Do you have questions about whether or not pancakes contain any animal products?
Perhaps you're just looking for the best vegan pancakes brands.
Today's your lucky day! In this guide, you'll find...
- The best vegan pancake mixes you can find online
- Which pancake mixes vegans should avoid.
- The answers to all your questions about vegan pancake mixes
- How to quickly and easily make vegan pancakes at home.
- "Accidentally Vegan" pancake mixes available in the grocery store.
Let's get started!
Which Pancake Mixes Should Vegans Avoid?
The most common non-vegan ingredient in pancake mixes is milk.
This is especially the case in buttermilk pancakes.
If you see a buttermilk pancake mix, odds are it has some form of dairy in it.
Common Questions on Vegan Pancake Mixes
You've got questions about vegan pancake mixes? We've got answers!
We've covered all of the most common questions on the subject below:
How Do I Replace Milk and Egg?
For milks, this is pretty easy: get any sort of non-dairy milk, like almond milk, coconut milk, or soy milk.
For eggs, you have two options:
As a first option, you can get a commercial egg replacer such as Ener G which is pictured below:
Alternatively, you can make a simple flax egg with the following ingredients:
- Combine 1 tbsp of flaxseed meal with 3 tbps of water.
- Put it in the refrigerator and check back in 10-15 minutes.
- The end product should be thick, kind of like a runny egg.
This recipe makes one flax egg, but can be multiplied for as many as you need!
Use as many flax eggs as the pancake mix calls for.
Are There Vegan Chocolate Chips I Can Use?
Of course there are!
If you’re making something sweet, like banana pancakes, then simple cacao nibs work great.
However, if you want the classic chocolate chips, then the Enjoy Life semi-sweet chips or chunks are better!
They’re also available in most grocery stores. Check the baking aisle.
What's the Best Vegan Butter for Pancakes?
To make things a little more nutrient dense, we personally like to use peanut butter, especially on banana pancakes. Bananas and peanut butter are a match made in heaven!
But if you did want to use a more traditional vegan butter, then Earth Balance is going to be the most popular.
Alternatively, there’s a bunch of butter flavored coconut oils available on the market.
If you're concerned about your heart health - we recommend sticking with whole foods such as peanut butter or other nut butters! But if you're not, we won't judge!
What Are Some Vegan Syrups for My Pancakes?
Most commercial syrups you buy are going to be completely vegan, but we do recommend you keep a lookout for syrups with butter in them. They do exist!
Most shelf stable syrups are going to have butter flavoring which is most likely vegan. However, some hand-crafted gourmet syrups may actually have real butter in them.
Even though maple syrup isn't exactly a health food, it does contain some beneficial phytochemicals which give it an edge over regular white sugar.
Making Vegan Pancake Mix At Home
Basic Concepts of Making a Pancake Mix
The ingredients in vegan pancake mix aren't too complicated. You really only need five basic ingredients on hand:
- Flour (can be anything - even oat flour!)
- A fat source (such as a vegan shortening)
- Baking Soda or another leavening agent (to help make the pancakes bubble and fluff up)
- Plant milk to mix everything with.
- A binder such as flaxseed to hold it all together.
Additional ingredients such as flavor extracts and fruits, like bananas or blueberries, are optional.
You can either do some experimenting with these basic components or check out this simple recipe video below:
Easy Vegan Pancake Mix Recipe
This short video below by Mary's Test Kitchen makes making pancake vegan mix super easy and (somewhat) healthy.
Storage: You can take all of the dry ingredients in this recipe and combine them in a jar ahead of time. Whenever you want to make pancakes, simply take out the jar and add it to a mixing bowl. From there you can proceed to add the wet ingredients.
Be sure to keep the dry mix in the refrigerator, as flax seeds can quickly go bad once exposed at room temperature
Replacing Shortening: Finally, you can experiment with leaving out the shortening and replace it with a thick cashew cream if you want to stick to whole foods.
To make a thick cashew cream, simply soak 1/2 cup of cashews for around 2-3 hours.
Then, blend the cashews with as little water as possible to make a thick cream and use in place of shortening or butter.
Common Accidentally Vegan Pancake Mixes From the Grocery Store
We've already talked about a few niche vegan pancakes mixes that are super easy to find online.
However, when you're out at the grocery store, its unlikely that you're going to find brands like Surprisingly Vegan and Cherrybrook Kitchen.
Luckily, many of the common brands found in Walmart and such offer accidentally vegan options.
So if you’re out in stores, look out for these popular brands: Hungry Jack, Bob’s Red Mill, Bisquick, and Aunt Jemima. Additionally, you can use the links to check the store locators on their websites which we've linked below.
As always, if a product isn't specifically advertised as vegan, be sure to double check the ingredient statement.
Be on the lookout for these two accidentally vegan options from Hungry Jack. They should be available in most grocery stores:
- Complete Wheat Blends Pancake and Waffle Mix
- Complete Chocolate Chip Pancake and Waffle Mix
As a bonus, just needs you to add water. No milk or eggs required!
Bob's Red Mill
Bob’s Red Mill offers the the following accidentally vegan options which should be in most US-based grocery stores.
- Gluten Free Pancake Mix
- Pancake and Waffle Mix
- Organic 7 Grain Pancake and Waffle Mix
Keep in mind that these do call for extra ingredients - but making a flax egg is easy enough (see the our recipe earlier in this article).
Aunt Jemima & Bisquick
According to their website Aunt Jemima’s has two vegan pancake mixes to be on the lookout for:
- Their Original Pancake Mix
- Their Whole Wheat Pancake Mix
We already touched on Bisquick above.
Bisquick Pancake Mixes
We actually did an entire separate post titled: Is Bisquick Vegan. We thought it might be easier since they have so many different products.
Long story short, Bisquick has three vegan products in their pancake and waffle line, but a bunch of others with dairy.
Their Original Pancake Mix is vegan and contains the following ingredients last we checked:
Enriched Flour Bleached (wheat flour, niacin, iron, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), Partially Hydrogenated Soybean and/or Cottonseed Oil, Leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate), Dextrose, Salt.
As you can see, no animal products to be found!
Potential Non-Vegan Trace Ingredients
With all grain products, there are always several questionable ingredients which exist in trace amounts.
In pancake mixes, these ingredients are commonly: Folic Acid, Niacin, Riboflavin, Thiamine, and Iron.
This is because flour producers are legally obliged to fortify their product with added vitamins and minerals.
With the exception of iron, all of these weird sounding ingredients are B-Vitamins.
Now for the big question: are they vegan?
Most of the time, these fortified vitamins are synthetically produced. Therefore, we would say yes, don't worry about them.
While there are some that you should clearly avoid, you shouldn't get yourself crazy about trace ingredients. Worrying about whether a single ingredient in a product (which is less than 0.001% of the ingredients anyway) may have been animal derived doesn't really do any good for veganism or the animals.
Pancake Mixes That May Contain Traces of Eggs and Milk
You may sometimes see on pancake mix packages that they may contain trace amounts of milk and egg.
If there is no actual milk and egg in the ingredient statement, then don't worry about it - unless you have an allergy.
These statements are put on the packaging as an allergen precaution. The manufacturer typically wants to have themselves covered if someone has an allergic reaction to their products.
Such products may be produced on the same manufacturing line as other products that contain milk or egg, but they aren't added directly to the recipe.
So unless you need to avoid any small trace of these ingredients because you may have an allergic reaction, it doesn't impact a products vegan status.
As you can see, there are tons of ways to enjoy vegan pancakes.
How do you like yours? Are there any pancake mixes that we missed or should remove?
Please let us know below in the comments!