Sometimes miracles do happen. Pancake miracles. Okay, a bit dramatic, but seriously I didn't think it was possible to make low-fat pancakes be delicious and also be vegan, gluten-free, nut-free and oil-free. And only require 6 ingredients! All of the above! I'm also sharing 3 flavor combos today with you. And get this, my husband loves these above all my other pancake recipes??! I don't understand how that's possible, but he does. He said he would eat them everyday for breakfast and if you all knew how much he wasn't a pancake person, you would know how big that statement is. He really liked the flavor and amazing soft texture that these have.
Now, are these as rich as my Life Changing Pancakes?? No, of course not, duh. I mean, instead of 15 g fat per pancake, these are just about 3 g fat! That's a huge difference. And while they are not as rich, they are still soooo close and delicious. They are also much easier to make and ones that I can eat several of and not feel the least bit guilty. Not that I feel guilty eating my food anyways, but you get my point. I will be making these pancakes every weekend probably now.
With these low-fat pancakes, you will have plenty of room to stuff your face with my recipe post from earlier this week, did you catch the Smoky Jalapeno Black Bean Dip?
These are ridiculously soft and tender. They have that same soft tenderness as all-purpose flour pancakes. I grew up eating all-purpose flour pancakes and they were always so easy to make and delicious, but not much in the nutrition department. Plus, they always had oil or butter added to them. I actually prefer the pancakes I make now over those I used to eat, they taste better and have nutritional ingredients. My pancake recipes on my blog are some of my most popular, but most contain almond flour, which doesn't make them low-fat or nut-free.
Knowing that a large amount of my readers are following a low-fat diet or need nut-free recipes, I knew they, and I, would love some low-fat pancakes to enjoy on the weekends and eat a lot of them without a worry about the fat.
These Low-Fat Vegan Gluten-Free Pancakes are the answer.
The "miraculous" flour? So, I used a flour not what you'd expect to see in a pancake recipe, corn flour. Not to be confused with cornmeal or cornstarch. I had some leftover corn flour sitting in my pantry from when I made my Hushpuppies and after a muffin recipe didn't work out, I decided to see what would happen with them as pancakes. I was utterly shocked. The corn flour gave a naturally mild, sweet flavor to them and made them SO SOFT. I was jumping around with excitement. Ok, not really, but I was pretty excited.
This is not the same taste/texture as you'd get from coarse cornmeal pancakes/waffles. These are super soft and tender. I switched up my starches too. I normally use my go-to potato starch, as in my other pancake recipes, but since these corn flour pancakes have such little fat in them, the potato starch made them too dry. Potato starch works better in recipes that have a lot of moisture/fat in them. If you didn't know that, now you do! 🙂 So, I tried them with arrowroot and they were much better. Very tender and soft.
Of course I had to try these in different flavors, cinnamon was my favorite. Or, maybe tied with the chocolate chip ones. The cinnamon pancakes were quite delicious with some chai tea. You can make regular, cinnamon, chocolate chip or blueberry or extra vanilla. Really, it's the perfect basic pancake recipe to add anything you want or just enjoy them as is with some maple syrup.
I love that these are fluffy too. I cannot stand paper thin pancakes. That is what crepes are for. Give me some texture now! I also skipped the cookie cutter this time (which I normally use) for a more natural, rustic look and honestly this batter cooks up into a nice round circle anyways, so it worked perfectly.
Would you look how soft and fluffy the insides are too? Most gluten-free pancakes are nasty, gooey raw in the centers. Not these babies. That corn flour and starch make magic.
So, these pancakes are easy to make and should basically fit the majority of allergies out there. They are vegan, gluten-free, oil-free, nut-free and low-fat and definitely kid-friendly.
I can't wait to hear what you think of these Low-Fat Vegan Gluten-Free Pancakes! I'd love to hear which flavor you went with or how you served them. Please leave feedback below after you make them, I really love reading them! I'd also love to see your pic on Instagram if you snap one (or Facebook!) and tag me at @thevegan8 and don't forget my tag #thevegan8 so I don't miss it!
