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Pancakes… Phoenix absolutely loves pancakes, and before we started following a vegan diet, I had a go-to, flop proof recipe. But that included eggs. I tried removing the eggs and replacing it with flax eggs, but it just didn’t come out the same. I think we spent an entire week having pancakes for snack time, trying to find the perfect recipe. The challenge wasn’t only with getting the perfect mix of ingredients to get it light and fluffy, but also finding a recipe that didn’t take long to make, and only required one mixing bowl. With Joshua eating solids since 4 months and finally cutting his bottom teeth at 6 months, I needed something he could eat too. I tried lots of recipes on Pinterest, but found nothing that ticked off all my boxes… Quick, easy, no fancy ingredients, baby friendly, minimal dishes to wash, light, fluffy and most of all, a big enough quantity to feed my family without having to double or triple the mixture! I mean come on, who wants to be doing maths, working out new measurements when you are on the clock knowing your kid could burst into screams at any minute because he is hungry (as if you’ve never fed him for the day)… 

So here’s my kid friendly, vegan pancake recipe. As usual, the amount of pancakes you get out depends on how big or small you make them. But this recipe feeds my family of 4, with a few extra to spare for later. You can serve it with any topping of your choice – syrup, jam, fresh fruit, dairy-free cream or even dairy-free ice cream (as a treat). I hope you enjoy it!

Ingredients:

3 cups  Cake Flour

3 tbsps Baking Powder

3 tbsps Sugar

1/2 tsp Salt

3 cups Almond Milk (If using sweetened almond milk, leave out the sugar)

3 tbsps Melted Coconut Oil

Method:

In a mixing bowl, sift the flour and baking powder. 

Add the sugar and salt to the bowl, and give it a stir.

Move the dry ingredients to the sides of the bowl, creating a hole in the centre.

Warm the milk slightly and pour it into the centre of the bowl along with the coconut oil.

Using a mixer, mix everything together on a medium speed for about a minute. You want to make sure everything is combined, without over mixing it. A few small lumps in your mixture is okay.

Spoon the mixture into a warm non-stick pan. If you use a non-stick pan, you won’t need to add any oil or butter for frying. I personally prefer using an electric frying pan as it’s non-stick and also allows me to fry at least 8 pancakes at a time!

Once the pancakes start “bubbling”, flip it over to the other side and cook until brownish in colour.

And there you go… Quick, light and fluffy vegan pancakes for the whole family to enjoy!

– Cath