Buckwheat Oat Pancakes (Gluten Free)


Buckwheat Oat Pancake (Gluten Free)

I have this strange obsession with making pancakes and crepes. Pancakes are not part of our Asian food, and I certainly do n0t recall mama making pancakes during my growing up years. Whenever I see any gluten free recipe, I would immediately try them. Don’t ask me how many recipes I’ve tried, I’ve lost count. I’ve posted a few crepes recipe – Strawberry Crepe with Whipped Cream FillingGluten Free Crepe with Caramelized Pears, Durian Pancake, Buckwheat Wrap.. but no pancake recipe yet *gasp*

Not that I did not want to post, it’s just I have yet come across a good gluten free pancake recipe. Until last week. On the cover of Bon Appetit May 2013 issue is a plate of mouth-watering fluffy gluten free Griddle Cakes drenched in maple syrup. That was enough to immediately get me into the kitchen to make myself a batch.

As usual I tweaked the ingredients to what I have, a bad habit that can (and have) turn recipes into disasters but sometimes new creations are discovered. Like a dairy free substitute for buttermilk for this recipe. Buttermilk makes soft fluffy pancakes & cakes because of the chemical reaction when buttermilk (acid) mixed with leavening agent such as sodium bicarbonate.  Normally if you don’t have buttermilk, you can add lemon juice to milk and the milk will curdle making it a good substitute for buttermilk. To my delight, this method worked with my homemade almond milk and voila – I have a dairy-free buttermilk substitute.

Buckwheat Oat Pancake (Gluten Free)

This is the best ever gluten free pancake recipe! Buckwheat Oat Pancakes. Warm buttery fluffy pancakes, who doesn’t love them? I ate a dozen in a sitting, topped with some passion fruits. And I made it again the next day.

Wouldn’t this make a good dish for Mother’s Day brunch?  To all mom’s, Happy Mother’s Day! You are the AWESOMEST!

5.0 from 3 reviews
Buckwheat Oat Pancakes (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)
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Warm buttery fluffy Buckwheat Oat Pancake (Gluten Free & Dairy Free)
Recipe type: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Serves: 18 small pancakes
  • 1 large Egg
  • 330ml (1⅓ cup) Almond Milk (or any nut milk or soy milk)
  • 1 tablespoon Lemon Juice
  • 2 tablespoon Honey
  • 90g (1 cup) Oat Flour
  • 90g (2/3 cup) Tapioca Starch
  • 32g (1/3 cup) Rice Flour
  • 20g (1/4 cup) Buckwheat Flour
  • 1 tablespoon Baking Powder
  • 1 teaspoon Baking Soda
  • 1 teaspoon Salt
  • Olive Oil
  1. Pour almond milk in a small bowl, add in lemon juice. Leave it for at least 15 mins or until the milk curdles or separates.
  2. Meanwhile, prepare dry ingredients. Whisk oat flour, tapioca starch, rice flour, buckwheat flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a large bowl until well incorporated.
  3. Once the almond milk curdled, add in egg and honey into the milk and whisk.
  4. Pour almond milk mixture into dry ingredients, whisk well.
  5. Heat a nonstick pan over medium heat; lightly brush with oil. Pour slowly ¼ cup of the batter onto pan, holding the cup 2 inch above the pan surface. Cook until bottoms are browned and bubbles form on top of pancakes, about 2 minutes. Flip and cook another 1 minute until pan cakes are cooked through.
  6. Served warm with honey/jam.
* Oat flour can be found at baking supply shop. You can also make your own oat flour by grinding rolled oats in spice grinder. * Buckwheat flour can be found at organic health shops or organic section at some supermarkets like Jusco / Jaya Grocer * Shorten prep time by tripling the dry ingredients mix and store them in a container. At breakfast time, scoop out 2¼ cups (150g). All the other measurements stay the same.

For non gluten free pancakes, here are some awesome recipes to try:
Buttermilk Pancakes (justonecookbook.com)
Blueberry Pancakes (simplyrecipes.com)


  1. You mention butter in the instructions but not in the ingredient list??

    • Oops I didn’t notice that mistake. I have amended the instruction. The recipe is supposed to be dairy free, so there should not be any butter in it. But if you are ok with butter, I like to add 1-2 teaspoon of melted butter to the batter, so the batter does not stick to the pan.

  2. Hi Shannon,
    Can I know if I can just use Buckwheat flour alone , replacing the need for all the Rice flour, Oat flour? Or is there a reason to add these diff flour for the texture n taste ?

    Can corn starch be used instead tapioca.


    • To get almost perfect gluten free flour textures, it usually needs to be a combination of flours. Just buckwheat alone is pretty densed and gritty.
      I find starch can be substituted easily with either tapioca, glutinous rice, or corn flour.

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  4. These look soo delicious, I also have a high reaction to gluten, so I’m always on the lookout for new recipes! I’ve never tried cooking with buckwheat for pancakes, do you know where I could purchase some? I know Bob’s Red Mill sells some, but are there any other options more organic?
    I’ve also added buttermilk when making my coconut flour pancakes (gluten and grain-free), and it really does make a difference in the fluffiness and taste! 🙂

  5. Oh my these look divine! The perfect gluten free pancake yum!
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  6. I would love a stack of these for breakfast in the morning! Hard to believe they are gluten-free. Great pancakes!
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  8. Lovely, lovely recipe. And I ADORE passionfruits – such a pretty, delicious addition to the presentation. I recently posted a chestnut flour pancake recipe (Apple Pie Pancakes {gf/df} with Salted Caramel Sauce) but I have only ever used buckwheat flour for savoury blinis.
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    • Thanks Kellie. I love passionfruits too, and surprisingly just passionfruits with pancakes taste great, no butter and honey.
      I’ve yet to come across chestnut flour, I’ve only seen chestnut starch, I wonder if they are the same? Blinis are great too, I’ve made them a while back but yet to post about them. just too busy

  9. This is one gorgeous stack of pancakes! I have a GF Pure Pantry buckwheat pancake mix that i like, but haven’t tried making them myself. These look delicious-will definitely be making them soon!
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  10. LOve buckwheat and these pancakes look amazing. And the pictures are stunning. KUdos!
    Hope you’re enjoying your day dear.

  11. This looks delicious! I love buckwheat pancakes. I’m sure with passion fruit, it’s even more amazing. I do that with my almond milk too. Works like a charm. 🙂 Hope you enjoyed your weekend Shannon!
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    • Oops I have missed out your comment Gomo. Thanks for your lovely comment. I’m still quite amazed with the almond ‘butter’milk, how it totally transformed the recipe.

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