Vegan Pancakes

By Rena Awada | Updated On January 23, 2023

These easy Vegan Pancakes will turn out perfect every time! They’re made with wholesome ingredients, yet they’re every bit as fluffy and delicious as traditional pancakes. Serve with fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup for the best breakfast treat!

Stack of vegan pancakes topped with maple syrup and fresh fruit.

Is there anything better than a giant stack of Vegan Pancakes fresh off the griddle? Serve with a cup of hazelnut coffee, and you have the perfect way to start a weekend. Don’t you agree?

This vegan pancake recipe creates a light, airy batter that makes fluffy pancakes that are super tender and taste amazing. The ingredients needed are simple and nutritious and the recipe is so easy to make.

Why you should make this recipe

  • Great for meal prep: We love to make an extra batch of these on Sunday to eat throughout the week. Just cook, cool, and store in the refrigerator or freezer until you’re ready to enjoy.
  • Incredibly scrumptious: These turn out so fluffy, and tender and melt in your mouth delicious!
  • Quick + easy to make: Very little hands-on time is needed to make and cook these. Stir the pancake batter ingredients together in one bowl, cook, and dig in. Ready in less than 30 minutes!
  • Kid-friendly: These are not only loved by adults but kids love them too! And they’ll never guess that they’re eating a healthy breakfast.
Pancakes on a white plate with fresh fruit.

Ingredients needed

This easy vegan pancake recipe uses simple, healthy ingredients that you most likely already have in your kitchen. They’re also perfect for customizing with all of your favorite toppings. Here’s everything you’ll need:

  • Flax meal + water: This mixture helps to bind the ingredients together like an egg would in regular pancakes! 
  • Flour + oats: The base of the recipe. We’re using a combination of whole wheat flour and oats to keep these nutritious and satisfying.
  • Baking essentials: You’ll need some vanilla extract for flavor, a pinch of salt to pull the flavors together and baking powder and baking soda to help the pancakes rise.
  • Coconut yogurt: Adding yogurt to pancake batter helps to thicken it up, but still leaves you with the lightest pancakes. If you’re not concerned with keeping these vegan, you can substitute them with Greek yogurt for added protein.
  • Toppings: These are so good served with plenty of fresh fruit! We love an assortment of berries, mango, and sliced banana. And don’t forget the maple syrup!
Ingredients divided into portions for making a vegan pancake recipe.

How to make this recipe

These vegan pancakes are quick and easy to whip up! Here’s the simple method:

See the full, printable recipe card at the bottom of the page.

  1. Make the flax egg: Start by mixing the flax meal with 3 tablespoons of water. Set aside.
  2. Whisk dry ingredients: In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
  3. Stir in the wet ingredients: Add the coconut yogurt and vanilla extract, together with the flax egg. Mix until no visible lumps.
  1. Cook: Preheat a non-stick pan over medium heat and spray with cooking oil spray. Use a 1/4 cup to scoop the pancake batter into the preheated pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until golden and dry, then flip and continue to cook for a minute more.
  2. Serve: Enjoy the pancakes with fresh fruit and any other toppings you prefer.

Expert Tips

  • Don’t pat down the pancakes: Be sure not to use your flipping spatula to pat down on the pancakes while they cook. This will squish out the air pockets and won’t result in the fluffy texture we want.
  • Only flip once: You can tell these are ready to flip when the edges begin to look set and the bubbles in the batter begin to burst. At this point, you should easily be able to flip a spatula underneath to gently lift up an edge and take a peek: look for a golden brown color!
  • Keep warm: Place the cooked pancakes on a baking sheet in a 200-degree F oven to keep them warm while you wait for the rest of the batch to cook.
Pancakes on a white plate with fresh fruit.

Frequently asked questions

What is a vegan substitute for eggs in pancakes?

To substitute the egg that we would use in traditional pancakes, we’re mixing a flax meal with water to create a flax ‘egg’. Fruit purees, like applesauce or mashed bananas, can also be a substitute for eggs and for oil, since they add moisture and help bind the ingredients. Instead of the flax egg, try adding ¼ cup applesauce to replace 1 egg in pancakes.

Are whole wheat pancakes healthy?

These are made with nutrient-rich ingredients and are much healthier than traditional pancakes. Whole wheat flour, like all whole grains, is a good source of carbohydrates, which provide energy. Whole grains are also a good source of soluble and insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber dissolves in water in your digestive system. It helps slow the absorption of sugar into your blood and can lower cholesterol.

Do you cook pancakes on high or low heat?

It’s best to cook pancakes over medium heat for even cooking. If your pancakes seem to be browning too fast, simply reduce the temp to medium-low, so that they don’t burn. 

side shot of stacks of pancake topped with fruits

Storage recommendations

Store any leftover vegan pancakes in an airtight container or resealable bag in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months.

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A stack of fluffy whole wheat pancakes topped with fruit.

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Vegan Pancakes

These easy Vegan Pancakes will turn out perfect every time! They’re made with wholesome ingredients, yet they’re every bit as fluffy and delicious as traditional pancakes. Serve with fresh fruit and a drizzle of maple syrup for the best breakfast treat!
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Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet: Vegan
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 2 servings
Calories: 461kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp flax meal
  • 3 tbsp coconut water or plain water
  • 1 cup whole wheat flour
  • 1/2 cup old-fashioned oats
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • A pinch of fine salt
  • 2 cups coconut yogurt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • Coconut oil cooking spray
  • OPTIONAL TO SERVE: fresh berries, bananas, mango, passion fruit, etc

Instructions

  • Start by mixing the flax meal with 3 tablespoons of water. Set aside.
  • In a mixing bowl, combine the flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • Add the coconut yogurt and vanilla extract, together with the flax egg. Mix until no visible lumps.
  • Preheat a non-stick pan over medium heat and spray with cooking oil spray. Use a 1/4 cup to scoop the pancake batter into the preheated pan. Cook for 2-3 minutes, or until golden and dry, then flip and continue to cook for a minute more.
  • Serve the pancakes with fresh fruit and enjoy.

Notes

Store leftover pancakes in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to about 5 days, or in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 461kcal | Carbohydrates: 76g | Protein: 24g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 15mg | Sodium: 767mg | Potassium: 896mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 18g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 665mg | Iron: 4mg
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