Around the World in 33 Vegan Pancake Recipes

You might know them as a fluffy syrupy and overall indulgent breakfast treat, but did you know that the list of notable pancakes on Wikipedia actually has almost 100 varieties from cuisines all over the world? Since it’s National Pancake day (that was established by IHOP) we went full international and picked out the veganized versions of traditional pancakes from African, Asian, European, and South American cuisines for you to enjoy. Take a trip around the world with our selection of sweet and savory pancakes and pick a vegan pancake recipe that will expand your culinary horizons and improve your breakfast repertoire!

Around the World in 33 Vegan Pancake Recipes

Vegan Crêpes Suzette by Barbara French Vegan

Vegan French Crepes

We kick off today’s list with a classic French pancake recipe for crêpes Suzette – delicate crepes cooked in a sauce of caramelized sugar and butter, orange juice and zest, and Grand Marnier liqueur on top, all flambéed together to perfection.

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Vegan Danish Aebleskiver by Inside Sprout

Vegan Danish Pancakes Recipe

Puffy pancakes, anyone? These adorable Danish treats are called æbleskiver (which literally translates to “apple slices”, although apples are not commonly used in present-day versions). According to one origin story, they’ve been around since Middle Ages as a way to save up the last apples of the year’s harvest, since it was impossible to store them – hence the name “apple slices”. These days it’s a common Christmas season street food. Inside Sprout offers 2 recipes in 1: basic and orange & cardamom aebleskiver, so be sure to check them out!

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Svenska Pannkakor (Swedish Pancakes) by Balanced & Real

Swedish Vegan Pancake Recipe

Get nostalgic with Pia of Balanced and Real who shares a veganized recipe of her favorite childhood treat of Svenska pannkakor – incredibly light, soft, slightly sweet, and paper-thin pancakes, that are actually almost crêpe-like. Serve them with toppings of choice or go for the classic ones like jam and nuts (as pictured).

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Vegan Crumpets by Cooking on a Bootstrap

 

Crumpets can be found somewhere at the intersection of English muffins and classic pancakes. They owe their perfectly round shape to ring molds and puffy surface with lots of pores to yeast. Finish them off with a classic combo of vegan butter and marmite for the ultimate crumpet experience!

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Vegan Boxty (Irish Potato Pancakes) by The Fiery Vegetarian

Vegan Irish Pancakes (Boxty))

Boxty, being a traditional Irish pancake, is made of potatoes, and just 5 more ingredients. It has a light crispy outer layer and soft pillowy almost gnocchi-like interior, according to Deirdre of The Fiery Vegetarian, who’s a food blogger from Ireland. Sounds delicious, doesn’t it?

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Vegan Dutch Baby with Roasted Strawberries by Rainbow Plant Life

Vegan Dutch Baby

Make way for the oven-baked giant pancake! That’s basically what a Dutch baby is – and despite its name, it has nothing to do with babies or the Netherlands. It is believed to be introduced in the first half of the 1900s at Manca’s Cafe in Seattle and was inspired by a German recipe for pfannkuchen (more on that below). These days it’s a crispy and flaky baked vegan pancake that makes a perfect weekend brunch option!

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Vegan Dutch Pannenkoeken by Withapinch

Dutch Vegan Pancake Recipe

Dutch pannenkoeken, on the other hand, are the real deal (as in, they’re really from the Netherlands). They’re perfectly positioned between pancakes in crepes in terms of thickness, usually made quite large (up to 1 foot in diameter!), and are typically covered with different ingredients like treacle (syrup made of sugar beets), appelstroop (an unspiced Dutch variety of apple butter) or powdered sugar.

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German Vegan Apfel Pfannkuchen (Apple Pancakes) by The Simple Sprinkle

German Vegan Pancake Recipe

German pancakes are known as pfannkuchen, where pfanne stands for “pan” and kuchen for “cake”. This is the dish that is believed to have inspired American Dutch baby pancakes. Similar to Dutch pannenkoeken, pfannkuchen are generally thicker than French crêpes, but thinner than American pancakes, and can have fruit incorporated into them – in this case, apple slices.

