This recipe is for when you’ve got a Sunday morning all to yourself.
Banana, spinach, buckwheat and wheatgrass pancakes perfectly paired with blueberries, goji berries and a peanut butter sauce.
I look forward to my Sunday mornings all week thanks to this recipe – waking up, flannel to the face, clothes on, walk to the beach, come back and stuff myself with green pancakes and cuban coffee. Oh my lord.. it really doesn’t get much better.
I’ve called them ‘All Out’ pancakes because I go all out on them. ‘Matilda’ sized pancakes, stacked in the most pretentiously Pinteresty way, and covered in all sorts of goodies like blueberries, banana, buckwheat groats, goji berries, peanut butter and date sauce… the list could go on. You could add your own toppings like desiccated coconut, nuts or seeds, frozen fruit, syrup… oh blimey, it’s really hard for me to write this in the evening just before dinner – I want to leap out of my seat and start making pancakes instead!
So – why spinach and wheatgrass?
Spinach is a fantastic source of iron. Used by our red blood cells to transport oxygen around the body, this is a great source of energy. If you’re lacking in iron, you may be experiencing things like tingly hands and feet, constant low energy, dizziness, feeling faint… anaemia is miserable, I can tell you that. So throw a good handful of spinach leaves into this and give yourself a boost.
I love how the blueberry juices stain the pancakes!
You may have heard the rave about wheatgrass. Hey, you may have even jumped on the bandwagon a couple of times to wretch at the taste. I did first time. I made sure to hold my nose whenever taking shots of wheatgrass from then.
I began taking wheatgrass everyday not really knowing what would happen, but simply being open to it. Within a month my skin was much less red, dry and irritated, I was bloating less. Most of all, I felt that I had a good, calm energy about me. It was very grounding.
I sent my brother off to University with a packet of wheatgrass to take as shots for the morning after. He always commented on how it made him feel: fresher, clearer, happier.
On research, I find that wheatgrass has many benefits, including:
- Increasing the amount of oxygen in your blood
- Reducing fatigue
- Liver cleansing (good for the morning after!)
- Stabilizes blood sugar levels (less mood swings for me)
- Boosts immunity
- A high amino acid content (the building blocks of protein)
- Being extremely nutrient dense and including over 90 vitamins and minerals, including magnesium, iron, selenium, calcium and A, C, E, K and B.
I add 1 teaspoon to the pancakes. The pancake mixture tastes savory – I feel that sweet toppings on sweet pancakes is a little too much, so I haven’t added a sweetener to the pancakes. If you wanted them sweeter, you may like to add a couple of medjool dates, maple syrup or honey.
Ingredients (serves 1)
- 1/3rd cup of buckwheat flour
- 1 banana
- 1 large handful of spinach
- 1 tsp wheatgrass powder
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 1 squeeze of lime
- 1/4 tsp cinnamon
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup milk of your choice (I think almond milk makes it taste the nicest)
- 1-2 medjool dates/honey/syrup (optional).
Peanut butter sauce
- 3 medjool dates
- 1 tsp peanut butter
- 1/3 tsp vanilla extract
- 1/5 cup milk of your choice
- In a jug, mix together the flour, salt, cinnamon and wheatgrass powder.
- In a blender, blend together the banana, spinach, milk, vanilla and lime.
- Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix together until combined. Add more or less milk depending on preference of consistency (I like my mixture to be fairly thick).
- Head a large pan or griddle over a medium heat with a dash of oil for 5 minutes or until it is smoking slightly.
- Whilst you are waiting for the pan to heat up, make the peanut butter sauce. In a blender, add all of the ingredients and blend.
- Pour about 2 tablespoons of the mixture into the pan to create circular shapes and cook for 2 minutes or so. When little bubbles form around the outside, that’s when they are ready to flip. Cook for a few minutes further or until nicely browned.
- Keep making pancakes until you have finished with your mixture.Stack on a plate.
- Serve with as many or as little toppings as you wish, and of course, absolutely smother the pancakes in the delicious peanut butter sauce.