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fluffy pancakes stacked on a plate, topped with sliced bananas and blueberries, and maple syrup being poured on top

Light and Fluffy Pancakes

In our house, Sunday is usually the morning for making pancakes. With just six ingredients, these are possibly the easiest pancakes I have ever made—simple enough to make any day of the week! Serve with pure maple syrup and fresh fruit, or try my Strawberry Sauce Forever or Coconut-Date Caramel Cream (both in Dreena’s Kind Kitchen).
Course Breakfast
Keyword pancakes


  • 1 cup plain or vanilla nondairy milk
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 1/4 cups white whole- wheat flour or whole-wheat pastry flour see note
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon pure vanilla bean powder optional; see note
  • Couple pinches sea salt


  • In a small bowl, combine the milk and apple cider vinegar. Let sit for 5 minutes. Heat a nonstick skillet (see note) over medium-high heat for a few minutes, then reduce the heat to medium. While the pan is heating, in a large bowl, mix the flour, baking powder, vanilla bean powder (if using), and salt. Add the milk and vinegar mixture to the dry mixture and whisk to combine. Fold in any optional add-ins you like. Using a ladle, scoop 1/4–1/3 cup of the batter into the hot pan, fitting as many as you can without allowing the pancakes to touch. Cook for several minutes, until small bubbles form on the outer edge and in the center and the pancakes starts to look dry on the top. Flip the pancakes and lightly cook the other side for about a minute, then transfer to a plate. Repeat until all the batter is used.


Flour Note: White whole wheat flour is not all-purpose flour. It is a whole-grain flour that is made from a different variety of wheat, so it is very light in color and texture. It’s wonderful to use in cakes and other baked goods and also in these pancakes—makes them extra fluffy! If you cannot find it in your stores, whole-wheat pastry flour works just fine.
Vanilla Bean Powder Note: I love vanilla bean powder, but you can substitute pure vanilla extract here, anywhere from 1/2–1 teaspoon.
Ideas: For extra flavor, try adding 1/2 teaspoon or so ground cinnamon and/or nutmeg, or 1/2–1 teaspoon grated orange or lemon zest. You can also add other pure extracts like almond or orange extract. Beyond seasonings, try some chopped banana, blueberries, or nondairy chocolate chips. (Berries with chocolate chips are even better!)
Nonstick Skillet Note: For pancakes, it’s important to use a good-quality nonstick skillet. If yours has a worn surface or isn’t nonstick, the pancakes will stick!