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Vegan German Flädle Soup (Pancake Soup) by Zucker & Jadgwurst

German Pancake Soup

Isa & Julia of Zucker & Jagdwurst have many pancake recipes on their blog, but this one definitely stands out. It’s a Southern German pancake soup known as flädle! The flädle are made as plain crepe-style pancakes, then sliced into coils, and then served in a clear soup (vegetable stock, in this case). An easy and affordable vegan pancake recipe worth trying!

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Vegan Kaiserschmarrn (Austrian Pancake Speciality) by Vegan on Board

Austrian Vegan Pancake Recipe

If you’ve never heard of kaiserschmarrn, it’s an Austrian specialty that’s probably best described as a scrambled fluffy pancake. This rich, fluffy pancake is torn into pieces and caramelized in brown sugar is usually served with a plum compote called zwetschgenröster but you can go with whatever fruit preserve that you have on hand, it won’t take away from the experience!

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Vegan Nalisniki (Stuffed Crepes) by Slavic Vegan

Ukranian Stuffed Crepes

Nalisniki are a classic stuffed pancake dish with origins in Ukraine and Belarus. What makes them stand out is their small size and tender filling, traditionally made with cottage cheese, but perfectly substituted for tofu in this vegan version.

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Vegan Oladyi (Apple Pancakes) by Earth of Maria

Vegan Oladyi

Who’s in for some oladyi? These are Russian buttermilk pancakes that are traditionally made with the addition of kefir or yogurt but are easily veganized if you have access to plant-based dairy. When I was a kid, they were also made out of milk that has just gone sour, to make the most out of it, and it’s a relief to know that these days they can be made risk-free!

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Polish Racuchy (Yeast-raised Pancakes) by Let’s Eat Smart

Polish Vegan Pancake Recipe

Racuchy (pronounced as ratz-oo-hee) are traditional Polish yeast pancakes that are usually enjoyed at dinner time, but you might as well enjoy them for breakfast with some berries and chocolate sauce! According to Let’s Eat Smart, they are a cross between American pancakes and doughnuts thanks to the addition of yeast that provides a fluffy, thick texture.

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Crespelle with Spinach, Ricotta, & Marinara by Cruelty Free Family

Italian Crespelle

This indulgent and filling vegan pancake recipe for crespelle – an Italian savory stuffed pancake dish – is made with a creamy cashew-based ricotta and spinach, smothered in marinara sauce, and vegan cheese! 

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Ethiopian Injera (Teff Flatbread) by Vegan Richa

Ethiopian Injera

If you’re a fan of Ethiopian food, you’ve likely tried injera – a sour fermented flatbread with a slightly spongy texture, traditionally made of teff flour coming from an ancient grain from the highlands of Ethiopia. It has a very distinct tangy flavor and is typically served with stews and salads. Small pieces of injera are then torn and used to grasp the main dish for eating. This recipe by Vegan Richa is a simplified version of injera, more Ethiopian-inspired than authentic, but it’s a great start for a first homemade attempt!

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Tatale (Ghanaian Plantain Pancakes) by Zoe’s Ghana Kitchen

Vegan Tatale (Ghanaian Plantain Pancakes)

Tatale is a savory vegan pancake recipe coming from Ghanaian cuisine, where it’s also known as “golden pancake” because of its rich, yellowish color and as a reference to the Gold Coast (the old name of Ghana). It is made with ripe plantains and mostly eaten as a side dish. For more vegan Ghanaian recipes, click here.

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Vegan Kenyan Rice and Coconut Pancakes by Aroma and Essence

Kenyan Vegan Pancake Recipe

This vegan pancake recipe is inspired by vitumbua – a sweet Kenyan street food made with rice, coconut, sugar, yeast, and aromatic spices. Since vitumbua requires a special pan to make, this is a simplified version where you can enjoy the flavors in a regular pancake form.

