Pancakes for me were one thing I thought I couldn't survive without if I made the transition to raw or living foods. So naturally now that I am trying to consume as little cooked food as possible without compromising my nutritional needs (so I still eat some cooked fish/chicken) I just had to find a raw replacement for our traditional Sunday morning pancakes. Sunday represents family time for us, and a key element for quality time together is delicious food.
about 8 dried dates
1/2 C or less of honey
1 tbsp vanilla extract (organic and alcohol-free)
2-3 tsp of cinnamon (we love it, I think I used even more)
2 tbsp ground flax seeds
little bit of coconut oil (1/4 C or less)
1 C buckwheat groats (whole grains)
1/4 C shredded, unsweetened coconut
Grind the buckwheat in food processor, set a side in a bowl and combine with coconut flakes. In a food processor fitted with an S-blade, blend together chopped apples (organic don't have to peel), dates, flax and spices. Taste, add vanilla/cinnamon or even a pinch of salt if you desire. Scrape the mixture out and combine with buckwheat and coconut by hand. You should have a non-sticky, somewhat dry but well blended batter. Take small dollops of dough into your hands and shape onto a non-stick sheet. I used a spoon to smooth out the surface of my pancakes, did not even stick. The above picture shows the pancakes before dehydration. I made them the night before, and dehydrated them for about 6 hours on one side and then 4 on the other below 115F. Make sure you don't dry yours out completely!
I served my pancakes with organic pure maple syrup, vanilla-strawberry purée (home-grown strawberries, vanilla extract, drizzle of honey) and sliced Finnish green apples.
Raw pizza crust
1C buckwheat groats, soaked overnight
1/2 C sunflower seeds
couple stalks celery
some sundried tomatoes & capers
fresh thyme, basil
Himalayan salt & pepper
cold pressed olive oil
Soak buckwheat, drain soak water. In a food processor (S-blade) , give the groats some whirls until they form a paste. Add sunflower seeds, then the rest of ingredients. Taste your dough, add spices until you like the flavor. Spread evenly on a sheet, dehydrate about 9 hours total, flip half way.
Top with your favorite tomato sauce and toppings. We had zucchini, mushrooms, red onion and fresh basil. I poured a touch of olive oil, Himalayan salt & ground black pepper and dried oregano on top and some soaked unhulled sesame seeds and continued to dehydrate for about an hour before eating. It was yummy.
P.S. If you are wondering why I think I need seafood and poultry, it is because of my history of anemia and the fact that I am breastfeeding my 9-month-old :)