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The Best Vegan Pancakes

Dig into a stack of the best vegan pancakes you’ll ever try (yes really)! This vegan pancake recipe is easy to make and oh so fluffy.

The Best Vegan Pancakes

Bold statement, I know. But these really are the BEST vegan pancakes. If you’ve been looking for a new vegan pancake recipe, you’re gonna want to pocket this one.

This is my take on the absolute OG – classic buttermilk pancakes. They’re fluffy, light, buttery and they’re SO easy to make. And what’s even better? These vegan pancakes are the perfect base for any mix-ins you like, so no need to have 10 different pancake recipes depending on your mood!

This vegan pancake recipe is one for the books. Or at least one for your breakfast board on Pinterest!

a closeup of a stack of five pancakes topped with vegan butter and maple syrup

Ingredients to Make These Vegan Pancakes

There really aren’t any surprises on the ingredient list for this vegan pancake recipe. We’re keeping things super simple with less than 10 basic ingredients. In fact, you probably already have all of the things you need on hand!

Here are all of the ingredients you’ll need to make these vegan pancakes:

  • Non-dairy milk. Use your favorite! Soy, almond, oat – they all work.
  • Vinegar. You can use distilled white vinegar or apple cider vinegar. We’re using this to make our vegan buttermilk, which adds that classic, subtle tangy flavor we’re looking for in a stack of pancakes.
  • All-purpose flour. This vegan pancake recipe is designed to be made with all-purpose flour, so I highly recommend sticking to this trusty pantry staple. If you’re looking for a gluten-free pancake recipe, try out my Vegan Buckwheat Pancakes!
  • Sugar. I recommend using the classic white granulated sugar in these vegan pancakes for the best result.
  • Baking powder. We want light, fluffy pancakes and baking powder is gonna get us there!
  • Salt. All sweet recipes are made 100x better with a pinch of salt as it helps to balance out the flavor.
  • Oil. You can use canola oil, melted non-dairy butter, or any other neutral oil in this vegan pancake recipe.
  • Vanilla extract. To give us that classic, comforting flavor!
  • Non-dairy butter. We’re cooking our pancakes in vegan butter for over-the-top flavor and delightfully crispy edges.

a stack of five classic pancakes topped with a pat of vegan butter

How to Make Vegan Pancakes

These vegan pancakes are so easy to make, they come together in just four steps! You only need one bowl, a skillet, and 9 ingredients to make them. They’re so simple, that pancakes no longer need to be reserved for weekends.

Here’s how to make vegan pancakes:

  1. Make the vegan buttermilk by mixing your non-dairy milk with vinegar and allowing it to sit for at least 5 minutes
  2. Mix the dry ingredients together in a bowl
  3. Add all of your wet ingredients to the bowl with your dry ingredients, including the vegan buttermilk you prepared and mix. Don’t worry about lumps!
  4. Cook the pancakes in vegan butter over medium heat for 1-2 minutes each side

an overhead shot of a plate of pancakes served with maple syrup and butter

Tips for Making the Best Vegan Pancakes 

While this vegan pancake recipe is pretty simple to make, there are a few things to keep in mind to make sure you get the best possible end result! Here are my biggest tips for making a delicious batch of vegan pancakes:

  • Don’t skip the vegan buttermilk. There’s a reason why buttermilk pancakes are considered the classic. But you don’t have to use dairy to create the same effect as buttermilk! Adding a bit of vinegar to your non-dairy milk will do the job just fine. Adding vinegar to your milk will add a bit of tanginess and help make your pancakes tender and fluffy.
  • Be careful not to over-mix. We’re using all-purpose flour in these pancakes, which means when you mix the flour into the wet ingredients, you start to develop gluten. The more you mix, the more gluten you create and the denser and chewier your pancakes will become. So be careful not to overdo it on the mixing! Mix your batter until it juuuust comes together – a few lumps are perfectly fine.
  • Monitor the heat of your skillet. Keep an eye on your heat for the best possible pancakes! Starting your pancakes before the skillet is hot is the biggest reason why the first pancake never comes out right. Yes, the recipe tells you to cook your pancakes on med-high heat, but know that you can play with your heat to turn it up and down as needed.
  • Add mix-ins. Blueberries, chocolate chips, bananas, they’re all fair game! While I love a good, plain ol’ pancake, I also love adding fun flavors! But you don’t need a new pancake recipe for every flavor you could possibly crave. This vegan pancake recipe is perfect for adding in fun ingredients to mix it up – literally!

a stack of vegan pancakes topped with butter

More Vegan Breakfast Recipes

I know it can be really easy to fall into a routine with breakfast and turn it into our most boring meal of the day. I think especially for those of us who eat a plant-based diet, it can be tricky to come up with new vegan breakfast ideas. But the first meal of the day should be anything but boring! Here are a few other delicious vegan breakfast recipes to help you get inspired:

a plate of five pancakes stacked on top of one another, topped with butter and served with a glass of milk in the background

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The Best Vegan Pancakes

Dig into a stack of the best vegan pancakes you’ll ever try (yes really)! This vegan pancake recipe is easy to make and oh so fluffy.

Prep Time:
10 minutes
Cook Time:
10 minutes
Total Time:
20 minutes
Author:
Emilie
Yield:
10 pancakes 1x

Ingredients

  • 1 1/4 cups unsweetened non-dairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar (white or apple cider)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, melted non-dairy butter, or other neutral oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • Non-dairy butter, for cooking

Instructions

  1. For the vegan buttermilk: In a small bowl or measuring cup, add milk and vinegar. Stir once. Set aside for 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, add all dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Stir to combine.
  3. To the bowl, add vegan buttermilk, canola oil, and vanilla. Stir until just combined; do not overmix. There may still be lumps in the batter; that’s okay.
  4. Place a skillet over medium heat. Add a small scoop of butter. When melted, use a 1/4-cup measuring cup to scoop the batter into the skillet. Cook for 1-2 minutes each side, until golden brown. Repeat until all the batter is used up.

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