Making buckwheat pancakes, when family visit for Sunday brunch, is a weekend ritual in our house. Usually toppings include slices of fresh seasonal fruit, lashings of cashew cream and drizzles of maple syrup. So when I spied a pic of roasted grapes in @deliciousaus mag, I just had to try a selection of roasted fruit on buckwheat pancakes with a scattering of hemp seeds.
If you can imagine fluffy light pancakes and mouth watering luscious warm grapes and bananas… yes, you’ve got the idea.
Health benefits –
· Buckwheat is one of the few gluten free grains because it’s a fruit seed, not a whole grain. It’s so packed with protein and fibre, nutrients and antioxidants that it’s often called a superfood, all with few calories and almost no fat.
Makes 12 medium sized pancakes
V, GF, DF, RSF
For the roasted fruit:
Any seasonal fruit OR for a festive occasion, 400 grams (14 oz.) red grapes, cut into 4 bunches
2 ripe bananas, peeled, sliced in half long ways, cut in half
zest and juice ½ orange
drizzle maple syrup for serving
For the pancakes:
1 cup buckwheat flour
11/2 cups spelt or plain flour
2 teaspoons bicarbonate of soda
chickpea water from a 400 gram tin of unsalted chickpeas
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 tablespoon maple syrup (optional)
2 cups milk – nut, seed or rice
1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
Preheat the oven to 160’C (320’F/Gas 3). Arrange bananas and grapes in a single layer on baking paper on a baking tray. Grate zest over bananas and squeeze juice over fruit. Cover with foil and roast for 15 minutes, then uncover and roast a further 15 minutes or until fruit is soft yet holding its shape.
Meanwhile, in a bowl combine flours, bicarbonate of soda and salt, and mix to remove the lumps. Pour wet ingredients into the dry mixture and stir to combine. Heat a non-stick fry pan on medium heat, and cook batter in batches. Cook each pancake about 1½ minutes until bubbles appear on the surface, then flip and cook about another minute. Cover pancakes to keep warm while making the others. Serve the pancakes with warm fruit, a drizzle of maple syrup and a scattering of hemp seeds.