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Brunch is the best meal. Lazy weekends, sleeping in, and eating the best breakfast foods later than we should, with people we love. What could be better than that?
Of course, no brunch would be complete without a stack of light, fluffy pancakes drenched in maple syrup.
In the PVT (pre-vegan times), I cooked pancakes a lot. Like a couple times a week. I would eat them with lots of fruit to make them "healthy" 🙈. Once I became vegan, I tried some pancake recipes that were okay, but none of them were so good that I thought, "I have to make this again!"
So I went on a mission. I started trying any pancake recipe I could find, but nothing lived up to my expectations. Then, I took my old (non-vegan) recipe, and started making some changes to vegan-ize it. The results were amazing! The pancakes were light and fluffy, with the perfect texture and buttery flavor. I can't keep something this good to myself. So please make this recipe, enjoy it, and share it with your brunch partners!
This recipe makes 4-5 large pancakes or 6-7 medium pancakes (serves 2-3 people). You can always double the amounts if you need more!
Yield6 medium pancakes
Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time25 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
In a small bowl or cup, mix the ground flaxseed with the water and stir well. Set it aside for a few minutes to allow it to thicken.
Pour the almond milk and the vinegar into a bowl or measuring cup. Stir it well so it's evenly mixed (this allows the vinegar to curdle the almond milk and give it a consistency and flavor closer to buttermilk).
In a large mixing bowl, add in the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt, and mix well.
Pre-heat a large non-stick pan on the stove over medium heat. The temperature of the pan is important, and not all stoves will heat "medium" to the same temperature. You can check by splashing some water onto the pan. It should bubble and evaporate within a few seconds. If the water splashes around violently and evaporates right away, your pan is too hot. But if it takes more than 10 seconds or so for the water to evaporate, your pan is too cool.
Add the oil, vanilla, and flax mixture to the milk mixture, and mix well.
Pour the wet mixture into the flour mixture and stir until everything's well combined. Don't stir too much, it's okay if there are some small lumps in the batter.
When your pan is at the right temperature, add some oil and turn the pan a bit to coat it with the oil.
Using a ladle or large spoon, pour some of the pancake batter onto the pan. The amount you use depends on how large you'd like the pancakes to be.
If you'd like to add blueberries (or whatever else) to your pancakes, you can drop them on top at this stage, and push them down a bit into the batter. I don't recommend mixing them into the batter before this point. (Trust me, I've made that mistake!)
When the pancake starts bubbling on the top (after about 2 minutes or so), it is ready to be flipped. You can double check by using a spatula to lift the edge of the pancake and check the color of the pancake. It should be a nice golden brown. If not, give it another 30 seconds or a minute. When it's ready, carefully flip it using the spatula.
After another 2 minutes or so, check the pancake and remove it from the stove when it's ready. Add more oil before cooking another pancake.
All-purpose flour works, but use cake flour for lighter and fluffier pancakes!
For the sugar, use a granulated type. Raw sugar such as turbinado sugar is fine, but check that it's vegan. Not all sugars are vegan!
When you cook your first pancake in a batch, it might come out looking a little weird. That's normal. Typically the rest of the pancakes will come out much better than the first one!
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