- 1 cup + 2 tablespoons corn flour (150 g, this is not the same as cornmeal or cornstarch, I use Bob's Red Mill here, you must use corn flour period for these to work as intended, see Note below)
- 3 tablespoons arrowroot (22 g, I tested these with 3 different starches, arrowroot yielded the best result)
- 1½ teaspoons aluminum-free double-acting baking powder
- ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
- ¾-1 cup "lite" canned coconut milk, shake the can well prior to measuring (recommed Thai Kitchen brand. You can sub with another milk, but highly recommend a creamy one with some fat in it for best results, too thin a milk will make the pancakes more thin/fragile)
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup (30 mL)
- 2½ teaspoons vanilla extract (add an extra ½ teaspoon for a stronger vanilla flavor)
- Optional flavors:
- Chocolate chip: add ¼ cup chocolate chips
- Blueberry: add ¼-1/2 cup fresh blueberries
- Cinnamon: add 1½ teaspoons cinnamon
- Note: These pancakes have a very mild cornmeal type of flavor to them, which I loved, so expect that. Corn flour is very finely ground like all-purpose flour, it's not cornmeal and not the same as cornstarch. Corn flour is what cornstarch is called in England, so please click the link above to see exactly the product I used. Also, Bob's Red Mill corn flour is gluten-free naturally, but is processed in a wheat facility, so if you need a certified gluten-free corn flour, search for that online. Different corn flour brands vary in the batter thickness, so note the milk measurement.
- I trialed this recipe with varying flours and liquids and amounts, so stick to the recipe for best results. This is an amazing basic pancake recipe for you to enjoy as is (my husband's favorite way and with syrup!) Or make them using the optional flavors I suggest above.
- These are delicious with maple syrup on top. Since these are really low-fat, they are super soft and light, but not as rich as the fat-filled ones (obviously), so they are just perfect with maple syrup and some fruit. Enjoy!
- Combine the corn flour, arrowroot, baking powder and salt in a large bowl and whisk really well to make sure there are no lumps remaining from the starch.
- In a separate small bowl, combine the milk, syrup and vanilla and stir. Start out with ¾ cup milk and add a little more as needed. You want a fairly thick, smooth, but pourable batter. Slowly pour over the dry ingredients, whisking it in slowly until the batter is completely smooth. Whisk for a good minute or so to really make sure it's smooth and thickens up. Now, you must let the batter sit for 15-20 minutes before cooking. This will give time for the baking powder to react with the liquid and also soak up the starch. This will make all the difference in a fluffy pancake and how they cook up, so don't skip this step. Set your timer and come back. At this same time, heat up your pan.
- Add your nonstick pan over medium-low heat. The heat temperature is important because you don't want it too low or the pancakes won't react enough with the heat and will be more flat. You must let your pan heat up the same time your batter is sitting. This is another important step to the pancakes being fluffy and cooking properly. Let the pan heat up for 15 minutes while your batter is sitting.
- After your pan is hot, spray with nonstick spray and slowly pour a ¼ cup of batter on the pan, it should naturally form a round shape. You should hear a sizzle, that's how you know it's hot enough. Let the pancakes cook 2-3 minutes, looking for the top to have a dry look and the edges look dry and small bubbles forming. You can peak underneath to make sure they have that nice golden cooked bottom. These cook fairly fast since there is little fat. Flip over and cook the other side for just about a minute, not long. If you find they are cooking too fast, just slightly turn down the heat. This batter will make 6 pancakes using ¼ cup batter measurements.
- Note: These are very tender upon just coming off the pan, so give them a few minutes before eating so they firm up. They firm up a lot more after they've sat several minutes.
- I liked these best with maple syrup. These are best eaten the same day, as they tend to dry out the next day since they are so low-fat. Or just add more syrup the next day :)