Eggless Pancakes

May 19, 2012mayurisjikoni
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Eggless Pancakes

For all who don’t like eggs, there is no reason why you cannot enjoy some American style pancakes. To make Eggless Pancakes is so easy, just need a few ingredients and a hearty breakfast is ready.

What are Pancakes?

Pancakes are flat, often thin or slightly thick cakes made in a frying pan or griddle using a a batter. Can be either sweet or savory. Traditionally, the batter is made with flour, egg, butter and milk. However, these days there are so many variations of pancakes. Though the description has the word cake, in reality pancakes are one of the oldest forms of bread known to mankind.

Memories …

The first time I ever tasted the American Pancakes was during our trip to Disney World, Florida years ago. We decided to have breakfast at the famous IHOP as recommended by the travel agent who presented us with our tickets and passes. The first plate arrived with a stack mile high of pancakes, topped with a small scoop of something yellow. I thought, wow ice cream early in the morning. Its only when it began to melt on the pancakes I realized we were served with a mini scoop of butter! Yes the scoop size that one would normally use for ice creams.  With so many pancakes in the stack, we thought that was for all to share. But that was not the case, each of us got our own stack of pancakes, with so many different condiments to go with it.

For a moment we all kept on staring at each other. This was definitely not our one day breakfast portion but a whole week! Well none of us finished our portions and felt bad that we wasted so much food. Being my first ever bite of the famous American pancakes, I loved the soft, fluffy, cinnamon, buttery breakfast treat.

Pancakes are made all over the world

Back then my knowledge of World cuisine was limited to what we read in cookery books and magazines. Its now that I know that many countries world over have their own version of pancakes. So, basically I’ve tasted pancakes before I stepped into IHOP but back then knew it by the traditional names as uttapam, pudla, malpua, etc.

Pancakes and Breakfast

Around the American Revolution time pancakes were served as dinner option with stews. How it became a breakfast option is really not known. And anyway pancakes were not as thick as we know them today. They were thinner, more crepe like.Closer home when we think of breakfast snacks, uttapam, chila, pudla have always been an option for hot breakfast.

Are Pancakes healthy?

The million dollar question… it all depends. Take the Indian crepe like pudla, its definitely a healthy option for breakfast, made usually from chickpea flour (besan) with added vegetables. Uttapams too are healthy and gluten free. When it comes to the American Pancakes, one cannot have them everyday as they are high in carbohydrateswhich you get from the refined flour, honey or maple syrup, butter and added refined sugar. These days, refined flour is being replaced with more healthier wholewheat flour, oats, other grain flours,sugar is replaced by healthier alternates like honey, maple syrup, jaggery etc. Its also possible to make them lighter by using oil instead of butter.How you want to prepare them is totally up to you.

First time I made American Pancakes at home

One day my daughter pestered me to make some pancakes for Sunday Brunch. Back then there were not many places serving pancakes for brunch. She got the craving for them when we got talking about our Disney World trip. Back then there were not that many recipes on the internet, so the hunt began by going through all the cookery books I had. I made them and we enjoyed them with some chocolate sauce.

Fast Forward

Pancakes occasionally make their to our breakfast table especially on a Sunday lazy morning as brunch. I try and make them with healthier ingredients and we do go easy on the added sugar and how much honey or maple syrup is drizzled on them. What I don’t like to compromise is on the butter as I love the buttery taste. I’ve occasionally made pancakes without eggs for those who don’t consume eggs. I love serving pancakes with loads of fruits.

Pancakes you may enjoy:

Ragi and Oat Pancakes

Farali Uttapam

Savory Oat Pancakes

Oladushki – Russian Pancakes

Dutch Baby Pancakes

Koiloreo – Goan Pancakes

Savoury Millet Pancake

Vibibi – Swahili Pancakes

Apple Aebliskiver

What you can add to the batter?

You can replace the wholewheat flour for gluten free flour options. One can also add chopped fresh fruit, dried fruit, frozen fruit, nuts, chocolate chips, coconut, seeds, etc to the batter. Replace the milk with buttermilk. The options are endless.

Leavening Agent to use:

While most instant pancakes demand the usage of leavening agents like baking powder, soda bicarbonate (baking soda), some pancakes are made from yeast batter. Those ones require the batter to ferment for a while. Pancakes can be made from unfed sourdough starter where the batter is allowed to ferment.

