Best Ever Vegan Pancakes

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These are truly the best Vegan Pancakes ever! Golden crisp on the outside, ridiculously fluffy on the inside, every bite is deliciously rich and buttery. Just like classic diner-style pancakes, but vegan.
Prep 15 minutes
Cook 20 minutes
Total 35 minutes
5 from 151 votes

Trust me when I say, these vegan pancakes are the best pancakes I’ve ever tasted. We tested this recipe 30 times and with countless variations so they would be perfect

The precise blend of baking powder, vegan sour cream, and soy milk, transforms into a thick yet airy batter bursting with buttery flavor. When cooked, the pancakes become perfectly crispy and golden brown, and yes, they even have that classic golden ring around the edges. But the interior remains pillowy and soft, with an incomparable fluffiness

If you’ve ever felt underwhelmed by flat, soggy, flavorless vegan pancakes, this is the recipe you’ve been waiting for. Classic American diner-style pancakes, but made vegan. 

Looking for classic French toast? You gotta try this my Vegan French Toast recipe!

Table of Contents
1. Why this recipe works
2. Ingredient notes
3. Step-by-step instructions
4. Tips for making this recipe
5. Variations
6. Frequently Asked Questions
7. Recipe card

woman's hands pouring maple syrup onto a stack of fluffy golden vegan pancakes on a brown plate.

Why this recipe works

Not your average pancake.

These pancakes involve a tad more work than your average vegan pancake recipe. They are, however, anything but average. 

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A mix of vegan butter, vegan “buttermilk,” sour cream, and vanilla fills them with rich, buttery flavors. The flavor is so good that I sometimes just eat them plain with my hands like the animal I secretly am. 

Fluffy. Crispy. Buttery.

You get the best of all worlds here: a pancake with a fluffy interior, a crispy exterior, and incredible buttery flavor. 

Baking powder, lemon juice, and protein-rich soy milk work together to create serious air bubbles in the thick batter. And a bit of sugar aids in caramelization. 

Once a scoop hits the hot oiled pan, the pancakes rise, fluff up, and crisp around the edges.

They’re filling, too.

It’s likely you’ll be quite full after only one or two pancakes. They’re the fluffiest pancakes ever and, with the addition of vegan sour cream and soy milk, very filling. I’m happy with just one pancake but even Max never eats more than two.

Tested meticulously.

We take pride in being thorough at RPL, and we tested this recipe at least 30 times (no exaggeration).

We tried 4 different sour creams, 3 different yogurts as substitutes, tested without sour cream, tried whole wheat flour, used a nonstick pan and a stovetop griddle, and more variations than I can count. 

I’m confident if you follow the instructions and tips, you will be treated to WORLD CLASS PANCAKES! 

a stack of vegan pancakes sliced into showing the fluffy exterior of the pancakes on a brown plate with berries.

Ingredient notes

ingredients for vegan pancakes in bowls on a wooden cutting board with ingredients labeled.

Soy milk + lemon juice. When mixed with an acid like lemon juice or vinegar, soy milk curdles a lot due to its high protein content, yielding a super yeasty pancake batter that fluffs up fantastically when it hits the hot pan. 

And the acidity in the lemon juice helps break down the gluten strands in flour, lending a more tender crumb.

Substitute: If you can tolerate soy, please use soy milk. If you have a soy allergy, creamy, full-fat oat milk is a pretty good alternative (we like Oatly and Califia Farms extra creamy oat milk). 

Vegan sour cream. The idea to add sour cream to the batter came after flipping through J. Kenji Alt López’s seminal book The Food Lab. The vegan sour cream plays a few roles:

  • Adds rich flavor and a very subtle tang, very much needed in a standard vegan pancake.
  • Yields pancakes that are tender and moist on the inside and crisp and golden on the outside.
  • The fat coats the flour, limiting gluten development and lending a tender crumb.

 

We tried this recipe with four different sour creams: Follow Your Heart, Tofutti, and Kite Hill Foods, and Forager.

The first 3 produced excellent results: fluffy interior, crispy edges (Tofutti was the absolute best). Forager was good but didn’t fluff quite as well. Some readers have also made this with Trader Joe’s sour cream, which may not be the best flavor on its own but seems to work great here (and is usually more budget-friendly).

