Vegan buckwheat pancakes are healthy, gluten-free, and fluffy pancakes that are made with plant-based ingredients. These pancakes are a perfect way to start your day.
Most people make pancakes for breakfast, but it doesn’t have to be like this at all! I love pancakes. And that’s because of their fluffy, melt-in-your-mouth texture. I won’t lie! I have tried hundreds of different vegan pancake recipes. And after so much effort, I have finally come up with this recipe. It is an amazing recipe that is made with a rather unusual ingredient, i.e., buckwheat!
These pancakes are a perfect way to start your day. Moreover, they are also a great snack. Especially when you experience untimely cravings, these pancakes can be your savior. Here is everything you need to know about these fluffy, tasteful, and vegan buckwheat pancakes.
What is buckwheat?
From the name, most people think buckwheat is linked to wheat. However, it is not true. Buckwheat is actually a seed that is treated as a cereal grain. In fact, it is a part of the pseudo-cereal group. The best thing about buckwheat is that it is gluten-free. So, it is a perfect choice for those who are allergic to gluten.
Buckwheat flour has many uses. You can use it to make pasta, pancakes, bread, etc. Most people use grains as rice as well. You can easily buy buckwheat flour from any grocery store. It comes in two main types, i.e., light and dark. The main difference between these two is that light buckwheat flour comes by grinding hulled buckwheat grains. In contrast, dark buckwheat flour comes from un-hulled buckwheat grains.
Moreover, you can also make buckwheat flour at home. You can do that by grinding buckwheat grains in a spice grinder.
Health benefits of buckwheat
Buckwheat has many health benefits. Here are a few to name:
- First of all, buckwheat is naturally gluten-free. As a result, it is a perfect choice for those suffering from gluten allergies.
- Buckwheat is naturally high in minerals such as magnesium. Manganese, copper, phosphorus, and iron.
- It is also naturally rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants protect the body against several chronic diseases by destroying free radicals in the body.
- It is said to aid in controlling the level of sugar in the blood. Thus, it protects against diabetes.
- Thanks to the minerals and antioxidants, buckwheat improves heart health. It also protects the heart against high blood pressure as well.
- It is also rich in fiber. That’s why it promotes digestive health and regulates bowel movements.
Why should you make buckwheat pancakes?
Well, there are many reasons you should make these vegan buckwheat pancakes. Here are a few to name:
- Buckwheat pancakes are gluten-free. So, you don’t have to worry about allergies.
- Buckwheat pancakes are super healthy. That’s because of the high mineral and antioxidant content in them.
- These are very easy to make. They are just like any other pancake recipe.
- This pancake recipe is vegan! All the ingredients are plant-based.
- Lastly, the pancakes are tasteful and fluffy.
Pancakes are very simple to make. You don’t need any fancy ingredients for making these. The same goes for this vegan buckwheat pancake. All the ingredients are pretty basic, and you can get them easily from any grocery store. Here is everything you need for these pancakes.
- Buckwheat Flour: Buckwheat flour is gluten-free flour. You can easily buy it from any grocery store. Furthermore, you can also grind it at home. There are two main types of buckwheat flour, i.e., light and dark. You can choose to make these vegan pancakes either with light buckwheat flour or dark buckwheat flour. However, remember that if you are using light buckwheat flour, the pancakes will be light in color. They will have a fine texture as compared to dark buckwheat flour.
- Almond milk: You can use any non-dairy and plant-based milk. Coconut milk, soy milk, and almond milk work best. I have used almond will for this purpose.
- Banana: Adding mashed banana to the pancakes will add natural sweetness to the pancakes. Moreover, it adds a fluffy texture to the pancakes. Make sure the banana you are using is ripe. A ripe banana has a high sweetness level.
- Sweetener: add a tablespoon of sweetener of your choice, this is optional. I used agave nectar.
- Cinnamon powder: Cinnamon powder brings is a sweet, warm, and woody flavor to the pancakes.
