As much as I curse winter – when the temperature outside approaches single digits and the walls of concrete skyscrapers lining 5th avenue turn into gale-force wind tunnels with threatening speeds that almost knock you into oncoming traffic; as much as I loath hurdling over the puddles of dirty ice water on every street corner, and the tingling sensation you get from defrosting your extremities on the overpowered radiator in your apartment, the same heat source which causes you to wake up in the middle of the night with feverish sweats because your management company decides to blast the heat with no concern for the environment or your sanity, yea..as much as I think I hate winter, I’m reminded on lazy, Saturday afternoons, gazing out the window overlooking snow covered sidewalks littered with discarded Christmas trees, that winter is really not so bad.
Because in winter, it is perfectly fine to cancel plans, eat all the comfort food and hibernate, without feeling even an ounce of guilt. You decided to cancel brunch plans because of the frigid temperatures? No problem, your friend is secretly gleaming with joy they don’t have to go outside. You bail on your favorite yoga class because a Downtown Abbey marathon is on PBS? No worries, you can do your lazy dog pose (my personal favorite) all afternoon in front of your TV! You didn’t leave your apartment (or your couch) for over 24 hours? Brush it off! On a frigid, dreary Saturday in the middle of January, it’s perfectly okay to stay in pajamas all day, binge watch TV and eat pancakes. Lots, and lots of pancakes.
Even better, these pancakes are actually something to feel good about, even if you haven’t moved from the couch all day (seriously, I don’t blame you). They’re made from buckwheat and oat flour, so are naturally gluten free, and also contain some pretty amazing nutrients. Buckwheat flour is high in fiber, protein, and calcium, and has a long list of nutritional benefits. Thanks to the added flavor punch of the cranberries, (which are also loaded with anti-oxidants), these pancakes are delicious and hearty, a perfect breakfast for staying warm on a blustery day.
While it may seem so hard to stay on a healthy track in January, the weather beckoning you to eat loads of all your favorite comfort foods, it’s really not so bad when pancakes like these exist. Keep those PJ’s on, snuggle up with your pup, and eat some pancakes! Okay, I’m off, Downtown Abbey is calling…
Note: If the batter thickens when cooking, add a tablespoon or two more of water to thin it out. If you have leftover pancakes, they freeze easily, stacked and wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or in a freezer bag. When you’re ready for them, seperate the pancakes while they’re still frozen and heat in the microwave or toaster until warm. Adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health Ingredients Recipe
Cranberry and Walnut Buckwheat Pancakes
Note: If the batter thickens when cooking, add a tablespoon or two more of water to thin it out. If you have leftover pancakes, they freeze easily, stacked and wrapped tightly in plastic wrap or in a freezer bag. When you’re ready for them, seperate the pancakes while they’re still frozen and heat in the microwave or toaster until warm.
Adapted from Moosewood Restaurant Cooking for Health
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The cranberry and walnut buckwheat pancakes are superb! The pancakes are thick and substantial, with just enough sweetness. The recipe is clear and easy to follow, the pictures add nice detail and support to the instructions. These pancakes appealed to me not because they’re healthy as much as they just sounded delicious, so win-win! Great recipe, I will absolutely try other recipes from Cassie’s Kitchen!
I’m so glad you liked them Amy! Thanks so much!!
These look perfect!! And I have a few cranberries leftover in the freezer from Christmas!! thanks!