Plant-Based Buckwheat ‘Bat’cakes

Image credit: Sophie Ritchie

I love pancakes as much as the next foodie, but this healthy batch has a special spooky twist. Made with buckwheat flour and a handful of natural ingredients, fire up the frying pan and dig into a bat-themed breakfast for Halloween this year

I’ve recently discovered the magic of buckwheat and although I’m a firm oat flour fan, using this in pancakes is a total game-changer. Dense and easy to mix, use it with your favourite toppings for a batch of thick, fluffy pancakes that flip with absolute ease. To make these spooky bites, I used several large dollops of batter to create extra big pancakes, then carefully cut out bat shapes using a cookie cutter as you would with dough. You can order one via the internet for a cheap bargain, or use a stencil if feeling artistic to create your own.

Buckwheat is an amazing ingredient – it’s been linked to improving heart health, aiding weight loss, and managing blood sugar. Being rich in several amino acids, it’s also an excellent source of protein.

These are ready to go in mere minutes and look so impressive! Better yet, they’re good for you too – and topped off with some Choc Shot syrup for some delicious indulgence.

Happy eating.

Sophie x

(serves one)

• 1/2 cup buckwheat flour
• 1/4 cup oat milk
• 1 tsp cinnamon
• 1 tsp cacao nibs
• 1 small mashed ripe banana
• 1 tsp vanilla extract
• 2 dairy-free white chocolate drops
• Sweet Freedom Choc Shot for decoration

To make:
1 Combine all ingredients. For perfect batter, I add all ingredients to a Nutribullet first and whizz around for 20 seconds.
2 Transfer batter to bowl, switch on hob and heat pan with coconut oil. Add batter in large scoops to make large circles. Cook on either side until bubbles form or ready to flip.
3 Using edges of circles to create as many as possible, cut bat shapes using cookie cutter. Add syrup, white chocolate drops for ‘eyes’ and serve immediatly.


Recipe created by Sophie Ritchie, editor. Follow her on Instagram for more creations

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