This week I am making banana buckwheat pancakes. This recipe only uses buckwheat flour so it’s naturally gluten-free as there are no other flours needed. That is one of my favorite things about these pancakes. Buckwheat flour makes a very nice, yet hearty pancake. Buckwheat is an ancient grain, and it has a lot of natural fiber and nutrients that you don’t find in a regular pancake. I like to add bananas to the pancakes to make them just a teeny bit more moist, not that they’re dry. You can always add any other fruit that you like, if bananas aren’t your favorite, such as blueberries or strawberries. I personally like bananas because they remind me of my great-grandmother, Mema. These pancakes remind me a lot of her.
I was about 7 when I first went to visit my 75+ year old great-grandparents in Kona, Hawaii and they had to tweak their regular eating habits to better fit the pallet of a child. Along with my food needs, Mema always wanted to make sure we ate whole grains and would only cook with less processed sugars, like honey and maple syrup. I still have dreams about “Hawaiian honey” that we would pick it up at the local farmer’s market. … Read Full Post