1cupmilkof choice, I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk
2tablespoons canola oil
2 tablespoonspure maple syrup
2teaspoonspure vanilla extract
1/2teaspoonapple cider vinegaror substitute 1 tablespoon lemon juice—do not omit!
1/2 teaspoonbaking soda
1/2 teaspoonkosher salt
1teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoonground ginger*
1/4 teaspoonground nutmegfreshly grated if possible*
1/4 teaspoonground cloves*
For serving: pure maple syrupapple or pumpkin butter, butter (regular or vegan), toasted pecans; whipped cream
If desired, preheat the oven to 200 degrees to keep the pancakes warm between batches.
To a high-powered blender, add the buckwheat flour and pumpkin puree, then pour the milk over the top so that the flour is moistened. Add the remaining ingredients: eggs, oil, maple syrup, vanilla, apple cider vinegar, baking soda, salt, and spices. Blend until combined, stopping to scrape down the blender once or twice as needed.
Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium low heat. Low and slow is key to cooking these pancakes to ensure that they cook through but do not burn. Don't rush it! Lightly coat with cooking spray or a small amount of oil. Once the pan is hot, for each pancake, pour 1/4 cup of the batter onto the pan. Let cook until the pancakes look dry at the ends, about 3 minutes (bubbles will not form on top). Flip and cook on the other side until golden, about 90 additional seconds. Serve immediately with any desired toppings or place in the oven to keep warm until ready to serve.
You can also substitute the ginger, nutmeg and cloves for 1 teaspoon of pumpkin pie spice.
To freeze: Lay the pancakes in a single layer on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then place in the freezer. Once the pancakes are frozen, transfer them to a ziptop bag and store for up to 2 months. (Do not put unfrozen pancakes in a ziptop bag without freezing flat, or they will turn into a giant pancake blob.) Reheat in the toaster, directly from frozen.
Leftover pancakes can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days, though I recommend freezing per the directions above.