Activated Charcoal Pancakes with Blackerry Compote with Kenwood

In partnership with Kenwood 

This is my third recipe in collaboration with my friends at Kenwood, I’ve had a lot of fun this January taking up their challenge to get creative in the kitchen using the Kenwood Chef, a must-have for all you foodies as it allows you to have new culinary adventures with its selection of over 25 attachments, including pasta rollers and cutters, juicers, food processor attachment, blender and ice cream maker.

Have you seen all the stunning black food around recently? The trend of ‘goth’ food has been around for a little while now and doesn’t seem to be slowing down. You may have spotted striking images on your social channels and black delights popping up in restaurants. I’ve had some delicious black pizza in Barcelona and gorgeous black bao buns.

As I mentioned previously the Kenwood Chef mixer is a super convenient and effective way to whip up pancake batters, so that’s what I’ve done here. – Fluffy buckwheat pancakes with vanilla and the addition of activated charcoal. Both delicious and stunning.

I’ve been keen to try activated charcoal for some time now as not only does it transform the appearance of food it’s also said to have many health benefits such as removing toxins from the body, alleviate bloating and its even claimed to have anti -aging properties.

My batter makes six medium sized pancakes which I stacked layering chunky peanut butter, coconut yogurt and gooey quick blackberry compote. An incredible treat for brunch at the weekend?

The Kenwood Chef represents the very best of Kenwood design and engineering. This specific product has been chosen for the masterclass as it allows you to create restaurant quality food with simplicity and versatility at home.


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  6 servings
  10 minutes preparation time
  10 minutes cook time


  • 1 cup organic buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp sweetener of choice – I used maple syrup
  • 1 tsp food grade activated charcoal
  • 1 tbsp melted coconut
  • 1 cup filtered water
  • Blackberry compote;
  • 1 big handful blackberries
  • 1/2 tsp maple syrup
  • Splash water
  • Toppings;
  • Peanut butter
  • 1 tbsp coconut yogurt


  1. Preheat a non-stick frying pan with a little coconut oil. The pan needs to be quite hot around Gas Mark 6.
  2. Add the buckwheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, vanilla essence, maple, charcoal & water to the Kenwood chef bowl and mix on speed 2 for 30 seconds – minute to form a thick batter.
  3. Spoon the mixture a 1/4 cup ladle full at a time into the pan and fry for 1-2 minutes until the underside is firm.
  4. Carefully flip the pancakes and then cook for another minute or so until the pancakes are cooked through and slightly golden.
  5. To make the blackberry compote; add the blackberries, water & maple syrup to a saucepan and simmer on a medium heat until the blueberries start to melt down.
  6. Top the pancakes with coconut yogurt, blackberry compote and crunchy peanut butter.

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  3. Tania on May 6, 2018 at 2:42 am

    Hi Niki,

    Wow! They look amazing! Do you think they will freeze ok? Thanks!

    • Niki on May 8, 2018 at 8:38 pm

      Hey Tania
      Thank you!
      You could try but I don’t really recommend as they are much better fresh.

  4. Sarah on March 18, 2018 at 7:36 pm

    How come there’s no actual recipe? Just kenwood ads?

    • Niki on April 4, 2018 at 11:31 am

      Hi Sarah
      Apologies, the recipe disappeared for some reason. Its now back.

      Best wishes

  5. Sam on March 17, 2018 at 11:41 am

    Hey Niki, can you recommend a supplier of activated charcoal? I’m keen to try and incorporate it in my next pancakes. X

    • Niki on April 4, 2018 at 11:34 am

      Hi Sam
      I used Innovative Naturopaths for this and found it really good.
      Best wishes
      Niki x

  6. Erin on March 16, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    I am completely missing the recipe, or my browser is not letting me get to it? Can you please help me find the recipe, Niki?

    • Niki on April 4, 2018 at 11:32 am

      Sorry Erin
      Website playing up! Should be back now.
      Best wishes
      Niki x

  7. T on March 16, 2018 at 7:15 pm

    Where’s the recipe? It’s not visible on mobile ?

    • Niki on April 4, 2018 at 11:35 am

      Sorry it disappeared. Its now back up.
      Best wishes
      Niki x

  8. Cassie Thuvan Tran on February 11, 2018 at 12:05 am

    Wow, what a beautiful scheme of colors, decorations, and presentation! The activated charcoal pancakes look fabulous. I love how easy the batter is to make too!

    • Niki on February 12, 2018 at 12:23 pm

      Thank you Cassie
      The colour is pretty amazing and definitely easy!
      Love, Niki xx

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