Fluffy Blueberry-Lemon Pancakes - with Buckwheat (Gluten Free, Dairy Free, Vegan, Paleo)

What are they like?

-rich lemony aroma

-fluffy and full of blueberries

-filled with nutrient-dense buckwheat flour

The Best Lemon Blueberry Pancakes Gluten Free Dairy Free vegan paleo
 

Recipe

These pancakes are my favorite. The lemon and blueberry marry so well together that, like me, they may become your go-to pancake. The deeply nutty and aromatic qualities of buckwheat are as satisfying as they are healthy, offering ample nutrients compared to refined grains. Dig in and enjoy!

Makes 12 pancakes, prep 10 min, cook time ~12 min

dry
1 1/3 cups buckwheat flour, 179g
2 1/2 tbsp (30g) brown sugar (substitute maple syrup or date sugar for Paleo)
1/2 tsp cinnamon (optional)
1 tsp baking powder (substitute baking soda for Paleo)
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp psyllium husk powder (omit if Paleo)
1/4 tsp salt

Scant 2/3 cup blueberries, 60g, frozen or fresh

wet
2 tbsp olive oil, 26g
1 1/2 (375g/375ml) cups nondairy milk (can use Paleo nondairy milk if you’re Paleo)
1/4 (60g) cup lemon juice, plus zest (about 2 lemons)

Directions:

  1. Place two large skillets on the stove, so they are ready to use when needed (you can use one but I always prefer to cook pancakes with two skillets (see note). It makes it go more quickly and keeps them fluffier.

  2. In a large bowl whisk together the dry ingredients, except for the blueberries. Place the blueberries in a measuring cup and, if using frozen blueberries, sprinkle 2 tsp of the flour mixture over the berries. Jostle the blueberries to fully coat them.

  3. Whisk together the wet ingredients (the nondairy milk, olive oil, and lemon juice) and using a spoon stir it into the dry ingredients. Once the flour is almost mixed in, add the blueberries, and stir just until the flour is all mixed in.

  4. Turn the burners to medium and allow them to heat up for 1 minute before adding a teaspoon of oil to coat each pan. Place mounds of pancake mix into each pan and allow to cook until air bubbles start to pop and the edge starts to look cooked. Turn the burner down a little if necessary. Then flip the pancakes and cook for about 2-3 minutes until done.

These pancakes make excellent leftovers. Enjoy them with nut butter and maple syrup, sliced fruit, or plain.

Notes:

I prefer to turn the burners on right before I add the wet ingredients. This way the pans have 1 minute to heat up before the pancakes are mixed together and ready to cook. When the mixture spends time sitting in the bowl, especially for the paleo version, the baking soda reacts with the acid from the lemon juice causing air bubbles. You want this reaction to happen while they are cooking in the pan! This is another reason to use two pans, it keeps the pancakes fluffier because they spend less time sitting in the bowl.

Bread Pudding with Pecans and Cognac Caramel Sauce

What is it like?  

- Rich

- Boozy

- Melt in your mouth 

Gluten Free Bread Pudding
 

Recipe

This recipe is one of my favorites and I always eat it as a dessert. However, if you use a different sauce, such as maple syrup, it can make a great breakfast. 

6-8 slices gluten free bread (filled until just a little liquid is in between after 20 min soak)*
1 cup soy milk
1/2 cup coconut sugar
2 eggs
2 tbsp sunflower oil or butter
2 tbsp vanilla, 1/4 tsp salt, 1 tsp cinnamon
1/4 cup raisins (optional) 
1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted 

Cognac Caramel Sauce
1/2 cup coconut sugar
1/4 cup nondairy milk
2 tbsp oil or butter
1/8 tsp salt
1 tbsp, plus 1 tsp cognac (Henessy brand works well) 

*I usually buy Trader Joe's gluten free cinnamon raisin bread and then skip the raisins and cinnamon in the recipe. 

Directions: 

  1. Slice bread into one-inch cubes and place into an 8x8 baking dish or cake pan.

  2. In the blender, blend together the milk, sugar, eggs, oil, vanilla, cinnamon, and salt until combined. Pour over the bread along with the toasted pecans and raisins. Make sure some of the raisins and pecans are submerged so they don’t burn or dry out. Some of the bread should be sticking above the liquid (this is the part that will get nice and crispy in the oven).

  3. While the bread rests for about 20 minutes, preheat oven to 350°F.

  4. Bake just until bread bounces back, about 20 minutes.

  5. To make the cognac sauce, combine all of the ingredients for the sauce (except the cognac) in a small sauce pan and place over medium heat until it simmers. Allow the sauce to cool slightly before adding the cognac. Plate the bread pudding, then pour sauce over it and serve! This sauce is also excellent over pancakes, apples, or ice cream.

cognac caramel sauce

Delicious Teff Crepes

What are they like? 

