Fluffy Vegan Pancakes

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These light and fluffy vegan pancakes are the perfect breakfast recipe to serve on a weekend morning. This vegan pancake recipe is quick and easy, and the results are so delicious! Gluten-free and oil-free options are discussed as well.

stack of vegan pancakes with plant-based butter and maple syrup on a white plate

This is my family’s favorite vegan pancake recipe. They’re thick and fluffy, and healthy too.

Don’t be intimidated if you’ve never made pancakes from scratch before. They’re actually really easy to make. You can’t go wrong with this simple recipe. All you need are a few basic pantry ingredients, and you’ll be well on your way to a delicious pancake breakfast.

Ingredients for Vegan Pancakes

This recipe has a blessedly short ingredients list. And I’m willing to bet you have everything you need to make this recipe in you pantry right now.

For the dry ingredients, you’ll use flour, a little sugar, baking powder, and salt.

Then, for the wet ingredients, you’ll need your favorite non-dariy milk, some oil, and a couple teaspoons of apple cider vinegar.

You read that right – no flax eggs or egg replacers are necessary for this recipe.

  • Flour. Regular all-purpose flour is just right for this recipe. But, if you feel like, you can easily substitute whole wheat flour for even more wholesome pancakes. A whole wheat pastry flour or a white whole wheat flour will give you the lightest results.
  • Sugar. Choose organic cane sugar or coconut sugar.
  • Non-dairy milk. You can use any nondairy milk you like. I usually use oat milk or almond milk, since that’s what I have on hand most often.
  • Oil. I little oil gives the pancakes moisture and tenderness. Melted coconut oil is a great choice, as is any neutral-tasting vegetable oil.
  • Baking Powder. Baking powder is what makes the pancakes rise. Do not substitute baking soda.
stack of vegan pancakes with pieces on a fork

Favorite Add-Ins and Toppings

You can certainly add fruit or nuts to the batter, as well. I like to sprinkle on a few blueberries or chopped pecans onto the pancake as it cooks, before I flip it.

When you are finished cooking, serve these pancakes with a pat of vegan butter and a generous pour of maple syrup. You can also top them with fresh fruit!

How to Cook Pancakes

Making vegan pancakes is super simple. Let me walk you through it, and you’ll be a pancake pro in no time.

First, add the vinegar to the non-dairy milk, and set it aside. Adding a bit of vinegar acidulates the milk, mimicking the taste of buttermilk. Depending on the type of non-dairy milk you choose, it might separate or curdle. This is okay!

Next, whisk together all the dry ingredients in a large mixing bowl. Stir well to combine the ingredients, as well as break up any lumps in the flour.

adding the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients in a glass mixing bowl

Then, add the milk mixture and the oil to the ingredients. Use your whisk to stir the ingredients together until they are just combined.

If there are a few lumps left in the batter, that’s okay.You don’t want to over-mix the batter, or the pancakes will turn out dense and tough.

Next, pour or ladle approximately 1/4 cup of batter onto your preheated pan. I find that a medium, or even medium-low, heat is best for these pancakes.

Let the pancakes cook on the first side until you see bubbles rise to the surface. You’ll know the pancake is ready to turn when the edges seem set.

Carefully flip the pancakes, and let them cook on the second side for another minute or so. The second side will cook more quickly than the first side.

pancake batter in a pan showing the bubbles on the surface, and a cooked pancake in a non stick pan

Tips for the Fluffiest Pancakes

My secret ingredient for fluffy vegan pancakes? Well, it’s not really a secret – it’s just baking powder! A whole tablespoon might seem like a lot of baking powder for this recipe, but it really is required for the lightest and fluffiest result. (Remember, we aren’t getting any lift from eggs!)

  • Don’t over-mix the batter. Overmixing creates excess gluten in the batter, which will make the pancakes tough.
  • Cook over medium heat, not high heat. High heat will burn the bottoms of the pancakes before the middles have a chance to cook through.
  • Don’t flip too quickly. Let the pancakes have a chance to rise.
  • Use a non-stick pan and a thin, flexible spatula to make flipping pancakes a breeze.

How to Store Leftovers

If you have leftover pancakes, you can freeze them to save them for another day.

To freeze: Let them cool completely, then freeze them in a single layer. (This way, they won’t stick together.) Once they’re frozen, you can store them together in a large zip-top bag.

To reheat: I like to reheat these pancakes in the toaster for a quick and easy breakfast. You can also reheat them in a toaster oven or the microwave until warmed through.

How to Make-Ahead

I don’t suggest making the pancake batter ahead. The baking powder will loose its oompf, and the resulting pancakes will be tough.

Instead, what you can do is make your own DIY pancake mix by pre-mixing all of the dry ingredients. Then, when you are ready to cook the pancakes, all you will need to do is add the wet ingredients.

maple syrup poured on a tall stack of vegan pancakes on a white plate

Tools Used to Make This Recipe

  • Non-Stick Skillet. With a good pan, you won’t even need nonstick spray.
  • Mixing Bowl. I like batter bowls with spouts for mixing recipes like pancake batter.
  • Whisk. The smaller size means less splashing while you whisk.
  • Flexible Turner. Thin enough to slide under delicate pancakes, and it won’t scratch your non-stick pan.
Fluffy Vegan Pancakes

Fluffy Vegan Pancakes

Yield: 4
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes

A quick and easy recipe for light and fluffy vegan pancakes. You'll love serving these pancakes for vegan breakfast.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup non-dairy milk
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil, or melted coconut oil

Instructions

  1. In a glass measuring cup, stir together the non-dairy milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside.
  2. In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt.
  3. Add the oil to the milk mixture and stir. Then, pour into the dry ingredients.
  4. Whisk until just combined. A few lumps are okay! Do not over-mix. The batter should be thick, yet pourable.
  5. Heat a frying pan over medium heat. Add a little oil or non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Pour or scoop approximately 1/4 cup of batter into the pan for each pancake. Leave room for the batter to spread.
  7. Cook until bubbles form and the edges look set. Flip to the other side, and cook until golden, about 1-2 minutes.

Notes

  • For gluten-free pancakes, substitute your favorite gluten-free flour blend. You may need to add an additional 1–2 tablespoons of non-dairy milk to achieve the right consistency.
  • For oil-free pancakes, substitute applesauce, or additional non-dairy milk.
  • For whole-wheat pancakes, substitute whole wheat pastry flour or "white" whole wheat flour. You may need to add an additional 1-2 tablespoons of non-dairy milk.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 4 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 231Total Fat: 8gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 5mgSodium: 660mgCarbohydrates: 34gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 5g

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