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Boxing Day brunch sorted!

The Mindful Cook has offered up these mouth watering and dare I say virtuous alternatives to a Boxing Day brunch.

I don’t know about you but despite the moooooosive amount of food consumed on Christmas Day, it’s tradition to get straight back on it with a belt busting Boxing Day brunch.

If you fancy something a little different, then how about serving up these yummy Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes.

pancakes with raspberries and blueberries

Ingredients: Serves 4-6

2 large eggs

300ml milk – you could use a plant based milk if you want to avoid dairy

1 tsp vanilla extract

225g buckwheat flour

1 tsp cinnamon

1 tbsp baking powder

1 pinch salt

1 tsp caster sugar

butter for frying – use a little oil if avoiding dairy


The simplest way to do these is to put all the ingredients in a blender ( a large Nutri Bullet would work) and mix well to create the batter. Or mix the ingredients with a balloon whisk by hand.

Heat the butter in a frying pan on a medium heat. Add a large spoonful of batter to the pan and cook the pancakes until lots of little bubbles form and burst. If you flip them before the bubbles burst they may end up undercooked.

Once bubbles burst, flip pancakes gently. Fry until nicely browned on the other side and serve. Separate with baking paper and keep warm.

Mouth watering sweet toppings:

  • The traditional maple syrup and streaky bacon or pancetta (the latter crisps beautifully)
  • Maple syrup and blueberries.
  • Banana and peanut butter
  • Strawberries and your favourite chocolate, melted
  • Thick Greek yoghurt, honey and pecans

Go savoury with:

  • Grated cheese (popped under the grill) and poached egg
  • Bacon and avocado
  • Fluffy scrambled eggs and crispy pancetta
  • Fried mushroom and roasted tomatoes in balsamic vinegar

stack of savoury pancakes with cheese and greens

I’ll start in January …….

Just incase a few of you have thrown the baby out with the bath water and like me thinking “Oh what the hell” – here’s a cheeky recipe for some full fat America Breakfast Pancakes.

Ingredients: Serves 4-6

  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 tsp caster sugar
  • 2 large eggs beaten
  • 30 g butter melted and cooled slightly
  • 300 ml milk
  • 225g plain flour
  • butter for frying


As a above – you can whack it all in a blender or if you are doing it old school and by hand – mix the flour, baking powder and salt and create a well in the flour. Then beat in the butter, eggs and milk. Pop your batter in a jug – it’s so much easier to pour that way.

Heat a frying pan on the stove and add a little butter, pour in enough batter to create a small pancake. Watch the top of the mix and when it starts blistering and bubbling it’s time to turn it over. Use a spatula to quickly pop it over on the other side. It should take about 2 mins each side.

Thick and spongy with warm maple syrup and crispy, streaky, bacon – mmmmmm bring it on!

What’s your favourite topping???

For more lovely Mindful Cook recipes visit our recipes page.

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