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A few months ago, I bought the cookbook Eat, Drink and Be Vegan. No – not because I have any interest in becoming vegan, but because I was hoping I would find some different ways to eat those things I hate. You know . . . vegetables.

So naturally, the first thing I was dying to try were the banana cream pancakes. No veggies. Guess you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, eh?

I made them, devoured them, and they were incredible. Pancakes, waffles and pastries are not even things that I usually enjoy eating, but I knew the mix of coconut milk and banana would just be perfect.

It made my husband gag, but that just meant more for me.

I love all fruit, and bananas rank up there pretty high. I really wanted to try it with strawberries, though. Strawberries are my most favorite fruit – at least for the time begin, until I change my mind again.

So with a few adaptions, these strawberry cream pancakes came alive. And boy, they are tasty!

I added a bit of orange zest, which was perfect in the pancakes.


It gave them a more fruity taste and was excellent with the strawberries.

When I was blending the coconut milk, berries and zest, all I wanted to do was eat it. Doesn’t it look delicous?


After the batter was mixed, I used my favorite product the cook the pancakes.


I love coconut oil spray! I love regular coconut oil as well, but mine is usually in semi-solid form. It is difficult to tell how much you really need, and sometimes the food ends up ‘oily.’ This spray gives the dish a great flavor, without the dripping oil.

While I was in the process of making the pancakes, I made some syrup on the side.

I pureed strawberries and bananas, and a few drops of maple syrup.




This was incredible. It would be great on things other than pancakes, such as oatmeal or yogurt. It was so, so good. I found myself eating it straight, by the spoonful.

When the pancakes were finished, I could barely wait to eat them.


My husband refused. I think he believes that ‘vegan’ food means there is vegetables somewhere inside. He also wouldn’t touch a vegan dish with a 10-foot pole for the lack of meat. It is a sin to him. A crime of ultimate proportions. No meat, no eat.

My favorite thing about these pancakes was how creamy the insides really were.



And after eating them, I didn’t feel weighed down. I actually felt more energetic. I usually don’t like to eat pancakes because of the food coma they put me in.

I would like to eat them everyday, especially if they were filled with chocolate. But I’m barely productive as it is, and a pancake-induced food coma every afternoon would probably result in divorce.


Vegan Strawberry Cream Pancakes

adapted from Eat, Drink and Be Vegan

1 1/3 cup spelt flour

1 tablespoon + 1/4 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1/4 teaspoon sea salt

1 1/2 cups light coconut milk

1 cup sliced strawberries

1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1/2 tablespoon freshly grated orange zest

coconut oil spray

In a large bowl, mix flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt. In a blender or food processor, combine coconut milk, strawberries, vanilla and orange zest and blend until smooth. Add wet mix to dry mix and stir.

Heat a skillet on medium heat and spray with coconut oil. Once hot, use a ladle or measuring cup to scoop out batter and form pancakes. Let cook until top side is bubbly, then flip and cook for an additional 1-2 minutes. Repeat until batter is used. Makes 5 large pancakes or 10-15 small ones.

Strawberry-Banana Syrup

1/4 cup strawberries, sliced

1/4 cup bananas, sliced

3 tablespoons maple syrup

Combine ingredients in a blender or food processor and mix until smooth. Mixture can be warmed if you’d like.


From now on I will probably be making some form of these vegan pancakes. I loved the creaminess of the coconut milk and the lightness of the spelt flour.

There are still some other recipes I want to try from the book, including lots of sweets and treats. Looks like veggies will have to wait awhile.

They will probably be waiting a long time.

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65 Responses to “Vegan Strawberry Cream Pancakes with Strawberry-Banana Syrup.”

  1. #
    Noelle — January 18, 2010 @ 7:10 am

    This is good! Thanks for the recipe! My husband has come around about eating my vegan prepared dishes. He compliments me on them now. The key is to prepare something and have him eat it and THEN say, “Hey this is a vegan dish.” Nothing tricky, just that what they don;t know won;t kill them. :)


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    Madeline - Greens and Jeans — January 18, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    I love me some pancakes and these look incredible! I think I actually have some coconut milk hiding somewhere…


  3. #
    Julie @savvyeats — January 18, 2010 @ 7:14 am

    So sad that I already ate breakfast today. Otherwise, I would make these.

    Might be a breakfast-for-dinner kind of day…


  4. #
    megan — January 18, 2010 @ 7:34 am

    i’m so impressed you made something vegan! I don’t know if I’ve ever made anything vegan, but these look incredible. I love the syrup!


  5. #
    Ally (Sweet & Savory) — January 18, 2010 @ 8:07 am

    Wow. These look to-die-for! I could eat pancakes everyday, but I know they aren’t that good for you….but these may change that! Can you get spelt flour anywhere, or speciality stores?


