Simple, fluffy homemade dairy free pancakes without milk or eggs using water is super easy to make from scratch for breakfast! These dairy free, vegan pancakes without milk or eggs made using this simple ingredient pancakes recipe rely on 3 basic minimal ingredients in its preparation - all purpose flour, baking powder and water.
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Can you substitute water for milk in pancakes?
The answer to this question is, it depends! It actually depends on the recipe and the flavor you can looking for in the pancakes!
When you make pancakes with water instead of milk, there is less fat and the calories will be less.
If you want more flavor for your pancakes made with water, you can add flavors like vanilla, cinnamon etc or even use dried fruits, fruit sauce like blueberry sauce, strawberry sauce etc or nuts, nut butter like peanut butter, almond butter etc based on the flavor you are looking for.
Adding mashed bananas, applesauce, fruits like apples, peaches, strawberries etc too are great options for making tasty pancakes without milk.
However, you will need to tweak the recipe to balance the liquid content so you don't change the flour to liquid ratio so the pancakes are still fluffy in texture!
This is a very simple and basic recipe to make dairy free pancakes using water and in this milkless pancakes recipe, we only use plain water instead of milk in the preparation of these easy, fluffy dairy free pancakes, egg free pancakes and they are delicious.
They are also made without any butter or oil to make this simple vegan pancake batter though you may add butter or oil if you wish, while making the pancakes.
I also added sugar as a 4th ingredient, which I recommend, to add sweetness to these simple milkless pancakes.
They are homemade pancakes from scratch using pantry staples without the need to use a boxed pancake mix from stores.
Can You Make Dairy Free Fluffy Pancakes With Water Instead Of Milk With This Recipe?
Yes, you can make soft, fluffy and delicious pancakes with plain water instead of milk when you follow this simple recipe for milkless pancakes.
Though vegan pancake recipes do not use dairy or eggs as well in the ingredients, many of the vegan pancake recipes use a replacement for dairy.
Many of the vegan pancakes are made using plant based alternatives for milk, like almond milk, soy milk, coconut milk, oat milk etc.
However, some people are even allergic to plant based milks and would like to use just water to make the pancake batter.
If you want to make soft and fluffy pancakes without any milk including plant based milk alternatives, then do try this pancake recipe without milk!
We only use plain water in the preparation of the pancake batter and so you can easily make these using water instead of any kind of milk.
The texture of the pancakes is fluffy and soft as well. However, when you use milk or butter, the pancakes will naturally have more flavor.
So if you wish to increase the flavor the pancakes, you can use vanilla or cinnamon.
Vanilla extract and cinnamon powder are optional ingredients in this recipe for simple pancakes, but if you have them in your pantry, add them too because they easily add some great flavors to these easy, quick, simple and delicious pancakes.
As I mentioned early, with regards to the texture, these simple pancakes (which you can prepare in your home using minimal ingredients from your pantry staples) are very soft and fluffy.
Since these simple pancakes are milkless and they are free of eggs, butter or any dairy products, these pancakes are vegan too!
Substitute for milk in pancakes:
If you do not want to use water in this recipe, you can use plant based milk alternatives as substitute for milk or water.
Great substitutes for milk in pancakes include oat milk, almond milk, coconut milk etc.
You can also use fruit juices like orange juice, apple juice or any fruit juice based on your preference for flavor.
You can also use applesauce, mashed bananas etc or you can use fruit sauces like peach sauce, blueberry sauce, strawberry sauce etc which can be diluted with water or plant based milk alternative to improve the taste and flavor (just make sure to keep the dry flour to liquid ratio the same when you use different ingredients to make sure the pancakes are fluffy and have the best texture!)
How To Make Pancakes Without Milk?
Making these homemade, dairy free & vegan simple ingredient pancakes is super easy and you just need one bowl to mix all ingredients together.
So its mess free or less messy recipe as well.
These simple pancakes prepared from minimal ingredients using your pantry staples only require minimal work, minimal effort and minimal time too, making the recipe even more simple.
And they are delicious and kid friendly too!
