Light and Fluffy Vegan Pancakes

Vegan pancakes

The Spruce

Prep: 5 mins
Cook: 10 mins
Total: 15 mins
Servings: 12 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
71 Calories
3g Fat
10g Carbs
2g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 12
Amount per serving
Calories 71
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 267mg 12%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 2g
Vitamin C 0mg 0%
Calcium 162mg 12%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 37mg 1%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

This vegan pancake recipe calls for ingredients you might have at hand at home and requires very little time to make. While you brew your morning coffee, the batch will be ready! It uses soy milk (or any other vegan milk substitute) as the liquid and the result is a batch of perfectly light and fluffy pancakes. Coconut milk gives a creamier texture, while almond or cashew milk adds a nutty flavor.

You can cook the pancakes in vegan margarine for a really decadent treat; our favorite vegan butter substitute is Earth Balance, but vegetable oil works well. Choose an oil that doesn't add too much to the flavor (like hazelnut or avocado), unless using coconut oil which will fill the pancakes with an amazing taste of coconut and a beautiful golden color.


  • 1 cup all-purpose flour

  • 1 tablespoon sugar

  • 2 tablespoons baking powder

  • 1/8 teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1 cup soy milk, or any other vegan milk substitute

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar, optional

  • Sliced strawberries, chopped almonds, blueberries, chopped walnuts, coconut sugar, optional

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

    Ingredients for vegan pancakes
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  2. Sift flour to aerate. Combine with sugar, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl until well mixed.

    Flour in bowl
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  3. Mix in soy milk or milk substitute of choice and oil and beat together until batter is smooth. If using apple cider vinegar, remember to remove one tablespoon of the milk substitute before adding it to the mix to avoid a runny batter.

    Mix in flour
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  4. Drop 1/4 cup of batter at a time onto a hot oiled griddle or a well greased frying pan over medium-high heat.

    Drop batter in pan
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  5. When bubbles appear on surface of pancake, approximately 3 minutes, flip and cook other side for another 2 minutes.​

    Flip pancake
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  6. Serve with toppings of choice.

Recipe Variation

  • If you want something beyond the basic vegan pancakes, consider vegan blueberry pancakes or a sweet vegan pancake recipe with strawberries. If you're in the mood for something different, indulge in vegan apple pecan pancakes.
  • You could also substitute one tablespoon of the cup of milk for a tablespoon of apple cider vinegar for an even fluffier result. The baking soda reacts to the moisture (soy milk) and to the acid (vinegar) releasing carbon dioxide, which will create more air bubbles in your batter and as a result a very light pancake. This is a trick that many vegan bakers use to help cakes and muffins rise and be lighter and fluffier.
  • You can also add vegan chocolate chips, nut butters, other preserves, or a generous scoop of vegan ice-cream for the grand finale to a Sunday brunch.


  • You can make and freeze a few batches of these pancakes for a quick homemade breakfast, or keep in the fridge for three days.
  • If you prefer savory toppings you can also make some scrambled tofu to go with your pancakes, or slice some avocado, chop cilantro, squeeze lime juice, and sprinkle with Himalayan salt. Pack with syrup and fruit for a breakfast for lunch at the office or school.