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Easy Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes

by Capri Lilly

Buckwheat Pancakes are a perfect breakfast option for those who want delicious, gluten-free, wheat-free, grain-free, vegan pancakes. These buckwheat pancakes come together easily with just 10 simple ingredients. They are super nutritious and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar, applesauce, and a hint of vanilla!

If you love grain-free, gluten-free, vegan breakfast options you’ll definitely want to try my Grain-Free Granola or No-Bake Grain-free Granola Bars next. Both are a great healthy option for breakfast or a midday snack!

stack of gluten-free vegan pancakes made with buckwheat flour

These buckwheat pancakes have become my favorite for breakfast lately. They are ultra-filling and keep me full for hours — buckwheat is full of fiber! I love the subtle earthy taste with the slight hint of cinnamon and vanilla, and the thick texture of the pancakes, topped with a bit of yogurt, fresh berries, and coconut whipped cream!

What is Buckwheat?

Buckwheat is technically a seed! It is a seed harvested from the Fagopyrum esculentum, a plant closely related to rhubarb. It is considered a pseudocereal because in cooking it is used the same as cereals and other grains. You can purchase buckwheat flour or buckwheat groats. The groats are often used to make a creamy porridge, but you can also grind the groats to make your own homemade buckwheat flour!

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You may be wondering, “Are buckwheat pancakes healthy?” or “Why are buckwheat pancakes good for you?”. There are TONS of reasons why buckwheat pancakes are a great healthy option. Here’s a list of just a few of the many benefits of buckwheat:

Buckwheat Benefits:

  • High in Fiber– helping you stay full longer and improves digestion (source)
  • Great source of plant-based protein: contains 12 amino acids, including lysine and arginine, which help reduce oxidative stress and fight disease (source)
  • Can help improve heart health – reduces inflammation and reduces “bad cholesterol” (source)
  • Rich in minerals– a great source of manganese, iron, magnesium, and more! (source)
ingredients to make vegan gluten free buckwheat pancakes shown are vegan buttermilk vegan butter and dry ingredients in a large bowl with a whisk on the side

Ingredients Needed To Make Buckwheat Pancakes

  • Dry Ingredients: Buckwheat Flour, Coconut Sugar, Baking Powder, Cinnamon, Sea Salt
  • Wet Ingredients: Vegan Buttermilk (Non-Dairy Milk + Lemon or ACV), Apple Sauce, Melted Vegan Butter, Vanilla Extract

How To Make Buckwheat Flour?

Making buckwheat flour is easy! Simply add 1/2 cup buckwheat groats into a high-powered blender and blend until the groats become a super fine texture (approximately 45-60 seconds). Repeat this step to make as much buckwheat flour as you need. Transfer any unused flour into an airtight jar or container.

vegan buckwheat pancake batter
Pancake Batter Made With Buckwheat Flour

How To Make Homemade Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes?

  1. Add the lemon juice (or ACV) to the Non-dairy milk and set aside. Let it sit for 5-7 minutes to curdle.
  2. Mix the buckwheat flour (plus regular flour if using), baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl.
  3. Add the remaining ingredients and gently mix until the ingredients are incorporated. (Do not overmix, some lumps are okay)
  4. Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Add a bit of vegan butter or spray lightly with oil. Then scoop about 1/3 of the batter and pour it into the pan. Cook until bubbles start to appear and the edges look dry, about 2-3 minutes. Then, flip the pancake and cook for 1-2 minutes. Repeat until all the batter is gone.
  6. Serve with maple syrup, fresh fruit, and enjoy!

What To Serve With These Gluten-Free + Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes?

Just like any other pancakes, buckwheat pancakes are great with sausage and eggs (vegan or regular), fresh fruit, and/or potatoes! Here are a few of my fav things to serve with these vegan buckwheat pancakes:

sliced buckwheat pancakes to show texture with sliced pancake shown on a fork

Common Questions And Tips

What do buckwheat pancakes taste like?

