Vegan Blueberry Pancakes

These vegan blueberry pancakes are everything you need for a cozy morning: they’re fluffy, lightly sweet, and perfectly tangy.

Vegan blueberry pancakes

Is there anything cozier than blueberry pancakes? Just the aroma from the griddle is basically the equivalent of a physical hug, right? Alex and I aren’t really breakfast people: but we’re blueberry pancake people. We usually eat ours towards lunchtime or for a midnight snack — but any time of the day: these babies hit the spot. These vegan blueberry pancakes are fluffy, a little tangy from the berries, and just sweet enough. Moistened with maple syrup, they’re everything a pancake should be. And they’re fully plant-based! Keep reading for our secrets.

Vegan blueberry pancakes

How to make vegan blueberry pancakes

This vegan blueberry pancakes recipe is based on our Blueberry Buttermilk Pancakes, a classic take on the buttermilk pancake. They were so seriously tasty that we knew we had to create a vegan version, too. Because breakfast can’t be confined just to dairy! This recipe is perfect for a plant-based breakfast: and little ones love it, so it’s one of our top vegan recipes for kids.

Here’s what makes these blueberry pancakes a vegan recipe:

  • Use a flax egg. Pancakes need a binder to hold them together on the griddle. Flax eggs to the rescue! A flax egg is a mix of ground flax seed and water that creates a gel-like binder. It works perfectly here.
  • Use almond milk + apple cider vinegar. It might sound a little odd, but using vinegar in milk is a standard substitute for buttermilk! Buttermilk is basically acidic dairy, so adding acid to a non-dairy milk works as a vegan substitute.

Once you have these two tricks, the remainder of these vegan blueberry pancakes are just like a standard pancake recipe. Mix together the dries, then the wets, and then mix together the batter. Then cook them on a griddle until golden brown.

Make sure to use neutral oil like grapeseed or vegetable oil to cook the vegan pancakes. We’ve used coconut oil before and the smoke point is pretty low — suffice it to say there was an oil spitting incident! Our preferred oil for cooking pancakes is grapeseed oil.

Now, one last thing about making vegan blueberry pancakes…

Vegan blueberry pancakes

What’s the best method for adding blueberries to pancakes?

This might sound like a silly question. But if you’re like me, you didn’t grow up eating blueberry pancakes, and you didn’t eat them in college. So you don’t know the answer to this very important question:

Question: Should I add blueberries to the pancake batter itself? Or do I add the berries after the pancakes are on the griddle?

Answer: AFTER the pancakes are on the griddle!

How do you get the most even blueberry distribution? Place them right on top of the pancakes while they’re on the griddle. Placing them in the batter itself makes for lumpy pancakes and uneven distribution. You’ll find that when you add the blueberries to pancakes on the griddle, the “top” side of the pancake won’t really show much of the blueberries visually. And that’s ok! You can see them when you slice through the middle.

Blueberries

How to serve these vegan blueberry pancakes

We’re guessing you don’t need lots of ideas on how to serve blueberry pancakes! Simply top with maple syrup and enjoy! But if you’re looking to step them up a bit, here are some ideas:

  • Quick Blueberry Sauce: This thick, purple syrup is out of this world! It’s tangy and sweet, with a pure blueberry flavor. It will take these vegan blueberry pancakes over the top!
  • Vegan Whipped Cream: This fluffy, delightful cream is vegan by way of coconut milk. If you’re a whipped cream with pancakes type of person (I only am for a midnight snack!).
  • Almond Butter: We love serving pancakes with nut butters because they make for a more filling meal and offset a little of the sweet. Homemade almond butter would be perfect here.
Quick blueberry sauce
Quick Blueberry Sauce is the perfect addition to these pancakes!

Want to freeze blueberries?

Got a lot of berries and want to freeze them? Not sure if you can use frozen berries in a baking recipe? Head to our resource: How to Freeze Blueberries.

This vegan blueberry pancakes recipe is…

Vegetarian, vegan, plant-based, dairy-free, naturally sweet, and refined sugar free.

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Vegan blueberry pancakes

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 8 large pancakes 1x

Description

These vegan blueberry pancakes are everything you need for a cozy morning: they’re fluffy, lightly sweet, and perfectly tangy.


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Ingredients

  • 1 flax egg
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup, plus additional for serving
  • 2 tablespoons neutral oil (vegetable or grapeseed)
  • 1 pinch turmeric (optional)
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen blueberries
  • Optional: Quick Blueberry Sauce, for serving

Instructions

  1. Start the flax egg (it needs to sit for 15 minutes).
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, whisk together the all purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and kosher salt.
  3. In a separate bowl, pour in the buttermilk, maple syrup, and oil. When the egg is done, add the egg.
  4. Stir the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients. If you’d like, add a tiny pinch of turmeric (our batter was very light, and a little turmeric mimics the color an egg yolk adds).
  5. Lightly press a skillet with additional grapeseed or vegetable oil. Heat the skillet to medium heat. Pour the batter into small circles, and place blueberries on top. Cook the pancakes until the bubbles pop on the top and the bottoms are golden. Then flip them and cook until done. Serve immediately with maple syrup.

  • Category: Breakfast / Brunch
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: Vegan Blueberry Pancakes, Vegan Pancakes

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About the Authors

Sonja Overhiser

Cookbook Author and writer

Sonja Overhiser is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best healthy cookbooks of 2018. She’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the food blog A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Sonja seeks to inspire adventurous eating to make the world a better place one bite at a time.

Alex Overhiser

Cookbook Author and photographer

Alex Overhiser is an acclaimed food photographer and author based in Indianapolis. He’s host of the food podcast Small Bites and founder of the recipe website A Couple Cooks. Featured from the TODAY Show to Bon Appetit, Alex is author of Pretty Simple Cooking, named one of the best vegetarian cookbooks by Epicurious.

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