Gluten-free & dairy-free buckwheat cocoa pancakes

Gluten-free & dairy-free buckwheat cocoa pancakes

We are only 2 days away from Pancake Tuesday (or Shrove Tuesday)! Last year I took on the challenge to raise money for mental awareness Ireland by baking over a hundred pancakes for my colleagues at work and I of course also wrote up a recipe for my thin pancakes or crêpes. I wanted to do something different this year and created a recipe for gluten-free, dairy free buckwheat cocoa pancakes. There is an egg in it though so it’s not vegan, but I have read that you can replace the egg with 1/3 mashed banana if you want to make it vegan, but I haven’t tried this myself yet.

I also didn’t add any sugar into the batter, as I was using very sweet toppings already, but if you want your pancakes to have some extra flavour then you can of course add a sweetener, as mentioned in the recipe below as well.

The recipe itself is super easy and it takes no time at all to make as we’re not letting the mixture rest, we just stir everything together and put it in our pancake pan. The lovely thing about these pancakes is that they will start to show little bubbles when it’s time to flip them over, so you can’t even flip them too soon and break them.

It was actually my first time using buckwheat flour and I’m quite liking it so far. No idea yet what else I’ll use it for so if anyone has any suggestions, do let me know in the comments below!

Gluten-free & dairy-free buckwheat cocoa pancakes

Serves: 9 small pancakes


  • 100g buckwheat flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking powder
  • 5 teaspoons of cocoa powder
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon of salt
  • 200ml rice milk
  • fruit
  • honey or maple syrup
  • sunflower oil
  • butter



Well this is an easy one: add flour, cocoa powder and baking powder in a bowl, create a well in the middle and add your egg and milk. Stir it all together, it's not a thick batter so you don't need a machine for this at all. I didn't add any sugar into the pancake batter, as I was going to put a lot of fruit and syrup on top and didn't want to overdo it, but if you are not adding syrup on top then you should make the pancake sweeter as it might be fairly bland otherwise. I would suggest adding 1 teaspoon of honey or maple syrup into the batter instead of sugar.


Heat up butter in a pancake pan (or.. a normal pan), add half a ladle of batter into the pan, it will expand a little bit so don't make them too big. The first pancake is always one to try anyway so if you're not happy with the size of it then you can make adjustments for all the other ones.


Once the bubbles appear, wait for a few seconds then flip the pancake over.


Serve them with fresh fruit and of course: maple syrup or honey for some sweetness!

Gluten-free & dairy-free buckwheat cocoa pancakes

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