Buckwheat Pancakes

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Buckwheat pancakes were a forgotten childhood favourite for me. I’ve finally re-visited them, and I’m glad that I did. They are an old-timey favourite and for good reason. They’re delicious. Light and hearty at the same time, with a distinctive, nutty and delicious flavour.

Pancakes on a plate with strawberries

There’s No Wheat in Buckwheat

Buckwheat is actually a seed, called a groat, and not a grain, although it is commonly used as one. Buckwheat seeds come from a flowering plant which is related to rhubarb, and it’s been cultivated for thousands of years. The flowers of the buckwheat plant attract bees who produce delicious buckwheat honey.

Stack of buckwheat pancakes on an embossed white plate with a pat of butter on top and maple syrup

Buckwheat Nutrition

First of all, because buckwheat is not a grain, it does not contain gluten. Which is good news if you are on a gluten-free diet, and were thinking that you couldn’t have pancakes.

Secondly, buckwheat is highly nutritious. It’s high in fibre and has a low glycemic index, meaning it won’t cause spikes in blood sugar levels.

Finally, buckwheat is rich in amino acids and antioxidants, and high in minerals, including iron. Get more buckwheat nutritional info here: Buckwheat 101

A stack of pancakes on a plate


What Does Buckwheat Taste Like?

Buckwheat has a rich, nutty, slightly bitter, but pleasant flavour. Toasted buckwheat, or kasha, has a more intense flavour than raw buckwheat. When cooked, the groats have a texture similar to brown rice. You will notice the dark colour of these buckwheat pancakes because buckwheat flour is dark. However, the dark colour doesn’t translate to a heavy pancake. These pancakes are beautifully light and fluffy.

A stack of pancakes on a plate, with syrup

How to Use Buckwheat

You can use buckwheat groats raw, or as kasha, (kasha is toasted buckwheat), in crackers, granola, and other baked goods. You can also cook and use the groats in the same way as rice, or in salads, like Butternut Buckwheat Salad, or Mediterranean Buckwheat Salad. Buckwheat porridge is a delicious breakfast cereal. Buckwheat is also milled into flour, which you can use to make baked goods and these Buckwheat Pancakes. Soba noodles are made with buckwheat flour.

Buckwheat groats and buckwheat flour are easy to find in most grocery stores. Although buckwheat is a gluten-free ingredient, be sure to check the product label if you are on a gluten free diet. Some products, in the manufacturing process, are cross-contaminated with wheat, and you should look for a “gluten-free” claim on the label.


Pancakes on a plate with a knife & fork


About Buckwheat Pancakes

These pancakes are just delicious. A lot of recipes for buckwheat pancakes use only 1/2 buckwheat flour, along with wheat flour. I wanted to use all buckwheat flour in these pancakes, to let the ingredient really shine. And it does. It’s delicious to venture into trying something just a little different, and buckwheat isn’t boring. These delightful pancakes are equally delicious with maple syrup, fruit, or bacon and peanut butter.


Buckwheat Pancakes (8 of 9)

Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat flour makes a delicious, fluffy pancake that is a perfect complement to maple syrup or any other topping.ย 
5 from 17 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine American, Canadian
Servings 4
Calories 191 kcal


  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 tbsp coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 1.5 cups cashew milk or almond, or dairy milk
  • 2 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 vanilla extract
  • 1.5 tbsp butter melted


  • In a large bowl, whisk together buckwheat flour, coconut sugar, baking powder, salt, and baking soda
  • In a smaller bowl, whisk milk, beaten eggs, vanilla, and melted butter
  • Pour milk and egg mixture into the flour mixture and whisk until batter is smooth.
  • Allow batter to rest at least 10 minutes, until bubbles form on the surface.
  • Heat a griddle or large heavy skillet over medium-high heat, and spray with cooking spray.
  • Drop batter with a soup ladle or pour using a spouted measuring cup in 1/2 cups onto hot griddle or pan.
  • Allow to cook until bubbles form on the tops and the edges look dry, about 4 minutes. 
  • Flip and cook until browned and crisp on the other side, about 2-3 minutes. 


Serving: 1gCalories: 191kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 6gFat: 8gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 93mgSodium: 442mgPotassium: 329mgFiber: 3gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 250IUCalcium: 79mgIron: 1.7mg
Keyword breakfast, buckwheat, buckwheat flour, gluten free, pancakes
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Buckwheat Pancakes

32 thoughts on “Buckwheat Pancakes

  1. My kids love to eat pancakes it’s their all-time favorite, By the way, it’s my first time to hear about buckwheat, so I research a little bit of information to educate me and for the safety of my kids as one of them have allergies. Then I found this site that enlightens me I’ve learned that it’s gluten-free and it’s safe for the allergy, surely they’ll enjoy this pancakes, thank you anyway for the recipe. I will tune in for another post from you. Keep it up!

  2. Buckwheat pancakes were my absolute fave when I was growing up! They are so so tasty. I’ve been wanting to bake with buckwheat flour but can’t seem to find it at my usual grocery store. I need to really start exploring more or maybe even grab some online. Can’t wait to make these again and again ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hi Dana! They really are so tasty, aren’t they? It can be a bit hit & miss trying to find buckwheat flour, so online works pretty well for me. Enjoy!

  3. I have never tried buckwheat pancakes before – and I see that I am missing out! I’m gluten free and was thinking about pancakes just the other day; I will have to give these a try. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. Hi Kim, Buckwheat pancakes are delicious and I love that everyone can enjoy them. Definitely give these a try & stop missing out! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. I have never baked with buckwheat before. I for sure want to give it a try! The pancakes look delicious ? thanks for sharing

    1. Hi Marilyn, buckwheat is a great ingredient! So happy to introduce you to it, and hope you give it a try, because it’s super versatile and delicious in tons of recipes. Enjoy!

  5. I’ve been a bit obsessed with buckwheat lately, as I’ve been trying to cut back on grains. My favourite combo is buckwheat and almond flour, and I’ve actually been recipe testing some pancakes with that flour combo. Love that you used all buckwheat in these pancakes. I’ll have to give them a try some time!

  6. Ahh, amazing! I was just thinking that I want to try out something different with pancakes this weekend. I’ve never had Buckwheat Pancakes before, and now my curiosity must be satiated!

  7. I’ve been super curious about using buckwheat so all of your additional info about the ingredient is awesome! These pancakes sounds super tasty – perfect for the weekend!

  8. Oooooh, these look delicious! Never made pancakes with buckwheat before, but I imagine that they’re super tasty and hearty! Thinking this would be lovely this upcoming weekend with bacon and coffee ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. I like to use buckwheat flour in many a recipe but never only by itself. Will start by making your pancakes and I bet we are going to love them!

  10. I’ve always loved the earthy flavor of buckwheat. And it’s so fabulous in the form of a pancake with a touch of sweet syrup!

  11. I had no idea that buckwheat is related to rhubarb. I am going to have to make these for the kiddos.

  12. Buckwheat is so underutilized. I love using it to make crepes as well as in regular pancakes like these for a nutty flavor!

  13. I’ve been looking for buckwheat recipes (to use up what I have in my pantry!) and this one was perfect. thanks for sharing!

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