This vegan oatmeal pancake mix recipe is simple to make and creates delicious eggless and dairy free pancakes. Using 3 ingredients, including flaxseed and oat flour, this plant-based pancake mix recipe allows for quick pancakes whenever you want!
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Is Pancake Mix Vegan?
There are certain brands of pancake mix available that are vegan but many traditional pancake mix options are not vegan.
Pancake mix often contains dairy, eggs, or both, meaning the product isn’t vegan friendly.
However, there are certain brands of pancake mixes that do not contain any dairy or eggs. Often these pancake mixes require the addition of eggs and/ or dairy when making the pancakes, but these ingredients could easily be replaced with non-dairy milk or vegan egg replacements (ex. flaxseed egg).
If you want to save the hassle of finding a vegan pancake mix at the store, this recipe for vegan oatmeal pancake mix uses only 3 ingredients. This recipe can easily be doubled or tripled and stored in an air tight jar for up to 3 months; so you can have tasty vegan oat pancakes whenever!
Diary Free Pancake Mix
Regardless of the reason you avoid dairy, making your own dairy free pancake mix is a quick and simple process.
For people with a dairy allergy (or any allergy) making food at home can be a nice way to reassure yourself that there aren’t any ingredients you want to/ need to avoid. There’s also no worry of cross contamination which can be a concern for those with allergies.
While creating food at home requires a bit of work, this dairy free pancake mix is very quick and simple to make so it’s really not much of a hassle at all.
Once you have the dry pancake mix prepared, it’s quick and easy to turn it into delicious dairy free pancakes!
Vegan Oat Pancakes
The main ingredient for this vegan pancake mix is oats, specifically oat flour.
Using oatmeal to create a vegan pancake is ideal for a few reasons:
- Oats are fairly inexpensive
- Oatmeal is a nutritious option
- Oat flour creates a delicious texture in a pancake
If you can’t find oat flour at your local store, you can buy online or save some money by making your own.
Simple place rolled oats into a blender or food processor and blend until you have a fine powder/ flour texture.
Once the pancake mix is prepped, you’re one step away from tasty vegan oatmeal pancakes. Simply add some of your favourite plant-based milk, optional add-ins for flavour and get cooking!
Flaxseed Pancakes: Flaxseed Egg
This recipe creates a tasty flaxseed pancake that is vegan and gluten free.
Flaxseed is an essential ingredient in this pancake mix recipe as it’s used to replace eggs.
Ground flaxseed is a nutritious way to replace eggs in many recipes including gluten free vegan pancake mix!
Once soaked, the ground flaxseed forms a gel-like texture which acts in a similar way to eggs by holding the pancake batter together. The flaxseed does require a bit of time to soak which is why it’s important to allow the pancake batter to sit for a few minutes before cooking.
In many recipes you would start by creating a flaxseed egg by soaking the ground flaxseed in water before adding it to the pancake batter. Since the flaxseed is already in the dry pancake mix, we need to allow the ground flaxseed to soak in the liquid used to create the pancakes and form the flax egg within the batter rather than separately.
In gluten-free recipes, using flaxseed is even more important because we can’t rely on the gluten to hold the pancake together!
Tips for Making Vegan Oatmeal Pancakes
This recipe creates a thick pancake batter. To help the pancakes cook, it’s best to spread the batter out into the pan as soon as you pour out the pancake. Use the back of a spoon to spread the pancake batter out in the pan. The pancakes fluff up while cooking so I recommend spreading out the batter to 1 cm thick (about ½ inch) for thick and fluffy vegan pancakes!
While certain pancake recipes are quick to cook, these vegan oatmeal pancakes take a few minutes to cook through. Use a lower heat to ensure the pancake cooks through without burning on the outside. Give them time to cook and practice some patience!
If you don’t need a gluten-free vegan pancake mix, replace half the oat flour with whole wheat flour for a tasty variation!
This is a sugar-free vegan pancake mix but adding a bit of sugar (1 tbsp per batch) does add a nice flavour and sweetness to these oatmeal pancakes.
Are these 3-Ingredient Vegan Pancakes?
This recipe is 3-ingredients to create a tasty plant-based pancake mix. To create the actual pancakes, you need to at least add water.
I recommend using plant-based milk and at least one add-in for extra flavour!
3-ingredient vegan pancakes honestly don’t work out that well. I’ve tried countless times but the flavour and texture never work. With just a couple extra ingredients, you can create a fluffy and delicious vegan oat pancake!
Add-Ins for a Tasty Plant-based Pancake Mix
If you want to take your plant-based pancake mix up a notch, consider adding in some extra ingredients. As noted above, while 3-ingredient vegan pancakes can be convenient in that there are only 3 ingredients, you’ll never achieve a truly delicious pancake without adding some flavour.
Some dry ingredients you can add directly to your plant-based pancake mix are:
- Pumpkin pie spice
- Cocoa powder
- Powdered peanut butter
- Sugar (any type of sugar you like)
- Vegan chocolate chips (semi-sweet chocolate or dark chocolate are often vegan)
Other add-in to use when making the pancake batter are:
- Chopped walnuts or pecans
- Maple syrup (or other liquid sweetener)
- Vanilla extract (I highly recommend this!)
How to Serve Vegan Oat Pancakes
You can serve these vegan oat pancakes however you like!
Topping with a bit of vegan butter and maple syrup is classic and delicious.
Fresh fruit is another delicious and sweet topping idea. Bananas, strawberries, blueberries or apples are a nice choice.
If you want a bit of texture and crunch, pumpkin seeds, walnut or pecans can be a great choice.
I love topping pancakes with strawberry chia seed jam (or peach jam!). Cooked apples are another delicious option!
Let me know in the comments below your favourite pancake toppings. Don’t forget, if you share your creations on social media, tag me @lettucevegout because I love seeing what you make!
Vegan Pancake Mix Recipe (with Oat and Flax, Gluten-Free)
- Large bowl
- 1 ¾ C oat flour (can sub half for whole wheat flour if not gluten-free)
- 2 tbsp ground flaxseed
- 2 tsp baking powder
To Make Pancakes:
- 1 C dry mix
- ½ tsp vanilla extract optional
- ¾ C plant-based milk (almond, soy etc.)
- Sprinkle of cinnamon or pumpkin spice seasoning optional
- Mix all the dry ingredients together. To make oat flour, simply grind up oatmeal in a coffee grinder, food processor or blender.
- The pancake mix will keep in an air tight jar for up to 4 months.
To Make Pancakes:
- To make the pancakes, stir the vanilla and plant-based milk into 1 cup of dry mix. The batter will need to sit for ~1 minute before cooking, to give the oat flour time to soak up some liquid. The batter should be thick but you should still be able to pour it.
- Heat up a large pan over medium heat. Melt vegan butter into pan (or oil of choice/ oil spray).
- Pour the batter into the pan and spread it out into a layer that is about 1 cm thick (or less). It's very important to spread out the batter as it's quite thick and won't cook properly otherwise.
- Allow the pancake to cook until bubbles are coming to the top. These pancakes won't bubble up like regular pancakes; the bubbles will be much more subtle. Keep an eye on the bottom of the pancake to ensure it's not getting too brown (if it's browning too fast and not cooking through, turn the heat down).
- When one side is browned and there are a few bubbles on the surface, flip the pancake over and allow to cook on the other side, until it's nicely browned. Please note this recipe does take some time to cook; high heat won't work well unless you thin out the batter and create very thin pancakes (which I don't recommend).
- Serve with your favourite toppings.
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This is an updated post: Original post date April 2017.