Good morning lovely readers, old and new! Welcome to the very first day of the vegan month of food! Who can believe it has already been a year since the last one? Goodness gracious me..
This year, things are going down a little differently. Rather than each participant choosing their own theme to stick to throughout the month, the MoFo team have posted a list of prompts for each day so that everybody participating is chatting about the same thing. I think this has definitely simplified things and perhaps made it easier for more folks to get on board. So without further adieu, today’s prompt:
Rise and Shine! It’s MoFo time! Tell us about your breakfast.
Now unless you closed your eyes for the title of this post or even skipped it entirely in a mad rush to get to the rest of this quality post, you’ll see that I’ve gone with a classic – pancakes. I don’t eat a hell of a lot of pancakes, as they have always seemed like a special occasion food because they always appeared for mother’s day or father’s day or christmas or birthdays. But seeing as though it is day one of MoFo, what the hell!
Hello sweet goodness! If only every day started like this…
If you’re like me and have some serious troubles with flipping pancakes, think about making smaller pikelet sized ones like this! I’ve never made such perfect looking pancakes in my life.
Buckwheat Pancakes with Blueberry Coulis
(makes 10-12 smaller pancakes)
1 ½ cups buckwheat flour
1 ½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
¼ cup mashed banana
2 Tbsp coconut sugar
1 ½ cups non dairy milk
1 tsp vanilla
Coconut oil for frying
1 ½ cups blueberries
1 Tbsp lemon juice
2-3 Tbsp agave
1 tsp vanilla
1 tsp chia seeds (optional, for thickening)
For the pancakes, mix together flour, baking powder and salt in a large bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together the remaining ingredients (except for the oil). Make a well in the centre of the dry mix and pour the wet mix into it, stirring to combine.
Heat a fry pan over medium heat and melt a small amount of coconut oil in it. Scoop pancake batter into the pan – for these smaller pancakes I used a ¼ cup to measure it out. Allow to cook until bubbles have started to form and pop all over each pancake. Carefully flip them using a thin metal spatula and cook for a further couple of minutes, until golden. Continue with the remaining batter.
For the coulis, place blueberries, lemon juice and agave in a small pot and heat over medium low heat. Gently simmer for about 10 minutes, until the blueberries start to break apart. Mash some with a spoon so that they separate. I like to keep some chunk in mine, but if you prefer you can blend and strain the mix later.
Turn off the heat and stir in vanilla. Taste for sweetness and add more agave if necessary. For a thicker sauce, add 1 teaspoon of chia seeds, stir through and allow to sit for a couple of minutes.
Serve pancakes with coulis, fresh fruit, yoghurt, ice cream, or whatever you damn want.
your pancakes do look perfect – I always make mine small because my mum did – I think it was a practical thing to make sure as many as possible could have some while the next were cooking – large pancakes seem special to me – and of course pancake stacks like yours are also special
That’s true – I do always remember the battle as a child over who would get the first pancake. I don’t think we ever really had a stack of pancakes, as it was one at a time as they came off the pan! I can only remember a few occasions where all the pancakes were cooked and kept warm in the oven and served together.
yeah pancakes! I did pancakes for this mofo prompt too and oh man it was hard waiting to photograph the big stack before I could start eating.
Ha! I had a few off to the side to nibble on while the photographing took place 😉
What a perfect stack! I love pikelets. That’s how we made them when I was a kid and buckwheat is so delicious 🙂 Nice mofo kick off!
Thanks Lysette! I so need to make more pikelets – they’re such a great snack and I agree, buckwheat is delicious, I find myself using it more and more these days.
oooooooer! They look so pretty! and Spring strawberries…I’m so freakin’ happy Spring is here Down Under!
Thanks Kate! I know right, it’s so lovely to see all the plants starting to come back to life. Our plum tree has broken out into lots of little white flowers – so lovely 🙂
Oh yum! I love pancakes. These look beautiful, I will remember the sizing tip! My stacks always look so messy.
Thanks Susan! Yes – it worked well, I wasn’t sure how it would go as I expected most people get the perfect shape using a ring or something, but the cup measurements worked really well.
I only wish that every day could start like this… preferably with someone else cooking!
Haha, I hear ya Jojo!
Yum! Those look fantastic. 🙂
Thanks Caitlin 🙂
those look like some awesome pancakes!!
Wow, those are some stunning pancakes! I rarely make pancakes too, but whenever I do, it’s a special treat.
Thanks Cadry! It’s nice to have some meals more reserved for certain occasions – makes them that much more special I think 🙂
Your breakfast looks really pretty and yummy! I also decided to make pancakes for the first day. You can never go wrong with pancakes I guess. 😉 Gonna try them with buckwheat flour some time!
Thanks Sonja, great minds think alike I reckon! 🙂
These pancakes look amazing! I love the coulis too, very nice 🙂
Thanks so much Sarah 🙂
The start of MoFo 2015 is definitely a cause for pancakes
I agree Ana 😀