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Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes

By Sunday, July 07, 2013 , , , ,


This is my first attempt at a vegan pancake and I feel it was a great success. I like to minimise the amount of animal products in my diet, and so I wanted to try and make a pancake which didn't contain any eggs. Using my banana bread as inspiration, I used flax eggs to replicate the thick consistency of a real egg, and it meant these pancakes were ultra thick and fluffy, just like a real pancake, plus the nutty texture of the buckwheat and the sweetness of the banana combined perfectly to make a very satisfying breakfast.


Serves one (makes around 6 pancakes)

You will need:
2 tbsps flaxseed/chia seeds + 6 tbsp water

1/2 cup (60g) buckwheat flour
1 tsp baking powder
1/2 tsp baking soda
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/2 banana
1/2 cup almond milk
2 tbsps lemon juice

Combine ground flaxseed/chia seeds and the water in a cup. Mix well and leave to gel in the fridge for at least 30 minutes, or until it has become thick and gelatinous. Meanwhile, combine the almond milk and lemon juice in a cup and allow to curdle slightly to become buttermilk, this generally takes 20-30 minutes. Sift the flour, baking soda and baking powder into a bowl, and add the mashed banana, almond buttermilk, vanilla extract and flax eggs. Combine well and leave to sit. Preheat a frying pan to a medium heat and add a little coconut oil, and then add approximately 1/4 cup of mixture to the centre of the pan. Allow to cook for 2-3 minutes, or until bubbles form on the upside of the pancake, then flip and allow the other side to cook. Repeat for the rest of the batter, then enjoy topped with the rest of the banana sliced up and other fruit of your choice


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46 comments

  1. Please could you elaborate on 'allow to curdle slightly' I'm probably becing dumb but I'm new to vegan cooking, sorry! Do I have to heat it up for it to curdle, stir it? put it in the firdge? :P Thank you!

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    1. The almond milk can be just left on the bench top at room temperature and it should separate a little and become a little clumpy. I think it adds to the taste and texture of the pancakes to do it this way!

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  2. could i substitue buckwheat flour for wholemeal flour? i don't think they sell that at my local supermarket and i'm not celiac or anything :)

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    1. Unfortunately I cannot answer your question because I cannot eat wholemeal flour. It might work, although I think you'd need to adjust the amount of almond milk added to get the right batter thickness. Perhaps it might be easier to find a recipe that used wholemeal flour?

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    2. I'm not 100% sure, I have never used wholemeal flour. I think the texture will come out differently due to the gluten in the flour so you'd need different amounts of almond milk to make it work the same. It might be easier to use a recipe that calls for wheat flour to guarantee success

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  3. Can I use 1 whole tsp baking soda and omit the baking powder and also can I make the flax egg the night before and leave it to turn to gel over night because I don't have time to wait 30mins in the morning :)

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    1. I can't see why you couldn't use baking soda in place of baking powder, and leaving the flax egg overnight is fine, just as long as it has been left for at least 30 minutes to thicken up, that's okay!

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  4. Does it have to be almond buttermilk or can I use plain almond milk, I don't have any lemons sadly

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    1. The lemon juice is what makes the pancakes fluffy and soft, and I think it's quite essential otherwise buckwheat pancakes tend to be quite hard and chewy

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  5. My friend's son is allergic to wheat, eggs, and :( bananas. Do you recommend a substitution for bananas in this recipe or recipes like it?

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    1. In my recipe you can simply omit the banana, it'll work out absolutely fine, the banana isn't necessary at all. Alternatively use applesauce if you want the pancakes to have the same sweetness as the banana gives it! :)

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  6. Could I make the lemon milk a few hours before hand? Also does it have to be almond or would coconut milk/soya milk work? :)

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    1. I think that should be okay, and I also think any non dairy milk should work fine too :)

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  7. i found that i used the ripe buckwheat powder after made the pancakes....is that a matter?

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    1. If the pancakes tasted okay, it's fine!

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  8. Hi Siobhan! May I use regular egg instead of flax eggs? If so how many should I?

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    1. I have no idea how many, sorry, I've only ever made them with flax :)

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  9. Thank you for the perfect pancake recipe! It was so tasty and delicious.

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  10. Hi Siobhan,

    Just wanted to let you know that this is my favourite pancake recipe.

    From Ashlea

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  11. Hi Siobhan!

    I saw a previous commenter ask about using normal eggs, and I just tried doing that tonight myself - it works just fine :)

    Thanks for another lovely recipe, dear! :)

    - Maria

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    1. Glad to hear it works, I wasn't sure if the consistency might be different!

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  12. what is the slimy white stuff topping your pancakes, icing?

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  13. I'd had a couple of buckwheat pancake disasters before I tried this recipe. I made it more savoury, without the banana and a bit of salt added. I also chucked in some chia seeds with the linseeds for extra glug. Then I ate the pancakes straight out of the pan with avocado, tahini, asparagus and sundried tomatoes - was delicious. Thanks.

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    1. Savoury pancakes, nice! Sounds delicious!

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  14. Could I mix the lemon juice and water together the night before and then leave it in the fridge overnight? Or would that make it over 'curdled'? Thanks :)

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  15. I've tried many pancake recipes, gluten-free, vegan, all sorts - but this is by far the best! I use chia seeds instead of flaxseed, add a pinch of himalayan pink salt and rice milk sometimes for additional sweetness. So congrats, this is great!

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    1. I'm so so glad it works well for you! Chia seeda have the same 'gooey' texture as flax when in liquid so I'm sure it's the perfect sub :)

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  16. Thanks for the recipes! I tried this recipe and the pancakes ended up tasting delicious. I did have trouble with the pancakes sticking to the pan despite a generous amount of oil. I looked back at the recipe and couldn't figure out what I did wrong. Do you have any suggestions?

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    1. The only thing I can think of is the pan you used- I use a non stick one from Tefal and I barely need any oil at all!

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  17. hi siobhan, was wondering if i could substitute the lemon juice with apple cider vinegar? thanks :)

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    1. I'm not actually sure, I've never tried with vinegar! I assume so?

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  18. Hey Siobhan I was wondering if I could use oat flour in this recipe? Have a great weekend! :)

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    1. You might need to adjust the ratio of flour to liquid if you change the flour, I'm not sure how oat flour acts. Otherwise, sure!

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  19. Hey! I just wanted to let you know (in case you've never heard about it) that you don't actually need an egg substitute. You can simply leave that bit out and it works out just fine :) but ofcourse you can keep on making them in your marvelously delicious way... love all of your recipes! :)

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    1. I just like the extra protein and omega 3's that the chia seeds give!

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  20. Has anyone tried normal milk with this recipe? Does it curdle with the lemon juice?

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  21. Would brown rice flour be okay to use? That's all I have in

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  22. pengen punya lantai motif kayu terbaikk?? beli di rgvinyl

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