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  • Writer's pictureRebecca Lake

Vegan Pancakes, Cranberry Bread, 3 ingredient Waffles and Banana Bread for breakfast

Updated: Jul 23, 2023

For breakfast I usually eat raw oats topped with Grape Nuts, walnuts, frozen blueberries, half a banana, and either strawberries or half a fuji apple and a couple dates with fresh squeezed orange juice as the liquid in my cereal. My kids come home from college and they want pancakes! I don't have a pancake recipe that has no oil. This recipe calls for 1 Tbsp coconut oil. It's very little oil in the pancakes, and the pancakes are cooked in vegan butter or coconut oil. So these pancakes are not heart healthy(I don't eat them). But I still make them for my kids while they are home from College. I don't have a picture yet, but here is my tried and true recipe that I've made over and over again.


1 Tbsp flaxseed meal + 3 Tbsp water

1 Tbsp coconut oil, melted

1 Tbsp maple syrup

1/2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

1 cup + 1 Tbsp almond milk + 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar

1 cup of whole wheat flour

Make your flax seed egg combining the 1 Tbsp of flaxseed meal and 3 Tbsp of water. Set aside to gel. In a medium sized bowl, add the flour, baking soda and baking powder. Stir to combine. Set aside. In another medium sized bowl or pyrex 2 cup measuring cup, add the almond milk and the apple cider vinegar. Allow to curdle for 5 minutes. To the milk, add the melted coconut oil, maple syrup, and the flax egg. Mix well. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir to combine. You will have a nice batter now, and if it is too dry, add a little more milk, too runny, add flour. We usually add frozen blueberries to about half the batter to make blueberry pancakes. You can also add 1 Tbsp vegan butter, 3 Tbsp peanut butter, and a quarter cup of chocolate chips to half the batter to make peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes. Heat a pan and add a tiny amount of coconut oil. A little bit of coconut oil spreads easily across the bottom of the pan. Dollop spoon sized batter onto the pan then turn the heat down to low and cover. Check after 5 minutes, and if batter is bubbling on top, flip. Cover again and check after 3 minutes. Serve blueberry or plain pancakes with maple syrup, but peanut butter chocolate chip pancakes don't need anything extra and are delicious!

The above recipe is whole grain because it uses 100% whole wheat flour. If you are in a hurry to make pancakes but you don't have time to make them from scratch as above,

Annies pancake mix to the rescue. With a couple substitutions, you can make even these pancakes much healthier:)

if making the pancakes, just substitute the flax seed egg of 1 Tsp flax seed meal and 3 Tbsp water for the egg and the pancakes are much healthier for you and your heart.

If making the waffles, substitute the flax seed egg for the egg, and substitute 2 Tbsp of applesauce for the 2 Tbsp of oil and your waffles will turn out great:)(Still not whole grain but in a pinch, a wonderful waffle)

Cranberry Nut Bread

I had organic cranberries in my refrigerator and my husband remembered delicious cranberry bread that his Mom made and I found this recipe and he says it tastes and has the texture of his old cranberry bread. Delicious!

Cranberry Nut Bread

2 cups of whole wheat or spelt flour or oat flour

2/3 cups of organic cane sugar or 1/2 cup dates

2 tsp baking powder

1/2 tsp baking soda

generous pinch of salt

1 cup of orange juice

1/2 cup applesauce

1 heaping cup of fresh or frozen cranberries

1/4 cup of chopped walnuts

1 Tbsp flax seed meal

Preheat Oven to 350. In a large bowl add the flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, flax seed meal and salt. Stir to combine. In another smaller bowl add the orange juice, and the applesauce. Stir to combine. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir to make a batter. Toss in the cranberries and the walnuts and stir to distribute both throughout the batter. Pour batter into a loaf pan. I used a silicon loaf pan and didn't grease it and it came out deliciously in one fell swoop. Bake at 350 for 50-55 minutes in the center rack(we checked at 50 and baked it 10 more minutes-the toothpick had not come out dirty).

3 Ingredient Waffles

3 small or 2 very large very ripe bananas

1 1/2 cups of raw regular oats

1/3 cup applesauce

That's it!! Those three ingredients and you blend it together and you get this:

The batter comes out thick but the riper the bananas are the thinner the batter will be. I have used not super ripe bananas before and I added a little soy milk to the batter to thin it out a little. The riper the bananas are, the more the waffles will taste like banana bread(somewhat:)) I always use organic applesauce because apples are always on the dirty dozen list. The only trick to this recipe is you must leave the waffle in the waffle iron for 9-10 minutes!!! If the waffle iron says it is done, check if carefully and if you can pull the waffle maker open without pulling apart the waffle, go for it! But three ingredients and 10 minutes later and you have a delicious snack to take to work or a nice hot breakfast. I live near a Ralphs and I always look at the sale rack in the produce market and because this is fall they always have bags of apples for $1!!! Then I peel and core them and make applesauce by just cooking the apples and adding cinnamon. It's delicious and its delicious on top of these waffles too or just for a snack:)

Banana Bread

Banana Bread

1 1/4 cups of whole wheat flour

1 tsp baking soda

3/4 cup date paste

3 small or 2 large very ripe bananas

6 oz. of vegan yoghurt

1 cup of chopped walnuts, optional

2 flax seed eggs

Preheat oven to 350. Make the flax eggs by placing 2 Tbsp of flax seed meal and 5 Tbsp water into a small bowl and set aside to allow to gel. In a large bowl, add the flour and baking soda and whisk to combine. In another medium bowl, add the bananas and mash them. Add the date paste and the yoghurt. Mix well. Once the flax egg has jelled, add the flax egg to the banana mixture. And mix again. Add the banana mixture to the flour mixture(or the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients):) Add the walnuts if using and mix throughout. Pour the batter into a loaf pan. If you don't have a silicone loaf pan, you should wipe some kind of oil around the insides of the loaf pan. Bake at 350 for an hour. Enjoy!

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