Several days ago, after having had just the worst day, I arrived home to make myself lunch (at 4 pm... it was one of those days). I put away the groceries, did the dishes, and started to clean the house while I waited for my sweet potato to roast in the oven. After a while I noticed something odd... the house wasn't getting any warmer and there was a familiar buzz of the oven that didn't seem to be present. Come to find out, there were some guys doing construction on our building, and they turned off the gas line to our unit... We found this out at 4:50 on a Friday night... you do the math.
I have successfully survived an entire weekend cooking SOLELY on a griddle. I made nachos (that were damn delicious), chicken and sautéed broccolini, with roasted potato shreds, burgers with sweet potato fries (I made broccoli and cauliflower in our hot pot that night! McGiver would have been proud), and of course eggs, sautéed kale, and biscuits for breakfast.
As Monday approached I became more and more fearful... I haven't had time lately to prep a proper Monday Treat and I feel just terrible about it! Today however, I was bound and determined to make something delicious and, of course, griddle friendly (I will say, the upside to using ONLY a griddle, is the lack of dirty dishes).
-CHIA, FLAX, BUCKWHEAT PANCAKES-
What you will need:
1 cup buckwheat flour
1 tsp baking soda
1/2 tsp baking powder
1.5 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp sea salt
1 tbsp flax + 1/4 cup water
1 tbsp chia seeds + 1/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk
1 tsp vanilla
1 tbsp coconut oil, melted
1 tbsp coconut butter, melted
1/2 cup unsweetened coconut milk (or milk of your choosing)
1 cup warm water with 1 tsp lemon juice squeezed into it
Mix buckwheat flower, baking soda, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together. Add in your (soaked) flax and chia, vanilla, melted oil and butter, milk and water. Stir until smooth.
Pour a 1/4 cup of batter onto a pre-heated griddle. Cook on that side until bubbles appear on the surface, flip the pancake and cook for another minute or two on the other side.
Top with anything you like, devour, and have the best day of all time. I topped my cakes with sunbutter, banana slices and a little agave nectar which, I must admit, is a pretty magical combination (if you are able to do almond butter go that rout! it is a dream), Drew however, went for the classic combination of butter and syrup (also known as pancake heaven).
Though it may not be earth shattering, this griddle favorite, the pancake, is damn delicious and (a little) healthier than it's forefathers, so I consider it a win (even Drew liked it's gluten free, sugar free, vegan, etc. ness).
Now if only I could get my oven to work...