Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cancer Conquering Pancakes

Crazy Title??? Let me Explain.

These aren't your ordinary pancakes, these pancakes are made with sprouted buckwheat.

Sprouting buckwheat neutralizes the phytic acid. Phytic acid binds with vital nutrients and steals them through the digestive process. Even more so, phytic acid is also an irritant to the digestive system. But when it's sprouted and therefore neutralized, you can digest your meal with ease; and keep all your nutrients.

Buckwheat, I feel is highly underrated. Yes, I know it has a carb content; but we are not "anti-carb" people. We are "back up your food with hard science" people. Before I eliminate any food source from my family's diet, I do a thorough food science "background check." And I found that carbs and starches are in fact not evil, but many offer wonderful nutrition when prepared properly. It's a freeing discovery. I love science. Okay, let's get down to the facts of why buckwheat is so awesome.

Flavonoids: Quercetin and Rutin. These two compounds can fight cancer by preventing cancer ridden cells from latching onto healthy cells. Even in the event of attachment, they can help reduce genetic material. If that is not enough; buckwheat also helps reduce heart disease, acts as a source of protien, helps control diabetes, and is loaded with antioxidants.

So now that we have cleared buckwheat's name, let's talk about these pancakes!

Buckwheat has an earthy taste, with nutty undertones. It makes a fairly dense flour, which I am loving. The pancakes are dense, yet fluffy. Best of all, they are very satisfying! I can only eat three, and I love to eat pancakes. Just don't tell your kids they're "healthy," no sense in ruining a typically "unhealthy" breakfast entree. :)

Sprouted Buckwheat Pancakes
Ingredients List:

1 1/4 cups of sprouted buckwheat flour
1 tsp. organic baking powder
1 tsp. organic baking soda
pinch of pink himalayan salt
1 pasture raised egg
1 1/4 cups of buttermilk
2 tablespoons melted butter
1/4 cup of coconut palm sugar

Preparation Instructions:

Combine the flour, baking soda, baking powder, and salt. Whisk the egg into the buttermilk and then pour it into the flour mixture, mixing only until smooth. Add the melted butter and sugar. Fry on a griddle, only greasing if needed.

Makes 4 servings.

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