Every time the family heads out camping we love to have at least one breakfast that includes pancakes. We don’t normally do pancakes at home because by the time we get up and get ready we are rushing out the door to work. Mostly we treat pancakes as a slow food that is meant to savor and enjoy. That is why these mason jar pecan buckwheat pancakes are so great! We get to have the joy of eating a full and hearty breakfast but can still get up and at it quick! Since all of the dry ingredients are mixed at home in a mason jar before we head out, making pancakes in the morning is fast. We simply mix the wet and dry ingredients together and start cooking. Not to mention that when it comes time to mix the kids get to shake, shake, shake señora! In any case, these pancakes will make your crew ready to hit the trails with a full tummy.
What toppings should you have on these Pecan Buckwheat Pancakes?
Well, the sky is really the limit! To be fair there is something very warming on a chilly fall morning in the combination of pecans and maple syrup. So for us, we love to just smear some softened butter on top and use real maple syrup. We avoid artificial maple syrup and opt for something that is natural. You can’t beat the flavor of real maple syrup and you avoid all that high fructose corn syrup. Did you know that “[m]aple syrup appears to help in preventing the misfolding, tangling, and clumping of certain proteins found in brain cells” and even potentially lower cholesterol? (Here is the maple syrup sauce) Even though it can be a bit more costly to purchase real maple syrup, you are camping so reward yourself!
Aside from maple syrup, there are many types of fruit that pair well with pecans. We have sliced up some peaches to include on top of our mason jar pecan buckwheat pancakes. These are fantastic and even the canned peaches will work well if fresh are out of season. Additionally, strawberries, blueberries, and even some dried cranberries are delicious when combined with these pancakes. The trick here, especially if you are taking this backpacking, is to pick out foods that will have some dual uses. So I would opt for dried fruit to add to the top in those cases.
This is such a simple recipe to make that there really are not many tools that are necessary. Before heading out to the trail or campsite you will need a mason jar and a zip-top bag. This will allow you to prep all of the mix before you go out. Then once at the campsite, you are going to need to have a good fire going or a camp stove. To cook the pancakes you will need a cast-iron skillet or griddle. A normal skillet works well too but there is something fun about using a griddle and something tasty about flapjacks off of cast iron.
If you follow our camp hero notes after the recipe, then you may want to bring along some tin foil as well. These pancakes make excellent “bread” for PB&J lunches while out on the trail. They are also great as the crust for pie iron sandwiches or pies. So make a little extra and wrap them in foil for use later in the day. Your tummy will thank you!
Mason Jar Buckwheat Pancakes
- Griddle or Cast Iron Skillet
- Mason Jar
- Zip Top Baggies
- Fire or Campstove
- 2 Cups Buckwheat flour
- 1/2 tsp Salt
- 2 tsp Baking Powder
- 3 Tbsp Died Egg You can leave the egg out of this recipe if you choose.
- 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
- 2 Tbsp Molasses
- Cooking Spray/Additional Olive Oil
- 2 1/2 Cups Water
- 1/2 Cup Pecan Halves
- 1/4 Cup Butter For Topping
- 1 Cup Maple Syrup For Topping
- Fresh Fruit of choice For topping
- Before heading out to the campsite mix all dry ingredients together in your Mason Jar.2 Cups Buckwheat flour, 1/2 tsp Salt, 2 tsp Baking Powder, 3 Tbsp Died Egg, 1/2 Cup Pecan Halves
- Place your wet ingredients into a separate jar or sealed container so that they do not leak.2 Tbsp Olive Oil, 2 Tbsp Molasses
- Get your fire nice, or campstove, and hot as we are going to need direct heat. Pre-heat your cast iron pan or skillet.
- While the pan is heating up add the wet ingredients (oil, Molasses, and water) to the mason jar and screw the lid back on. If you have little helpers with you, then get them to start shaking! If the mix comes out a little thick add some more water.2 1/2 Cups Water
- After Heating up your pan spray it down with cooking spray. I prefer to use a little olive oil on the hot griddle. You could also use butter for greasing the hot griddle.Cooking Spray/Additional Olive Oil
- Pour right from the mason jar onto the griddle. This should make about twelve medium-sized pancakes or more if you are making silver dollar pancakes.
- Wait till you start to see bubbles appear in the pancakes and flip using your spatula.
- Give it another minute or two and then remove from the griddle.
- Make your short stack of pancakes and top with butter, maple syrup, or fresh fruit of your choice!1/4 Cup Butter, 1 Cup Maple Syrup, Fresh Fruit of choice
- Make a double batch and use the leftover pancakes as bread for Jammy Sandwiches while out hiking the trail!
- Better yet make extras and use them as crust in your pie iron to make some delicious hand pies!