Our Pancake House: Vegan Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup, Gluten-free


Memories of buttermilk pancakes and syrup? Here’s our REAL version using soymilk soured with vinegar in place of buttermilk. Serve with REAL blueberry syrup – surprisingly made only with blueberries!

1 cup Brown Rice Flour or Sorghum Flour
1 cup Bob’s Red Mill All Purpose Gluten-free flour
4 tablespoons ground flax seeds (I buy them whole, grind them and keep them in a glass jar in the refrigerator)
2 tablespoons Ener-G Egg Replacer
1 tablespoon baking power
3/4 cups water
1 1/2 cups non dairy milk or water
3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
2 Tablespoons Agave or Maple Syrup
vegan butter or organic canola oil for oiling the griddle
REAL blueberry syrup

1. Mix together flours and baking powder in a large bowl.
2. In a medium bowl add the vinegar to the non dairy milk (or water).
3. In a small bowl beat together ground flax seeds with 1/4 cup water.
4. Add the flax mixture and the agave or maple syrup to the soymilk mixture.
5. In a medium to large bowl using a hand mixer or whisk whip the Ener-G Egg Replacer with 1/2 cup of water until foamy and forms light peaks.
6. Pour the liquid mixture into the flour and mix well. Fold in the Ener-G Egg Replacer mixture.
7. On a lightly greased hot griddle, pour about 1/3 cup batter and smooth into a circle about 5 to 6 inches wide. I use a small ladle and use the back side to gently smooth the batter into the size I like. After a minute or 2 small bubbles will appear and the edges and top surface will start to dry. Flip and cook for another minute. Repeat until all the batter is used. Re-grease the pan with a very small amount of vegan butter before pouring the batter.
Serve immediately with REAL blueberry syrup. Makes 8-10 pancakes.


  2 comments for “Our Pancake House: Vegan Buttermilk Pancakes with Blueberry Syrup, Gluten-free

  1. Lisa quigley
    December 2, 2015 at 6:16 pm

    What is vegan butter? Because if you’re talking about earth balance, that’s not good for you…I am sorry to inform you, but it’s not good stuff! And if you’re about real….well that’s not good stuff.

    • Caryn Hartglass
      December 3, 2015 at 1:59 pm

      Hi Lisa,

      Thanks for your comment. Are you talking about health or environment or both? From an environmental perspective, Earth Balance does contain palm oil and the Palm Oil industry is having a terrible impact on rain forest destruction. This is a big problem, but not as big as the rain forest destruction related to growing soybeans for animal feed for cattle, and for cattle grazing. We discussed this recently on my radio show with Kip Andersen and Keegan Kuhn, the creators of the documentary Cowspiracy. Palm oil is used for so many things around the world, Earth Balance is a tiny, insignificant user and they are still working on getting the palm oil they use from sustainable sources.

      Some people choose to avoid palm oil entirely and make their own vegan butter, using recipes like these: http://www.veganbaking.net/recipes/fats/vegan-butters/vegan-butter, http://www.vegan.com/recipes/bryanna-clark-grogan/bryannas-vegan-butter/, http://luminousvegans.com/2013/11/12/homemade-vegan-butter-miyoko/. Others avoid oil entirely, and that’s entirely up to you. I don’t eat pancakes every day and I use very little oil in my food preparation. But when I do have a treat like these pancakes I may oil the pan with organic canola oil or Earth Balance buttery spread. I also believe this recipe is far healthier and gentler on the planet then it’s traditional alternative loaded with, white flour, buttermilk, butter and eggs.


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