying pan with coconut oil and pour the batter onto the pan. Once it starts bubbling, flip it over and let the other side cook for a couple minutes. Top with fruit and syrup.
The Health Benefits of Buckwheat:
1. A great source of easily digestible protein which makes it a great substitute for meat.
2. Non allergenic. Buckwheat is gluten free and not a grain (even though ‘wheat’ is in it’s name).
3. Low glycemic index of 54, it lowers blood sugars slower than rice or wheat products.
4. Great for the digestion, cleans and strengthens the intestines and improves appetite.
5. Buckwheat is good at drawing out retained water and excess fluid from swollen areas of the body.
The Health Benefits of Raw Cacao:
1. One of the best dietary sources for magnesium.
2. One ounce of raw nibs has 9 grams dietary fibre.
3. One ounce of raw cacao nibs has 6% of your daily intake of iron.
4. Helps you feel alert (which makes it great for the morning). There is a chemical called Phenylethylamine found in cocao which causes you pulse to quicken when exited. It also has a lipid called Anandamide which is named ‘the bliss molecule’ because it’s molecular shape is similar to that of THC.