Chocolate Buckwheat Pancakes (Grain-Free)

Sultry chocolate buckwheat pancakes made gluten-free, dairy-free, grain-free, and low-FODMAP. Whip them up for breakfast this weekend!

This post is sponsored by Silk.

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Buckwheat pancakes rank high on my Pancakes Favorites list, and I’ve had quite the torrid love affair with them. What began a few years back as a savory Bacon & Egg Buckwheat Pancakes fiasco morphed into a fruit-topped Buckwheat Crepes obsession before it revamped itself into a banana buckwheat pancakes hootenanny.

Buckwheat flour is packed with fiber and antioxidants and also contains easy-to-digest protein. It also can help lower cholesterol and blood pressure, and it naturally gluten-free. The nutty flavor is always welcome in my pancakes, and I find that in the realm of gluten-free pancakes, buckwheat flour holds together super well. And of course, adding delicious ingredients like cocoa powder and chocolate chips results in a win of epic portions.

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Keeping this recipe gluten-free, dairy-free, and paleo-friendly, I used Silk Unsweetened Almondmilk to bring the pancake batter together. As you may know, almond milk is always my go-to when it comes to preparing pancake batter (as well as many of my baked goods), as I try to avoid dairy when possible, and almond milk has never let me down.

Per usual with my pancake prep, I made the batter for the pancakes in my blender. Of course, you can always use a mixing bowl, but I find tossing everything in a blender and flipping the switch to be the easiest method.

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The pancakes are delicious on their own (the goo from the melted chocolate chips is enough to make you swoon), but when drizzled with pure maple syrup fresh off the skillet, they’re sinfully delicious. In an I-can’t-believe-it’s-not-dessert sort of way.
The first time I prepared chocolate buckwheat pancakes, I used a couple large ripe bananas and turned them into more of a banana buckwheat pancake affair. This approach is always delicious, and if you’re looking for more banana flavor, you can up the banana usage to two and halve the maple syrup. If you’re banana-averse, replace the banana with ¼ cup applesauce.

If you are a regular user of sugar alcohols like erythritol or xylitol, you can replace the pure maple syrup with your sweetener of choice (I’d start with 2 to 3 tablespoons and go from there). You can also use agave or coconut palm nectar in place of pure maple syrup.

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Gluten Free Chocolate Buckwheat Pancakes

Course: Breakfast
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 12 pancakes
Author: Julia



  1. Add all of the ingredients but the dark chocolate chips to a blender and blend until smooth. Stir in the dark chocolate chips

  2. Heat a large skillet over medium heat and add enough olive oil or coconut oil to generously coat the surface (1 to 2 tablespoons). 

  3. Measure 1/8 cup (or a scant 1/4 cup) of the batter and pour onto the hot skillet. Cook until several bubbles rise to the top and the edges of the pancake begin to firm up, about 1 to 2 minutes. Flip and cook an additional 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until pancake is cooked through. Repeat for remaining batter (Note: I typically cook 3 pancakes at a time on a 12-inch skillet).

  4. Serve pancakes with fresh fruit and a drizzle of pure maple syrup or honey.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.



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  1. Lindsay Cotter

    gosh i love buckwheat! and what a hearty combo yet still healthy. SIlk is awesome like that!! Best nut milk out there. So trying your crepes next! how did i miss those?

    1. Julia Post author

      So glad you’re a fellow buckwheat and amondmilk lover! I posted the crepes aaaaages ago, so I think most people missed them 😉

  2. Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health

    I was drooling like an idiot when I saw these on your IG story. They look SO GOOD. I’m a huge fan of buckwheat flour for pancakes too. It’s got this strange stretchy texture to it, even though it’s gluten-free. I’m pretty sure it’s natures gift to the GF world. The chocolate spin on these is making me crazy. I need them in my life ASAP!

    1. Julia Post author

      Ah yeah girl! These are screaming your name! I’m a big fan of how easy buckwheat flour is to work with’s a nice little blessing compared with coconut flour, ha!

  3. heather (delicious not gorgeous)

    only problem i have with the recipe: the chocolate chips are optional?! anyways, these look so deliciously rich and chocolatey, and i love the sprinkling of blueberries you added (i think their tartness goes so well with the sweetness of the chocolate).

    1. Julia Post author

      LOL, I should have put “1/3 cup chocolate chips, mandatory” on the ingredient list 😉 So glad you like the pancakes!

  4. Joanne Bruno

    You can stuff my pancakes full of buckwheat any day! In fact this reminds me I need to make buckwheat pancakes for R…the more whole grains i can stuff in her, the better!


    We loved these pancakes!! I went to grab my buckwheat flour and found I did not have enough. I ground some buckwheat groats up in my Vitamix. I had never tried that before so I was glad to see how easy it was! The only thing I changed about your recipe was that I used a flax egg (1 T ground flax mixed with 3 T water) instead of an egg since we try to eat plant based/vegan most of the time. Thanks for a great recipe.

  6. Amy

    So excited to try these next week! One question: You mentioned using a mixing bowl would be ok (my blender will be in use for another part of the meal). Can I just use a hand mixer to blend?

    1. Julia Post author

      Hi Amy! Aboslutely, a hand mixer would work just fine! If you’d like, you can mix the wet ingredients together first, then add the dry ingredients in, or vice versa 😉 Hope you enjoy!

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