    • Jessica — January 18th, 2010 @ 3:34 pm

      I find it in the organic section of my grocery store – I use Bobs Red Mill.


  6. #
    Anna @ Newlywed, Newly Veg — January 18, 2010 @ 8:12 am

    Vegan strawberry cream pancakes?? Now you’re speaking my language!!!


  7. #
    Jess (Fit Chick in the City) — January 18, 2010 @ 8:18 am

    I just made pancakes myself! These look really good and different from my normal pumpkin or blueberry pancakes.

    I hope you love the book and find some edible veggies! =)


  8. #
    katie — January 18, 2010 @ 8:24 am

    JESSICA these look AMAZING!
    your sweet comments always make my day :)
    i could seriously eat these like .. every night for dessert!


  9. #
    Casey @ Spicy&Sweet — January 18, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    Ok…pancakes are obviously already delish. But to do this to them?! Girl, can I come to your house for breakfast?! :)


  10. #
    homecookedem — January 18, 2010 @ 8:31 am

    Sooooooo pretty in pink!! I would like them filled with chocolate too, hehe! :) I just can’t get over how amazing that sauce sounds. YUM! :)


  11. #
    Heather @ The Joyful Kitchen — January 18, 2010 @ 8:46 am

    i mean, who needs veggies when you can have these beauties anyway? :)



  12. #
    Karin — January 18, 2010 @ 8:59 am

    Haha what a coincidence! I stared at that page for ages yesterday and had to remind myself that I should make something “decent” for lunch and try those pancakes for breakfast on an other day.. That strawberry banana syrup sounds so great!
    I made the hemp-nola yesterday and love them!


  13. #
    Abby — January 18, 2010 @ 9:09 am

    HAHAH I would totally bypass the veggies and go right for the sweet stuff! Great minds, right?


  14. #
    Nicole @ Geek Turned Athlete — January 18, 2010 @ 9:13 am

    I seriously want to have that for dinner tonight! That totally sounds like my hubby with the no meat, no eat! haha. He will NEVER go vegan or vegetarian, ever. I did buy the best shirt the other day that I saw on another blog. It said, “Vegetarian, except for bacon.” Yep, the best shirt ever!


  15. #
    Erica — January 18, 2010 @ 9:20 am

    YUMMMMMM! These sound totally awesome! Book marking this for our next BFD!


  16. #
    Low — January 18, 2010 @ 9:28 am

    Those sound incredible! Who needs veggies when you have pancakes!


  17. #
    Emily (A Nutritionisteats) — January 18, 2010 @ 9:33 am

    Those sound sooooo good! (anything with coconut and fruit usually does, but I love the idea of pancakes!)


  18. #
    Katharine — January 18, 2010 @ 9:47 am

    Definitely making these – wow! And that syrup sounds divine, something that would surely add a little kick to even plain pancakes.


  19. #
    Estela @ Weekly Bite — January 18, 2010 @ 9:54 am

    I love the addition of the strawberry banana syrup on top! YUM!!


  20. #
    Jenny — January 18, 2010 @ 10:13 am

    My goodness those look and sound incredible. Bananas and strawberries are probably my 2 favorite fruits! The only change I would make would be some sort of peanut butter sauce for those, I don’t go a day without pb+bananas ;)


  21. #
    MelissaNibbles — January 18, 2010 @ 10:40 am

    I’m drooling over those hotcakes and I’m sure the pictures don’t even do the dish justice. Thanks for the recipe :)


  22. #
    heather — January 18, 2010 @ 11:22 am

    new rule: no more reading your blog unless i have time to create whatever you are posting about.
    reading your blog ALWAYS makes me want to go DIRECTLY into the kitchen. (inspiring, much?)

    seriously- get your own food network show already. xoxo


  23. #
    Gabriela — January 18, 2010 @ 11:26 am

    ED&BV is such an awesome cookbook…these pancakes look amazing!


  24. #
    Jessie (Vegan-minded) — January 18, 2010 @ 11:32 am

    These pancakes look amazing, I really need to get that cookbook!


  25. #
    Melinda — January 18, 2010 @ 11:33 am

    They do look super tasty. I always get sleepy after pancakes. I like to dip my in runny egg yolks, although if the strawberry was on it I guess that might taste ew.


  26. #
    Kelly B. — January 18, 2010 @ 12:08 pm

    I have one word: WOW! That looks amazing! Strawberry banana is my favorite combination so I am going to love this! THANK YOU!


  27. #
    Abby (Abby's VeGaN Eats) — January 18, 2010 @ 12:14 pm

    YAA. these look absolutely fabulous!! ED&BV is one of my fav books.. there are some amazing recipes in there!


  28. #
    Ash @ Good Taste. Healthy Me — January 18, 2010 @ 12:17 pm

    Wow that syrup looks fantastic!


