These Flaxseed Pancakes might just be my favourite pancakes ever! They're soft, pillowy and seriously fluffy. They're healthy and nutritious, and delicious with either sweet or savoury toppings. And they definitely don't taste like flaxseeds! They're vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and refined sugar free (or can be made with no added sugar).
I tested these pancakes with different combinations of flours in different ratios. I initially tried using just flaxseeds, but the pancakes turned out horribly sticky! I then tried a 50:50 ratio of ground flaxseeds and gluten-free flour, but these were also still too sticky.
Finally, I discovered that using a relatively small amount of ground flaxseed compared to gluten-free flour yielded the best texture and flavour. It's also important not to add too much liquid, as a firmer pancake batter creates softer, fluffier pancakes.
Flaxseeds, which are also sometimes known as linseeds, are a type of seed.
You can buy either brown flaxseeds or golden flaxseeds.
You can buy either flaxseed meal (partially ground-up flaxseeds) or whole flaxseeds.
You can buy flaxseeds in most supermarkets, local health stores or online.
You can use either brown or golden flaxseeds, but I found the colour was much nicer with golden flaxseeds, plus they have a milder flavour.
You can buy either whole flaxseeds or flaxseed meal - it doesn't really matter because either way you'll need to grind them up into a fine powder.
How to make this recipe
Scroll down to the bottom of the post to see the full recipe.
Tip: Whether using whole flaxseeds or flaxseed meal, you'll need to grind them up into a fine powder. Store-bought flaxseed meal isn't fine enough for making these pancakes.
- Place the flaxseeds in a food processor.
- Whizz until you get a fine powder.
Tip: This can take quite a lot of time and it's much easier if you have a powerful/high-speed food processor.
- Transfer the flaxseed powder into a glass mixing bowl, along with the gluten-free flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
- Mix well, ensuring you’ve got rid of any clumps of flaxseed powder.
- Add the almond milk, vinegar and maple syrup and mix again.
Tip: Use a measuring jug to measure out the plant-based milk.
Tip: Leave the batter to sit for 5 minutes to allow the flaxseed to absorb the excess liquid before frying the pancakes.
- Heat up a tiny bit of oil in a frying pan (non-stick is best) and add a few tablespoons of the pancake batter.
Tip: Control the amount of oil you use by using a spray-on oil or rubbing a piece of greased kitchen paper over the bottom of the frying pan – too much oil will make the pancakes ragged at the edges, and too little will make them hard to flip over.
- Cook on a low-medium heat for a few minutes until the bottom of the pancake comes away easily from the pan.
Tip: Use a non-stick frying pan so that the pancakes don’t stick to the bottom of the frying pan!
- Flip over and cook for another few minutes, until golden brown on both sides.
Tip: Use a spatula to flip over the pancakes.
- Repeat for the rest of the batter - makes around 7 pancakes.
Substitutions you can make
- You can use any type of plant-based milk: almond milk, rice milk, soy milk, cashew milk, oat milk etc.
- You can use any type of liquid sweetener: maple syrup, agave syrup, brown rice syrup etc.
- You can omit the maple syrup to make these free from sugar.
- You can replace the apple cider vinegar with lemon juice.
- You can use any type of oil to fry the pancakes: coconut oil, olive oil or vegetable oil.
- To make them nut-free, use a nut-free plant-based milk.
- If you're not gluten-free, you can use plain flour.
Ingredients you can add to the pancake batter
- Chocolate chips.
- Fresh or frozen berries: blueberries, raspberries etc.
These Flaxseed Pancakes can be enjoyed with any sweet toppings such as:
- Banana slices.
- Maple syrup.
- Sliced Baked Apples.
- Melted chocolate.
- Almond or peanut butter.
- Chopped nuts.
- Fresh berries.
- Coconut yogurt or coconut whipped cream.
Or they can be eaten as part of a savoury breakfast with toppings such as:
- Baked beans.
- Mashed avocado.
- Sautéed mushrooms.
- Tofu or tempeh vegan bacon.
- Garlicky spinach.
- Roasted tomatoes.
- Tofu scramble.
How long do these Flaxseed Pancakes keep for?
These Flaxseed Pancakes taste best when fresh, but leftovers do keep covered in the fridge for a few days - reheat in the toaster or a dry frying pan.
Can they be frozen?
- They can be frozen and last for about a month in the freezer.
- I would suggest keeping a sheet of baking paper in between each pancake if you want to take them out of the freezer one at a time, otherwise you’ll end up with a solid block of frozen pancakes!
- Either reheat in a toaster straight from frozen or leave to thaw at room temperature for about half an hour then reheat in a dry frying pan.
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- or browse the whole collection!
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Watch how to make this recipe
Flaxseed Pancakes (Vegan + Gluten-Free)
- 50 g (¼ cup) whole flaxseeds * (I used golden but brown works too)
- 150 g (1 ¼ cup) gluten-free flour blend (or sub plain flour if not gluten-free)
- 2 teaspoons baking powder (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- ¼ teaspoon bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- 240 ml (1 cup) unsweetened almond milk (or sub any other plant-based milk)
- 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar ** (ensure gluten-free if necessary)
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup *** (or sub any other liquid sweetener)
- Place the flaxseeds in a food processor and whizz until you get a fine powder – this can take quite a lot of time and it’s much easier if you have a powerful/high-speed food processor.
- Transfer the flaxseed powder into a large bowl, along with the gluten-free flour, baking powder and bicarbonate of soda.
- Mix very well, ensuring you’ve got rid of any clumps of flaxseed powder.
- Add the almond milk, vinegar and maple syrup and mix again.
- Leave the batter to sit for 5 minutes to allow the flaxseed to absorb the excess liquid before frying the pancakes.
- Heat up a tiny bit of oil in a frying pan (non-stick is best) and spoon or ladle in a small amount of the pancake batter.
- Cook on a low heat for a few minutes until the bottom of the pancake comes away easily from the pan.
- Use a spatula to flip it over and cook for another few minutes, until golden brown and crispy on both sides.
- Repeat for the rest of the batter – makes around 7 pancakes.
- Best enjoyed immediately, but do keep covered in the fridge for up to a few days.
- They can be frozen – just make sure to freeze them with a layer of baking paper in between each pancake if you want to take them out one at a time!
- Reheat in a dry frying pan or pop in the toaster!
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