Saturday, 31 May 2014

Vegan Lemon & Coconut Buckwheat Pancakes


The flavour combination of lemon and coconut is a classic and one that I've used before when making bliss balls, so I was extremely happy that both flavours came through well. The mashed banana gave just enough sweetness to counteract the tang of the lemon and there was a hint of coconut in every mouthful. Unfortunately these pancakes weren't as thick as the ones I usually make and in hindsight I probably should have reduced the amount of non-dairy milk due to the addition of lemon juice; however, they still held together perfectly and were still fluffy and fairly thick so I think overall it was a successful experiment!


Vegan lemon and coconut buckwheat pancakes with raspberry chia jam, banana and dessicated coconut


Ingredients
Makes 6 - 7 small pancakes
  • 2 flax eggs (2 tbsp ground flaxseed and 6 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour 
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice (you can reduce this to 1/4 cup if you wish)
  • 2 tbsp dessicated coconut
  • 1 lemon
  • Oil of choice (I use coconut) for cooking


Method

The first thing you need to do is make your flax eggs; to do this simply mix the ground flaxseed and water together in a cup and leave it in the fridge for at least 30 minutes to thicken up.

When your flax eggs are ready you can begin making your pancakes. Firstly, sift the flour and baking powder into a large mixing bowl and stir them together. Mash your banana into a pulp (you can leave out a few slices for decoration if you want) then add it into the bowl along with the non-dairy milk, flax eggs and dessicated coconut. Using a fine grater or a lemon zester grate the lemon and put the zest into the mixing bowl; cut the lemon in half then squeeze the juice from one half into the bowl as well (it's much easier if you have one of those small lemon juicers). You can put the other half in the fridge to use at a later date or you could drizzle the juice from it onto your finished pancake stack! Mix all the ingredients well until everything is incorporated.

Heat your oil of choice in a frying pan over a medium heat; I have a non-stick frying pan so I only have to use a tiny amount of oil but you may need to use more if you don't have one. When the oil has heated up pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into the centre of the pan and spread it out slightly with a spoon, forming a pancake shape. Let it cook for a minute or two, until bubbles start forming on the top, then flip it over and cook it for another minute or so. Repeat with the rest of the mixture, then add your toppings and enjoy!

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8 comments

  1. Hi! Do you think that I can replace the flax eggs with one "real" egg?

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    1. Yes, of course! But it would have to be two real eggs because one flax egg is the equivalent of one real egg :) x

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  2. Hi! can I replace the buckwheat flour with other ones, like whole wheat flour? :)

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    1. You can do, yeah! :) not coconut flour though, I've tried that before and it was a bit of a disaster haha xxx

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  3. Meghan, I am seriously in love with you, your blog, and recipes! Recently I have started on my own journey to lead a healthier happier life. I have visited other blogs that claim to have vegan recipes etc but they're loaded with added sugars and they end up making me feel bloated and tired. I've tried many of your recipes and they are delicious and I don't feel guilty after indulging! Lot's of love your way.

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    1. Aww, thank you so much! You're such a sweetheart :) I felt the exact same when I first transitioned to veganism, added sugar in anything makes my stomach cramp and bloat so I avoid it as much as possible but it seems like a lot of vegan recipes/products contain it! Thank goodness for maple syrup and medjool dates haha ;) I'm really happy you like my recipes, that means a lot to me! Sending love your way xxx

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  4. Hi! I was wondering if you think the pancakes would still turn out okay if I made the batter the night before I make them? Thanks!

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    1. Hello! I've never done that before but I don't think it would be a problem :) definitely try it and see how it goes! x

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