I have come to terms with the fact that I will probably never have the self-control to be a vegan. I want to be a vegan. I want to enjoy a vegan diet for the health and environmental benefits. I want to be your condescending, morally superior food scold. I have managed to go vegetarian for lengths at a time, but I have enough self-awareness to know that veganism is off the table, at least for now.
It still makes me happy to find super simple ways to turn some of my favorite milky, eggy, buttery foods into a vegan delight. I feel kind of ridiculous blogging this recipe because it is so obvious and easy, but I had no idea until recently that you can totally replace the egg in pancakes with a banana and yield a result that is still edible. I almost always use almond milk and Earth Balance butter or oil when I bake so I didn’t have to change anything there, but all I did was take the pancake recipe I always use and swap the egg for a banana, and boom. Vegan banana pancakes. Maybe I will be your morally superior food scold, after all.
If you’re wondering whether this still tastes like pancakes or if it tastes like a pancake recipe that is mildly acceptable for a vegan who knows they cannot have traditional pancakes, don’t worry. This has not turned pancakes into some weird rubbery space crepe. It’s pancakes.
I am sure you can do this with pretty much any pancake recipe, but here is mine:
+ 1 cup whole wheat flour, plain flour, or whatever you normally use.
+ 1 teaspoon baking powder
+ 1 tablespoon sugar, agave nectar, or whatever you prefer to use as a sweetener. I use sugar, so if you’re using a liquid sweetener you may want to add a touch more flour.
+ 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
+ Pinch of salt
+ 1 ripe banana, mashed
+ ¾ cup almond milk or other non-dairy milk
+ 1 tablespoon Earth Balance butter or other non-dairy butter/oil
+ Combine the dry ingredients in a large bowl.
+ In a separate bowl combine the banana, milk, and vanilla. Add the mixture to the dry ingredients and mix until all the lumps are gone. You know, like when you make pancakes. Add a little more milk if it’s too dry, a little more flour if it’s too runny.
+ Do I really have to explain how to make pancakes? Put the butter in the pan, turn it to medium heat, and once the butter is melted and you see a little smoke bubble, pour a scoop or two of batter in the pan. Flip it when you start to see batter bubbles. Repeat with the rest of the batter.
Serve with fresh fruit and maple syrup. Devour.
Now you’re a breakfast vegan.