Good news! Vegans can indeed eat pancakes.
Sorry, let me rephrase that: those who are dairy free or vegan can now enjoy the fluffiest vegan pancakes ever thanks to this recipe. I’m SO excited to finally share this one with you because I’ve been making these vegan pancakes every weekend for the last month!
Now I don’t want to toot my own horn, but I served these to my husband and he said they were the BEST pancakes I’ve ever made. Even my son loves them.
I actually couldn’t believe how delicious they were either, and noticeably more fluffy than the regular version.
Everything you need to make vegan pancakes
These easy vegan pancakes use simple ingredients and are perfect for customizing with all of your favorite add-ins and toppings. Here’s what you’ll need to make them:
- Flour: I like to use regular all purpose flour, but you can also use whole wheat pastry flour or a gluten free all purpose flour as well. I recommend whole wheat pastry flour over whole wheat flour to keep the pancakes light!
- Baking powder + salt: two essentials to any pancake recipe out there. Remember to use baking powder and not baking soda so that your pancakes fluff up perfectly.
- Flaxseed meal: this helps to bind the recipe together like an egg would in regular pancakes! Plus flaxseed meal is highly nutritious.
- Apple cider vinegar: this is what helps to keep the pancakes fluffy, as the apple cider vinegar will react with the baking powder in this recipe to create additional fluff!
- Coconut sugar: these pancakes just need a little bit of sweetness and one tablespoon of coconut sugar will do the trick. I prefer coconut sugar over regular sugar because it’s an unrefined sweetener, but any sugar will work.
- Coconut oil or vegan butter: another essential thing in these vegan pancakes is the addition of a little healthy fat to help flavor and create a nice texture. You can use either melted coconut oil, vegan butter or another neutral oil such as avocado oil, grapeseed oil, walnut oil, etc.
- Vanilla & almond extract: I LOVE using both vanilla and almond extract because of how it adds a nice flavor and sweetness to the pancakes. Try it! The almond extract is seriously incredible.
- Dairy free milk: any kind of dairy free milk will work here including almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk, soy milk, etc.
Can I make these gluten free?
You could try using a 1:1 gluten free baking mix or flour blend like this one, but please note that I have not tested these pancakes this way. Here are some gluten free pancake alternatives:
- Use almond flour in The Best Almond Flour Pancakes
- Use coconut flour in my Fluffy Coconut Flour Pancakes
- Use oats in these Healthy Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
What can I add to vegan pancakes?
The best part about this vegan pancake recipe is that you can add whatever you like: blueberries, vegan chocolate chips, orange zest, nuts, etc. You do you! Personally, I love wild blueberries and always have a bag in my freezer for smoothies and pancakes.
Feel free to top these fluffy pancakes with pure maple syrup, a spoonful of peanut butter and extra blueberries or bananas. They’re my new favorite thing to make for weekend brunch.
How to make vegan pancakes
- Whisk the dry. In a bowl whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt.
- Mix the wet. In a separate bowl mix together the flaxseed meal, apple cider vinegar, sugar, coconut oil and vanilla & almond extracts. Slow whisk in the milk last.
- Make your batter. Add the wet and dry ingredients together and mix until just combined.
- Pour & flip. Lastly, make the vegan pancakes on your pan or griddle as you normally would, adding any mix-ins to each pancake if you’d like. Be sure to check out all of my tips & tricks for making the best pancakes!
Tips for making the best vegan pancakes
- If you want thinner pancakes, feel free to add a tablespoon more of milk.
- Be sure not to over mix the batter as the pancakes could become gummy.
- Feel free to grease your griddle with olive oil, but I do not recommend using olive oil in the pancake batter because it may overpower the flavor of the pancakes.
- Cook your pancakes over medium heat so that they cook evenly. If you flip your pancakes and they appear to be cooking too fast, simply to reduce the temp to medium-low so that they don’t burn. Reminder to get my tips & tricks (plus a video) here!
