Brownie Batter Pancakes {vegan, gluten free}

You guys. These pancakes. Are ridiculous.

Brownie Batter Pancakes with Fruit

And you know my love for pancakes.

I have been eating these pillows of heaven all week. Sorry that I waited until Friday to share them but better late than never right? Just in time for the weekend!

I would have never thought I could eat chocolate pancakes for breakfast multiple days in a row. Calories! Fat! Sugar! I’m going to be bloated, gain weight, feel gross… no way! Pshhhh good thing I have learned a lot since then. Buckwheat flour, cocoa powder, hemp protein and apple sauce combine to create this awesome breakfast. Please make these… and send me a picture.

But wait! Not feeling buckwheat, cocoa, hemp or apple sauce? Then head over to the North Coast Naturals blog where I am stopping by for another pancake creation… using coconut flour, egg whites, brown rice protein and banana. Yup… TWO pancake recipes on this glorious day :)

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Brownie Batter Pancakes

Adapted from Kiss My Broccoli

Ingredients (Makes 1 serving)

  • 1/4 cup buckwheat flour
  • 2 tbsp hemp protein powder – I use North Coast Naturals
  • 2 tbsp cocoa powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup apple sauce
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon of honey


1. In a medium bowl, combine buckwheat flour, protein powder, cocoa powder and baking powder. Set aside.

2. In a small bowl, combine almond milk and apple cider vinegar and allow to set for 3 minutes.

3. While you are waiting for the milk and vinegar to set, heat a large pan over medium-high heat.

4. Add the apple sauce, vanilla and honey to the almond milk mixture and combine.

5. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until combined.

6. Spray pan with cooking spray and drop 1/4 cup measures of batter into pan – forming four pancakes.

7. Allow to cook for 4-5 minutes (until the edges are turning darker brown) and flip to continue cooking on the other side.

8. Cook for an additional 3-4 minutes until both sides are golden brown.

9. Transfer to a plate and top with fruit or any other toppings of your choice.

Hope you have a great weekend!

Questions of the day…

How has your view of food changed over time?

Do you eat chocolate for breakfast?

61 thoughts on “Brownie Batter Pancakes {vegan, gluten free}

  1. I can’t believe that you’ve been keeping these from us!! ;) It’s alright, I’ll forgive you. But only because I love brownie batter and I’m now too distracted looking at how to make these. Haha.

    Happy Friday!

  2. Oh yay…another pancake recipe to add to my collection!! My pancake obsession is still going strong! ;-) I don’t have buckwheat flour at home…do you think I can substitute it for almond or coconut flour instead?

    1. Hey Holly! I’m not well versed in the use of almond flour, but I would NOT recommend subbing coconut flour in these since there is no egg to help it set…believe me, it’s a mess! You can use just about any other flour though…oat flour would work great since it has a similar texture! :D

  3. Yum!! I admit I am not a HUGE fan of chocolate for breakfast (I know, who am I?!? But I make up for it during the rest of the day and have some dark chocolate most nights of the week :)), but I would love these for a breakfast-for-dinner day!! I don’t think your North Coast Naturals post is up yet, but I can’t wait to see it!

  4. They do look fantastic my darling :) I could eat pancakes probably every day,no lie :) That or scrambled eggs! Ive never used buckwheat flour, is it the same texture as like whole wheat flour?

  5. Ok, our twin status has been elevated to a whole new level- No joke this entire week I’ve eaten pancakes at least 3 times and have added cocoa to each batch- seriously! One caveat- they turned out so fugly, I only posted the batter pics on insta lol. Chocolate for breakfast is definitely a new trend!

    1. I hope you get the time sometime soon. For the coconut flour, I would swap egg whites for the almond milk and apple cider vinegar mixture. I think that should work — fingers crossed!

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