Wholegrain Tofu Pancakes

Vegan Wholegrain Pancakes
Okay, so I am guilty of posting many, many pancake recipes, but what can I say? I get out of bed every weekend, dreaming of a stack of steaming pancakes that I can eat without feeling awful a minute after I have.

I hit the jackpot with these. My very vegan Wholegrain Tofu Pancakes are among the most guilt-free I’ve ever cooked up. They are made, like all my pancake recipes, with whole wheat pastry flour, and I added tofu to them instead of the sour cream that I would have in the past. So not only did I take away a fat-filled, zero-nutrition product, but I replaced it with a healthy, lean and protein-filled one. With no compromise whatsoever in the taste. I could hug myself!

The lime (you can use lemon) in the pancakes gives them a tang that goes perfectly with the heavy sweetness of my favorite pancake topping, maple syrup.

It’s Friday night, and I want to get away and have some fun, so I’ll get on with the recipe. Do try them this weekend. You won’t regret them, and neither will your waistline!

Wholegrain vegan pancakes


Wholegrain Tofu Pancakes
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Recipe type: Breakfast
Serves: 8
  • Whisk together in one bowl:
  • 1 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • ½ tsp baking soda
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • In another bowl, mix together:
  • 1 cup silken tofu
  • ⅓ cup almond or soy milk
  • 4 tbsp lemon or lime juice
  • 2 tsp lemon or lime zest (optional)
  • 2 tbsp canola or vegetable oil
  • 2 tsp vanilla
  1. Pour the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients and stir together in as few strokes as possible until just mixed. The batter should be lumpy, not smooth.
  2. Pour ¼ cup of the batter on a hot non-stick or cast-iron griddle coated with oil. This is a very thick, almost cakey batter, so you might have to give it a nudge with your ladle to help it spread.
  3. Cook until bubbles appear on the top of the pancake and the bottom is golden-brown. Flip over and cook until golden on the other side.
  4. Serve hot with maple syrup or any other topping of your choice.

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23 thoughts on “Wholegrain Tofu Pancakes

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    November 15, 2008 at 3:00am

    Its breakfast time and I am hungry for these!! The pictures look terrific!

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    Curry Leaf

    November 15, 2008 at 3:08am

    Lovely.I know of adding soy milk,but tofu is new and looks healthier.

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    November 15, 2008 at 4:15am

    You can get a hug for this one :) Hmm so who wouldn’t dream may be every morning this guilt free pancake!

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    November 15, 2008 at 6:05am

    It says yummy tofu all over. The texture looks great.

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    November 15, 2008 at 7:00am

    Guilt free hearty breakfast recipe! awesome pics!

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    November 15, 2008 at 7:04am

    very beautiful pancakes using tofu..time for me to try out some vegan dishes..

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    November 15, 2008 at 12:10pm

    Feel like having rite now, looks delicious n very creative…tempting pancakes pushing me to try soon..

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    November 15, 2008 at 3:22pm

    Hugs to you on discovering a healthy pancake..first pic made me hungry!

    Vaishali..I could’nt make up for sweet vegan..will try to post a recipe soon. i felt very guilt for not sending my entry.

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    November 16, 2008 at 12:05am

    these look fantastic! i haven’t made pancakes in years. it’s so depressing. i love the addition of tofu. that’s funky…in a good way!

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    November 16, 2008 at 5:23am

    ooh, yummy, healthy, mouth-watering pancakes! Who can resist these!

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    Divya Vikram

    November 16, 2008 at 7:06am

    That must be a great weekend brunch!Nice idea to replace eggs with tofu

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    June 20, 2010 at 8:03am

    These are amazing and my new favourite thing to eat! So much so we just had them for dinner!

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    August 11, 2011 at 11:48pm

    After a long bike ride, I was craving pancakes! For a while now, I have looked at that box of silken tofu in the cupboard, wondering what to do with it. I made a few changes to your recipe, based on what was on hand. These pancakes are being enjoyed right now! Half of the whole wheat was substituted with coconut flour, and some apple cider vinegar replaced the lemon juice. I omitted baking soda and used palm sugar for some of the sugar. Without coconut oil, I substituted with olive oil. I found that I had to add quite a bit more water. The acidic tang is nice; I never would have thought of adding it! Warm deliciousness, served with tahini and maple syrup. Mmmmm….

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    elisabetta pendola

    December 12, 2011 at 8:57pm

    these are the bestest fluffy pancake I’ve ever seen….yum! must try! <3 your recipes are alawys gorgeous!

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    March 11, 2012 at 12:39pm

    Hey these had great flavor, but would NOT cook in the middle no matter what I did. Any tips?

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      March 12, 2012 at 5:41pm

      Chelsea, you need to lower the heat. That way your pancakes won’t be done cooking on the outside before the inside has a chance to get cooked. Also, don’t flip the pancake until bubbles appear, which indicates they are cooking through.

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      angela westbrooks

      June 12, 2013 at 5:34pm

      Oh wow! I had the same problem. They cooked perfectly on the outside, but the inside was not done. I will lower the heat. Thank you!

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      angela westbrooks

      June 12, 2013 at 5:35pm

      I figured out what I did wrong, I used the entire tofu. Darn! I went to the store twice.

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    February 16, 2013 at 4:26pm

    I actually made these into waffles, the preferred breakfast in my house. my kiddos were not sure about it -the lime addition probably the culprit- but with the addition of peanut butter and syrup, they came around to it. I love that these are healthy and have tons of protein And that lime-y tang was perfect!!

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    April 6, 2013 at 3:34pm

    I’ve tried several other vegan whole wheat pancakes since having these the first time and nothing beats these. This is now my go-to pancake recipe!

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    Martin Nicholson

    October 4, 2013 at 8:22am

    I’m totally going to try this! Look out here I come, guilt-free pancakes. If you like pancakes made with tofu you might be interested in recipes for gratin and chicken soboro ( http://slism.com/diet/tofu-healthy-recipes.html ) that you can also make with tofu. Ways to eat and feel less guilty. Your pancakes are the best.

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