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Easy Vegan Buckwheat Pancake Recipe

Sushma makes these pancakes every weekend. She enjoys sharing healthy, delicious recipes.

Yummy vegan buckwheat pancakes served with mandarin, banana and soy yoghurt.

Yummy vegan buckwheat pancakes served with mandarin, banana and soy yoghurt.

Buckwheat Pancakes From Scratch

Vegan buckwheat pancakes are a healthy breakfast option. Buckwheat is not a cereal but a grain; hence, it is easier to digest and helps maintain the alkaline pH balance of the blood. In this recipe, bananas are substituted for eggs, and water is used instead of milk. To make the batter creamier, you can use soy milk instead of water. Serving these pancakes with sliced fruit and soy yoghurt makes for a deliciously yummy breakfast, especially on weekends when you can pamper yourself.

Choosing to have a vegan breakfast also helps reduce your carbon footprint. It could be part of the one-vegan-meal-a-day option for the sake of the planet. One vegan meal saves about 3,000 gallons of water and 16 pounds of grain, and it also saves money and your health.

Cook Time

Prep timeCook timeReady inYields

10 min

10 min

20 min

Serves two people


  • 3/4 cup buckwheat groats, freshly ground
  • 1 1/2 bananas, mashed
  • The remaining 1/2 banana, sliced
  • 3/4 cup water, room temperature
  • Apricot jam or any other jam
  • 1/2 cup soy yoghurt, fruit or chocolate flavoured
  • Vegetable cooking oil


  1. Mash the bananas in a bowl with a fork.
  2. Grind the buckwheat groats in a coffee grinder or food processor.
  3. Add buckwheat flour to the mashed banana.
  4. Add 1/2 a cup of water into the bowl and mix gently.
  5. Add more water according to your desired consistency, if needed.
  6. Heat a saucepan or non-stick pan and add a spoon of oil.
  7. Pour a ladle of the buckwheat and banana mix into the pan.
  8. Flip over to cook on the other side.
  9. Spread fruit jam on the pancake.
  10. Serve with sliced bananas or other fruit and soy yoghurt.

Tips for Making Crisp Pancakes

1. Grind the Groats in a Coffee Grinder or Food Processor

We have noticed that using buckwheat groats gives a different texture to the pancakes. They are fluffier, fresher and tastier. When we used the flour, the pancakes came out a little rubbery. So, if there is a choice between buying the groats or the flour, we recommend choosing the groats.

It is also important to grind the buckwheat groats very fine. A coffee grinder is ideal for this purpose. If you use a food processor, then it would be a good idea to make sure you can grind the buckwheat to get a really fine flour.

2. Use Non-Dairy Milk to Make the Pancakes Creamier

Soy milk or almond milk can be used instead of water to make the pancakes richer and creamier.

3. Add Baking Powder to Make the Pancakes Fluffier

A pinch of baking powder can be added to the batter to make the pancakes fluffier and lighter in texture. This is an option but not necessarily required. It would be a good idea to experiment and see what you prefer.

4. Watch the Pan Carefully

If you leave the pancake on the pan too long, it becomes rubbery and chewy. You have to be watchful and flip it over at the right moment. This will come with practice.

Rate This Healthy Vegan Buckwheat Pancake


Sushma Webber (author) from New Zealand on December 02, 2017:

Hi Ksenija, hope you have tried making buckwheat pancakes a few times since you last wrote to me. We have it every weekend!

Christine S. on October 09, 2017:

This recipe should only be an option if your pantry is bare and you only have buckwheat groats and bananas-and nothing else to eat. It satisfies the feeling of eating a pancake but the actual pancake is gooey and for all the butter and maple syrup just doesn't taste very good. This shouldn't turn people off from eating vegan or attempting to find gluten free options because they are out there. It's just that this recipe needs far more development. You can start with replacing the water with a non-dairy milk option, introducing baking powder/soda and possibly adding gluten free flour to the buckwheat flour (spelt is also an option for those who are able to tolerate low amounts of gluten)

Ksenija from Novo mesto, Slovenia on April 17, 2017:

Hmmm, we love pancakes and we love buckwheat, but I have never thought about buckwheat pancakes :-) thank you, it will be for breakfast tomorrow ;-)

Sushma Webber (author) from New Zealand on February 25, 2013:

Thanks FullofLovesites, hope your buckwheat pancakes turn out well.

FullOfLoveSites from United States on February 25, 2013:

I love pancakes and I actually experiment with whatever I can add to the batter, as part of experimenting. I even do some hotcakes with bacon bits on them. Though I'm not a vegetarian/vegan, I will definitely try this! Voted up and useful/awesome. :)

Sushma Webber (author) from New Zealand on December 19, 2012:

Glad you liked the recipe and photos. The buckwheat groats can be bought in health food shops. They are not cooked but powdered before making batter.

Bridgett Tulloh from NC on December 19, 2012:

Thanks for this recipe. I have had mixed results with vegan pancakes in the past, so I may give this a try. The photos look good. I was wondering about the buckwheat groats though.... Where do you find them? Are they cooked? Thanks!

Sushma Webber (author) from New Zealand on August 09, 2012:

Thanks TravelAbout. Let me know how your pancakes turn out and also the vege dinner.

Katheryn from United States on August 09, 2012:


They look wonderful. Yes, I will try these buckwheat pancakes. Might even make a nice vege dinner. Great hub - thanks for sharing. Voted Up!

Sushma Webber (author) from New Zealand on August 08, 2012:

May be you can find buckwheat flour. Good luck.

Claudia Tello from Mexico on August 08, 2012:

I wish I could get "Buckwheat Groats" here in Mexico because I would love to have a low carb buckwheat pancake for breakfast now and then.

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