Substitute: Check out the FAQ section below. 

All purpose flour. The standard flour for almost any pancake recipe. 

Substitute: You can use 100% whole wheat flour. See the FAQ section for details. 

Baking powder. A generous amount is key for a light and fluffy pancake. Double-acting baking powder starts reacting once it’s mixed with the liquid ingredients and acid, and again as it hits the hot pan.

Vegan butter. For excellent buttery flavor, a requirement in any excellent pancake. 

Substitute: Melted refined coconut oil is a nice alternative; however, plain oil (e.g., canola oil) adds zero flavor so don’t do that.

Organic cane sugar. You don’t need much. It (1) gives the pancakes enough sweetness that you need just a tiny drizzle of maple syrup for serving; and (2) encourages browning, leaving you with pancakes with a crispy exterior. 

Vanilla extract. Because a pancake recipe without vanilla is just sad. 

crispy edged vegan pancakes spread out on a brown plate in morning sunlight.

Step-by-step instructions

Make sure the sour cream is at room temperature before you begin: measure it out and set on the kitchen counter for 30 minutes. If it’s too cold, it will be stiff and clumpy and won’t incorporate into the batter well.

Make the “buttermilk”. Pour the lemon juice into a mixing bowl. Pour the soy milk on top, stir, and leave it to curdle.

Start on the batter. Whisk the dry ingredients in a separate bowl.

Once the buttermilk has curdled, add the sour cream and vanilla. Use an electric mixer to mix on low until smooth.

Melt the vegan butter, and while it’s still hot, pour into the wet ingredients.

Pour the wet ingredients into the bowl with the dry ingredients.

Stir the batter with a wooden spoon until just combined (lots of lumps are fine). Don’t overmix!

Rest the batter for at least 5 minutes. It should feel almost like yeast bread dough when it’s done. Don’t stir after it’s done resting or else you’ll deflate the air bubbles!

Cook the pancakes. Heat some coconut oil in a nonstick pan over medium heat. You’ll know it’s hot enough when a small sprinkle of water sizzles in the pan.

Cook a heaping ⅓ cup of batter at a time. The thick texture makes it hard to get perfect circles, but who cares! Cook until bubbles form in the center and the edges begin to dry out, 2 to 2 ½ minutes. Flip and cook on the other side for 2 to 2 1/2 minutes.

Tip: Swirl the oil around in the pan after flipping to achieve super-crispy edges like this! 

crispy browned vegan pancake in a black frying pan.

Tips for making the best vegan pancakes

The temperature of the ingredients matters. Stiff and cold vegan sour cream won’t incorporate into the batter as well as room temp sour cream. Measure it out and set on the kitchen counter for 30 minutes before you begin.

Hot melted butter will get rid of any clumps left in the batter. Melt it right before you drizzle it into the batter so it can remain warm. 

Achieving the right batter texture. After resting for just 5 minutes, the pancake batter will have a thin top layer, but right underneath, it will look like a yeasty bread dough. This is the baking powder reacting with the acid (lemon juice) and the proteins from the soy milk. 

Note: This batter is much thicker from your average pancake batter, but it’s this combo that results in a fabulously fluffy pancake. 

Reminder: Do NOT stir the batter after resting—this deflates the air pockets >> the pancakes won’t be as fluffy (the spatula below is just to show you the texture).

spatula running through a thick, airy vegan pancake batter in a glass bowl.

For the crispiest edges. Use 1 teaspoon of oil per pancake and swirl it around in the pan.

Refined coconut oil and avocado oil are our top choices because they can withstand relatively high heat (vegan butter, like regular butter, tends to burn a bit). It also leaves the pancakes with a gorgeous golden ring around the edges and a crispy exterior.

If cooking two pancakes at once in a large skillet, use 1 ½ to 2 teaspoons of oil. 

Keep the measuring cup on the side. If you let the cup rest in the batter, it will deflate the air pockets.

Use a nonstick frying pan if you can. A good nonstick pan will get you great pancakes. This nonstick frying pan (affiliate link) is our absolute favorite and works better than any nonstick pan I’ve ever had. 

If you prefer to use a cast iron pan, just make sure it’s well seasoned; otherwise the pancakes will stick.

