The Wynn Resort in Las Vegas teamed up with famous vegan chef Tal Ronnen to create exquisite menus of vegan and vegetarian cuisine for every restaurant at the Wynn. It’s interesting to know that there are restaurants catering to the niche vegan market in Las Vegas. And since not everyone can make it to Vegas for a meal, Vegas from The Inside is challenging bloggers to create our own take on some of the dishes offered.
So I improvised on their current Vegan Peach Pancakes and came up with my own version of Vegan pancakes with a unique twist – added granola. Why granola? This is because I enjoy having granola and pancakes for breakfast but dislike having to choose – so I thought, why not combine both?
The pancakes are light and fluffy, even without the use of eggs. The granola adds a nice crunch and texture to the pancakes. Drizzle on some maple syrup and you are good to go! Be sure to read to the end of the post for additional tips.
Recipe for Vegan Pancakes with Granola
1 cup plain flour
1/2 tsp baking soda
2 tsp baking powder
1/4 tsp salt
2 tbsp sugar
3/4 to 1 cup soy milk (or any other dairy-free milk, such as almond milk)
2 tsp of lemon juice/apple cider/vinegar
1.5 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp vanilla
Homemade granola (see here for one I made previously)
Maple syrup, to taste
Sift together dry ingredients. Add in sugar. Gradually stir in soy milk. Add in oil, lemon juice and vanilla. Let batter stand for about 10-15 minutes (you can place it in the fridge). Preheat pan, drop in 1 – 2 ladles of pancake batter (see tips below). Wait for bubbles to form before flipping it over. It is done when nicely browned.
Some useful tips:
1. Drop the batter from a height of at least 10cm, so as to trap more air to yield that fluffy texture
2. Add some vinegar or lemon juice into the batter for fluffy pancakes
3. Be careful not to over-mix when adding the dry ingredients for a softer texture. Having lumps in the batter is not an issue — you want those lumps!
4. Ensure that the pan is HOT. Otherwise, they will be undercooked and gummy. To check if the pan is hot, you will be able to hear a sizzle the moment the batter hits the pan.
5. Wait for those bubbles. When making pancakes, if the temperature is right, you should see bubbles on the surface at around the 2-minute mark. Flip and cook for about 1.5 minutes on the other side.