buckwheat pancakes with brandied strawberries & coconut whip

A big ol’ stack of buckwheat pancakes is probably one of the best ways to start the day, and these aren’t just your average flapjacks! 

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There are many ways to make gluten-free vegan pancakes, but buckwheat flour is my new fave! It cooks quickly, holds together without adding other binders, and has a delicious nutty taste. Buckwheat is gluten-free even though it has the word wheat in it 😉

I threw that cheap table syrup out the window (never, EVER serve that!) and made a brandied strawberry sauce instead. It adds a ton of fruity flavor and soaks beautifully into these cakes. You also shouldn’t be surprised that I included a giant dollop of perfect coconut whip. It’s a hot for food necessity! 

vegan buckwheat pancakes recipe

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buckwheat pancakes with brandied strawberries & coconut whip

You’ll be craving pancakes for days with this delightful recipe. It’s topped with sweet brandied strawberries and luscious coconut whip! 

Course Breakfast
Keyword brunch, buckwheat, coconut whip, pancakes, strawberry
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 26 minutes
Total Time 46 minutes
Servings 8 pancakes
Author Lauren Toyota


brandied strawberries

  • 2 C diced strawberries
  • 1/2 C maple syrup
  • 1/4 C brandy
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp arrowroot flour or cornstarch
  • 1 tsp water

buckwheat pancakes

  • 1 1/2 buckwheat flour
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tbsp melted vegan butter
  • 2 C nondairy milk
  • 2 tbsp vegan butter (for cooking pancakes)

coconut whip

  • 1 can full-fat coconut milk (refrigerated overnight)
  • 1 tsp sugar (optional)


  1. In a small saucepan, bring maple syrup and brandy to a simmer over medium heat. Once the mixture is bubbling, add in the diced strawberries and lemon juice. Continue to stir occasionally while you bring it to a simmer again. Mix together arrowroot flour and water in a small bowl until smooth, and add to the strawberry mixture.

  2. Continue to stir occasionally while simmering for 10 minutes until thickened. Remove the saucepan from heat and set aside while you make pancakes.

  3. Bring a non-stick pan to medium heat and combine the pancake batter ingredients together in a mixing bowl until well combined.

  4. You may need to waver between medium and medium-low heat to keep the pancakes cooking evenly.
  5. Place a little bit of vegan butter in the centre of the pan and pour 1/3 cup of batter per pancake. It is best to cook 1 to 2 pancakes at a time depending on the size of your pan, for about 2 minutes per side.

  6. You must use a can of full fat coconut milk for the coconut whip and have it already refrigerated so it’s very cold and the thick cream is separated from the liquid. Another tip is to place the beaters from your hand mixer and a stainless steel bowl in the freezer in advance of preparing the coconut whip.

  7. When you open the can of coconut milk, scoop only the thick cream that is sitting on top into the stainless steel bowl. Do not let any liquid get in the mixture. Beat on high for 1 to 2 minutes minutes until thick and fluffy.

  8. Serve the pancakes warm with brandied strawberry sauce and a generous dollop of coconut whip.

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