I get into breakfast ruts a lot. For most of my life, I ate cereal with skim milk and possibly a side of waffles for breakfast basically every single morning. I’ve never been a savory breakfast kind of girl, because I’ve always hated eggs, bacon and sausage. Within the past year, though, I’ve moved away from having cereal for breakfast. First, I was on an overnight oats kick that started about a year ago. I was obsessed and came up with a million different combos. I still love overnight oats, but now I’ve been having them for snacks more often than for breakfast. Just a couple of weeks ago, I started having a smoothie-in-a-bowl basically every single day, topped with fruit or crushed cereal. So good. But since I’ve been home for the summer, there’s been only one thing on my mind–pancakes.
Before a week ago, I don’t think I’d ever made pancakes from scratch. Sometimes on the weekends I’d whip my family up a batch made from an Archer Farms mix. While they have tons of awesome flavors, they aren’t super healthy (or vegan–why do so many things have to have milk in them?) Earlier last week, I made my first homemade, single-lady pancake batch and I was hooked!
If you’re intimidated by making your own pancakes completely from scratch, fear not. They are super simple to make, take practically no time at all (maybe 10 minutes at the most, if you make a batch for just yourself) and are totally customizable. Here’s the basic formula I’ve been using…
3 T to 1/4 cup flour (I like peanut flour or oat flour)
1/2 t baking powder
1/2 to 1 T flax seed, ground and made into flax egg
2-4 T unsweetened almond milk (any flavor) plus extra water to thin
sweetener (I’ve been using Truvia packets or flavored liquid stevia)
Stir flour and baking powder together in a small bowl until combined. Add in liquid ingredients until mixed well. The batter should be thin enough to drip off a spoon but thick enough to hold together. Makes 3-4 small pancakes.
The baking powder is really the only thing you can’t substitute. You can use any flour you like, gluten-free or whatnot. If you’re not vegan or don’t have flax on hand, sub in egg whites or chia seeds. You can use all water, or all almond milk, or any kind of milk you want. If you don’t have a sweet tooth, you can leave out the sweetener or you can use a liquid sweetener like maple syrup or honey. And of course, any add-ins and toppings you like! You can even play around with the texture. I love mine really thick and fluffy, so I make tiny, pillowy pancakes.
I’m sharing some of my favorite combos that I’ve made so far–all of them have been amazing and so much better than pancakes made from mixes!
Carrot cake pancakes made with oat flour and shredded carrot/fresh pineapple chunks/cinnamon/raisins, topped with peanut flour sauce and raisins.
PB&J pancakes made with peanut flour and topped with homemade strawberry jam and sunflower seed butter.
Cookie dough pancakes made with oat flour and chopped vegan chocolate chips, topped with honey vanilla agave syrup.
Tiramisu pancakes made with oat flour and Starbucks instant coffee powder, topped with homemade cashew ‘mascarpone’ cream, dusting dark cocoa powder and honey vanilla agave syrup.
Cashew ‘Mascarpone’ Cream (vegan, gluten-free, no added sugar)
1/4 cup cashew pieces, soaked in water overnight
2-3 T unsweetened almond milk (vanilla or plain)
5-6 drops liquid vanilla stevia, to taste
Drain water off cashews and pour into food processor or high powered blender. Add in almond milk and stevia and process until mostly smooth and creamy. Serve on top of pancakes/waffles, as a dip for fresh fruit or as sandwich filling. Makes about 1/4 cup.
Do you prefer pancakes, waffles or crepes? What are your favorite toppings for pancakes?
20 thoughts on “Pancake Party!”
I love pancakes! I usually just put syrup on them though, but I don’t make them a whole lot really. I don’t have a waffle iron so I can’t actually make those. What a cool idea to put cashews in them…
The cashew cream was really good, and a nice change from basic syrup toppings! And it was easy to make too.
Love making peanut flour pancakes too!!! Now that it’s summer break, I’ve been eating waffles and pancakes 24/7 haha 😉
That reminds me to make waffles again! I almost forgot about my waffle iron!
I get into breakfast ruts too… for sureeee and especially when I am at school! But I have been making an effort to shake it up now that I am home and I have already enjoyed two different breakfasts in two days 🙂 One of them was pancakes so I opt for pancakes whenever I can compared to crepes and waffles…. the ones I made were made with oats, cottage cheese, whole wheat flour, err and some other stuff, and cooked with plump blueberries, SO TASTY 🙂
Mmm I just got some blueberries the other day so I’ll have to add those in to my next batch!
Delicious pancakes! I need to get out of my food ruts. I eat the same thing for breakfast and lunch every day. It’s a problem. Maybe I’ll make pancakes tomorrow
I tend to eat a lot of the same things too so it’s nice to change things up every once in awhile.
i really want to make something for my mom, well mother’s day is over i know :p but she and my dad are in europe, their choice! when they get back though i want to make breakfast. usually (aka like the last few years) i either eat my own thing but make her something, or make her something that i’d also like, something oats or cereal related, though i made scones and a yogurt parfait the year before last. my parents often like savoury things, like eggs and toast or something more fancy and i guess i am not a huge fan (but i ate them when i was little)…ugh anyway long story short, i guess this inspires me to actually make her something that she really wants. i find that my fears sort of get in the way, and she might even request something that she doesn’t truly like. i honestly cannot remember the last time i had them, and i used to make homemade/scratch ones, specifically this one whole wheat apple pancake (with grated apple) and it was so good. maple syrop, especially pure (im canadian aha) is so good and i always ate the aunt jemima fake stuff when i was little. but after trying the pure stuff, its so much better. sorry this is a novel 😛 xoxox
You are soooooo right, real maple syrup is way better than fake! I never have the fake kind anymore, even though the real stuff is expensive.
for me: crepes > waffles > pancakes. i never was really a pancake girl, only cuz i thought i HAD to have them with maple syrup (which isnt my favorite combo). i do love waffles and biscoff spread, and i used to have nutella crepes before i found out they use calfs rennet in making it 😦
It’s so sad thinking how much stuff has animal products in it, especially when it doesn’t have to!
I used to eat the same thing for breakfast (a huge bowl of oats) during school days since in held me over but now that it’s summer I get to eat whenever and whatever I want. I’m happy I actually have the time to make pancakes now! These all sound great 🙂
I was the same way during school. It’s so great having the time to make whatever!
i love how you’re so creative with pancakes!
these all look amazing!
Thank you! They were all delicious 😀
Those carrot cake pancakes are genius! I love pancakes one special occasions but I’m more of an oatmeal on a daily basis person.
I usually have oats or a smoothie most days too but I’ve been having pancakes more often lately since I have time to make them and they’re super easy and healthy!
Pancake reheat pretty well too. Make a bunch on Sunday and you have breakfast for Mon and Tues!
Yep, they’re perfect for that!
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