28. May 2015

Banana Pancakes

IMG_0236 I love pancakes. For me pancakes symbolise weekends, no daily routine, standing in the kitchen without any morning time pressure. When I have guests over for breakfast, there will be pancakes on the table. The topping will change with the seasons. Strawberries and blueberries during the summer, other times it’ll be apple and oranges and banana.

(Fun fact: ripe bananas – the spottier, the riper and sweeter! The body can digest ripe fruits more easily and turns its sugar into energy.)

These banana pancakes are my absolut standard recipe, you can’t really do wrong here. You can easily make them gluten-free by leaving out the whole grain spelt flour and doubling the amount of buckwheat flour. The banana gives the pancakes a mild and sweet flavour, the overall sweetness can be controlled with the toppings.


Banana Pancakes
(makes about 6 pancakes)

60g buckwheat flour
60g whole grain spelt flour
1 ½ bananas (the other half for topping)
100ml water
50ml plant milk
1 tbsp coconut oil (melted + some more for frying)

1 handful of blueberries
1 handful of strawberries
a bit of maple syrup or honey
1 tbsp desiccated coconut

1. Mash the banana with a fork or very shortly with the immersion blender.
2. In a bowl mix the flour, mashed banana, melted coconut oil, milk and water to a homogenous mixture. Add more water, if the batter is too thick.
3. In a pan heat a bit of coconut oil and fry the pancakes on medium heat until they are gold brown on both sides.
4. Be creative when it comes to the topping! I personally love to top the pancakes with fresh or thawed berries.

  • Charlotte Robertson

    Hi Pauline! I know this would prevent the pancakes from being gluten-free,but I have wholewheat flour in my store cupboard,could I use that to make these?

    Thank you!

    Charlotte :)

    • livingthehealthychoice

      Of course you can! :) I hope you like them! x

      • Pablo Alonso

        I tried making them with wheat flour and it didn’t work. They were always raw inside. But then again I also used canola margarine isntead of coconut oil

    • Is your buckwheat flour made of raw or roasted buckwheat groats?

  • Liam Chai

    Hey! It’s pretty hard to get coconut oil where I’m at… Are there any other healthy alternatives?

    • I cannot think of something that’ll work just the same. Have you looked on amazon?

      • Jordan N

        Olive oil works but coconut oil is better!

    • Courtney B

      Check swans on vitamins.com, they have the coconut oil on sale right now!

      • Courtney B


  • Charly Grimshaw

    Hi! I did all how you wrote, but my pancakes weren’t fried inside so they broke… what did I do wrong? :( how thick should batter be?

    • Oh no! I’m sorry to hear that. Maybe make sure not to heat them too much and rather leave them frying a bit longer?!

      • Charly Grimshaw

        oh, than you. i’m gonna try this next time! :)

  • Laura

    I’m gluten free and these look amazing, but i was wondering if i could use coconut flour because that’s all we have, i just don’t want it to ruin the consistinsy of the pancakes.


    • I have never used coconut flour for these, but I would definitely recommend giving it a try! Let me know how it goes! :)

  • Caroline

    I tried making these, and even though I did everything the recipe said, I wasn’t able to flip them. :( Do you have any idea what I could have done wrong? Thanks!

    • Oh no.. I just made some pancakes last week and it worked out fine for me. Try to add some more water, so they aren’t so thick!

      • Rebecca

        Maybe put more oil on the pan next time?

      • Laura

        You have to wait until the batter forms bubbles..you should be able to flip them properly afterwards

  • Jewel

    How many cups would be used for 120g of buckwheat? :)

    • I don’t measure in cups, I’m sorry! They are many online converters you could use though. :)

  • Bianca Giuliano

    I tried making these pancakes multiple times and they never work out! When I put them to fry with the coconut oil, they stick to the pan no matter how much or little oil I put. Help!

