A stack of fluffy vegan pancakes is the perfect way to start the weekend! Top these with warm maple syrup and enjoy a comforting breakfast.
Is there anything better than a pancake breakfast on a Saturday morning? Yes, there is…a vegan pancake breakfast.
We make pancakes regularly here, but we were in the mood for something different, so vegan banana pancakes made an appearance on the menu.
All it took was defrosting an overripe banana from the freezer, adding it to the batter, and we had a nice stack of egg free pancakes for breakfast.
You might wonder if the very ripe banana would make the batter too heavy, but these vegan banana pancakes were very light and fluffy. They had just the right amount of banana flavor – it was there, but not overpowering. Both of my boys loved these, so I’ll be making them again soon.
To make sure that these easy banana pancakes get done in the middle, you want to cook them low and slow – keep the heat on low. I know it’s hard to do when you want your pancakes in a hurry! But it’s necessary.
I have an electric range so I kept the burner set at about 3 or 4. They take a little longer to cook, but they turn out perfectly golden brown and tender.
What makes this batter fluffy?
A good amount of baking powder allows this batter to puff up nicely. You might think that there is too much baking powder, but yes, one and a half tablespoons is the correct amount.
See the photo above? The batter should be that puffy. After you stir it, allow it to rise for about five minutes.
Can you make this vegan pancake batter ahead of time?
No, the baking powder in this batter allows it to puff way up, and if you try to make it too far ahead of time, it will deflate.
Can you freeze these pancakes?
Yes, you can freeze these banana pancakes once they are cooked. Just store them in the freezer in a freezer bag for up to three months.
How do you reheat leftover pancakes?
Just reheat these in the microwave or the toaster oven.
Can you make vegan banana pancakes without any milk?
Yes, you should be able to make them with water, and it won’t change the flavor. The texture may be slightly less tender, but they will still be good! It’s okay to use water to make vegan banana pancakes if you are in a pinch.
How to successfully make these vegan banana pancakes:
- Make sure you wait a few minutes for the baking powder to make the batter puff up – that’s what makes these pancakes nice and fluffy.
- When you are ready to fry them, use a fair amount of vegan buttery spread – you don’t want any pancakes sticking to the pan! Don’t raise the heat too high or these might burn from the sugar in the bananas.
- Two things that I think make frying pancakes easier are a good frying pan and a very good, thin, metal spatula.
The Fluffiest Vegan Banana Pancakes.
- 1 over ripe banana Very over ripe, I keep mine in the freezer
- 1 ¾ cups white spelt flour all purpose flour is also okay
- 1 ½ Tablespoons organic cane sugar
- 1 ½ Tablespoons baking powder
- 3 Tablespoons melted vegan buttery spread or oil of your choice - coconut oil works well
- ⅛ teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 cup non-dairy milk
- vegan buttery spread for the pan
- In a large bowl, mash the banana. Add the melted vegan buttery spread, vanilla, and non-dairy milk. Stir to combine.
- Add the white spelt flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix together.
- Place a tablespoon of vegan buttery spread in a large skillet and heat over medium low heat until the vegan buttery spread sizzles.
- Once the pan is hot, spoon the batter into the pan. Cook the pancakes low and slow, it may take about 3-4 minutes on each side. Once the pancakes are done around the edges, flip them over with a thin spatula. Cook for about 3 or 4 minutes more, then remove from pan.
- Repeat with remaining pancakes. Top with vegan buttery spread and syrup.
These pancakes are so easy to make and so perfect for weekend breakfasts! Kids and adults love these. If you’re looking for more vegan pancake recipes, try these chocolate chip pumpkin pancakes.
This article has some more general tips on how to successfully make pancakes. Remember to take your time – don’t let the pan get too hot, and don’t flip them too early.
This post was originally published in January 2015. It has been updated.