Buckwheat- Banana Pancakes

I was lucky enough to grow up with a Mom who often did special things for us kids on Sunday mornings. Pancakes, waffles and french toast come to mind. We also occasionally piled into our old green station wagon and made the trip to Winchell’s Donuts, fighting over which multi-colored creations would fill the box of 12. I try to do the fun Sunday breakfast thing once in a while for my family, with the exception of the donut trips (I just can’t seem to justify that one!)

Yesterday’s Sunday morning treat was Buckwheat- Banana Pancakes, adapted from a Bittman recipe. I made a few with raspberries and blueberries too.
This is a very different pancake recipe. If you’re looking for the typical dense pancake that you might find at your favorite breakfast place, this probably isn’t it. Egg whites are whipped up and folded into the batter, which makes for a light and airy sort of pancake. I had never used buckwheat flour for pancakes before but I was pleased with the results. My kiddo thought they were awesome. My husband thought they needed to be a little sweeter (but this comes from a man who puts sugar atop his sugar cereals.) You can certainly adjust the amount of sugar that you add to the batter, but with all that syrup… it seems overkill.

So what do you think… do you feel like some pancakes?

This recipe can be found here:  Light and Fluffy Buckwheat Pancakes

*fyi… they carry buckwheat flour at Henry’s/Wild Oats/Whole Foods (or any sort of well-stocked gourmet or health food market.)

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25 Responses to “Buckwheat- Banana Pancakes”

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    LyB — May 26, 2008 @ 3:00 PM

    These will be a great use of that buckwheat flour I always have around! They look absolutely delicious, a real Sunday breakfast! :)

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    noble pig — May 26, 2008 @ 3:08 PM

    They are beautiful. You are such a great MOM!

    Happy Memorial Day.

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    Nina's Kitchen (Nina Timm) — May 26, 2008 @ 3:25 PM

    Oh my goodness, what are you trying to do to me….How will I be able to resist this!

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    Kim — May 26, 2008 @ 5:32 PM

    My dad use to make us buckwheat flour pancakes in the morning on Sundays. You are one super mom, look at all that syrup.

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    Lina — May 26, 2008 @ 5:41 PM

    you got me totally craving pancakes right now. And a much healthier alternative to sugary donuts!

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    Zita — May 26, 2008 @ 6:48 PM

    wow… a breakfast to skip your luch with…looks very healthy and satisfiying ;)

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    Sophie — May 26, 2008 @ 8:13 PM

    Pancakes are, hands down, my favorite food. I even eat them as late night snacks :) . I like how hearty these look, but I like how you folded in egg whites to make them lighter :) . Cool idea. They sound delish :D . Though I seem to have a huge sweet tooth like you’re husband, I could probably eat these plain — even without the syrup, because they look so darn tasty. Great post, can’t go wrong with pancakes :) .

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    Isa — May 26, 2008 @ 8:13 PM

    I always feel like some pancakes!
    They look great! Thanks for sharing the link :) And lovely pictures too.

    Thanks for you commnt on my blog :)

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    Cookie baker Lynn — May 26, 2008 @ 8:49 PM

    Those sounds like a delicious way to start the day. I like the egg whites whipped separately to make them fluffy.

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    the southern hostess — May 26, 2008 @ 10:11 PM

    Yum! I’ll have to try these. Syrup-drenched pancakes are my Saturday morning go-to.

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    Prudy — May 26, 2008 @ 11:46 PM

    I love buckwheat for pancakes. It’s such a great way to add whole grain. I haven’t bought some in years but I’m inspired to now.

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    Mark Boxshus "Cookie Doctor" — May 27, 2008 @ 12:04 AM

    This looks to die for. I do have a weakness for bananas as well. Seems you manage to find a lot of my weaknesses…….LOL. I’ll definitely have to give this a go.

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    ali — May 27, 2008 @ 2:27 AM

    yum! I have a bag of buckwheat flour sitting in my pantry from some random recipe I made for crepes or something like that. this will be a perfect way to use it up. Happy Memorial Day RecipeGirl!

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    Leah — May 27, 2008 @ 3:56 AM

    I don’t usually like sweet stuff for breakfast but you’re giving me a terrible craving!! I’m off to bed….guess I’ll be having sweet dreams about breakfast tomorrow morning!

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    Miss Scarlett — May 27, 2008 @ 3:59 AM

    I have been CRAVING pancakes lately. I may have to break down and make these! Never tried buckwheat before, but I love any kind of hearty/grain pancake. Love that your hubby puts sugar on his sugar cereals. That made me laugh! I’m sure the pancakes are perfectly sweet as is!

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    Obsessive Foodie or Food Addict....You Decide — May 27, 2008 @ 4:46 AM

    LOVE WHOLE FOODS…..these look good enough to gobble up.

    We must be married to the same man….my hubby puts sugar on his sugar smacks.

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    Proud Italian Cook — May 27, 2008 @ 5:43 AM

    What a great Mom to make you such yummy things! Looks like you’re following right in her footsteps!

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    Grace — May 27, 2008 @ 9:43 AM

    love the maple syrup action shot and resulting pool of gloriousness. the pancakes look like perfection itself, and this is coming from someone who really only eats pancakes for the syrup. nice work!

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    VeggieGirl — May 27, 2008 @ 12:20 PM

    I’m fortunate enough to have a mom who always did/does the same thing, on Sunday mornings!! Those buckwheat-banana pancakes are bringing back memories, and now I’m hungry!! :0)

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    Rosie — May 27, 2008 @ 3:17 PM

    Oh my, what temptation you have here – I am drooling just looking at your pics!! What a great way to start any day!!

    Rosie x

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    Sharon — May 27, 2008 @ 11:06 PM

    I’m heading over to Henry’s today. I might just go pick up some buckwheat flour for a nice weekend breakfast! Thanks for sharing this delicious looking recipe.

    I’ve never quite perfected pancakes, so maybe this one will be it!

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    Kevin — May 28, 2008 @ 1:18 AM

    Those pancakes look really good!

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    CookiePie — May 28, 2008 @ 3:34 AM

    How smart to combine heavy buckwheat with beaten egg whites to lighten! And the addition of fruit puts these right over the top. Delicious!

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    Jenny — May 28, 2008 @ 6:03 AM

    Mmmm, what fun looking pancakes! I’d enjoy these for dinner too!

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    Deborah — May 28, 2008 @ 8:58 PM

    I made pancakes this weekend, but they were just normal pancakes. I feel the need to make some special pancakes now!!