Make them ahead of time
You can actually make these fluffy vegan pancakes ahead of time and keep them warm in the oven! Simply place your oven at 200 degrees F, add your pancakes to a baking sheet or oven-safe plate, and place them in the oven until you’re ready to serve.
Freezer-friendly vegan pancakes
If you want to make these fluffy vegan pancakes ahead of time and serve them at a later date, you can!
- Place the pancakes on a baking sheet so they aren’t touching and place in the freezer for 30 minutes (this is called a flash freeze).
- Next, place them in freezer safe containers or stasher bags and freeze for up to 3 months.
- Once ready to reheat, simply add pancakes to a plate and microwave for 30-60 seconds or until warm.
More pancake recipes you might like
- Fluffy Yogurt Pancakes (high protein, gluten free)
- Lemon Blueberry Quinoa Pancakes
- Chai-Spiced Sweet Potato Pancakes
- Healthy Apple Pancakes (made right in the blender!)
- Whole Wheat Banana Bread Pancakes
Get all of my pancake recipes here!
If you make these delicious, fluffy vegan pancakes, please leave a comment and rate the recipe below letting us know how you liked it! You can also post a photo and tag #ambitiouskitchen on Instagram so I can see your creations. xo!
Fluffy Vegan Pancakes
The best vegan pancake recipe on the internet! These fluffy vegan pancakes are easy to make, can be made thick or thinner, and are perfect for adding your favorite mix-ins and toppings. They'll truly be a new family favorite!
- For the dry ingredients:
- 1 cup all purpose flour*
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon salt
- For the wet ingredients:
- 1 tablespoon flaxseed meal
- 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar (or regular sugar)
- 2 tablespoons melted and cooled coconut oil (or sub melted vegan butter or a neutral oil)
- 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
- ¼ teaspoon almond extract
- 1 cup + 1 tablespoon non-dairy milk (I like to use unsweetened vanilla almond milk)
- Optional mix-ins:
- ¾ cup fresh or frozen blueberries (if using frozen, toss berries with 1 tablespoon flour first)
- ⅓ cup mini chocolate chips, dairy free if desired
- For greasing the skillet
- Coconut oil or vegan butter, for greasing the griddle/skillet
In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder and salt. Set aside.
In a separate large bowl, mix together the flaxseed meal, apple cider vinegar, sugar, melted coconut oil, vanilla and almond extract until it comes together. Slowly whisk in the almond milk.
Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and mix until a batter forms; it doesn’t need to be perfectly smooth. Stir in any mix-ins you are using, if you are using any. If you want the batter to be thinner, add in another tablespoon of almond milk. Do not overmix.
Lightly coat a griddle with oil and place over medium heat. Add 1/3 cup of the batter to the griddle for each pancake and cook for 3-4 minutes until pancakes puff up and you see bubbles along the edges. Flip cakes and cook until golden brown on underside. If you find that pancakes are browning too quickly then you need to lower the heat a bit. I normally start on medium heat, then decrease to medium low later so that my pancakes don't burn.
Wipe skillet clean and repeat with more oil and remaining batter. Makes 6 large pancakes total.
Flour alternatives: you can also use whole wheat pastry flour or 1:1 gluten free all purpose flour (I have not tested with GF flour though); you may need to add a splash more milk if you use either of these.
If you want thinner pancakes, feel free to add a tablespoon more milk.
*Oil alternatives: if you don’t like coconut oil or don’t have it, melted vegan butter, walnut oil, hazelnut oil or grapeseed oil will work. I’ve found that olive oil overwhelms the flavor of these pancakes so I would not recommend it.
To freeze & reheat: place the pancakes on a baking sheet so they aren’t touching and place in the freezer for 30 minutes. Then place them in freezer safe containers and freeze for up to 3 months. Once ready to reheat, simply add pancakes to a plate and microwave for 30-60 seconds or until warm.
