These gluten-free and vegan buckwheat pancakes are easy to make with simple ingredients and ready in 15 minutes for a healthy breakfast.

A stack of buckwheat pancakes on a plate, topped with blueberry, banana and syrup.

About the Recipe

If you love pancakes, then you’ll love these fluffy buckwheat pancakes!

This recipe is oil-free, gluten-free, egg-free and dairy-free so makes an excellent option for those with allergies or other dietary restrictions.

Buckwheat pancakes have a nuttier, earthier flavour than regular pancakes made with white or whole wheat flavour. They may also vary from a light colour to a dark, greyish colour depending on if light or dark buckwheat flour is used.

Regardless of the differences, buckwheat pancakes still cook up wonderfully light, fluffy and delicious, just like traditional pancakes.

Enjoy buckwheat pancakes hot from the pan, topped with fresh fruit and syrup, or stash them in the fridge or freezer and reheat in the toaster for a quick snack or breakfast.

Gluten-free flours such as quinoa flour, oat flour and chickpea flour also work well for making gluten-free pancakes. You can try them in these Vegan Quinoa Flour Pancakes, Vegan Oat Banana Pancakes, Oat Flour Pancakes without Banana or Vegan Chickpea Flour Pancakes.

For easy vegan pancakes made with all purpose flour you can try these Vegan Chia Seed Pancakes or Vegan Banana Pancakes with Berries. For vegan pancakes made with whole wheat flour, try these Fluffy Vegan Whole Wheat Pancakes.

Ingredient Notes

All the ingredients needed for making a vegan gluten-free buckwheat pancake recipe.
  1. Buckwheat flour. I used store-bought buckwheat flour for this recipe and have not tested it with homemade buckwheat flour or any other gluten-free flours. I used light buckwheat which is why my pancakes have a more traditional pancake colour. Dark buckwheat flour will result in darker, grainier pancakes but is still ok to use.
  2. Baking powder. It’s important to use active baking powder (not baking soda) to give these some nice fluff! If you’re unsure if your baking powder is active, put 1 tsp in a small dish and pour hot water over it. It should bubble up right away if it’s active.
  3. Sweetener. I used pure maple syrup to sweeten these. It can be substituted with brown sugar, coconut sugar, agave or brown rice syrup. For sugar-free pancakes, sweeten to taste with stevia.
  4. Vinegar. The vinegar helps add some extra fluff to the recipe and gives it a subtle buttermilk flavour. You can use white vinegar, apple cider vinegar or lemon juice.
  5. Water or Milk. I have tested this recipe with water, almond milk and cashew milk and haven’t noticed much of a difference between them. They came out slightly fluffier when made with nut milk but in a pinch, water is totally fine!

This list is not complete. Please see the recipe card at the end of the post for the complete ingredient list with measurements and detailed instructions.

Step-by-Step Instructions

Step 1. Mix the dry ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Make sure to mix well thoroughly distribute the baking powder, salt and cinnamon.

Flour, cinnamon, baking powder and salt in a mixing bowl with a spoon.

Step 2: Add the sweetener, vanilla and milk to the dry ingredients and start folding together until the flour is all wetted.

Once you’ve mixed it up, let it rest for 8-10 minutes while you heat the cooking surface.

Raw pancake batter in a mixing bowl.

Step 3: Make sure the pan or griddle is fully heated and prepped with a bit of non-stick cooking spray. Drop batter onto the hot griddle in 1/4 cup portions.

Flip the pancakes when small bubbles appear across each pancake and the sides start to look dry and firm. Flip and cook for a couple more minutes, repeating until you’ve used all the batter.

A plate full of pancakes.

Serve your buckwheat pancakes with a pat of butter or almond butter, maple syrup, banana, fresh blueberries and any other toppings you enjoy!

A stack of buckwheat pancakes on a plate, topped with blueberry, banana and syrup.

Recipe FAQs

Is buckwheat gluten-free?

Yes. Although buckwheat has wheat in its name it’s not even related to wheat. In fact, buckwheat isn’t even a grain, it’s a grain-like seed.

So yes, buckwheat is gluten-free and perfect for a gluten-free diet. Just make sure you use gluten-free certified buckwheat in severe cases such as coeliac.

Should I use light or dark buckwheat flour?

You will find two different kinds of buckwheat flour in stores, light, and dark. The difference being light buckwheat flour is ground from hulled buckwheat whereas dark buckwheat flour is made from unhulled buckwheat.

I prefer light buckwheat flour for baking and pancakes as it’s finer in texture and lighter in colour.

What if light or dark flour is not specified?

I’ve seen packaged buckwheat flour that does not specify light or dark. In those cases, it turned out to be dark buckwheat flour. Dark buckwheat flour is fine to use in these, the pancakes will just be darker in color and grainer than they’d be with light flour.

Are buckwheat pancakes healthy?

