I remember the fluffy sour-milk pancakes from my childhood that I liked much better than the flat ones.
Now that I’ve been making fermented buckwheat bread for ages it made me think why not use the same batter for pancakes as it’s so fluffy and has a sour taste. When I made the first batch I also used sour soymilk that I happened to have in the fridge and the pancakes turned out great. However, I realize that most people don’t happen to have sour plant-based milks in their fridges, so I decided to make the recipe with regular oat milk.
As it’s the cold season, it does not hurt adding turmeric wherever you can, including pancake batter. Besides fighting off the nasty viruses and relieving your running nose and cough, your pancakes will also be of a nice yellow colour. The batch I photographed is without turmeric, but equally tasty.
Another way of getting a nice colour and some autumn flavour is to use pumpkin puree instead of applesauce.
I’ve now prepared buckwheat sourdough pancakes on two Sundays and I’m sure this Sunday will be no exception.
Ingredients |3 servings|
|200g (7oz) raw buckwheat|
|150g (5.3oz) water + water for soaking|
Add to fermented batter:
|1 ripe banana|
|2 tbsps. ground flax seeds|
|2 tbsps. unsweetened applesauce|
|2 tsps. cinnamon|
|1 tsp. turmeric (optional)|
|A few small pinches of sea salt|
|250g (8.8oz, 1.06 cup) unsweetened oat milk|
Soak the buckwheat for at least 6 hours. Place thoroughly rinsed and drained groats with 150g of water into blender and blend until you get a homogeneous batter.
Place this batter into a plastic or ceramic bowl (big enough to mix the pancake batter later), cover with clean kitchen cloth and place into a warm (30 C, 86 F) oven for at least 7 hours. Metal bowl would interfere with the fermenting process. It’s ready when the batter has risen and you see small bubbles.
Mixing the batter
Smash the banana with fork or blend with immerse blender and add it to the batter with applesauce, ground flax seeds, cinnamon, turmeric and sea salt. Mix thoroughly and carefully with wooden spoon. Don’t be too hasty, as you’d lose the fluffiness of the batter.
Now gradually add oat milk and mix well. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes to let the flax seeds get slimy.
Baking the pancakes
Take a non-stick pan (it’s best to have a separate pan for pancakes to avoid any sticking). Put a bit of coconut or olive oil on the pan and rub it with folded kitchen paper until all the excess oil is absorbed into paper. Use the same paper to clean the pan between pancakes.
You might as well call me the weird one, but having sensitive digestive system and therefore being a bit of right food combining freak, I prefer my pancakes plain, without any fruit purees. I just take my speciality coffee with soymilk to enjoy them. Anyway, I usually have my fruit smoothie while I bake the pancakes, so the fruits and grains can’t get into a fight in my stomach.
However, you don’t need to be as weird 🙂 Go ahead and puree some fruits for pancake jam:
- Blend berries of your choice with banana.
- Blend fruits of your choice. Mango puree is my boys’ favourite.
- Add spices of your choice, e.g. cardamom, vanilla, cinnamon, to either the pancake batter or your sauce/jam.
- Applesauce makes a great pancake jam, especially if you add a splash of coconut milk.
The best timing to be able to bake the pancakes in the morning is to put the groats to soak in the morning or afternoon the day before, and blend the batter and put it to ferment the evening before. In the morning when you wake up, just take it out of the oven and get going.
Nele Liivlaid: founder of Nutriplanet.org She has been into healthy eating for many years, but developed a more profound interest in nutrition and related diseases when she started reading The China Study and other special books on nutrition. After being in real estate and hospitality business for more than 10 years she decided to totally change her path to spread the word about healthy and sustainable nutrition and lifestyle.