The All Inclusive Guide to Fluffy Vegan Pancakes
Are you looking for simple, light and fluffy vegan pancakes? If so, this all inclusive guide will serve you well! Keep reading to learn more!
Let’s face it, pancakes are a breakfast staple in America. And you should be able to enjoy them when you transition to a vegan diet. But how do you get light and fluffy pancakes without eggs and dairy? In this guide we’ll share the simple recipe you need to get started. PLUS we’ll go over the best surface to cook your pancakes on, why you should always let your pancake batter rest and more! But let’s dive into some common questions first.
Are IHOP Pancakes Vegan?
Unfortunately, the short answer is no. IHOP Pancakes contain dairy and eggs. As someone who loved IHOP pancakes before going vegan this is definitely a bummer. But, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with a simple and DELICIOUS vegan pancake recipe shared below.
Luckily, this recipe eliminates the need for dairy and eggs. Which is great for those who live with certain dietary restrictions. Not only that this is an easily customizable recipe. Make swaps and substitutions based on your particular needs and quite frankly what you may have in the pantry today!
What Are Vegan Pancakes?
Vegan pancakes are simply pancakes made without dairy and eggs. You can buy ready made pancake mix or mix and make the batter yourself at home. In traditional pancakes, dairy and eggs are the key ingredients which help these pancakes achieve their fluffy texture. Vegan pancakes, however, use leavening agents such as baking powder to help them rise. Plus, in the recipe shared below vegan buttermilk is one of the main reasons for the light and tender texture.
Is Aunt Jemima Pancake Complete Mix Vegan?
No, Aunt Jemima Pancake Complete Mix Vegan is NOT vegan. However, the Aunt Jemima Buttermilk Pancake & Waffle Complete Mix appears to be vegan. Proceed with caution, though, as the ingredients state it may contain traces of milk, eggs and soy. This typically means the product has been produced in a facility where milk, eggs and soy are also handled. Each person will need to make their own decision as to whether this is acceptable for their diet or not.
Can Pancakes Be Made With Water Instead of Milk?
Yes, pancakes can be made with water instead of milk. The reason why plant milk is preferred is because it gives the pancakes a rich texture and great added flavor.
The Secret to Fluffy Vegan Pancakes
The secret to light and fluffy vegan pancakes is vegan buttermilk. When vegan buttermilk is combined with a leavening agent such as baking powder, this gives the pancakes lift! Here’s an easy vegan buttermilk recipe:
- 1 Cup Plant Milk of Choice (I prefer almond milk)
- 1 Tbsp Apple Cider Vinegar or Lemon Juice (use whatever is on hand)
Whisk these ingredients together in a small bowl and allow to sit for 5 – 10 minutes. This will “curdle” the milk and begin the chemical reaction needed to achieve the desired fluffy texture. After all, cooking is all about chemistry!
Best Surface to Cook Pancakes On
There are a few different options when it comes to cooking surfaces for pancakes. This will make a HUGE difference in how your pancakes turn out because they are so delicate and may easily stick to the surface. You may choose to use one of the following:
Nonstick frying pans can be a great option. Although, I have found pancakes may still end up sticking to the surface. Plus the flat surface area of the pan does not easily lend it self to different pancakes sizes.
Cast iron skillets are the runner up. These types of skillets are great because they are seasoned, which adds extra flavor to the pancakes. And who doesn’t love a subtle boost of flavor? The drawback here is the same with the nonstick frying pan: surface area and the tendency to still stick to the pan occasionally.
Lastly, the winner, is an eclectic griddle! Enough surface area to get the job done and can still be seasoned if you get the right griddle. Basically the best of both worlds. Not to mention, the best thing about this griddle is pancakes WILL NOT stick to the surface.
Why You Want Lumpy Pancake Batter?
Another great tip when making vegan pancakes is not stirring the batter too much! When you stir the vegan pancake batter too much gluten begins to form. This is what will result in tough and chewy pancakes. Instead, stir the pancake batter just enough until you no longer see any streaks of flour. Then allow the pancake batter to rest. More on that below.
Why You Should Always Let Your Batter Rest?
Here’s why you should always let your vegan pancake batter rest… it allows chemistry a chance to do its magic. Believe it or not there are a few different chemical reactions going on making vegan pancakes. Mainly the combination of apple cider vinegar, plant milk and baking powder. These ingredients are mixed together to create a leavening reaction. This leavening reaction is what will ensure you get the light and tender pancakes you desire.
I typically let my pancake batter rest for about 5 to 10 minutes. This is enough time for bubbles to start forming so you know it’s real.
A Simple Fluffy Vegan Pancakes Recipe
Now that we’ve reviewed the science behind creating the perfect vegan pancakes it’s time to start cooking! Below is a simple vegan pancake recipe which is easily customizable.
- 1 Cup flour of choice
- 2 Tbsp baking powder
- 1 Tbsp organic sugar
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1 Cup plant milk
- 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
- 1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted
First, make your vegan buttermilk in a small mixing bowl by stirring together plant milk and apple cider vinegar. Set aside for at least five minutes. Then, whisk together flour, baking powder, organic sugar and salt. Stir the vegan buttermilk into the dry ingredients and add the coconut oil. Stir just enough, until no dry batter streaks remain. But as mentioned earlier do not over mix the vegan pancake batter. Allow batter to sit for 5 minutes and heat the griddle to 350 * – 400 * F while batter is resting. Then, cook the pancakes until golden brown on both sides. Typically, 5 – 7 minutes per side. Serve warm and enjoy!