I ate too much blueberry pie on Father’s Day.

That’s a cold hard fact.

It was an overdose kind of situation.  I had blue lips, blue fingers, (one disgustingly blue toenail courtesy of the Boston Marathon) and probably blue intestines.

I was a sight for sore eyes.


That was the day of.

Then there was the morning after.



Let’s just say that blueberry pie hangovers are just as much fun as tequila shot hangovers.  Minus the waking up to a random stranger in your bed part.

Blueberry pie hangovers are family friendly, PG-rated affairs.

Tequila shot hangovers.  Usually not so much.  Or so I hear.


Thankfully, the cure is the same.  Pop an Advil, some coffee, and have a little bit of the hair of the dog that bit you.

In my case, that required some blueberry buckwheat pancakes.  Which not only cured that blueberry withdrawal, but also provided some good old whole grain comfort.  Perfect for allaying the post sugar rush guilt that your intestines may try to thrust upon you.  (Although they’re probably just bitter that you forced them to look like a Smurf for a few hours.  Can you blame them?)

Picnik collage

These pancakes had a definitively nutty flavor that complimented the sweetness of the blueberries really well.  In order to keep with the wholesome theme, I opted to swap out maple syrup topping for a roasted cardamom-vanilla rhubarb compote that was made with rhubarb from my CSA.  Mixed with some Greek yogurt, it is downright dreamy.

Come to think of it. It would probably also make a great topping for some blueberry pie.  You know. In lieu of ice cream.  (And I don’t ever want anything in lieu of ice cream. So you know this has to be good.)

And…we’re right back where we started. I’m hopeless. And in need of a 12-step program.  Send help.


Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes
Makes about 12, adapted from Good to The Grain

1 cup buckwheat flour
1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
3 tbsp sugar
2 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp butter, melted and cooled
1 1/4 cups almond milk, plus more for thinning
1 egg
1 pint blueberries

1. In one large bowl, sift together the buckwheat flour, whole wheat pastry flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.  In a second bowl, whisk together the butter, almond milk, and egg.

2. Whisk the liquid mixture into the flour mixture until well combined.  Fold in the blueberries.  Thin out with a bit of milk, if necessary (I had to add about 1/4 cup), until the consistency of the batter is that of a thick milkshake.

3. Heat a non-stick skillet or griddle over medium heat and spray with cooking spray/grease with butter.  Using 1/4 cups, pour the batter into the skillet, about 3 pancakes at a time, depending on the size of your skillet.  Cook until little bubbles form on the top of the pancake, then flip and cook for 2-3 minutes more.  Repeat with remaining batter.

Roasted Cardamom-Vanilla Rhubarb Compote
Makes 1 cup, adapted from Turntable Kitchen

1 lb rhubarb
1/2 tsp cardamom
1 tsp vanilla extract
1/3 cup sugar
1/3 cup water
1 cup greek yogurt

Preheat oven to 400.  Slice the rhubarb into 2-inch chunks.  Place them in a bowl and mix them with the cardamom, vanilla, and sugar.  Pour into a heavy-bottomed, oven-proof baking dish.  Pour in the 1/3 cup water.  Toss gently and roast in the oven about 30 minutes or until rhubarb is tender and breaking apart and the juices are gooey and thick.  Add more water during roasting if the rhubarb looks dry.  Allow to cool to room temperature.  Mix with 1 cup greek yogurt.  Dollop over pancakes.

I am submitting this to Weekend Herb Blogging, which is being hosted by Chris of Mele Cotte.


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87 Responses to Blueberry Buckwheat Pancakes with Roasted Cardamom-Vanilla Rhubarb Compote

  1. Simply Life says:

    seriously? how are you so amazing and come up with this stuff? Your roommates are so lucky 🙂

  2. This looks SO great! Awesome job with all the flavors 🙂

  3. So creative! The blueberry pancakes look awesome enough on their own – and then you add a vanilla rhubarb compote… Wow!!

