These Tips for Making the Perfect Pancakes is the ultimate guide to mastering flapjacks, whether they are vegan or not. Just a few simple changes and tweaks will leave you enjoying a beautifully airy + fluffy pancake to kick start the morning! Plus, I include an easy recipe for Vegan pancakes that are worth trying. Gluten-free option available.
While I've made a ton of pancakes in my day, I can admit that I didn't always master them, especially in the beginning. I remember learning how to make pancakes with scrambled eggs (which became my staple for most of my adulthood) at the age of 13 and I've never looked back since. Back then, I only had the Aunt Jemima pancake mix, a bowl, and spoon, but I felt accomplished. Haha.
Fast forward to now and since becoming a mama myself---I've really learned to appreciate the power of an easy and delicious pancake. Time can sometime be of the essence and nothing comes together quicker than a pancake, especially when the whole family agrees to loving them.
As I've mentioned, I've had my great moments at failing at making the perfect pancakes, which is why I put together this great little guide/post to help anyone else in need. These tips are tried and true and I also showcase this in my latest Reel video on Instagram, so feel free to take a look for all of my visual learners!
The following ingredients are the bare bones of these vegan pancakes (and any other vegan ones with the exception of added ingredients for a new flavor profile) and are actually staples that you might already have:
I often use maple syrup and agave interchangeably in recipes. However, I love to use pure maple syrup as much as possible. Agave is said to have a lower glycemic index, which makes it a good option for those with diabetes. However, pure Maple syrup has tons of antioxidants because it comes directly from a plant’s sap. Maple syrup is also a good source of essential nutrients, including:
All of these nutrients support a healthy skeletal and immune system!
Tip: choose darker colored Maple Syrup for even more Antioxidants.
For more info on healthy sweeteners, read my guide to The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes.
Ensuring that you make the perfect pancakes each time can sometimes feel like a science, but it's fairly easy with these simple tips + hacks:
When it comes to cooking your pancakes, keeping the heat on low is the key. This ensures that your pancakes are fully cooked through without making the outsides dark before their time.
Ensuring that the leaveners that are used (baking powder, baking soda, etc) aren’t expired and are completely fresh. This ensures that your pancakes rise at their best and are super fluffy as intended.
Once all ingredients are combined after stirring with a spatula (or whisk), stop mixing. Remember, you want airy, fluffy pancakes—not chewy pancakes due to the gluten formulating from over-mixing.
Yes, this is an important step also. I suggest letting the batter sit for 10 minutes or so to allow the ingredients to "activate" which helps to create a fluffy pancake in the end!
While we often try to measure with our eye for the most even pancakes, sometimes we can just miss the mark. That's why I love using a measuring cup (about ½ cup) to measure out the batter evenly and create a nice sequence for my stack.
I find that using a flat cast-iron griddle works the best when making pancakes. However, I've also found great results with larger cast-iron skillets (10-12 inches), which give more room for the flipping despite their slopped sides.
Yes, you read that right. We can sometimes flip beforehand which creates that mess and ruined flip that we desperately try to avoid once mid air. That's why you should wait until the edges are formed AND bubbles have formed and begin "popping" + opening up into holes, which means you're in the safe zone.
I've definitely been tempted to flip and then flip again, but once is best. This ensures that you don't ruin the edges or the entire pancake on your final flip. Besides, cooking them low + slow ensures that the centers are well done.
I use to only butter the pan during the initial first pancake, however, I've learned that lightly greasing or buttering in between every pancake helps to keep them consistently golden and perfectly done.
Yes! You can make this recipe gluten-free with a simple swap and by following the same tips + hacks. Simply replace the flour with a gluten-free flour blend (I recommend Bob’s Red Mill brand). If the batter is thinner than you’d like, add more flour, ¼ cup at a time until it is thick but pourable.
OK, so in case you weren't aware, baking powder is super important in pancakes because it's a leavener that's super acting and it helps to create thick, fluffy pancakes. Therefore, if you don't have any baking powder or you just rather not use it, you do have a few options. I must admit that using alternatives might not create the most fluffiest pancakes, but they do still come out pretty good.
While there are a few great alternatives to baking powder, this is certainly the best DIY option: ¼ teaspoon baking soda + ½ teaspoon cream of tartar + ¼ teaspoon cornstarch = 1 teaspoon DIY baking powder.
If you're thinking about storing your leftover pancakes for a longer period of time OR you'd rather meal prep them for less hassle, it's so easy to freeze them. When you freeze them, they generally last for up to 3 months when stored properly. If you
Personally, I doing method #2, however, you can always pick and choose which works best for you:
Method #1: Place your cooled pancakes in an even layer on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and freeze for about 1 hour or so. Once solid, add them to an airtight sealed container or ziplock bags and store in the freezer.
Method #2: Once your pancakes are cooled, stack them together with parchment paper in between each pancake and place them into an airtight sealed container or ziplock and store in the freezer.
When you're ready to reheat and serve, simply do so in a microwave, toaster, oven, or over the stove top in a skillet until warmed through.
Like I said, my very first mastering of pancakes came out of a pancake mix box, so I totally understand if you'd prefer this method. Besides, there are many healthier pancake mixes out today which makes for a quick, easy alternative to whipping together the ingredients yourself.
When using pancake mix, I definitely recommend a high-quality mix for starters. Secondly, here are a few tips to turning that pancake mix into fluffy pancakes:
You’re already eating (healthier) pancakes for breakfast, so why not go all out with fun toppings—right?
I love serving any fluffy pancake with:
Now that you’ve fallen in love with these tips for the perfect pancakes and recipe, put them to good use with these other delicious pancake recipes:
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