Vegan Cookies ‘N’ Cream Pancakes

Vegan Cookies ‘N’ Cream Pancakes

These Vegan Cookies 'N' Cream Pancakes are divine, healthy, naturally sweetened and oil-free! Such a delicious breakfast and the Oreo cookies are homemade cookie crumbles!

I first saw this idea on Erika's blog, The Pancake Princess. I love pancakes and I love Erika. You must check out her incredible blog of a million pancake recipes and delicious baked goods. She is one talented lady! She has several vegan recipes to choose from. So, when I saw her vegan Cookies 'N' Cream pancakes, I knew I had to try them. They are delicious. I had to adapt the recipe quite a bit to suit my own dietary choices, but I was definitely inspired by the Cookies 'N' Cream pancake idea! Her original recipe can be found here.


I swapped out the oil for my roasted pecan butter. Ever since I discovered the magic of what pecan butter did for my Pecan Butter Chocolate Chip Cookies (the best darn chocolate chip cookies on the planet!), I pretty much decided I will be using it going forward for A LOT of baking, instead of oils or vegan butters. It's magic, I tell ya! Why? Because it is creamy, buttery, slightly sweet and imparts a richer flavor than butter or oil can do.

So, for these pancakes I used the pecan butter instead of oil, used whole wheat pastry flour for the wonderful tenderness it gives pancakes, and I used maple syrup instead of powdered sugar as the sweetener for that deep sweetness, coconut milk instead of almond and added some cornstarch for extra fluff . I also made my own "Oreo" cookie crumbles and "cream" syrup. They don't exactly taste like the cookie, but for the pancake recipe specifically, as my intention, they worked great!

So, here you go, Healthy Vegan Cookies 'N' Cream Pancakes!

Vegan Cookies ‘N’ Cream Pancakes
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  • 1/2 tablespoon ground flaxseed
  • 1/4 cup + 2 tablespoons (90g) "lite" coconut milk or cashew milk
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1/8 teaspoon fine sea salt
  • 2 heaping tablespoons (30g) roasted pecan butter or coconut oil would probably work well too, just melt it before mixing
  • 3 tablespoons (60g) pure maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon (5g) vanilla extract
  • "Oreo" Cookie Crumbles
  • I made these specifically to use with the pancakes, they will not make actual cookies, they are only crumbles. I didn't want to use oreos or buy any cookies, so I improvised!
  • 1/4 cup grapenuts cereal
  • 2 teaspoons unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 2 teaspoons pure maple syrup
  • Healthy Cream Syrup
  • All I did was mix some coconut cream, a teensy bit of maple syrup, vanilla and a bit of arrowroot to thicken it up, just eyeballed it. Easy, quick and absolutely delicious!


  1. Add the flaxseed, milk and apple cider vinegar to a small bowl and whisk well until frothy, about a minute. Set aside for about 5 minutes.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the flour, baking powder, cornstarch and salt. Whisk until thoroughly mixed.
  3. Add the pecan butter, syrup and vanilla to the milk mixture and whisk well. Make a well in the flour mixture and pour the liquids in and gently stir the batter until just combined. Do not over-mix. Gently fold in the cookie crumbles. Set aside for 10 minutes for the batter to thicken.
  4. At this same time, heat a frying pan over medium-low heat. You need the pan to be well heated so the pancakes cook properly. After the 10 minutes, scoop 1/4 cup portions of the batter onto the pan (the batter will be thick) and cook for 3-4 minutes on the first side, until the edges have firmed up. Flip over and cook for a couple more minutes. 
  5. For the "Oreo" Cookie Crumbles
  6. Add the ingredients to a food processor and pulse until fine crumbs form. This may take several minutes. Just keep pulsing, and the grape nuts will break down. Scrape the sides during the pulsing process, if necessary. That's it...cookie crumbles! They don't taste exactly like an oreo, but for this recipe, they worked perfectly.