    • Oh no, I am sorry to hear that. Most importantly do not fry them on high temperature. Make sure to turn it to medium or even less, that should prevent the sticking. Also have you added the coconut oil to the pancake batter? Another solution would also be to add more water and less milk. :)

  • aisha

    These are amazing, it was my first time trying out buckwheat! but I just wanted to ask if it was ok to freeze them and reheat them for later?

    • Elisabeth

      Normally with pancakes its fine to just store them in the fridge and heat them up later :-) I’ve never tried it with these pancakes though. xx

  • Anthony

    I just made these and while they stayed together and I was able to flip them, they were nearly black unlike the ones you’ve pictured. Did you dilute your buckwheat flour with half whole wheat or white flour?

    • I am sorry to hear that! No, I did not dilute them in any way. Simple buckwheat flour!

  • Mayte Lara Ibarra

    Mmmm these look delicious! Definitely will try these. What brand of buckwheat flour do you use? (:

  • Just made them and they are AMAZING, totally in love! I know what I’m going to eat every weekend from now on :D

  • Olivia w

    I just tried these as a random midnight snack, and it was honestly the best pancakes I have ever had. Needless to say I’m very impressed with this recipe!

  • Christiine

    Hi! I just discoverd you through Instagram and had to take a look at your blog. and its so nice, so elegant!

    But I was just wondering if you had a sugestion to something that could replace the bananas? : )

    • Pauline

      Hey Christine,
      thank you very much! You could replace it with mango! It also tastes delicious. :)

  • Karolína Kinclová

    I feel a little bit stupid now but what does 11/2 banana mean? THANKS ♥

    • Sarrah Zakaria

      One and a half bananas :)

      • Karolína Kinclová

        Thank you so much :D I thought it’s “eleven slash two” but it’s “one space one slash two”… It does make sence to me NOW, so I’m going to make some pancakes! :))) Thank you!

  • Saf

    can you substitute the same amount of coconut flour for buckwheat flour? or would that throw off the measurements?

    • Pauline

      I’ve never worked with it before, but I would give it a try! You could also use half coconut flour, half wholegrain spelt flour? Enjoy!

  • que

    Hello! I was just looking through your blog and instagram and I love it! But I have a question, do you post the recipes for all the things you instagram or just some? There only seems to be about four on each category when I click them, or am I not pressing the right thing? Sorry -__- and keep it up!

    • Pauline

      Nope, you’re not doing anything wrong! It’s true that I post more photos of dishes that I have recipes for. Simply for the reason that it takes time to create a perfect recipe, to shoot it and put online. I wish I could post more, but at the moment I don’t have the time it needs. :) Thank you and all the best to you!

  • Pablo Alonso

    Can you substitute the buckwheat flour with regular all purpose wheat flour? I tried making these with wheat flour and canola oil instead of coconut oil and it didn’t work :( they just wouldn’t cook

    • Pauline

      Hey Pablo! I’m so sorry to hear. The pancakes will be a bit moist, which is just normal but that they didn’t cook at all seems weird. Have you given them a bit of time? Maybe try and add less oil or water next time! :)

  • Aleksandra

    Hey, gerade das Rezept ausprobiert – es sind tatsächlich die ersten veganen Pancakes, die wunderbar geklappt haben in der Zubereitung und auch noch super gut schmecken und aus einfachen Zutaten bestehen, die man mal eben zur Hand hat!
    Vielen Dank! Da muss man doch glatt auch die anderen Sachen ausprobieren ;)

  • Ich liebe deine Rezepte, deinen Blog und die Ellevant Videos. Ich freu mich echt auf mehr.

    x Kate


  • Anna

    Can’t wait to try them!!! looks delicious


  • LOVE this recipe! I can never have success with vegan pancakes though :(

  • Jamie

    I’m going to try this next morning. So excited!

  • Lo elle

    I freaking love pancakes, they remind me a lot of my childhood, and saturdays mostly.
    I made them the past weekend but instead of beryes (wich are very hard to find in where I live) I use for the topping pomegranate with honey (:

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