It is that time of year again when February hosts the holiday that celebrates the love… of food. Yes, Pancake Day is here, bringing with it the key ingredients of egg and milk, which makes it difficult for vegans to participate.
However, much to our health and the environment's benefit, veganism is on the rise and with it quirky and tasty new pancake recipes. I have sourced out my top ten choices of pancakes for vegans to try this Shrove Tuesday.
1. Three Ingredient Pancakes
Students are always broke, so this is the perfect recipe to whip up on Pancake Day as you only need to buy three ingredients: 1 cup all-purpose flour, 1 tbsp. of almond or soy milk and 3 tbsps. of coconut oil to fry the pancakes. You can finish off the pancakes with the toppings of your choice, such as fresh fruit, maple syrup, seeds, nuts or coconut flakes.
2. Gluten-Free Buckwheat Pancakes
Not only is following the guidelines of veganism sometimes difficult, but allergies can also prove restrictive, which makes these buckwheat pancakes a perfect solution to both needs.
The recipe requires: ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce, 1 ¾ cup almond milk, 2 tsp. vanilla, 1 tbsp. apple cider vinegar or lemon juice, 1 ½ tsp. baking powder, ½ tsp. salt, and of course 1 ½ cups buckwheat flour.
3. Chia Seed Pancakes
The superfood, chia seed, is rapidly growing in popularity due to its high nutritional value and positive health benefits, so why not incorporate it into something as delicious as a pancake?
The recipe requires: 1½ cups all-purpose flour, 1 tbsp. baking powder, 1 tsp. salt, 3 tbsp. chia seeds, 1 tsp. cinnamon, 3 tbsp. maple syrup, 1 tsp. vanilla, 1½ cup almond milk and 1 tsp. of apple cider vinegar. It also been suggested that these pancakes pair nicely with bananas as a topping.
4. Gingerbread Spice Pancakes
Christmas may have passed, but the frost is still here, making the warming spice of these gingerbread pancakes a delicious and weather appropriate treat to enjoy.
All you need to make these festive delights is 1 ½ tbsps. of gingerbread spice, plus 1 cup flour, 2 tbsps. dark brown sugar, 1 tbsp. baking powder, ¼ tsp. sea salt and 1 cup silk vanilla coconut milk.
5. Chocolate Pancakes with Cherries
The inclusion of milk within most commercial chocolate brands limits the variety of chocolate that vegans can eat. However, cacao beans are plant based, making them the perfect ingredient for delicious chocolate pancakes.
Alongside 2 tsp. of cacao powder, you will need: ½ tsp. baking powder, ½ tsp. baking soda, 1 cup buckwheat flour, a neutral tasting oil for frying, ¾ cup plant milk and the unusual ingredient of 3 tbsp. of 'aquafaba', which acts as a replacement for egg whites. As an optional extra, you can top of your chocolate pancakes with the classic pairing of cherries.
(Aquafaba is the juice that comes from tinned beans, such as chickpeas. 3 tablespoons of this weird-smelling goop replaces one egg in baking, and gives no flavour or additional scent to the finished product. It’s amazing!)
6. Red Velvet Beet Pancakes
Red velvet treats are very trendy right now, but not the healthiest of fads. Then along comes the beetroot, whose vivid, red interior lends itself beautifully to dying the pancakes for that red velvet effect.
For the pancake you will need: 1 tbsp. flax meal, 2½ tbsp. water, 1 cup oat flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, ¼ tsp. salt, ½ cup beetroot puree, ½ cup almond milk, 2 tbsp. applesauce, 1 tbsp. maple syrup and 1 tsp. vanilla.
7. Sweet Potato Pancakes
If you weren't born with a sweet tooth or would rather celebrate Pancake Day through dinner and not dessert, then these savoury sweet potato pancakes are perfect for you.
You will need to precook and mash your sweet potatoes (or use up any leftovers) and add 2 tbsp. ground flax, 4 tbsp. water, 1½ cup whole flour, ⅓ cup brown sugar, ½ tsp. salt, 1 tsp. baking powder, ½ tsp. baking soda, 2 tsp. cinnamon, ¼ tsp. nutmeg, 1½ cup soy milk, 1 tsp. apple cider vinegar and 1 tsp. vanilla extract.
To mimic the classic savoury topping of bacon, you could even add 'facon' for a scrumptious twist on American style pancakes.
8. Carrot Pan-Cake
Carrot cake is already a well-established tasty treat, so why not turn this old school classic into a pancake.
To be successful in your adaptation you will need: 1 ½ cups of flour, 2 tsp. baking powder, 2 tbsp. unsweetened shredded coconut, 2 tsp. ground cinnamon, ½ tsp. ground nutmeg, ½ tsp. ground ginger, ½ cup coconut water, ½ cup almond milk, ¼ cup maple syrup, 1 tsp. vanilla extract, 1 cup shredded carrots and ¼ cup chopped walnuts.
9. Cinnamon Roll Pancakes
My personal favourite out of the recipes I have recommended has to be these quirky cinnamon roll pancakes.
You can build upon the basic three ingredient vegan pancake mix and then add 2 tbsp. of non-dairy butter, 2 tbsp. brown sugar and ½ tsp. ground cinnamon to create that cinnamon swirl. For an icing topping to create the visual look of a cinnamon roll, you will need ¼ cup powdered sugar and ½ tsp. of non-dairy milk.
10. Green Tea Pancakes
Green Tea is renowned for its health benefits, leading it to be a very popular choice of beverage and now a flavour to pancakes.
To make these you will need: 1 tbsp. ground flax, 3 tbsp. water, 1 cup soy milk, 1 cup gluten-free all-purpose flour, 2 tbsp. sugar, 2 tsp. baking powder, ½ tsp. salt, 1 ½ tbsp. canola oil and ½ tbsp. matcha powder, which is a processed green tea believed to be an antioxidant.
About the author: Sophie Lurcuck
Sophie is an undergraduate English Literature student, whose growing interest in ways to live a greener lifestyle has led to exploring innovative vegan recipes to try as a low impact alternative to the foods she would normally consume.
Editor’s note: the groan-worthy puns were added in by us… and we’re only a little bit sorry