Awesome Fluffy Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe: #1 Best Breakfast Pancakes

Being a vegan is all about making the right substitutions at the right time. Well, when it comes to homemade vegan pancake recipes, the substitutions are key. Luckily for us plant-based eaters’ pancakes are one of those recipes that gets better when swapping out for vegan products! Let us get into these morning delicacies!

Best Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe

What are Vegan Pancakes?

Let us start off with the general concept of pancakes. Pancakes are a thin, flat cake made from a batter. These cakes are usually cooked in a pan with fat and flipped when half cooked. These breakfast cakes are traditionally eaten with maple syrup or rolled up with a filling.

Homemade vegan pancakes are not much different than the mainstream pancake recipes. The main differences are the types of dairy that are used and the substitution of eggs. I prefer to use almond milk in my homemade vegan pancakes, but you can use any nondairy milk.

Homemade Vegan Pancakes Ingredients

Flour

Flour is crucial when making pancakes, and I am not trying to be sarcastic. Choose a flour with a moderate gluten content so your batter can still produce fluffy cakes. I use all purpose flour for these particular pancakes, but you can also use buckwheat or gluten free.

Sugar and Salt

These two ingredients and their quantities are especially important when it comes to the flavor of your pancakes. You always want to have a pinch of salt in your homemade vegan pancake recipe to help bring out the other flavors.

Sugar helps with a few factors when it comes to the tasty flapjacks!  Caramelization is a big factor. The sugar helps get a nice crust on the outside and around the edges of your vegan pancakes. Sugar will also deliver the, much needed, sweetness people associate with these recipes.

Baking Powder

Baking powder helps with leavening. In turn, this makes your homemade vegan pancakes light and fluffy!

Vegan Buttermilk

Vegan buttermilk is the secret weapon any homemade vegan pancake recipe worth talking about. The vinegar in the vegan buttermilk helps with the leavening process. Also, like any other cake, the vegan buttermilk adds the perfect level of acidity in your recipe.

Get ahead of the game by checking out this vegan buttermilk recipe, after you finish this one of course!

Vanilla Extract

Vanilla extract is often overlooked in pancake recipes. This is what will separate your vegan pancakes mix from the rest, it is the little things that separate the chefs from the cooks.

Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe : Batter just made.

How to Make This Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe

Chances are when you are making pancakes, its morning time. You do not want to go through n intricate process and cook for an hour. You got things to do and people to see. That is why I made this recipe super easy, and you can also make the batter a few days ahead!  

This recipe requires a mixing bowl for all the dry ingredients and a measuring cup for all the wet ingredients. Start off by mixing all dry ingredients together to make your vegan pancakes mix. Follow by combining all the wet ingredients together.

Now we will combine the two to form our batter! To do so, pour the wet mixture into the dry ingredients. Mix this batter well but not too much! You want to rid your vegan pancakes mix of any lumps, but you do not want to over mix. This will make your pancakes chewy and embarrassing.

Once the batter is made, now for the fun part. Cooking the pancakes is what separates the pros from the no’s! Make sure you have a good bit of fat in the pan. I like to use vegan butter or coconut oil. They both have high smoke points.

Let your fat get hot first, then add your batter. This is a particularly important step, trust me. Cook your pancake on the first side for 3-4 minutes over medium heat. Then flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Transfer to a lined tray to drain off an excess fat. You will have to replenish your fat between each pancake. This overall process should take no more than 15 minutes!

Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe: scooping batter into pancake pan.

Ways to Use This Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe

Breakfast Tacos

Why eat pancakes flat when you can bend them into tacos? Really good way to eat them on the go! You can also this the batter out just a bit and make thinner more flexible pancakes for a softer “shell”.

Sandwiches

SOOO underutilized in the restaurant industry. The only place that uses pancakes in this fashion is McDonald’s. Whatever you eat on your sandwiches, just replace the bread with these homemade vegan pancakes. You can even shape the bread how you like!

Frying Foods

Two ways you can do this. You can dehydrate the pancakes in the oven then grind them into crumbs. This would straight up blow your friends and family away!

Another way to use these homemade vegan pancakes recipe is to use the batter! I’ve used pancake batter for monte cristos, fried bananas, etc.

If you are planning to do this with some left-over batter be sure to think about this when you are adding sugar. You can always add a bit of sugar at the end after you set some frying batter aside.