And if you are cooking for a crowd and want to move efficiently, you can use a griddle (though the texture is best in a frying pan). More details on using a griddle in the FAQ.

Every stove is different. I’ve tried to provide super detailed instructions, but as always, use your eyes too. You may need to lower the heat after the first pancake like I do, or after the second or third. We have a gas stove, so if you have an electric stove, you may need to monitor the heat level more closely, as gas stovetops are more responsive.

Flip just once and at the right time. Flipping pancakes too early or flipping them back and forth will rob you of a uniform golden exterior and peak fluffiness. 

You’ll know the pancakes are ready to flip when the edges start to dry out (these pancakes don’t really form bubbles in the center, so don’t look for that cue).

crispy edged vegan pancakes spread out on a brown plate in morning sunlight.

Variations

While I encourage you to make this recipe as written the first time, once you experience its magic as intended, it’s fun to add mix-ins!

For chocolate chips and blueberries, we recommend sprinkling them directly on top of each pancake instead of folding them into the batter for three reasons: (1) you can add the mix-ins to just a few pancakes in case some folks like their pancakes plain; (2) it helps with more even distribution of mix-ins in the batter; (3) it prevents over-mixing and then deflating the batter. 

Chocolate Chip Pancakes

  • You’ll probably need 1 cup of dairy-free or dark chocolate chips (6 oz / 170g) for the entire batch of pancakes.
  • After you ladle the batter into the pan, sprinkle the top surface of each pancake with a few chocolate chips. Cook as directed in the recipe card below.

Blueberry Pancakes

  • You’ll probably need 1 1/2 cups cup of blueberries for the entire batch of pancakes.
  • After you ladle the batter into the pan, sprinkle the top surface of each pancake with a few blueberries. Cook as directed in the recipe card below.

Lemon Poppy Seed Pancakes

  • Zest 2 medium to medium-large lemons to get 2 tablespoons lemon zest.
  • Measure out 1 1/2 tablespoons of poppy seeds.
  • Combine the dry and wet ingredients just until combined, as stated in the recipe.
  • Add the lemon zest and poppy seeds and gently fold them in using a silicone spatula, using as few strokes as possible to combine. Cook as directed in the recipe card below.
  • PS: These taste like mini lemon poppy seed cakes. Yum! 

Chunky Monkey Pancakes

  • Mash 1 medium banana. Finely chop ½ to ⅔ cup (60 to 80g) pecans or walnuts. Measure out 1 cup (170g) chocolate chips.
  • Combine the dry and wet ingredients just until combined, as stated in the recipe.
  • Gently fold in the mix-ins using a silicone spatula, using as few strokes as possible to combine. Cook as directed in the recipe card below.

Whole WhEat Pancakes

  • Sub the all-purpose flour with 100% whole wheat flour. Use extra milk to hydrate the batter, 2 cups or (480 mL) of soy milk instead of the 1 3/4 cups (420 mL).
  • Use a heaping ¼ cup of batter per pancake for the optimal pancake texture (crispy edges with a soft fluffy interior) instead of the larger quantity stated in the recipe. Cook on medium heat for 1 ½ minutes per side.

Frequently Asked Questions

I can’t find vegan sour cream. What can I use instead?

If you don’t have access to vegan sour cream, you can (1) omit it entirely.

The texture is great, but they have less flavor (the tang from the sour cream goes a long way). However, with maple syrup and vegan butter on top, they were still lovely. They also cook slightly quicker, 1 ½ to 2 minutes per side. 

(2) You can use a thick and tangy vegan yogurt instead. We like Culina, CocoJune, GT’S CocoYo or Kite Hill Greek Yogurt

2 tablespoons of baking powder seems like a lot. Is that right? 

Yes, it’s right! A generous amount is the secret behind light and fluffy vegan pancakes. We tried this recipe with less baking powder and we lost a lot of fluff.

Can I make these pancakes on a stovetop or electric griddle? 

Yes. A few notes.

(1) Preheat the griddle while the batter rests.

(2) Generously spray the griddle with cooking spray, or with coconut oil and spread it out with a paper towel.

(3) Use a heaping ¼ cup of batter per pancake instead of a heaping ⅓ cup. The larger pancakes we tested on a stovetop griddle were a bit too soft on the inside. 

