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RECIPE: Jayney’s Winter-spiced American Breakfast Pancakes

Gluten-free, SOS-Free, Whole food, Plant-based Recipe

These easy and fast-to-make pancakes are perfect for winter – they are warming, wholesome and have a lovely spice blend.

You can prepare them in advance and even freeze them for quick-and-easy breakfasts.


  • 1 cup oat flour (you can easily make your own; see my tip below)
  • 1⁄2 cup unflavoured plant milk
  • 2 1⁄2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1⁄2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1⁄4 teaspoon ground cardamom
  • 1 teaspoon pure vanilla extract
  • 1 1⁄2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1⁄2 apple chopped (≈1⁄2 cup)

For serving

  • 1 banana sliced
  • Blueberries, strawberries etc.
  • Optional: 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup – leave this out if you are eating strictly SOS-Free


  1. Make batter. In a bowl, combine oat flour, baking powder, cinnamon, cardamom, and mix well. Add plant milk, vanilla, cider vinegar, and 1⁄2 cup water and whisk until well combined. Add apple and stir to incorporate. Allow the batter to stand for a few minutes to thicken.

  2. Cook pancakes. Heat a non-stick frying pan (skillet – USA) over medium-high heat for a few minutes until hot, then reduce heat to low and let the pan rest for a few minutes more.
    For each pancake, spoon about ¼ cup batter into pan. Cook for a few minutes until small bubbles start to form on the outer edge and then in the centre of each pancake. Flip, then cook the pancake for a few minutes more. The batter can thicken up considerably while you are working, so you may want to add a bit more milk to thin it.

  3. Serve. Serve pancakes warm with fruit and maple syrup, if desired.
    Suggested adult serving: 4 pancakes

Recipe tips
Oat Flour: You can easily make your own oat flour by placing oats in the bowl of your food processor and pulsing the oats until they are ground into a powder-like consistency. 1¼ cups of oats make 1 cup oat flour.

Unflavoured Plant Milk: Plant milk is the term I use to describe the plant-based milk of your choice. Rice, oat, hemp, almond, and soymilk are all varieties of plant milk. Look for unsweetened, unflavoured plant milks.

Important tip about Pure Maple Syrup – if you opt to use it: Maple syrup is boiled down sap from the maple tree. Make sure you buy “pure maple syrup” (not “pancake syrup,” “table syrup,” or “maple-flavoured syrup,” or even just “maple syrup,” as they contain artificial maple flavour and cane sugar or corn syrup).

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