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Vegan Blue-Berry Pancakes – Naturally colored

Vegan Blue-Berry Pancakes that are naturally colored with blueberries. They are topped with fresh blueberries and maple syrup. Easy to make and great for kids!

Stack of Blue Pancakes drizzled with maple syrup

Lately, I’ve been craving pancakes like a crazy person (did you see my Banana Bread Pancakes or these Chocolate Peanut Butter Pancakes??). I just love the big stacks of fluffy, pillowy pancakes, drizzled with maple syrup. I hope this phase of mine will never stop.

These Blue-Berry Pancakes are:

  • vegan (dairy-free and egg-free)
  • oil-free (the batter is oil-free you’ll only need oil for the pan if it’s not a non-stick one)
  • blue (weird, I know)
  • naturally colored with blueberries
  • super fluffy and soft
  • kid-friendly.
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How to make Blue Ombre Pancakes

Making vegan blue pancakes

When I made these, I actually made them ombre, so that they have different shades of blue. The batters are greyish-purple, but they will turn blue once heated.

I’ve included the detailed instructions on how to make the pancakes ombre in the notes of the recipe below. I didn’t want to blow up the regular recipe and make it too confusing for those, who just want blue pancakes and don’t care about the different shades because they are very subtle.

Basically, you want to mix the dry ingredients, then divide them into three parts in separate bowls. As for the liquid ingredients, put the plant-based milk in a blender and add 1/2 teaspoon of frozen blueberries, blend and use 1/3 part of the colored milk for the first pancake batter. Then add more frozen blueberries, and use half of the remaining liquid for the second. Then again, more frozen blueberries and this one will be the liquid for the third batter. You can adjust the batters by adding a bit more milk if they are too thick.

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Pancake FAQ

What can I do if my pancakes are raw inside?

If your pancakes are golden brown on the outside but not cooked all the way through, reduce the heat! That way they have more time to cook properly.

What can I do if my pancakes aren’t fluffy?

Add more baking powder! This will make them fluffier. Mashed bananas + baking powder = are a good recipe for fluffiness! :)

My pancake batter is spreading too much?! / My pancake batter isn’t spreading enough?!

No worries, you can easily adjust the batter! If the batter is spreading too much in the pan, whisk more flour into the batter. If your pancake batter isn’t spreading enough, add a bit more plant-based milk!

Can I make these pancakes without oil?

Yes, the pancakes use very little oil to begin with, so you can easily omit it but they will look different on the outside because I’ve been spraying/brushing the pan with oil.

Stack of Blue Pancakes drizzled with maple syrup

Vegan Blue-Berry Pancakes Recipe

Elephantastic Vegan
Vegan Blue-Berry Pancakes that are naturally colored with blueberries. They are topped with fresh blueberries and maple syrup. Easy to make and great for kids!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 1 stack of 6 pancakes
Calories 633 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar
  • 3/4 cup plant-based milk – I used sweetened vanilla soy milk*
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons frozen blueberries , divided if you make the pancakes ombre **
  • baking spray
  • maple syrup for drizzling on top
  • 1/4 cup blueberries for garnish

Instructions
 

  • Add the flour, baking powder, salt, and brown sugar in a mixing bowl, give it a quick whisk. (To make the pancakes ombre**, I’ve included instructions in the notes.) In a blender, add the plant-based milk and the frozen blueberries – blend and add the mixture to the dry ingredients. Whisk until incorporated. Let it sit for a few minutes.
  • Spray a flat pan or griddle with oil and heat it up to medium to low heat. Add a small ladle of pancake batter. Let it cook until the middle becomes bubbly and the corners set, then flip with a spatula. Let it cook on the other side until done. Repeat for all the pancakes.
  • Now, let’s stack the pancakes, garnish with fresh blueberries, drizzle with maple syrup and enjoy!

Notes

*If you use unsweetened milk, you might want to add a bit more brown sugar.
**To make them ombre, divide the dry ingredients in three equal parts (1/3 cup each). Then start by blending all the plant-based milk with only 1/2 teaspoon of frozen blueberries. Use 1/4 cup of the colored plant-based milk for the first batter. Add another 1/2 teaspoon of frozen blueberries to the remaining milk in the blender – blend again. And again, use 1/4 cup of the colored milk for the second batter. For our last batter, add 1/2 teaspoon of frozen blueberries to the remaining milk in the blender, blend again and mix it into the third bowl with dry ingredients. Whisk all the batters, add more milk where you need to. And use the different colored batters to make the Ombre Pancakes.

Nutrition

Calories: 633kcalCarbohydrates: 129gProtein: 14gFat: 6gSodium: 116mgPotassium: 777mgFiber: 4gSugar: 18gVitamin C: 4.8mgCalcium: 297mgIron: 6.3mg
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Recipe Rating




Natalie | Feasting on Fruit

Sunday 10th of September 2017

I am seriously obsessed with these! Prettiest stack of pancakes ever? I think so🤗 Not just the totally unique ocean-reminiscent color, but the subtle ombre too. And not a single funky super blue powder necessary!

Bianca

Sunday 10th of September 2017

Thank you Natalie! I have to say, I'm a bit intrigued by the blue butterfly pea powder that is making its rounds on instagram but natural food coloring trumps using powders :D #teamblueberries

Agness of Run Agness Run

Friday 8th of September 2017

Who doesn't love pancakes, especially when they are this good?! Excellent recipe, Bianca!

Bianca

Saturday 9th of September 2017

Thank you, Agness! I can't enough of them :)