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Coconut Banana Buckwheat Pancakes {Gluten-Free}

Mornin’, Monday. Why do I have deja vu every Monday morning? Me…blogging…ticked off it’s the beginning of another week. I never want to seem like a grouch, but who likes Mondays? I take that back. I used to like Mondays in grad school when it was my one day off internship. But, that is all in the past…

My plans for this weekend were pretty simple…they involved pancakes and doughnuts. If you weren’t around yesterday, I indeed made Baked Apple Cinnamon Doughnuts and they were divine! And wouldn’t you know, I made pancakes, too.

Weekend…success. Even if it all did go down way too quickly. At least this week is only a 4-day work week! Still 40+ hours, but only 4 days 😀

Heather is always whipping up gorgeous, healthy pancake recipes and I finally got around to trying one that I’ve had bookmarked for awhile. I was a buckwheat flour newbie and I am now a buckwheat flour fan. It’s the color interesting? Almost a blue hint to it, no?

I thought these would turn out a bit dense for my taste, but that was not the case. The banana in these keep them light and fluffy…very sweet 🙂


Coconut Banana Buckwheat Pancakes (Gluten-Free) very slightly adapted from Get Healthy with Heather

1 ripe banana
1 egg white (I used 2 1/2 Tbsp egg substitute)
2 Tbsp milk (I used coconut, but any will do)
1/2 tsp vanilla extract
1/4 cup buckwheat flour
1 Tbsp unsweetened coconut, shredded
1/2 tsp cinnamon
1/4 tsp baking powder


Pre-heat your griddle or skillet over medium-high heat.

Mash your banana in a bowl and mix in with a fork the egg white and vanilla. You’ll want to get this mixture nice and fluffy — mix for about 60 seconds.

Add in the remaining ingredients and stir until combined.

Spray griddle/skillet with non-stick spray. Pour 3 pancakes onto the griddle. Cook for 2-3 minutes until slightly browned and flip. Cook another 2 minutes to finish cooking. Yield: 1 serving (3 pancakes)

Nutrition Information (per serving): 267 calories; 5 g. fat; 0 mg. cholesterol; 179 mg. sodium; 51 g. carbohydrate; 8 g. fiber; 9 g. protein

Result: Don’t let the color scare you! These are sweet and certainly have a coconut & banana flavor…mmm 🙂 The coconut in the batter gives a fun texture. Offering 8 grams of fiber per serving, these are very filling! This was my first time cooking with buckwheat flour and I loved it! A great gluten-free breakfast option! Enjoy!



And I know weigh-in isn’t until tomorrow night, but this week has just not been good. I’ve been majorly slacking on my workouts (only 3 workouts this week — two 4-mile runs and a hockey game). I have no excuse for not working out on Saturday (though I was productive in other ways…like my “garden”)…other than my bed for a nap won the battle of workout vs. nap time. And Friday…well, it was a really busy day. I could’ve squeezed in a really quick workout before going out to dinner with friends, but instead I made cookies to serve for after dinner. So rather than being active I spent time baking and sleeping. Oy vey…no bueno, Nicole.

In looking at the 10-day weather forecast, I think it’s time I finally put another attempt into morning workouts. The evenings just seem to be a little too short on time and too littered with (poor) excuses.

…at least I made some delicious “Waldorf Style” Chicken Salad to take for lunches this week. So good and only 205 calories per cup! I had major cravings for this after Heather posted about it this weekend 🙂

I need to get my rear in gear already!

Question: What gluten-free flours have you experimented with? Any favorites?

Off for a morning workout I go…! {{forced enthusiasm}}

SMILE (note to self!) :),

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  1. Ma & Pa Prevention RD
    April 18, 2011 / 6:35 am

    Morning work outs are the best says Ma Prevention.

    • Nicole
      April 18, 2011 / 12:10 pm

      I love you, ma! We’re going to go to spinning on Friday morning, right? ๐Ÿ˜‰

  2. April 18, 2011 / 6:54 am

    Mmmm…those pancakes sound delish!

