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Pancake Perfection

I can talk ‘green food’ whatever I want, but the moment I post a tasty looking (not green) looking meal on my social media I’m overwhelmed by the recipe requests. And I can’t blame you. Healthy food doesn’t have to look like green rabbit food. Besides that, your mental enjoyment during a dinner is as important as what is on your plate.

So, pancakes. This recipe is so simple, I’m almost too embarrassed to share. There are two ways to make a perfect basic pancake. In both I will of course not use any eggs, wheat, dairy, sugar, white flour or milk. Who needs that anyway?

The sweet pancake

This pancake is made with the following ingredients:

  • three cups of buckwheat flower;
  • two cups of water, you can use sparkling water to make the pancakes a bit more ‘light’;
  • 1/4 cup of coconut oil;
  • cinnamon and/or vanilla essence;
  • optional some lemon juice or a bit of grated lemon peel for an extra fresh taste.

Simply mix all ingredients in a large mixing bowl, whisk together while gradually adding all the water. Stirr to combine. Heat a griddle or frying pan (no oil is needed) over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using not too much as we only want to cover the bottom of the pan. Tilt the pan with a circular motion so that the batter coats the surface evenly and bake until you have the perfect crêpe, a thin pancake. Bake the crêpe for about 1 or 2 minutes, until the bottom is light brown. Loosen with a spatula, turn and bake the other side. Serve hot or cold. Et voila, that’s it!

You can prepare this with some Stevia/honey and lemon as a topping. Perhaps you prefer a sugar free marmalade. Raw cacao is also very tasty and can even be added into the batter instead as a topping. A perfect snack, dessert and a perfect breakfast (you can prepare them the night before). You can read all the health benefits of buckwheat in this post. A tip my mom once gave to me when making thin crepes is to turn the crêpe the moment the color of the unbaked side of the crêpe turns dark yellow. As such you will always have a perfect pancake (not too brown and not too light).


The savory pancake

For this pancake the exact same instruction apply as for the sweet pancake. However, with different ingredients.

  • three cups of chickpeas flower;
  • two cups of water;
  • 1/4 cup of olive oil;
  • pepper and salt;
  • additionally you can add some herbs such as parsley and/or cayenne-, ginger-, turmeric or garlic powder.

Like said, prepare these the exact same way as above. Some people might however prefer a bit thicker pancakes depending on how you want to serve them. I filled these ones with a vegetables tomato mix. Just throw all vegetables you like with an onion in a pan and fry until soft. Add one or two cans of concentrated tomato sauce with some water and fill the pancake with this warm mixture. This is a very tasty and filling dish. You can add some nutritional yeast in the filling for an extra cheese taste and to create a healthy vegan Mexican tortilla taste-a-like. More on the health benefits of chickpeas here.



photos and text by the green creator (c) (copyright) and shutterstock

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  • Reply
    September 24, 2013 at 1:06 pm

    Lekker ! ga ik proberen. 🙂 voor hoeveel pannekoekjes is je recept?

    • Reply
      September 24, 2013 at 7:43 pm

      Het is echt heerlijk verantwoord genieten 🙂 Ik kon er ongeveer tien stuks van maken. xoxo

      • Reply
        November 7, 2013 at 9:53 pm

        Hey Bianca. Ik maak vaak pannenkoeken met speltmeel en water, maar wat vindt jij beter aan boekweitmeel? Of vind je speltmeel ook ok? Groetjes!

        • Reply
          November 8, 2013 at 8:49 am

          Hi Sarah, spelt is natuurlijk een hartstikke goede en gezonde keuze! Laten we dat voorop stellen. Maar in spelt zitten nog wel sporen van gluten en aangezien boekweit eigenlijk een zaad is en ik zoveel mogelijk gluten en graanvrij wil koken kies ik voor boekweit. Maar nogmaals, als je spelt lekker vindt is dat zeker een gezonde optie. Wat ook lekker kan zijn is om beiden soorten meel te mixen. xx

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    April 11, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    I’m not sure where you’re getting your information, but good topic.
    I needs to spend some time learning more or understanding more.
    Thanks for great info I was looking for this info for my mission.

  • Reply
    May 29, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    Hoi Bianca,

    je spreekt altijd van ‘kopjes’ in je recepten, maar hoeveel gram is dit eigenlijk? Ik zou graag deze pannenkoekjes ook eens maken!


    • Reply
      May 29, 2015 at 2:59 pm

      Hi Ilse,

      Hele goede vraag! Als ik kopjes zeg dan bedoel ik niet een precies getal en bedoel ik letterlijk een glaasje/kopje. Dat is in dit geval rond de 110 gram boekweitmeel.

      Hopelijk helpt dit een beetje!


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