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Vegan Pancakes You Can Make On The Go!

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Have you been missing pancakes ever since you went vegan? Well not anymore! Vegans can also enjoy quick breakfast pancakes made with delicious vegan ingredients. Like all the other vegan recipes, these pancakes are dairy-free, egg-free and cholesterol free. In this article, I’ll share with you my favorite vegan pancakes recipes, and you can make them on the go.

Why Vegan Pancakes?

Pancakes are my favorite breakfast addition because they are so easy to make yet filling. I use delicious and nutritious ingredients like blueberries, oats, nuts, mushrooms, and many more. I also stay healthy by avoiding gluten and dairy products. Therefore, in place of ordinary wheat flour, I use alternative binding ingredients such as gluten-free flour (you can get this from your local vegan groceries), coconut flour, and cassava flour. The latter is super nutritious. Read more about the benefits of cassava flour.

Similarly, I replace dairy milk with vegan alternatives such as oat milk and almond milk. Feel free to experiment with other dairy-free milk alternatives too. Finally, vegan pancakes don’t have to look boring. Be creative with the garnishes. A simple garnish can transform an ordinary pancake into a 5-star serving and consequently, entice your pallet or impress your guests. Let’s have a look at my top three Vegan Pancakes Recipes.

My Favorite Vegan Pancakes Recipes

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes   

This pancake is very easy to make. I replace dairy milk with milk from oats whereas Flegg (a mixture of flax meal and water) substitutes eggs. The pancakes maintain their lightness and fluffiness even when you freeze and reheat them later.

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Ingredients

  • 2 cups of gluten-free wheat flour
  • Three tablespoons of agave syrup
  • Three tablespoons of baking powder
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • Three tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 cups oat milk (or any other dairy free milk of your choice)
  • ½ cup of blueberries (fresh or frozen) plus some extra for topping
  • 1 Flegg (a mixture of 1 tablespoon of flax meal with three tablespoons of hot water)
  • Pure maple syrup and fresh mint for garnish

Instructions

In a large bowl, sift the dry ingredients together: baking powder, flour, and salt.

In another medium bowl, mix oat milk, Flegg, agave syrup, and olive oil and whisk well. Add the wet mixture to the dry ingredients mixture and stir to make a smooth batter.

For the fluffiest and lightest pancakes, try not to over mix this batter.

Add in the blueberries and stir until combined. Heat a nonstick pan over low to medium-high heat. Cook the pancakes for 4-5 minutes on each side.

The thicker the pancakes, the longer the time required to achieve the lovely golden brown crust.

Once done, drizzle some maple syrup; add a few blueberries and fresh mint to garnish. Enjoy!

Vegan Chocolate Pancakes with Vegan Chocolate Sauce

These are light, fluffy pancakes with a rich, deep chocolate flavor. The vegan chocolate pancake is gluten-free and filled with the healthy benefits of pure chocolate.

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Ingredients

For the Vegan Chocolate Sauce

  • 1 cup vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons dark chocolate cocoa powder

For the Vegan Chocolate Pancakes

  • ¾ cup coconut flour
  • ¼ cup dark chocolate cocoa powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • One teaspoon baking powder
  • Three tablespoons chia seeds soaked in 1 cup of water
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 2 cups vanilla almond milk
  • 1 cup silk coconut milk
  • ¼ cup coconut palm sugar
  • Two teaspoons vanilla extract
  • ¼ cup carob chips
  • ¼ cup chopped cashews (for garnish)

I know I promised you sugar-free vegan pancakes. But you might be wondering why use coconut palm sugar? This is not your ordinary type of sugar. In fact, it is very popular in Thai cuisines. And as the name suggests, the sugar is derived from coconut sap. They boil the sap to dehydrate it, and the remaining solid substance is processed into sugar.

Instructions

For the vegan chocolate sauce

In a saucepan, mix the vanilla almond milk, coconut oil, and maple syrup over the stove, stirring until it simmers gently. Slowly whisk in the cocoa powder and let it simmer for three more minutes. Remove from the heat to cool.