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Vegan Pannekoek (South African Pancakes) by Real Plant Food

Vegan Pannekoek Recipe

The South African version of the Dutch pannenkoeken is typically used in the singular form – pannekoek. The secret ingredient of this vegan pancake recipe that allows it to taste authentic? Mung beans! If you’d like to serve pannekoek in the traditional way, make a big stack on a plate, and then sprinkle the top one with cinnamon sugar, give it a little squeeze of lemon juice, and roll.

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Brazilian Tapioca Pancakes by Brazilian Kitchen Abroad

Brazilian Tapioca Crepe

In Brazil, tapioca stands for a prized indigenous dish made with goma de mandioca, or “yuca gum” (aka hydrated tapioca starch), which results in tortilla-like flatbreads that are typically served with butter, cheese, coconut, and condensed milk, but you could add olive oil, jam, peanut butter, or any other toppings of choice to enjoy this gluten-free treat the vegan way!

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Vegan Dorayaki (Japanese Pancake with Azuki Bean Paste + Black Sesame Filling) by Barrel Leaf

Vegan Dorayaki Recipe

Dorayaki is a kind of soft Japanese pancakes with sweet azuki red bean paste sandwiched in between. The “dora” part of its name means “gong” in Japanese, and it is believed that the similarity of their shapes inspired the name of the sweet. If you’d like to learn more about Japanese cuisine, click here.

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Vegan Okonomiyaki (Japanese Savory Pancake) by Floured Frame

Vegan Okonomiyaki

A famous regional street food of Japan, okonomiyaki is a savory pancake packed with veggies like cabbage, shiitake mushrooms, green onions, and a very special root vegetable – taro or nagaimo (an East Asian mountain yam), that acts as a binder. The name is derived from the word okonomi, meaning “how you like” or “what you like”, and yaki, meaning “cooked”. It’s a filling family-friendly vegan pancake recipe that can help utilize veggies and mushrooms you have on hand!

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Vegan Hottokēki (Fluffy Japanese Pancakes) by Okonomi Kitchen

Fluffy Japanese Hotcakes

This vegan pancake recipe has the epic look and texture of famous Japanese souffle pancakes, but is made entirely without animal products (namely eggs that provide the extra fluffiness in the non-vegan version). According to Lisa of Okonomi Kitchen, they’re somewhere in between Japanese hotcakes (hottokēki / ホットケーキ) and the soufflé pancakes (スフレパンケーキ). Master this recipe and you’ll be able to impress anyone with your epic breakfast skills!

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Flakiest Chinese Scallion Pancake by The Plant-Based Wok

Chinese Scallion Pancake

Chinese scallion pancakes (also known as cong you bing or green onion pancakes) are a popular street food, and for a good reason – they have a crispy thin outside layer that crackles when you bite into it, and many more translucent elastic dough layers inside, and of course, lots of scallions inside! Hannah Che of The Plant-Based Wok went on a quest for the perfect scallion pancake recipe and shared her best tips & tricks. What a treat!

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Chinese-Style Savoury Stuffed Breakfast Pancakes by The Foodie Takes Flight

Chinese-style Stuffed Pancakes

Another savory Chinese-inspired vegan pancake recipe on today’s list comes from The Foodie Takes Flight in the form of crispy breakfast hotcakes made with a mix of scrambled tofu and veggies that are wrapped in homemade dough before being pan-fried until golden brown. Yum!

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Vegan Peking Duck Pancakes by It’s Liz Miu

Vegan Peking Duck Pancakes

Pancakes might not be the star of the Peking duck dish, but they’re absolutely essential to the eating experience! They require very few ingredients and are fairly easy to make, so if you can get your hands on some vegan duck, be sure to try this vegan pancake recipe!

