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Sourdough Buckwheat Pancakes {Gluten Free and FANTASTIC}

April 2, 2014
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Wait a minute … A recipe?!?!


Yes … you’re at the right blog.  I don’t often share recipes since crafting is more my thing, but my husband LOVES all things food related.  I thought I’d share his recipe for Sourdough Buckwheat Pancakes since they are quickly becoming one of our family’s favorites.  He is a little obsessed with learning about healthy food choices. Seriously … he listens to podcasts about food and nutrition on our family road trips, he watches food documentaries, and more often than not, when I ask him what he’s looking at on his phone it’s a food or health blog.  You could say his hobby is researching food, nutrition, and cooking.  Works for me because I definitely DON’T have a passion for cooking.

These pancakes get the approval from him, so they MUST be good for you!  They taste great, too, so they get the approval from me and the boys!

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I’m going to warn you … you have to plan ahead for these pancakes.  They require fermenting buckwheat groats for 12 hours, grinding them up in a blender, then letting them sit for another 12 hours.  Start on Thursday evening for Saturday morning breakfast!!

But, let’s start from the beginning with a couple of facts about buckwheat, why you should ferment it, and why Matt approves of this recipe:

  • Buckwheat is not related to to wheat (despite the name), and is GLUTEN FREE.  Read more about why Matt doesn’t approve of grains here (actually a very interesting article, and makes me want to avoid them, too).
  • Fermenting buckwheat (soaking the groats) breaks down the Phytic Acid, which is a nutrient inhibitor {source}.  Again, read this article for more details (I’m not the expert here … but the information is very interesting).

Okay, now for the recipe.  It comes from Chris Kessler’s website and Matt found it here.  We  LOVE these pancakes, and they’ve become our Saturday morning tradition.

I’ll summarize it for you here, but definitely check out that link above for more details and health information!





  • 1C of Buckwheat Groats
  • 2C of water
  • Cover, and let soak for 12-24 hours.


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Strain buckwheat and rinse

Blend buckwheat groats with 1/3 to 1/2 cup of water in a blender

Clean bowl (or get a new one), place batter back to sit for another 12-24 hours.



Heat up a non stick pan over the medium to medium high heat.  Then add the following to the buckwheat batter:

  • 3 eggs beaten
  • 1/2 c water
  • 1tsp vanilla
  • 1T of honey or maple syrup (one of our recent additions … makes for just a bit sweeter pancakes)
  • pinch of salt

Grease pan with plenty of butter or ghee or coconut oil and spoon on the batter.  These pancakes will be pretty thin … more like crepes, but they’re fantastic!

Sourdough Buckwheat Pancakes |  View From The Fridge




We like blueberries and maple syrup (and occasionally walnuts if we happen to have some on hand).

Sourdough Buckwheat Pancakes |  View From The Fridge


I know this sounds like a LOT of work.  It really isn’t, though, I promise!  I requires a little bit of planning, but there’s not too many ingredients, and it’s pretty hard to mess up (something I seem to be pretty good at).

BUT … if you wake up Saturday morning, have a craving for pancakes, and no fermented buckwheat groats, try this recipe for almond flour pancakes (also delicious).

Thanks for stopping!  Now … who’s bringing me my birthday buckwheat pancakes in bed this morning?!?  Joking … (sort of ).






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  • Reply bette @ Somerset Lane April 2, 2014 at 10:28 am

    I may need to give these a try. We love pancakes around here. I’m pinning for later.
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    • Reply Katie April 2, 2014 at 9:31 pm

      Hi Bette,
      They seem like a lot of work … three parts and all, but each step is so quick. The actual SAturday morning part is super quick and easy! I really am a fan of this recipe!

  • Reply Sonnet @ SohoSonnet Creative Living April 2, 2014 at 8:21 pm

    Those look delicious and so healthy! Haha… you will never see me post a recipe but I love me some pancakes. Scarlett is literally made from pancakes. I lived on pancakes and peanut butter my entire pregnancy lol… yummmy thanks for sharing
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    • Reply Katie April 2, 2014 at 9:19 pm

      Ha ha … I don’t post too many recipes, and when I do it’s because its something my husband is all excited about! I do love to eat the pancakes, though!!

  • Reply nicolette @ momnivore's dilemma April 3, 2014 at 8:32 pm

    I probably could talk shop with your husband ALL day, given that my blog is named after a Michael Pollan book! :)

    I’ve been gluten-free for 5 years (and have yet to use buckwheat!)…I agree with your husband. That phytic acid is nasty stuff. I’m pinning your pancakes to my GF board.

    Thanks for sharing,

    • Reply Katie April 3, 2014 at 8:38 pm

      Hi Nicolette! My husband will be thrilled with your comment. He loves to talk food with anyone who will listen. I take bits and pieces here and there, but generally I eat what he eats. I’m pretty sure there’s something to all of this. We’ve all been healthy all winter (and it was a long winter … ).

  • Reply Antionette Blake April 5, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    Thank you for linking up again with us at the #WWDParty and sharing this great recipe. Have a wonderful weekend!
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  • Reply Angela (Life in Velvet) April 6, 2014 at 8:09 am

    Oh yum!! These look so delicious, and the fact that they are healthy is even better! My mornings would be so exciting if I could wake up to these every day! Thanks so much for linking up at Thursday STYLE! Have a great weekend :)
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  • Reply Catherine April 7, 2014 at 10:31 am

    Dear Katie, Just Stopping by from the Pin It Party. These pancakes look delicious and I love how healthy they are. Thank you for sharing. You and your husband make a great team. Blessings, Catherine
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  • Reply merlinda April 8, 2014 at 3:22 am

    this looks so healthy!!! might try it with my son cuz the process looks fun! #magicmoments
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  • Reply Morgan April 10, 2014 at 5:11 pm

    YUM. I’m going to make these and share them as a feature from the link party. They look so delicious!!!
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    • Reply Katie April 11, 2014 at 8:25 am

      Thanks so much Morgan!! They are fantastic!! Have a great weekend!

  • Reply Jaime Oliver April 12, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    they look delish! thanks for linking up with #MagicMoments x
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  • Reply Mary Beth @ Cupcakes and Crinoline April 14, 2014 at 5:29 pm

    Oh, Katie, these look and sound so tasty. My husband and oldest son are gluten-free and I was just looking for a pancake recipe ~ perfect timing. I will be featuring this recipe tonight on Project Inspire{d} ~ pinned and stumbled ~ and I hope to see you again for this week’s party. Have a wonderful week.
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    • Reply Katie April 14, 2014 at 11:21 pm

      Hi Mary Beth! Thanks so much for the feature! I’m headed to check it out now! What a fun surprise!

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