For the vegan chocolate pancake

Mix the coconut flour, salt, coconut sugar, cocoa powder and baking powder in a large bowl.

Separately whisk together the chia seed mixture, vanilla extra, applesauce, and silk coconut milk in a small bowl.

Add the wet mixture to the dry one as you continue whisking it. Stir in the carob chips. Cover the batter with a saran wrap and refrigerate it for at least 15 minutes.

Now heat a non-stick pan over medium heat. Scoop ¼ cup of the mixture for each pancake. Cook the vegan pancakes on medium heat for 4-5 minutes on each side before flipping them.

Once done, drizzle the chocolate sauce over the vegan pancakes and finish with a sprinkle of the cashews on top. Indulge!

Vegan Scallion Pancake Rolls

With pancake rolls, there are limitless options on the veggies you can use. Depending on your preference or seasonal availability, include the mixed vegetable options that you love. For these particular pancake rolls, we shall use scallions, mushrooms, carrots and bell pepper as fillings and garnish with raspberries and blueberries.

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Ingredients

  • 3 cups of cassava flour (you can use gluten-free wheat flour instead)
  • 2 cups of water (substitute with dairy-free milk if you must)
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • A pinch of salt
  • Eight Scallions – finely chopped
  • One large mushroom – finely chopped
  • Two carrots– finely chopped
  • One large bell pepper – finely chopped
  • Some raspberries and blueberries
  • Toothpicks to hold the berries in position

Instructions

Sauté the vegetables, or parboil them, or even steam them to make them tender. Add a little salt to taste. Let them cool.

Meanwhile, mix the flour with the water to form a thin pancake mix consistency (slightly denser than that of a crepe). A very thin mixture won’t hold the vegetables while cooking, while a thick one will be too cloggy.

Scope your pancakes mixture into a hot non-stick pan. Once the mixture sets, flip and quickly layer on a few of the cooked vegetables. Using a spatula, roll the pancake as you do with a Swiss roll. The pancake will be done by the time you finish spreading the vegetables and rolling them in. However, if your mixture was thick, give it a few more minutes to cook.

Garnish your vegan pancakes with either a raspberry or a blueberry, holding the fruit in the middle with a toothpick. Serve with a sauce of your choice.

In Conclusion

Whether you are in a hurry to go to work or just relaxing on a Sunday morning, these super easy vegan pancakes are a sure way to bring back the nostalgic taste of homemade pancakes. Not only are they ideal for breakfast, but also as an accompaniment to other main dishes. The pancakes are delicious and full of flavor. The non-vegans will love them too. Go on and try them today!

Rachel is a mom of two boys, a wife, and a part-time chef. By trying and testing new parenting trends she takes her motherhood to the next level! She finds that she processes things better when she writes about them, which has unleashed her passion for sharing her thoughts on life and parenting through her articles for SOLANCHA Magazine.

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A Low Calorie Vegan Lemon Cupcake Recipe

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Cupcakes are a favorite for many. However, most people think that a vegan lemon cupcake is high in calorie. This is not true. I will share with you a low-calorie vegan lemon cupcake recipe that you can indulge in without feeling guilty.

The Ingredients

  • ¾-cup non-dairy milk
  • 1-tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 flax egg (optional)
  • 2-cups oat flour
  • ½-cup rice flour
  • ¾-cup organic sugar (or use maple syrup)
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • ½ tsp. baking soda
  • A pinch of salt
  • ¼-cup lemon juice
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil (or any vegetable oil you prefer)
  • Grated lemon rind
  • Thinly sliced lemons for garnishing

Note

You can use all-purpose wheat flour for this recipe, but I promised you a healthier version, right? Oats flour does not bind well on its own, so you have to mix with rice flour. If you can’t find rice flour in your local store, you can make yours at home. It’s easy. Just soak some rice grains overnight and grind them in your usual grinder (or even a coffee grinder) in the morning to a floury consistency.

