Friday, 3 October 2014

Vegan Cinnamon-Raisin Buckwheat Pancakes

It's October which means that autumn is well and truly upon us! As much as I love the warmth of summer I do have a soft spot for autumn and winter; I absolutely adore snuggling up in cosy oversized jumpers, sipping steaming mugs of (vegan) hot chocolate and using heaps of warming spices in oatmeal and pancakes (think flavours such as apple pie, chai spice and gingerbread). Buckwheat pancakes are an incredibly hearty meal which will definitely be a favourite of mine throughout the coming chilly months - throw in some cinnamon and raisins and you've got one of the best pancake flavours you could possibly imagine!

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 tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 ripe banana
  • 2 tbsp raisins
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice
  • Oil of choice (I use coconut) for cooking


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, baking powder and cinnamon into a large mixing bowl and stir them all together. Mash your banana into a pulp (you can leave behind a few slices to top the pancakes with if you wish) then add it into the bowl along with the raisins, non-dairy milk and flax eggs. Mix well until everything is combined - the consistency should be fairly thick, similar to that of cake mixture.

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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