Today’s vegan oatmeal-banana pancakes with homemade blueberry-peach compote were one of the first vegan pancake recipes I’ve ever made. These pancakes are egg free, dairy free, nut free, and can be adapted to be gluten free.
Since this was one of my earliest posts, the pictures don’t look great, but bear with me – these pancakes are delicious!
Let’s agree: pancakes are the ultimate breakfast comfort food. Not many other breakfast dishes can compare with pancakes in versatility.
They can be big, they can be small. They can be topped with maple syrup or honey or bananas or chocolate syrup. They can have chunks of fruit or chocolate/butterscotch/peanut butter chips baked into them.
All that is even before we dig into all the varieties of pancake batter!
For a lot of us, homemade pancakes have always been made from some kind of boxed pancake mix with eggs+butter+milk, etc. – unless you felt adventurous on a Saturday morning and decided to experiment with making them from scratch.
I’ve always preferred to make everything from scratch, but honestly, pancakes were never on the list of things that I routinely made for breakfast.
However, Rob had always loved them (and waffles) as a weekend breakfast option, so every now and then he would make them himself (to this day, I don’t really know how to operate our waffle iron because it’s ‘his’ appliance!).
Interestingly, things changed once I became vegan. I wanted to make sure that we could still enjoy our favorite dishes (vegan versions of them), so pancakes were one of the first dishes I made to show to Rob that vegan didn’t necessarily mean ‘deprived of all things loved before’.
And how surprised I was to find out that there are countless versions of vegan pancakes that come out fluffy and delicious without any of the heavy ingredients of regular pancakes!
I’m aware of the existence of vegan pancake mixes, but in my opinion, making things from scratch is always so much more rewarding, and it doesn’t necessarily take more time!
Plus, even vegan mixes can have processed ingredients and weird chemicals added “to preserve shelf life” etc. When I make the pancake batter myself, I always have the benefit of knowing what went into it – that alone gives me peace of mind!
Our breakfast routine has forever changed when I stumbled upon this beautiful recipe on My Little Celebration blog (now defunct – the owners went on to build the Minimalist Baker website).
The girl who runs it has some interesting – but not always vegan – recipe ideas. I hardly ever follow a recipe word-for-word (guilty!), so naturally I had to tweak this recipe a bit.
My number one concern? Eliminating the added oil from the recipe to make it healthier.
Out of all kinds of vegan pancakes I’ve made so far these are Rob’s favorite! He loves bananas, I love oatmeal – these guys have them both!
Because the recipe calls for rolled oats, these pancakes come out nice and dense, but not shoe leather-tough.
Gluten free substitutions: Use certified gluten free oats and oat flour (or your favorite gluten free flour mix) instead of all purpose flour.
I don’t like my pancakes too sweet, especially if I plan on topping them with syrup or any kind of additional sweet toppings. After all, there’s plenty of sugar in bananas, so feel free to omit agave nectar when making the batter.
For these guys, I made this lovely blueberry-peach compote – because if we can sneak in some fruit, we should always go for it!
Living in Alabama comes with a benefit of having all-you-can-eat peaches throughout the summer – and blueberries are always a store trip away.
This blueberry-peach topping is surprisingly quick and easy to make! I can see all kinds of other recipes for which I can can use it – coconut ice cream, cheesecake, you name it!
Feel free to double or triple this recipe if you have a crowd to feed! The leftover pancakes can always be frozen and reheated in the toaster for a quick midweek breakfast fix.
More breakfast recipes from the blog:
Easy-peasy Vegan Waffles (the batter can be used to make pancakes too)
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Do you have a favorite pancake recipe? Or a favorite topping/compote? Please share below!
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