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Let Them Eat Pancakes!

“Pancake Day” sounds more like a new children’s book title than an actual day set aside to eat pancakes, but today really is National Pancake Day!

Fortunately, pancakes are one of the easiest foods to veganize and one of my favorite ways to make them is to use ripe bananas as an egg replacer, as it makes them reminiscent of freshly baked banana bread.

In honor of National Pancake Day, use the healthful recipe below from the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine, and make a stack of whole-grain flapjacks for dinner tonight!

Whole-Wheat Pancakes

  • 1 banana
  • 1¼ cups fortified soy milk or rice milk
  • 1 Tbsp. maple syrup
  • 1 cup whole-wheat pastry flour or whole-wheat flour
  • 2 tsp. sodium-free baking powder
  • ¼ tsp. salt
  • Fresh fruit, spreadable fruit, or maple syrup for topping

In a large bowl, mash the banana, then stir in the milk and maple syrup.

In a separate bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, and salt. Add to the banana mixture and stir until smooth.

Pour small amounts of batter onto a preheated nonstick, griddle or skillet that has been lightly sprayed with oil and cook until bubbles form at the edges. Flip with a spatula and cook the second side until golden brown, about 1 minute. Serve immediately with fresh or spreadable fruit or maple syrup.

Makes 24 2-inch pancakes

Per pancake: 42 calories; 2 g protein; 9 g carbohydrate; 0.5 g fat; 1 g fiber; 37 mg sodium; calories from protein, 14%; calories from carbohydrates, 75%; calories from fats, 11%

Recipe from Healthy Eating for Life for Children by PCRM nutrition director Amy Lanou, Ph.D.

P.S. While you’re thinking about pancakes, find out how you can help to end Canada’s slaughter of baby seals by boycotting Canadian maple syrup and only using maple syrup from the U.S. Learn more and help seals.

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  • lballinger says:

    Thanks for the recipe, but those cutters make the panckes! Where did you get them?

    The slaughter of baby seals is so incomprehensible to me. This needs to be stopped, and unfortunately, some people only pay attention when money is involved. . .

  • rachelle says:

    oh…..bravo!….i love pancakes and i have been wanting a vegan pancake recipe

  • Connie says:

    Good recipe. I’m making them now for my son who is a pancake aficionado. We added chocolate chips to ours.

    Thanks for the good recipe!

  • r4i gold says:

    I like Pancakes.I have only tasted pancake with fruits or vegetables.I will definitely try this whole-wheat pancakes.banana will make it yummy.I like that you give us this tasty pancake recipe.

  • Wendy Bridges says:

    Thank you, Raine–I couldn’t have said it better myself.
    Sincerely,
    W. Bridges
    Santa Cruz, California

  • raine says:

    The pancake recipe sounds wonderful. Thank you!
    Though I do strongly oppose the slaughter of baby seals (or any seal) and I fully support PETA in your actions, I do know that we are not protesting against Canada itself. There are a lot of people in Canada who would truely love for this to end too. I think it is unfair to sway off the subject of the slaughter and into people or companies that may have nothing to do with or are actually against this terrible crime. I think instead, we need to act as one and direct this to the people who are in charge of or commiting the crime itself.

    Thank you for listening.

    Sincerely,
    Raine Fieberg

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