This morning, the kids were preparing to spend the day with their Grandparents. Usually on these mornings, they are too wound up to sit and eat a hearty breakfast. So, I tried something to get them to stop long enough to eat. I made a batch of griddle cakes. What are griddle cakes? Well, put simply they are a cross between a cookie and a small pancake.
I have a basic pancake recipe that I have made for many years. When we began eating a vegan diet, I converted the recipe to be vegan instead of using animal products. The end result is very good. You don’t even miss the eggs and cow’s milk from the original pancake recipe. I will share the pancake recipe below along with the additions that I made to turn it into an Oatmeal-Raisin Cake.
Basic Homemade Vegan Pancakes
1.5 cups flour
2 Tbsp. sugar
2 teas. baking powder
1/2 teas. baking soda
2 Tbsp. flax seed meal + 6 Tbsp. warm water (this replaces 2 eggs)
1.5 cups almond milk (or use your favorite milk variation)
1 teas. vanilla
2 Tbsp. olive oil
Mix the flax seed meal and water into a small dish and let set.
In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, baking powder, and baking soda. Form a well in the middle. Add the flax seed mixture, almond milk, vanilla, and olive oil. Using a wire wisp, mix the batter until smooth.
This recipe will make about 8 pancakes.
Oatmeal-Raisin Griddle Cakes
To the above recipe, add the following:
1 cup of oatmeal
handful of raisins
1 Tbsp. of Pumpkin Pie Spice
Mix the batter well. It will be somewhat thick. You can thin it with a bit more milk if desired.
Drop by spoonsful onto a hot griddle and flatten the batter to no more than about 1/4 inch thick. Cook exactly as you would pancakes.
Makes about 16 cakes approximately 3″ diameter.
The kids loved these! I had no problem getting them to eat breakfast while waiting for Grandma to pick them up. You can easily adjust the spice amount to suit your own tastes. Another option is to finely dice dried fruits to add to the recipe in place of the raisins. If you use a tropical mixture of fruit with shredded coconut, omit the spice and add cinnamon instead.