Easy Fluffy Buckwheat Pancakes
Thanks to buckwheat flour, these delicious buckwheat pancakes have a light and tender texture with a delicate, nutty flavor. Jump to the Perfect Buckwheat Pancakes Recipe or read on to see our tips for making them.
What is Buckwheat Flour?
Buckwheat flour is a versatile, nutrient-rich ancient grain. It’s high in fiber and gluten-free.
The flavor is rich and nutty and works nicely when making pancakes, muffins, and quick bread. It’s also much darker in appearance than plain flour (or even whole wheat) flour. I actually love the color, but it can be a surprise the first time you use it.
How to Make Buckwheat Pancakes
Making a batch of buckwheat pancakes is just as simple as making regular pancakes. Simply swap buckwheat flour in for all-purpose flour and you are on your way.
Just like when we make whole wheat pancakes, for the best results, we prefer using a blend of flours. In this case, we like using a 50% buckwheat and 50% all-purpose flour blend.
You can use 100% buckwheat flour to make pancakes, but the texture will be a bit drier and the nutty flavor will be more assertive. The 50-50 blend makes pancakes that are fluffy and moist with a delicate nutty flavor.
How to Make Gluten-Free Pancakes
For gluten-free buckwheat pancakes, use 100% buckwheat flour or use a blend of buckwheat flour and your preferred gluten-free flour blend instead of the all-purpose flour.
More Ways to Use Buckwheat Flour
Buckwheat flour is versatile, and you can substitute it for all-purpose or whole wheat flour in quite a few recipes. Just like when making pancakes, we find that replacing a portion of the flour called for in the recipe with buckwheat flour generates the best results.
Here are a few examples:
- Make muffins, like these blueberry muffins, but substitute 25% of the all-purpose flour called for in the recipe. The muffins will be light and take on a delicate nutty flavor thanks to the buckwheat.
- Make buckwheat banana bread by swapping up to 50% of the flour in our banana bread recipe for buckwheat flour. The bread will be moist, and the nuttiness from the buckwheat complements the banana nicely.
- Make different types of pancakes — try substituting some buckwheat flour for the all-purpose flour in these blueberry pancakes or these pumpkin pancakes.
Easy Fluffy Buckwheat Pancakes
These buckwheat pancakes are light and fluffy and made entirely from scratch. They’re not too sweet and are scented with vanilla, making them extra delicious. You can make these with 100% buckwheat flour or use a 50% buckwheat to 50% all-purpose flour blend. The 50-50 blend will make fluffier, more tender pancakes.
In the first step of the recipe, we mix milk and vinegar (or lemon juice) together. This is an easy way to mimic buttermilk. The acid reacts with the baking soda and makes the pancakes light and fluffy. Instead of mixing the milk and acid, you can substitute buttermilk. Or, if you would prefer to use baking powder, we’ve provided tips in the notes section below.
We call for unsalted butter in the recipe. You can use salted butter, but you may want to reduce the amount of salt used.
You Will Need
1 1/2 cups (125 grams) buckwheat flour (or use 50-50 blend of buckwheat and all-purpose flour, see notes)
1 1/4 cups (295 ml) milk, dairy and non-dairy both will work
2 tablespoons white vinegar or fresh lemon juice
4 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted, plus more for skillet
1 tablespoon sugar
3/4 teaspoon baking soda, see notes for substituting baking powder
1/2 teaspoon fine sea or table salt
1 large egg
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- Make Batter
- Cook Pancakes
In a 2-cup measuring jug or bowl, stir the milk and vinegar (or lemon juice) together, and then set aside for five minutes. (This mixture mimics buttermilk, which when mixed with the baking soda later in the recipe, makes the pancakes fluffy.)
Meanwhile, whisk the flours, sugar, baking soda, and the salt in a medium bowl.
Whisk the egg and vanilla into the milk.
Make a well in the center of the flour mixture. Pour the milk mixture and melted butter into the well and use a fork to stir until you no longer see clumps of flour. It is okay if the batter has a few small lumps – it is important not to over-mix the batter.
Heat a large skillet (or use a griddle) over medium heat. The pan is ready if when you splatter a little water onto the pan surface, the water dances around the pan and eventually evaporates.
Lightly brush the skillet with melted butter. Use a 1/4-cup measuring cup to spoon batter onto skillet. Gently spread the batter into a 4-inch circle.
When the edges look dry, and bubbles start to appear and pop on the top surface of the pancake, turn over. This takes about 2 minutes. Once flipped, cook another 1 to 2 minutes or until lightly browned and cooked in the middle. Serve immediately with warm syrup, butter, and your favorite pancake toppings.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- For the 50-50 blend of flour, use 3/4 cup (90g) buckwheat flour and 3/4 cup (90g) all-purpose flour
- For gluten-free buckwheat pancakes, use 100% certified gluten-free buckwheat flour or use a blend of 50% buckwheat flour to 50% gluten-free flour blend (like Bob’s Red Mill).
- As buckwheat pancake batter sits, it becomes thicker. If it seems too thick, stir in an extra splash of milk to thin it out.
- When measuring your flour, before you scoop the flour into your measuring cup, fluff or stir the flour in the container (or bag) first, this aerates the flour and makes the measurement more accurate. Alternatively, you can stir the flour in the container, and then scoop it into your measuring cup. Then when the cup is full, use a straight edge to scrape away the excess flour. Doing this prevents adding too much flour to the batter, which causes the batter to be too thick.
- Substitute for baking soda: To use baking powder instead of baking soda, leave out the vinegar or lemon juice called for in the recipe and use one tablespoon of baking powder.
- Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.