Mini Buckwheat Pancakes

Throw your hands in the air and shout “Yeah!” if you love pancakes! Well you’re in luck, as it’s Pancake Day today! How about doing something a little different this year, and making a whole plate full of mini pancakes?


This mini pancakes, a.k.a. blinis, are easy to throw together (though the recipe does include 30 mins resting time, so don’t leave it until last minute!), and as they are made with buckwheat they are gluten free too.

Ingredients (makes 18-20)

  • 150g buckwheat flour
  • 1 sachet dry yeast
  • pinch of salt
  • 200ml lukewarm milk
  • 2 eggs (yolks & whites separated)
  • vegetable oil for drying


  • Mix together the flour, yeast, salt, milk and egg yolks in a large bowl.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk the egg whites in to stiff peaks, then fold into the mixture with a metal fork or spoon.
  • Leave the mixture to rest uncovered somewhere warm for 30 minutes.
  • To cook the pancakes, heat up some vegetable oil in a frying pan, and dollop in one tablespoon of mixture per pancake. Flip them over after a few minutes, until they are golden from each side. Unless you have an enormous frying pan, you’ll have to do this in batches. Also, keep a close eye on them as mini pancakes burn very quickly.

Personally, I find that these buckwheat pancakes taste best with a savoury topping. My 8 year old really loves smoked salmon – I think he gets it from me – so here I layered up a couple on pancakes with slices of smoked salmon and a quick sauce made from creme fraiche, some chopped up fresh dill, and a little salt and pepper. My younger boy turned his nose up at this and had some cream cheese instead, though we all topped out little stack of mini pancakes with some hardboiled egg!

As the batter for these pancakes is plain though, i.e. neither sweet not salty, you can have the pancakes with pretty much any of your favourite toppings – sugar & lemon juice, chocolate spread, jam. Their size also makes them perfect for dipping, and my younger boy in particular loves a plate full of these served with a little bowl of honey to dip them in. How do you like your pancakes?

Tip: Make extra pancakes so that you can enjoy some for breakfast the next morning! These were the perfect size to warm up in our toaster.

For more yummy pancake recipes, check out our other pancake posts!

10 Comments on Mini Buckwheat Pancakes

  1. Treasure Every Moment
    5 March 2019 at 9:40 am (2 years ago)

    Oo these look tasty! I don’t think I’ve ever tried Buckwheat pancakes before, but there’s certainly no better day than today, as it’s Pancake Day :)

  2. Kelly-Anne Combes
    5 March 2019 at 10:02 am (2 years ago)

    I’m so excited for pancake day and I have been searching for lots of new recipes! Yum! I really like the idea of these little ones, my daughter would love these too.

  3. Sabina Green
    5 March 2019 at 11:03 am (2 years ago)

    These look great Jenni. We love pancakes but I don’t often think to have savoury ones these would be delicious.

  4. Talya
    5 March 2019 at 2:08 pm (2 years ago)

    I have a whole load of buckwheat flour which I never know what to do with so I will definitely try making these!

  5. Cath - Passports and Adventures
    5 March 2019 at 2:23 pm (2 years ago)

    This sounds super easy to make. And I like the fact they’re plain so you can mix and match sweet and savoury toppings. Ideal for pleasing everyone in the family.

  6. sonia cave
    5 March 2019 at 4:45 pm (2 years ago)

    They look delicious. gluten free is a big bonus for us, and I love the fact they taste good with savoury toppings. Yours with the smoked salmon look very tasty

  7. Anosa
    6 March 2019 at 6:20 am (2 years ago)

    We are the only weird family that doesn’t really do pancakes, I love buying them and rarely make them. One day I will try your recipe.

  8. Lauren Moseley
    6 March 2019 at 8:08 am (2 years ago)

    These look amazing, we love pancakes in our house so everyone would love these mini ones. I also love the fact that you can pop them in the toaster to warm up for breakfast-genius!

  9. Lisa
    7 March 2019 at 11:29 am (2 years ago)

    Oh they look nice. I’ve never used buckwheat before:)


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