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Buckwheat Banana Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Growing up, my mom always made buckwheat pancakes. It’s a positive memory from my childhood. While my mom wasn’t the best cook, she could make a good pancake! Years later, pancakes are still a part of our family weekend ritual. It’s difficult to make pancakes that are vegan and gluten-free because often they are mushy. However, after I experimented with Chocolate Buckwheat Pancakes, my daughter that prefers vanilla, wanted regular pancakes.

Buckwheat flour makes a nutty, fluffy, and lighter pancake that can easily be made vegan with banana instead of egg. Voilà! They are the perfect vegan pancake. Personally, I like the nutty flavor of the buckwheat, so I added some almond flour and almond milk to magnify the nuttiness. These pancakes topped with bananas and drizzled with warm-fresh maple-syrup will make your morning.


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Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

  • Servings: ~10 - 12 pancakes
  • Difficulty: easy
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Buckwheat flour makes a gluten-free, nutty, fluffy, and lighter pancake that can easily be made vegan with banana instead of egg. This recipe includes almond flour and almond milk to magnify the nuttiness.


  • 1 banana (mashed)
  • 1¼ cup buckwheat flour
  • ¼ cup almond flour (I like Bob’s Red Mill or Blue Diamond)
  • 1 ½ cup almond milk
  • 1 banana
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ cup coconut sugar
  • 1 tablespoon gluten-free vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons tapioca flour (also known as tapioca starch)
  • 2 teaspoons gluten-free baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon coconut oil
  • optional: vegan chocolate chips


  1. Combine mashed banana, coconut oil, coconut sugar, gluten-free vanilla extract, and almond milk.
  2. Mix wet ingredients with a mixer on medium speed until smooth.
  3. Combine dry ingredients: flours, cinnamon, tapioca flour, and baking powder in a separate mixing bowl.
  4. Slowly add dry ingredients into wet and combine with mixer on medium speed until thoroughly combined.
  5. Lightly grease griddle and heat on medium-high.
  6. Scoop the pancake batter onto the griddle (I prefer to scoop 1/3 cup of the mix onto the griddle).
  7. Sprinkle mini-chocolate chips on top of each pancake (if desired).
  8. Once pancakes firm, flip. The second side only cooks for a minute and a half.
  9. Top with warm maple syrup, bananas, and chocolate chips (if desired).

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Chocolate Buckwheat Pancakes (Vegan & Gluten-Free)

Today we are enjoying spring break with my kids’ favorite Chocolate Buckwheat Pancakes! Since I’m not teaching this week, I got a little fancier than normal.


  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 4 tablespoons cacao powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Redmond’s Real Salt
  • 1/4 cup coconut sugar or maple sugar (I bought Coombs Family Farms Maple Sugar at Fresh Thyme)
  • 1 1/3  cup non-dairy milk (I used almond)
  • vegan chocolate chips (Use Lily’s Baking Chips to make a sugar-free pancake– they are sweetened with stevia, or Enjoy Life chips to make them vegan)
  • bananas, The Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce  & soy or rice whip cream to garnish (optional)

Notes: I used cacao and not cocoa in these pancakes. Cacao is a superfood. The difference is that cacao is “milled at low temperature to protect the nutrients and flavor.” Personally, I find cacao not as sweet at cocoa.


  1. Combine buckwheat, cacao, baking powder, salt, maple sugar, and non-dairy milk  in a mixing bowlIMG_1356.JPG
  2. Spray griddle pan with a non-stick spray (I like my Circulon Acclaim Hard Anodized Nonstick 11-Inch Square Griddle)
  3. Scoop the pancake batter onto the griddle and then sprinkle mini-chocolate chips on top. Once firm, flip. The second side only cooks for a minute and a half.
  4. Repeat until all batter is used. Makes ~12 pancakes.
  5. You can serve it with warm maple syrup and vegan chocolate chips. Or, be a little more decadent. I sprinkled chocolate chips, The Best Vegan Chocolate Sauce, and sliced bananas, and then topped it with Soyatoo Soy Whip Cream that I got from Whole Foods  (Fresh Thyme also sells it). The Soyatoo Rice Cream is also tasty. You can check it out on Amazon here. I love fresh coconut whip cream, but sometimes for just a little cream on pancakes, I don’t want to make an entire can of coconut cream.chcolate buckwheat pancakes.jpg