Recipe by: Monique Volz // Ambitious Kitchen | Photography by Eat Love Eats≠
WHOA. These pancakes are indeed ridiculously fluffy! I LOVE that. Blueberries and maple syrup with them too? Yeesh, I can feel my stomach grumbling already!
WHOA. These pancakes are indeed ridiculously fluffy! I LOVE that. Blueberries and maple syrup with them too? Yeesh, I can feel my stomach grumbling already!
Vegan pancake recipes I’ve tried before came out awful, usually dense, the texture was all wrong. These were delicious, light and fluffy. My kids gobbled them up!
So glad you found this recipe! It’s seriously my new favorite 🙂
Have you tried these with quinoa or amaranth flour? Thanks
I haven’t! Let me know if you do.
Farinha de espelta, aveia ou mistura de outras com estas? Obrigada
can you substitute the ACV for lime juice or white vinegar?
lemon juice or white vinegar will work!
Is it 267 kcal per one pancake or per serving?
One serving, which is 2 pancakes 🙂
Thank you for the recipe, although I don’t have some of the ingredients I will try what I have.
Hope you love this one!
I’m attempting this recipe for a sheet pan pancake for an event.
Let me know how it turns out for you!
Recipe came out great! Delicious, fluffy pancakes!
Perfect! So happy to hear that.
If you don’t have any milk, does water work?
I wouldn’t use water in this recipe, sorry!
I made these with gluten free flour & they were delicious!!
Great! Glad that swap worked out for you.
I made a double batch and using vegan butter. The first batch was just okay. So I added a cup of applesauce and they were delish!
Strange to hear that the first batch was just okay, but I’m glad the extra applesauce worked out! Did you find that the pancakes were dry the first time around?
Our grandson, who isn’t vegan ate these and thoroughly enjoyed them. Thank you so much for sharing this outstanding recipe.
Amazing! Glad he loved them 🙂
Made these this morning, and they are excellent!
Glad you enjoyed!!
These pancakes are absolutely the BEST! Seriously they are so delicious and so easy to make. Thank you for the recipe!
So happy you loved them, Zoe! One of my favorite pancake recipes EVER 🙂
These are really good! Love the little touch of almond extract flavour. For me it only made 8 pancakes but they are on the thicker side.
It’s a flavor game changer! The # of pancakes can depend on how much you’re scooping 🙂
Delicious!! Can I substitute the almond extract with more vanilla? My son is allergic to almonds and would love for him to try these.
Thanks for a great recipe!
Feel free to leave it out! They’ll still be delicious 🙂
Made these Christmas morning and they were amazing! We’ve been hunting for a solid go-to pancake recipe and this might be our winner. Mine didn’t come out “outrageously fluffy”- going to check the exp date on my baking powder because we followed the recipe to a T. The coconut sugar adds just the right amount of sweetness. 5 stars for flavor 😍
The perfect brunch! And yes, I would double check that baking powder as these should be nice and fluffy.
These pancakes are absolutely amazing (and second only to the AK gluten free banana blender pancakes, which I make practically every week). The hint of almond extract makes them really stand out from other recipes!! I like to make mine with whole wheat flour but all purpose flour (as suggested) was also great too-I tried it both ways. If you want to really “wow” someone with pancakes, this would be my go to recipe!
Perfect! I’m so glad you love these!
Super!! I ½ the recipe first try for the 2 of us. Wish I’d made it full measure as we wanted more! Thank you
Glad you both loved these!
It was good but not the best recipe I have baked yet. They aren’t as fluffy as I wondered … so .. It was a nice try .
Glad you enjoyed! Hmmm these should be super fluffy pancakes. I have many more pancake recipes to try, too 🙂 https://www.ambitiouskitchen.com/healthy-pancake-recipes/
These are amazing!! I double the recipe to have for the next day!! My family loves them!!!
Perfect! So happy to hear that 🙂
Amazing pancakes!!! Easy and delicious. We mixed in blueberries and topped with cashew butter YUMM!! Perfect quarantine (and non quarantine) dinner — yes we had them for dinner!
