Easy Buckwheat Banana Pancakes

Stack of buckwheat banana pancakes with fresh fruit.

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These easy buckwheat banana pancakes are gluten-free, oil-free, vegan and most importantly, absolutely delicious! Whip up a batch of these healthy 7 ingredient pancakes for your next cozy morning at home.

Ingredient List:

Produce | Ripe bananas

Pantry | Buckwheat flour, Baking powder, Cinnamon, Fine sea salt, Vanilla extract

Fridge | Almond milk (or other plant-based milk)

Optional Toppings | Fresh berries, Sliced banana, Maple syrup

Oils | Cooking spray for cooking surface

Special Equipment: Electric griddle (or for a cooktop, a well-seasoned cast iron skillet or nonstick griddle pan). Note: I always have the best results when using an electric griddle.




  • 1 1/2 cups (210 gbuckwheat flour, see recipe notes
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt


  • 1 cup (240 g) mashed ripe banana (about 2 to 3 medium bananas)
  • 1 1/4 cups (10 ouncesalmond milk (or other plant-based milk)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract


  • Cooking spray for cooking surface (I use a coconut oil spray)
  • Pancake toppings: Fresh berries, thinly sliced banana and warm maple syrup


Tip! To keep pancakes warm, transfer to a baking sheet or baker and place in a preheated 200°F (90°C) oven.

  1. For an Electric Griddle: Preheat to 375°F (190°C) or For a Cooktop: Place a well-seasoned cast iron skillet or nonstick griddle pan over medium-high heat until hot. To test hotness, flick some water onto the griddle. When the water sizzles on contact, it’s ready.
  2. In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients: buckwheat flour, baking powder, cinnamonsalt and set aside.
  3. In another bowl, add the mashed banana (a few small banana chunks are fine), almond milk, vanilla extract and whisk until thoroughly blended.
  4. Pour the wet ingredients into the flour mixture and stir until just combined (don’t over mix the batter). Let the pancake batter rest for about 5 minutes. (The batter will be thicker than traditional pancake batter.)
  5. Lightly oil the griddle just before adding the pancake batter. For each pancake, pour about 1/3 cup of the batter onto the griddle and if necessary, spread it slightly with the backside of the measuring cup for an even thickness. Cook until bubbles form and break on the surface or when the perimeter has firmed up enough to be lifted, 3 to 5 minutes. Flip the pancakes and cook until the other sides are golden brown, 2 to 4 minutes. Keep an eye on them to prevent burning.
  6. Repeat the process with remaining batter, lightly oiling the griddle before the next batch.
  7. Serve immediately with toppings of choice. Refrigerate leftover pancakes for 2 to 3 days.


  • Buckwheat Flour: For this recipe I use freshly ground buckwheat groats to achieve that traditional golden brown pancake hue. Pancakes made from a store bought buckwheat flour will appear much darker but still delicious. Note: If grinding buckwheat groats, measure after the groats are ground into flour form.
  • How to Make Buckwheat Flour: In a food processor, grind raw buckwheat groats until a flour-like consistency is achieved, about 1 to 2 minutes. (Or use a clean coffee grinder working in smaller batches.) Tip! Drape a kitchen towel over the top of the food processor to prevent a dusting of flour all over your countertop. Store leftover buckwheat flour in an airtight container in the fridge for best flavor.