These lovely little drop scones, or pancakes, are packed full of goodness making them a perfect breakfast or snack for anyone. They're free from refined sugar and work well for baby led weaning as they are easy for little fingers to grasp. All three of my children absolutely devoured these leaving me feeling great that (for once) they'd started their day with not only a fruit and a vegetable in their breakfast but some lovely wholegrain goodness as well.
Well, I say wholegrain, but in reality buckwheat isn't a grain - it's not even related to wheat. It's gluten free and is sometimes described as a pseudo-grain. Several countries around the world use it to make pancakes, such as the French galettes, Russian blinis and the Ukrainian Hrechanyky! I used Rude Health sprouted buckwheat flour to make these pancakes. Sprouted buckwheat flour uses buckwheat that has been soaked in water and allowed to sprout. This makes it more nourishing and full of goodness.
I was worried about the courgette and what kind of reaction this would lead to. We have a bad track record with "green bits" in food! I didn't peel them so there were green flecks in the drop scones. To avoid this problem you can peel the skin off making the courgette pretty much hidden. I was pleasantly surprised on this occasion though, as all three kids gobbled these pancakes up and didn't even notice - or if they did they didn't comment on - the green bits.
150g buckwheat flour
2 tsp baking powder
1 tsp ground cinnamon
2 eggs, beaten
200ml milk (I used almond)
2 small courgettes, grated
1 ripe banana, mashed
1 tbsp honey or maple syrup, optional (remember no honey for under-ones)
Oil for frying (I used coconut oil)
1. Place the flour, baking powder and ground cinnamon in a mixing bowl and whisk until well combined.
2. Pour in the eggs and half of the milk and whisk, then gradually add the rest of the milk, whisking all the time until you have a batter.
3. Stir in the grated courgette, banana and honey or maple syrup if using.
4. Heat a little oil in a non-stick frying pan over a low heat. Drop spoonfuls of the batter onto the pan and cook for 2-3 minutes before turning over with a spatula to cook the other side.
5. Serve with fresh fruit, honey or maple syrup, yoghurt, jam - or however you like them. Enjoy!
These keep pretty well overnight in the fridge if you're like me and struggle to find time to make breakfast in the morning.
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