This basic recipe makes great breakfast or dessert pancakes, sweet or savoury. If you want thicker pancakes – American or Scotch style – just reduce the liquid a little. Try using 120ml/½ cup each of soya milk and water instead of 175ml/¾ cup. It is easier to make something too thick and thin it down than the other way round!
- Gluten-free flour and baking powder works in this recipe (the rest of the ingredients are already GF)
- Chickpea (gram or besan) flour is widely available from bigger branches of most supermarkets; ethnic shops like Indian grocers; health food shops. It’s pretty cheap! Elephant, Natco, Tesco, and Dove’s Farm are some of the brands on sale
- 175g/¾ cup plain (all-purpose) flour, sieved – we like to use 50:50 wholemeal and white flours. However you can use all white or all wholemeal too. If you only have SR flour reduce the baking powder by half
- 2 tbsp chickpea flour, sieved – also known as gram or besan flour. Don’t skip the sieving, it’s really hard to get the lumps out otherwise!
- 1 tsp baking powder, sieved
- Pinch of salt
- Additional oil for frying
- 175ml/¾ cup soya or other plant milk +175ml/¾ cup water + 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- Syrup – date, maple, agave, fruit (eg Sweet Freedom), brown rice or golden
- Sugar and lemon juice
- Fresh fruit with natural soya yogurt, jam and syrup as above – eg banana, strawberries, blueberries…
- Fresh fruit with chocolate sauce – see website for an easy vegan choc sauce recipe!
- Stir fried veg with tofu
- Ratatouille (aubergine, courgette & tomato stew) with optional grated vegan cheese
- Fried spinach & mushrooms with garlic and soya sauce
- Spice dahl with spinach and potatoes
- Quick Vegan Cheesy Sauce from our simple recipe
1. Place all of the ingredients, except the oil for frying, in a blender and blend until smooth. Alternatively, whisk by hand until there are no lumps. Add dry ingredients first then add liquid gradually.
2. Heat the frying pan and then add a small amount of oil (a hot pan makes better pancakes). Drain off any excess (or use low-cal spray, as above).
3. Pour enough of the batter mixture in to the frying pan to thinly cover the bottom. Fry on one side for about a minute. Loosen the edges with a spatula and flip. Fry the flip side for another minute or until done.
4. Remove from pan and keep warm in the oven on its lowest setting.
5. Add more oil/spray to the pan if and when necessary. Repeat steps 3 to 6 until all of the mixture is used up. Serve with your chosen accompaniments.