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Vegetable Paniyaram Recipe by Indian Veggie Delight

Vegan Paniyaram

Fans of Indian food have likely heard of dosa – a savory pancake prepared by fermenting rice batter and split-skinned urad bean blended with water. This South Indian vegan pancake recipe uses dosa batter with veggies and spices mixed in, which results in delicious and comforting family-friendly snack or breakfast! If you’d like to learn more about the cuisine of South India, click here.

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Vegan Apam Balik (Malaysian Pancake Turnover) by Woon Heng

Vegan Apam Balik (Stuffed Popover-style Pancakes)

Similar to the Japanese dorayaki, this vegan pancake recipe for Malaysian apam balik consists of soft and smooth pancakes with a sweet filling in between. In this case, however, instead of the azuki bean paste, it’s filled with granulated sugar and crushed peanuts, which is the most common way of serving. When ready, the pancake is folded in half, hence the balik of its name.

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Hotteok (Sweet Korean Pancakes) by Korean Bapsang

Korean Vegan Pancake Recipe

Hotteok (sometimes also called hoeddeok) is a popular Korean street food made of golden-fried dough filled with a gooey brown sugar syrup and nuts. It’s a fairly new addition to Korean cuisine that appeared in the first half of the 20th century. This recipe is a modern take on the classic version by Hyosun of Korean Bapsang.

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Vegan Kimchi Pancake with Tamari Mushrooms by School Night Vegan

Korean-style Vegan Pancake Recipe

Largely made with store-cupboard and fridge ingredients, this vegan pancake recipe takes its inspiration from various Asian cuisines, with ingredients like kimchi, sesame oil, ginger, shiitake mushrooms, tamari sauce, coconut sugar, and spring onions. It’s an umami bomb that will blow you away with its flavors and textures!

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Vegan Bánh Xèo (Vietnamese Savory Crepe) by The Viet Vegan

Vegan Banh Xeo

Bánh xèo, also known as the Vietnamese crêpe is a savory fried pancake made of rice flour, water, and turmeric powder popular in Vietnamese cuisine. Bánh means “cake” while xèo means “sizzle”, so the name is onomatopoeic and is referring to the loud sound the rice batter makes when it is poured into the hot skillet. Traditionally served with mustard greens and fish sauce, this vegan pancake recipe opts for tofu, vegan shrimp, and king oyster mushrooms for the filling, and a homemade vegan nuoc mam cham dipping sauce. If you’d like more vegan Vietnamese recipe inspiration, click here.

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Thai Veggie Pancakes with Creamy Mango Sauce by Full of Plants

Thai-style Vegan Pancake Recipe

This Thai-restaurant-inspired vegan pancake recipe by Full of Plants makes a savory and super fluffy pancake filled with veggies, topped with celery root puree, and served on top of a sweet and creamy mango sauce. What a delicious flavor combination!

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Vegan Dadar Gulung (Rolled Pancake with Grated Coconut Filling) by Cook Me Indonesian

Vegan Dadar Gulung

Dadar Gulung is a traditional sweet treat of sweet coconut pancake that’s commonly found in Brunei, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, and Sri Lanka. Dadar literally translates to “omelet” or “pancake” while gulung means “to roll”. This Southeast Asian rice flower snack owes its vibrant green color to pandan leaves, and it’s filled with grated coconut (unti) and palm sugar.

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Easy Serabi Kuah (Indonesian Pancakes with Coconut Sauce) by What to Cook Today

Indonesian Vegan Pancake Recipe

Serabi is traditionally made from a mixture of rice flour, coconut milk, and coconut sugar, sometimes with pandan leaf juice added for color. This naturally gluten-free Indonesian treat is an adaptation of the Indian version of appam, known as apam in Malaysia and Singapore. This vegan pancake recipe also offers a deliciously thick and creamy homemade coconut sauce to serve these adorable pancakes with!

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Article by Anna Kot.

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