Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Quick & Easy Pancakes

We eat a lot of pancakes in our house. A LOT. As in once a week at least. Sometimes for breakfast, sometimes for dinner. My girls- all three of them- love pancakes. And so do I- they are so easy to make, everyone gets to eat them the way they want to. My oldest daughter likes to make peanut butter and jelly pancakes. My middle puts either syrup or honey on hers The youngest eats them plain. I like mine with buttery spread and honey. Usually we pair them with fruit and scrambled eggs for breakfast, and for brinner we'll have bacon, eggs, and hash browns. I always make extra so I can keep them for breakfasts for a few days too.

I adapted this recipe from my Better Homes and Gardens cookbook. It is listed as a Buttermilk Pancake recipe, but there is a variation posted beneath it where you can omit the buttermilk and use regular milk so I just sub my non-dairy milk. I add a few extra ingredients to mine as well.

1 3/4 cups all purpose flour
2 Tablespoons sugar
1 Tablespoon baking powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 egg, slightly beaten
1 1/2 cups vanilla soy milk (or non dairy milk)
3 Tablespoons cooking oil
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
a pinch of nutmeg

1.In a large bowl combine your dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, salt.
In a small bowl lightly beat the egg, add your soy milk and oil. Combine the two. We like our pancakes on the thinner side, so I always add more soy milk to the batter and thin it out. Once you have gotten your desired consistency, add in your cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg (if desired).

I let my batter stand for about 10 minutes and come to room temp or so before I use it.

2. Pour about 1/4 cup of batter onto your preheated griddle, or a greased heavy skillet.

Cook on one side until the bubbles in the batter don't close up, or until the sides start to turn golden.

You can omit the cinnamon, vanilla, and/or nutmeg if you would like. I have also done vanilla and dairy free chocolate chips (more of a special treat or dessert pancake). We have topped these with peaches, fried apples, sauteed bananas... the possibilities are endless.

*Does your family do breakfast for dinner? If so, what is your favorite thing to make?*


  1. Thanks for this dairy-free recipe. I'm on a vegetarian diet, trying to go vegan. The only other lactose-free recipe I remember is remember from peta for blueberry pancakes. Do you ever put fruit in your pancakes? I got kind of tired of it, so I wanted to search for more. I really like this pancake recipe. It's so nice and simple.

    For toppings, have you ever tried mango syrup? I tried it recently, and I really like it. I bought it at an asian market. I recommend it

    Thanks for sharing this recipe, and happy holidays!

  2. You're so welcome! I like to keep things simple- especially basic everyday recipes like pancakes. I do recommend adding extra soymilk- this batter can be very thick otherwise.
    I have tried fruit- my kids like apples and blueberries in their pancakes as well. You can also add flaxseed meal or wheat germ to this if you want to add some extra health benefits.
    Mango syrup sounds really good- do you make it or buy it? I used to make my own honey syrup but never tried fruit syrups, although we really like them.
    Thanks so much for reading my blog! I hope you find a few recipes you like!