I’ve been experimenting a lot with buckwheat lately. It’s a flavoursome grain alternative (as it’s actually a seed) and I love it in all it’s forms, puffed in muesli, raw in porridge or flour in baking and… crepes! After making the stackable american style pancakes and crepes with buckwheat I’ve decided that the crepes are superior by far, thus this is the recipe I’ll share. My quinoa pancakes are still my go to for a healthier fluffy pancake!
Even though I’m not dairy free or vegan these babies are! My aim wasn’t to make them that, but to make a slice that contained loads of nutrients and good fats to balance the unrefined sweeteners it contains and that would therefore satisfy that never satisfied sweet tooth of mine. Loaded with tahini, oats, almonds, cashews, cacao, and dates (only one date per serve) it ticks those boxes. After a little bit of trial and error (and complete rejection of an earlier effort by my boyfriend, he actually took one bite and was just like ‘nope’) I have these on my hands and I don’t wanna share them! Haha. Four layers of sweet, nutty, caramel and chocolate goodness.
This recipe was inspired by a free form berry tart recipe from the master of all baked things, Margaret Fulton. However I wanted to use a wholegrain pastry, decrease the sugar and use a fruit that was currently in season: persimmon. As I was asking this my housemate questioned my fruit choice as he thought they were savoury, more like a tomato, it goes to show that this golden fruit is not getting the love it deserves! Persimmon’s might not have the biggest fan club which is kind of surprising, because when very ripe they are sweet, low in acidity and so delicious.
I’ve been trying to perfect a recipe for double chocolate buckwheat and almond cookies for a couple of weeks now but it hasn’t been going to plan. The first batch was too shortbread like once cooled and the next was to cakey. I wanted them to be a fudgier texture. So I made these instead. Peanut butter, molasses, maple syrup and coconut sugar add to the texture. The coconut, buckwheat and roasted almonds add a nutty flavour profile (along with the peanut butter) and the chocolate chips because chocolate chips.
This doesn’t taste like health food, and I’m not going to pretend it’s an all the time food. It’s a chocolate pudding so of course not, however it uses great whole foods ingredients and can easily be adapted to suit a variety of diets. There is no refined sugar and you could probably make it vegan by using an egg substitute (I haven’t done this yet). And it tastes like comfort food, because it’s a chocolate self saucing pudding and there are few other desserts as comforting as that. It also passed the boyfriend, family and house mate test. Gooey chocolate sauce, a chocolate sponge with hints of coconut. Sold? You should be.
This weekend is clearly all about cooking for me! My boyfriend and housemates are away and I have been so tired that I’ve been losing my voice this week, so I am trying to rest. And this is my version of resting ha. I’ve made this a couple of times now, and this version uses maple syrup to sweeten and vanilla and tangy greek yoghurt to flavour. I’ve served it with candied nuts, warmed berries, fresh berries, lime all are good and I’m sure you can come up with you’re own delicious combinations so I am just posting the actual panna cotta recipe here, sans toppings. I have even had this for breakfast (whoops) with some light and crunchy superfood muesli!
I have a problem. I really like baked goods. Especially in the afternoon, anything sweet really, although fruit just hasn’t been cutting it lately. I need more. But when I eat too much processed food and sugar I sleep really badly; then I’m tired; and then I want more sugar in the afternoon to stay awake. It’s a sugary, circular battlefield. To solve this ‘problem’ (really I’m using that term in a pretty fast and loose way – my problem is on the pathetic side!) I’m trying to find low fructose, whole food solutions that are free of refined sugar to stop this cruel circle. Saving lives over here, solving world problems and the like haha.
I hate wasting food, and the other night when I made the KALE, LENTIL AND POMEGRANATE SALAD I made way too much quinoa and had a container of it sitting in my fridge waiting to be eaten. I really wanted to use it today and felt like something that would feel indulgent because it’s Friday and that’s always worth celebrating (even if I am still on holidays right now..)!
I am sitting on my bed with the sun streaming through the window eating ‘off cuts’ of these while I write this. Well if I’m being honest I actually finished eating while I waited for my computer to start up….
This is so delicious. I made this a month or so ago but sometimes I dream about it. It fills the house with such a delicious smell. And slathered in peanut or almond butter – or just plain butter – it is ridiculous. This also passed the boyfriend test and he is both a lover of sweet things and banana bread so I feel that speaks volumes.