Chocolatey Buckwheat Pancakes

I hope everyone is having a fabulous weekend. We had a lazy start to the day, as we celebrated our five year anniversary last night at a delicious Syrian restaurant, Damas, in Montreal. The flavours of each dish were out of this world. Combinations of grilled, smoky vegetables, nuts, pomegranate seeds, cumin, and pomegranate molasses were the highlights of some of the dishes we tried. Paired with delicious Lebanese wine, we were on cloud nine.

Back to the pancakes. Weekends are for pancakes, am I right? Actually, to be honest, our family loves to go out for breakfast on the weekends, but today it was just me and my boy so I opted for a stack of pancakes to share. I love buckwheat crepes and pancakes, so I decided to make them chocolatey to make them a little more appealing to the little guy. Being Canadian, these must be topped with pure maple syrup for the overall taste experience. The pancakes themselves are not sweet, so the maple syrup adds a nice, sweet touch!

Chocolatey Buckwheat Pancakes Recipe

Makes 8-10 pancakes


  • 3/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 3/4 cup all purpose or kamut or spelt flour
  • 3 tablespoons organic cacao powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 3 tablespoons melted vegan butter
  • 2 cups vegan buttermilk (2 cups non dairy milk + 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar)
  • coconut oil for coating the pan


  • Start heating your non-stick pan over medium heat.
  • Prepare your ‘buttermilk’. Pour 2 cups of non dairy milk (I used almond milk) plus 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar into a measuring cup or bowl. Let sit while you prepare the rest.


  • Whisk all the dry ingredients in a large bowl.


  • Pour melted butter into bowl. Stir.
  • Add the buttermilk slowly. Stir to combine without over mixing.


  • Put a small amount of coconut oil onto the pan and spread it around to coat evenly. Bring heat down to medium-low.
  • Using a ladle, pour batter onto the hot pan.


  • Cook on one side for 2-3 minutes. You will see small bubbles forming.
  • Gently flip pancakes and cook for about 1 more minute.


  • Place on a plate and cover with a towel to keep warm as you cook the remaining pancakes.
  • Serve warm with vegan butter and maple syrup.



A shot of the flowers my hubby got me yesterday. They smell so lovely!



  1. This looks amazing! Saving the recipe for a pancake day, thanks!

  2. Amazing Sophia:). I am going to add buckwheat Flour to my pantry items .

    • Thanks Sonal!
      One of my obsessions is collecting all kinds of different flours, grains, and beans. My pantry is pouring out with things I haven’t even tried yet!
      My husband loves it haha.

      • I sometimes go overboard with that too especially when I read about so many new products on the blog and then I hit the grocery store and damage to the dollar ;)… Lol…but it does get used eventually in cookies and flat breads etc πŸ˜‰

      • I hear you, Sonal! Same here πŸ™‚

  3. I have to get some buckwheat, the pancakes are just beautiful and I know they had to be so delicious!

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  5. Hooray for pancakes! You know I love them! With chocolate in the mix too!
    I’ve never made pancakes with baking soda before but just did a quick google search and learnt that you can use baking soda instead of powder when using an acidic ingredient like buttermilk. Learning new things all the time πŸ™‚ Enjoy the rest of your weekend Sophia.

    • YAY for pancakes! πŸ™‚
      Yes, exactly, the baking soda works well with acidic ingredients like buttermilk or chocolate.
      Thanks for checking it out!
      Have a great weekend.
      Sophia πŸ™‚

  6. Happy Anniversary!! Somehow a little part of me feels so proud you celebrated at a Syrian restaurant πŸ™‚ And the pancakes look amazing.

    • That’s so cute! Honestly, it was one of the best restaurants I have ever been to. Every single thing we ate was out of this world. Now I need to recreate some at home, one of our favourites was the mouhammara. LOVED!
      Sophia πŸ™‚

      • Muhammara is.. sigh.. so yummy! πŸ™‚ Great recipe and pics of the pancakes and lovely flowers. Congratulations on 5 years! Here’s to many more!

      • Thank you so much, Priya! Yes, I have to make the muhammara at home, it’s sooooo delicious! πŸ™‚

  7. Happy Anniversary, Sophia! I’ve never cooked with buckwheat before, but i LOVE pancakes and these look delicious.

    • Thank you, Johanna!
      I really love buckwheat. I suggest mixing it with another flour as it does have a very earthy, nutty flavour.
      I have to agree, I LOVE pancakes too!
      Sophia πŸ™‚

  8. Those look wonderful, Sophia. A stack of those on a cold morning will be just the ticket. Cold isn’t too far away. Tiny leaves are changing color and starting to fall.

  9. Yea – a chocolate post!! They look delicious Sophia! Celeste πŸ™‚

  10. These look delicious. Pancakes are a great way to show someone you love them.

  11. Yum! Those look so delicious! Those flowers are very pretty too!

  12. πŸ™ I’m at work and this is making me hungry!

  13. This luks really yumm! Im luvin ur blog. Luv the step by step pictures. Came across ur blog thru Sonals blog (simply vegetarian777). The tzatziki sauce recipe u posted there was awesome. Keep it up and keep in touch! πŸ™‚

    • Hello Sadia – thanks so much for stopping by here. I’m glad you liked the tzatziki recipe as well. Sonal did an amazing job featuring Greece!
      Thanks again for your lovely comment.
      Sophia πŸ™‚

  14. Reblogged this on Love and Lentils and commented:

    I almost missed National Pancake Day! Sharing one from the archives, kids. πŸ˜‰
    Happy Pancake Day!

  15. Happy pancake day! These look amazing and those flowers are beautiful!

  16. The restaurant sounds good!!! The pancakes look fab too..:)

  17. These look so yummy!!!!!

  18. Justine says:

    Hi Sophia,
    For the non-vegans, would I substitute the same volumes for buttermilk and butter?

  19. Bob Myers says:

    Hi Sophia,
    I added some extra to my Buckwheat pancakes that really tastes good. I add some Oatmeal, banana’s and Flax seed that are milled. Keeps me going all day long.

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