NOTE: The exterior doesn’t get as crispy and the interior doesn’t fluff as much on a griddle. So using a griddle is a decent alternative when you’re short on time…but for the best pancakes, I recommend using a frying pan.

Can I make the pancake batter ahead of time?

Yep! Once the 5-minute rest is over, refrigerate the batter in an airtight container (don’t let it sit out too long on the counter, or the air bubbles deflate).

The pancakes are fluffiest when the batter is cooked within 24 hours, but are good for 5 days.

How do you store and reheat vegan pancakes?

Wrap them in plastic wrap or store in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. You can revive the crispy exterior by reheating them in a skillet for a few minutes, or in a 350ºF/175ºC oven for 10 to 15 minutes.

Can you freeze the pancakes?

Yes. once cooled, layer them between parchment or wax paper in an airtight container or freezer bag. Freeze for 1 to 2 months. 

woman's hands pouring maple syrup onto a stack of fluffy golden vegan pancakes on a brown plate.

How to serve vegan pancakes

Serve them any way you like :) For a loaded Sunday brunch spread, serve alongside my Tofu Scramble and a big platter of fruit. Or with my Tempeh Bacon, sliced avocado, and roasted potatoes. Of course, there are plenty of toppings to choose from to take them up a notch:

  • They’re already buttery and full of flavor, which means you should only need a light drizzle of maple syrup. Or, top them with an extra pat of vegan butter. This is what Max does and he swears by it. 
  • Make them extra fancy with vegan whipped cream or a whipped topping and fresh berries.
  • Or skip the maple syrup and use a berry compote instead, like this simple strawberry compote.
stack of fluffy vegan pancakes on a brown plate with maple syrup drizzling down and butter on top.

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Best Ever Vegan Pancakes

5 from 151 votes
These are truly the best Vegan Pancakes ever! Golden crisp on the outside, ridiculously fluffy on the inside, every bite is deliciously rich and buttery. Just like classic diner-style pancakes, but vegan.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Diet Vegan, Vegetarian
Serving size: 9 large pancakes

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup (113g) vegan sour cream, at room temperature for 30 min (see Note 1)
  • 1 ½ tablespoons lemon juice (or apple cider vinegar)
  • 1 ¾ cups (420 mL) plain-flavored soy milk (see note 2)
  • 2 cups (250g) all purpose flour (see note 3)
  • 2 tablespoons (25g) baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 tablespoons organic cane sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 3 tablespoons (42g) vegan butter, melted (or refined coconut oil),
  • Refined coconut oil, avocado oil, or other high-heat oil for cooking pancakes

For serving

  • Vegan butter + maple syrup

Instructions

  • Add the lemon juice to a medium bowl. Pour the milk on top and stir. It should curdle pretty quickly. This is the "buttermilk."
  • In a large bowl, add the flour, baking powder, salt, and sugar and whisk well to combine.
  • To the buttermilk, add the room temp vegan sour cream and vanilla. Mix on low speed until mostly smooth (it’s okay if there are very tiny crumb-size pieces of sour cream, it doesn’t need to be 100% smooth).
  • Melt the vegan butter in the microwave or in a small saucepan. Drizzle it into the wet ingredients and stir until combined and no lumps remain (see Note 4).
  • Pour the wet ingredients over the flour mix and fold with a wooden spoon until just combined. Do not overmix—lots of lumps are fine.
    Rest the batter for 5 minutes (or 10 minutes). The batter will be very very thick and fluffy, almost like a yeast bread dough. But don't stir after resting—the batter will lose air bubbles, resulting in a flat pancake.
  • Preheat the pan. Heat a nonstick frying pan over medium heat for several minutes. Add a teaspoon of coconut oil (see Note 5).
    Allow to heat ~30 seconds. Test to see if the pan is hot enough by adding a droplet of water—if it sizzles and dances, it’s ready.
  • Cook the pancakes. Ladle a heaping ⅓ cup pancake batter into the pan (since the batter is thick, it won’t ladle into a perfect circle). For smaller pancakes, use a heaping 1/4 cup batter.
    After the first 20-30 seconds, swirl the oil in the pan around the pancake edges to get those crispy edges. Cook for a total of 2 to 2 1/2 minutes, until the edges start to dry out and you can see the bottoms are golden brown.
    Carefully flip. Cook on the second side for a total of 2 to 2 ½ minutes, swirling any remaining oil around the edges again.
    NOTE: don’t flip back and forth, just the one time. This makes pancakes less fluffy without a uniform golden brown exterior.
  • Cook the rest. Add a teaspoon more oil to the pan and lower the heat a touch to prevent burning (my burner is 1 to 7; I start at 4 for the first pancake, then reduce to 3).
    Repeat with the batter, adding a teaspoon of oil to the pan to preheat per pancake before adding more batter.
  • To keep pancakes warm, add to a wire rack-fitted sheet pan in the oven at 200ºF/95ºC until ready to serve.
    Serve pancakes warm with maple syrup and a pat of vegan butter, if desired.
    If you have leftover batter, store in an airtight container in the fridge for 5 to 6 days.

