Vegan Heart Pancakes with Strawberries

Vegan Heart Pancakes

Vegan Heart Pancakes

Vegan Heart Pancakes

Impress the whole family with these irresistible pancakes for a Valentine’s Day breakfast or brunch.

Prep Time: 40 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 10 minutes (+ 15 minutes standing time)
Makes: 10

Ingredients:

Pancakes

  • 2 cups (500 mL) all-purpose flour, sifted
  • 1/4 cup (60 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp (15 mL) baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) baking soda
  • 1/2 tsp (2 mL) salt
  • 2 cups (500 mL) oat milk
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) cider vinegar
  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) ground flax
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) vanilla extract
  • 1/3 cup (75 mL) Crystal Margarine, melted and divided
  • 2 cups (500 mL) strawberries, cut into quarters

Strawberry Sauce

  • 2 tbsp (30 mL) Crystal Margarine, melted
  • 2 cups (500 mL) strawberries, sliced
  • 3 tbsp (45 mL) granulated sugar
  • 1 tsp (5 mL) lemon zest
  • 2 tsp (10 mL) lemon juice

Instructions:

  1. In large bowl, whisk together flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda and salt; set aside. In separate bowl, whisk together oat milk, vinegar and ground flax; let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in 2 tbsp (30 mL) melted margarine.
  2. Pour flax mixture over flour mixture; whisk just until combined (do not overmix; mixture will have a few lumps). Let stand for 10 minutes.
  3. Heat large skillet or griddle over medium-low heat; brush with some of the remaining melted margarine. Brush the inside of two 4-inch (10 cm) heart-shaped pancake molds or cookie cutters with melted margarine; place in skillet.
  4. Pour 1/3 cup (75 mL) batter into each mold; cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until bubbles start to form and edges are set. Turn over (with moulds attached); cook for 2 to 3 minutes or until golden on the bottom. Remove pancakes from moulds; transfer to rack. Repeat with remaining batter, brushing skillet and moulds with more melted margarine as needed.
  5. Strawberry Sauce: Meanwhile, melt margarine in large skillet set over medium heat; cook strawberries, sugar, lemon zest and lemon juice for 8 to 10 minutes or until sugar is melted, strawberries are tender and sauce is thickened.
  6. Arrange 2 pancakes on each serving plate; top with Strawberry Sauce and garnish with strawberries.

Tips:

  • Serve with a dollop of vegan-friendly coconut whipped topping, yogurt or cream cheese.
  • Alternatively, spoon batter into piping bag fitted with round tip and pipe outline of heart-shaped pancakes in pan; fill in centre with batter.