I am French born and raised. Since I wasn’t raised in the United States, I did not discover pancakes until I was an exchange student (age 16) living in the Chicago area.
As a matter of fact, I didn’t even know that “brunch” was a “thing.” Let me tell you something, I took to the American breakfast/brunch like a duck to water.
I was never especially fond of toast and hot cocoa, coffee, or tea for my first meal of the day; which was the daily fare in my home. Fruit, meat, eggs, pancakes, muffins, smoothies, etc…WOW! Who knew, breakfast could be so awesome?
Breakfast heaven did exist and it was in the United States!
Buckwheat Uses in France
In France, the only uses for buckwheat that I was aware of were in savory crepe recipes, (which are called “crèpes au sarrasin” ) and specialty bread (“pain au sarrasin“); That’s it.
Buckwheat is not Wheat
Buckwheat is a misnomer since despite its name, buckwheat is in no way related to the wheat family. As a matter of fact, buckwheat isn’t even a grain; it’s a seed.
This super-seed can only be eaten after its protective hull has been removed. The hull can be recycled and is often used to make buckwheat hull pillows. They are actually very comfortable and light weight.
Buckwheat Health Benefits
Buckwheat happens to be very good for you! This little seed is a nutritional powerhouse. They provide many health benefits:
- Buckwheat is said to help in lowering your risk of high cholesterol, high blood pressure, and diabetes.
- Buckwheat is also reported to help control blood sugar, prevent gallstones, protect against breast cancer, and even childhood asthma.
- Buckwheat is reported to protect against heart disease and heart failure.
- Buckwheat contains more nutrition than fruits and vegetables.
Buckwheat Nutritional Facts
According to this data, one cup of cooked buckwheat provides:
- 155 calories
- 6 grams of protein
- 1 gram of fat
- 33 grams of carbohydrates
- 5 grams fiber
- 1.5 grams of sugar
- 86 milligrams of manganese (34%)
- 86 milligrams of magnesium (21%)
- 118 milligrams of phosphorus (12%)
- 6 milligrams of niacin (8%)
- 1 milligrams of zinc (7%)
- 34 milligrams of iron (7%)
- 0.13 milligrams of vitamin B6 (6%)
- 24 milligrams of folate (6%)
- 0.6 milligrams of pantothenic acid (6%)
Homemade Buckwheat Pancakes: Tips and Notes
You can either use buttermilk or kefir.
If you want a dairy free option, you can place one tablespoon of apple cider vinegar (or lemon) in a 1 cup measuring cup and then top with the dairy free milk of your choice. I prefer cashew milk.
I most often use coconut oil. Other great choices are olive oil or even butter.
Another wonderful dairy free option is soy-free Earth Balance.
Gluten Free Flour Mix
I like to make my own gluten free flour mixes and I have done so for many years. For this recipe, I used my homemade mix #2. You should be able to substitute a pre-made all-purpose gluten free flour mix.
You can use regular granulated sugar or a healthier alternative such as coconut sugar.
I really enjoyed the taste of these homemade buckwheat pancakes. While delicious on their own, you could modify the recipe by adding one cup of banana slices to the batter, along with one teaspoon of cinnamon powder or one cup of fresh blueberries.
Homemade Buckwheat Pancakes
In a large bowl, combine the gluten free flour mix, buckwheat flour, baking soda, sugar (if using), cinnamon (if using) or monk fruit (if using).
Add the buttermilk, eggs, oil, and stevia (if using). Mix all the ingredients until well incorporated.
Optional: gently fold in the blueberries or banana slices (if using).
Cook the pancakes in a greased pan over medium heat. My preferred method is to use a non-stick ceramic griddle.
Makes 6 buckwheat pancakes – about 3-inches in diameter.