Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Eggless, Milk-free Pancakes

One of the many things I have had to reluctantly give up is pancakes, since every time I would eat them I would feel sick. There are milk ingredients in the boxed mix, the kind that you just add water to, which of course never dawned on me until about the third or fourth time feeling funky after a pancake breakfast. I feel the same way after Eggo waffles. Whether it was the milk, or the egg (I am assuming there would be powdered egg as well) or just the heaviness of the pancake itself, I’m not sure. I am sure there are lactose intolerants that can eat pancakes or waffles with no problems.
I have had this recipe from The Milk-Free Kitchen, sitting on my computer for a long time, but have been too afraid to try it, thinking there was just no way it could work.
I made a couple of changes but they were surprisingly good. They were fluffy and moist, and you can taste the cinnamon without it being overpowering. It has also not left me with a stomach ache. I think you could almost fool someone if you didn’t tell them there was no milk or egg in it.
That said, the way the recipe is written, its not dairy-free, as it calls for margarine. Some brands can contain some milk ingredients. I can handle butter and margarine, but for severe lactose intolerance, milk allergies or vegans, you can substitute the margarine in the batter for applesauce, and a very light oil for frying. This recipe will also work if you have a craving for pancakes and you just happened to have run out of milk and eggs!

Eggless, Milk-free Pancakes

  • 1 cup white flour (can substitute half or all for whole wheat)
  • 3 tablespoons white sugar
  • 2 1/4 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons margarine or butter (can be substituted with applesauce)
  • 3/4 cup water
  • 1 egg or 2 tablespoons water
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 1/2 cup fresh or frozen blueberries (or other fruit), optional
  • pinch cinnamon
  • (If not using margarine or butter, small amount of light oil to grease pan)
Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together into medium mixing bowl.
Melt 2 1/2 Tbsp margarine in frying pan until melted. Be sure to tip the pan side to side to coat/grease all over.
Pour melted margarine in a small bowl, add water, vanilla and egg (if you are using), Mix well.
Mix blueberries or other fruit with dry ingredients, just before adding the liquids.
Stir liquid mixture into the dry ingredients until it is thoroughly moistened; It is OK if this batter is lumpy.
Cook the pancakes over medium-high heat on the stove-top (or 375F on electric frying pans). Cook pancakes until the tops are bubbly and the bottoms browned. Turn the pancakes over to cook other side (*Approximately four minutes per side).
Serve hot with margarine, honey, brown sugar or maple syrup.
*Actual cooking time will depend on the size of the pan you are using
Adapted from the Milk-Free Kitchen
I didn’t have any blueberries on hand so I left them out. These would be great when blueberries come into season in the summer, as I find frozen will turn the entire pancake purple, and you don’t get that lovely texture of fresh. I see no reason you could not use strawberries or raspberries tossed in there instead.
The original recipe didn’t call for cinnamon, but I found it really added something extra. I would love to try these with some apples chopped or thinly sliced in the batter…like an apple pie pancake.
Pass the syrup, and Enjoy!


  1. is this a savoury pancake or a sweet pancake?

  2. i got the answer xD its a sweet pancake [for desert]

    thanks a lot for the receipe =]

  3. turned out great! thanks

  4. can you still make this recipe without the butter/margarine and vanilla?

  5. Rebekah - Pancakes in North america are usually eaten for breakfast or brunch, this one is more sweet with the blueberries in it.

    Sarah - You could remove the butter/margarine and replace with oil, but I would not remove the vanilla unless you're going to add a different flavour. Regular pancakes get their flavour from the milk and eggs, so you really need to add more flavour to make up for that.

  6. these were really good!! i used frozen blueberries and a little cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.

  7. these were really good! i didnt have any eggs or milk in the house so i figures id give it a shot. i used frozen blueberries and some cinnamon and a dash of nutmeg.

  8. These were great! Thank you for sharing the recipe. I used fresh blueberries, but I know that when using frozen blueberries, you should drain and rinse them after defrosting to avoid the purple coloring in the batter.

  9. These pancakes are so yummy!!! Me too, I've always had a problem with regular pancakes and waffles. Thank you so much for posting this recipe!

  10. I had to make this when my family used up all our milk and eggs and I had nothing else for breakfast. It was really good. Plus I had about 15 bags of frozen blueberries to use so now I have something new to use them in. Thanks.

  11. It turned out great! I just added a little extra vanilla

  12. Amazing recipe. My son liked it. Pancakes were very soft and yum. I just made a little change. Added 2 tbsp sugar more. Thanks.