You can quickly make these delicious vegan eggless and milkless pancakes for breakfast, brunch or snack or even for dinner if you like pancakes for dinner!
So here is the ingredient list for making these simple pancakes at home.
You may skip or use the optional ingredients, but if you have them, I recommend using them, since they add more flavor.
Ingredients for dairy free pancakes
We need the following ingredients to make these simple milkless homemade pancakes that are also delicious.
all purpose flour 1.5 cups
baking powder 1.5 teaspoon
water 1 ¼ cup (may use plant based milk alternatives like almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk etc or you may use diluted applesauce)
sugar 4 tablespoons (adjust to taste) -- this is also optional, if you do not want sweetness you may skip sugar and use little salt instead for taste
cinnamon powder 1 teaspoon
vanilla essence 1 teaspoon
Steps By Step Instructions
In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients - flour and baking powder until they are evenly mixed.
If using sugar and cinnamon powder, add them too and mix evenly with the flour mixture.
Add the water little by little and mix well (also add vanilla extract along with water if using) without forming any lumps to make the pancake batter.
If needed you may use a whisk to mix the batter without any lumps.
Only if the batter is too sticky or thick, you may use a little more water (add only one tablespoon of water at time if adding more water).
To make the pancakes, heat a nonstick pan greased with a little oil.
Pour one small ladle of pancake batter to the heated non stick pan.
Wait until bubbles are formed on top and the bottom side of the pancake is cooked.
Once its cooked on one side, carefully release the pancake from all sides and flip the pancake to cook the other side too.
Once the other side of the pancake is also cooked, transfer the pancake to the serving plate.
Similarly cook all pancakes until batter is finished (grease the pan with a little oil before making each pancake for easy flipping).
Serve the pancakes with maple syrup or fruit jam or anything as you like!
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Tips To Make Milkless Pancakes More Tasty
This is a basic vegan pancake recipe prepared using water as the only one liquid ingredient. And its delicious and soft in texture.
However, to make it even more tasty, you may replace water with whole milk or a mixture of milk and oil or butter.
If you use milk instead of water, the amount of milk needed should be adjusted as 1.5 cups of milk (for 1 ¼ cup of water) and also I recommend using 2 tablespoons of oil or butter.
You may also use eggs and milk mixture instead, but make sure to adjust the amount of total liquid ingredients accordingly to make the pancake batter with the right consistency and texture.
You may also replace water with other liquids or ingredients like applesauce, yogurt etc.
Always keep in mind that the kind of liquid ingredient that you choose will affect the flavor and texture of the pancakes and depending on the kind of replacement you choose, you may need to adjust the amount slighty.
Below you can read the recipe for easy homemade pancakes without milk in detail.
Pancakes Without Milk Using Water (Dairy Free Vegan Pancakes)
- 1.5 cups all purpose flour
- 1.5 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 ¼ cup water (may use plant based milk alternatives like almond milk, coconut milk, oat milk etc or you may use diluted applesauce)
- 4 tablespoons sugar or adjust to taste (you may skip sugar too if you don't want sweetness and may use a little salt to your taste)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- In a bowl, mix together the dry ingredients - flour and baking powder until they are evenly mixed. If using sugar and cinnamon powder, add them too and mix evenly with the flour mixture.
- Add the water little by little and mix well (also add vanilla extract along with water if using) without forming any lumps to make the pancake batter. If needed you may use a whisk to mix the batter without any lumps. Only if the batter is too sticky or thick, you may use a little more water (add only one tablespoon of water at time if adding more water).
- To make the pancakes, heat a nonstick pan greased with a little oil.Pour one small ladle of pancake batter to the heated non stick pan.Wait until bubbles are formed on top and the bottom side of the pancake is cooked.
- Once its cooked on one side, carefully release the pancake from all sides and flip the pancake to cook the other side too.
- Once the other side of the pancake is also cooked, transfer the pancake to the serving plate. Similarly cook all pancakes until batter is finished (grease the pan with a little oil before making each pancake for easy flipping).Serve the pancakes with maple syrup or fruit jam or anything as you like!