Buckwheat pancakes provide a healthy alternative to pancakes made with white flour. These pancakes provide 7 grams of fiber and 8 grams of protein per serving for a more balanced meal.

It’s also possible to make the pancakes sugar-free by using a sugar-free sweetener like monk fruit or stevia and they make a great base for healthy additions like blueberries. Buckwheat is also naturally gluten-free, making buckwheat pancakes an excellent option for those with celiac or a gluten intolerance.

How do you store leftover buckwheat pancakes?

Leftover pancakes can be stored in the fridge in a sealed container or food storage bag for up to 3 days. Enjoy cold or reheat briefly in the microwave, over or toaster.

Can I freeze buckwheat pancakes?

Yes. Let cool completely then either freeze on a baking tray then transfer to a freezer bag or sealed container or freeze with a piece of parchment between each pancake to avoid them sticking together.

If frozen, thaw briefly at room temperature or in the fridge or reheat from frozen in the microwave, oven or toaster.

A sliced stack of blueberry and banana topped buckwheat pancakes on a plate.

Cooking Notes

  • Serving Size: I get 8 medium-sized pancakes out of this recipe but it can easily be doubled if you need a bigger batch. Leftovers keep great in the fridge and are quite tasty cold. They can also be reheated in the toaster!
  • Liquid Amount: Start with 3/4 cup liquid and add 1-2 tbsp more, if needed. If you use 3/4 cup, the batter will be quite thick and you will get 8 medium pancakes. You can add more liquid for slightly thinner pancakes and to stretch the batter further. I’ve found 1 cup of liquid to be too much though, so it’s better to start with 3/4 cup and add a touch more if needed.
  • Too Much Liquid: If you do add too much liquid, no problem, just stir in a little more flour to thicken. I use 3/4 cup liquid as I like pancakes on the thicker side! If you do use up to 1 cup liquid they’ll be thin pancakes closer to crepes. Both are good, just depends what you like! Keep in mind the batter will also thicken as it rests before cooking.
  • Doubling: For a double batch of buckwheat pancakes, the recipe can be doubled with no further adjustments.
  • Measuring Accuracy: For best results, use a kitchen scale to measure ingredients with accuracy.

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A stack of buckwheat pancakes on a plate, topped with blueberry, banana and syrup.

Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes

  • Author: Deryn Macey
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 10 mins
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 8 pancakes
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Vegan
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Description

These delicious buckwheat pancakes make the perfect breakfast for the entire family.


Ingredients


Instructions

  1. Mix Dry Ingredients: Mix the flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon together in a mixing bowl until well combined.
  2. Add Remaining Ingredients: Add the rest of the ingredients and gently fold together until all the flour is wetted. If it’s a bit clumpy, that’s great, do no over mix.
  3. Rest Batter: Let the batter rest for 8-9 minutes while you heat a non-stick pan or pancake griddle over medium heat.
  4. Cook Pancakes: Spray the pan with non-stick cooking spray then scoop the batter onto the pan in scant 1/4 cup portions. Let cook until bubbles appear all over each pancake and the edges start to look dry and cooked, this should take 3-4 minutes. Flip and cook for 1-2 more minutes. Repeat until you’ve used all the batter, you should get about 8 pancakes.
  5. Serve: Enjoy right away topped with your favourite pancake toppings like maple syrup and fresh blueberries. Store leftover pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days or freezer for up to 3 months. Leftovers can be reheated in the toaster or oven.

Notes

*Start with 3/4 cup liquid and add 1-2 tbsp more, if needed. If you use 3/4 cup, the batter will be quite thick and you will get 8 medium pancakes. You can add more liquid for slightly thinner pancakes and to stretch the batter further. I’ve found 1 cup of liquid to be too much though, so it’s better to start with 3/4 cup and add a touch more if needed. If you do add too much liquid, no problem, just stir in a little more flour to thicken. I use 3/4 cup liquid as I like pancakes on the thicker side! If you do use up to 1 cup liquid they’ll be thin pancakes closer to crepes. Both are good, just depends what you like! Keep in mind the batter will also thicken a bit as it rests before cooking.

For blueberry buckwheat pancakes, fold in 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries after you mix in the wet ingredients.

I used store-bought light buckwheat flour for this recipe and have not tested it with homemade buckwheat flour or any other gluten-free flours. I used light buckwheat flour which is why my pancakes have a more traditional pancake color. Dark buckwheat flour will result in darker, grainier pancakes.

For best results, use a kitchen scale to measure ingredients.

I get 8 medium-sized pancakes (2 servings) but it can easily be doubled if you need a bigger batch. Leftovers keep great in the fridge and are quite tasty cold. They’re also perfect for reheating in the toaster!


Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1/2 the recipe
  • Calories: 290
  • Sugar: 14 g
  • Sodium: 380 mg
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 63 g
  • Fiber: 7 g
  • Protein: 8 g

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