Everything is better with pancakes, regardless of when you eat them, and what you eat them with. It doesn’t matter whether you’re looking for a delicious way to start your day, or a comforting fluffy treat to enjoy in an evening as you relax on the sofa, there’s always time for pancakes.
Traditionally, pancakes are made using ingredients including milk, butter, and eggs, which are strictly off limits if you happen to be following a vegan diet and lifestyle. Does this mean that vegans cannot enjoy pancakes? Absolutely not!
There are plenty of vegan pancakes out there ranging from healthy paleo vegan pancakes and vegan pancakes without milk, to sweet and chocolatey pancakes rich in calories and taste that are perfect as a treat.
Here are 4 super simple vegan pancakes recipes anyone can master.
Vegan Rainbow Pancakes
This colourful recipe from @andreeasbreakfast comes alive thanks to @theorganiclab.eu and their colouring powders.
They say that you eat with your eyes, and we’re inclined to agree. Once you set eyes on these rainbow pancakes, vegan or not, you’ll instantly fall in love.
If you’re looking for an egg substitute for pancakes, the apple cider vinegar and vegan milk in this recipe works a treat.
Made using organic colouring powders, this explosion of colour will light up any plate of pancakes.
- 15g baking powder
- 150g all purpose flour
- 60ml of water
- 240ml of a plant-based milk of your choosing
- 2 small ripe and mashed bananas
- A pinch of salt
- 1 tb apple cider vinegar
- 1 tsp of vanilla extract (not essence, it will give an artificial taste)
- 3 tbsp unrefined cane sugar
- Organic colouring powders made by a vegan-friendly company such as The Organic Lab
- Take a small bowl, and combine the milk and vinegar together and leave to sit for 5 mins
- In a larger mixing bowl, combine the sugar, baking powder, flour, and the salt
- Now add in the mashed bananas, vanilla, and plant-based milk and vinegar mix
- Give everything a good whisk until all ingredients are incorporated
- Now, take 6 bowls and combine the batter evenly between each one
- In each of the bowls, add a touch of food colouring a little at a time, until you get a colour you’re happy with
- Now, heat up a skillet, add some vegan-friendly cooking spray, and cook your pancakes evenly
- Stack them up and create a rainbow effect and you’re all set.
- These go great with mixed berries and vegan almond yoghurt
Simple Vegan Pancakes
Sometimes in life, the simplest things are the best, and that is especially true when it comes to food. If you’re in a hurry and want to minimize the washing up afterwards, these simple vegan pancakes are ideal.
- 1 level tsp of baking powder
- 1 tbsp of sugar (USDA approved sugar is vegan – more here: Is Sugar Vegan?)
- Pinch of salt
- 300g of self-raising flour
- 1 tbsp of vanilla extract (again, not essence)
- 400ml of oat milk (other plant-based milks will also work. In fact, almond milk in pancakes is another winner)
- Vegetable oil for cooking
- Take a large mixing bowl, and gently whisk together the flour, baking powder, salt, and the sugar
- Now, take the milk and slowly pour it into the dry mixture a little at a time, whisking as you do so until a thick batter mixture has been formed
- Take a skillet, heat it over a medium flame, add some oil, and 2 tbsp of batter for each pancake
- Cook until small bubbles start to form on the surface and then flip the pancakes over to cook and seal the other side until golden brown
- Stack your pancakes on a plate, and serve with an accompaniment of your choosing. Banana slices and maple syrup work very well with these pancakes.
Banana and Chocolate Chip Pancakes
Sometimes when you’re craving something sweet and decadent, only the best will do. These vegan pancake banana chocolate chip treats are sweet, rich, filling, and absolutely delicious. They’re perhaps not one for those of you on a diet, but as a treat now and then, they’re fab.
- 1 cup (135g) of all-purpose flour
- 1 tbsp of baking powder
- 1 ½ ripe mashed bananas
- 2 tbsp of refined caster sugar
- 1 tbsp of virgin coconut oil
- 250ml of warm plant-based milk
- Pinch of sea salt
- 3 tbsp of vegan cocoa nibs
- Take a large mixing bowl and combine together the flour, baking powder, sea salt and the cocoa nibs
- Next, gently heat your plant-based milk, making sure not to boil it, and add the sugar and the coconut oil and give a good mix
- Add ¾ of the milk mixture to your dry mixture and mix until a thick batter forms
- Add your mashed banana and the remaining liquid and mix again
- Now, take a skillet, heat it over a medium heat, add a touch of coconut oil and add 1/3 of a cup of batter to the pan and heat until small bubbles start to form on the surface and the cocoa nibs just start to melt
- Repeat as necessary and flip the pancakes and cook the other side until lightly golden
- Serve with your choice of toppings, though vegan peanut, cashew, or almond butter works very well with these
Vegan S’mores Pancakes
If the other vegan pancake recipes without milk weren’t quite sweet enough for you, this vegan S’mores pancakes recipe will definitely hit that sweet spot.
People often wonder can you use water instead of milk for pancakes, and the answer is yes, though in this instance, water would result in a thinner, less decadent batter.
Perfect for camping or on a cold Fall evening, here is the ultimate vegan S’mores pancakes recipe.
- 2 cups of all-purpose flour
- Pinch of sea salt
- Half tsp vanilla extract
- 2 tbsp of white sugar
- 2 cups of almond milk as this pancakes recipe with almond milk works very well, though you can also use water, as we mentioned earlier on
- 2 tbsp organic coconut oil
- 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 jar of vegan hazelnut chocolate spread
- ½ cup vegan marshmallows
- ½ cup of vegan crackers
- ½ cup of vegan cracker dust
- In a mixing bowl, whisk together your almond milk, or liquid of your choice, with the apple cider vinegar and set to one side for 5 minutes
- Now, take a clean bowl and whisk together your flour, your cracker dust, the sugar, the salt, and the baking powder
- To the milk mixture, add the coconut oil and vanilla extract, mix, and add to the flour cracker mixture and give a good whisk until a smooth and thick batter has formed
- Heat a skillet or griddle pan over a medium heat, add coconut oil or vegetable oil, and a ¼ cup of pancake batter and heat for 3 – 4 minutes before flipping and cooking the other side until golden
- Take each pancake, add a layer of vegan chocolate spread, sprinkle over the crackers, and repeat for as many layers as required
- Add a thick layer of chocolate spread over the top layer and top with your vegan marshmallows
- Melt the marshmallows with a kitchen blowtorch or under the grill, and enjoy whilst warm and gooey
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Miriam & Skye x