  4. girlichef says:

    Awesome. I’m all about both the compote and those pancakes right now. ‘Specially the pancakes. Would you come over and bring me some for breakie? Like…right now? No. Fine. I’ll just let my stomach grumble and while thinking about them and pouring myself a bowl of cereal. ;P

  5. YUM – I adore blueberries and these pancakes look positively divine! I don’t think there’s any better fruit to overdose on – hope the blue toenail is coming along and congrats on the Boston Marathon!

  6. bellini says:

    Such a tease so early uin the morning Joanne. I sim,ply do not have the nergy to make these this morning, but tomorrow is my day off of work!

  7. OohLookBel says:

    Another fully delicious recipe. I wouldn’t mind the blue lips if it means that I’ve had a couple of (or many) blueberry pancakes.

  8. I had SUCH a food hangover Monday after the wedding celebrations and wish I had these to make me feel better! Delish!

  9. I know the proven cure for alcohol hangover is some alcohol in the morning. You have confirmed the same formula works for pie hangover:)

  10. oh that compote looks incredible! sweet and creamy and perfect over just anything really! In fact, just slide it on over and I will just eat it with a spoon! No need to put it on anything! LOL!

  11. Johanna GGG says:

    sounds great, looks great, could you please send to my place for brunch on the weekend! Have been into blueberries lately but fallen off the buckwheat flour bandwagon – this is exactly the inspiration I need to hop back on

  12. Candace says:

    And I was wondering what to make with that buckwheat flour that I have in my baking pantry! Cardamom-Vanilla Rhubarb Compote? That just needs a dark corner away from prying eyes and a spoon. Yes, please! 🙂

  13. Kelly says:

    OH MY…. Joanne, you’ve outdone yourself!! Love the choice of grain and your compote ingredients… pure heaven!! Absolutely delightful.

  14. Joanne says:

    Oh yes, definitely the sweetest hangover going on over here. We could all get drunk on this blueberry delight …

  15. Danielle says:

    I may need to try this on. My family loves pancakes but me – not so much. I am always looking for away to make them better – I love the idea of the buckwheat flour.

  16. Faith says:

    If only every “morning after” could be cured by these gorgeous pancakes, lol! Love the cardamom in the rhubarb compote too!

  17. Big Dude says:

    I love blueberry pancakes and buckwheat cakes, but it never occurred to me to put them together – you’re a creative cook.

  18. This looks wonderful, especially the compote. I happen to have a few stalks of rhubarb in the fridge. Maybe I’ll try this over the weekend.
    Your post made me smile because this weekend my 11 year old daughter ate 2 pints of blueberries and was delighted that her fingertips were all stained. she was disappointed that the color came off in the shower!

  19. Lora says:

    Drooling. Over. The. Compote. Especially.

  20. gotnomilk says:

    You’re killing me! These look amazing. Okay, okay. Diet on hold! Must try.

  21. Kim says:

    oh yes! I just made roasted rhubarb as part of the FFwD group and it was seriously amazing, so needless to say I know that your compote was the stuff dreams were made of. These pancakes might get me out of bed before 9!

  22. Well it has whole wheat and buckwheat and blueberries… so I would totally consider this as health food 😉 Yummy health food.

  23. Anonymous says:

    I can’t seem to get enough blueberries either. What a fabulous way to cure a blueberry pie hangover.


  24. brandi says:

    these look so incredibly good. love that shot of the blueberry!

  25. Judy says:

    Very creative recipe. Love the blueberry-rhubarb combo.

  26. Well these aren’t your run of the mill pancakes are they? I’ve never used buckwheat flour, sounds interesting. I don’t know if the kids would dig the compote but I KNOW I would!

  27. I have eaten SO many blueberries this past week, I can’t imagine what the concentration of that super blue fruit must be doing to my insides! All I keep hearing in my head is “Violet, you’re turning violet!” as I shovel handfuls of lovely little berries into my mouth. They’re just SO FREAKING DELICIOUS this time of year! Those pancakes look amaaaaazing! And your compote sounds perfect for those badass pancakes. Mmmm cardamom-sugar-tossed rhubarb?! Heck yes.

