Food is only unhealthy if you make it that way. There’s always a healthy alternative!
A weekend favorite at our house is buckwheat pancakes. When we make buckwheat pancakes, we get our kids involved so they can learn how to cook, build a positive relationship with food, increases fine motor skills, reading, math, and safety skills along with their vocabulary and scientific concepts. Not to mention buckwheat is healthier for them, so we avoid common brands like Bisquick, Aunt Jemima, and Krusteaz since they put so many additives into the mixture and it’s those additives that cause health problems.
In one box of Bisquick pancake mix you consume: monoglycerides (which can be contaminated with toxins like lead and mercury during the manufacturing process), corn starch, salt, DATEM (an additive that can lead to “leaky gut syndrome”) and dextrose. When you make buckwheat pancakes from scratch, you avoid all the additives food manufacturers put in their products and you have a healthier alternative to these unhealthy mixes.
Buckwheat is a pseduo-grain, meaning it doesn’t come from grasses like traditional grains and instead comes from broad-leafed plants. Buckwheat is also considered a superfood due to the high concentration of vitamins and minerals that compose it. In a single serving of buckwheat you get: protein, fat, carbs, fiber, potassium, phosphorus, magnesium, calcium, and iron! It’s these minerals and nutrients that make buckwheat a superfood.
How do you make Buckwheat pancakes though? Here’s the ingredients you’ll need:
avocado oil or virgin olive oil
1 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
3 tablespoons honey or sugar in the raw
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon baking soda
3 tablespoons ghee, melted
1 egg (optional)
2 cups oat or almond milk
How to Make Buckwheat Pancakes
Whisk together the dry ingredients into a large bowl.
Pour the melted ghee over the dry ingredients and stir.
(OPTIONAL) Beat the egg with a fork and stir it into half of your milk. If you chose not to have an egg you can skip this step.
Add the milk(milk/egg) mixture to the dry ingredients, then slowly add in the other half of milk as needed until you have the right consistency for your batter.
Stir until everything is combined. Be careful not to overmix!
Pour batter into a pan and let cook on high heat for 2 minutes, then flip and let the other side cook for 2 minutes.
Drizzle with honey or 100% organic maple syrup and enjoy!