    No worries about the scale, Nicole! I often find that the loss is more about the food intake than the exercise, anyway. You got some workouts in, so you should be proud of that! It’s hard with a busy schedule to fit it all in! Good luck with your morning workouts; I know they are difficult, but when nighttime rolls around, you’ll be glad you got it done!

    • Nicole
      April 18, 2011 / 12:11 pm

      If only my eating had been on track this week…journal, who? Wha? ๐Ÿ™‚ Thanks, girl ๐Ÿ™‚

  3. April 18, 2011 / 8:06 am

    Did you know I swoon for coconut? And pancakes?

    These look fabulous.

    • Nicole
      April 18, 2011 / 12:11 pm

      I’m checking our your coconut waffle recipe now, ha!

  4. April 18, 2011 / 8:13 am

    Blah Mondays! For sure my least favorite day of the week. Glad you liked the pancakes! Seeing them makes me want to make them this morning… totally wishing I had a yellow banana!

    I’ve actually used quite a few gluten free flours – chickpea, millet, quinoa, amaranth (not really used as a flout but as a cereal), corn and buckwheat. I just love variety. A lot of the time I grind my own (especially for the millet and quinoa) because it’s so much cheaper that way.

    I kind like I’ve been skimping out on my workouts too, which is why I’m comtempating the 60 day insanity program. For me I need a schedule to keep me on track or else I may just skip out. Except 4 hours in the yard/garden yesterday DID feel like a tough workout. Hope you have a great morning workout!

    • Nicole
      April 18, 2011 / 12:12 pm

      Gardening and yardwork is a workout for sure! I was sore for most of last week after doing yardwork last weekend! Thanks for the great pancake recipe! I want to try the carrot one next!

  5. April 18, 2011 / 9:08 am

    I’m recipe testing for an upcoming gluten free cookbook and one ingredient that I recently bought for a recipe was coconut flour. That stuff tastes amazing and has this fantastic aroma. I bet mixing half coconut flour and half buckwheat flour in this recipe would rock.

    • Nicole
      April 18, 2011 / 12:13 pm

      I am yet to try coconut flour…but I mean, how can you go wrong?? Mmm!

  6. April 18, 2011 / 9:51 am

    Hope your morning workout went well. Love the look of these pancakes. YUM!!! Have a great day Nicole. I hope you get a nice surprise at weigh in!!

    • Nicole
      April 18, 2011 / 12:14 pm

      Me too! Thank you!

  7. Liz
    April 18, 2011 / 10:04 am

    These do look a little scary, but anything with banana and coconut has to be good! I’ve never really used any gluten-free flours, but I’m always up for expanding my horizons.

    I find that morning workouts work best for me. Not too much can interrupt you at 5a!

    • Nicole
      April 18, 2011 / 12:14 pm

      So, so true! On my busy days I just have to plow through in the mornings and my day will start so much better and end so much better knowing I have that out of the way!

  8. April 18, 2011 / 1:03 pm

    holy yum those look fantastic! I haven’t experimented too much with gluten-free but do like all of Bob’s Red Mill varieties ๐Ÿ™‚ Hope your workout was good, bet you felt great afterwards!

  9. April 18, 2011 / 2:53 pm

    I read Heather’s blog and she made pancakes, and now I read your blog! I want pancakes so badly now. Unfortunately I am at work. I will have to tag this recipe.
    I haven’t experimented with many gluten free flours. I know my coworker likes garbanzo bean flour and uses it often. Hope you have a good Monday!

    • Nicole
      April 19, 2011 / 7:28 am

      That is one flour I need to try!

  10. April 18, 2011 / 3:15 pm

    I have yet to do any gluten-free baking but I need to give it a shot since the gluten-free breads I’ve been finding have been less that exciting… On my list of many things to try!

  11. April 20, 2011 / 8:07 pm

    I’ve never worked with buckwheat flour, and these pancakes sound fantastic. As if I don’t have enough flours in my pantry, I think I need to add another ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. December 26, 2013 / 11:05 am

    Thank you. Very tasty breakfast.

  13. January 7, 2014 / 11:21 am

    These are So good, and just the right size recipe for a single person!

    • Nicole, RD
      January 7, 2014 / 3:57 pm

      Thanks, Donna! ๐Ÿ™‚

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