  29. #
    Karla — January 18, 2010 @ 12:33 pm

    How delicious! These might be my next treat!


  30. #
    Diana @ frontyardfoodie — January 18, 2010 @ 12:46 pm

    Those look delicious! I’m a vegan and yes I do enjoy veggies alot but fruit is a huge part of my diet too! Hidden veggies is a crime in my mind. Let them out in the open to show their true colors! haha


  31. #
    Paige (running around normal) — January 18, 2010 @ 1:13 pm

    Oh man – the strawberry-banana syrup got me!!


  32. #
    Cheryl — January 18, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

    Look and sound amazing!


  33. #
    Blond Duck — January 18, 2010 @ 1:21 pm

    While I would devour these pancakes in a second, as I love fruit–(LOVE it), I agree with your husband. No meat, no eat. Eggs count. :) I went to a place today at lunch where the woman that runs it is a vegetarain and had the fish tacos—barely any fish! I was so depressed. I LURVE fish!


  34. #
    alex — January 18, 2010 @ 1:42 pm

    these looked amazing! i’ve been on the fence about buying that cookbook forever, but i think you’ve convinced me!!!


  35. #
    Holly — January 18, 2010 @ 1:49 pm

    coconut oil spray?!?!?! that is AMAZING! where did you find that?

    those pancakes look absolutely DROOLWORTHY!!!!!


    • Jessica — January 18th, 2010 @ 3:33 pm

      Whole Foods! Near the oils and Pam.


  36. #
    Shelley — January 18, 2010 @ 2:03 pm

    soo so good!!! as alwayss- makin me hunnngry!


  37. #
    Nicci@NiftyEats — January 18, 2010 @ 2:12 pm

    Now that’s how you eat pancakes!


  38. #
    Lauren — January 18, 2010 @ 2:19 pm

    Jessica, I love how you adapt your recipes! What an awesome idea with that syrup! Pancakes taste amazing with coconut oil. I haven’t come across spelt flour, do you think whole wheat pastry flour would work?


  39. #
    Nicole — January 18, 2010 @ 3:21 pm

    I got this cookbook for my birthday and love it. Try out the hummus recipes – they are amazing and I have been making a different one a week. I never thought to make syrup like this – looks amazing!


  40. #
    Jill@QuarterLifeWellness — January 18, 2010 @ 3:24 pm

    OMG do these things look divine!


  41. #
    Naomi(onefitfoodie) — January 18, 2010 @ 4:03 pm

    OMG these look almost too good to eat…ALMOST!! :) I will devour these for sure!! (check out my post that you just commented on, I edited the supplement part at the bottom and gave you a shout out :)) Thank you!! I love the fact taht you felt energetic after you ate these, not weighed down-SCORE!


  42. #
    The Candid RD — January 18, 2010 @ 4:23 pm

    Well this just looks fantastic. I’m sure you’ll get around to those veggie recipes sooner or later ;) And if not, well hey, at least you used the cookbook! I have some cookbooks in my kitchen that have never been opened. haha, oops.


  43. #
    Kristen @ SimplySavor — January 18, 2010 @ 6:06 pm

    i have no words! i saw you tweet about making vegan pancakes the other day and ive been stalking your blog waiting for the recipe ;) these looks soooooooo delicious, and what a great idea for syrup!


  44. #
    Jolene ( — January 18, 2010 @ 6:07 pm

    My husband would TOTALLY eat those!!! I am going to print this recipe – now!!


  45. #
    Amanda — January 18, 2010 @ 6:52 pm

    This looks amazing Jessica… I COVET your Coconut oil and spray can oil. Where do you get it??? The last time I looked online it was $46 for 5 gallons. Ugh! But to have that spray oil would be a dream… and your pictures look great BTW!



  46. #
    Sarah — January 18, 2010 @ 7:12 pm

    These look amazing :)

    I need to find the coconut oil spray. When I make pancakes I use the oil and it makes a mess.


  47. #
    lynn @ the actors diet — January 18, 2010 @ 7:18 pm

    i will eat your hubby’s untouched portions!!!


  48. #
    april — January 18, 2010 @ 7:29 pm

    Those look so good! I love the idea of that syrup.. I’m addicted to sugar free maple syrup and have been looking for something different!


  49. #
    Jessica (Fit and Clean) — January 18, 2010 @ 7:48 pm

    Haha…pancake induced coma cracked me up!! They look awesome. So much better than the Bob’s Red Mill 7 Grain Pancake mix I made over the weekend ;) Girl, you can COOK! :)


  50. #
    sophia — January 18, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

    How coincidental! I just did a post on vegan products, too. Those pancakes look AMAZING, and that strawberry-banana syrup is genius!!!



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