Sunday, 6 July 2014

Vegan Caramel Buckwheat Pancakes (No Banana)

I had a huge craving for pancakes this morning but as I was gathering my ingredients I noticed that I didn't have any bananas (the horror!) or flaxseed; unfortunately all my pancake recipes contain both these things so I had to improvise a bit and experiment with something I'd never used before - chia eggs. I was wary of how the pancakes were going to turn out but they actually ended up being even thicker and fluffier than usual! I used lucuma powder to replace the banana as a sweetener which meant the pancakes had an almost caramel-like flavour; the entire stack was absolutely delicious and I will definitely be using chia eggs more often from now on!

Vegan caramel buckwheat pancakes with raspberry compote, blueberries, dessicated coconut and quinoa pops


Makes 6 - 7 small pancakes 
  • 2 chia eggs (2 tbsp ground chia seeds and 6 tbsp water)
  • 1/2 cup buckwheat flour 
  • 2 tbsp lucuma powder
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup non-dairy milk of choice 
  • Oil of choice (I use coconut) for cooking


The first thing you need to do is make the chia eggs; to do this mix the ground chia seeds (I use a small coffee grinder to grind mine up) and water together in a cup and leave them in the fridge for 10 - 15 minutes to thicken up.

When your chia eggs are ready you can begin making your pancakes. Sift the flour, lucuma powder and baking powder into a bowl and stir them all together. Add the non-dairy milk and chia eggs and mix all the ingredients well until everything is incorporated.

Heat your oil of choice in a frying pan over a medium heat; when the oil has heated up pour about 1/4 cup of the batter into the centre of the pan and spread it out slightly with a spoon, forming a pancake shape. Let it cook for a minute or two, until bubbles start forming on the top, then flip it over and cook it for another minute or so. Repeat with the rest of the mixture, add any toppings you desire and enjoy!


  1. I really do envy your pancake making ability! I need to find myself some lucuma powder stat! xx

    1. Aww, thank you! Oh my goodness, you really do - it's delicious! It's definitely my favourite superfood powder :) other than cacao, of course! xxx

  2. hey!! i loove your blog, your pictures are just amazing!
    i wanted to ask you where you get your lucuma powder from?? which brand do you prefer because i think there are differences in the taste! and also i wanted to ask you if you ever tried making waffles with one of your pancake recipes and if. which recipe works best ?:)
    thank you vermy much!

    1. Aww, thank you, that's so sweet of you to say! I get my lucuma powder either from Holland and Barrett or Amazon - I use the Naturya brand but I've never actually tried any others! And I've never actually tried making waffles because I don't have a waffle maker! I'll post a recipe on here if I ever get one though :) xxx

  3. this mixture came out really thick, is it supposed to be like that? similar to the consistency of a chia pudding. and also how much oil? mine keep getting stuck to the pan :(

    1. Yep, the super thick batter is what makes the pancakes so fluffy :) I'm so sorry but unfortunately I'm really not sure how to help you with the problem of them sticking because I have a non-stick frying pan so I don't have any experience with that! I hope they turn out okay for you xxx

  4. I made these for my dinner tonight (!). Not my usual dish but I had a craving for pancakes. They were absolutely lovely! I bought lucuma powder for the first time last week, and it really added something to the pancakes :). I topped them with some berry CoYo and some fresh raspberries :).
    I only recently discovered your blog but will definitely be making more of your recipes in future!

    1. Pancakes are great at any time of the day! The picture you posted on Twitter looked amazing, I'm really glad you enjoyed them :) awww, thank you so much, I hope you like my other recipes too! xxx