Buckwheat Hemp Banana Pancakes – a nutrient dense five ingredient recipe perfect for lazy Sunday breakfast, fancy brunch, even breakfast for dinner!
Buckwheat Hemp Banana Pancakes
I am going to be that cliche that talks about summertime… again.
I am just loving the summer like weather we are having in Portland … already. Like, shorts and tees and sandals weather… every day. Daylight until almost 8pm – you all know my favorite part of summer is that we get daylight until after 9pm – here it comes, everybody!
It has been so nice all week.
Until this Sunday. We have a 50 percent chance of rain. So we’re celebrating Mom on Saturday. Having the family over to grill, play in the sun with four dachshunds.
Sunday will be … my mom day? (two of those dachshunds are mine…)
I’ll sleep in (which will mean a glorious 7:am most likely). I’ll make these Buckwheat Hemp Banana Pancakes. I’ll take those pups for a long walk. We will go see a movie. A fun day where my biggest issue will be should I add chocolate chips to my pancakes or not?
This time of year – even with the rain – we see peeks of summer with sunny 80 degree days. With warmer weather and more outdoor activity, we often crave lighter foods. My spring and summertime meals often include smoothies and big salads – light foods, cool foods replace the comfort food we enjoy all winter.
Even with most of our food choices being lighter, I still crave warm and hearty foods, whole grains with staying power. Bright sunny mornings have me opening all the windows and doors – letting the cool fresh air in. A warm hearty breakfast goes well with a cool morning, and one that fills me up and keeps me satisfied until early afternoon is a must.
Thankfully, pancakes have a year-round appeal for me – winter or summer, pancakes just seem to go with weekends. Spring and summer pancakes might involve fresh fruit or even fresh vegetables, which is always a plus.
When creating a new pancake recipe, I try to meet several aspects – flavor, fluffy texture, nutrition and staying power. These are all of those things and more.
These pancakes are packed with nutrition. Erewhon’s Buckwheat and Hemp cereal has 6 grams of protein and 5 grams fiber – and bring a natural sweetness with the wholesome crunch from buckwheat groats and hemp seeds. A short ingredient list and a tasty satisfying breakfast make this one of my favorite cereals.
Turning this cereal into Buckwheat Hemp Banana Pancakes has become one of our favorite breakfasts these days. I went through several test recipes and variations to get to this recipe – a hearty, naturally sweet pancake with a bit of fluffiness to balance the whole grain, nutrient dense cake.
This recipe uses the buckwheat and hemp cereal as a flour. To make the flour, you can pulse in a food processor to a fine powder, or you can put the cereal in a baggie and crush with a rolling pin. I used a combination of both techniques, resulting in a fine flour. A nutty maple flavored flour.
With a total of five ingredients, this is an easy vegan gluten free recipe using what you most likely have on hand. These pancakes have no added sugar, using a ripe banana as a natural sweetener.
Adding dark chocolate chips makes these pancakes even sweeter… so good, and like a completely new recipe with one added ingredient.
Buckwheat Hemp Banana Pancakes
YIELD: 8-10 medium pancakes
dairy, egg, soy, oil, and gluten free, vegan
1/2 cup Erewhon Supergrains Buckwheat & Hemp cereal
2/3 cup rice flour
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 very ripe banana, mashed
3/4 cup cashew milk
1/4 cup dairy free chocolate chips, optional
In food processor fitted with the S blade, pulse Buckwheat Hemp Flakes to fine powder.
In mixing bowl, whisk together Buckwheat Hemp flour, rice flour, and baking powder.
Add the banana and cashew milk to the dry ingredients, stirring to just combine. Fold in chocolate chips, if using.
Scoop batter onto a preheated nonstick skillet over medium low heat.
Flip when pancakes begin to bubble and cook other side (less than another minute).
Serve warm, topping with fresh fruit, cashew butter, and maple syrup.
should my Sunday pancakes with chocolate, or without?
more gluten free & vegan pancake recipes:
printable Buckwheat Hemp Banana Pancakes recipe:
- ½ cup Erewhon Supergrains Buckwheat & Hemp cereal
- ⅔ cup rice flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 very ripe banana, mashed
- ¾ cup cashew milk
- ¼ cup dairy free chocolate chips, optional
- In food processor fitted with the S blade, pulse Buckwheat Hemp Flakes to fine powder.
- In mixing bowl, whisk together Buckwheat Hemp flour, rice flour, and baking powder.
- Add the banana and cashew milk to the dry ingredients, stirring to just combine. Fold in chocolate chips, if using.
- Scoop batter onto a preheated nonstick skillet over medium low heat.
- Flip when pancakes begin to bubble and cook other side (less than another minute).
- Serve warm, topping with fresh fruit, cashew butter, and maple syrup.