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A bit like a vegetarian barbecue or gluten-free Christmas, there are many foodies out there that believe some recipes are better just left alone. But with the growing popularity of healthier diets, vegetarianism and veganism in the media and across social platforms, so too comes a need for a healthier alternative to some of our foodie favourites.

So why not go all-inclusive this year and try something a little different?

It’s time for a vegan Pancake Day!

Delicious Vegan Pancakes with Syrup and Blueberries

Vegan Pancake Recipes: Where To Start?

Good question. Your vegan pancake can be so much more than just a normal pancake mix without eggs. Though you will still need a substitute, which is where the fun and creativity begins. So instead of simply making do, why not celebrate all the vegan pancake ingredients available at your fingertips?

vegan coconut pancakes

Shake your coconuts

Coconut is a great alternative in many vegan recipes, as it comes in so many forms. To make your coconut pancakes, you’ll need coconut oil, flour and milk, but feel free to go the extra mile and complement with desiccated coconut or coconut shards to create the perfect pancake topping.

These coconut pancakes will come as close to the original as you can get without eggs - making it the perfect easy vegan pancake recipe for those looking for simple substitutes over more extravagant recipes.

  • 150g coconut flour
  • 1 tbsp baking powder
  • 250ml coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp melted coconut oil
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup or sugar of choice
  • 1 tsp. pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Start by combining all of your liquid ingredients: milk, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. Then in a separate bowl combine the remaining dry ingredients. Once mixed, combine both mixtures until few lumps remain. When you have the consistency you’re happy with, it’s time to introduce them to the pan.

vegan banana pancakes

Let’s get fruity with vegan banana pancakes

Simply peeled, a banana is a banana. But mushed down it takes on a whole new form and is not only a great binder substitute for egg, but comes packed with flavour. Combine with other complementary sweeteners and you have a deliciously indulgent vegan pancake on your hands! 

  • 3 bananas
  • 65g granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. vanilla extract
  • 350ml almond milk
  • 250g cornmeal
  • 2 tsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

Start by mashing your bananas, then add your granulated sugar, brown sugar, and vanilla. Then pour in your milk and whisk. Finally, sift in your salt, cinnamon, baking powder and cornmeal and whisk all the ingredients together. Once you have the fluffy consistency required, you’re ready to fry.

sweet potato pancakes

Did someone say sweet potato pancakes?

This is great if you want to really go off the beaten track and come up with a new take on the vegan pancake. Perfect for vegans, foodies and gym lovers alike, this sweet potato pancake recipe is packed with tons of protein to help you recover after a workout. And these aren’t just vegan pancake substitutes, they’re a whole new flavoursome take on the classic.

  • 1 medium sweet potato, baked and mashed
  • 500ml almond milk
  • 2 tbsp coconut oil, melted
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 250g all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp. baking powder
  • 2 tsp. ground cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt

To make, simply combine your sweet potato, almond milk, coconut oil and maple syrup. Then, in a separate bowl, mix together your flour, baking powder, salt and cinnamon. Once done, add in the liquid ingredients, blend together and get frying!

vegan pancake toppings

Time to Talk Pancake Toppings!

This is where you can really let your mind run wild. Depending on which vegan pancake recipe you’ve decided to go with, you have a whole host of options when it comes to toppings. Anything goes, from the more subtle dustings of nutmeg and cinnamon or scrapings of orange and lemon zest, to indulgent drizzles of melted dark chocolate and lashings of vegan whipped cream and strawberries. The world is your (vegan) oyster! Looking for more? Check out our ultimate guide to pancake topping ideas  for inspiration.


And that’s it! So if you fancy trying your very own vegan pancake day this year, simply pop down to your local convenience store where you’ll find all the vegan pancake ingredients you’ll need.

Why not mix it up a little this Pancake Day? From Indonesian Serabi to Russian Blinis, if you’re rustling up a storm for those who can’t quite bear to miss out on their fix of eggcellent pancakes, get inspired with one of 15 different types of pancakes from across the globe!

Happy Vegan pancake day, from SPAR.

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*Recipes adapted from Foodista (Coconut pancakes, Banana pancakes, Sweet potato pancakes) licensed under CC BY 3.0.