Notes

Please read all the Tips and FAQ sections in the blog post! Lots of important stuff in there, including what the batter should look like, how to get the crispiest edges, using an electric griddle, making batter ahea of time, and more! 
Note 1. It’s important that the sour cream is not cold and thick; it must be at room temp for ~ 30 minutes to incorporate well.
We tested with four different sour creams: Follow Your Heart, Tofutti, and Kite Hill Foods sour cream produced stellar results: fluffy interior, crispy edges (Tofutti was the absolute best). Forager sour cream was good but didn’t fluff quite as well. 
If you can’t find vegan sour cream, check out the FAQ section for alternatives.
Note 2. We recommend soy milk for the fluffiest pancakes. If you’re allergic to soy, the next best option is a creamy oat milk. 
Note 3. If not using a digital scale to measure, be sure to spoon and level your flour; don’t dig your measuring cup into the bag or jar of flour–this guarantees you’ll overmeasure the flour. 
If you want to use whole wheat flour (or add mix-ins), check out the Variations section in the blog post. 
Note 4. Add the butter while still warm. This helps blend everything together and ensures there are no lumps. 
Note 5. If you have a large pan and are cooking two pancakes at once, use two teaspoons of oil. If using a griddle, read the FAQ section. 

Calories: 199kcal | Carbohydrates: 29g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Sodium: 523mg | Potassium: 91mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 98IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 220mg | Iron: 2mg

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237 comments on Best Ever Vegan Pancakes

  1. Brad

    Any recommendations for the soy milk? So many brands to choose from and tast varies.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Brad, we typically use soy milk from Silk.

  2. Lauren

    5 stars
    Words cannot describe how good these pancakes are. It was like a spiritual experience. I didn’t think I liked pancakes before. I thought I was a waffle girl. I am now one with the pancakes.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hey Lauren! Wow, I can feel your enthusiasm about this recipe through the screen! Love it!

  3. Emily

    5 stars
    I’ve been making pancakes since I went vegan 13 years ago. These are unlike any I’ve ever made, in a good way. Their fluffy & open interior, easy ability to brown, and overall richness set them apart. I used Cocojune yogurt and reduced the butter by 20g and they were still plenty rich for me and my vegan partner.
    I would advise measuring by weight, especially when it comes to the baking powder. My 2 tablespoons of baking powder was only 10g, far short of the 25g called for.

    Thank you, Nisha. This is the fourth or fifth recipe I’ve made, and they’re all super-solid. You definitely have me eating more vegan butter than I normally do!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We’re over the moon to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Emily. Thanks for your kind words! :)

  4. Sylvia Bailey

    5 stars
    Absolutely the best pancake I’ve ever had. The bowl of batter bubbled up so beautifully. Had guests and followed recipe exactly. It got raves and seconds (twice). Took a picture but couldn’t upload here and I don’t use Instagram. Too bad, it looked so great.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We’re so happy that the pancakes were a hit, Sylvia. Thank you for taking the time to leave a comment and for trying out the recipe!

  5. Gerry

    5 stars
    Comfortably the best vegan pancakes I’ve ever had, whether made at home or even from a really good vegan restaurant. I think the sour cream and lemon juice really add something flavor wise: a subtle tang that complements the sugar and of course maple syrup. Other pancakes feel so one-note in comparison. And I love the texture. Nice and fluffy but with a slight crunch when you bite into them. Bravo, Nisha!

