Friday Flowers: Matilija Poppies and Buckwheat Banana Pancake Recipe {Gluten-Free}

Buckwheat Banana Pancake Recipe - Gluten-Free

I’ve never been much of a gadget-girl, but I must say that I love my iPhone!  Sure I text, email, and get calls, but I love it the most on my early morning trail runs!

I listen to Pandora (Jack Johnson Radio, if you must know), I use my Run Keeper lizare and snakeapp (which generally confirms I’m a slow as I’d thought), I can call my husband if I fall in the creek — which fortunately has never happened — and finally, I take pictures of cool-looking lizards, scary snakes, and yes, pretty flowers!  The Santa Monica Mountains are full of beauty!

Matilija PoppiesThese gorgeous Matilija Poppies appear about mid-way through my run, and I always look forward to seeing them.  The white, bright poppies stand tall and strong and remind me of a field of grains!  I think they pair quite nicely with these earthy Buckwheat Banana Pancakes, don’t you?

buckwheat flourBuckwheat isn’t really wheat, so it’s a great ingredient for people on gluten-free diets (such as my own cute son!) Buckwheat flour is also chock full of vitamins.

It has a deep, earthy, nutty flavor which I love for pancakes and other baked goods.  It’s so yummy combined with the sweet bananas!Buckwheat Banana Pancake Recipe - Gluten-FreeWhat a perfect, delicious weekend breakfast or brunch! Serve them up with fresh strawberries and mango. Oh-la-la! I love it!

Buckwheat Banana Pancake Recipe {Gluten-Free}
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Makes 2 dozen
  • 1-3/4 cups buckwheat flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • ⅓ cup granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 cups buttermilk
  • 1 cup banana pureé
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup melted butter
  1. In a large mixing bowl, combine all of the dry ingredients and set aside.
  2. In another mixing bowl, combine the buttermilk, banana pureé, eggs, and vanilla. Mix the liquid ingredients into the dry ingredients until evenly combined. Fold in 3 tablespoons of the melted butter.
  3. Preheat a large sauté pan over medium heat with a bit of the remaining butter. Turn the heat to medium-low and use a ¼ cup measure to pour the batter into the pan, with ample space between them. Cook the pancakes for approximately two minutes per side, until they start to brown along the edges. Use a bit more of the butter each time you add batter to the pan. As the pancakes are finished, place them on a plate and cover with foil until you're ready to serve.
These pancakes are already quite sweet, but everyone loves having a pitcher of maple syrup on the table!

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  1. Mari says

    I discovered how easy it is to make my own buckwheat flour in my coffee grinder using raw buckwheat and now I like buckwheat! I never got the flavor of buckwheat. Turns out that most buckwheat flour is made from toasted buckwheat, not raw, which is why it’s so dark and has a stronger flavor. Flour from raw buckwheat however is soft, pale, and blends better with other flours in GF baking.

    I like the looks of these pancakes and will try to make them this weekend!

    • valentina says

      I love that you grind your own buckwheat flour! Now, that’s on my list of things I must try! Hope you enjoy the pancakes! 🙂

  2. Rashmi from says

    Good to see you last night. I have had this packet of buckwheat flour sitting in my kitchen for almost 2 months but I think this recipe will make me open it and try something.

    Have you made anything savory using buckwheat flour?

  3. Caroline says

    These were delicious! I used sprouted buckwheat flour. Next time I’m going to try pumpkin purée instead of banana, and some pumpkin pie spice. Thanks!

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