Okay so I’ll admit, before going vegan I pretty much never ate normal pancakes. If I did, it was on Pancake Day only, and on other occasions it was Blogilates 2 eggs + 1 banana recipe only. Obviously since turning vegan, egg and banana pancakes are out the window and I had to get creative in my ways.
It’s no secret I’m a lover of pancakes- and I realise that the most basic pancake recipe is pretty much vegan if you switch out the milk to something dairy free. But it’s also super easy to customise and over the last month and a half of dairy free living I’ve tossed together some incredibly tasty combinations.
Lacking a decent set of scales and any real concept of portion control I work in spoonfuls usually- it means I can switch out flour for oats or flax seed when I fancy, or add in more/less liquid depending on thickness I’m after, or add fruit or whatever other bits into the vegan pancake mix before I even start to consider toppings. Are vegan pancakes magic? You bet they are.
Lets start with the basics
And now the variations
Sometimes too much flour can be a little heavy, and in the spirit of nutritionally loaded foods I have a habit of working flax seed into everything I cook, one way or another. These beauties were made by exchanging about a tablespoon of flour for one tablespoon of flax seed, and one tablespoon of flour for the same amount of ground oats. It makes the mix a little darker but just as tasty, more filling and full of good old fibre (plus the million other benefits of flax). All of which is great for a pre-work meal.
Speaking of nutritionally dense, you can throw chia seeds into the batter itself for a thicker pancake or use them as a bizarre looking topping. I’m sure this day, I did both. Topped with banana, blueberry alpro, coconut and chia seeds this breakfast was a long lasting, super filling (and yes, delicious) start to the day.
You know when you just need a bit of a treat? Nice cream. Mango nice cream. These pancakes had a fair amount of flax seed and were topped with blueberries and mango nice cream, making the perfect summer morning treat.
And did I say treat?! These beauties are chocolate vegan pancakes (sub 1 tablespoon flour with some cocoa or cacao powder, and 1 tablespoon flour for flax) with berries and coconut- decadent, rich, perfect for the chocolate-craving sweet tooth and even more perfect for when you just can’t be bothered cooking dinner. I’m 23, damnit, I can eat pancakes for tea if I want to.
Let me know if you try these out! What are your favourite pancake toppings?