Alternatively, if this is too much work for you, just mix the oats flour with all-purpose wheat flour in the same proportions. However, if you don’t have a problem with cupcakes falling apart, go ahead and use pure oats flour. Just remember to purchase the gluten-free version.

The flax egg helps to bind the flour further and creates a spongy effect. We use flax eggs to replace chicken eggs in our vegan recipes. You can make them at home or buy them from your local store.

Vegetable oil is our vegan replacement for butter. Several non-vegan cake recipes prefer vegetable oil too instead of butter. This is because oil makes them light and fluffy while butter tends to make cakes dense. So that’s a win-win for our vegan lemon cupcake recipe.

The Procedure

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

In a stand mixture, sift in all the dry ingredients and mix well. Now add all the wet ingredients and whip on medium speed for just a minute or two. Avoid over-whipping at this stage, or else your vegan lemon cupcake will be gooey.

Scope the mixture in lined cupcake pans and bake for 10-15 minutes or until a skewer inserted comes out clean.

Let them cool before your garnish with lemon slices and serve.

An Interesting Twist before Serving

Another twist to these vegan lemon cupcakes is adding lemon curd.

To make lemon curd, boil 1-cup lemon juice, 1 lemon rind, a pinch of salt and ¼-cup sugar in a heavy bottom pan. Stir until the sugar dissolves. Add a tablespoon of cornstarch mixed with a tablespoon of non-dairy milk. This is the thickening agent. Whisk until the mixture thickens.

If it’s too thin, you can add more cornstarch. If it’s too thick, add more milk. But remember the mixture thickens further once it cools.

Now add 2 tablespoons of vegan butter and stir to dissolve. Sieve the mixture into your storage jar and let it cool. You should have a stable cud consistency once it’s cooled and you can pipe it onto the vegan lemon cupcakes before serving.

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A Vegan Pumpkin Spice Smoothie Recipe on a Budget

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Pumpkin smoothies are delicious. We spice the traditional smoothie to make a refreshing vegan pumpkin spice smoothie. This is an easy to make recipe, and I will make use of locally available ingredients this season. Let’s get started!

The Ingredients

  • Pumpkin – The Orange Squash is perfect for this recipe
  • A banana – To act as the smoothie base
  • 1-cup non-dairy milk – I prefer almond milk although coconut milk and soymilk will do just fine
  • ½-cup ice cubes
  • 1-tablespoon maple syrup to sweeten

The spices:

  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • ¼ tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp vanilla
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg

Procedure

Pre-boil the pumpkin until tender and puree. We will use just 1 cup of this puree in our recipe.

Add the rest of the ingredients in the blender and puree until smooth.

Garnish with freshly ground cinnamon and enjoy your vegan pumpkin spice smoothie.

This recipe serves two. You can double or triple the ingredients quantities for additional servings.

For That Extra Oomph

I like to add chopped nuts for a crunchy texture. Walnuts and pecans go particularly well with pumpkin.

Feel free to experiment with different spices but don’t go overboard. Pumpkin is rather mild in taste, and too much spice will overpower the flavor. In addition, If you’re on a diet, you don’t have to use a sweetener especially with the sweeter pumpkin varieties like butternut. Ideally, maple syrup offsets the cinnamon and nutmeg spice to create a balanced flavor.

If you have trouble with the resulting pumpkin flavor, add a tablespoon of instant espresso powder. You might not distinguish the ingredients in your vegan pumpkin spice smoothie afterwards.

To garnish, add a scoop of whipped coconut cream. It looks just like the non-vegan whipped cream, and it tastes even better.

Finally, for extra probiotics, you can add plain dairy-free kefir.

The Nutritional Value

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Pumpkin is rich in vitamin A and C, complex carbohydrates, calcium, iron, anti-oxidants, and dietary fiber. They don’t contain any fats or sodium which makes them a healthier option. To harness even more of this pumpkin goodness, dry the pumpkin seeds and roast them. Then grind the roasted seeds and add this powder to your smoothie. You can use the powder in other meals as well. Pumpkin seeds are higher in nutritional value than soybeans according to this research.