    1. Sylvia Bailey

      5 stars
      Yes🤗

    2. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We’re over the moon to hear you enjoyed the recipe, Gerry. Thanks for your kind words!

  6. Bronwen

    5 stars
    Could these be made as sheet pancakes like your pumpkin ones? I need a non pumpkin sheet pancake recipe! Hehe

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Ooh, good question! We have not tried this recipe in sheet pan form because we were going for the classic buttermilk pancake with a fluffy texture and crispy edges, but I don’t see why it wouldn’t work using the same instructions as the pumpkin sheet pancakes. If you try it, maybe test it a few minutes earlier to avoid over-baking.

  7. Mary

    5 stars
    Yum. Made it this morning.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Thanks for the lovely feedback, Mary!

  8. Cherie

    5 stars
    oh my these were the best American-style pancakes I think I’ve ever made! I added some fresh blueberries as I needed to use these up and used coconut yoghurt instead of the sour cream as I didn’t have this and they worked a treat! they were oh-so-fluffy and crispy on the outside. My new staple pancake recipe. Thanks Misha.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We appreciate your feedback and support, Cherie. Thank you for leaving a review!

  9. Taylor

    3 stars
    I’ve made these twice now and I loved most everything about these pancakes, except for the off-putting metallic flavor from the baking powder. The first time I just mixed the dry ingredients really well with a whisk and I got a clump of BP in a bite of pancake that ruined my mouth for about 10 mins, the second time I reduced the BP by .5 TBSP and sifted it with the other dry ingredients and while there were no BP clumps there was still a pretty strong bitter taste in the pancakes, which wasn’t too noticeable with syrup on it, but I wish it were non existent. Is there a less bitter brand of BP? or am I stuck between the choice of having a flatter pancake vs a fluffy bitter one?

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      From Nisha: “i Taylor, sorry to hear that this was your experience! I have not experienced this myself, but it sounds like it could be a few things. First, I recommend buying aluminum-free baking powder, which should not have any of the bitter taste you’re describing. In contrast, baking powders that contain aluminum have either sodium aluminum sulfate or sodium aluminum phosphate, which can give baked goods an unpleasant metallic flavor.

      Some aluminum-free baking powder brands are mentioned in the below post and, depending on where you live, you should be able to find at least one brand at most grocery stores: https://thehealthypatron.com/health-news/aluminum-free-baking-powder/

      Also, it’s possible that your baking powder is not fresh, given that you got clumps of baking powder. To test if it’s still fresh, you can try the test in this post: https://www.epicurious.com/expert-advice/use-this-simple-trick-to-see-if-your-baking-powder-still-works-article

      Finally, if you got clumps of baking powder, it’s likely it wasn’t incorporated well enough into your mixture. Be sure to whisk the baking powder, salt, flour and other dry ingredients very well so all the baking powder is evenly incorporated. Then combine your dry ingredients and wet ingredients. This allows you to not overmix the wet and dry ingredients while also having a evenly combined batter.”

  10. Kei

    5 stars
    Let me start by saying I NEVER comment or read blogs. However, yours is the exception! Full transparency I am not vegan, but I am dairy-free and love a great pancake!

    As a fellow meticulous, detail-oriented creative, it truly is a pleasure to see how detailed your process is and professional your content presents. My wife joked with me that we are cut from the same cloth haha.

    Truly, these are the best pancakes I have ever made and some of the best I have ever had. I am much more inclined to check out other RPL recipes! Excellent work, truly!

    One quick question – I like my pancakes still fluffy but a little thinner (just personal preference). Would you suggest I add more “buttermilk” and if so, how much based on the ingredient amount? Thank you in advance!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Kei, thanks for stopping by and we are so happy you think these are the best pancakes you’ve ever made! I think I’d start with an additional ¼ cup milk and evaluate the texture from there. Hope that helps!

  11. Janine Barclay

    5 stars
    Wow! These are next level. I made them for my super picky omnivore granddaughter and I told her they were supposed to be amazing. She looked at them and said they just look like regular pancakes. Then when she tried them she said oh these really are good. Best pancakes she, me and my husband have ever had. I used yogurt instead of sour cream and it worked. Thanks so much for this recipe.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hey Janine! Wow, I can feel your enthusiasm about this recipe through the screen! Love it!

