Easy Vegan Pancakes

Take your plant-powered brunch to new heights with these easy vegan pancakes! This foolproof recipe takes just 15 minutes with a handful of ingredients, creating a stack of fluffy vegan pancakes with minimal effort.
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Breakfast is by far my favorite meal of the day. After fasting through the night, there’s nothing better than waking up and enjoying a delicious breakfast.

On weekdays, I rarely have the luxury to indulge in a slow meal as I’ve got to rush to school drop-offs and work. But on weekends, breakfast is sacred in our house. Slowing down and enjoying a delicious home-cooked breakfast is a privilege I encourage you to make time for on weekends. And what better way to indulge than cooking up a batch of these easy vegan pancakes?

Pancakes have a special place in our hearts. They take us back to those happy days in our childhood when our mom or dad would pile them up on our plate. Pure joy. 

Stack of vegan pancakes on a plate, with maple syrup being poured over the top.

Why You’ll Love These Vegan Pancakes

These incredibly easy vegan pancakes are so good and simple that they will become another staple in your household. Only a couple of ingredients and a pan and you’re set! You can use endless toppings and drizzle them (or soak them!) with maple syrup. Use the fruits that are in season and therefore on sale and, if you’re feeling fancy, you can sprinkle some walnuts or add some blueberries to the batter. 

Needless to say, my kids go wild for these! Without even trying, it became our Sunday morning ritual, and we are so happy it did. If I’m honest, we make a batch large enough for the kids to snack on later on or store them in the fridge and heat them up the next morning. Who has the time or motivation to make breakfast on Monday mornings? Lifesaver! 

Pancakes for breakfast just make life, well…better! So why not commit to making these once a week and share them with your loved ones. No tricky ingredients or cooking skills needed! 

Key Ingredients

With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can effortlessly create these easy vegan pancakes—chances are, you already have most of them readily available!

  • Flour: Opt for all-purpose flour or whole wheat flour for a wholesome touch. Need a gluten-free option? Select an all-purpose gluten-free flour.
  • Baking Powder: This essential ingredient is what helps leaven these pancakes and make them extra thick and fluffy!
  • Plant-based Milk: Any non-dairy milk will work! Almond milk, soy milk, or oat milk all would work well.
  • Maple syrup: To add a subtle touch of sweetness, we’re using maple syrup. It’s great in both the batter and as a topping! Feel free to use any liquid sweetener you prefer, such as agave syrup.
  • Vanilla Extract: Adds a lovely comforting, and warm aroma to the pancakes!

How To Make Vegan Pancakes

Step One: In a large bowl, whisk together the flour and baking powder. Then, add the dairy-free milk, maple syrup, vanilla extract, and salt. Whisk to combine until the batter is nice and smooth.

Vegan sheet pan pancake batter whisked in a bowl.

Step Two: Add a little oil to a frying pan over low heat, then add one tablespoon of the batter to the pan, tilting the pan to create a flat, circular pancake.

Step Three: Allow it to cook for a little over 30 seconds, until the pancake firms up enough to slide when you give the pan a gently shake. Flip it and cook for another half minute until both sides are crispy and golden.

Step Four: Repeat with the remaining batter, keeping the finished pancakes somewhere warm while you cook the rest.

Storage

If you have leftover pancakes, no worries! These vegan pancakes are super easy to store and reheat!

Allow the cooked pancakes to cool completely at room temperature then stack them with a layer of parchment or wax paper between each pancake to prevent them from sticking together. Place in an airtight container or zip-top bag, pressing out excess air before sealing.

These pancakes can be stored in the fridge or freezer!

Reheating Instructions

Did you know you can meal prep pancakes and reheat them later? This can be a huge time saver for busy mornings!

If reheating from frozen, defrost the pancakes in the refrigerator overnight. Here are a few easy ways to reheat pancakes:

  • Microwave: For a quick option, you can microwave pancakes. Place a damp paper towel over the pancakes to retain moisture. Heat in 15-30-second intervals until warmed.
  • Toaster Oven: You can also reheat by toaster oven or oven. Place the pancakes directly on the toaster’s rack or on a baking sheet in the oven, set to a low or medium setting and reheat for a few minutes until warmed through.
  • Stovetop: For the best texture, use a skillet on a stovetop. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium-low heat and warm each pancake for a minute or two on each side.

