Authentic Vegan Banana Pancakes (20 Minutes)

Authentic Vegan Banana Pancakes #pancakes #banana #vegan | hurrythefoodup.comThis has been one of our longest recipes in the creation. We’ve been testing various ingredients and methods for weeks now, and it was hard to get these vegan banana pancakes exactly how we wanted them. But we did, and not without a little help.

Tasty, fluffy pancakes without eggs and are difficult to make. They tend to go soft and ‘boring’ in the middle, and they’re usually a pretty poor substitute for real pancakes.

We perfected these 2 Ingredient Banana and Egg Pancakes last year, and followed it up with these ridiculously High Protein Cottage Cheese Pancakes earlier this year.
We love pancakes!

Authentic Vegan Banana Pancakes #pancakes #banana #vegan | hurrythefoodup.comAnd we were having trouble making good pancakes without eggs and dairy. We tried many replacements – various starches, flax ‘eggs’ (flax seeds mixed with water), expensive flours, with varying results, but none really reached out to us. So we reached out.

We got some fantastic tips from fellow food bloggers, and we’re really grateful. So much of an awesome pancake is in the cooking. We learnt that to cook an amazing vegan pancake there are few must-dos, and they couldn’t be simpler. They are:Authentic Vegan Banana Pancakes #pancakes #banana #vegan | hurrythefoodup.com

  • Make sure the batter is smooth.
  • Keep the pancakes small and thick.
  • Cook on a low-medium heat. Don’t be tempted to go higher.
  • Use a non-stick pan.
  • Cook with a lid on.
  • Flip the pancake when the face-up side begins to bubble.

And that’s it. That’s all there is to it. By following those few easy rules you can have a pancake that tastes awesome alone or with a load of different topping possibilities, is fluffy and pancakey in the middle, is very healthy, and completely vegan.
Who’d have thunk it was so easy?

Authentic Vegan Banana Pancakes #pancakes #banana #vegan | hurrythefoodup.com

Health Benefits – Vegan Banana Pancakes

One serving = 2 pancakes

Where to start? Getting a banana down you is never going to hurt – just think of all that lovely fiber and potassium. Fiber makes the world (and our insides) go round – and most people fall well short of the optimal amount (1). Potassium lowers your blood pressure and is great for cardiovascular health. It is also believed to lower cramping in athletes (2).

Oats are awesome too – for a load of reasons – but the one I want to point out here is their blood-sugar stabilising properties.

Starting the day with a good blood-sugar balance is a reward your body will reap for the whole day. The magnesium contained in oats also cuts your risk of type 2 diabetes (3). Great little things really, aren’t they?
And finally, another very important health benefit of these vegan pancakes is one for the health of all those animals not involved. Yep, no animal product even gets close to these delicious banana pancakes. Everyone’s a winner!

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Recipe type: Vegan
Serves: 4 pancakes
Ingredients
  • 1 cup oats
  • 1 cup soy milk (or your fave non-dairy)
  • 0.3 cups wholemeal flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • pinch salt
  • 1 large/2 small ripe banana(s)
  • Olive oil for cooking
  • Optional and awesome:
  • 2 tbsp chia seeds (not sure where to find chia seeds? Click here.)
Instructions
  1. Put all the items into a large bowl and blend them using something like this hand blender.
  2. Spray or drizzle oil in a non-stick pan, and spread around with a paper towel. Heat on a low-medium heat (don’t go higher!).
  3. Pour in a small amount of the batter. The pancakes should be small and thick (see our pics for an idea).
  4. Pop a lid on and let the pancake cook gently. When the side facing you starts to bubble, the other side is done. Time to flip! A spatula is easiest.
  5. Once flipped, let the other side cook too. Have a peek at the underside using the spatula after a minute or so. When it’s nice and brown (but not burnt!) it’s ready. Woo!
  6. Repeat. If you have a large pan then it’s possible to cook two or three small pancakes at the same time. Alternatively, if you’re feeling particularly flash then you can cook with two pans at the same time too. Serve straight away or stack the pancakes on a plate in a warm oven ‘til you’re ready to eat.
  7. Don’t forget oven gloves when you take them out ;)
Notes
Thanks to The Vegan 8, The Big Man’s World, Cadry’s Kitchen, Feasting on Fruit, Veggies Inspired Journey, Healthier Steps, and Veggies Don’t Bite for all your input on how to make vegan pancakes awesome! Your tips helped out a lot, we really appreciate it.

PS. Our nutritional information table includes two tablespoons of chia seeds, ‘cos that’s our favourite way of making them!
 

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90 comments

  1. Those pancakes look absolutely luscious. Having some family over this weekend for brunch and I can’t wait to wow them with these! Thanks for sharing.

