My Favorite Pancakes

December 28, 2011

in Breakfast


I am typically not a big breakfast food person, which is a little surprising considering muffins, scones, and French toast are basically slightly toned down desserts. And if you read a couple of my posts, it’s clear I have a raging sweet tooth.


Most mornings, I’ll make a fruit smoothie or some fresh juice, and sometimes I’ll even eat leftovers from the night before. Case in point – yesterday morning I ate baked tofu and roasted brussels sprouts…for breakfast. I realize that’s totally weird, but the thought of eating something sweet, like oatmeal or even toast with cookie butter sunflower seed butter, was making me nauseas. It’s safe to say I’ve had my fill of cookies this last week.


However, Aaron and I both have the week off, and I woke up actually wanting pancakes this morning. There’s just something about pancakes on a random weekday that feels extra special. It could also be that I’m having cookie withdrawals, and pancakes acted as a nice transition back to my regular eating. I think the maple syrup helped aid my sugar hangover. Either that, or it prolonged the detox. I can’t be sure.


I love this recipe because it’s a little bit healthy (whole wheat flour, very little oil), but still produces slightly-sweet, fluffy pancakes. It’s also vegan, and while I typically use a flax egg because I like the flavor, I think a chia egg would work well too. These would be wonderful topped with cookie butter, assuming you haven’t subsisted on massive amounts of cookies for the past three days. Instead, I topped mine with some almonds, banana slices, a touch of powdered sugar (mostly because it’s pretty), and, of course, a little maple syrup.


My Favorite Vegan Pancakes
Recipe type: Breakfast
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Serves: 12 small/medium pancakes
  • 1 C. Whole Wheat Flour
  • ½ C. All-Purpose Flour
  • 3 Tsp. Baking Powder
  • 1 Tsp. Sea Salt
  • 1½ C. Non-Dairy Milk (I used unsweetened almond milk)
  • ½ Tsp. Vanilla
  • 1 Flax Egg (1 Tbs. Ground Flax Seeds, 3 Tbs. Water)
  • 1 Tsp. Canola Oil
  • Non-Stick Cooking Spray
  1. Prepare your flax egg by combining 1 Tbs. ground flax and 3 Tbs. water. Set aside for 3-5 minutes, and allow to thicken.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, sift flours, baking powder and salt.
  3. Add non-dairy milk, vanilla, canola, and flax egg and mix until just combined.
  4. Heat a large frying pan over medium heat.
  5. Lightly spray pan with cooking spray and pour pancake batter onto pan. Cook 1-2 minutes per side.
  6. Plate with your favorite toppings and enjoy!
This batter will be a little on the thick side, so feel free to add a touch more non-dairy milk to achieve your desired consistency.

Are you a breakfast food person, or do you prefer lunch or dinner foods? Is anyone else totally sick of cookies right now?

Like I said, I can’t even stand to look at a cookie, but give me a day or two, and I’m sure I’ll be dreaming about chewy chocolate chip fig cookies. Right now though, just typing “chewy chocolate chip cookies” made my stomach turn a little.

{ 47 comments… read them below or add one }

Kris | December 28, 2011 at 4:08 pm

I friggin LOVE pancakes!! What a fab recipe. Ahhh I feel that when you have time off you want to reach for more of a decadent breakfast :) When I started running a business from home I had to remind myself that I can’t live “vacation mode” everyday…or I’d be fat ;)

Love your recipes doll!!


Amanda December 28, 2011 at 4:15 pm

Yes, working from home presents a new set of challenges when it comes to food. Constant access to the fridge is a definite struggle!


Cait's Plate December 28, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Oh my. Those look AWESOME! I’m definitely bookmarking this to try!


Amanda December 28, 2011 at 6:44 pm

Thanks, Cait! :)


Lindsey December 28, 2011 at 5:50 pm

Breakfast is my favorite meal of the day, and I like sweet breakfasts for sure. I am WAY over cookies right now too! But I think it will only last a week and the craving will be back ;)


Amanda December 28, 2011 at 6:49 pm

Yeah, I’ll be lucky if my cookie hiatus lasts through New Year’s. ;)


Gina @ running to the kitchen December 28, 2011 at 9:05 pm at least for the week. ;)
I actually love breakfast. I can’t do big meals when I wake up but give me an hour and I’m ready for a feast. Pancakes are my favorite weekend treat, usually because during the week I like to sleep as late as possible and then never leave enough time for them before I need to be working.


Amanda December 28, 2011 at 11:26 pm

I’m the same way – I can’t stomach more than a piece of toast first thing in the morning. And even then, I sometimes feel like I have to choke it down. I also typically give myself about 2 minutes to make breakfast on workdays, which is why I drink smoothie’s about 90% of the time.


Maureen December 29, 2011 at 1:28 am

I prefer to eat dinner foods, but I LOVE to make big breakfasts…eggs, pancakes, bacon, cinnamon rolls, biscuits & gravy…love it all!!


Amanda December 29, 2011 at 1:43 am

Oooh, cinnamon rolls. Perhaps when my cookie-coma wears off, I’ll make some…;)


Elina (Healthy and Sane) January 1, 2012 at 6:23 pm

These look fabulous. I’m always looking for great healthy breakfast recipes and sweet breakfast is right up my alley :)
Happy 2012! :D


Amanda January 1, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Happy 2012 to you too! :)


Russell at Chasing Delicious February 15, 2012 at 1:43 am

Mmm. This pancake recipe looks scrumptious! I’m going to try this for breakfast soon.


