Perfect Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes

These delicious and easy vegan buckwheat pancakes are gluten free and plant based making a great healthy alternative to traditional pancakes. 

Perfect Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes stacked on a plate with raspberries and sliced banana

The Easiest Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes 


I am no stranger to delicious and healthy pancakes, but this vegan buckwheat pancakes recipe has to be one of my new favourites. The taste and texture is fantastic. A little fluffy, a little chewy, airy and light, with a perfectly sweet, earthy flavour.

If you haven’t used buckwheat flour in cooking or baking yet, you are in for a lovely surprise. It’s a wonderful flour alternative that is naturally gluten free, with a fine, powdery texture and works great in pancakes.

Perfect Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes with raspberry garnish

What is Buckwheat Flour?


Buckwheat flour is a fine flour made from the buckwheat plant, which despite the name, does not contain any actual wheat. The buckwheat plant is naturally gluten free and the flour is made from grinding buckwheat groats, which resemble large seeds. Buckwheat flour is an amazing source of fibre, protein, and complex carbohydrates as well as an array of vitamins and minerals. 

Buckwheat flour can be found at most bulk food stores like Bulk Barn, on Amazon, or at many natural grocery stores or in the natural foods section in the baking goods area. 

Perfect Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes ingredients

What Does Buckwheat Flour Taste Like? 


Buckwheat flour has a wonderful earthy, nutty, and slightly bitter flavour that is rather distinct but really delicious when prepared correctly. It pairs well with the natural sweetness in maple syrup and vanilla, and also goes well with savoury combinations like tomatoes and cheese. It blends well with other grains/gluten free flours in recipes.

These vegan buckwheat pancakes have an earthy sweet flavour and airy, slightly chewy texture as the flour is mixed with tapioca starch. They are perfectly satisfying and versatile (check out the recipe variations at the end of the post!). 

Maple syrup pouring on Perfect Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes

Ingredients in Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes


To make these delicious and healthy pancakes you only need a handful of whole food ingredients that are gluten free, dairy free, and vegan.

Perfect Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes ingredients

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Buckwheat flour (Bob’s Red Mill brand is great!)
  • Tapioca flour or starch
  • Baking powder
  • Unsweetened applesauce
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Unsweetened almond milk
  • Pure vanilla extract

Close up shot Perfect Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes

Recipe Variations & Substitutions


The wonderful thing about this perfect gluten free pancake recipe is that it is very versatile and creates a blank slate for a variety of pancake additions and substitutions. I love getting creative with a basic pancake recipe to change it up depending on the season and the occasion. Here is some inspiration!

  • Chocolate Chip: Pour 1/4 cup of dark chocolate chips into the pancake batter before cooking for a delicious chocolaty twist!


  • PB & J: Add some peanut butter and jam to these pancakes by swirling 1/4 cup of your favorite, naturally sweetened jam and 1 tablespoon of creamy peanut butter into the batter before cooking. Then, once cooked, top with your favourite fresh berries and a drizzle of peanut butter. 


  • Hulk Pancakes: Instead of mixing the batter in a bowl, add all of the ingredients to a blender and add in 1 cup of fresh spinach. Blend until completely smooth then cook for pancakes packed with green goodness. 


  • Cinnamon: For a spiced variation, add 1 tablespoon of cinnamon to the batter. 

There are so many delicious ways to enjoy these vegan pancakes and they are really easy to make!  You can also use the batter to make Vegan Buckwheat Waffles if you are in a waffle mood… 


Have you ever cooked or baked with buckwheat flour? Tell me about it in the comments and be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later! 


Stack of Perfect Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes

Perfect Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes

Yield: Makes approx. 12 pancakes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Delicious and healthy gluten free vegan buckwheat pancakes that are so easy to make and wonderfully versatile!


  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup tapioca flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 cup + 2 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1/4 cup applesauce
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 teaspoons pure vanilla extract


    1. In bowl mix together buckwheat flour, tapioca flour and baking powder.
    2. Next, add in the wet ingredients, applesauce, maple syrup, almond milk, and vanilla extract and mix well until no lumps remain.
    3. Preheat a non-stick pan over medium heat and pour 1/4 cup portions of batter on the pan.
    4. Cook until bubbles appear and the bottom of the pancakes or have a golden, brown color on the edges. Flip and cook for another 1-2 minutes on the other side.
    5. Repeat the process with the rest of the pancake batter.
    6. Serve pancakes warm with berries, sliced bananas, or maple syrup on top.

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Author: Christal Sczebel

Christal is the creator of Nutrition in the Kitch. She's a Certified Nutritional Consultant, twice published author, gluten and dairy free recipe developer, food photographer, speaker, wife, and mama. Christal loves good food, all things wellness, and loves to travel. Her wellness philosophy is centred around balance and sustainable health, life's way too short for boring diets and restriction!

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