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Vegan bourbon hazelnut pancakes? This is exactly what breakfast at The Cinnamon Snail is about. Why would you serve yourself boring plain pancakes? Don’t you love life? Why aren’t you making your kitchen smell like hazelnuts, freshly roasted with bourbon and spices? Why? Slow your roll—I am sure you are a nice person. So you deserve yummy breakfasts, and the people around you deserve them as well. What about your dad—he thinks your vegan diet is weird, right? Why don’t you feed him the best damn pancakes he ever ate in his life? Make everyone you know who doesn’t get your veganism some seriously bomb, absurdly good vegan pancakes.
They will connect the dots later, somewhere at the bottom of their first stack, as to why you went vegan in the first place…But whatever ingredients you’re adding, this is a lovely all-around versatile vegan pancake recipe that you can trust for yielding stacks of tasty fluffies. If you feel creative, use this as a base recipe to add all kinds of absolutely fun things, too.
Quick Tip: You’ll want to make the cardamom butter in advance, so it can set up nicely in the refrigerator. Plan to make it the day before (or at least a few hours before) you make the pancakes, so you’ll have a nice, pretty butter pat to top your steaming hot pancakes, along with a generous drizzling of Ginger Stout Syrup (page 253 in Street Vegan).
How to Serve Up Your Vegan Bourbon Hazelnut Pancakes
While these pancakes are plenty delicious by themselves, sometimes it’s nice to throw in a couple extra sides for a bangin’ brunch! Here are a few irresistible ideas to make your mouth water:
A Side of Scramble, Please – Pancakes and scramble go together like peanut butter and jelly! The savory flavor of a vegan scramble balances out the sweet and fluffy pancakes just perfectly. If you enjoy convenience, go for a ready-made egg substitute such as the JUST Egg or Follow Your Heart Egg. Prefer to whip up some classic tofu instead? Try our Teriyaki Tofu Scramble!
While we think this recipe is just perfect as it is, here are some ideas for switching out or adding ingredients to make your pancakes pop! Whether you’d like to add some things in or take some things out, there are countless ways to make your pancakes simply delicious.
No Nuts – Not into nuts but still want some crunch? Consider toasted coconut or even banana chips instead!
Chocolate Lover’s Lane – Indeed, adding some chocolate to your batter is one way to bring these vegan bourbon hazelnut pancakes from delicious to outrageous. If you’d rather slather on some spread, this Vegan Nutella recipe is a must and you can even use your leftover hazelnuts to make it!
Full of Fruit – Prefer your fruit inside your pancakes? Grab some fresh blueberries, sliced strawberries, bananas, or even peaches to make these pancakes even sweeter!
Storing Your Pancakes
These pancakes are definitely best enjoyed fresh but if you end up with leftovers, we’ve got you covered. Stick your pancakes in the fridge for two to three days in an airtight container or bag—make sure there’s no extra moisture otherwise the pancakes will get soggy and spoil even quicker. You can freeze them for up to two months by placing the pancakes into a freezer-safe bag with waxed paper between them to prevent sticking. Just be sure they’ve completely cooled down before refrigerating or freezing!
Bourbon Hazelnut Pancakes With Cardamom Brown Butter
Author: Adam Sobel
5 from 6 votes
Take your pancakes from plain to popping with this bourbon hazelnut pancakes with cardamom brown butter recipe from Adam Sobel's Street Vegan cookbook. Treat a loved one or just yourself and enjoy!
½cuprefined coconut oil, melted to 75° to 100°F, if not already in liquid form
2tablespoonsextra-virgin olive oil
For The Bourbon-Candied Hazelnuts
½cupevaporated cane juice
For The Pancakes
¼cuppure maple syrup
1⅔cupsunsweetened soy milk
3tablespoonscanola oil, plus more for frying the pancakes
1teaspoonpure vanilla extract
For Garnish (Optional)
Ground cinnamon and/or vegan powdered sugar
Make the cardamom butter: Place the soy milk, rice vinegar, maple syrup, salt, cardamom, and cloves in a high-speed blender and mix on high speed for 10 seconds. Let sit for a minute or so—the mixture will have a curdled, thick consistency like buttermilk. Add the melted coconut oil, olive oil, and xanthan gum. Blend on high speed for 60 seconds to thoroughly emulsify. Pour into an airtight container, and chill in the freezer for an hour. Transfer the tub to the refrigerator, and use as needed. (You will have about 1 cup butter.)
Make the candied hazelnuts: Preheat the oven to 350°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Pulse the hazelnuts a few times in a food processor to break them into smaller pieces. Mix the ground nuts and all the remaining ingredients together in a medium bowl and distribute evenly on the prepared baking sheet. Bake for 12 minutes, flipping the nuts halfway through to ensure even baking. Allow the nuts to cool, and break up any large clusters; store in an airtight container at room temperature. (The nuts will keep for up to a month.)
Make the pancakes: In a mixing bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda, and salt. Make a well in the center, and add the maple syrup, soy milk, oil, and vanilla extract. Whisk together to form a smooth batter.
Heat a skillet or griddle over medium heat. Lightly oil the pan and ladle the pancake batter evenly onto the hot surface, forming pancakes in any size you like. Sprinkle 1 to 2 tablespoons of the bourbon hazelnuts onto each circle of batter and let cook for about 2 minutes. Carefully flip the pancakes when bubbles appear in the center and the edges start to brown lightly and lift away from the pan. Flip and allow to cook on the second side for an additional 2 minutes.
Place 3 or 4 pancakes on each plate. Top with a pat of the cardamom butter, a sprinkle of bourbon hazelnuts, and a dash of cinnamon and/or powdered sugar for garnish, if desired.
If you try these Vegan Bourbon Hazelnut Pancakes, let us know what you think by leaving a comment and rating below! Be sure to follow along on Pinterest, Instagram and Facebook for even more vegan recipe inspiration.
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