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Easy Vegan Pancakes

Life often delivers pleasant little surprises, and for me they often come in the form of food. I recently found a vegan breakfast bar at a local grocery store, complete with biscuits, gravy, and tofu scramble—I had to pinch myself to make sure I was awake. Other times, it happens when I find unexpectedly vegan items, such as the Trader Joe’s candy cane Oreo-type cookies.

You can experience this “Oh my god, I can’t believe that’s vegan” joy—over and over again—by checking out the list of accidentally vegan foods. These are brands you recognize and items you see in almost every grocery store, and you probably just assumed that they had eggs, dairy, or something else in them.

One of the highlights for me was finding Bisquick on that list, because vegan pancakes can be kinda hard to come by in restaurants, and for some reason I can’t seem to master making them from scratch.

My friend Joel, who happens to be obsessed with SMILES fries, says that I am “against processed foods,” but it’s more accurate to say that I don’t like to eat them all the time. In moderation, they’re just fine. And if you want foolproof pancakes, just like those from a local diner, then this is the perfect time.

Easy Pancakes

2 cups original Bisquick mix
1 cup soy milk
Egg replacer equivalent to 2 eggs (try Ener-G brand)

•Stir together all the ingredients until blended.

•Pour 1/4 cupfuls onto a hot, greased griddle.

•Cook until the edges are dry. Flip, then cook until golden.

•Garnish with your favorite toppings.

Makes 10 small cakes


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  • Brittany Stars says:

    Brittany, the only restrictions really to being vegan is no meat no dairy. Read ingredients, casein is a milk product often found in foods you might think are vegan. Honey is not considered vegan so a good alternative is agave nectar. Any vegan product will normally say “vegan” somewhere on the package. Good luck! I love the lifestyle. I have been vegan now for almost 2 years :)

  • Miranda says:

    This tastes so good. Sometimes I add chocolate chips and/or some cinnamon and vanilla extract. Yum. (:

  • nana smith says:

    i love timithys pancakes are mighty fine i woke up and made them and my family loved them thanks for that good meal

  • Anonymous says:

    Re bone char – white sugar is indeed whitened using bone char. I wrote to the largest sugar producer in this area and they confirmed it, of course, telling me that it was absolutely a safe and healthy process.

  • Brittany Stars says:

    I just chose to become a vegan on sunday. ive lived my life as a vegitarian but its time to move farther. can you tell me… what are the restrictions? and where can i get a vegan recipe book? please and thanks

  • Anonymous says:

    What kind of sugar is in the Bisquick mix? White sugar is whitened using bone char from cows is it not?

  • Paula from Only Cookware says:

    Bisquick isn’t available in my part of the world either unfortunately otherwise I would have tried this one. They look so good!

  • Timothy says:

    Here are some more links about interestified fats. There are quite a few entries (250) that come up from Google search, which means that interestified fats is something quite new to people. People should be warned and educated about it.

    http://www.transfatfree.com/pages/articles/interesterified_fat.htm

    http://www.stop-trans-fat.com/interesterified-fat.html

    http://www.diabetesselfmanagement.com/blog/Tara_Dairman/Trans_Fat_Alternative_May_Raise_Blood_Glucose

    http://www.epa.gov/greenchemistry/pubs/pgcc/winners/gspa05.html

  • Timothy says:

    Oops! I just discovered Crisco’s fully hydrogenated shortening listed as containing 0 grams transfat in a local supermarket. The last time I checked was a few years ago, and fully hydrogenated shortening was not available then.

    From Wikipedia
    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crisco

    “As of January 24, 2007, all Crisco shortening products have been reformulated to contain less than one gram of trans fat per serving. The separately marketed trans-fat free version introduced in 2004 was discontinued. [2] Crisco now consists of a blend of soybean oil, fully hydrogenated cottonseed oil, and partially hydrogenated soybean and cottonseed oils. According to the product information label, one 12g serving of Crisco contains 3g of saturated fat, 0g of trans fat, 6g of polyunsaturated fat, and 2.5g of monounsaturated fat. [3] It is claimed that this reformulated Crisco has the same cooking properties and flavor as the original version of the product.”

