Gluten-Free Banana Buckwheat Pancakes

These gluten free banana pancakes get rich flavor and whole-grain goodness from buckwheat and oat flours. Buttermilk makes them tender and tangy, and a touch of nutmeg, vanilla, and maple give them a dessert-for-breakfast vibe. Serve them up with maple syrup and toasted pecans and you’ll be in breakfast heaven. 

Gluten Free Banana Pancakes with Buckwheat and Buttermilk

It takes a lot for a pancake to impress me. Unless I’m at Plow, a fabulous breakfast spot in my neighborhood that’s known for its pillowy ricotta pancakes, I almost never order them. The pale griddle cakes I associate with diners are often bland and starchy, lacking in any nutritional value or staying power, and in need of a deluge of syrup and butter to make them palatable.

Gluten Free Pancakes FTW

But these gluten free banana buckwheat pancakes are a different story. These pancakes excite me. They cause me to get as close as I ever do to to leaping out of bed in the morning; i.e., I only groan and fall back to sleep once before throwing off the covers and stumbling, at the crack of 10:00, into the kitchen to pull out the mixing bowls and measuring cups.

This recipe came of a happy coincidence that occurred one morning. I found myself with a couple of bananas that were riper than I wished to eat plain, some buttermilk left over from making this pie, and an adorable boyfriend hopping up and down with excitement, declaring, “Oh boy! Pancakes! I can’t wait!”

I opened up the book I always consult for such morning staples as poppyseed brunch cake, migas, and cornmeal pound cake: Deborah Madison’s Vegetarian Cooking for Everyone, a book designed to be a vegetarian version of the Joy of Cooking. Under a recipe for basic buttermilk pancakes, she lists several variations, one of which includes sliced bananas (rather than mashed, as I’m used to seeing) and toasted nuts. I adapted the recipe to be gluten-free, added some flavorings of my own, and this recipe became an instant favorite.

Flours for gluten free pancakes
Gluten-free pancake flours: sweet rice, oat, buckwheat, + nutmeg for flavor

Flours for Gluten Free Pancakes

Pancakes are fairly easy to turn gluten-free since the high ratio of egg sticks them together nicely, requiring no scary gums or weird substitutions. This batter uses a trio of gluten free flours, each serving a specific purpose. Sticky sweet rice flour holds the cakes together. Gluten free oat flour makes them tender and fluffy. Buckwheat flour adds protein in addition to its toasty flavor to which I have become addicted. These flours can usually be found in health foods stores (check the bulk section as well as the flour section) or you can order them from Bob’s Red Mill. Do be sure to source certified gluten-free flours if you or your pancake eaters are highly sensitive.

One bonus of gluten free pancake batter is that, unlike glutenous pancake batter, you don’t have to worry about aggressive mixing overworking the glutens and leading to tough pancakes. Gluten free pancakes are more tender than glutenous pancakes can only dream of being.

This gluten free pancake batter may seem too thick at first, as it did the first time I made these. But the thick batter makes for fluffy pancakes. Sizzle scoops onto the butter-coated pan and watch as the batter spreads and puffs elegantly. Your kitchen will fill with an aroma that sighs, “Breakfast.”

Gluten-free pancake batter
Mixing gluten-free pancake batter
Gluten Free Banana Buckwheat Pancake Batter
Adding pecans and bananas

Flavoring Gluten Free Pancakes

A grating of fresh nutmeg, a splash of vanilla, and a pour of maple syrup all complement the toasty taste of oat and buckwheat in these gluten free pancakes. Chopped banana chunks and toasted pecans add additional layers of flavor and a bit of toothsome texture.

A bite of cake, oozing with maple syrup and tangy, whole-milk yogurt reveals a pancake that’s greater than the sum of its parts. The outsides, crisped in the buttered pan, give way to moist middles, while chunks of banana cook into warm, jammy pockets. The earthy buckwheat, nutmeg, vanilla, and maple all pack the dough with flavor, and the oat and rice flours create a tender texture that you’d never know was gluten-free. Buttermilk adds tenderness and a bit of tang, and nubs of nutty pecans add bite and healthy fats.

Gluten Free Buckwheat Pancakes

Does Buckwheat Flour Have Gluten?

This is a commonly asked question, and the answer is no – buckwheat flour is in fact gluten-free!

Despite its name, buckwheat isn’t related to wheat at all; it’s actually the seed of a plant in the rhubarb family. Most buckwheat flour is made from toasted, ground grains which is what gives the flour its distinctively nutty flavor. Buckwheat flour is most commonly used in the US in pancakes or flapjacks where its robust taste adds dimension. Similarly, buckwheat flour is often used in France to make savory crepe batter. But buckwheat works beautifully in desserts too. See below for more buckwheat flour recipes!

Gluten Free Banana Buckwheat Pancakes = Love

What started out as a happy accident ended up becoming one of my favorite breakfasts of all time. I didn’t think that two foods toward which I am rather neutral – bananas and pancakes – could come together in culinary matrimony to create a breakfast that I’m thrilled to share with the world, and to make and eat again and again. But they did.

So there you have it: gluten free banana buckwheat pancake love.