  28. Amy says:

    So, what you’re saying is you looked like Willy Wonka’s Violet Beauregard (minus the girth.) For the record, I disagree that you can overdose on blueberry pie. Or any pie, for that matter. Or pancakes. That’s my story and I’m stickin’ to it 😀

  29. Joanne, you have to help me out with this one… Just what does the Almond milk do? noticeable or very subtle with this strong mix of ingredients? Love the idea of buckwheat pancakes, never made them, want to save the recipe, but I am just too cheap to justify an ingredient I have never used nor know what it does.

    The look amazing, a great job of photographing a difficult to look good item


  30. Joanne, your posts never fail to bring a smile to my face! Hahaha…I cracked up reading this post- brilliant! 🙂
    These pancakes are such an interesting recipe. I have never had rhubarb with breakfast before, but it looks fabulous with those beautiful blueberries!


  31. It’s all in the name of eating seasonally. We NEED to make ourselves sick on strawberry, blueberry and rhubarb foods. Or at least that’s what I tell myself. These pancakes look delicious.

  32. Sanjeeta kk says:

    Compote with Rhubarb! Wow, Joanne you really are innovative in healthy cooking. Love those nutritious Pancakes.

  33. Kristin says:

    I will take a blueberry handover over a tequila hangover any day. Especially if you are serving up these pancakes. Okay, it is time for me to grab something for breakfast otherwise I will start licking the computer screen in a few seconds.

  34. wow, loving your compote and what a great innovative idea of pancakes 🙂

  35. vanillasugar says:

    a blueberry hangover! lol
    girl only you
    only you

  36. I just got blueberries buy one get one free. Looks amazing! I thought it was dessert, but I would have that for breakfast any day!

  37. The rhubarb compote sounds entrancing.

  38. Ugh. Looks MARVELOUS as usual. I truly think you are a culinary genius.

  39. Jeanette says:

    Your pancakes and rhubarb compote with yogurt are gorgeous! I didn’t get any rhubarb in my CSA box this year, but picked up some from the farmer’s market. Love the whole grains in these pancakes!

  40. Sounds gr8 looks gr8, you are so creative…I dont mind a plate pancake right now..

  41. That Girl says:

    I feel you. I ate an entire pint of blueberries last night. I love the summer.

  42. Toni says:

    These sound so much better than the normal blueberry pancakes. I gotta get some buckwheat.

  43. Kathryn says:

    Those look incredible! I am happy to say that I have never suffered from a blueberry pie hangover, although I had a cotton candy hangover last week…

  44. I love buckwheat pancakes. The compote looks out of this world. Great job Joanne. How do you find the time?

  45. I m sold on cardamom & blueberry.Berries are such a yum addition to pancakes- only you could have thought of rhubarb compote!

  46. Michelle says:

    I have no problems with blue lips, blue fingers, or blue intestines. A blue toe only if I dropped a blueberry on it.
    So…what time’s breakfast?

  47. sweetlife says:

    the pancakes look sublime, but compote makes me weak in the knees, love love compote!! yummy


  48. Veronica says:

    oh, heaven! Those def look good enough to cure a pie hangover without sending you into another carb coma. I do the hair of the dog thing too, but it’s never in a good way like this. Like, I ate 2/3 of a jar of Nutella a few nights ago and felt so gross I thought I’d never be able to look at Nutella again. And then for breakfast then next morning, I finished the jar. I’ve been morning the loss ever since. Sometimes, we just don’t know when to quit!

  49. Julie says:

    I am fascinated with this rhubarb compote! I’ve never roasted rhubarb! I am thinking of what to make use this as the topping for. I am thinking French Toast! Thanks for the inspiration for a great 4th of July weekend breakfast!

  50. How fantastic do these look? And with the compote on top…I love that so much more than syrup!

    By the way, that shot over the pancakes that you took is beautiful.

  51. corina says:

    These look fantastic – I wish I had the ingedients at home right now.

  52. I have everything I need to make these for breakfast in the morning!! Nice! Great post thanks!

  53. tigerfish says:

    At least the pies were family friendly and did not make a “Blue Monday” for everyone. ;p

    I bought my 3rd pack of blue darlings berries today!

  54. Buckwheat sounds like a real pancake adventure ~ must try!


  55. Pam says:

    The perfect breakfast for a blueberry hangover – yum.

