Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes

Every time I think of pancakes, I smile.  Not because they are totally freaking awesome moist and taste incredibly delicious, but because I remember how I used to eat them as a child.  I would drown my pancakes in that fake Aunt Jemima stuff to the point where there was more syrup on my plate than pancakes.  And I never understood why people used plates either, I needed a bowl to hold all that syrup!  Kind of like how I wonder why restaurants serve rice on plates with forks rather than bowls with spoons… it just makes more sense to use a bowl.

So last week when someone requested me to make pancakes, I smiled.  Not because a silly image popped into my head of me holding a bottle of syrup directly over my pancakes, but because I realized how far I had come in my healthy eating journey.  When I was five, I ate the all purpose flour, butter and corn syrup, whereas today, we will be indulging in healthy buckwheat flour, no added oils and pure maple syrup!

Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes

I am still getting used to the flavor of buckwheat flour, so I consider these Vegan and Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes to be the perfect base for toppings such as pure maple syrup, fruit, blueberry compote, jam, “Nutella” or nut butter!

Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes (sugar free, gluten free, vegan)

Yield: 7 small-medium pancakes


  • 60g (1/2 cup) Buckwheat Flour
  • 1/2 tsp Baking Powder
  • 2-4 packets Truvia*
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 cup Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk


  1. Spray a flat, nonstick pan with cooking spray and place over medium heat.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the buckwheat flour, baking powder, truvia and salt. Stir in the almond milk.
  3. Scoop a large spoonful of batter onto the pan, cook for 2-4 minutes or until entire surface looks dry and bubbles no longer pop on the surface. Flip and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes. Do this until all batter is used up.


*Use 2 packets if you plan to douse your pancakes with maple syrup, use 4 packets if you're a little modest. You can try using any sweetener of choice, really.

Serve with enough maple syrup to run Canada dry!

This recipe is: sugar free, low fat, high fiber, high protein, gluten free, vegan!

Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes

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Oh yeah, I forgot to mention that the entire batch of pancakes has only 240 calories and 4.5g fat!  Not to mention, 12g of fiber and 11g protein.  Totally makes up for what I’m about to show you….

Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes

Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes

Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes

Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes

Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes

Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes

Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes

Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes

Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes

Healthy Buckwheat Pancakes

I totally would have given you a sequence shot series of me eating the pancakes, but that would only be fun for me… not so much for you  😉

Labels: 5-Ingredients-or-Less, Breakfast, Buckwheat-Flour, Eggless, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, High-Protein, Low-Fat, Nutrition-Label, Single-Serving, Sugar-Free, Vegan

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Comments (25)

  1. Jo Hodson: October 16, 2012

    ha ha…great minds think alike hey! even down to the raspberries. I so nearly went for buckwheat (if not for the oat theme) that would have made it even more spooky! 😉

  2. Pipsa: October 16, 2012

    You always take so beautiful photos that they totally make me drool! The sequence shot series was especially a great demostration of the yumminess of these 😉 I have just recently found your blog and I have to admit, I’m obsessed! I click to your site at least a couple of times a day to check if you have any new recipes, so thank you for such a lovely blog :-)

  3. The Cooking Actress: October 16, 2012

    The pancakes are gorgeous.

    And wanna know how I ate pancakes when I was little? With Parkay squeeze “butter” that I would squeeze onto the pancake in concentric circles, then put in a little X in the middle. Um OCD much? Also..whoa that was a lot of disgusting processed butter-like stuff

  4. Aw thanks so much!! That’s so nice to hear, I hope you like my future recipes :)

  5. Ohhh my gossshhhh we were like twins when we were younger! Oh dear, what wonderful memories 😉

  6. Anonymous: October 17, 2012

    yummylo! so pretty. will give these a whirl.

  7. Angie's Recipes: October 18, 2012

    Just bought 2 small packs of buckwheat. These pancakes would be perfect for our weekend breakfast.

