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Vegan pancakes will rock your world – by Ben Martin

With tomorrow being Shrove Tuesday, a.k.a. Pancake Day, it would be tempting to think ‘I’ve made it this far, there’s no harm in buying some eggs and whipping up some pancakes’. But I’m here to urge you not to do that, beacuse if you do, you’ll miss out on the awesomeness that is vegan pancakes!

There are many, many recipes out there for vegan pancakes, but few are as easy as this:

  • 1 cup plain flour
  • 1 cup dairy-free milk
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  1. Mix the flour, baking powder and salt together in a large bowl.
  2. Form a well in the middle and pour in the dairy-free milk. Whisk the flour and milk together until it forms a relatively smooth batter.
  3. Heat a little oil in a frying pan over a medium to high heat and ladle in a portion of the batter, tilting the pan to cover as much of the bottom as possible.
  4. Cook until the edges begin to brown and curl up (a few minutes) and then flip the pancake over to cook on the otherside.
  5. Repeat until all the batter has been used.

But what about arguably the best bit – the toppings? Don’t dispair! Vegan pancake toppings are at least as good as non-vegan ones, and I’d say even better. Here’s a list of suggestions for you to try:

If you prefer something savoury to start with, maybe try one of these options:

  • Garlic, mushroom and vegan cream cheese (available from Tesco, Sainsbury and health food shops)
  • Roasted vegetables
  • Pan-fried tomato and mushroom
  • Avocado and salsa

 

Pancake pandemonium – by Lucy Moore

I absolutely love a challenge. From trekking across the rural Malawian countryside, to flying a glider solo; from jailbreaking from Durham to Amsterdam (and back again!), to working aboard operational Royal Naval ships, I think it’s a fair observation to say I enjoy pushing myself! Taking part in the Great Vegan University Challenge is another experiment I am putting myself through. And even though it’s only been three days, I’m feeling the struggle.

She was not keen

She was not keen

I’m not going to lie, being vegan is hard. My friends have commented on my foolishness, with the standard eye rolling and predictions at how long I’m going to survive (like on the right).

Foods I wouldn’t usually eat on a daily basis I now find myself craving, purely because I can’t have them! For example, the other day I was desperate for pancakes. Needing a guilt food release but still uber keen to stay vegan, I started to search for dairy-free pancake recipes. And oh sweet pancake gods, did I find one. A recipe by The Coconut Diaries saved me from my pit of dairy-free peril.

The problem was, as always happens, on all of these website the photos look stunning. Gooey dripping chocolate melts down the side of a perfectly formed stack of the most luscious pancakes I have ever seen. Already I was on the back foot. How could anything vegan look so good? More importantly, how was cash-stripped, limited-talent-at-cooking me going to make it?

Initially, my fears were correct. As I predicted my mini pancakes were struggling to make it as pancakes, looking more like dog poo in a pan. See my Instagram post.

Mmmmm tasty…..

Mmmmm tasty…..

I was in serious trouble. The pancakes weren’t cooking properly, looking more like poor splatters of brown porridge than the bronzed masterpieces I had dreamt they could be. Losing all hope and about to go down with my poor metaphorical vegan pancake ship, I prayed to the dairy-free deities. I begged them to save the lives of my suffering pancakes, to make them analogous to the life story of the caterpillar and the butterfly.

My prayers were answered! I could not have been more wrong. They turned out FANTASTIC! Okay, they aren’t much to look at (don’t tell them that), but they tasted like the manna of pancake heaven. I had achieved the perfect vegan pancake. I don’t know what happened in between the disastrous brown goo stage and the freaking amazing doughy goodness that sat on my plate at the end of my arduous task. I can only assume that somewhere, some pancake wanted me to do well.

Victory!

Victory!

I am fairly certain one of my housemates thought I was having an aneurism when I was eating these babies. I could not contain myself, there was an explosion of banana and cinnamon flavours that words cannot describe. In all seriousness, these are one of the best variations on the banana pancake recipe I have ever tasted.

In summation, this was an experience I shall not forget. The emotional trauma of almost losing my pancakes was a steep learning curve. However, going vegan has also been incredibly rewarding. I have learned that I don’t need to be dependant on eggs, milk, and meat, no matter how much my body tells me I need them. Going vegan has opened up a whole new avenue of cooking for me. In conclusion, despite my apparent emotional rollercoaster, veganism is pretty cool.