Whether you are celebrating Shrove Tuesday or enjoying a leisurely brunch, pancakes are a special treat, and there’s no reason why you can’t enjoy them if you’re vegan or have a dairy intolerance. With so many clever ingredient substitutes available, it’s easy to achieve the same richness and texture without using eggs or milk.
We’ve rounded up our top ten vegan pancake recipes, from thin French-style classic crêpes to decadent syrup-drenched stacks…
For more free-from inspiration, see our collection of vegan pancake recipes and read our guide on how to make pancakes without eggs, flour or milk. Also check out more Pancake Day recipes to enjoy from breakfast to dinner.
1. Easy vegan pancakes
Looking for perfectly fluffy American-style vegan pancakes? This easy recipe allows some flexibility with your choice of plant-based milk, and doesn’t require any fancy ingredients to bind the mixture. Load your pillowy pancake tower with vegan chocolate chips, bananas, blueberries or anything else you fancy.
2. Vegan crêpes
Get ready to flip with our fabulous free-from pancakes. These tasty classic crêpes are not only made without eggs or dairy, but also gluten! We’ve made a few easy ingredient substitutions by using hemp milk, egg replacer and gluten-free flour, which should all be available from most large supermarkets or health food shops. Serve the pancakes with lemon or orange segments and a drizzle of agave syrup, if you like. The pancake batter will keep for a few days if you store it covered in the fridge.
3. Savoury vegan pancakes
Who says pancakes have to be sweet? This satisfying savoury version includes herby soft cheese alternative and chives in the batter for extra flavour. Slather over more to serve, along with juicy grilled tomatoes and mushrooms.
4. Tofu brekkie pancakes
If you prefer a thick, fluffier pancake, then this is also easily achievable without gluten, eggs or dairy. Use silken tofu, almond milk and buckwheat flour to enrichen the batter while mixed spice, lemon juice and vanilla extract provide flavour. Drenched with maple syrup and stacked with fruit and toasty nuts, these make a tempting treat if you want to indulge a little.
5. Vegan banana pancakes
Go bananas for these foolproof, light and fluffy American-style pancakes. Incorporating mashed banana into the batter adds sweetness and helps to bind them. Serve with maple syrup or peanut butter and fruit.
6. Vegan tomato & mushroom pancakes
If you prefer savoury pancakes, our veg-topped pancakes are a perfect brunch or dinner option. We’ve used soya milk in the batter to achieve a beautifully crisp texture, while soya cream gives the tomato and button mushroom topping a luxurious silky quality. These pancakes are versatile, so you could also try making them into a dessert with sliced bananas and pecans.
7. Protein pancakes
Make this fruity pancake tower of temptation for a protein-packed breakfast. Delivering a hefty 29g of protein per serving, it is also a great recovery dish following exercise. We’ve made the batter using ground flaxseed, almonds, mashed banana, soya milk and quinoa flour so it is both vegan and gluten-free. Sandwich the layers together with delicious homemade blueberry chia jam and coconut yogurt, then finish your masterpiece with a scattering of nuts, seeds and fresh berries.
8. Coconut & banana pancakes
Give your pancakes a tropical twist with a tangy passionfruit and banana topping. Kids can help to make the super simple batter, using coconut milk as a special ingredient. Take care with flipping as they are a little more delicate than egg-based pancakes.
9. Fluffy almond pancakes with blueberry ripple yogurt
Treat yourself to this fabulously fruity stack for breakfast or brunch. Make a blueberry compote and ripple it through dairy-free yogurt to layer between these golden almond milk pancakes. Sweet, sharp, creamy – you won’t be able to stop eating.
Want to try something new? Have a go at these Indian rice and lentil pancakes made from fermented batter. They take a little time, but once you take a bite full of spiced potato aloo masala, you’ll get it.
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