Fluffiest Maple Buttermilk Pancakes

Fluffy Maple Butter PancakesFluffiest Maple Buttermilk Pancakes

For some reason, pancakes were one of the harder recipes for me to properly veganize. I ate a lot of (tasty) dense pancakes in the beginning. It’s easy enough to replace eggs with a flax egg, but the pancakes weren’t fluffy and didn’t have enough rise that real eggs give. The solution? More baking powder. Don’t worry, I promise it’s not overpowering in the recipe. It just gives you the fluffiest, dreamiest pancakes… ever!

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Fluffiest Maple Buttermilk Pancakes

  • 1 1/2 C. organic unbleached all purpose flour (for gluten free pancakes, subsitute all the flour in this recipe (2 1/4 C. total) with Cara’s all purpose GF mix + 1/2 t. xanthan gum)
  • 3/4 C. whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 T. aluminum free baking powder
  • 1/4 C. pure maple syrup
  • 2 T. vegan butter, melted
  • 1/2 t. sea salt
  • 2 1/4 C. unsweetened soy milk
  • 1 T. apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/2 T. ground golden flax seed
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla

Method: In a small bowl, combine soy milk, apple cider vinegar and vanilla (vegan buttermilk), let sit and curdle while you put the other ingredients together. Melt the vegan butter and combine it with the pure maple syrup, set aside (mmm, maple butter). In a large bowl, whisk together flours, baking powder, sea salt and ground golden flax seed. Now add all the liquid ingredients and stir with a wooden spoon til just combined. This batter needs to rest for about 10 minutes so that it will begin to rise for fluffiness, so while you’re waiting, start preheating your pancake skillet, I use a large griddle so I can cook more pancakes at once. Lightly oil the skillet/griddle and measure out pancake batter with a 1/3 cup measure. Cook pancakes for about 4 minutes on each side. Serve with vegan butter and pure maple syrup if desired.

Pour syrup

Oh and today is the last day to enter the Virtual Vegan Potluck, if you haven’t entered all ready, get in there!


Side Viewmaybe next year we should do a breakfast potluck?


  1. How healthy are these pancakes? I looked up some paleo pancakes and were pretty awesome considering all I had to use was almond butter, bananas and eggs.

  2. I know, right?! What is up w/ the dense vegan pancake-ness? I’ve switched almost totally to making waffles cuz I don’t have that issue with them. But – – this gives me reason to hope. I am going to try the extra baking powder – brilliant!

    1. Try it, I promise you’ll be converted, I’m sure with a bit of cornmeal added in, this would make fantastic waffle batter as well….

  3. These look great, and it seems like just the right amount of baking powder without leaving a super fizzy aftertaste (does that make sense? Some recipes call for so much baking powder that it almost tastes like I made the pancake with Alka Seltzer). 🙂 As per usual, you pull out all the stops, lady. I’ll be down in my jammies in a minute to grab some of these and some coffee from ya.

  4. In college my friend Kerry would make vegan pancakes often, trying to figure out how to get them to be fluffy. No matter how hard he tried, they were always flat and gummy. If only he had your blog back then. Vegan cooking has sure come a long way!! I am with you about more baking powder. I was scared at first, but it does the trick. These are beautiful!! I love the syrup dripping on the fork. My idea of heaven is pancakes at every meal. 🙂

    1. The syrup fork thing was a lovely accident. Mmmm. Yeah, I wish I had figured this out sooner, suffered through a lot of pancake denseness.

  5. OH Thank you for posting this. I can’t wait to try. I haven’t found a good vegan pancake recipe since switching to plant based eating last year.

  6. Hahaha, yes we’ve discussed the dreaded vegan pancakes before! I’ve had enough of the nasty mushy vegan pancakes. I did so many trials and had almost given up hope, but my trick I found was using cornstarch and coconut milk in my gingersnap pancakes. Plus, getting the liquid to dry ratio accurate. They are the best pancakes I’ve ever had in my life, vegan or not. Yours look fab! The all purpose flour really helps the fluff too. My mom always made hers with all purpose flour pancakes every Saturday for us growing up and they were fluffy and yum. 🙂

    1. Yeah this is the recipe I adapted from my family cookbook. I adapted them even more and now they’re even good as leftovers. Your pancake recipes are awesome!

  7. I LOVE my vegan pancake recipe. I use mashed banana (half to a whole depending on the size) to replace the egg and fat/oil and it works like a dream. Even whole wheat ones are fluffy 😀

    1. Huh, you must be smarter than me, because I’ve tried the banana trick too with no success, maybe it’s a dry/moisture ratio issue I was having before. Glad you worked it out.

  8. What beautiful pancakes! I’m generally more of a waffle person, because I love all of the crisp nooks and crannies. But I could totally get onboard with those gorgeous flapjacks! 🙂

    1. I love waffles more too, but they take longer to cook enough for a family of 4 so we usually end up with pancakes, with these it’s not that bad of a deal 😉

  9. These look amazing and I’ve been looking for a good vegan pancake recipe because the kids keep asking for them!

  10. so I’m coming over at midnight, right? 🙂 In the last year, I have started making more pancakes – some fluffy, some dense and more protein-ish… I LOVE a fluffy pancake and these look fantastic!

    so happy I found the Vegan Temptivists 🙂

    1. Um, yeah, you and me and a gallon of pure maple syrup, and a vat of vegan butter.. it could get dirty! Haha! Temptivists rule! Adding you to my feedly! xx

  11. A virtual vegan breakfast potluck? Great idea 🙂 Can’t wait to see what you guys have cooked up (HA) for this one 🙂

      1. Cheers to Jason and three cheers to Annie and Somer for making it a whole lot easier for we technophobes with the new video posted :). You guys are all heroes 🙂

  12. those do look absolutely fluffy! we r not pancake peeps as you know.. well actually we make savory chickpea ones:) i do like pancakes but if i make them 2 days in row, even different types with different fillings and such, hubbs gives me the stink eye:) he wants his savory in the morning with hot tea.

    1. I’ve gotta try some of your chickpea ones, as we love sweet and savory breakfasts. I made Kittee’s pudla and have bookmarked some of yours, need to get to em! That’s funny about hubbs! Mine isn’t much of a dessert guy, but I have converted him to pancakes and waffles occasionally.

  13. These pancakes look so delicious! I think I could devour that whole stack! The extra baking powder is key, isn’t it? The pancake recipes in Vegan Brunch use about that much too, and as soon as I started adding more as well, I saw great results. 🙂

  14. I tried the gluten-free version of these yesterday and they are AMAZING!!!!!! Thanks for the great recipe Somer, I have my new Sunday brunch treat 🙂

  15. I found adding applesauce to my whole wheat flour vegan pancakes always makes them light and fluffy. Don’t know why.

  16. Oh wow, I just made these and they are delicious. They worked perfectly with my homemade cashew/hazelnut/almond milk. Thank for the recipe!

  17. I’ve made numerous attempts in making the perfect vegan pancake and I’ve failed miserably time and time again! They were always flavorless, too flat, too gummy and GROSS! But these! These were soooooo yummy! I added vegan chocolate chips and oh my!! I finally found a recipe that I will make over and over again! Thank you!!!!!!!!!! You’re awesome!!!!!!! :]]

  18. I just made this pancakes today and they were amazing! next time i am going to add more flax seed! thank you for sharing! this will become a favorite for us!

  19. These look delicious! I’ll have to try them.

    I hear you on the dense pancakes. I gave up on them for a while until I had the PCRM 21 day vegan kickstart pancakes. They’re chai spice (very tasty) and were fluffy. I was floored.

    Now I’m looking for more fluffy pancakes. 🙂

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