- Soft 

- Flavorful

- Great for savory or sweet

For a dessert, enjoy with melted chocolate and whipped coconut cream.

Or, for a savory crepe, sauté some maitake mushrooms with olive oil and bok choy. If you eat meat, you can toss in just a few pieces of smoked salmon and you will have a delicious and memorable meal. 

gluten free dairy free teff crepe recipe
 

Recipe

Makes 6-8 crepes, 5 min prep, 12 min cook time 

1 cup teff flour
1 cup water
2 tbsp olive oil, plus more for cooking
1/4 tsp salt, or less if preferred  
2 eggs 

Optional: you can add spices or herbs of your choice, like paprika or black pepper.

Directions: 

  1. Begin by warming the water so that the olive oil does not solidify when added to the bowl. Then mix all ingredients together in a large bowl for 1 minute or blend in the blender for thirty seconds. 
  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat. I use a twelve inch cast iron which works nicely.* Add one tsp of olive oil (or preferred oil) and then pour in about 1/4 to 1/3 cup of batter (scoop the batter from the bottom of the bowl in case it is not fully amalgamated). Right after you pour the batter into the pan, tilt it around in a quick circular motion to get the crepe batter to spread. 
  3. Once the crepe is solid it is cooked through and can be flipped. Cook on the second side briefly, about 30 seconds, before transferring to a plate. Add one tablespoon of water if the batter does not spread to 1/4 inch thickness.  
  4. Once cooled to room temperature, the crepes can be kept in the fridge for about 2-3 days in an airtight container. 

*If you are not used to cooking crepes, you will have to make a few to get the hang of it. If they break, you are probably trying to flip them too soon. You can oil the pan again after cook a few crepes to help them release. 

 

Carrot Cake Pancakes

What are they like? 

- Deliciously chewy

- Full of oats, carrots, raisins & walnuts

- Awesome with maple syrup & whipped coconut cream

gluten free dairy free carrot cake pancakes recipe
 

Recipe

Dry
1 1/2 cups gluten free flour
1 1/2 tsp psyllium husk powder
1 tsp baking soda
2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp nutmeg, 1/2 tsp ginger, 1/2 tsp salt
1/4 cup walnuts
1/3 cup raisins
1 cup shredded carrot
1/4 cup unsweetened coconut 

wet
1 1/2 cups soy milk OR preferred milk
2 tbsp coconut oil
1 egg OR substitute vegan egg
1 tbsp honey, optional OR agave for vegan
1 tsp vinegar
1 tbsp vanilla 

Directions: 

  1. Mix together the dry and wet ingredients in separate bowls. Then pour the wet in to the dry and mix until combined. 
  2. Place a heavy skillet over medium high heat, like a cast iron, but any skillet will work. Add 1 tsp of oil and place spoonfuls of batter into the pan. Turn the pancakes over once small bubbles surface and start to pop. Cook pancakes for several more minutes and then test for doneness and repeat with another batch.
  3. Keep them warm and serve. If you are feeling like going all out, bellow is an excellent topping! 

My favorite topping for pancakes, waffles, or french toast is as follows:
- a spread of almond butter
- sliced pear  
- frozen blueberries, warmed (the juice makes a great sauce) 
- maple syrup
- walnuts & cinnamon
- whipped coconut cream, optional 

Just place the toppings on the table and everyone can help themselves. 

Scrumptious Pumpkin Crepes

What the flavors? 

- Pumpkin

- Melted chocolate

- Pecans

Gluten free dairy free Pumpkin Chocolate Crepe Recipe

Recipe

Find the crepe batter recipe here. It can be made 1-2 days ahead.

4 servings, 10 minutes prep and cooking

1 cup pumpkin puree
2 tbsp honey OR agave for vegan
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 cup pecans 

Chocolate sauce
1/2 cup semi sweet chocolate chips or preferred chocolate, melted
1 tbsp dairy free milk OR regular milk 


Directions: 
Over low heat, stir the first three ingredients until warmed and incorporated. Then remove from burner. 
Heat the chocolate with the milk for 30 second intervals in the microwave until melted. Be sure to stir between each interval. If the chocolate feels hot the touch, allow it to rest at room temperature for a few minutes to finish melting. 
Then, fill the warm crepes with 1/4 pumpkin filling and drizzle with chocolate sauce and garnish with pecans.