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Are Pancakes Vegan? Nutrition Experts Guide To Vegan Pancakes In 2024

Donald Romeo

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Medically reviewed by Chelsea Rae Bourgeois, MS, RDN, LD

are pancakes vegan
Discover vegan pancakes, their ingredients, and how to make them diet-friendly. Photo: Ba Le Ho

Pancakes with maple syrup and fresh berries for breakfast? Yum! But wait, are pancakes vegan? That’s a question that might have crossed your mind. The answer is not as simple as it seems. 

You can make a vegan pancake, but traditional pancake recipes might have some non-vegan surprises. If you’re rocking a vegan diet or just trying out new vegan food for breakfast, you’ll want to know what’s going into those fluffy stacks. 

Don’t worry; this guide’s here to help you out. We’ll cover what’s in packaged pancake mixes and how to make your own vegan pancakes without skimping on that fluffy texture.

Are Pancakes Vegan-Friendly?

It depends. Pancakes can be either vegan or non-vegan. Traditional pancakes and pancake mix ingredients often contain non-vegan ingredients like eggs and dairy milk. Vegan-friendly pancakes are made by substituting these ingredients with plant-based alternatives like flaxseed, banana, commercial egg replacers, and almond or soy milk. Many stores also offer vegan pancake mixes.

Can Vegans Eat Pancakes?

Can vegans eat pancakes? Yes, they can! But traditional pancakes? They’re usually packed with eggs and milk, which are no-nos for vegans. That doesn’t mean you have to miss out on pancake goodness, though.

Feeling adventurous in the kitchen? You can whip up your own vegan pancake breakfast in no time. Swap the regular milk for plant-based nut milk like almond or oat milk. As for the eggs, try using mashed bananas or other shop-bought egg replacers.[1]

So, fellow pancake lovers, don’t let the vegan label scare you. With a sprinkle of creativity and a dash of know-how, you can feast on 100% vegan and 100% delicious pancakes. Whether cooking up a storm or grabbing something ready-made, vegan pancakes are on the menu.

Reasons Most Pancakes Are Not Vegan

Pancake batter is traditionally made with non-vegan ingredients[2] eggs and dairy milk. Eggs, used for binding, and milk, which adds richness, are staples in conventional pancake recipes, making them a no-go for vegans. The pancake batter might then be fried in butter or lard. 

The challenge? Finding vegan alternatives that don’t sacrifice the beloved pancake texture and flavor. But don’t fret! Research has shown that plant-based solutions are more than up to the task. 

What Are Pancakes?

Pancakes are those delightful flat, round cakes that sizzle to perfection on a griddle or frying pan. Made from a simple mix of flour, eggs, milk, and baking powder — or baking soda — they’re a breakfast and brunch food favorite.

But pancakes aren’t just about syrup and butter; they’re a culinary canvas! From fruits to savory delights, the topping possibilities are endless. 

And they’re not just for the traditional eaters among us. Vegans can join the pancake party too! Swap out those animal-derived ingredients for plant-based ones, and you’re in business. 

Want to make them even healthier? Toss in some fruits and veggies, vitamins and minerals, or other nutritious goodies, and you’ve turned a simple breakfast treat into a wholesome meal.

Pancakes Ingredients

Oh, that’s a list we all know: flour, eggs, milk, baking powder, a pinch of salt, and maybe a sprinkle of sugar. But what if you’re living a vegan lifestyle? No worries, you can still flip those pancakes! Eggs? Swap them out for mashed bananas or a handy commercial egg replacer. 

Dairy milk? Almond, soy, or other plant-based milk has got you covered. And don’t think you have to give up that buttery frying experience. Vegan margarine or oil will do the trick. 

Pancakes are usually made with wheat flour but you can use spelt flour or make a gluten-free pancake mix with a flour alternative such as almond flour. For an extra health kick, try adding some green powders

The secret to vegan pancakes isn’t about giving up taste or texture. It’s about finding the right balance with quality vegan substitutes.[3]

How Are Pancakes Made?

