the best vegan pancakes

It’s probably no surprise that I love pancakes. They’re perfect just the way they are and I would rather not modify them. So when it comes to making a vegan version, I’m really picky. I’ve gone through so many recipes trying to find the best one. I’ve tried practically every “vegan pancake recipe” on the first page of Google. Many of them come out dense, flat, and oily, with no resemblance to the cakey, fluffy texture I want out of pancakes.

Vegan-Pancakes-1I’ve even tried Champs’ pancakes and was like, “Mmm, sorry, no.”

But I’ve finally found the perfect recipe!  I have made this recipe half a dozen times at least and each time it turns out great! You’d never know they were vegan. They’re perfectly fluffy with the right balance of buttery and cakey goodness with crispy edges.

Vegan-Pancakes-5The best part? You only need one bowl.

Vegan-Pancakes-4The secret is the flax egg – a mix of ground flaxseed, or flax meal, and water. It’s often used in vegan baking to mimic the effects of an egg.

I’ve made these pancakes with both banana and blueberries and it turned out amazing each time. I use liquid coconut oil which gives them a slightly nutty taste. You can use olive or canola oil, but for the best taste, go with coconut.

Vegan-Pancakes-3Adapted from here.

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Quick and easy vegan pancakes to add to your morning brunch.
Recipe type: Breakfast
Yields: 8
  • 1 Tbsp of ground flaxseed
  • 2.5 Tbsp water
  • 1 Tbsp coconut oil (liquid form)
  • 1 Tbsp maple syrup
  • 1 cup of almond milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • vegan butter for griddle (I used Earth Balance)
  1. In a large bowl, create a flax egg by whisking together the flaxseed and water. Let it set for 2-3 minutes.
  2. Whisk in the coconut oil, maple syrup, and almond milk until well combined.
  3. Switch to a wooden spoon and gently stir in the baking powder, baking soda, sea salt, and flour until combined. Be sure not to over-mix.
  4. Melt the vegan butter on a skillet pre-heated to medium heat. I use about 1 tsp for each pancake.
  5. Pour ¼ cup of batter into the skillet at a time.
  6. If you’re adding mix-ins, sprinkle them into the batter as you place it on the skillet.
  7. Cook on medium heat for 3-4 minutes on both sides, until crispy and thoroughly cooked.

Vegan-Pancakes-6I’ve shared a few more tips on making perfect pancakes here.

How do you like your pancakes? I rarely use syrup on my pancakes. My favorite are blueberry pancakes with whipped cream. I used to love chocolate chip, but have lately only wanted blueberry. Ryan loves banana and maple syrup. 

Quick Fall Craft: DIY Ribbon Pumpkin

A few weeks ago, the weather gave us the shyest hint that fall was coming and immediately I became more cheerful and optimistic. Fall always makes me feel hopeful and relaxed, like I want to take things easier, slow down, and just savor the season.

Naturally, at the first sign of browning leaves, I went straight to the craft store to stock up on my fall-themed craft supplies. Of course, I go straight for the most colorful aisle in the store – the ribbon section. I’m frequently attracted to ribbons, but can never figure out how to craft with them in a way that doesn’t look tacky. I thought I’d try my luck at shaping the wired ribbon into a pumpkin, using a particularly shimmery one to add to my collection of glitter pumpkins (my favorite!).  Plus, using a glittered ribbon seemed like a safe way to incorporate glitter into my décor without getting it everywhere.


Lately, my busy days are making it hard for me to sit down and really enjoy a day of full crafting, so I have to supplement with smaller things I can do during a one-hour TV session. This craft took maybe 10 minutes from start to finish.


  • Wire ribbon
  • Clear tape (not necessary, but makes it easier)
  • Craft/jewelry wire or a twist-tie
  • Cinnamon stick

Cut four equal sized strips from the ribbon, mine were about 14 inches. You’ll want to leave an additional 1 – 2 inches on the ends to wrap them. The longer the ribbon, the bigger the pumpkin. I recommend keeping them small, since the ribbon isn’t the sturdiest.


I used a “template pumpkin” to get a good size.


Take the first two ribbons and cross them right at the middle. Temporarily tape them down to hold in place.


Add the third ribbon, diagonally intersecting the other two. Then add the fifth ribbon, crossing diagonally the other way across the existing ribbons. Secure with tape.


This part is a little tricky. Slowly start twisting the open ends of the ribbon together, until they’re all bunched and have closed the top.


Secure by wrapping a wire around the ends.


Sometimes the ribbons get pushed around in the process, but simply puff them out and help mold them into a pumpkin shape. Remove the tape (I forgot when I was photographing). As long as the pumpkin isn’t moved around too much, it should keep its shape just fine. Then add a cinnamon stick for a stem!


You can pick up a few different colors of ribbon to have an entire ribbon pumpkin patch!

Fall Favorite Things

This summer felt very long, which makes me worry fall will be short. It’s already getting a little too chilly for long evenings outside. To make this fall last as long as possible, I’ve listed a few things I am doing or want to do to savor the moment.



– Sharing the bed with two snuggly cats.
– Opening all the windows and
– Listening to Chvrches
– Buying tons of sweaters. (this and this)
– Drinking dirty chai lattes. My favorite is from Gregory’s.
– Also, dark roast coffee.
– Riding horses in the park and
– Taking Long walks listening to podcasts. Have you started Limetown yet?


– Bike rides in sweaters.
– To take a hand lettering course.
– To knit another hat.
– Two words: Apple cider (donuts and drinks)
– Must make: my favorite fall recipe.
– Must visit: the cat cafe that opened up four blocks from my house! They have KITTENS!
– Peruse my favorite yarn/craft store in Red Hook.
– To visit a pumpkin patch.
– To pass out halloween candy.

What about you? Is fall your favorite season? What are you looking forward to?