It's another episode of veganized! That's where I take a viral recipe video and challenge myself to make it vegan. Today, I was inspired by Tasty's Ultimate Buttermilk Pancake Recipe.
In Tasty's video, they use traditional pancake ingredients: buttermilk, eggs, and lots of butter. I wanted to stick to the recipe as closely as possible while making it vegan.
For the buttermilk, I subbed plant-based milk mixed with lemon juice. Mixing in the lemon juice makes the plant-based milk curdle making an instant DIY buttermilk! For the eggs, I skipped replacing the yolks, but I did replace the egg whites with aquafaba, which is the liquid in a can of chickpeas. And of course, the butter was an easy sub as I just swapped in vegan butter.
The result is a delicious, fluffy pancake you would never know was vegan.
Now while I do love the end result of this pancake, I think there are a few fussy steps here (and I hate fussy steps). So in the end, I still prefer my Pillowy Pancake recipe in my cookbook Fuss-Free Vegan, which is not only easier and quicker to prepare, but just as tasty. Either way, I have posted the final veganized Tasty pancake recipe below, so give it a try if you like.
VEGANIZED: Tasty's Buttermilk Pancakes
- 2 ½ cups all-purpose flour
- 3 tablespoons white sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 teaspoon baking soda
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 cups plant-based milk (such as soy or almond)
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- ½ cup vegan butter, melted (plus more for frying)
- ¼ cup aquafaba (the liquid in a can of chickpeas)
- In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, and salt.
- In a medium bowl or measuring cup mix together the plant-based milk and lemon juice so that it curdles. Whisk in the melted vegan butter. Pour the milk mixture into the dry mixture and gently fold. Now add the aquafaba and continue to fold. Don't overmix the batter, it should be very lumpy. Let the batter rest for 15 to 30 minutes. Side note: I found this resting time didn't make much of a difference, so skip if you prefer.
- When ready to cook pancakes, use a large cast iron skillet or non-stick pan. Melt a dab of vegan butter in the pan and then pour in a heaping ⅓ cup of pancake batter. For extra thick pancakes, do not spread the batter. Cook a few minutes until the bottom is browned and bubbles appear on the top of the pancake. Flip and cook 1 to 2 minutes more on the other side. Repeat with the remaining batter.