Dairy-Free Pancakes; Extra Fluffy, Easy and Delicious

By Hannah Whittaker RD, PGDip | Feb 12, 2024

Looking for the perfect dairy-free pancake for your little one. Look no further! This blog features a variety of mouth-watering dairy-free pancake recipes, plus a FREE mini recipe book for you to download. I’ve got a range of homemade pancakes, all fluffy sweet options and savoury pancakes made with simple ingredients that the whole family will enjoy. 

These are not only easy recipes but they are dairy and egg-free and can also be made gluten-free flours if you require. 

They are a great option for anyone looking for a healthy and delicious breakfast or snack for a little one. 

Here’s a taster of what’s inside.

Dairy Free Banana Pancakes

What you’ll need

(optional cinnamon)

How to

  1. Mash the bananas with a fork until smooth consistency
  2. In a large bowl place the flour 
  3. Add the mashed banana to the flour and mix (the mixture will seem a little dry) 
  4. Add in the milk slowly until a batter consistency (Add in the cinnamon if using and mix well). Let your batter rest for 30 minutes if you can as this will give so much flavor and make the pancakes extra fluffy. 
  5. Heat a small amount of oilve oil in a frying pan, you can either; drop a small amount of pancake batter or make a full crepe-style pancake. 
  6. Turn down to a medium-high heat and cook on one side for 1-2 minutes until golden brown. 
  7. Flip to the other side and cook for another 1-2 minutes.
  8. Let cool and then serve. 

These dairy-free pancakes can be stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days at room temperature. You can also free them for later. 

Dairy Free Pancakes - banana and cinnamon pancakes for toddlers
Banana & Cinnamon Pancakes

My Top tips when cooking

  • Don’t overmix the batter as this can make it stiff and we want light and fluffy pancakes. 
  • When cooking don’t turn your pancakes too much – flipping 1-2 times on each side is perfect. 

Dairy Free Oat Pancakes – only three ingredients!

These pancakes are a twist on our regular pancakes. Let’s take out the flour and add in oats also making them an easy gluten-free pancake recipe. A delicious Saturday morning treat

What you’ll need

  • 150g rolled oats
  • 2 x over-ripe bananas
  • 150-200mls of plant-based milk – Again, I like coconut milk or almond but check it’s got added calcium and iodine for that nutritional kicker!  
  • Options vanilla extract

How to

  1. Blend your oats until smooth
  2. In a separate bowl mash your bananas and then add in with the milk, oats and blend again. Add in the vanilla extract here if you like. 
  3. Heat a small amount of olive oil in a frying pan on a medium heat. 
  4. Again you can either; drop a small amount of batter or make a full crepe-style pancake. 
  5. Cook on one side for 1-2 minutes and then flip to the other side. Serve with fresh blueberries or fresh fruit for an extra nutritional boost. 
3 ingredient vegan pancakes

Dairy Free & Egg Free Pancakes

​These delicious pancakes are definitely a twist on the original recipe that we all know.  

What you’ll need 

  • 150g plain flour/all-purpose flour
  • 1tsp baking powder 
  • 3tbsp of chia seeds 
  • 300mls of non-dairy milk – I enjoy soy milk in this recipe. It adds some extra protein and also gives a lovely creamy taste. 
  • 1tsp of apple cider vinegar 
  • 1tsp cinnamon 
  • 1tsp of vanilla extract

How to… 

  1. Put plant-based milk, apple cider vinegar, and vanilla extract in a bowl into a large bowl 
  2. Put the flour, baking powder, chia seeds and cinnamon in a small bowl 
  3. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and blend until smooth. 
  4. Leave to settle for 30 minutes as it will cook much better. 
  5. Add a little oil to your frying pan and put on a medium to high heat.
  6. Use a measuring cup and drop in 1tbsp of batter mix – cook on one side until bubbling – this takes about 1-2 minutes. 
  7. Flip and cook on the other side. 

Serve with fresh fruit

FAQ on dairy free pancakes

Why do my pancakes have holes?

This might be because you have over-mixed the ingredients. Try to make sure the ingredients are combined but don’t over mix. 

How to get fluffy Vegan pancakes?

Again, don’t overmix your ingredients. Just make sure the flour is well incorporated. If you over mix the flour may go stiff and we want our pancakes light and fluffy

What milk substitutes can I use in pancakes?

So when it comes to the traditional pancake recipe they all contain regular milk. But, our pancakes are anything but traditional. They are here to bring some tasty changes and they are a great way to add some variety into your little ones diet. There are so many dairy-free milks. Check out my blog on the best alternative plant-based milks . You could also try hemp milk or cashew milk as some new options on the market. Again I would always advise to make sure they have added calcium for that extra nutritional kick. 

What is a Vegan Option for Eggs in Pancakes?

My Recipe book has all the answer to this and also gives you options for shop bought egg substitutes. 

Some options include;

  • Applesauce
  • Nut Butter
  • Chia Seeds and water – flax egg
  • Tofu
  • Bananas

How to make pancakes Gluten Free

If you are looking to make gluten free pancakes you can use gluten free flour, however you will need the addition of xanthan gum. Xanthan gum is used in making to help to improve the texture of your pancakes. 

What do my pancakes stick to the pan?

This is usually because you’re non stick pan has had it’s day and you need a new one, or you haven’t added enough oil to the pan.

There are lots of oils out there at the moment and they are all pretty much dairy free. You could try coconut oil dairy-free melted butter or if you have a good non stick pan frying pan you probably won’t need anything. 

Can I use wholewheat flour in pancakes?

Yes, you can substitute the white flour for whole wheat flour or mix it half and half with your white flour. Whole wheat flour may make the pancake batter a little denser so if you are using it for the first time you may need to use a little more liquid. It can also make the pancakes have a nutty flavour.

Dairy Free Pancake Recipe Book

Make sure you click the image below to download your free book just in time for PANCAKE DAY, it contains;

  • Six Dairy Free Pancake Recipes 
  • Suitable Egg Substitutes to make your pancakes dairy and egg free.
  • Lots of Plant based milk options
  • And much more. including my favorite pancakes with peanut butter 
Dairy Free Pancakes

So these dairy-free pancakes not only contain three ingredients but they are simple yet delicious breakfast option for them lazy saturday morning for they whole family.  

You could also try adding some extras for a little treat this pancake day. Try recipe adaptations and add in vegan chocolate chips or switch up and add in your favorite toppings by adding fresh berries and a drizzle of pure maple syrup or top with a bit of dairy-free ice cream.  So, why not give these a go.  Happy Pancake Day! 

Hannah x

Hannah Whittaker Dietitian Bump2baby Nutrition
Expert Pregnancy & Paediatric Dietitian at | info@bump2babynutrition.com | Website | + posts

Hannah is an Expert Registered Dietitian specialising in Vegan Family Nutrition and Cows Milk Protein Allergy. 

She is a respected figure in the field of nutrition and a captivating speaker and sought after media spokesperson being featured in esteemed publications including the Sunday Times, Independent and Huffington Post.

Credentials

  • Registered Dietitian
  • First Class Degree in Nutrition

Experience

  • Over 15 years experience working in the field of nutrition
  • Respected Media Spokesperson both in the UK & USA; quoted online, TV and in local and international news
  • Writer & Researcher, supporting the BDA and PEN Nutrition

 

 

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