Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

No one's saying you have to go meatless just because it's Monday -- but as incentive to join the growing movement, every week we're offering an animal-free recipe.

Have you ever met a pancake naysayer -- someone who claims not to like pancakes? We think those people have been subjected to one too many rubbery flapjacks at assembly-line pancake breakfasts, but their condition can be cured. The solution is as simple as a homemade pancake fresh off the griddle. This recipe was adapted from The Joy of Vegan Baking, and is proof that you can be a vegan and still eat some of your favorite breakfast treats.

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

You will need:

1 1/4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour 1 tablespoon baking powder 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 1/2 cups nondairy milk (we like coconut milk) 2 tablespoons nondairy butter, melted (Smart Balance brand is the best) 3 tablespoons maple syrup (plus more for the finished product) 1/2 teaspoon vanilla Butter or oil for the griddle (plus more for the finished product, if desired)

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

1. Preheat your griddle to medium or medium-high heat and grease with nondairy butter. (You can also use a nonstick griddle or pan, but if you have a cast-iron griddle, we recommend taking advantage of it!) At the same time melt two tablespoons of butter in the microwave.

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

2. Combine the flour, baking powder and salt in a bowl (preferably one with a spout for pouring).

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

Stir with a fork or whisk until thoroughly mixed together.

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

3. Measure out the milk, melted nondairy butter, maple syrup and vanilla into a measuring cup.

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

Stir until combined.

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

4. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients.

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

Mix until the dry ingredients are just moistened -- be careful not to overstir, or your pancakes will be tough.

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

5. Pour the batter onto the heated griddle; you want small pancakes, about four inches or so in diameter. When you see bubbles like in the photo above, the pancake is ready to flip.

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

Perfect!

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

Repeat until the batter is gone.

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

If you're careful and wait until the cakes are bubbling to flip them, they'll be a beautiful golden-brown.

Vegan pancakes for a fast and delicious breakfast on Meatless Monday

Butter and stack your 'cakes for consumption. This recipe makes enough for four moderately hungry or two absolutely starving adults. You can add a handful of blueberries, chocolate chips, walnuts or whatever else you'd like to the batter; top the finished cakes with more nondairy butter (we like coconut and cashew butter -- yum!) and maple syrup.


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