Perfect! I’m all about pancakes for dinner 🙂 glad you loved them!
Best vegan pancakes ever! And delicious with GF flour.
Glad you love them!!
These were delicious! My 5 and almost 2 year old kids gobbled them up. I had all the ingredients on hand and they came together quickly. I think the nutrition above might be flipped though: Servings: 2 servings
Serving size: 3 pancakes? Should it be 3 servings, 2 pancakes per serving for 267 calories per serving?
So happy they enjoyed! And thank you for the catch 🙂 it’s 3 servings – 2 pancakes per person.
These are quick and easy to whip up and have become a Saturday staple! They also freeze really well!
The perfect weekend brunch!
Delicious! Made with wholewheat flour. Only had problems with flipping them😅
I’m glad you liked them! Check out my tips & tricks for making and flipping pancakes here 🙂
The best pancakes I’ve ever made! So good! The almond extract is everything.
I made these with grape seed oil instead of coconut and did half whole wheat flour and half all purpose. I added blueberries and these were amazing! My husband is not a big breakfast person but he loved these! Will be saving this recipe for the future. The flavor from the almond extract was delicious and unique
I’m glad that worked out well! 🙂
Hi Monique! I looove your blog. I’m wondering if it’s possible to use an egg instead of the flaxseed meal and subtract some milk? It would be more practical for me.
By the way, I LOVE your coconut flour pancakes and pumpkin cornbread! 🙂
Hi! Yes, you can add 1 egg instead of flaxseed meal and use a little less milk — should be fine!
These are THE BEST vegan pancakes and are popular for vegans and non-vegans alike! I LOVE the addition of the almond extract, but have also left it out for non almond lovers. I’ve made them 5 times now and they’ve turned out perfect every time.
Absolutely! So glad you enjoyed 🙂
These are the absolute BEST pancakes. They are easy to make and extremely delicious 😋.
Using this recipe makes the FIRST time I have ever been able to make great pancakes from scratch.
Amazing! So glad you loved them 🙂
These are by far the best vegan pancakes i’ve ever had! They turned out light and fluffy and browned perfectly on the outside. I used applesauce in place of the coconut oil to make them oil-free, and I still thought the pancakes had a good texture. This recipe is definitely a keeper!
So happy to hear that!
Loved these pancakes! Substituted 1-1 GF flour and they still came out great!! Loved the flax seed and the blueberries:)
I’m so glad! Perfect breakfast 🙂
The BEST pancakes! So fluffy, flavorful, and easy to make. My go-to pancake recipe; thank you 🙂
So happy to hear that!
Have you ever made this recipe as waffles?
I haven’t — let me know if you try!
So fluffy! And the addition of the almond extract gave them SUCH a nice flavor. This will definitely be my go to EASY vegan pancake recipe.
Absolutely! So glad you loved them!
These were sooo good and sooo fluffy! I used regular sugar and I put chocolate chips in them! I also put bananas and blueberries on the top. They were also super easy to make! Definitely going to make these again!
After becoming vegan, we tried out a couple of vegan pancake recipes but they never were worth making again…until we found Monique’s vegan pancakes. OMG! They maintain the fluffiness, but have a nice crisp on the outside. Our family loves these! Thank you!
So glad you found these ones! 🙂
Made these for myself and my 2 year old daughter. Came together so quick and we’re deliciously fluffy. I added blueberries after pouring onto the griddle. Also kept 2 in the fridge and they heated up perfectly the next morning. 10/10 recommend you make these quick and easy vegan pancakes.
Perfect! Love that!
So tasty! Have already made this recipe twice in a week.
I loved these pancakes! Delish.
Not a vegan, but I discovered these pancakes early on in the pandemic when no eggs were nowhere to be found! It’s true – they are outrageously fluffy! And delicious. This recipe is a keeper
Amazing! So glad you found and love these ones 🙂
I cannot find flaxseed meal where I live. Can I grind flaxseed instead? Is it the same?
