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Recipe: How to Make Vegan Banana or Apple Pancakes with juice

Updated on March 29, 2013

Make Banana Pancakes and Mimosas

This recipe never fails to make delicious vegan banana pancakes. It uses fruit juice so it is moist and healthy. It can be made with ripe bananas or sliced apples. Try it with either or both for a fruit pancake bonanza.

Banana Pancakes

Wet ingredients

1 cup apple juice

4 tsp light oil (canola is fine)

Dry ingredients

1.5 cup Flour

4 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp sea salt

1 chopped banana (no banana? use a diced apple)

Mix all the dry ingredients with no particular vigor. Then, mix the wet ingredients (including the fruit) with a vigor proportional to your desire to have chunky, lumpy, or flat pancakes.

Then get out your skillet. Turn on the heat to the middle setting. Put a tablespoon of oil in the pan. Now, while the pan is getting warm, combine the wet and dry ingredients. Stir them together until you don't see any chunks of flour any more, just smooth consistent deliciousness. NOTE: If the pancake batter seems too thin, add flour. Too thick, add apple juice.

Then, using a small cup or measuring cup or even a ladle, if a ladle is handy, drop some batter in the hot pan. Let it cook until there are bubbles throughout the surface of the cooking pancake. Then, flip it and cook for another 15-30 seconds. Do not flatten pancakes when turning. You can always do the lift-and-check to see if it's ready to take it off the heat. I like to put them on an oven-safe plate and keep them warm in the oven on its lowest setting.

Serve with syrup and butter.

NOTE: You can scale this recipe to match the number of bananas you have on hand. I know sometimes I need to use up three of four bananas, and I scale this recipe to match. But what to do with all those pancakes? Well, pancakes freeze nicely in a ziplock bag. Freeze enough for breakfast and warm them in the microwave on a microwave safe plate. So go ahead and cook enough for next weekend.


If this is just your average Sunday brunch, you can pour some orange juice and feel special enough, but if this is an occasion, you might need to class that orange juice up with a little champagne. It's called a mimosa, and it is delicious.

Why Vegan Pancakes?

Why would a non-vegan want to make vegan pancakes? The short answer is because they are easier, but in addition to their extreme ease, this recipe is also healthy. A cup of apple juice has a vitamin C. By replacing milk and eggs with juice and fruit, the recipe also ends up being lower in fat. Here you are: a recipe for banana pancakes that is lower in fat and easier to make than other recipes. Who could ask for more?


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    Rebecca Graf 

    10 years ago from Wisconsin

    I've got to have my husband read this. It would be nice to be treated.


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