Yorkshire Puddings

Also known as pop overs in southern cuisine. These little baked breads are delicious and are incredibly unique. They are literally the same recipe as pancake batter. The only difference is you would need a muffin pan to cook them and oil or pan spray to prevent them from sticking.

Pancake Cake

You ever had a crepe cake? If you have not, they are delicious. Take your vegan cream cheese filling and layer each pancake with your favorite flavor of cream cheese and stack them! Some of these cakes are ten layers tall!

Check out my vegan cream cheese recipe or you can skip straight to my vegan frosting/icing recipes!

Bread Pudding

I always end up with way too many pancakes left over! Being a chef, I have a hard time making food for just one person. With that being said, a good way to utilize leftover pancakes that are cooked is turning them into bread pudding! Simply flavor a nondairy milk of your choice with vanilla, sugar, and whatever else you like. Then bake it off!

Cannoli

If your pancakes are thin enough, you can easily make a cannoli shell out of one. All you will need is a deep fryer, or an oven and some toothpicks. Just roll the vegan pancakes and stick the toothpick through them (you may need two). Then fry them or bake them! You will need to do lower temps, but it is easy enough!

Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe FAQs

  1. Can you freeze the pancakes and how do you do it?

Yes, you can! I would freeze the pancakes after you cooked them all. I would not freeze the batter. After I cook the pancakes, I let them cool completely. Once cooled, I bag them up and pull one or two as needed. You can reheat them in a toaster!

2. Can I use whole wheat flour?

Absolutely, you may need to play with the recipe a bit to get the batter right.  Whole wheat is fine though. Just careful when whisking the batter, whole wheat forms stronger gluten faster than Ap flour.

3. How can I make the vegan pancake mix gluten free?

In this situation, I like to use Bobs Red Mill 1:1 gluten free flour. This ingredient is perfect for replacing ap flour to make recipes gluten free.

4. Can I use baking soda in this recipe?

I strongly recommend using baking powder in this recipe because of its alkaline levels. This helps with browning and thus enhancing flavor.

5. Why did my batter come out so thick?

This happens from time to time no worries! You just need to add a touch more vegan buttermilk and you will be fine! When measuring your flour, try not to scoop the four out of the bag, because that is like packing the flour into the cup.

I do not have any issue with this kind of measurement, but for this recipe we are trying to get the flour as light as possible. So packing is counterproductive.

Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe: first flip. Nice crust on the pancakes.

Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe Variations

These are just a few add-ins to make your breakfast more personal. To incorporate most of these variations, you will add the ingredients below to your pancakes during step 5 in this recipe. Before you flip the pancake!!

Some of these variations require different instructions, so make sure you read carefully and fully understand!

Coconut- 1.5 Tbsp of toasted shredded coconut plus more for garnish.

Chocolate – 1.5 Tbsp of Milk Chocolate Chips plus more for garnish.

Blueberries – 1 Tbsp of Blueberries plus more for garnish.

Strawberry – Mix two strawberriessliced 1/8th in thick and 1 Tbsp sugar in a bowl. Set aside for 5 minutes.

Protein – Add 1 Tbsp to your vegan pancake mix during step 1.

Bananas – This one is different from the rest. I would recommend adding 1 mashed banana to the vegan pancake mix to incorporate. Then slicing one banana ad topping your pancake with that!

Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe Tricks and Tips

Sift Your Dry Ingredients

Whenever you are making a batter, its almost always a good idea to sift your vegan pancake mix before incorporating in the wet ingredients. This will result in a lighter product. When it comes to pancakes, in my opinion, the lighter the better!

Baking Powder

Make sure baking powder is in your recipe to get the most leavening possible. Trust me, I have seen recipes that do not have it in their vegan pancake mix.  You also need to be sure that your baking powder in still fresh. After a few months it does not have the potency It should have.  Be sure to buy a small container of baking powder if you will not use it often.

Vegan Buttermilk

Use vegan buttermilk! This makes your pancakes far more superior to any others with out it. The vinegar helps with the leavening process by reacting with your baking powder. The milk solids also give the pancakes a healthy bite that does not affect the fluffiness.

If you don’t have some already, use my recipe for vegan buttermilk here!

Do Not Overmix

Incorporate the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients carefully. Whisk the mixture until just incorporated. Therefore, sifting is important to, so you avoid lumps on two fronts. If you over mix this mixture the pancakes will come out chewy due to over developed gluten.

