Bombastic Buckwheat Pancakes


Recipe #15 is another top contender for me.  I make these far too often.  You can customize this one flavor-wise to your hearts content.  The sky is the limit.  So for a playful and creative cook, this is an especially sweet recipe to add to your repertoire.  The other awesome news?  These are gluten-free, sugar-free AND lactose-free!

Pancakes.  As those of you who have read my previous entries know, pancakes hold a special place in my heart.  I adore them.  I would eat them every day if I could.  For me, pancakes evoke images of cozy, leisurely breakfasts crowded around a cramped table full of friends, lots of laughter and stories filling the air between all of us.  Or, of a lazy brunch having rolled out of bed in the golden hours of late morning with a lover, getting ready together and strolling down the street hand in hand, leaves wrestling in the grates as as we huddle against one another and push inside the cafe.  We sink down into the comfortable booth, scanning the worn menu but already know what we want (or at least I do).  A plate of towering pancakes, warm, syrup dripping down the sides.

Fun fact: these guys are made with buckwheat flour, which is actually a fruit seed.  Its not a grain at all.  It comes from the same family as rhubarb.  And, did you know that buckwheat is awesome for you!?!  Its good for your cardiovascular system, helps control blood sugar and may lower ones risk of diabetes, helps prevent gallstones, and has health promoting potential that is equal to or even higher than that of some fruits and vegetables.  How cool is that?

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Pumpkin Lavender Pancakes


Recipe #2!  Anyone who knows me at all is aware of the Brooke fun fact that as of late, pancakes has become one of my most sought after and coveted items to eat. Obsession may be an even better word choice.  Ive even heard the word “addiction” thrown around among friends once or twice.  Just to be clear: I. Love. Pancakes.

I imagine the beginnings of this love affair were planted when, growing up, my Mom often whipped up “Mighty Goods” for my eager brother and me on Saturday mornings.  This was her own pancake recipe and they were, in actuality and not just in name, mighty good.  With that, my already smitten heart took off running.  In fact, the recipe you are reading is a spin-off on her Mighty Goods with my own alterations and tweaks added.  Now, back to pancakes and how awesome they are.

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