This recipe was submitted by Sophia White,Nutritional Consultant, Hypnotherapist and Yoga Teacher.
If you are anything like us your favourite meal is breakfast, you’ve got yourself a sweet tooth and most days you have absolutely no time to even prepare the wholesome, delicious breakfast you are dreaming of. These buckwheat pancakes are super easy to prepare and the healthy ingredients make them an effortless choice. The mint berry salsa is packed with antioxidants and bursting with divine flavours. Better yet, the salsa can be made in advance and stored in your fridge ready to top your meal or simply drench it….yeah we said it!
Homemade anything always tastes better and is way more satisfying, but with little to no time in our day it is easy to stroll down the aisles of the grocery store and mindlessly throw things into our cart. You can buy a box of pancake mix or you can choose to whisk these ingredients together in relatively the same time. Pre-bought mix contains flour that is often processed and stripped of nutrients.
Nerdy side fact: when you see the term “enriched” it basically means stripped of about 15 nutrients with 5 synthetic ones added back in. Refined grains often have lower fibre, protein, and phytonutrient value.
Quickly check the back of your pancake/waffle mix, look under trans fats- those sneaky marketing companies like a good label trickery. Even though it may say zero trans fats, the store bought, processed pancake mixes usually contain “partially hydrogenated” or “shortening” on the label (which = trans fats). Whereas, this little recipe diddy contains an actual ZERO trans fats, whole grains, fibre, healthy fats, and protein. Win, win, win, win etc.
Have we convinced you to try these pancakes yet? If not, here are three reasons why you should whip up a batch today: gluten-free, versatile, and crowd pleaser. Gluten is something that we are overexposed to and you know what they say: “everything in moderation”. If you have not tried buckwheat here is your reason to do so, it has a rich, nutty flavour, is loaded with fiber and promotes blood sugar stability and satiety; thus perfect for those busy mornings where you need to get your A game on. Let us know what you think and if you have any delicious topping ideas.
Buckwheat Waffles With Mint, Berry & Hemp Salsa
Alternatively, you could top with chia berry jam, yogurt and fresh fruit
Heat waffle iron and oil lightly.
Mix together dry ingredients.
Add wet ingredients and whisk by hand until smooth.
Pour one third of the mixture into waffle iron and follow manufacturer’s directions.
*If you don’t have a waffle iron, this recipe also makes tasty pancakes!
For the salsa
Mix everything together thoroughly.
If you have it sit overnight it makes the salsa sweeter.
*If you don’t have a waffle iron, this recipe also makes tasty pancakes! If you have it sit overnight it makes the salsa sweeter.
Mint Berry Hemp Salsa not tickling your fancy? Try this 3 Ingredient Strawberry Chia Jam as a pancake topper.
Sophia White is a Nutritional Consultant, Hypnotherapist and Yoga Teacher. She lives with her partner, dogs, milking goats and chickens on their hobby farm in the beautiful Kootenay mountains of BC. She enjoys growing heirloom fruits and vegetables, wild crafting berries and ‘weeds’ and creating healthy recipes from scratch. It is her passion to help people become empowered about their health and achieve optimal wellbeing through the food they eat. For more recipes and health articles from Sophia visit her website www.sophiawhite.ca.
Special Thanks to recipe editor Lida Bermas
Lisa Bermas is a Registered Holistic Nutritionist™ originally from Toronto. Her passion is to empower individuals to take health into their own hands with the guiding principles of plant-based nutrition.
Lisa was intrigued to pursue an education in the alternative medicine field, in large part due to her experience with conventional doctors, who often wrote off her joint pain as either ‘growing pains’ or, simply put, ‘nothing’. She later linked this pain to changes in barometric pressure, poor absorption, and a highly inflammatory and acidic diet. The decision to turn to this field of medicine also stemmed from her realization that many doctors are essentially looking at the human body as individual parts rather than as a whole, integrated system. Lisa firmly believes that the integral link to our physical health is the connection between body, mind, and spirit.
In addition, Lisa studied Homeopathic Medicine and completed an Honours Bachelor of Science degree in Integrative Biology and Health Studies at the University of Toronto. She is also a bunny mom, a passionate photographer and writer. Scroll through her feed on Instagram: @empowereats