Bananas are rich in potassium, fiber, vitamin C and B6, phytonutrients, and various antioxidants. Like pumpkins, bananas don’t contain any trans fats or sodium.

The spices we used in this recipe have several benefits in the human body:

  • Allspice is ground pimento tree berries. The berries are harvested while still unripe and sundried before grinding. It is native to the Caribbean islands and, therefore, some people call it Jamaica pimento. Traditionally, allspice was used to ease indigestion, to relieve intestinal gas and abdominal pain. Allspice is a powerful antioxidant with anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties. Studies show that it also has cancer-fighting and antiviral properties.
  • Cinnamon is made from the bark of Cinnamomum tree. It is rich in antioxidants, which help our bodies to fight diseases.
  • Vanilla is also rich in antioxidants. However, be careful when buying commercially processed vanilla. If possible, buy the vanilla bean pods and use them in your recipes.
  • Nutmeg is a spice originating from Indonesia that is rich in essential volatile oils like safrole, myristicin, eugenol, and elemicin. These have anti-inflammatory properties hence ideal for treating joint pains.

The Bottom Line

I’m certain that you can now appreciate the nutritional value of our vegan pumpkin spice smoothie. Feel free to experiment with other ingredients but stick to the basics.

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Gooey and Delicious Vegan Brownies Recipe

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The best brownie should be crisp outside and gooey in the center. The same rule applies to vegan brownies although some people find it hard due to the ingredients. In this recipe, I will show you how to achieve the same brownie quality using vegan ingredients.

The Ingredients

To prepare almond flour at home, blend some almonds but be careful not to over process otherwise they become an oily paste (almond butter).

Procedure

Preheat your oven to 350°F (180°C).

In a large bowl, sift in all the dry ingredients and mix well. Add the oil and water, and mix until smooth. Now add the walnuts, chia seeds, and chocolate chips.

Line a 9-inch baking tin with parchment paper (to prevent the vegan brownies from sticking). Gently spread your mixture evenly and bake for 15 minutes.

Transfer to a cooling rack and once cooled, slice even squares. Garnish with fresh raspberries and mint leaves.

Possible Variations to These Vegan Brownies

There are many ways of altering this vegan brownies recipe to suit your taste. The easiest is to add more ingredients.

Raspberry jam and peanut butter go well with these vegan brownies. The jams are best spread on the brownies just before baking, but you can also add them in the brownie mixture.

Alternatively, prepare a thick sauce using Maple syrup, coconut oil, and cocoa powder. Once the brownies are cooled, spread the sauce evenly and garnish with coconut shavings.

Another twist is to add a layer of fudge and mint just before the brownies are fully baked. To make vegan fudge, blend 2 cups of desiccated coconut, 1/2 cup any nut butter (like almond butter, cashew nuts butter, or peanut butter as long as it’s rich and creamy), 1/4 cup cocoa butter, 1/4 cup maple syrup, 1/3 cup unsweetened cocoa powder, and 3 pitted fresh dates. Season with a little salt if you like and you can add any flavor like vanilla, although if you will be using the fudge in other recipes, I wouldn’t recommend flavoring. After using, you can always freeze whatever remains for future use.

Chia Seeds, on the other hand, have gained massive attention recently, with researching finding numerous benefits in them. Chia plant, Salvia hispanica, belongs to the mint family and the seeds are available both locally and online. These seeds are rich in fiber, Protein, omega-3s fats, vitamin B3, B2, and B1, and minerals such as Calcium, zinc, Magnesium, potassium, Manganese, and Phosphorus.

Coconut sugar has a similar texture and flavor to brown sugar or molasses. Its unrefined sugar from coconuts and therefore has a milky-coconut taste.

In Conclusion

If you have a sweet tooth, sometimes it gets harder to resist little temptations. In as much as you still stick to your vegan vows, not all vegan delicacies are healthy. It’s wise to make your desserts and snacks at home and freeze the extras to enjoy over the week/month. This way you have control over all the ingredients. Try these vegan brownies today!

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