Buckwheat is the star of this breakfast recipe. Why Buckwheat? Buckwheat is not a grain, it is a seed! Surprise!!!! Because it is a seed, it is, like Quinoa, higher in fat and protein than cereal grains. It is actually in the same family as Rhubarb, and is gluten free, making it a good choice for those who have Celiacs, or even those on a Paleo diet, because it is a more wild plant seed.
Buckwheat can also be used as a grain substitute for those who have insulin resistance. Several studies have shown that adding Buckwheat to breads lower the glycemic index of the food. It also shows the ability to regulate blood sugar levels in those with diabetes, and can be used in those with Type 1.
Unlike most grains, buckwheat DOES NOT need to be soaked/sprouted/or fermented before consuming. So, it is a good choice for day of pancakes!
Banana Buckwheat Pancakes
Top with good quality maple syrup, and more grass fed butter, or jam.
Makes 4 servings
Apple Cinnamon Almond Flour Crepes
Heat a skillet over medium heat. 1/2 Tbsp Coconut Oil, Apple, and sprinkle with cinnamon. Cook until apples are soft and fragrant. Set Aside
In a bowl add Almond Flour. Add one egg and 1/2 the milk, mix till smooth. Add the remaining egg and milk, mix till smooth. Add Vanilla and blend. Heat a crepe pan over medium heat. Add 1/4-1/3 Tbsp Coconut oil. Pour half the crepe batter into the center of the pan. Using a crepe tool, spread the batter evenly. Once it begins to brown and solidify, flip. Fold on pan and remove. Repeat.
Top Crepes with Apple Mixture and Sprinkle with Chopped Almonds
Apple pie is one of the halmarks of fall. The delicious aroma of sugar, cinnamon and apples baking in the oven...ahhhh! I don't know about you, but the colder weather spurs me to bake, and bake I must.
My take on the apple pie gives it a rustic feel, and cuts a large amount of the sugar, without sacraficing the warmth and flavor. It is also a great way to get the kids to help out in the kitchen.
When I am looking to make meals healthier, for my family and for clients, I don't deprive myself of the things I love...like pie...but I do modify it with quality, nutrient rich, and sugar low ingredients.
To start this recipe, we must start with the crust. Now making a healthier version of pie crust is a little bit daunting, but doable. I start by cutting out the flour, and replacing it with a combination of Almond Flour and Coconut Flour. Both of these are nut flours, and as such contain a large amount of nutrients.
Health Benefits of Almonds:
Health Benefits of Coconut:
Grass Fed Butter is a staple in my kitchen. The flavor is more robust than basic butter, and once you see the bright orange color, you'll be hooked on the sheer beauty of it. Who knew butter could be so pretty. Grass Fed Butter is wortht the price, it is full of hard to find nutrients such as B12/Vitamin D/Vitamin K2/Vitamin E/Animal Sourced Vitamin A/Omega 3 Fatty Acids/Good Cholesterol/and more...
Raw, Unfiltered Honey, is the only honey I use. The pasturized and filtered verson are just sugar, but the raw, unfiltered honey contains propolis. Propolis is a natural anti-inflammatory, and antimicrobial. Raw honey is also host to a variety of beneficial enzymes, and nutritents, but only if it is raw and unfiltered. Ingredient quality!
Cinnamon Whipped Coconut Cream
Yesterday afternoon I found myself with a couple of hours of free time....yes this did happen, and it is rare. My kiddos were out playing, and I was really unmotivated to do any actually housework (although it does need it). So to avoid any REAL work, I decided to get creative in the kitchen. I was also craving something sweet!
My original idea was brownies, but seeing as I did have enough unsweetened cocoa powder to do any good, Blondies seemed like the next best idea. (I have a love affair with brownies, and was really hoping to master a good black bean PCOS brownie yesterday...next time).
Of course all good PCOS baking begins with nuts and nut flours. Nut flours are a wonderful source of fats, fat-soluble vitamins, and fiber. All nutrients that are good for PCOS symptoms...read more in my previous blog posts....
Increasing Dietary Fats to Decrease PCOS Symptoms
Fat soluble Vitamins and the Epidemic of Deficiency in PCOS
Preheat oven to 350
In a bowl mix Almond Flour and Baking Powder, set aside.
In a separate bowl, mix Almond Butter, Eggs, Coconut Oil, Honey and Vanilla until smooth and creamy. Add in Flour mixture and blend till smooth.
Grease an 8x8 pan with coconut oil. Pour in mixture and spread evenly. Bake at 350 for 40 minutes, or until toothpick comes out clean.