Vegan Pancakes Recipe - The BEST Fluffy Pancakes! (2024)

How to make the best fluffy vegan pancakes, with just a few simple ingredients and endless flavor possibilities!

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Easy healthy vegan pancakes

If you like soft and fluffy diner style pancakes, this is the pancake recipe to try.

It yields super thick and buttery pancakes, with no flax seeds, no Bisquick or expensive commercial egg replacer, and no unusual ingredients required.

In fact, you might already have everything in your kitchen pantry needed to make these pancakes right now!

Also be sure to try this Vegan French Toast

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The trick to pancakes without eggs

The simple secret to making pancakes with no eggs whatsoever? Just add a little vinegar to your pancake batter.

Seriously, that is all you need, with no applesauce or flax eggs required.

Vinegar will react with the baking soda, making the pancake batter bubble up and causing the pancakes to rise as they cook.

Even if you are not a vegan or vegetarian, this is a fantastic plant based recipe to keep on hand for any time you may run out of eggs or buttermilk in the fridge.

If you have ever tried a vegan pancake recipe that turned out flat, gummy, or disappointingly unlike the soft and fluffy homemade pancakes you remember from your childhood, this recipe will completely change your idea of vegan pancakes.

Because they are made with simple basic ingredients, non vegans love these homemade breakfast pancakes too.

They taste like regular pancakes because they are regular pancakes. It is like having vegan IHOP pancakes right in your kitchen!

Vegans also love Vegan Brownies or Vegan Cheesecake

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Five vegan pancake recipes

Chocolate Chip Pancakes: Add a handful of mini size or regular dairy free chocolate chips to the batter before stirring. Obviously I am partial to this flavor.

Strawberry Shortcake: Top your finished pancakes with Coconut Whipped Cream and strawberry jam. It tastes like eating homemade strawberry shortcake for breakfast!

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes: Press a few fresh berries into each pancake right after they go on the skillet. Top with pure maple syrup or powdered sugar if desired.

Use up leftover blueberries in these Healthy Blueberry Muffins.

Vegan Banana Pancakes: Replace half a cup of the milk in the recipe below with ripe mashed banana. Add a pinch of ground cinnamon along with the dry ingredients.

Pumpkin Pie Pancakes: Swap out half a cup of the milk with pumpkin puree, and add a fourth teaspoon of cinnamon and a pinch of pumpkin pie spice.

And of course there’s always the classic pancake toppings: maple syrup and butter. Use your favorite vegan butter, or spread on some Coconut Butter or peanut butter.

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Ingredients for fluffy vegan pancakes

If you have flour, baking soda, vinegar, salt, and baking powder, you already own everything you need to make this easy pancake recipe.

Choose spelt flour, white flour, oat flour, or some brands of all purpose gluten free flour. I’ve not tried making the recipe with buckwheat or whole wheat flour yet and do not recommend using coconut flour.

I also have not tried substituting almond flour or almond meal for flourless pancakes. However there is a low carb and keto pancake recipe included in the recipe box below, for those who want keto vegan pancakes.

Stir in the optional rolled oats to make vegan oatmeal pancakes. Or go with oat flour or gluten free all purpose to create gluten free pancakes.

Please be sure to report back if you experiment with other flours.

The recipe works with almost any milk of choice, such as almond milk, oat milk, soy milk, or coconut milk. Or you can use water instead.

If you want savory or sugar free pancakes, feel free to omit the sugar.

For a healthy breakfast that tastes like a decadent dessert, try topping the egg free pancakes with a scoop of nondairy Banana Ice Cream or Coconut Ice Cream.

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How to make the best vegan pancakes

Combine all of the dry ingredients in one bowl, and stir well.

Mix in the liquid ingredients to achieve a thick pancake batter. For best results, be sure not to overmix.

If you want extra fluffy pancakes, let the batter sit for about ten to fifteen minutes to thicken. For those in a rush, this step is not required.

Depending on the flour you use, more liquid may be needed. Slowly add more dairy free milk or water until your desired pancake batter thickness is reached.

Grease a nonstick skillet or pancake griddle, and turn on the heat to medium.

You can test to see if the pan is hot by adding a drop of water. If the water sizzles, the pan is ready and you can start cooking your pancakes.

Drop small ladles of batter onto the skillet, and gently press down. Smaller pancakes will cook more evenly and avoid burnt edges with undercooked middles.

If adding fresh berries, chopped or sliced banana, or chocolate chips, sprinkle or press them into the pancakes at this time.

Flip the pancakes with a spatula when the edges begin to look dry. Cook for an additional minute or two before removing from the griddle.

Re-grease the skillet after each set of pancakes to they will not stick to the pan.

Note: You can also turn the pancakes into Vegan Waffles.

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Dairy free pancake storage tips

To save time in the morning, you can make up the batter the night before if you wish. Refrigerate the batter in a covered bowl until ready to use.

If there are any leftover vegan pancakes, let them cool.

Then stack the pancakes in an airtight lidded container with a layer of wax paper or parchment paper between each pancake.

Leftovers should keep in the refrigerator for around three to four days.

Or freeze the pancakes for up to two months, once again with parchment or wax paper in between each layer to prevent the pancakes from sticking to each other.

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Vegan Pancakes

The easy recipe for how to make the best vegan pancakes that non vegans love too!

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Prep Time 10 minutes minutes

Cook Time 10 minutes minutes

Total Time 20 minutes minutes

Yield 8 – 12 pancakes

5 from 96 votes


  • 1 cup flour (or try theseKeto Pancakes)
  • 6 tbsp rolled oats or 1/4 cup additional flour
  • 2 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/8 tsp baking soda
  • scant 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3/4 cup milk of choice or water (or more as needed)
  • 2 tsp white vinegar or cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp oil or nut butter, or omit for fat-free
  • 2 tbsp sugar or sweetener of choice (can omit for savory)


  • The recipe works with spelt, white, gluten free all purpose, or oat flour. Feel free to experiment with other flours, and be sure to report back with results if you do!