  12. Valerie

    5 stars
    Best recipe ever or new favorite!
    Any problem doubling the batch?

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We’re thrilled you think so, Valerie! The only issue is that the longer the batter sits out, the slightly less fluff you’ll get over time. If you do double the batter, it might be wise to store half of it in the fridge while you cook the first batch. Hope that helps!

  13. Elsa

    I can`t find vegan sour cream here in any store. Can I use vegan cream cheese and vegan joghurt?

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi there Elsa, if you don’t have access to vegan sour cream, you can:

      (1) omit it entirely. The texture is great, but they have less flavor (the tang from the sour cream goes a long way). However, with maple syrup and vegan butter on top, they were still lovely. They also cook slightly quicker, 1 ½ to 2 minutes per side.

      (2) You can use a thick and tangy vegan yogurt instead. We like Culina, CocoJune, GT’S CocoYo or Kite Hill Greek Yogurt

      Hope that helped!

  14. Ashley

    5 stars
    We have high standards in our house for pancakes. Our fav was a pancake recipe from the Gourmet cookbook that has 1/2 a stick of butter. Since going plant based I haven’t found anything that adds up. Everyone loved this recipe! We have tried many pancake recipes vegan and non vegan and this recipe is second only to the gold standard recipe we loved with all the butter. And seeing as this recipe is so much better for you in every respect I would say it is an amazing feat. It will be the pancake recipe in our house. Thanks so much for making such wonderful recipes. I think more people would go plant based if they knew the food would be so good.

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Your review made our day, Ashley! Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and for trying out the recipe. It’s awesome to hear this recipe is well-loved by the whole family.

  15. Jess

    5 stars
    These were really good! I agree that they are the best when the batter is fresh. Can’t wait to try all the variations! Made some lemon blueberry to freeze

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi Jess, we’re so happy you enjoyed the pancakes! Thanks for leaving a review :)

  16. Tarmo

    5 stars
    These were delicious! My batter came out a bit too runny, not sure why. It didn’t stop the pancakes tasting great!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      We’re happy to hear the pancakes turned out well for you, Tarmo! Thanks for sharing.

  17. Magdalena Behn

    5 stars
    These pancakes were truely amazing, soo fluffy and delicious! I just think they need a tbsp more sugar. Also I used soy yoghurt because I couldn’t find any sour creme and it worked out fine :) Thank you!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Good to hear you enjoyed the pancakes, Magdalena!

  18. Samantha

    5 stars
    So I made these twice, first time I didn’t mix my batter enough and only realized after I let it sit so I mixed all the air bubbles out of them just to save them. Second time I made them the first few were fluffy but as I got to the 4th and 5th pancake they started to be flat because every time I stuck my spoon in it popped some of the bubbles till there was none left. I am wondering if you have any tips on how to avoid that? Either way they taste incredible and are extremely fluffy 😊

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Hi, Samantha! One thing we’ve found that helps prevent this is not leaving your measuring cup or spoon resting in the batter while you make the pancakes – that seems to deflate some of the batter. Also, the overall fluffiness will depend on the brand of sour cream and milk you use (for instance, in our tests, Tofutti sour cream yielded the fluffiest pancakes; other brands of sour cream were still great but not as fluffy). Hope that helps and glad you loved the pancakes!

  19. Sumeya

    5 stars
    These were the fluffiest pancakes I’ve had in a while! Tasted very gourmet.

  20. Jaishree S.

    5 stars
    I just made these tonight. Oh my goodness. They were just like how Nisha described. The best ever. I hit my stride about 4 pancakes in. My pan is a little finicky and can stick at times. For me, the best approach was not making my pancakes too big and keeping the flame on medium-low (4 out of 9). Then, the pancakes cooked well, it was obvious when they were ready to be flipped, and I flipped them! Amazing recipe. I’ll try to get sour cream from Whole Foods the next time I want pancakes because it was worth it this time!!

    1. Kaitlin @ Rainbow Plant Life

      Awesome, Jaishree. Thanks for your comment and for taking the time to review!

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