To make pancakes, mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients separately. Then mix them together to create a smooth, pourable batter. Spoon it onto a sizzling griddle or pan, watch for those tell-tale bubbles, and give it a flip to cook the other side. Easy, right?

Here is a recipe I created a couple of years back to satisfy my pancake desires.

VEGAN BLUEBERRY BLISS PANCAKES

Start-to-finish time: 30 minutes.

Prep time: 15 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour.
  • 2 tablespoons sugar.
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder.
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt.
  • 1 cup almond milk.
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil. 
  • One ripe mashed banana. 
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract.
  • 1/2 cup fresh blueberries.

Instructions

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and any optional green powders if desired.
  2. In another bowl, combine the almond milk, vegetable oil, mashed banana, and vanilla.
  3. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir until combined. Gently fold in the blueberries.
  4. In a large pan, heat a little vegetable oil, coconut oil, or vegan butter over medium heat.
  5. Ladle the batter onto the melted vegan butter or hot oil in the pan, using about 1/4 cup for each pancake.
  6. Cook until bubbles form on the surface, then flip and cook until golden brown on the other side.
  7. Serve hot with your favorite sweet toppings such as banana slices, fresh berries, maple syrup, or a sprinkling of brown sugar.

Enjoy your batch of Vegan Blueberry Bliss Pancakes as a delightful breakfast treat or a satisfying brunch. They’re not just vegan – they’re a taste of pancake heaven!

(Note: Recipe adapted from personal experimentation and vegan cooking principles.)

How To Make Sure Your Pancakes Are Vegan

Making sure your pancakes are vegan is all about being a kitchen detective.

If you’re buying ready-made pancake mixes, check the labels carefully. Many pancake mixes contain non-vegan ingredients such as dairy milk powder. Know your common non-vegan culprits like eggs and dairy, and have your trusted vegan substitutes ready. 

Many pancake mixes tell you to add your own eggs and milk. You can switch these up for vegan alternatives. Aquafaba[4] from chickpeas, for example, can be a promising alternative to eggs. Plant-based milk[5] like soy, almond, or coconut milk can replace cow’s milk.

If you want to play it safe, look for certified vegan products or tried-and-true vegan recipes. 

The Bottom Line

So, can vegans eat pancakes? You bet they can! Whether whipping up your vegan pancake batter or grabbing one of those handy vegan pancake mixes, the world of delicious pancakes is wide open to the vegan diet. 

There are plenty of vegan alternative ingredients to use in place of traditional ingredients like eggs and milk. Whether you’re a seasoned vegan or just dipping your toes into the world of non-dairy milk and vegan pancake mix, there’s a stack of pancakes with your name on it.

It’s all within reach, from blueberry pancakes to chocolate chip delights, from easy vegan pancakes to the best vegan pancakes you’ve ever tasted. So grab that frying pan, melt some cocoa butter, and let’s make vegan pancakes a delicious meal to remember.

Not in the mood to cook? Some vegan meal delivery services will bring vegan pancakes right to your door. And if you’re rushing out the door, grab a vegan meal replacement bar instead. Breakfast solved!

Frequently Asked Questions

Are pancakes considered vegan?

Pancakes can be vegan, but traditional recipes often contain non-vegan ingredients like eggs, milk, and butter. Vegan versions use plant-based substitutes.

What makes pancakes not vegan?

Traditional pancakes are not vegan due to ingredients like eggs, dairy milk, and butter.

Do pancakes contain eggs?

Yes, traditional pancake recipes usually contain eggs, but vegan alternatives can replace them.


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Donald Romeo

Medically reviewed by:

Chelsea Rae Bourgeois

Donald Romeo is a highly skilled health and wellness writer and a dedicated nutritional researcher. His expertise unravels the intricate connections between nutrition, holistic health, and well-being. With an astute understanding of nutritional science and a talent for translating complex concepts into accessible content, Donald brings valuable insights to his readers. He is committed to empowering individuals by providing practical and evidence-based advice to support their wellness journey. Through his engaging articles, Donald inspires readers to make informed choices, adopt healthier habits, and embrace a holistic approach to their overall vitality.

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