Ingredients required for Eggless Pancakes

  • Whole Wheat Flour – I like to use the flour that we usually use for rotis (chappati).
  • Oats – the quick oats are best for this recipe
  • Cinnamon Powder – for flavour. Can replace it with cardamom as it tastes equally good
  • Milk – I use dairy milk but you can use any vegan milk of your choice for a vegan version
  • Butter – about 1 tbsp melted to add to the batter, as that makes them less chewy. Also butter for cooking the pancakes. For a vegan version, use vegan butter, coconut oil or normal cooking oil
  • Vanilla Extract – for flavoring. I sometimes replace it with orange or lemon zest.
  • Baking Powder – since no eggs are used, the main leavening agent is baking powder.
  • Baking Soda – to give that instant rise.

Dietary Tips:

  • For Vegan version replace the dairy milk and butter with vegan friendly products
  • Vegetarian / Satvik – as no eggs are used

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Enjoy healthy pancakes for breakfast. Made with wholewheat flour and oats, though no eggs are added, they turn out soft and fluffy.
5 from 12 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 6 pancakes


  • 1 cup wholewheat flour
  • ½ cup oats
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • ¼ tsp baking soda (soda bicarbonate)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • a pinch salt
  • 2 tbsp butter melted
  • cup milk
  • butter for cooking


  • Mix flour, oats, baking powder, baking soda and salt in a bowl.
  • Add milk and melted butter.
  • Mix till the dry ingredients become wet. Do not over mix.
  • Rest the batter for 5 -10 minutes so that the oats get soaked.
  • Heat a frying pan or skillet over medium flame.
  • Add about ½ butter and swirl the pan so it melts.
  • Add about ¼ cup batter to the hot pan.
  • Lower the heat and let the pancake cook till it becomes light golden colour from the underside.
  • Flip it over, add little butter at the side of the pancake and let it cook till done.
  • Repeat the process with the remaining batter.
  • Serve drizzled with honey and top it with chopped fruit and nuts of your choice.


  • Can serve with chocolate sauce or maple syrup.
  • Add nuts, chocolate chips or dried fruit to the batter.
  • Don't cook the pancakes over high heat otherwise the inside will remain raw.
  • I made medium size pancakes, you can make them smaller by taking less batter.
Keyword eggfree, eggless, no refined sugar, oats, vegetarian, wholewheat flour

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  • Lata Lala

    June 6, 2020 at 11:58 am

    5 stars
    Making eggless Pancakes can be sometimes tricky but with your recipe it looks like smooth sail. I always make pancakes with eggs.
    Thank you for sharing an eggfree version. Shall be trying it soon.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 6, 2020 at 6:20 pm

      Thanks Lata, do try out the recipe.

  • Archana

    June 7, 2020 at 7:25 am

    5 stars
    Icecream scoop sized butter!!! Omg !
    I loved reading your amazing transition from knowing little to so much more about food, cuisine and cooking them.
    I love these pancakes definitely someone who does eat eggs this is an awesome option. I can make them for myself today as lunch.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 8, 2020 at 12:50 am

      Thanks Archana. Hope you enjoy the pancakes.

  • Pavani

    June 7, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    5 stars
    That is such a lovely Disney memory of pancakes 🙂 We love pancakes in our home and I am always looking for new eggless recipes. These sound absolutely delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 8, 2020 at 12:47 am

      Thank you so much Pavani. We love them too as its a good way to add oats to ones diet.

  • Niranjana Sankaranarayanan

    June 9, 2020 at 4:00 pm

    Wholewhea pancakes are my favourite. I loved the addition of oats in this recipe. They look yum.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 10, 2020 at 5:20 pm

      Thank you so much Niranjana, just a great way to get kids to enjoy oats.

  • hem lata srivastava

    June 9, 2020 at 6:51 pm

    Such a wonderful and healthy recipe mayuri love your pictures .

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 10, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      Thank you so much Hem Lata.

  • Jolly

    June 9, 2020 at 10:20 pm

    This looks so good, perfectly made. I never tried eggless pancakes, always I was worried about the texture of it. By seeing your recipe, it looks so soft with great texture. Thanks for sharing this eggless version will try it for my son!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 10, 2020 at 5:19 pm

      Thanks Jolly, the texture comes out well, as I have to make the eggless versions whenever my mother in law or sister in law are here as they don’t eat eggs.

