Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes

I woke up on a Saturday morning not wanting my usual healthy breakfast. Pancakes! I wanted pancakes. Grant wasn't overly excited, so I decided I'd make vegan pancakes. That'll teach him to be more excited next time...

While I've been wanting to incorporate more vegan foods into my diet, I refuse to buy egg replacers or vegan margarines. So I don't ever have anything like that on hand except for some non-dairy milks because they're delicious. Today's recipe is adapted slightly from this:

I try to get everything out ahead of time so I know that I have everything. If not, then I can plan a substitute up-front or change what I'm making. Too many times I've realized mid-baking that I'm out of eggs or flour, and that makes me grumpy. Don't make me grumpy.

After I mixed everything together, I sprayed a pan with Pam and put a glob of batter in. On any other day, I'd grease the pan with butter, but I was really trying to keep these virtuous vegan pancakes to see if they'd taste as good as regular pancakes. (Spoiler alert: they did!)

If any of you are true vegans, you'll be disappointed to know that I buy regular, cheap flour. I know it's not really vegan, but it's as close as I get at this point.

Cook, flip, cook some more. I'm going to assume you already know how to make pancakes. If not, ask me or Google a bit. The big thing is not to walk away. As my mom says, "Pancakes want to burn." But in the same way water doesn't boil if you stare at it, pancakes usually don't burn that way, either. Be more patient than I am.

Then you get to eat these delicious babies! (Pancakes that is. I don't know if babies are delicious... Weird...)

Oh wait, babies taste of chicken! And chicken of humans! (If you don't get this, go watch all the Eddie Izzard you can get your hands on RIGHT NOW.)

Say you want to try these vegan pancakes but your loving spouse isn't so keen on it. Or maybe you're afraid you won't like them and you need a backup plan. Here's the backup plan / spouse alternate:

For the record, I even poured him a little glass of regular cow's milk to go with it. But really, these are so good!

Vegan Blueberry Pancakes
(Makes 2-3 breakfasts)

1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons baking powder
1/8 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon vanilla
1 cup soy milk
2 tablespoons vegetable oil
1/2 cup blueberries

Mix all ingredients together. Cook over medium heat until the middles are done. Eat plain or with vegan margarine.

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