If you think vegan pancakes can not be as good as traditional ones, think again! These fluffy vegan pancakes are healthier, easy to make, and just as delicious.
My kids were blown away by how fluffy and delicious these pancakes are without any dairy or eggs. And I think you will be too. With minimal ingredients, they take the essence of traditional pancakes and elevate them to a whole new level. And the best part? You can indulge without any of the guilt!
Why you'll love this recipe
These vegan pancakes are fluffy and delicious.
Beginner-Friendly - Even if you're new to vegan cooking, this recipe is simple and beginner-friendly, making it a great place to experiment with plant-based recipes.
These vegan pancakes are healthy and delicious, with only six simple ingredients that are easy to find in any grocery store.
Who doesn't love pancakes for breakfast? It's a classic comfort food that can easily brighten up your mornings.
Since it uses plant-based ingredients, these pancakes are generally lower in saturated fats and cholesterol, making them a healthier alternative.
You don't need eggs or milk or their vegan alternatives for this recipe.
This recipe doesn't require complex techniques, so you can quickly whip up a batch of these vegan pancakes.
You can customize these pancakes by adding your favorite mix-ins like chocolate chips, blueberries, or chopped nuts for a personalized touch.
Grab your spatula, and let's get flipping!
- warm water - don't forget to add the additional two tablespoons
- organic granulated sugar
- all-purpose flour
- baking powder
- olive oil - Any neutral-flavored oil will work in this recipe. You can also substitute melted vegan butter or coconut oil if you prefer.
Some sugar processors use bone char from animal bones to purify the product during refining. However, some vegans prefer sugar processed with alternatives like activated carbon. If the label says organic, it was not filtered through bone char. Choose brands labeled "unrefined" or made from beets for non-organic sugar.
Tips for Vegan Pancakes
- Add sugar to warm water to dissolve it a bit.
- Use a non-stick pan or griddle to prevent sticking.
- Preheating the griddle or pan is important for even cooking, proper texture, faster cooking time, preventing sticking, better browning, activating leavening agents, and consistent results with each pancake.
- Level off the flour with a knife when measuring to get precise measurements for the batter.
- Sifting the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt) helps remove lumps and aerate the flour for fluffier pancakes.
- Be careful not to overmix the batter, making tough and chewy pancakes.
- Let the batter rest for a minute before cooking. This allows the baking powder to activate and will result in fluffier pancakes.
- Cooking pancakes on lower heat helps them cook evenly without burning the outside.
- Once you pour the batter onto the griddle, wait for bubbles to form on the surface of the pancake. When the bubbles start to pop and leave small holes, it's time to flip the pancake.
- While cooking, do not press down on the pancakes with the spatula. This can make them dense and remove the fluffiness.
- Use a ¼ cup measure to scoop the batter onto the pan. This ensures that all pancakes are the same size and cook evenly.
- To keep the pancakes warm while cooking the rest of the batch, place them on a baking sheet in a 200°F oven.
Sifting the dry ingredients for pancakes improves the texture, consistency, and rise of the pancakes, resulting in a more enjoyable breakfast treat. However, if you don't have a sifter, you can achieve similar results by using a whisk to break up lumps and aerate the flour.
Vegan pancakes are versatile and can be topped with various delicious toppings. Here are some of our favorite vegan pancake toppings and variations:
- Fresh fruit, such as sliced bananas, strawberries, or blueberries
- Pure maple syrup or agave nectar
- Vegan butter and powdered sugar
- Chocolate chips or cocoa powder for a chocolatey twist
- Peanut butter and jelly for a classic combination
- Vegan whipped cream for a decadent treat
Use a gluten-free flour blend instead of regular flour, and ensure all other ingredients are gluten-free.
To make fluffy vegan pancakes, make sure not to overmix the batter. A few lumps are okay. Also, letting the batter rest for a few minutes before cooking can help improve the fluffiness.
Once cooled, you can stack the pancakes with parchment paper in between and store them in an airtight container or freezer bag. Reheat in a toaster or microwave when ready to eat.
Top your pancakes with fresh fruits, maple syrup, vegan chocolate chips, coconut whipped cream, roasted coconut shreds, nut butter, or vegan yogurt.
These vegan pancakes can be a healthier option, depending on the ingredients used. They are lower in saturated fats and cholesterol than traditional pancakes and can be a good source of fiber and nutrients, especially if you add whole-food toppings like fruits.
You can omit or reduce the amount of sugar in the recipe. The toppings can add sweetness without the need for added sugar.
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- 1 ¼ cup warm water (plus 2 tablespoons)
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
- 1 ½ teaspoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- In a small bowl add warm water and sugar and whisk until sugar is mixed in.
- In a large bowl add flour (sifted), baking powder, and salt.
- Pour the sugar and water mixture into the flour mixture.
- With a large spoon, stir just until combined; mixture should be a little lumpy.
- Incorporate the oil into the mixture, gentally stirring. Mixture should still be lumpy.
- Heat a non-stick or lightly oiled griddle over medium-high heat (~325 °F).
- With a large spoon, drop batter one-by-one onto the griddle about 4 fingers apart. Cook until bubbles form sporadically and edges turn dry.
- Flip, then cook until bottoms are browned, 1 to 2 minutes. Repeat with the remaining batter.
- Serve warm with preferred toppings.
Nutritional information is only an estimate. Use a nutritional app like Cronometer to get information on the exact ingredients and amounts you are using.
These pancakes can be made ahead of time and stored in the refrigerator or freezer. To reheat, simply pop them in the toaster or microwave.
To make vegan pancakes gluten-free, you'll need to use alternative flours that are gluten-free.
Level off the flour with a knife when measuring to get precise measurements for the batter.
- Prep Time: 5 minutes
- Cook Time: 10 minutes
- Category: Breakfast
- Method: Stovetop
- Cuisine: American
- Diet: Vegan
- Serving Size: 1 pancake
- Calories: 88
- Sugar: 3
- Sodium: 225
- Fat: 2
- Saturated Fat: 0.2
- Carbohydrates: 16
- Fiber: 0.5
- Protein: 2
- Cholesterol: 0 mg
Keywords: plant-based pancakes, vegan pancakes