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 (we only recently waved goodbye to Veganuary, after all!), so too comes a need for a healthier alternative of some of our favourites.

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

It’s time for a vegan pancake day!

My vegan pancake recipe: where do I start?

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

Shake your coconuts

Coconut is a great alternative in many vegan recipes, as it comes in so many forms! For this one, you’ll be using 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 topping.

This recipe will come as close to regular pancakes as you can get without the eggs - making it a perfect vegan pancake recipe for those looking for simple vegan 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 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • Pinch of salt

Start by combining all your liquid ingredients: milk, coconut oil, maple syrup and vanilla. 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.

Let’s get fruity

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 your missing egg, but comes packed with flavour. Combine with other complementary sweeteners like brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla extract and almond milk, and you have a deliciously indulgent vegan pancake on your hands, just waiting to be topped! 

  • 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 add your milk and whisk. Finally, sift in your salt, cinnamon, baking powder and cornmeal and whisk all the ingredients together. Once you have the consistency required, you’re ready to fry.

Some of that sweet, sweet potato

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, you can tick all the boxes with this one: healthy, tasty and full of protein.

The best part is, not only do they satisfy all diets, but they shout about it loud and proud, too. These aren’t just vegan pancake substitutes, they are 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!

Time to talk toppings!

This is where you really can let your mind run wild. Depending on which 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!

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

Got some especially picky eaters? 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, why not get inspired with one of 15 different types of pancakes from across the globe!

Happy Vegan pancake day, from SPAR.

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