To have breakfast or not to have breakfast? That is a question that many scientists try to find the answer to. But what would be your verdict?
The answer most likely would depend on what is for breakfast. How about homemade pancakes?
You can have them with delicious fresh berries, whipped cream, or maple syrup. Or you can have savory pancakes, with grilled vegetables, instead.
Pancakes are widely popular so you can buy them anywhere, however, if you are ready to make your own, keep reading to find out what goes into plant-based pancake mix.
What to Include in Your Plant-Based Pancake Mix
The traditional pancake mix consists of flour, eggs, milk, and butter. Yes, it is that simple. Plant-based pancake mix is basically the same, but the only difference is that you substitute eggs and dairy products.
Vegan pancakes are cooked on a pan or griddle, the same way as non-vegan pancakes. They will still taste delicious and will be fluffy and soft. You won’t be able to taste the difference!
The beauty in making your own plant-based pancake mix is that you can play around with ingredients. You can make your first batch by keeping it simple and seeing how they turn out. As you get more advanced you can experiment more.
Dry Ingredients for Your Plant-Based Pancake Mix
Flour is your star ingredient, therefore use good quality flour. Many recipes call for all-purpose flour because of how easy it is to use. However, you can replace all-purpose flour with other types of flour depending on your taste. You can choose from whole wheat, oat flour, or spelt.
You can also use gluten-free flour if you have a sensitivity to gluten.
Using organic flour in your vegan pancake mix is an added benefit. Organic flour is made from chemical-free grains. This means that organic flour is full of nutrients and much healthier.
Sugar is the next ingredient you add to the vegan pancake mix. Sugar is added to give a little bit of sweetness and help the batter to come together. Many vegan pancake recipes call for white sugar, however, you can replace it with a healthier option.
You can use coconut sugar, preferably organic, as it is unrefined, and it is also slightly lower on the glycemic index. Keep in mind that coconut sugar is brown. However, if you rather not add white sugar or coconut sugar, you can add maple syrup.
You only need to add a tablespoon of sugar, so even if you substitute the sugar, it won’t ruin your pancakes.
Baking powder is a raising agent, so it is added to help the pancakes to rise and be fluffy. If you don’t have baking powder handy, don’t worry, you can omit it. Your pancakes won’t be as fluffy and they may also seem a little bit flat, but they will still be tasty.
Add a pinch of salt for flavor. Other commonly used aromas to enhance the flavor are vanilla extract and cinnamon.
Wet Ingredients for Your Plant-Based Pancake Mix
After you have your dry ingredients sorted, it is time to add some liquid. As you remember from earlier, the traditional recipes called for milk and butter. In your vegan pancake mix, you are also going to use milk, but it is going to be plant-based milk.
There are a lot of types of plant-based milk to choose from so you can’t go wrong. Many vegan pancake recipes recommend adding almond milk because it gives a nice nutty flavor. However, you can add oat or soy milk instead.
Your last ingredient in your plant-based pancake mix is water. The main reason for adding water into your mix is to make your pancakes super light. Otherwise, the batter will be a bit heavy, and your pancakes may turn out a little chewy.
You already have the ingredients for the best pancake recipe, however, if you feel a little bit adventurous you may want to use some substitutes.
One of the most common eggs and oil replacers is mashed bananas. Mashed bananas add sweetness to the mixture as well as make the batter stick together.
The best bananas to use for your mash are ripe bananas because they are soft and sweeter. However, if you don’t have any, you may want to consider using mashed pumpkin, sweet potato puree, or applesauce.
How to Make Vegan Pancakes
You only need the basic equipment to make the mixture. You need a bowl, measuring cup, spatula, and a pan to fry the pancakes.
Mix the dry ingredients, flour, sugar, salt, and baking powder, in a bowl. Gradually add the wet ingredients, plant-based milk, water, and aromas (if you are using vanilla extract).
Mix your mixture gently, until all ingredients are combined. The trick here is to not overmix your batter. Your pancakes may turn out heavy and rubbery if you overmix water and flour.
Rest your plant-based pancake mix for up to 5 minutes. Heat the pan, drizzle the pan with some oil and start cooking!
Cook each pancake for about 1.5 to 2 minutes on one side, and for about 1 minute on the other side. You know when a pancake is ready when it is a little bit dry on the edges but golden brown in the middle.
Make sure that you are using a good quality non-stick pan, and you cook the pancakes on low heat. Actually, this is one of the most common mistakes you can make with your plant-based pancake mix.
Your pan needs to be hot, but you need to cook pancakes on low heat. Otherwise, you will burn them on the outside, but they will be still wet and raw on the inside.
The Best Pancake Recipe
It is so easy to make your own plant-based pancake mix with the right ingredients. You can create your best pancake recipe and have your friends and family wanting to steal it from you!
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