Buckwheat, Oat & Cinnamon Pancake Mix {Gluten Free}


If you are looking for a gluten-free alternative to my awesome Cinnamon-Oat Pancake Mix, either for gift-giving to family and friends with gluten intolerances or for yourself, have I got an easy and tasty recipe for you! The thing that’s the coolest about this is that the ingredients are pretty straightforward: no hard-to-find ingredients are called for. In fact, if you bake with buckwheat (a little added to biscuits is really good), you may already have everything you need to make this pancake mix.

Buckwheat is not related to wheat at all, even though it sounds like it is. I was surprised a few years ago to learn that it is made from a seed that is actually related to rhubarb. Which seems weird to me, but whatever. The important thing is that it is gluten free and can be used in some recipes like pancakes that use baking soda and powder for leavening in place of regular wheat flour.

whipped egg whites

The only additional thing you’ll want to do to ensure lighter pancakes is to whip the eggs briefly with a hand whisk until at least half of it is foamy. Of course this is at the cooking stage, so hopefully whoever you give it to will take the time to do this easy, extra step to get pancakes that are very similar to wheat flour cakes.

Buckwheat Oat Pancake Mix Label

There are so many talented folks out there creating awesome labels and printables – sometimes I feel pretty inadequate with my simple labels. But I want to encourage you to do what you can – a simple computer-printed label glued on to the front of cardstock with the recipe inside is okay. Still looks good and is functional. Plus, you know they’re just going to use it and then throw it away, right?

Gluten Free Buckwheat Oat Pancake Mix

Instead of fancy labels, I decided to make the jar look sweet with a vintage zinc lid, jute tie, and clothespin. Easy as pie (which is NOT easy, now that I think of it – where do you think that phrase came from?) and used things that I already had.

Oh, and I should mention that the layers I give here are different than pictured. I started out with an amount I thought would fit and realized I needed to increase the recipe to fill the jar, so the photos have extra layers on the top.

Here’s how to make the jar gift:

Note: if you just want to keep the mix yourself, mix everything together and keep in an airtight container in your pantry

Buckwheat, Oat & Cinnamon Pancake Mix {Gluten Free}

Ingredients and order of the layers that fill one quart jar (press each layer with the back of a spoon to level):

Layer 1:

  • 1 c. buttermilk powder (can use dry milk or leave out for dairy intolerances – milk makes for more tender pancakes)

Layer 2:

  • 2  1/4 c. buckwheat

Layer 3:

  • 2 tsp. cinnamon (put it just around the edges so it shows)

Layer 4:

  • 3/4 c. oats, powdered in a blender or food processor briefly (it shouldn’t be flour-like, you want to see some partial oats still)

Layer 5:

  • 1  1/2 TB. palm sugar, sucanat, or brown sugar
  • 1  1/2 tsp. baking soda
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp. salt

Instructions to attach to jar:

Buckwheat, Oat & Cinnamon Pancake Mix {Gluten Free}
  • To use mix:
  • Empty contents of jar into a bowl and mix well.
  • Remove 1 cup for every batch of pancakes.
  • Store the remainder in the jar for up to 3 months.
  • To make pancakes:
  • 1 c. pancake mix
  • 1 egg, separated
  • 1 Tb. butter, melted
  • 1 c. water
  1. Place the mix into a medium sized bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, mix the egg yolk, butter, and water together.
  3. Use a hand whisk to beat the egg white until frothy (at least half should froth- do as much as you can by hand to add lightness to the pancakes).
  4. Stir the yolk mixture into the dry mix, just until combined. Then fold in the frothy egg white.
  5. Prepare griddle or pan. Use ¼ c. batter for each pancake and cook over medium heat until holes form in the tops of the pancakes. Flip and cook until done, about a minute more.
  6. Each 1 c. batch makes 6-8 four-inch pancakes.



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