Amanda February 15, 2012 at 3:29 am

Thanks, Russell! I just clicked over to your site – it’s beautiful! I can’t wait to check out your recipes. :)


Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga February 15, 2012 at 3:05 am

Just saw these on FG today. Congrats and they look amazing!


Amanda February 15, 2012 at 3:28 am

Thanks, Averie! I was so excited that FG accepted my photo!


beti February 17, 2012 at 5:12 am

they might become my favorites as well


Amanda February 17, 2012 at 2:08 pm

Thanks, Beti!


Jean-Marie February 18, 2012 at 4:17 pm

Love these pancakes! So good! I am so bookmarking your site:)


Amanda February 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

Thanks, Jean-Marie! :)


Ilan (IronWhisk Blog) February 20, 2012 at 11:51 pm

Those look so good! :)


Amanda February 21, 2012 at 12:54 am

Thanks, Ilan!


Marta @ I love breakfasts! February 21, 2012 at 10:06 pm

The only think more I’d need is a liquid chocolate!


Amanda February 21, 2012 at 10:39 pm
Kathy February 23, 2012 at 11:47 am

These are now my favorite pancakes as well. I’m trying to memorize the recipe now :D :D They beat any of the other pancakes I have ever eaten, my own and restaurant made!


Amanda February 23, 2012 at 12:55 pm

Awesome!!! That’s so great to hear!


Casey March 2, 2012 at 5:19 am

These look so yummy. I think I’m going to post my vegan banana pancakes soon. I shall try these though!!


Amanda March 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm

Thanks, Casey! I could go for some vegan banana pancakes… :)


Kat May 14, 2012 at 5:08 am

Just made the pancakes. Delicious! Loved them! Thank you!


Amanda May 14, 2012 at 11:00 am

I’m so glad you liked them! :)


Antonio Cuneio June 11, 2012 at 7:23 am

My best special veggie recipe is avocados with raspberry vinaigrette. In these days i cooked for my 5 guests. They really like my vegan meals.


Amanda June 11, 2012 at 12:30 pm

That sounds delicious! And props to you for cooking for 5 guests – that’s awesome that they’re enjoying your vegan meals. :)


Sera June 17, 2012 at 9:28 am

I just made these this morning (I added blueberries in the batter) and they are the best I’ve ever had! I love that there’s no sugar in the recipe like many other that I looked up. I’m going to share this recipe with my sister since we are both vegan.
Thanks for this delicious recipe :)


Amanda June 17, 2012 at 1:00 pm

Thanks, Sera! I’m so glad you enjoyed them!


Genevieve July 4, 2012 at 6:11 am

These are unbelievable! I have been trying to wean my kids off the store bought mixes with no success….. Until now!! These are so tasty! Never mind the vegan recipe, which as a new vegan, is totally wonderful, this is the best recipe. Period. Thanks again!


Amanda July 4, 2012 at 10:49 am

Thanks for the positive feedback, Genevieve! I’m so glad your family enjoyed the pancakes! It’s my go-to recipe, and it works really well as the base for different add-ins and types of flours.


Alexa July 4, 2012 at 4:04 pm

These came out amazing! Added a scoop of chocolate sun warrior protein powder, upped the milk a bit, and threw in some hemp seeds and blueberries. PERFECT recipe!


Amanda July 4, 2012 at 8:06 pm

Yum! I will have to try adding protein powder and hemp seeds next time – great idea to give them a little extra staying power!


Sherry (BTLover2) September 2, 2012 at 9:26 am

Go make these! Just made them and they are absolutely delicious! After I poured each pancake, I tossed some frozen blueberries on them and let them cook. So very good — really didn’t even need syrup. This recipe is a keeper!! Thank you.


Amanda September 2, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Thanks for commenting, Sherry! I’m so happy you liked them. I’m also a big fan of adding frozen blueberries – and you’re right, no syrup necessary. :)


Madeline September 15, 2012 at 1:26 pm

This is the best pancake recipe! I use it all of the time. Thanks!


Amanda September 15, 2012 at 1:49 pm

I’m so happy to hear that!! Thanks for taking the time to comment. :)


Spencer November 30, 2012 at 10:34 am

THANK YOU! These turned out fluffy and did not fall apart at all! Just like pancakes with eggs and buttermilk! But half way through making the batter I realized I was all out of flax powder so I used chia seeds with water and it turned out perfect!


Amanda November 30, 2012 at 10:41 am

Good idea to use chia seeds instead! I’m so happy to hear that you had pancake success! :)


Ceil Tulloch February 19, 2013 at 2:59 pm

Hi Amanda:

Thanks bunches for sharing this recipe with me. All the ingredients are available, so I look forward to trying your fave pancake recipe soon. Will drop you a line when I do. :)

Keep well!


Madeline September 9, 2013 at 10:23 am

this is the recipe I go back to every time I need to make pancakes. they are perfect!!! thank you so much.


Amanda September 9, 2013 at 12:17 pm

That is so great to hear, Madeline! Thanks for taking the time to comment, and enjoy the pancakes!


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