Pancakes, Hold The Dairy.

by Donald Wilson on March 10, 2012

Can a better pancake be made without milk and eggs?

After our first 4 days of being vegans, Andrew and I were really in need of some comfort food.  I wanted to make something for him that would make this change not quite so drastic and give him hope that he could actually do it.  I knew that he would love my grandmother’s pancakes (“Dad’s Buttermilk Pancakes, February 2011), but they had eggs and buttermilk.  I wondered if there were some way to turn them into vegans too.  I got up early and started researching some alternatives for eggs and found out that there are some really good substitutions.  The key is to know what their function is in a particular recipe.

In pancakes, eggs act as a binder and do not add leavening power as I had expected.  It turns out that 1/3 cup pumpkin puree (the kind you use for pumpkin pies) is the equivalent of one egg when used as a binder.  Having settled that, I switched out the buttermilk for almond milk and hoped that it would provide the right consistency.  Next, I switched the white flour for whole wheat and lo and behold, I had just recreated my grandmother’s pancakes in an all plant-based recipe.  Not willing to leave well enough alone, I decided that a handful of walnuts would be a good fit with the pumpkin.

I was right on all accounts.  The pancakes are dense, but light and really, really good.   And truth be told…  I like these better than our regular Saturday recipe and so does Andrew.  Sorry Grandma!


Seriously good pancakes

Cornmeal pumpkin pancakes with toasted walnuts

1/3 cup pumpkin puree

1 1/4 cups vanilla or regular almond milk

1 tablespoon molasses

1/4 cup corn or canola oil (we use olive oil these days and love it)

3/4 cup yellow corn meal

3/4 cup whole wheat flour

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon baking powder

½ cup toasted walnuts, chopped

Mix almond milk, pumpkin, oil, and molasses together.  Put the rest of the ingredients through a sifter and into the bowl; mix.  Cook in vegan butte








Kathie Allen March 10, 2012 at 4:08 pm

Thanks Don!

I really enjoy your latest theme of vegan meals. Our family is transitioning to vegan meals and you are making it easier for me with these great recipes!

Thanks again!

Grace bardugon March 14, 2012 at 3:40 am

thanks uncle don!!!

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