    However, there is controversy on the 0 grams Crisco product-

    “Many nutritionists are already warning that Crisco’s formula change may be little more than a marketing move. They argue that fully hydrogenated oil may not be any healthier than trans-fat containing partially hydrogenated oil. [4] Fully hydrogenated oil contains another artificial fat known as interesterified fat. A recent study showed that interesterified fat increased volunteers’ blood sugar by 20 percent while simultaneously lowering the body’s “good” HDL cholesterol. [5] The rise in blood sugar is problematic since it increases the chance of developing type 2 diabetes, already a growing problem in the US.”

    Interesterified fat? This is something new. I may just have to accept that shortening would always have some side effects. And I would have to put the changes to my vegan pancakes recipe on hold.

  • Anonymous says:

    *Items listed may contain trace amounts of animal-derived ingredients. While PETA supports a strict adherence to veganism, we put the task of vigorously reducing animal suffering ahead of personal purity. Boycotting products that are 99.9 percent vegan sends the message to manufacturers that there is no market for this food, which ends up hurting more animals.

    = NOT VEGAN

    vegans should ethically, be supporting genuine vegan alternatives, there is no such thing as ‘mostly vegan’ – a product is either produced as a result of the suffering and exploitations of sentient beings, or if is not.

  • Timothy says:

    I was thinking if Bisquick uses shortening to achieve fluffy pancakes, then using shortening in my start-from-scratch recipe should also achieve similar effects.

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Worlds-Best-Vegan-Pancakes/Detail.aspx

    Ingredients

    ~30g fully hydrogenated shortening
    4 cups self-rising flour
    1 tablespoon white sugar
    1 tablespoon custard powder
    3 1/2 to 4 cups soy milk

    Preparation

    Add shortening to flour, sugar and custard powder. Cut shortening into the mix or pulse everything in food processor until they are fine. Allow mix to set for a few hours in the fridge or use immediately. Then add soy milk and mix into a batter and cook.

    Fully-hydrogenated shortening is not available in my country so what I suggested is just theory.

    I may try this recipe when I manage to get fully-hydrogenated shortening and when I have the time to do so. I am quite busy these few days to prepare for the launch of my first book.

    So any adventurous cooks may like to try this theory recipe of mine and report the findings to the rest of us.

  • dena says:

    I was under the impression that Bisquick contained milk products. When did it become vegan?

  • Sarah says:

    Put some Chocolate Chips in them!!! they are totally amazing!

  • Jaclyn says:

    Timothy is right about partially hydrogenated oils. It has been about 5 years since I read about trans fats and I refuse to purchase anything with it.

  • Timothy says:

    I don’t know how good Bisquick vegan pancakes are because Bisquick is not available in this part of the world. Although pancake mixes that do not contain dairy are available here. It sounds like it could be better than my vegan pancakes recipe. I would then have to rename my vegan pancakes recipe as ‘World’s Best and Easiest Start-From-Scratch Vegan Pancakes Recipe’. :D

    However, be sure to use the HeartSmart version because the normal version contains transfat, which is the cause of killer heart diseases. Some versions of Oreo cookies also contain transfat. That is why I stopped eating them.

    Transfat is partially hydrogenated vegetable fat. Fully hydrogenated fat is okay to consume.

    However, like you mentioned, this Bisquick recipe is made from many processed ingredients from the Bisquick mix and the egg replacer. It would not be as natural and healthy as a ‘start from scratch recipe’ such as mine. It is also more costly to make. A start from scratch recipe can be modified using organic and non-allergic ingredients.

    I would like to try the Bisquick recipe one day.

    This is my start-from-scratch vegan pancakes recipe.

    http://allrecipes.com/Recipe/Worlds-Best-Vegan-Pancakes/Detail.aspx

    4 cups self-rising flour
    1 tablespoon white sugar
    1 tablespoon custard powder
    3 1/2 to 4 cups soy milk

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