The Best Vegan Pancakes, whole wheat

The Best Vegan Pancakes, whole wheat

A close shot of six stacked vegan pancakes with fruit and maple syrup in a white plate

Fluffy, light vegan pancakes that are delicious and actually good for you because theyre made with whole wheat and flaxmeal. This is the breakfast youll look forward to waking up to every weekend morning, and it takes under 30 minutes to make.

Vegan Pancakes, fluffy, delicious and whole wheat, on a white plate with bananas, blueberries and maple syrup

Healthy pancakes may sound like an oxymoron, but they are very possible. Something I proved to you 12 years ago with these quite perfect Vegan Pancakes that just happen to be whole wheat.

Top shot of a stack of golden vegan pancakes in a white oval plate with blueberries and bananas and a fork with maple syrup on the side

Over the years, many of you have made these and some of you have returned to tell me how much you love them. I cant agree more. This is probably the breakfast I make most often in my kitchen, and it really is a foolproof recipe, and one Ive hardly changed over the dozens of times Ive made these pancakes for family and friends.

I will admit that I have one pancake recipe that tops this one healthwise my Blueberry Sourdough Pancakes. I do love those pancakes with a passion for that reason, but theres one problem with anything sourdough: time. With sourdough pancakes, as with sourdough waffles, you need to remember to start your batter the night before. If you dont, there are no shortcuts.

These vegan pancakes taste just as good though. And they are even easier to make. You can put the batter together in under 10 minutes, and after that making them is a breeze.

Front shot of a stack of six vegan pancakes with fruit in a white plate with a fork and knife

Tips for making the best and fluffiest vegan pancakes:

  • To make these pancakes, I use whole wheat pastry flour. Whole wheat pastry flour, which is made from a light whole grain, is low in gluten and a perfect substitute for all-purpose flour in most baked goods, other than delicate cakes and breads. At the same time it also adds to the nutritive value of any food it goes in because it contains large amounts of fiber and protein.
  • I have had readers tell me that they used regular whole wheat flour in this recipe with great results. You can try that, of course, but my advise, if you are using regular whole wheat flour, would be to mix it half-and-half with unbleached all purpose. That way your pancakes will be soft and tender and fluffy, while still being healthy.
  • These pancakes are so tender and fluffy because they are buttermilk pancakes vegan buttermilk, that is. And I make that by adding a couple of teaspoons of apple cider vinegar in the nondairy milk and letting it stand for a minute or two before adding it to the other ingredients.
  • The eggs here are flax eggs, of course, made by adding two tablespoons of flaxmeal to six tablespoons of water. For this recipe you dont have to use separate containers to make the vegan buttermilk and the flax eggs. You can throw in the milk and apple cider first, add in the flaxmeal and measure out the water into the same bowl, and continue adding the other wet ingredients.
  • When you mix a pancake batter, always mix until the wet and dry ingredients are just mixed together. The batter can be lumpy, thats fine. Dont take a whisk and try to beat everything to smoothness, because that will just beat air into your batter and strengthen the gluten in the wheat, leaving you with dense pancakes. Not good.
  • Finally, this is a basic pancake recipe. You can make this as is and serve it with maple syrup and some fruit and everyone will thank you for a fabulous breakfast. But you can also tailor this recipe to your liking:
    • Stir in fruit like blueberries or strawberries (leave the blueberries whole and chop the strawberries before adding them to the batter).
    • You can also add lemon juice and zest to the batter to make lemony pancakes
    • Add cinnamon for a holiday flavor that goes perfectly with cold weather and hot coffee.
    • Or add dry ginger for gingerbread pancakes.
Top shot of vegan pancakes with fruit and maple syrup on a white plate with a knife, fork and gray napkin

What do I serve the pancakes with?

All you need is maple syrup and perhaps some fruit on the side for a perfect breakfast.

Ingredients you will need:

  • Whole wheat pastry flour (or a mix of regular whole wheat flour and all purpose flour.
  • Baking powder
  • Baking soda
  • Salt
  • Nondairy milk (I used almond)
  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Flaxmeal
  • Maple syrup
  • Pure vanilla extract

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Stack of vegan pancakes made with whole wheat with fruit on a white plate with a fork and knife and maple syrup
Stack of vegan pancakes made with whole wheat with fruit on a white plate with a fork and knife and maple syrup

The Best Vegan Pancakes, whole wheat

Fluffy, delicious, vegan pancakes that taste delicious and are actually good for you because they're made with whole wheat and flaxmeal. This is the breakfast you'll look forward to waking up to every weekend morning, and it takes under 30 minutes to make.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine nut-free, Soy-free, Vegan, Wholegrain
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 10 pancakes
Calories 88kcal



  • In a bowl, whisk together the flour, baking powder, baking soda and salt.
  • In another bowl, add the nondairy milk and apple cider vinegar. Let it stand for a couple of minutes, then add the flaxmeal and water and whisk well. Add the maple syrup and vanilla extract and mix.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix with a spatula or the whisk until everything just comes together. The batter should still be lumpy but you shouldn't have any obvious patches of dry flour.
  • Heat a nonstick or cast-iron griddle. Spray with cooking spray or coat lightly with oil. Using a 1/3rd cup measure, scoop up the batter and pour on the hot griddle. Cook until bubbles appear at the top of the pancake and the underside is golden-brown. Flip over and cook the other side until it is lightly browned as well.
  • Serve hot with fruit and maple syrup.


Serving: 1pancake | Calories: 88kcal | Carbohydrates: 17g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 164mg | Potassium: 146mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 3g | Calcium: 85mg | Iron: 1mg
There's no better breakfast than a stack of fluffy, light vegan pancakes with whole wheat, served with maple syrup and a side of fruit.

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