    To make vegan pancakes, stir dry ingredients in a bowl, then stir in remaining ingredients. For extra fluffy pancakes, let the batter sit 10 minutes to thicken. Or if thinner pancakes are desired, you can skip that step and add more liquid to thin out the batter. Some flours will need more water than others, so add more until you achieve a pancake batter. (If you accidentally add too much liquid and the batter gets too thin, cook them anyway and they become crepes!)

    Grease a nonstick skillet well and heat on medium. When the pan is hot (test by adding a drop of water – the pan is ready if it sizzles), drop small ladles of batter and press down. Don’t make the pancakes too big, or they’ll be done on the edges before the centers cook. If desired, press a few berries or banana slices into each pancake, or sprinkle on some chocolate chips. Using a spatula, flip when edges begin to look dry. Let them cook for an additional minute or so before removing from the heat. Re-grease the skillet after each set of pancakes, to prevent sticking. To save time in the morning, you can make up the batter the night before if you wish and refrigerate in a covered bowl. Or leftover pancakes can be frozen to thaw and enjoy at another time.

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What is the trick to fluffy pancakes? ›

5 Tips for Fluffier Pancakes
  1. Allow the Batter to Rest. A good rule of thumb when you're wondering how to make fluffy pancakes is to let the batter rest. ...
  2. Beat the Egg Whites. Separate your yolk from the egg white then beat to create a fluffy pancake. ...
  3. Don't Over Mix! ...
  4. Wait for the Bubbles. ...
  5. Follow a Good Recipe.
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What makes pancakes fluffy and rise? ›

Pancakes and waffles typically both contain baking soda, which causes them to rise. As soon as the baking soda is combined with the wet ingredients (which contain an acidic ingredient, like often buttermilk), it starts producing carbon dioxide gas bubbles that cause the batter to rise.

What makes fluffier pancakes milk or water? ›

These two ingredients are key. They work together to keep the batter light and airy, creating fluffier pancakes. Milk. Milk helps make pancakes fluffier than water.

Is baking soda or powder better for fluffy pancakes? ›

Adding baking powder is the easiest way to make fluffy pancakes. There's more than one way to make the bubbles that make a pancake fluffy, but the easiest way is by adding a raising agent such as baking powder.

What does an extra egg do to pancakes? ›

Eggs are a crucial ingredient. They provide the cakes with the structure to hold light bubbles. Eggs also give the batter additional, richer flavor from the yolk fat. If you add too many eggs, you'll have “pancakes” that look more like custard or crepes.

What is the most important ingredient in pancakes? ›

Flour is the main ingredient to any pancake. It provides the structure. Different types of flours alter the structure because some flours absorb more moisture or create more gluten (which binds the structure together) than others.

Does adding more baking powder make pancakes fluffier? ›

Baking powder (double acting) provides two rises: The first occurs when the baking powder comes into contact with a liquid, the second when it's exposed to heat. Too much baking powder will create a very puffy pancake with a chalky taste, while too little will make it flat and limp.

Why are my homemade pancakes not fluffy? ›

How you handle the batter makes a difference. If you beat it until it is smooth, your pancakes won't be as fluffy. Pancake batter should be mixed until it still has a few lumps in it. Then it needs to stand for about 15 minutes, to ensure that the flour is fully hydrated.

What can I add to pancake mix to make it better? ›

Some mixes already have flavors added to them, but a little more spice never hurt anyone. I like to add a dash of cinnamon, nutmeg, and/or vanilla extract to give it more depth in flavor. You can even add a dash of cocoa powder for some chocolate pancakes!

Should I add eggs to pancake mix? ›

Add an Egg

Even if your pancake mix doesn't call for an egg, mix one into the batter. The egg will add richness to the recipe and make the end result taste like homemade pancakes. If your pancake mix already calls for an egg, try adding an extra one.

What not to do when making pancakes? ›

Don't let the lumps fool you into overmixing!
  1. You ignore the heat during cooking. If you are not using an electric skillet, you must pay attention to the heat when you start cooking the pancakes. ...
  2. You've been using the wrong pan. ...
  3. You flip your pancakes too soon. ...
  4. You don't fully preheat your pan.

Should you let pancake batter rest? ›

Q – Should I make my batter in advance? A – Ideally make your batter and let it rest for about 30 minutes before cooking. This allows the flour to absorb the liquid, making the pancakes lighter and fluffier.

What makes restaurant pancakes taste so good? ›

Restaurants tend to use real, farm-fresh eggs and real milk when making their pancakes, which as you might guess, adds to a richer, higher-quality eating experience.

What makes pancakes light instead of dense? ›

Too much egg, however, will make the pancake dense and custard-like; not enough will make it drier and more biscuit-like. Baking powder and baking soda are the chemical leaveners typically used in pancakes. They are responsible for the bubbles in the batter, and for making the cakes light and fluffy.

Why are my pancakes not light and fluffy? ›

Flat pancakes are nearly always because of expired baking powder, too little baking powder for the recipe size, or too thin of a batter. How to fix flat pancakes: First, test your baking powder by adding a teaspoon of baking powder in a glass and adding a tablespoon of water or two.

Is it better to add milk or water to pancake mix? ›

Pancake lovers' biggest complaint when adding water instead of milk is that the flavor seems to change. Pancakes aren't as richly flavored with water. There are a few ways to improve your batter when you've used water, including: Add extra butter.

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