A few months ago I discovered that buckwheat is not a grain, but a seed. This got me so excited, since more and more we've been eating grain-free. I decided to make pancakes with buckwheat flour for Go Ahead Honey, but I didn't want them to really taste like buckwheat. So I combined the buckwheat flour with almond meal flour, pumpkin, and a lot of eggs. The thing about grain-free flours, like coconut flour and almond meal flour, is that they need a lot of eggs.
I had been trying to create a grain-free and egg-free pumpkin cake since Heather announced her pumpkin theme for Go Ahead Honey. I finally gave up; they just never cooked through, leading me to think that you can either have egg-free baked goods or grain-free baked goods, but not both. If you know of some breads or cakes that are both, please tell us in the comments. For now, I'm going to stick to one or the other :-)
Thank you Heather for hosting, and I can't wait to see the roundup! Cheers, Kelly
Grain-free Pumpkin Pancakes:
Add to blender or food processor:
1 cup pumpkin puree
1/4 cup coconut milk
1/4 cup honey
12 drops of vanilla liquid stevia1 tbsp vanilla extract
2 tbsp coconut oil or ghee
1/4 cup, plus 2 tbsp buckwheat flour
1 cup almond meal flour
2 tsp pumpkin pie spice
1 tsp cinnamon
1/2 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder (Grain-free Baking Powder Recipe)
Pour onto pre-heated skillet.
I grease mine with coconut oil (big surprise, lol)
Spread the batter out some using the back of a spoon.
Top with applesauce or your favorite pancake topping.
"Buckwheat is actually not related to wheat at all. Buckwheat is a bush-like plant, which comes from the same family as rhubarb. Buckwheat flour is made from the triangle-shaped seed, or fruit, of the plant. The seed is similar to a sunflower seed, with a small seed inside a hard outer hull. This tiny seed is what the buckwheat flour is made from. This seed may be tiny, but it is mighty powerful when it comes to nutrition.
Buckwheat has a high concentration of all the essential amino acids, which even whole-grain wheat can’t claim. Buckwheat especially contains high levels of lysine, threonine, tryptophan and the sulpher-containing amino acids. Our bodies cannot make most of these amino acids, so we have to get them through our food sources." -Delicious Gluten-free Baking