Gut issues…..What is Buckwheat?
Anyone with any wheat or gluten intolerances will be well aware of Buckwheat. Many others think it is a cereal grain. However, it is actually a fruit seed that is related to rhubarb and sorrel. So it is a suitable substitute for grains for people who are sensitive to wheat or other grains containing protein glutens.
Buckwheat flour is a high fibre, high protein alternative to white flour. It is also higher in many essential vitamins and minerals than white flour. You can use buckwheat flour in place of white or whole-wheat flour in many recipes, including those for muffins, cookies and pikelets, such as the ones here. Which are really light and fluffy, so you don’t have to comprimise on texture or flavour using buckwheat.
If you have gluten intolerances, just always check the packaging on buckwheat flour to be sure it is completely gluten free. In theory my family don’t have any special dietary needs, so with this recipe you can just as easily use regular milk and baking powder if you want to, as I do sometimes.
This is a delicious and quick sweet snack to make and you can serve it alone or with homemade jam or if you like, with a splash of Maple Syrup.
- ½ cup buckwheat flour
- 2 tablespoons coconut sugar
- 1 teaspoon gluten free baking powder
- ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
- 1 egg, lightly whisked
- ⅓ cup almond milk (or your preferred milk)
- 150g (about 2) granny smith apples
- 1-2 tsp coconut oil
- Peel and quarter the apples
- Place in the Thermomix bowl and chop 3 sec / spd 5
- Add dry ingredients and wet ingredients
- Mix 3 sec / spd 2.5
- Heat coconut oil in a frying pan over low-medium heat.
- Pour ¼ cup of apple mixture into pan and flatten gently with the back of a spoon.
- Cook in batches, for 1 - 2 minutes each side or until lightly browned.
- Serve as a snack alone, or top with homemade jam or Maple syrup.
- NOTE- if you are making this recipe without a Thermomix, then you will have to chop the apple finely as you can and then make the batter and stir it through before cooking them in the pan.