These vegan buckwheat pancakes are fluffy, egg free and even freezer friendly. They’re perfect for a quick weekday breakfast and for meal prep! Plus, they’re oil free and refined sugar free.
Can you ever let a weekend pass without making pancakes?! Waffles or pancakes are a must for me, and these vegan buckwheat pancakes are my new favorite!
They’re fluffy like my blueberry pancakes but are made with buckwheat flour, which is a grain like seed. It’s naturally gluten free, and perfectly healthy since this recipe is refined sugar free.
Buckwheat is one of those foods that kind of flies under the radar. Despite being called buckwheat, there is no wheat involved so it is gluten free. It is commonly used in baked goods, pancakes, waffles, etc. but you can also eat it similar to porridge or oatmeal.
My favorite way to have it is definitely in these vegan buckwheat pancakes. They’re fluffy, perfectly sweet and the perfect canvas for a pool of maple syrup. You can make them blueberry, chocolate chip, banana (just use mashed banana in place of apple sauce) or add some more spices like nutmeg or ginger.
How to make this recipe
In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients. Whisk in the wet ingredients until no clumps remain.
The batter should neither be too thick or too thin. If it is thin it will spread out more while it cooks and the pancakes will be less fluffy. If the batter is thicker the pancakes will be fluffier.
Heat a large fry pan or griddle and add a touch of oil if needed. I like to put a bit of oil on a paper towel and spread it across the pan.
Use 1/3 measuring cup to scoop out even circles onto the pan. Feel free to make the pancakes bigger or smaller, they will spread out a bit as they cook, so keep that in mind.
Cook for about 2 minutes, or until bubbles start to form on the top of the pancakes. Allow a decent amount of bubbles to form before flipping to allow as much fluff as possible!
Flip, and cook an additional 1-2 minutes. The second side usually cooks faster than the first, but 1 or minutes should be plenty.
My second tip to keep the pancakes fluffy is to not press down the top of the pancakes when you flip. Pressing down will get rid of some of the air and causes the pancakes to deflate. If you want to keep them fluffy, do not press!
Repeat until all batter has been used. Serve with fresh fruit, maple syrup and enjoy!
There is going to be some variation in different types of buckwheat flours. Some brands include the hull in the flour, which gives it a dark grey color and has a much deeper flavor.
I prefer using light buckwheat flour, which is light in color and in flavor. This is my personal favorite brand, which has a mild flavor and color.
If you’re worried about a bitter/dark buckwheat flour, you can very easily make your own! Just process buckwheat grouts in a high speed blender or food processor until a fine flour forms.
Frequently asked questions
What sweetener is best? This recipe calls for just two tablespoons of pure maple syrup. You are welcome to sub for any other type of sweetener such as honey or brown sugar.
Can you freeze them? Yes! Most of my pancakes are freezer friendly which is why I love them all so much! Be sure to let them cool completely before transferring them to an air tight container or zip lock bag.
How to reheat: I prefer defrosting/reheating them in the toaster because the microwave can make them a big soggy. Whether you choose the oven, stove, toaster, or microwave, these pancakes are delicious reheated!
You can easily double or triple the recipe so you always have pancakes on hand!
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Fluffy Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes
by: claire cary
- 1 ½ cups buckwheat flour
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon cinnamon
- 6 tablespoons apple sauce
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup or liquid sweetener of choice
- In a large bowl, whisk together all dry ingredients.
- Add in all wet ingredients and whisk together until no clumps remain.
- Heat a large fry pan or griddle and add a touch of oil if needed.
- Use 1/3 measuring cup to scoop out even circles of batter onto the pan.
- Cook for about 1-2 minutes, or until bubbles start to form on the top of the pancakes.
- Flip, and cook an additional 1-2 minutes.
- Repeat until all batter has been used.
- Serve with fresh fruit, maple syrup and enjoy!