Why would you skip breakfast when there are vegan pancake recipes like this?
There have been some good things about working from home for much of this year. Firstly, no commute. But second, and maybe more notable: no more hasty, bland breakfasts on the go.
With the extra time, there’s been no excuse for skipping breakfast. Yes, we’ve missed our barista-crafted coffee, but the plus side has been lingering over the first meal of the day (hello, banana bread). Why wait until the weekend to whip up a batch of pancakes when the journey from stove to desk is a matter of steps?
These vegan pancake recipes deliver deliciousness and gratitude in every bite. From whole grain to gluten-free, there’s something for everyone.
1. Quick and Easy
Pancakes have a reputation for being a bit of a time-consuming faff, and that may well be true when you only have one pan on the go. You can easily speed things up by being savvy about your batter, however. Forget about weighing and measuring a number of different items and keep things really simple with just three ingredients. Blend them up and they are ready to pour into the pan in minutes. The secret ingredient? Banana. This performs the ‘binding’ action of egg and adds sweetness, too. And if you don’t like banana, then just switch it out for 2 flax ‘eggs’ (2 tbsp of ground flax seeds + 5 tbsp water) or chia seeds. Your pancakes won’t be as sweet, but while there’s maple syrup in the world, that’s okay.
There are any number of alternatives if you’re a gluten avoider – coconut flour, buckwheat flour and almond flour, to name but a few. Alternatively, you can buy a gluten free version of a standard flour. In this recipe, chickpea flour and water do the binding work. Expect a light, thin pancake rather than a fluffy diner-style one.
3. Maximum Fluffiness
No bananas, no eggs and no egg substitutes – yet still so fluffy you could host a sleepover on them? Apparently so. You’ve got the choice of olive oil or coconut oil here but, since the latter hardens on contact with cold ingredients, you may prefer olive oil. Baking powder makes the mixture nice and bubbly – and just wait for the soothing ASMR effects of watching these pancakes when they make contact with the pan.
4. (Don’t) Give Me Sugar
True, we mentioned lazy breakfasts at the start of this article – but that’s not to say that savoury delights have no place on the pancake menu. Sometimes we wake up late. Sometime we crave savoury. Sometimes, nothing but a pancake that doesn’t make our teeth hurt will do. Gram (chickpea) flour, combined with herbs, seasoning and lemon juice make the perfect meal on the go when you just need that jaw-tingling flavour.
Further up, we mentioned the faff of a one-pan pancake breakfast. Staggered eating, readies going cold, impatient (hungry) eaters … you can swerve all of the headache and heartache with an oven-baked version. They may not be book-for-brunch quality … but they’re a fabulous way to ensure that everyone eats at the same time. Additionally, you’re at home: pyjamas and messy hair allowed.