  8. Anonymous: October 18, 2012

    I love your recipes :) They always inspire me to eat healthy. Now that Halloween is around the corner, could you possibly make healthy versions of popular candies? I bet yours will be even better than the real deal 😀

  9. I hope you all like the pancakes!

  10. Thanks so much! I’ve tried making Snickers and Twix once but the results were somewhat horrifying lol. Once I work up the courage I’ll try making the candy bars again, but I don’t think the recipes will be perfected in time for Halloween :/
    I would recommend checking out Fork and Beans, Cara makes nearly every candy and treat possible, and not to mention allergy free!

  11. kerry.ajohnson: November 25, 2012

    I just made these pancakes for breakfast, and they were delicious! I made a couple of changes to the recipe, and they still came out perfect. I used soy milk instead of almond, reduced the stevia to just one packet, and added 1/2 tsp. cinnamon to the batter. I topped them with some peanut butter and sliced banana. I can’t wait to make them again, and try your other versions too. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  12. I’m so glad you liked the pancakes! Adding cinnamon to the recipe sounds delicious, I can’t believe I haven’t tried that yet (oh, and the PB+Banana combo sounds pretty darn good too!)

  13. Monkeyb: April 28, 2013

    Great recipe, thank you for sharing. I’ve been looking for a simple pancake,low ingredient list recipe. Plus they’re gluten free 😉 Almond milk and Buckwheat are to staples in my house. I’ve made these many times . This morning I had a banana so I mashed half and added it. They were great and I always drizzle a little honey or add a smear of peanut butter on top 😉

  14. Teresa: June 28, 2013

    I think your recipes are great! My only issue or suggestion would be that you give us more info on sugar conversions. This recipe calls for 2-4 packets of Truvia, yet I will be using Stevia. These sweetness also have different packaging. The packets may contain different amounts or strengths of the same sweetener.Stevia for instance, differs pkt or powder ants by brand. If I can start with a sugar equivalent, it would help me. I am new to these sugars & I’m cooking for loved ones with chemo & kidney issues. Thank you.

  15. Teresa: June 28, 2013

    Also, I don’t think Truvia is a “natural” sweetener, is it?

  16. dessertswithbenefits: June 28, 2013

    Teresa- You can use packeted stevia instead of Truvia if you like. One packet of Truvia = 2 tsp of sugar, and you can google other conversions if you like. Also, Truvia IS a natural sweetener.

  17. Teresa: July 9, 2013

    Question: What constitutes natural or sugar free when it comes to sweeteners? I’m confused. Trivia’s label states it’s a blend: erythrotol, sugar & natural flavors. If I use it, would this dish still be sugar free? Do the added “natural flavors” still make it natural? I really would like to get this sugar thing right. Thank you.

  18. dessertswithbenefits: July 11, 2013

    Teresa- I’m not sure what Truvia you are using… Truvia’s baking blend contains sugar (so if you use this then your pancakes will have sugar), but the packets of Truvia are sugar-free. Erythritol and stevia do not contain sugar and are natural. Natural flavors are natural, not artificial.

  19. Andrea Foster: January 26, 2014

    Erythritol (which is something outrageous like 90% of Truvia) is made from GMO corn.

  20. Petra: August 10, 2014

    These pancakes are great! I already made them 2 times! I don’t even use any sweetener in them, just eat it with banana and yogurt and it’s sweet enough. :)

  21. dessertswithbenefits: August 10, 2014

    Thanks Petra! I’m glad you made the pancakes and I’m so happy you like the recipe :)
    Great idea with the banana+yogurt topping, I’m definitely gonna try that the next time I make/serve these!

  22. Svetlana: September 30, 2014

    Thanks for your amazing recipes! I have yet to try any baked ones, but I eat the microwaved ones and these pancakes almost everyday.
    Do you think any other flour will work for such pancakes for a change?

  23. cyndy: January 25, 2015

    Can you make these into waffles?

  24. Cyndy-
    I haven’t tried that but you can try it! These pancakes are pretty soft though, so the waffles won’t be crispy. I hope you like the recipe!

  25. linus: February 10, 2015

    Can you use white flour too?

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