Pancake Variations

You can easily customize your pancakes by incorporating add-ins! Here are some classic options:

  • Blueberries – Or any berry you prefer!
  • Chocolate chips – Just make sure to choose dairy-free chocolate chips to keep it vegan.
  • Sliced bananas
  • Chopped nuts like walnuts or pecans
  • Pumpkin pie spice – A dash of cinnamon and nutmeg gives it a delicious autumnal aroma!
  • Vegan sprinkles – For a fun birthday cake pancake!
  • Coconut flakes – Adds a tropical vibe!
A stack of the best vegan pancakes on a plate, served with berries.

How To Serve

These pancakes pair perfectly with a number of toppings, breakfast dishes, and drinks to turn this into a full brunch feast!

For toppings, add some slices fresh berries for some natural sweetness. Keep it creamy with a dollop of coconut whipped cream, or spread your favorite nut butter on top for a dose of healthy fats. Peanut butter, almond butter, or even cashew butter make these pancakes extra filling!

For a super fun twist, turn these into whimsical pancake tacos for a colorful and interactive event!

Hosting brunch and need some sides? Try a fresh fruit salad with a mix of seasonal fruits, a savory tofu scramble for a protein-packed accompaniment, or chia pudding parfait for a balanced and visually appealing side.

Don’t forget to wash it all down with a refreshing strawberry spritzer or peach juice! Quench your thirst with an iced coffee or if it’s fall or winter, a warm mug of pumpkin spiced latte. The possibilities are endless!

Vegan Pancake FAQs

Is Bisquick vegan?

Yes! Lucky for us, Bisquick is vegan-friendly, egg-free, and dairy-free. If you add in your own vegan butter, plant-based milk, and egg replacer, you can make anything you like from this pre-made mix.

Is Aunt Jemima pancake mix vegan?

It is! Although the company is now renamed the Pearl Milling Company, the original ingredients are still the same and are all vegan-friendly. The ingredients are as follows: enriched bleach flour (bleached wheat flour, niacinamide, reduced iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), sugar, leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), salt, and calcium carbonate.

What pancake mix can vegans eat?

You’ll be happy to know that there are many pre-made pancakes mixes that are accidentally vegan! They include Annie’s, Arrow Head Mills, Birch Benders, Bisquick, Bob’s Red Mill, Krusteaz, and Pearl Milling Company (previously Aunt Jemima).

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Easy Vegan Pancakes

5 from 8 votes
These easy vegan pancakes are the simplest pancakes you'll ever make! Let the plant-powered brunching begin.
A stack of vegan pancakes on a plate with berries and drizzled with maple syrup.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon ground flaxseed, optional
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 1 cup plant-based milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • oil for frying
  • maple syrup, to taste, for serving

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, ground flaxseed, sugar, and salt. Add the plant-based milk and vanilla extract and mix just until combined. Do not over-mix.
  • Add a very thin layer oil to a frying pan or griddle set over low heat, then add a small scoop of batter to the pan, using the backside of a spoon to spread into a circular pancake.
  • Cook until bubbles start to form on the top side of the pancake. Then, using a spatula, flip the pancake over and cook until both sides cooked through.
  • Move finished pancake to a dish and repeat with the remaining batter.
  • Serve with maple syrup and/or any other desired toppings!

Nutrition

Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 189mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.01mg | Calcium: 143mg | Iron: 2mg
Course — Breakfast
Cuisine — American
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8 comments
  1. 5 stars
    Perfect pancakes!! Love making these for brunch on the weekends. The flavor and texture are heavenly!

  2. 5 stars
    I love Pancakes! With mine, I add a little turmeric to insure a nice yellow in the batter.
    When done, I love fresh sliced fruit on top, especially strawberries and raspberries!
    Thank you for your recipe!

  3. 5 stars
    My boys and I love pancakes, it is always a hit in my house with lots of fruits on the side.

  4. 5 stars
    I loveeee pancakes and how easy this recipe is! Definitely a staple in our house!

  5. 5 stars
    These pancakes are so easy and quick to make and have a great texture. Great with berries on top and of course the maple syrup!

  6. 5 stars
    Wow! Quick and easy! I can’t believe this recipe is so simple. I also love to add a sprinkling of blueberries to the top, after one side has cooked. It adds a little bit of extra sweetness, but without having purple pancakes. lol. Maple syrup is a must for topping…or bananas and a bit of cinnamon sugar. SO good!

  7. 5 stars
    The perfect weekend brunch vegan pancake recipe!! Love making these with my hubby, and DROWNING them in syrup. Because let’s be real, pancakes and waffles are just a vehicle for transporting maple syrup into your body, right?

  8. 5 stars
    I’ve made vegan pancakes before but they’ve always turned out pretty poorly! I don’t use a non-stick pan which makes things a little tricker but I’ll go ahead and give this recipe a shot since I already have all of these ingredients in my kitchen 🙂

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