Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Jumbo Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce and a Giveaway!

It's time for a Virtual Potluck again! You may remember around this time last year we were celebrating Robin Asbell's Big Vegan cookbook, and I posted her recipes for Kale & Sun-Dried Tomato Calzones and a Pumpkin-Cherry Bundt Cake with Cherry Glaze. Well, Robin has a brand new book out, full of sweet treats made with whole grains and natural sweeteners. Her book and the cool autumn weather has inspired me to dust off my oven mitts and get back in the kitchen baking again. How could you not be inspired from recipes like Spiced Banana Bread with Dried Mango, Pumpkin-Date Bread Pudding, or Pistachio Brownies with Ganache Topping?

And if you want to start your day off right, there's an entire section for Breakfast Sweet Treats. One of the first things I made from Sweet and Easy Vegan was the Jumbo Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce. These pancakes are big and hearty, and not too sweet. The strawberry sauce added all the sweetness I needed, although my husband added a drizzle of maple syrup to his. I think the next time I make these, I might try Robin's suggestion to forgo the sauce and serve them like flatbreads with a tofu scramble and tempeh bacon. She has generously allowed me to share the recipe with you, so here you go!

Jumbo Buckwheat Pancakes with Strawberry Sauce
serves 6 - 10

1 lb. strawberries, sliced
1/2 cup agave syrup
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups buckwheat flour
1 tsp. gluten flour (optional)
1 tsp. baking powder
1 tsp. baking soda
1/2 tsp. salt
2 1/2 cups almond or other non-dairy milk
1 Tbsp. egg replacer (like Ener-G)
1/4 cup agave syrup
1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice

1. Make the sauce: In a medium saucepan, combine strawberries, agave syrup, and lemon juice. Bring to a simmer over medium heat. Lower heat and simmer, stirring frequently, until berries break down and sauce thickens. Keep warm until ready to serve.

2. Make the pancakes: In a large bowl combine the flours, baking powder, baking soda, and salt and whisk until well mixed. In a medium bowl, combine 1/4 cup of the almond milk and the egg replacer, whisk until smooth and frothy. Add remaining 2 1/4 cups almond milk, agave syrup, and lemon juice and whisk until thoroughly blended. Pour into flour mixture and stir just until combined.

3. Lightly oil two nonstick frying pans and set them over medium heat. (You can also use one large, rectangular griddle.) When the pan is hot, use a 1/2 cup measure to portion one pancake into each pan, they should spread to a width of 6-7 inches. Cook until bubbles appear all over the top surface and edges are dry, 2-3 minutes. Flip and cook other side about 1 minute. Continue cooking remaining pancakes the same way. Serve warm, topped with strawberry sauce.

For other delicious breakfast treats, check out these other participants in our Virtual Breakfast Potluck:
Mocha Scones with Cacao Nibs
Shaina Olmanson's Food for my Family Blog

Coconut Banana Granola
JL Fields JL Goes Vegan Blog

Sweet Polenta with Cherry Sauce
Julie Hasson's Julie's Kitchenette Blog

And there's more! From now until Nov. 1, you have a chance to win your very own copy of Sweet and Easy Vegan. Just leave a comment below and tell me what your favorite vegan breakfast consists of - the vegan breakfast of your dreams! A random winner will be chosen Nov. 1. Good luck!


  1. I love buckwheat pancakes! Those look really delicious. I am probably the most boring person in the world, but my favourite breakfast is muesli with fresh fruit.

  2. Those look delicious. I love the colour that buckwheat gives baked goods. I've only ever had it in things made by other people but just the other day bought a bag to start experimenting with!
    My favourite breakfast is actually pancakes-normally American -style fluffy ones topped with berries, banana and maple syrup but English thin pancakes with lemon and sugar are pretty awesome too :)

  3. Yum! These look beautiful! I like quinoa cereal.

  4. Nice! I am partial to a wholesome oatmeal for breakfast topped with seasonal fruit. :)

  5. What a great giveaway -- I just bought Robin's Big Vegan cookbook and would love to win a copy of her new dessert book! I usually have steel cut oats with blackberries and walnuts for breakfast, but my favorite breakfast/brunch food is definitely pancakes topped with berries and lots of maple syrup! I can't wait to try Robin's buckwheat pancakes. :)

  6. Wow! Everyone's so healthy here. Breakfast is my guilty pleasure. I love a hearty meal. If we're talking my dream breakfast, it would have to be a mixed potato hash with a tofu scramble sandwich. I dream of a meal I had while on vacation in Florida. It was a tofu, spinach and vegan hollandaise sauce english muffin sandwich with a sweet potato hash. Amazing! The restaurant has closed since. I still have not been able to replicate that meal.

  7. Overnight oats or a smoothie! Thanks so much for the giveaway :)

  8. My favorite, especially in winter, is a couple of blueberry-heavy pancakes all steamy hot, with homemade blueberry jam on top, or cashew butter, or sometimes nothing at all...just superyumful blueberry goodness. :)
    Thanks so much!

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  10. i've never had buckwheat pancakes -- they look great, will have to try them! my favorite breakfast is tofu scramble and blueberry pancakes with maple syrup!

  11. My vegan dream breakfast is a breakfast tortilla--whole wheat tortilla filled with black beans, salsa, corn, and avocado. Add a little cilantro and eat, yum! (mary at maryhorowitz dot com).

  12. I am a HUGE fan of oatmeal, so I'll make a nice big bowl of oatmeal, mix in some cinnamon, ground flax, a few pecans and top with a tiny bit of maple syrup. YUM!
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