  2. These look so tasty!! Your pictures are gorgeous and I want to grab a fork and jump through the computer screen to dig in! So glad all of our input helped you along the way to these perfect banana pancakes! I’m thinking pancakes for dinner might be in order! 🙂

  3. Oh how I wish I would be waking up to that beautiful stack of pancakes tomorrow morning. Love that you tested many different ways (tough job, right?). Seems to me you landed right on the money!

  4. I’m drooling here! The stack looks so darn delicious. I love the trick with the lid! So handy

  5. I am always on the hunt for easy vegan pancakes and these look pretty amazing!! Can’t wait to try them out this weekend! Beautiful pictures, too! 🙂

  6. Looks delicious! I love adding vanilla and almond extract to my pancakes for an extra boost of yum!

  7. I use banana or applesauce to replace the egg in my vegan pancakes and they are so light and fluffy. These look great! I’m so happy you mastered them. 🙂

  8. They look great guys! Now I’m hungry for pancakes! Now you need to create some perfect non-banana pancakes, haha, for all the people who don’t like bananas 🙂 I’ve noticed a lot of people use bananas in vegan pancakes but I don’t like bananas sadly :(, so that’s why I had to work hard to come up with perfect fluffy, NON dense pancakes and starch ultimately is the magic (being gluten-free especially). I will share these with my brother who loves bananas! They look beautiful!!

  9. Wow! Now that’s a stack of pancakes!! These look beautiful and delicious!

  10. I love the simplicity of this recipe! Need to definitely make these:) Pinning!

  11. Oh. my. god. Stop. These look too delicious!!! Love your tips on making vegan pancakes live up to their yummy potential too. Pinned!

  12. Banana banana banana banana banana <—– quote from a System of a Down song. Beautiful song, even more beautiful recipe!! 🙂

  13. Awesome looking banana pancakes! Who needs eggs and dairy eh?

  14. Easy, tasty and healthy too? Count me in! I love oats in pancakes!!

  15. I love pancakes. Cant believe that these are vegan and actually healthy. Gonnna try it soon 🙂

  16. I’d like to try it!

  17. I like all your tips! Pancakes are one of those things that can be really difficult to perfect if you don’t know all the right techniques. Your pictures look fab, too!

  18. I love how quick these cook up. Totally doable on a school day. I am pinning for later!

  19. They look so perfect. Do you think I can use GF flour in place of the whole wheat flour?

  20. That’s it!!! I’m trying these. Thanks for the recipe and all the testing 🙂

  21. Oriana @Mommyhood's Diary

    This recipe is perfect for our family!! We’re not vegan but my daughter is allergic to eggs. They look fantastic. Pinning to try soon.

  22. you just cannot beat a tall stack of fluffy pancakes… these look perfect!

  23. Yummy! This looks amazing! I absolutely love banana pancakes! 🙂

  24. You had me drooling over these pics! Definitely making this soon!

  25. Great recipe. I´ve recently gone from vegetarian to vegan and banana pancakes was something that my mother made a lot when I was young. I´ll have to try this recipe for sure!

  26. I’ve made these twice this week : ) Love them and so easy to make. I followed the recipe except for using 1/3 cup chickpea flour as I was out of wholemeal. I used my Vitamix to blend all the dry ingredients and then added all the wet to blend about 1-2 mins more. Topped them with a smear of Earth Balance and small drizzle of organic maple syrup. Delicious! Next time I will add blueberries on top : )
    Thank you for this great recipe!

  27. These yummy and healthy pancakes are just the BEST!! Thanks for sharing. We have made them to perfection three times in 10 days. We use wholegrain oats and use our Blendec to get a smooth batter. We add baking powder to the mixture at the end.

    • Wow Suki, thanks so much for this awesome feedback!!! Great to hear you liked them, this recipe definitely took us some time to develop 🙂

      • We made them again today for the 4th time in 10 days ;-). They are that good and a great way to eat oats! This time, we used 2 Tbs chia seeds as recommended. Definitely the way to go since it vastly improves the texture and reduces pan greasing (not to mention the health benefits!!) Thanks again Howie.

  28. I’m loving all the vegan recipes you guys have put up…I’ve been vegan for more than a year now after being vegetarian all my life and am loving the change in diet! I have a few pancake recipes I love, but you can never have too many…plus I’m a ‘banana in my pancake mix’ type of person! Love your photographs!

  29. I’ve made these twice now and am so happy I found your recipe! They’re so easy to make, it’s awesome. Thank you so much!

