Healthy Chocolate Buckwheat Protein Pancakes

Pancakes are taking over my life!!

Juuust kidding, but I kind of wish they were…  ever since I made my first successful batch I’ve wanted to eat pancakes all day long.  Breakfast, lunch and dinner.  I know I’m not alone on that one  😉

Pancakes are so simple to make at home, there is no reason to buy those processed storebought mixes.  These Healthy Chocolate Buckwheat Protein Pancakes are easy to make and nutritionally balanced, just take a look at the nutrition label:

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I’m not an enthusiast for low-fat recipes, but I try to keep certain ones on the low end for two reasons: one, everyone has their preferences, and two, I like to top my desserts with an insane amount of toppings.  You know, peanut butter, chocolate almond butter, maple syrup, fruit, jam, etc…

But you see that stack of pancakes below?  Think:  sugar free, high fiber, high protein, filling, healthy, guilt free awesomeness…  because that’s what these pancakes are!

Healthy Chocolate Buckwheat Protein Pancakes

Healthy Chocolate Buckwheat Protein Pancakes (sugar free, low fat, gluten free, vegan)

Yield: 12 silver dollar pancakes


  • 30g (1/4 cup) Buckwheat Flour
  • 21g (1 scoop) Chocolate Brown Rice Protein Powder (I used SunWarrior)
  • 10g (2 tbs) Unsweetened Regular Cocoa Powder
  • 1 tsp Baking Powder
  • 3-5 packets Truvia (I used 5 and the pancakes were sweet enough to eat by themselves!)
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 2/3 cup + 1 tbs Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk


  1. Spray a nonstick pan with cooking spray and place on your stove's lowest heat setting.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together the buckwheat flour, protein powder, cocoa powder, baking powder, truvia and salt.
  3. Add the almond milk and whisk until clumps are gone.
  4. Raise the stove's temperature setting to medium/medium-high and once hot enough, scoop a spoonful of batter onto the pan. Cook for 2-4 minutes, or until the entire pancake surface looks dry. Gently flip the pancake (careful, they are a delicate) and cook for an additional 2-4 minutes.
  5. Do this with the rest of the batter, then serve with maple syrup, chocolate almond butter, Almond Joy candy spread, fruit and/or chocolate chips!


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

Healthy Chocolate Buckwheat Protein Pancakes

C’mon, make these now.

You only need 6 ingredients, 15 minutes, and one serious appetite!



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Labels: Breakfast, Brown-Rice-Protein, Buckwheat-Flour, Chocolate, Eggless, Gluten-Free, High-Fiber, High-Protein, Low-Fat, Nutrition-Label, Single-Serving, Sugar-Free, Vegan

Comments (21)

  1. Anonymous: November 9, 2012

    I added a 1/4 cup of raspberries, a tablespoon of spelt flour and a teaspoon of chia seeds to this recipe to bulk it up and help it bind, (oh, and used sorghum flour instead of buckwheat cos it was all I had)and encountered a bit of a “problem”… the batter tasted like the best brownie batter you could imagine! This made actually convincing myself to cook it quite difficult! 😛 Worked beautifully though. Thanks for the recipe :)

  2. I’m glad you liked the recipe! Adding raspberries to the batter sounds great, I gotta try that next time.

    And I’m glad I wasn’t the only one to eat the batter pre-cooking 😉

  3. kerry.ajohnson: December 3, 2012

    These pancakes are amazing! I made them with vanilla soy protein powder and it worked great; they were still very chocolatey from the cocoa powder. I never thought I could have a huge stack of delicious chocolate pancakes that’s this healthy, high in protein, easy to make, and vegan too. These (and your other buckwheat pancakes) have definitely earned a spot in my regular breakfast rotation! Thanks for the recipe!

  4. I’m glad the soy protein worked, I was scared other protein powders might now work! So glad you like the recipe :)

  5. Kushal Pandit: December 6, 2012

    Thanx for your post, but i’m just telling you, protein powders are beneficial. They provide your body with protein that the food you eat may not be providing. healthgenie provides lots of health care & nutrition products at huge discount. you must take some proteins made buy vegetables.

  6. Unknown: December 17, 2012

    I’m not a vegetarian….do you suppose this would still work with Whey protein powder????

  7. I’m pretty sure whey protein will work, but in my past experience, whey protein tends to make things a little dry. I would recommend adding a tablespoon of oil or applesauce to add some moisture. I hope this works out for you!

    If not, here is a good-looking fallback:

  8. Anonymous: December 19, 2012

    Would it work without flour at all?

  9. No :( The flour thickens up the batter and provides substance and nutrition. If you don’t have flour, you can try doubling (or even tripling) the protein powder to get a cake batter consistency. But I’m not sure how that would taste… if you have extra protein powder lying around I guess a practice pancake batch wouldn’t hurt?

  10. Rob Summar: February 20, 2013

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  11. ainsley: September 23, 2013

    Hi! These pancakes look amazing. I’m so happy i found your blog, I’ll be using it ALL the time. Question: Can I use coconut flour instead of Buckwheat? If I use the buckwheat flour, I don’t get as high a fibre content as you show in the breakdown.

  12. dessertswithbenefits: September 24, 2013

    Aw thanks, I hope you like all the recipes!!
    As for the ingredient substitution, I wouldn’t recommend replacing the buckwheat flour with coconut flour. Coconut flour absorbs a lot of liquid and might dry out the pancakes. Also, coconut flour tends to make things crumbly. You can try using coconut flour but I would recommend adding an egg to the batter as well.
    Hope you like the pancakes!

  13. praveen johnson: January 27, 2014

    It seems delicious. Thanks for the recipe. I’ll ask my mom to make it today. Don’t wanna wait for it.

  14. Lorrin: April 10, 2014

    Would oat flour work as a substitute for the buckwheat? I live in a small town and that’s not an ingredient I’m able to find locally.
    btw – your matcha protein bars = AMAZING!

  15. dessertswithbenefits: April 10, 2014

    I haven’t tried it but I think it might work! Both flours seem to absorb quite a bit of liquid (probably due to the fiber content) so I think the texture will be similar :)
    And YAYYY I’m so glad you liked the Matcha Protein Bars!! 😀

  16. John-Paul Urich: April 25, 2014

    Excuse me, but would I be able to blend all of the ingredients in a NutriBullet instead of whisking them? Thanks.

  17. dessertswithbenefits: April 26, 2014

    John-Paul Urich-
    Yup, you can definitely try using a blender instead! Just note that the pancake batter is somewhat thick and goopy so you might need to scrape down the sides of the blender between blending :)
    Hope you like the pancakes!

  18. Ainsley MacDougall: March 4, 2015

    Holy smokes….these are THE BEST pancakes! And the nutritional in them is pure gold. I made a 6x batch today and grilled them all up rapid-fire. I can’t believe how many pancakes are in a single serving! You’ve truly come up with the Perfect Pancake recipe. Standing ovation.

  19. Ainsley MacDougall-
    YES!!! 😀 That seriously made me so happy to read that! I’m glad you like the recipe :)
    To celebrate, I will make these pancakes for my second breakfast 😉

  20. anonymous: May 31, 2015

    Could I use whole wheat flour instead of buckwheat flour?

  21. Anonymous-
    I haven’t tried it but I think it should work! I hope you like the pancakes! 😀

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