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Vegan Savory Pancakes with Cheddar & Green Onion

posted by Melissa Huggins June 25, 2018 4 Comments
vegan savory pancakes on a plate. Cut tomatoes on the side and blue napkin.

Cheesy Vegan Savory Pancakes – The perfect way to start your morning! Loaded with cheddar cheese and green onions, these pancakes are flavor-packed and satisfying! Who can resist? 

vegan savory pancakes on a black plate. Topped with vegan sour cream and a side of vegan bacon

” What do you eat for breakfast as a vegan? “

I get asked this question a lot from genuinely curious people (mostly egg lovers). Many of them imagine me eating oatmeal every morning and feel bad for me. I do love morning oats, but when I tell them that I had Cheesy Savory Pancakes for breakfast they are in complete awe.

I totally understand because I used to eat scrambled eggs every day of my life. After going vegan, I discovered that Tofu Scramble was the perfect replacement and I didn’t need eggs anymore.

But who wants to eat the same thing every morning? As a vegan, I enjoy Breakfast Quesadillas, Breakfast Muffins, Breakfast Bowls, Sweet & Savory Crepes, Fruit Pizza, Bagels with Almond Cream Cheese, chickpea omelets with Vegan Bacon, pancakes, and so much more.

I’ve been making savory pancakes for years, but I never put cheese in them. What was I thinking? Then recently, I came across this non-vegan recipe for cheesy savory pancakes and they looked so tasty! I just had to veganize them!

Now, you don’t have to reserve these pancakes for breakfast, you can enjoy them as an appetizer, snack, lunch or even have them for dinner!

Who wouldn’t love that?

Here’s what you’ll need for the veganized version:

Ground Flaxseed, Soy Milk, Apple Cider Vinegar (sub lemon juice), Vegan Butter, All-Purpose Flour, Cornmeal, Baking Powder, Baking Soda, Granulated Garlic, Salt, Vegan Cheese Shreds, and Green Onions. That’s it!

 

So easy to make!

Pancake prep takes just 15 minutes

Instead of chicken eggs, I use ground flaxseed and water (flax eggs). It yields similar results and binds everything up nicely. Prepare flax eggs by adding ground flaxseed with water. Set aside about 10 minutes until it thickens up and becomes gel-like.

Instead of dairy buttermilk, I use a delicious vegan buttermilk, that’s made by mixing the soy milk and vinegar together. It will slightly curdle and thicken up. It’s perfect for this recipe!

In a large mixing bowl, add all the dry ingredients and whisk to combine well. Add the prepared flax eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter and whisk until just combined.

It’s ok if the batter has some lumps so don’t overwork it or it could yield a chewy texture. The pancake batter consistency should be thick, but somewhat pourable. If it’s too thick or dry, add a small amount of milk and combine.

Time for the cheesy and savory goodness!

Now gently fold the cheese and green onions into the batter. If you have kiddos that don’t like green onion, you can replace it with frozen corn instead (thaw first). The corn also adds a slight sweetness which they’ll love. I love it too!

If you omit the green onion, add a 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder to the dry mixture so you don’t lose too much savory flavor. You can also add 1/2 – 3/4 teaspoon of ground cumin.

How to make perfect pancakes

Pancakes are quite easy once you get the hang of it. It’s important to get a feel for the pan you’re using and how hot your stove runs. If you aren’t sure, just start with a test pancake so you don’t burn a bunch. Here’s what you’ll need to do:

Heat a large non-stick skillet (or griddle) over medium heat for about 1-2 minutes before adding anything. When the pan is evenly heated, drizzle with oil and spread with a paper towel to coat evenly.

Scoop a 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet to form pancake circles (they don’t have to be perfectly shaped). * I usually cook four at a time. Cook the pancakes until you notice tiny bubbles/holes form on the top (see photo above) and the edges are somewhat firm (about 1-2 minutes).

Now flip your pancake and cook the other side about 1-2 minutes, until golden brown. Place cooked pancake on a baking sheet in the oven to keep warm (200 ° F).

Repeat until all the batter is gone. Drizzle oil in the pan before placing fresh batter down. *If the pan gets too hot, it could burn the batter fast. Take the pan off the heat and let it cool for a minute before starting again. Make sure to reheat evenly before adding fresh batter.


Pretty easy, right?

 

Plate of savory pancakes with a plate of pancakes in the background. Tomatoes and blue napkin on the side.

Serving & topping ideas

Side with vegan bacon, tomatoes, avocado or fruit. Top with fresh herbs, vegan butter, vegan sour cream, sliced green onions, maple syrup or your favorite dipping sauce. The sky’s the limit!

Enjoy!

