For the Love of Pancakes

There are many reasons behind my decision to give up wheat flour and grains and they are all working out for the best.  Most things I was happy to leave behind – bagel?  Who cares.  Pizza?  Mmmmmmmmmmm that one was tough.  Pancakes are another item that I felt myself longing for but the nutritional value just wasn’t there to justify stuffing one into my mouth no matter the fluffy maple syrupy flavor they possessed.  Most gluten free pancake recipes fell flat leaving a gritty texture on the pallet, and really, they didn’t have any nutritional value either.

But then I bought some buckwheat flour.  Buckwheat as it turns out,  isn’t wheat at all.  It’s related to rhubarb and the ‘grain’ isn’t a grain but rather a seed.  Now, there are many arguments online as to whether or not buckwheat is paleo. Some say yes because it isn’t technically a grain.  Some say no because it’s so starchy.  I don’t really care.  It’s a gluten free alternative to wheat flour that is nutrient rich.  Buckwheat was the answer to a great gluten free pancake recipe!


I added some almond flour to this buckwheat pancake recipe to up the protein and calcium and the result was a beautiful and fluffy pancake that is better tasting than a plain old white flour pancake.  I was pretty impressed with these babies and they’ll be making their way into our regular breakfast repertoire.


The batch will make 10 medium sized pancakes. Each pancake has 97 calories, 12g carbohydrates, 4g protein, 4g fat and 2g sugar.

To make these pancakes light and fluffy, this recipe calls for separating, whipping and folding in the egg whites.  Do not be scared.  This isn’t hard.  I whipped mine with a whisk by hand and it took all of two minutes.  They don’t need to be fully whipped to stiff peaks – just soft ones.  If you used a hand mixer it would be done in no time flat.

egg whites

Folding the whites in is easy too – it’s basically just gentle stirring.  With a spatula, stir in a ‘bottom, up’ motion bringing the spatula down to the bottom of the bowl and then bringing up the mixture and ‘folding’ it over the top.  Don’t worry if your technique isn’t precise.  The idea is just to maintain the air in the egg whites without beating it out during the process of mixing.

buckwheat pancake batter

Once your batter is made, it cooks up just like a regular pancake.  Pour some batter in a med hot pan and cook until the bubble formation slows down.  Flip and cook one more minute.  If you need to – test the pancakes with a toothpick.  If it comes out clean then they’re done.  I used a little coconut oil in my pan but you could use butter too.  These cakes are darker in colour than regular ones – just keep that in mind as you’re cooking – it’s harder to tell if they’re becoming over done.


Buckwheat Pancakes

Buckwheat Pancakes

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
These are as nutritious as they are tasty - down with bland, gritty pancakes! Substitute the honey with your favourite low carb sweetener and the milk for water and 1 tbsp heavy cream to go even lower on the carb count.


  • 1 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1/2 cup almond flour
  • 2 eggs, separated
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 cup almond milk (or your milk of preference)


In a large bowl mix buckwheat flour, almond flour and baking powder. Make a well in the center and add egg yolks, honey and milk. Stir ingredients until mixed well. Set aside.

In second bowl whisk your egg whites to med stiff peaks.

Pour egg whites into the rest of the batter and fold gently until incorporated.

Pour batter a half cup at a time into pre-heated pan on low-med heat and cook until bubbles slow. Flip and cook again until done.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 5 Serving Size: 2
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 194

When I saw how these turned out I heard that little girl from Despicable Me in my mind “They’re so FLUFFY!” and tasting them told me I’d never miss a regular pancake again.  The kids loved them too and asked for more.  I served ours with real maple syrup and a touch of strawberry jam but fresh berries or some strawberry sauce would be nice.  I hope you try these out and if you do, let me know what you think!

buckwheat pancake stack

If you have any leftovers they freeze well allowing the kids to pop them into the toaster for a nutritious and quick weekday breakfast option. Just place some waxed paper in between them before you freeze. You can also keep leftovers in a zipper bag in the fridge for up to a week.



  1. Right now I’m feeling a little testy with you ’cause it’s after 8 p.m., it’s raining and I don’t wanna & am not gonna go to the store, but I want some of your pancakes NOW! These sound so yummy. I love seeds, grains, etc. I normally use whole wheat flour… have not gotten into the gluten free and have not had to so I do the whole wheat and add flaxseed, wheat germ, etc. Now I have to add those ingredients to my shopping list so I can have your pancakes. I think I’ll be dreaming about them!

  2. We made these pancakes for breakfast this morning, I don’t know what happen but they turned out terrible! We followed the recipe to the “T”! The batter was waaaay too thick, we added more milk, end result was awful 🙁

    • I’m so sorry you had a bad experience! Flours can vary in how much liquid they absorb depending on where you live and your humidity levels. This is still my go to recipe for pancakes and I make them this way often. I wish I had more info so I could help you get a better result! Feel free to email me or message me through my Facebook page if you’d like to chat further.

  3. delicious! I substituted home made kefir for the milk and added 1tsp cinnamon and a dash of salt. My husband said, keep this recipe.

  4. I just made your buckwheat pancakes & they were delicious! Turned out perfectly & the 2 1/2 year old also loved them. Always looking for brekkie/snack ideas & this one’s a winner 🙂 I added 1tsp vanilla essence, pinch of cinnamon & salt to the recipe instead of honey & it worked well.

  5. Excellent taste. I had to add 1/2 more almond milk to make the texture right. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk. I bet this would be awesome with kefir and vanilla bean! Thanks for the recipe!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *