Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat flour is a great alternative to all purpose flour when a gluten free breakfast recipe is needed.  It has a lovely nutty flavour (it is also a member of the rhubarb family) and provides lightness to a pancake stack.  We have omitted sugar from the recipe as we feel a fruit compote provides plenty of sweetness, and loved serving it with sliced banana and an unsweetened plain yoghurt to add some creaminess.  The fruit compote is simply some frozen berries thawed and warmed up until their juices have oozed out of them – delicious!  Some recipes call for buttermilk, but we substituted that for milk and lemon juice, as buttermilk is not generally an ingredient we have lying around the house, and the replacements work just as well.

Alternatively, if you do not need to go gluten free and wish for even lighter pancakes you can go half buckwheat flour, half standard or wholemeal flour.

Buckwheat Pancakes

Serves 8
Prep time 10 minutes
Cook time 15 minutes
Total time 25 minutes
Dietary Gluten Free


  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon mixed spice
  • 1 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 lemon (juiced)
  • 1 Large egg
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla essence


1. Mix together the flour,baking powder, baking soda, salt and spices.
2. In a measuring jug pour in the lemon juice and then make up the liquid to the 1 1/4 cup level with milk. Let it stand for five minutes.
3. Beat in the egg and vanilla essence to the milk mixture.
4. Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix until just combined.
5. Pre-heat a non-stick pan and spray with oil. Using a 1/4 cup spoon the mixture onto the centre of the pan.
6. Bubbles will form on the surface, and when the outer edges begin to look more matte than glossy flip the pancake to the other side, and cook for a further 1-2 minutes.
7. Keep cooking the pancakes, and keep warm in a low oven. Be sure to stir the batter between batches as the buckwheat tends to separate from the liquid.
8. Serve with a fruit compote, sliced banana and yoghurt!