 

I’d love to hear from you

If you make these Savory Pancakes, let me know what you think by ★ star rating it and leaving a comment below. It would really make my day. You can also follow me on Instagram and share your creation with me. Just tag me @veganhuggs and hashtag #veganhuggs so I don’t miss it.

 

5 from 1 vote
Savory Pancakes
Prep Time
15 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
30 mins
 

Cheesy Vegan Savory Pancakes – The perfect way to start your morning! Loaded with cheddar cheese and green onions, these pancakes are flavor-packed and satisfying! Who can resist? 

Course: Breakfast
Recipe Type: Vegan
Servings: 4
Calories: 405 kcal
Author: Melissa Huggins
Ingredients
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax seed (mix with 5 tablespoons water)
  • 1 1/2 cups soy milk , unsweetened (or any non-dairy milk)
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar (sub lemon juice)
  • 2 tablespoons vegan butter , melted (sub neutral-flavored oil)
  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 cup cornmeal
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt , more to taste
  • 1 cup non-dairy cheese shreds
  • 1/2 cup green onions , chopped
  • Oil to grease the pan
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 200 ° F (93° C) - To keep cooked pancakes warm. 

  2. Prepare flax eggs in a small bowl and set aside about 10 minutes. It will thicken up and become gel-like.

  3. In a medium bowl add the soy milk and vinegar. Set aside about 10 minutes. This creates a vegan buttermilk (It's normal to curdle).

  4. In a large mixing bowl, add the flour, cornmeal, baking powder, baking soda, garlic & salt together. Whisk to combine well.

  5. Add the prepared flax eggs, buttermilk, and melted butter to the large bowl and whisk until just combined. Don't overwork the batter. The batter will have some lumps. (the batter should be thick, but if it's too thick, add a small amount of milk and combine)

  6. Now fold the cheese and green onions into the batter. 

  7. Heat a large non-stick skillet (or griddle) over medium heat for about 1-2 minutes. When pan is evenly heated, drizzle with oil and spread with a paper towel to coat evenly. 

  8. Scoop a 1/4 cup of batter into the skillet to form pancake circles (they don't have to be perfectly shaped). *I usually cook four at a time. Cook the pancakes until you notice tiny bubbles/holes form on the top and the edges are somewhat firm (about 1-2 minutes)

  9. Now flip your pancake and cook the other side about 1-2 minutes, until golden brown. Place cooked pancake on a baking sheet in the oven to keep warm. 

  10. Repeat until all the batter is gone. Drizzle oil in the pan before placing fresh batter down. (*If the pan gets too hot, it could burn the batter fast. Take the pan off the heat and let it cool for a minute before starting. Make sure to reheat evenly before adding fresh batter).

Recipe Notes

* Yields about 16 pancakes
* Serving & topping ideas: Side with vegan bacon, tomatoes, avocado or fruit. Top with fresh herbs, vegan butter, vegan sour cream, sliced green onions, maple syrup or your favorite dipping sauce. 
* If you have kiddos that don't like green onion, you can replace it with frozen corn (thaw first) and add 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder to the dry mix. 
* For extra savory flavor, add 3/4 teaspoon of ground cumin to the dry mix. 
* Tip: For best results, don’t scoop the flour with a measuring cup directly from the flour container. Instead, scoop the flour out of your container with a spoon and then into a measuring cup. Don’t pack or tap the cup. After filling, lightly sweep a butter knife across the top to remove the excess flour. 

Nutrition Facts
Savory Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (1 (4 pancakes))
Calories 405 Calories from Fat 117
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13g 20%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Sodium 780mg 33%
Potassium 337mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 60g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 20%
Protein 8g 16%
Vitamin A 7.8%
Vitamin C 2.8%
Calcium 11%
Iron 20.2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

Cheesy Vegan Savory Pancakes

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4 Comments

Marylee Cunningham June 29, 2018 at 3:14 pm

I never thought I would eat pancakes again. I’ve been scouring store shelves for vegan pancake mix. Everybody listen-it does not exist. Thank you Melissa. Definite 4.5 out of 5. LOVED them!

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Melissa Huggins June 29, 2018 at 5:47 pm

Hi Marylee, Yay! This is so wonderful to hear! Thank you for making them. Have a great weekend 🙂

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Dayna July 2, 2018 at 7:01 pm

These were really good! I used water instead of plant milk because I didn’t have any unflavored plant milk and they still had tons of flavor. I cooked mine on a pan sprayed with cooking spray and they were nice and crispy on the outside and soft inside. Yum! Thank you for the recipe. It’s a winner.

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Melissa Huggins July 2, 2018 at 7:59 pm

Hi Dayna, this is so nice to hear! Thank you for making them. I’m glad that the water worked out good, thank you for sharing that tip. Have a great week! 🙂

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