Vanilla pancakes

Super fluffy pancakes made with spelt flour and vegan buttermilk.

photo @foodie.yuki

Buttermilk is the secret ingredient to light and fluffy pancakes.

Vegan buttermilk is very easy to make: simply combine dairy free milk (soy, oat, almond) with vinegar or lemon and set aside for 10 minutes to curdle.

photo @foodie.yuki

These vanilla pancakes are sweetened with brown sugar and pure maple syrup. I love to eat them plain, with just some fruits on top!

photo @foodie.yuki
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3 from 2 votes

Vanilla pancakes

vegan, refined sugar free, easy
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Servings: 8 pancakes
Author: Yukiko Tanzi @foodie.yuki


  • 200 grams spelt flour
  • 30 grams potato starch
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 50 grams light brown sugar
  • pinch salt
  • 200 ml almond milk
  • 4 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 100 ml water
  • 50 grams pure maple syrup
  • 20 grams coconut oil, melted and cooled
  • 2 tsp vanilla bean paste


  • Prepare the vegan buttermilk: combine almond milk with vinegar in a small bowl and set aside.
  • In a large bowl, combine flour, potato starch, salt and baking powder and mix well.
  • Add maple syrup, vanilla and melted coconut oil to the milk and stir to combine.
  • Pour the wet ingredients mixture into the dry ingredients and stir till mostly incorporated. Add the water and mix just until combined.
  • Set the batter aside for 5-10 minutes.
  • Heat a small non-stick pan over a low-medium heat.
  • Pour 1/4 cup of batter into the pan and cook until golden brown or until the top surface forms bubbles (about 3 minutes).
  • Flip and repeat on the other side. 


  1. 1 star
    Hi Yukiko! Your pancakes always look amazing, so I couldn’t wait to try them. Sadly, my pancakes were nothing like what I saw here. Do you think you could post a recipe video for how to make them? My batter was very thin and lost all its bubbles once I added the water. Even with an oiled pan, the pancakes were sticking to the pan and seemingly impossible to cook through. It was a sad and messy morning :(.
    Sincerely, AB

    • yukiko83

      Hey there,

      I understand your disppointment for not reaching the desidered result.
      Everybody loves my pancake recipe, maybe you didn’t follow the recipe or replaced some of the ingredients?If the batter sticks to the pan, it means you’re not using a non-stick pan.I dont’even have to grease mine. I use a very small pan to get that thick texture. You won’t achieve the same height and texrue using a larger pan. I really hope you wil try it again. Anyway,I think it’s mean to rate 1 star over 5 just because you were not able to follow the recipe.

      • 5 stars
        Hi Yuki!
        I made these pancakes for my family and they really enjoyed it! I tried other vegan pancake recipes and my husband said to go back to the first one, which was yours. We all thought it was the best tasting of the bunch. I read in your previous response to use a small non-stick pan to achieve fluffy pancakes and it worked. This is one of many recipes I’ve tried from you and they have all tasted yummy.

        • yukiko83

          Hello Angela!

          Thank you so much for your feedback, it made my day!
          So happy to hear that your family enjoys my recipe🙏🏻
          Have a lovely day,


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