  1. These pancakes sound incredibly delicious. You have to enter the new whole foods recipe contest and should enter several of your recipes, you could win a vitamix here is the link I think your recipes are incredible and healthy and a shoe in to win IMHO
    • Aww thanks Suzanne! You're so sweet. Ooooh that's a great idea, thank you, I think I will submit my supersized chocolate chip cookies because they have become the favorite that tastes so sinful but all healthy ingredients...thank you so much for telling me girl!! By the way, your zucchini low carb pasta dish will be my shared dinner recipe this week :)
      • Oh thank you, I would love to feature one of your recipes this week, you have so many good ones I have to decide which, if it's alright with you!!
    • Of course I don't mind. I'd be honored!! :) I chose your zucchini pasta one because it was easy, simply, delicious and I drooled when I saw it, lol! I made it last night for dinner and my hubby and I both devoured it!
      • Thank you so much, you don't know how much it means to me that you tried and like my recipe. I will pour through your roster of amazing recipes and let you know which I will feature.
  2. Phew, I am so glad you liked the pancakes!! Your spin on them sounds positively fantastic--I will definitely have to take some cues from you to stay on track with my no-sugar challenge! Ughhh I ALMOST picked up pecans when i went to Costco the other day, and then refrained. I'm so regretting that now because all I want to do is make your incredibly looking supersized chocolate chip cookies!! Also, love the twist on the cookie crumbles. Thanks so much for the feature; you are awesome!!!
    • No, thank you for sharing the recipe!! It is so yummy and I'm just glad it still worked out well, because i have to be really careful for my hubby what I use. Oh girl, you got to try the pecan butter....even just on toast with no sugar or anything, it is AMAZING! It tastes sweet, silky and divine. The key is processing until it is silky smooth. Oh, and as I say above, the cookie crumbles aren't exactly tasting like an Oreo, but they work well specifically for this recipe. I just didn't want to buy Oreos be I'd eat the whole package lol! I can't wait to try your quinoa muffins next! :)
  3. These are so healthy, it should be illegal since they look so delicious! Love it! Cheers Choc Chip Uru
  4. Brandi, I love this! I love how inventive you are!! Grapenuts cereal? I used to eat that cereal ages ago!!! And love it!!! Thanks for also introducing us to the Pancake Princess!! :)
    • Thank you so much Aliice, that's so sweet of you! I try to be as creative as possible and think outside the truly is so much fun for me!! Doesn't always work out, but, sometimes it works great! Yes, definitely, check out her amazing will LOVE IT!!
  5. Have mercy! I adore Erika's blog and I love that you tackled her cookies 'n cream pancakes. I could seriously lick my screen right now - your pancakes are so luscious 'n decadent. Those are fabulous healthy alterations too. I wouldn't feel too guilty about devouring a stack or two of these ;)
    • Thank you so much Nancy!! I love Erika too! They tasted sweet and wonderful, I was happy they turned out! I devoured a few batches myself! ;)
  6. These are great pancakes, Brandi, but I really do applaud your ingenuity in coming up with your own cookie rumbles. Wow! Well done!
    • Thank you so much John! Honestly, that was the hardest part! I refused to go buy cookies or make a whole batch just for pancakes, I racked my brain and then just threw the ingredients in the processor to see what happened. I'll be darned, they tasted like chooolate crumbs...not real sweet, but perfect for the pancakes!
  7. Hi Brandi, I like the different healthy “Cream” Syrup. Looks and i bet tastes amazing.. Love your photos too :)
    • Thank you so much Thom! That creamy sweet cream syrup was the perfect finish to them..a necessary yummy component that really made them "cookies 'n' cream" worthy :)
  8. Sorry I also like making desserts which are typically delicious, but are originally changes, like your recipe from being loaded with sugar to sugar - free.. great job ;)
    • Thank you so much, that means a lot to me Thom! The whole reason I started cooking this way was because I HAD to for my hubby's health, it has become my passion and mission to create delicious food that is not only healthier, but not fill you full of guilt after eating it! It's a great way to teach my daughter too from an early age :)
  9. That screams delicious!! :)
  10. Everything looks beautiful Brandi – love the sound of the 'cream' and your cookie crumbs. You are one creative lady. I googled grapenut cereal. It's not available in Australia but sounds delicious – I love that it contains neither grapes nor nuts! I guess it could be replaced with a mixed-grain flake cereal?
    • Aww thank you Saskia! I have so much fun trying to come up with healthy alternatives, so thank you! I know, it's a really funny name isn't it?! Yes, a mixed grain should be fine, as long as it is crunchy. Grapenuts cereal is very crunchy. Enjoy :)
  11. This is such a great recipe to share. As you know I am quite afraid of sweet things but I want these for breakfast tomorrow! Good job Brandi, they look incredibly tasty. The pancakes looks perfect. Yum!
    • Thank you Danny! These are real sweet...they are more along the lines of a creamy vanilla flavor, not just straight sugar taste..which is what I wanted. The bourbon vanilla and coconut cream make it very vanilla-ish! Enjoy. Let me know if you try them :)
      • I'll probably have to cut down on the maple syrup but my favorite coconut cream will have to stay :-)
    • Danny, I had a typo..I meant to say these AREN'T real sweet...just a creamy vanilla flavor. With that said, you could still certainly adjust the sweetner to your preference. If you cut down on the syrup, you may have to add just a tad of milk in place, so the batter isn't too thick. I created these measurements exactly for the right thickness of batter I wanted. :)
      • Okies! Noted. hmm..your suggestion of adding a tad of milk is tempting too. Thanks Brandi. :-)
  12. Brandi, this is so wonderful! I love love love cookies-n-cream, and never say no to that. This recipe is a must in my kitchen. :)
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  14. Waw! I love thes etasty pancakes: all vegan too! Yummm! I can't wait to make them!
    • Thank you so much Sophie! Yes all vegan and mighty tasty! I hope you enjoy them :)
  15. First things first, roasted pecan butter!! I wish there was a super like button. Then bourbon vanilla extract, the pancakes, and some oreo crumbles...., triple more yummy!!! I love this recipe and your pictures are delicious :)
    • Thank you so much Judy!! Yes, the roasted pecan butter has become my magic ingredient! I even made some cupcakes with it and no oil and they were fabulous, even BETTER flavor!
  16. [...] that I’m sharing this week. In case you missed it, be sure to check out breakfast which was Cookies ‘N’ Cream Pancakes and lunch, Cheesy Smoky Black Bean Soup! The dinner recipe I chose is from Suzanne over at [...]
  17. Oh my gosh I'm sharing this one with my boyfriend (who owns several restaurants in town)..maybe for a breakfast special...? YUM..
  18. I'm freaking out over the cookie crumbles! SO clever :) Oh yeah, the pancakes look insane too. xx
    • Thank you Somer!! They don't exactly taste like oreos, but they taste like chocolate cookie crumbs :)
  19. Thank you for letting me know about these pancakes Brandi, they sound amazing and I can't wait for the weekend to give them a try
    • Thank you Sawsan! I hope you enjoy them as much as we did! Topped with the "cream" really makes it feel like such a treat...Let me know if you try them :)

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