- Baking powder: Baking powder is an important ingredient that ensures the pancakes are fluffy and soft.
- Vanilla extracts: Vanilla extracts bring in flavor. It is an optional ingredient, and you can totally skip it.
- Salt: You will need to add a pinch of salt to enhance the flavors. Furthermore, it also balances out the flavors of the pancake without making it too sweet.
How to make vegan buckwheat pancakes?
Making vegan buckwheat pancakes are very easy to make. It takes no more than 20 minutes to get these fluffy pancakes on a plate. You can easily make them early in the morning to enjoy a healthy and wholesome breakfast. Here is how you can prepare these delicious pancakes:
Step 1: Start by combining the dry ingredients. You will do this by adding buckwheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder, and salt to a large bowl. Mix well and set aside.
Step 2: In another bowl, add a ripe banana and mash it using a fork or potato masher. Now pour in almond milk or any other plant-based milk, agave and vanilla extract. Mix well.
Step 3: Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients and mix well. It’s fine if you have a few lumps. Also, make sure you don’t over mix the batter. It should have a medium consistency.
Step 4: Place a frying pan on medium heat. Using a brushed oil, the frying pan. Scoop about 1/3 cup of the batter and pour it on the frying pan.
Step 5: Let it cook for about 2 to 3 minutes. Once you start seeing small bubbles appearing, flip the pancake using a spatula. Cook the other side for about 2 to 3 minutes.
Step 6: Take the pancake out of the frying pan and repeat the process until you use up all the batter. Drizzle your favorite toppings on top and enjoy!
How to store vegan buckwheat pancakes?
You can easily store vegan buckwheat pancakes. Place the leftovers in an airtight container and place them in the refrigerator. They will last for up to 3 days. Furthermore, you can also make the batter ahead of time and keep it in the refrigerator. Take it out 15 minutes before making the pancakes so that the batter reaches room temperature.
Moreover, you can also freeze these pancakes. Place them on a baking tray and flash freeze for about 30 minutes. Once they start to firm up, add them in a plastic zip-lock bag and freeze. You can reheat them in a toaster or oven.
What to serve with vegan buckwheat pancakes?
We all know different toppings that go well on a pancake. However, the choices are unlimited. Here are a few ideas you should try for more flavor:
- Berries: Everyone loves berries. They are fresh, sweet, and tasteful. You can top the vegan pancakes up with berries or your choice. Whether it is blueberries or strawberries, they all taste just perfect with these fluffy vegan pancakes.
- Banana: You can top the pancakes up with sliced bananas. The sweetness of the bananas is just the thing you need.
- Maple syrup: Maple syrup is a traditional syrup that is just the right topping for pancakes. Moreover, it is also a plant-based ingredient. Now that’s convenient.
- Nuts: You can also top the pancakes with nuts. Chopped walnuts, almonds, and pistachios are a perfect choice.
Other Vegan Breakfast Recipes To Prepare
- Strawberry Breakfast Cake
- Vegan Sausage Gravy
- Gluten-Free Vegan Cauliflower Hash Browns
- Moringa Smoothie
- Gluten-Free Granola
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- Energy: 190 kcal / 794 kJ
- Fat: 10.2 g
- Protein: 3.7 g
- Carbs: 24.1 g
- Preparation: 10 min
- Cooking: 15 min
- Ready in: 25 min
- For: 6 Servings
- In a large bowl, add buckwheat flour, baking powder, cinnamon powder, and salt. Mix well and set aside.
- In another bowl, add banana, and using a fork, mash well until you get a puree.
- Pour almond milk, agave, and vanilla extract. Mix well.
- Add the banana, almond milk mixture to dry ingredients and mix well until everything is just combined. Don’t over mix the batter. Some lumps are alright.
- Place a frying pan on medium heat. Brush it with oil.
- Scoop 1/3 cup of the batter and pour it on the frying pan.
- Let it cook for about 2 minutes. Once you see small bubbles appear on the surface of the pancake, flip it using a spatula for cooking it on the other side for about 3 minutes.