Gluten Free Pancakes with Bananas, Buckwheat, and Buttermilk

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Gluten-Free Banana Buckwheat Pancakes

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These gluten free banana pancakes get rich flavor and whole-grain goodness from buckwheat and oat flours. Buttermilk makes them tender and tangy, and a touch of nutmeg, vanilla, and maple give them a dessert-for-breakfast vibe. Serve them up with maple syrup and toasted pecans and you'll be in breakfast heaven. Do be sure to source certified gluten-free flours if you or your pancake eaters are highly sensitive. This recipe makes about 10 fluffy 3-inch pancakes, serving 2-3. Double or triple the recipe to feed a crowd. 
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 2

Ingredients

Pancakes:

  • 1/4 cup sweet white rice flour
  • 1/4 cup oat flour
  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly grated nutmeg
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons melted butter
  • 3/4 cup shaken buttermilk
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 large, ripe banana, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/2" pieces
  • 1/4 cup toasted pecans, coarsely chopped
  • butter or ghee, for cooking the pancakes

For serving:

  • maple syrup
  • plain, whole-milk or Greek yogurt
  • sliced banana
  • toasted pecans

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, sift together the flours, baking powder and soda, salt and nutmeg.
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the egg and maple syrup to combine. Whisk in the melted butter until smooth, then whisk in the buttermilk and vanilla.
  • Stir the buttermilk mixture into the flour mixture until just combined, then gently fold in the banana chunks and chopped pecans. The batter will be thick.
  • Heat a wide skillet (or two; or a griddle, if you've got one) over medium-low heat and add about a teaspoon of butter to coat the pan. The pan is ready when a drop of batter sizzles on contact. Drop 1/4 cup scoops of batter into the hot skillet (a spring-loaded ice cream scoop works well), spaced about 2" apart as the batter will spread, and cook for about 2 minutes on each side, until well browned and cooked throughout (the bananas will be soft and gooey, and make it a bit tricky to tell.)
  • Serve the pancakes with maple syrup, yogurt, sliced banana and pecans. Extras can be kept in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated in a skillet.

Notes

To make these dairy-free, use plant yogurt thinned with a little plant milk or water in place of the buttermilk, and vegan butter or coconut oil in place of the butter.
For GF Banana Teff Pancakes, replace the buckwheat flour with an equal amount of teff flour. 
If gluten isn't a concern for you, you can swap in all-purpose and whole wheat flours for the rice and oat flours; if you do, be very gentle when stirring the batter, and err on the side of under-mixing.
If making these for a crowd, slip them onto a plate or baking sheet in a low oven to keep them warm while you cook the rest.
Making this? I'd love to see!Tag your snaps @The_Bojon_Gourmet and #bojongourmet!

 

Gluten Free Banana Buckwheat Pancakes

19 thoughts on “Gluten-Free Banana Buckwheat Pancakes”

  1. This morning no less than 3 people told me these were the best pancakes they ever had! And one of them was my picky toddler! I've been making my way through your recipes these past few months, I haven't found one I didn't love! Thank you so much!
    MeganW

  2. These sound delicious & very similar to our own favorite recipe, which uses 1/2 cup buckwheat flour, 1/2 cup home-ground GF oat flour, 2T ground chia seed, 3T maple syrup, 2T coconut oil, 1 cup (approx) homemade soy buttermilk (soy milk & lemon juice), cinnamon, ginger powder & an egg (plus the usual bp, bs & salt). The resulting pancakes don't ever stick to the pan or need any kind of syrup, & my finicky 8-yr-old granddaughter happily eats them in the car on the way to school every morning (with 7 chocolate chips per ea 1/4 cup pancake, lol). These sound very similar, & I can't wait to try them! Thanks again for such a great blog!!

  3. Oops. Forgot to mention vanilla extract & occasionally some vanilla soy protein powder as well (the texture suffers a little with this & the chia, but not so that my granddaughter notices, :-D).

  4. I love this recipe, made it three times in the past two weeks! I adapted it to make it dairy free for my allergic sister, using oil instead of butter and plant-based yogurt diluted with plant milk instead of buttermilk, which worked great!

  5. I made these today with a couple of changes. I don’t like buckwheat. I have tried it every which way in all kinds of recipes, and I simply can’t get on board with it. So, I pulled out my bag of teff flour and used that in place of the buckwheat. Oh my Lord. The richness in these almost makes them suitable for a dessert, but there is no guilt in these pancakes what so ever. I also used walnuts because I didn’t have any pecans, but I am sure they are simply divine with the pecans as well. Thank you so much for providing me with gluten free options the don’t require funky gums or extra starches to be perfectly workable and delicious. I got your cookbook for Christmas and it is already covered in flour, eggs, and oil. You are amazing.

      1. You are so welcome. I made the pancakes again last night for dinner but I went savory and left out the sugar, but added in some ground thyme and thinned out the batter just a little. I served them alongside some roasted chicken and veggies. They were delicious!

        I have never met a cookbook like Alternative Baker, where I have loved every single recipe I’ve made. My taste testers are always bugging me to try something new from it, but this week it’s a blog treat (the vegan chocolate tart). I make your oat flour chocolate chunk cookies (the ones found on Food52) with teff all the time. They’re my autistic daughter’s favorite cookies. I really can’t thank you enough for giving me my love of food back after being diagnosed with a wheat allergy.

        1. That sounds so good! Awwwww I’m so glad you and your daughter are enjoying the teff cookies – I’m really into teff flour right now too! I want to try these pancakes with teff like you did too. Please let me know how you like the tart!

          1. I just turned this recipe into waffles by adding two tablespoons of butter (I doubled the recipe to feed my family) and they turned out perfectly. So light with crispy edges. Simply wonderful!

  6. I hope it’s not a silly question, but do you think the dry mix for these pancakes would be versatile enough to be applied to different variations? Like if I just wanted to throw in blueberries instead of bananas or no extras at all and have them plain? That’s not to exclude the necessary wet ingredients though. I’m trying to put together a GF pancake mix that can be used at our very large family reunion (Raccooking here! Hi!) when I’m not around to supervise.

    1. Aw hi!! Yes I think that would work! Another commenter said that they’ve made different variations with good success. I would try a test batch with blueberries to see how it goes. Please come back and let me know! That family reunion sounds EPIC!

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