  • Swati

    June 10, 2020 at 12:26 am

    5 stars
    Nice post with so many different pancake links and pointers on how to make perfect eggless pancakes, especially for those who avoid eggs.. Some similar incident happened with us too when arrived in US few years back is really difficult to finish pile of pancakes in one go.. :).

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 10, 2020 at 5:16 pm

      Thanks Swaty and phew glad to know we were not the only ones who were so shocked at the pile of pancakes.

  • Seema Sriram

    June 11, 2020 at 10:17 am

    5 stars
    Loved reading this post. It is a million ideas together in the post and the collection of pancakes is amazing. This recipe itself is is so good. My kids love the idea and we may make it on Sunday.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 11, 2020 at 11:08 pm

      Thank you so much Seema and if you make the pancakes hope your family enjoys it.

  • Vandana

    June 11, 2020 at 2:51 pm

    5 stars
    These pancakes look so delicious especially the fruit toppings. The thing that I liked the most about them is that you have used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour in them. Your collection of pancake recipes is also very impressive.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 11, 2020 at 11:07 pm

      Thank you so much Vandana, I’m a big fan of pancakes 🙂

  • Jayashree T.Rao

    June 12, 2020 at 4:56 pm

    This is ideal recipe for me as I never use eggs. I should make it sometime, looks like a breakfast sorted out with this.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2020 at 8:18 pm

      Thanks Jayashree, yes with all the fruit topping, don’t think anyone will want lunch after this wonderful breakfast.

  • Sandhya Ramakrishnan

    June 12, 2020 at 6:53 pm

    5 stars
    I am in love with this recipe. Whole wheat and no eggs and still a beautiful texture. We love a good pancake brunch at times on weekends. I will try this recipe next time.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2020 at 8:17 pm

      Thank you so much Sandhya. Enjoy them when you try out the recipe.

      1. Preethi Prasad

        June 18, 2020 at 1:32 am

        5 stars
        These pancakes with fresh fruits is insanely delicious. No one can resist this yummy pancakes . Love this egg free version.

      2. mayurisjikoni

        June 18, 2020 at 11:42 pm

        Thank you so much Preethi.

  • Padma Veeranki

    June 12, 2020 at 11:08 pm

    5 stars
    I’m a huge fan of pancakes….Love reading your post….These pancakes look so delicious especially the toppings. The fact that you have used whole wheat flour instead of all-purpose flour is great. You have a great collection of pancake recipes!!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2020 at 8:16 pm

      Thank you so much Padma.

  • Sapna

    June 13, 2020 at 2:41 am

    5 stars
    I am always in search of fluffy pancakes recipes without eggs, yours looks quite soft and fluffy. Will give them a try for my pancake loving girls.

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2020 at 8:15 pm

      Thank you so much Sapna hope they enjoy the pancakes when you make them.

  • Sasmita

    June 13, 2020 at 9:20 am

    ahaaa !!! such a perfect breakfast option di 🙂
    Also look so delicious with all those fruit toppings. Use of wheat flour with oats is also a very healthy twist !
    Love it 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2020 at 8:14 pm

      Thank you so much Sasmita, the oats also add a lovely texture to the pancakes.

  • Jagruti’s Cooking Odyssey

    June 13, 2020 at 10:18 am

    Pancakes in breakfast on Sunday makes me so happy, and that too eggless with plenty of fruits. Like to make pancakes with whole-wheat flour rather than plain flour as it adds so many nutritional values. I might make tomorrow 🙂

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 13, 2020 at 8:13 pm

      Thank you so much Jagruti. Enjoy your breakfast.

  • Priya Srinivasan

    June 13, 2020 at 9:51 pm

    5 stars
    Pancakes looks very tempting mayuri ji! Love the addition of oats! Good pancake with a delicious topping of fresh fruits is a splendid way to start the day!

    1. mayurisjikoni

      June 14, 2020 at 8:50 pm

      Thank you so much Priya, yes I love fruits in the morning, so best to top pancakes with them.

  • Bless my food by Payal

    July 1, 2020 at 5:01 pm

    5 stars
    Who says simple and few ingredients can’t end up in amazing recipes. These eggless pancakes are the real example that to make truly something delicious, nothing fancy is needed. They are truly looking awesome

    1. mayurisjikoni

      July 1, 2020 at 5:42 pm

      thank you so much Shailender, we love that ragi is so nutritious and can make a fun breakfast with it.

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