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‘Free From’ Galettes

When you go to a French crêperie (restaurant serving pancakes), the savoury pancakes are made with buckwheat flour. The flour has a very distinctive taste and it always reminds me of great holidays on the West coast of France visiting my friends. At home, we never bothered with buckwheat pancakes and always used the same dough for both savoury and sweet pancakes.

I did not actually realise buckwheat was free from wheat until very recently when I was reading a book about allergies. This wheat-free option is great! All I had to substitute to make it safe for Jumpy was the milk and egg.

I have been using potato flour as an egg replacer, and coconut or soya milk instead of cow’s milk. Jumpy can now have milk, and this recipe also works well with full-fat milk. If you need ideas for pancake fillings, I have listed over 50 of my favourites here.

To make these quick and easy pancakes, all you need is buckwheat flour, potato flour and dairy-free milk. Add in a pinch of salt and you are ready to make your galettes.

‘Free From’ Galettes

Makes 12 small pancakes or 6 large ones.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes


  • 1 cup buckwheat flour 150g
  • 2 tablespoons potato flour 25g
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1 ½ cup dairy-free milk 375ml, coconut or soya
  • Vegetable oil to grease the pan


  1. Place the dry ingredients in a large bowl. Make a well in the centre and add the milk little by little, mixing thoroughly.
  2. Place a pan over a medium heat and grease lightly with kitchen paper dabbed in vegetable oil.
  3. When the pan is really hot, pour enough of the liquid to coat the pan. Rotate the pan to distribute the batter evenly.
  4. Cook for a couple of minutes, until it the pancake is dry underneath and easy to flip or turn over with a wooden spatula.
  5. Cook the other side for another minute. You can add your filling now or pile up your galettes on a plate for later.
  6. Repeat until you have used all the batter. In between pancakes, grease the pan using oiled kitchen paper.

If you are looking for a sweet recipe for crêpes, there is one here. I also have a vegan alternative. I love pancakes!

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  1. wrymummy
    04/12/2014 / 5:35 pm

    We tried galettes for the first time in France this summer and they were a big family hit, so thanks for reminding me with this recipe! x

    • Mel
      11/12/2014 / 7:31 pm

      They are nice and easy to make, too! x

  2. Eva
    04/12/2014 / 6:12 pm

    Le crêpes sont toujours an excellent alternative pour les gouter ! Le tiens il pareil très bons, j’imagine que les enfants se sont régalé 😉

    • Mel
      05/12/2014 / 10:22 pm

      Celles-ci étaient salées, mais Jumpy en a mangé une avec de la confiture.

    • 20/12/2014 / 12:48 pm

      Beautiful! Will be trying them! Couldn’t comment without replying! Thanks for linking up to #tastytuesdays x

      • Mel
        20/12/2014 / 10:22 pm

        Odd! I will look into it. x

  3. ET Speaks From Home
    16/12/2014 / 5:03 am

    I also never knew that buckwheat was free from wheat! Great to know! I need to get uckwheat a try soon! #tastytuesday

    • Mel
      18/12/2014 / 10:05 pm

      I love it when I learn new things like that!

  4. The Free From Fairy
    16/12/2014 / 4:42 pm

    These look great Mel! I had no idea that French crepes were made with buckwheat. I use it a lot…makes for a lovely flavour doesn’t it? Is the milk back in the diet a new thing that I missed? Sorry if it is and I hadn’t picked that up. Great news x

    • Mel
      19/12/2014 / 12:50 pm

      It is! She had a milk challenge in hospital a couple of months ago. Having dairy in her diet makes things so much easier, and she loves it!

  5. Phoebe @ Lou Messugo
    16/12/2014 / 7:24 pm

    miam, I love galettes de sarrasin especially in Brittany, but like you I had no idea they were gluten free. What a great discovery! #tastytuedays

    • Mel
      16/12/2014 / 11:48 pm

      I know, I could not believe it myself! You would not expect a flour containing the word “wheat” to be wheat-free, would you?

    • Mel
      21/12/2014 / 12:10 pm

      They are really nice and easy to make. Love them!

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