    • Hi HitbyCoconuts (what a cool name!) ,

      wow, that’s sooooo great to hear! This recipe is definitely one that we are most proud of. It took us some time to get the texture and flavour of those pancakes just right. Thanks for the positive comment! 🙂

  30. Loll here it is hello does anyone know if I can make the batter and store it in the fridge for the next day for me to cook?

    • Hi Letesa,
      yes! In general batter of pancakes are fine until they turn gray, which happens after a couple of days 🙂
      Give the batter some time to warm up and you should be fine!

  31. Just made these and they are easy and delicious. My 5 and 7 year old loved them. Thank you for this amazing recipe.

  32. Annalise Parnello

    I can’t seem to get mine to cook all the way through, with or without the lid. I’ve tried varying thicknesses, too. Am I missing something??

    • They are still a little mushy inside you mean?
      – rather go middle to low heat
      – don’t skip the baking powder!

      Also, they will never be exactly like “classic” pancakes with eggs texturewise. But it’s fine if that’s not your aim.

      • We have been making these pancakes every week for the last three months or so. We have a ceramic hob and we ensure that the pan is well heated (at medium) when we start, then turned to low when the pancakes start browning too quickly. I suggest you cook the pancakes at a lower heat for slightly longer. The lid is a must, as are chia seeds and good baking powder! In my view, these are BETTER than the standard pancakes and my family and friends agree!!!!!!!

  33. Really great. Healthy, animal friendly, simple and tasty recipe – and good to find a use for over ripe bananas and the chia seeds that have been sitting in my cupboard for months! Delicious with walnuts and maple syrup, I can also see them accompanying a savoury meal too (like cornbread).

    I use a lot of online recipes and this one of the best, thanks so much.

    • Hi Helen!
      Awesome stuff! Hahhaah, yeees I know what you mean in regards to the chia seeds. Luckily they have a long lasting shelf life 😉
      Thanks so much for the props, really glad you liked these pancakes!!

  34. love them! easy to make and sooo delicious!

  35. Woah the serving size says 427 grams and the calories are over 700????!! How many calories are in one pancake?

    Confused… help!

    • Hi Logan!
      You’re completely right, that’s a massive number. I just double checked and found out that the chia seeds I picked were unrealistically heavy in calories. Apart from that everything looks fine. One serving is 2 pancakes though. I updated the recipe, thanks for pointing out! All in all those pancakes are heavy fuckers tho 😉

  36. I apologize in advance for this. I am confused by 0.3 cups of flour in this recipe. Really? I must not be too bright.

  37. Sorry, this recipe was not successful for me. The pancakes stuck badly to the pan and didn’t taste anything like pancakes.

    • Sorry to hear that, Sarah! Yes, vegan pancakes are a little more difficult to make than pancakes including eggs. You definitely need the right equipment for it too. 🙂

  38. I have newly become vegan, and was craving a good pancake! So I followed this recipe exactly and they turned out AAAAAMAZING! Even better than regular pancakes! Will definitely be using this on the regular! Thank you

  39. These are YUMMY! Thank you for posting. I used buckwheat flour.

  40. I love how you all comment on how great these sound when you have never made them. These stick so badly to the pan!!!!!! I went through two pans before deciding we’re having muffins. Vegan pancakes are a myth

    • Hi Ingrid,
      I see your point! Sorry about the confusion. Still, if you scroll down a little you find many users who tried and liked them. The pan sticking issue is difficult to solve from here, but overall I’m sure something went wrong on your end. I have pretty crappy pans in my kitchen and get them flipped all the time

    • Hi Ingrid (who thinks these vegan pancakes are a myth),

      We have been making these EVERY WEEK since we discovered them in November(?) 2015. It is our weekend treat.

      The trick is to use a non-stick pan with a lid, keep it at a medium heat and make sure you add the chia seeds. In my view, chia is a must-have ingredient!!

      FYI we use wholegrain oats and add a little extra soy milk to get the batter right. We also use a high speed blender (Blendtec)
      and I am sure this helps the binding and non-stick process.

      These pancakes are truly 5 STAR and I have passed it onto so many people.

      Don’t give up!! Good luck.

      Cheers
      Suki

  41. Just wanted to let you know I’ve been vegetarian/vegan for over 25 years and these are the first pancakes that I have made from scratch to actually taste amazing! I’ve tried recipe after recipe and I just happen to Google vegan banana pancakes yesterday because my son wanted them and they were absolutely delicious! Thanks! I will be adding this to my cooked vegan food collection

    • Hi Ingrid,
      yesss!! I know what you mean! I tried so many vegan recipes and I always had problems with them. Maybe it was also me, but yeah.
      To make these pancakes we really took our time and asked many vegan bloggers for their secrets. So glad it paid off 🙂

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