Buckwheat has an earthy taste that can be slightly bitter. Natural sweeteners like coconut sugar, maple syrup, or agave help to reduce the bitterness. Many people like to mix buckwheat with other flours to help balance the flavor.

In this recipe, I use coconut sugar, applesauce, and vanilla to give the buckwheat pancakes a sweet flavor.

How to make buckwheat pancakes without eggs?

Making buckwheat pancakes without eggs is super easy. You can use applesauce to help not only bind the ingredients but sweeten the pancakes. You can also use flax egg, which is a mixture of ground flaxseed and water, to replace the egg.

Are buckwheat pancakes gluten-free?

Buckwheat is a grain-like seed related to the rhubarb family. It is naturally gluten-free and wheat-free. It is a perfect option for those with gluten sensitivities.

How do I make my buckwheat pancakes extra fluffy?

If you want your buckwheat pancakes extra fluffy, add all-purpose flour to the batter! Instead of using only buckwheat flour, use half buckwheat flour and half all-purpose flour (a 1:1 ratio of buckwheat to all-purpose flour). To keep your pancakes gluten-free, be sure to use certified gluten-free all-purpose flour, preferably one that contains xanthan gum (Like King Arthur Measure for Measure Gluten-free flour).

sliced buckwheat pancakes to show texture

Tips To Make The Best Buckwheat Pancakes

  • If making buckwheat flour from scratch, make sure to blend well until it is super fine.
  • Do not overmix the batter
  • Let the batter rest for 10 minutes before making the pancakes
  • Lightly grease the pan with butter before adding the buckwheat pancake mix
stack of vegan buckwheat pancakes with coconut whipped cream and blueberries and strawberries on the plate

I hope you enjoy this buckwheat pancakes recipe!

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stack of vegan buckwheat pancakes with coconut whipped cream and blueberries and strawberries on the plate

Easy Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat Pancakes are a perfect breakfast option for those who want delicious, gluten-free, wheat-free, grain-free, vegan pancakes. These buckwheat pancakes come together easily with just 10 simple ingredients. They are super nutritious and naturally sweetened with coconut sugar, applesauce, and a hint of vanilla!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Grain-Free, Vegan
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 295kcal
Author: Capri Lilly

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 cup Buckwheat Flour
  • 1 1/4 cup Non-Dairy Milk of choice
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Lemon Juice (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1/4 cup Applesauce
  • 3 tbsp Vegan Butter, melted plus more for the skillet
  • 3 tbsp Coconut Sugar (can sub with brown sugar or maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 1/2 tsp Sea Salt

Instructions

  • Add the lemon juice (or ACV) to the Non-dairy milk and set aside. Let it sit for 5-7 minutes to curdle.
  • Mix the buckwheat flour (plus regular flour if using), baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt into a large bowl.
  • Add the remaining ingredients and gently mix until the ingredients are incorporated. (Do not overmix, some lumps are okay)
  • Let the batter rest for 10 minutes.
  • Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat. Add a bit of vegan butter or spray lightly with oil. Then scoop about 1/3 of the batter and pour it into the pan. Cook until bubbles start to appear and the edges look dry, about 2-3 minutes. Then, flip the pancake and cook for 1-2 minutes. Repeat until all the batter is gone.
  • Serve with maple syrup, fresh fruit, and enjoy!

Notes

Want To Make Your Buckwheat Pancakes Extra Fluffy? Add GF All-Purpose Flour (1:1 ratio)
  • Use 3/4 cup buckwheat flour + 3/4 cup GF All-Purpose flour
Want To Make Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes?
  • Fold in 1/2 cup fresh blueberries (or berries of choice) into the batter
 
**The Recipe makes about 8-10 pancakes, depending on the size

Nutrition

Serving: 2pancakes | Calories: 295kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 6.1g | Fat: 10.5g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Sodium: 377mg | Potassium: 538mg | Fiber: 5.1g | Sugar: 14g | Calcium: 134mg | Iron: 2mg

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