5 Minute Rest

After your vegan pancake mix is incorporated properly, its best to let it sit out and rest for at least 5 minutes. This gives the batter time to fully come together and merry before the cooking process starts.

Portioning

When making homemade vegan pancake recipes the common thing people want to do is pour straight out of the mixing vessel. This is not a good practice. Grab a ladle and make all your pancakes uniform this way you can get in the rhythm. This is more important than you think.

Cookware

Hands down the best cookware to use when making homemade vegan pancake recipes, it cast iron. Cast iron maintains even heat throughout, it helps get a nice crust on the pancakes, and they develop better flavor. If you have a cast iron, use it!

Cleanliness

One of the simplest things you can do wrong is not keeping your pan clean. Be sure to wipe out the pan between each pancake so you do not get burnt residual fat or residue on the next pancake. Yes, its tedious. It makes a world of difference though.

Plan Ahead

This vegan pancake mix can last up to 4 days in your fridge! With, plan and make your batter for the better half of the week. Then cook a few as you need them!

Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe Pancakes almost done.

Equipment Needed

Measuring cups

Measuring spoons

1 Mixing bowl

1 Container (wet ingredients)

1 Storage container

1 Cast iron skillet

1 Plate

1 ladle 4 oz or 6oz

Paper towels

Kitchen towels

Beautiful Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe

Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe

Chef Mason Bostwick
This is an awesome fluffy homemade vegan pancake recipe. Perfectly versatile and amazingly delicious vegan buttermilk is the key!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 23 mins
Course Breakfast, Dessert, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 10 pancakes

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ Cup Ap Flour
  • 3 ½ Tbsp Sugar
  • 1 ½ Tbsp Baking Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 ½ Cup Vegan Buttermilk
  • 2 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Cup Vegan Butter
  • 1 tsp Cinnamon ground (optional)

Instructions
 

  • Sift all your dry ingredients (Ap Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Salt) together into a mixing bowl, if using the cinnamon then sift it with the others. Then set this vegan pancake mix aside for now.
  • In a sperate container (I just use the measuring cups) combine the vegan buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
  • Pour the vegan buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. Let this batter rest for at least 5 minutes.
  • While the batter is resting, heat your cast iron skillet (or whatever skillet you are using) over medium low heat. Now that the batter is rested, add 1 Tbsp of vegan butter to the pan and melt.
  • Using a ladle, scoop batter into the pan and cook. Once bubbles begin to form on the top of the pancake (about 2-3 minutes) it is time to flip.
  • After the pancake is flipped, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Place the pancake on a plated lined with a paper towel. Wipe out any residual substances in your pan.
  • Repeat this process until you have enough pancakes or until your batter is gone!

Homemade Vegan Pancakes Standardized Recipe

Prep Time: 10 Minutes

Cook Time: 10 Minutes

Homemade Vegan Pancakes Recipe

Yields: 6 large pancakes or 10 small ones

Ingredients

1 ½         Cup        Ap Flour

3 ½         Tbsp       Sugar

1 ½         Tbsp      Baking Powder

1             tsp          Salt

1 ½         Cup        Vegan Buttermilk

2             tsp          Vanilla Extract

½            Cup        Vegan Butter

1             tsp          Cinnamon, ground (optional)

Instructions

  1. Sift all your dry ingredients (Ap Flour, Sugar, Baking Powder, Salt) together into a mixing bowl, if using the cinnamon then sift it with the others. Then set this vegan pancake mix aside for now.
  2. In a sperate container (I just use the measuring cups) combine the vegan buttermilk, and vanilla extract.
  3. Pour the vegan buttermilk mixture into the dry ingredients and whisk until just combined. Be careful not to over mix. Let this batter rest for at least 5 minutes.
  4. While the batter is resting, heat your cast iron skillet (or whatever skillet you are using) over medium low heat. Now that the batter is rested, add 1 Tbsp of vegan butter to the pan and melt.
  5. Using a ladle, scoop batter into the pan and cook. Once bubbles begin to form on the top of the pancake (about 2-3 minutes) it is time to flip.
  6. After the pancake is flipped, cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Place the pancake on a plated lined with a paper towel. Wipe out any residual substances in your pan.
  7. Repeat this process until you have enough pancakes or until your batter is gone!

If you like this recipe or have made this recipe, leave a comment below and tell me how it went! You can also check out some of my other breakfast recipes down below!!

Vegan Waffles & Belgian Waffles

Vegan Breakfast Sausages

Vegan Yogurt

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