Thursday, April 7, 2011

Buckwheat Butternut Pancakes

I am going to be tied down all weekend working on essays and so I wanted something quick, but nutritious with some staying power to have on hand for study snacks. I decided to make some Buckwheat pancakes, using Orgran premix Buckwheat pancake mix but with some slight variation. I had some leftover roast butternut pumpkin, and some frozen baby spinach in the freezer - so decided to add them in.

I pkt Orgran Buckwheat Pancake Mix
3tsp of Orgran No Egg
1tsp of baking powder
Generous amount of cinnamon and/or nutmeg or whichever spices you like best.
1/4 cup of apple puree
300ml of Almond Milk
300ml of water
1 cup of mashed butternut pumpkin
1tsp vanilla extract
1/2 cup of crushed frozen baby spinach
Another ideal addition to this mix would be a handful of rolled oats.

Roast butternut squash for about 45 mins on 150 celcius, leave to cool.

Combine dry ingredients in a bowl, and then add almond milk and water to a creamy consistency. Add other wet ingredients.
Pour ladlefuls at a time onto a hot pan and wait for bubbles to form and pop, flip and cook the other side.
Add whichever toppings you prefer, I personally prefer lemon juice and a little sugar. This recipes makes a lot of servings, so just pop the leftover mix in the fridge and cook a pancake or two whenever you like.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Long time no blog

I didn't blog for a very long time, but due to some prodding by friends I will try and do this again. I thought I would start with some ideas for smoothies. I might even add a pic later ;)

Every morning I make different smoothies for breakfast, mostly because my son is not a breakfast kid and I want to get some nourishment into him before he goes to school.

I keep ziploc bags of baby spinach in the freezer - Yes! I just discovered you can do this without blanching. Just put the spinach in the bag, suck out the air with a straw and freeze. It is great for using in cooking and smoothies, just not for salads ;) The bonus is, if you need to finely chop spinach for a recipe, just give the bag a bit of a bash and it will finely chop itself.

To make our breakfast smoothie, we always start with orange juice and frozen spinach. The vitamin C in the orange helps you to absorb more of the iron from the spinach. I then add mixed frozen berries, frozen bananas if we have some (another thing that freezes well) and whatever fruits we happen to have on that particular day. Today for example, we had cranberries and kiwi fruit. Sometimes I also throw in some oats or almond meal for extra staying power.

Enjoy :)