That should work! Just be sure to grind them very finely.
I don’t live a vegan lifestyle, but I needed a quick dairy-free pancake recipe and decided to try these. They were AMAZING. I’m always looking for that “go-to” pancake recipe and this might be it. They were sooo fluffy and delicious (I added blueberries which was a great addition). I can’t believe these are vegan and only have a small amount of sugar!
The best! So glad you loved them!
We were out of eggs and needed an eggless pancake recipe. After one disaster (on a different recipe!) where I attempted to sub out normal eggs for flax eggs (not sure what happened, but the pancakes wouldn’t cook/firm up) I gave this a try and it was absolute perfection. So fluffy and delicious. Made it as is with the optional choco chips. I’ll be coming back to this recipe for sure 🙂
So glad you found this one! Perfect breakfast 🙂
These were my first vegan pancakes and I thought they were great. I messed up the first few because the pan wasn’t hot enough but got it right on the rest. I do think the batter is a little thick and added an extra 1/4 cup of non-dairy milk to thin them out instead of the recommendation of 1 tbsp. Thanks for sharing!
I’m happy you loved them! Totally fine to add a little extra milk here 🙂
This was a great, easy to follow recipe. To add to that, it was delicious and worry free for me, because I have an egg allergy. I’m not ashamed to admit I made then for breakfast, then nibbled on one for dessert after dinner, too. Just added this one to my permanent rotation!
Yay! So happy that this recipe is safe for you to eat and that you loved them, Renee!!
I just made the pancakes for my husband and I. They were delicious!! We enjoyed them! I will make it again . Made it exactly as specified.
So happy to hear that you guys loved them, Soula! Thank you for the review!
Love these pancakes. They are fluffy, delicious and they contain healthier ingredients. I added frozen blueberries to the batter but with out the extra flour (because I forgot) and they still turned out wonderful!
So happy they turned out perfectly and that you loved them, Stephanie!
I’ll admit I was skeptical of how these would come together but I just got home from vacation and had very few items in the fridge so these fit the bill for breakfast. And they were SO GOOD. Truly fluffy and light. I used chia seeds and subbed half AP flour with whole wheat flour. They were great!
Yay!! I’m so glad they turned out perfectly fluffy 🙂 Thanks, Sofie!
Amazing pancake recipe! So so so fluffy! I’ve made these pancakes 3 weekends in a row now and they turn out perfect every time!
I was thrilled to find this vegan pancake recipe. Quick and easy, and they came out perfectly😁 Definitely my new go-to recipe for pancakes! Thank you so much.
Cape Town, South Africa
I made this recipe but subbed 1/4 unsweetened applesauce and it turned out beautifullllly. I used unsweetened almond milk and followed the rest of the recipe. I added blewbsss and slices of bananas. Next time I will defs add cinnamon !!! Idk how I forgot teeheeee. Well this recipe is officially my GO-TO. Hope this helps y’all 🙂 <333
I forgot to mention I subbed 1/4 cup applesauce for the flaxseed meal. !!!! LOL 🙂
These pancakes are AMAZING! I substituted the AP flour for Vitacost brand Multi-Blend GF flour (3/4 cup per batch), honey in place of the sugar, maple syrup for the vanilla, and lemon juice for the apple cider vinegar. They were quite fluffy and browned nicely! Thank you for this recipe! I am grateful I came across it this morning!
So happy they turned out perfectly and that those subs worked well!
10/10! The easiest, tastiest vegan pancakes ever. The flax seed meal makes it taste 10x better than any restaurant / box mix and the coconut oil & almond extract gave it the perfect sweetness factor. Had to print this recipe out so I could easily have it on hand and plan to use it for a very long time to come, thank you so much!
Amazing! So happy you loved them!
You’re one of my favorite bloggers!
I’m glad you loved these! Hope you keep finding recipes here to try 🙂