One of the meals that my kids and I are always down for is pancakes. Kick-ass vegan pancakes aren’t actually all that hard to make. Seriously, step by step instructions are below for some easy and really kick-ass flapjacks.
Pancakes, we’ve all had them a million times and they’re good, amiright?! This is my go-to weekend meal for the family. We’ve all got our own ways of making pancakes, so this recipe like the black bean burger is a basic recipe for you to riff on. I’ve included some of my riffs that I do and my kids like.
When I first went vegan, I was confused by a lot of options. The whole egg replacement thing was odd at first. But, this is what works best for me. Again, see the mixins below.
Cooking Tips & Tricks
Weird Vegan Stuff.
Ok, so some of this recipe has some weird vegan stuff in it. I’ll explain…
Flax Egg – The flax egg is easy to make and is a quick replacement for eggs. Take a tablespoon of ground flax and mix it with a couple tablespoons of plant milk. Give it a good stir and let it sit. After a few minutes, it’ll start to kind of congeal. This basically will work perfectly for replacing your egg.
Alternative – Not everyone has ground flax seed, trust me, it’s kinda new to me. Replace it with one half of a really ripe banana, very well mashed up. Stir in as normal. It does a good job but does give it a tiny bit of banana flavor. Normally, I’m all for bananas but the wife hates anything banana related with a passion.
Plant Milk & Vinegar – This just acts as a replacement for buttermilk. I know that the vinegar does a chemical thing but I’m not trained enough to know exactly what it does. I do know from experience it really helps out the recipe.
Mixins And Cool Things To Do With Your Pancakes
Thicker Pancakes – To make your pancakes thicker, just add a little bit more flower. Better yet, add a few tablespoons of flax or chia. That will thicken up the pancakes.
Super Hearty Flapjacks – I grew up with really rich, really dense pancakes. For me, I’ll add a 1/3 cup of quick oats to the mix. It gives them an
Crepe Style Pancakes – I married into a family that eats their pancakes crepe style. So, I add a bit of plant milk until I get the consistency just right. I’ve found that rice milk honestly works best for thinner pancakes.
There is a LOT of stuff you can add into your pancakes to seriously up your vegan flapjack game. I’ve broken the ideas I do often into three sections…Sweet for the sweeter and more
Brown Sugar – For generally sweeter pancakes, add in a few tablespoons of sugar to the mix. White sugar works but it’s not nearly as tasty as brown sugar
Maple Syrup – You can also add in a
Chocolate chips – Just because you went vegan doesn’t mean you have to do without chocolate chips. My first choice by a mile is Enjoy Life Chocolate Chips. I can’t say enough good things about Enjoy Life products. They are great for anyone that has food allergies in general, vegans also get special recognition from them as well. However, there are a lot of alternatives out there.
Dutch Style – My Dutch friend introduced me to these. She does them crepe style and will do a big stack. On top of the stack, she puts some berries and then sprinkles some powdered sugar on top. Fair warning, I have zero idea if it’s actually Dutch, but a Dutch person introduced me to it so there.
Protein Powder – Super easy but a way I’m not super enthralled with it. Just dump a couple of scoops of your favorite protein powder into the mix. Bonus if it’s chocolate flavored but fair warning, it can be gritty as hell.
Meaty – I’ve mentioned my love of Boca All-American Patties. (I’m not the only one) I’ll cut it in quarters and pour the batter of each piece. It creates four easy to eat on the move pancake sandwiches. You can also do
Pancake Burgers – I’ve made pancake burgers to eat on the road as well. You literally just use pancakes as buns for the burger. I prefer to make them sweet and thin, then roll up the patty inside.
Chik-Fil-A – Ok, so you can ape CFA’s breakfast patties as well as a play on Whataburger’s honey butter chicken. I will add some syrup or artificial honey to the mix so it’s on the slightly sweet side. Then, I’ll cook the Boca Spicy Chicken Patty and make sure it’s really crisp. Once crisp, I cut it into strips. Then, I’ll wrap them in the syrupy sweet pancakes. It’s a great take on chicken and waffles without having to do waffles or kill a chicken. The combination of spicy and sweet is sublime
Meaty Flapjacks – I’ll take a Boca patty or some
Cool Designs – If you want to experiment making designs with your pancakes, get some mustard/ketchup dispensers from a dollar store. Just cut the tip so it’s a little bit wider, and make
Funnel Cake Pancakes – They way I do it