  56. Esi says:

    I so love buckwheat pancakes. I would devour these

  57. It all looks wonderful and delicious but that compote I must have now!

  58. daphne says:

    I have not tasted buckwheat before but I love the sounds of this pancake- sooo healthy! less guilt, more food!

  59. I love buckwheat pancakes so very, very much, Joanne, but have never done them with blueberries. Inspired, darling. 🙂

  60. I don’t mind the blue tongue and blue fingers…i want more blueberry pancakes 😀

  61. Angela says:

    These look great! I always need another pancake recipe for my nephew. That kid would live on pancakes and sausage if his parents were so darn mean;)

  62. Kerstin says:

    These make me want to run out and buy buckwheat flour – they sound perfect!

  63. kankana says:

    i never had buckwheat but i would love to give a try 🙂 This is one delicious pancake you shared !

  64. Compote on pancakes is classy as shit. Love it.

  65. I could handle looking like a smurf for these babies

  66. Tempting and healthy combo! Never tried buckwheat flour, must look out for it now…

  67. Mmm I love the nuttiness of buckwheat and that compote looks divine!

  68. Beth says:

    What gorgeous pancakes! And what a great way to cure a blueberry pie hangover. You have the best recipes!

  69. Kristen says:

    Your CSA box, with all of those yummy whole grain flours sounds better than any I have heard of around the country. What a treat! And such a good use of buckwheat, too. I have been throwing 1/2 a cup of buckwheat into all of my pancakes lately. Yeah for fiber!

  70. Monica says:

    I’ve been finding it difficult to incorporate buckwheat flour into delicious recipes. I will defintiely have to try this one next weekend! Thanks for posting this!

  71. These pancakes look like the perfect answer to your blueberry pie hangover. And rhubarb compote?! I am coming over in a few…well after a five hour plane ride or so. Cardamom topping? You are killing me!

  72. Taryn says:

    These are beautiful – my family is celebrating Father’s Day this weekend and I think you just gave me the main dish. Thanks so much for your kind comment about health struggles, too. It’s nice to know someone else understands what’s going on!

  73. Marisa says:

    Love the wholegrain vibe of these – I don’t think I’d feel bad even if I ate an entire stack! 😉

  74. Victoria says:

    I remember reading this post but I don’t recall commenting. Could this be an early sign of Alzheimer’s? Cardamom is so officially one of my favorite spices on Earth. Love these.

  75. Reeni says:

    I’m so glad I had blueberry waffles for dinner or I would be sad right now! These rock! The compote makes them extra special.

  76. Pancakes are not always my first choice for breakfast but these look pretty amazing–especially with that compote. Loving the cardamom.

  77. Jennie says:

    I’ll take blueberry pie hangovers over tequila shot hangovers any day. Seriously Joanne, these pancakes are pure awesomeness!!! I am sooooo going there this weekend!

  78. Eliana says:

    If it meant I could enjoy these pancakes, I would gladly welcome a blurberry hangover. They look super delish!!!

  79. Cam says:

    what on earth is all of that goodness? i’m going to get breakfast now and i can say with confidence it won’t be nearly as good as what’s in these pictures!

  80. Nutmeg Nanny says:

    This is my kind of breakfast! I love rhubarb!

  81. Shannon says:

    ooooh, you got rhubarb in your csa?! jealous 🙂 and these look amazing. love. want. now.

  82. Cara says:

    Moderation? I don’t know that word either. Don’t feel bad.

  83. Chris says:

    I am with Cara…Moderation isn’t even allowed in my kitchen/food vocabulary.

    I have never used buckwheat flour, but need to…and soon! Love the compote. It has cardamom…’nuff said! 🙂

    Thanks for participating in WHB!

  84. Lori says:

    I had a bit of a blueberry hangover myself this weekend. These pancakes sound so good! We have a restaurant here that does a blueberry buckwheat and I love it so I’m glad to have the recipe. Love that compote too!

  85. grace says:

    advil + pancakes + copious syrup = magical cure for just about anything that ails ya! nice work, joanne. 🙂

  86. Nicole, RD says:

    I love experimenting with buckwheat flour and having recently made a rhubarb compote, sign me up for round 2!!


  87. What a wonderful breakfast creation!

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