Microwave Pancakes (Vegan and whole wheat!)

September 3, 2014

Recipe 2 from the nonexistent “Best Sister in the World” e-cookbook.  In case I haven’t yelled about it constantly: if I had to pick one favorite food, it’d be pancakes.  So naturally, the idea of living in a dorm room, pancakeless, is the most terrifying thought in the world.  I spent a long time Googling this, because obviously someone would’ve done this before, but all I could find were recipes with Bisquick or recipes with egg.

Microwave Pancakes

While there’s a time and a place for egg, I’m obviously not a huge fan of weird flour mixes.  Especially because they’re never made with whole wheat flours.  I did a LOT of recipe tweaking with this (and ate some really bad pancakes in the process. I didn’t even know there was such a thing!) and in the end, I had perfectly fluffy pancakes with no egg required.  Because who has eggs when they live in a dorm, right?

Microwave Pancakes

Like the microwave vegan cheese sauce, this can be made up as a mix at home (or at your parent’s house!) and portioned out later.  I also included instructions on how to make just one batch of pancakes, because I know people like me can’t be trusted with a large supply.  These pancakes are VERY soft and fluffy, like perfect little pancake pillows.

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Microwave Pancakes (Vegan and whole wheat!)
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Serves: 4

  • Pancake Mix – Enough for 4 batches
  • 2 c white whole wheat flour (1/2 c)
  • 4 tbsp. turbinado sugar or other dry sugar (1 tbsp.)
  • 4 tsp baking powder (1 tsp)
  • To Prepare One Batch
  • ½ c milk, such as unsweetened vanilla almond milk
  • Splash vanilla extract or maple syrup, optional

  1. To prepare the mix, whisk together dry ingredients. Store in an airtight container. If you want to make just one serving, use the amounts in parentheses.
  2. To prepare the pancakes, scoop out 1 slightly heaping half cup of mix (approximately ½ c + 1 heaping tbsp.) into a bowl.
  3. Add the half cup of milk and optional vanilla/syrup to the measured mix. Stir with a fork.
  4. Spritz a microwave safe plate with nonstick spray. Transfer 4 forkfuls of batter to the plate (this should be ⅓ of the batter) and pat down with a fork until about ½ cm thick. Do not be tempted to add extra batter to make a larger pancake, as it won’t thoroughly cook. The pancake will puff up but not expand do the sides while cooking.
  5. Microwave for 1 minute until the middle appears set. Let the pancake rest for at least 30 seconds before carefully transferring off the plate (may need to loosen with a fork or spatula). Add more nonstick spray and cook 2 more pancakes, as above.
  6. Top with butter, syrup, or whatever you like with your pancakes 🙂

I suggest using either vanilla flavored milk or a few drops of vanilla/syrup to the batter to help alleviate any “microwave” type taste.
The whole batch of mix makes 4 servings of 3 pancakes each.
I recipe tested with both a microwave safe plastic plate and a ceramic plate — both should work fine.

Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 pancakes Calories: 250 Fat: 2 Carbohydrates: 54 Fiber: 7 Protein: 9


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    cheri Sep 04, 2014

    What a sweet sister you are, very clever!

    Ashley Sep 04, 2014

    Whoa! I would have never thought you could make pancakes in a microwave! Impressive! I should send these recipes to my sister (she’s not in a dorm but doesn’t do much cooking other than her microwave 🙂 haha)

    Sarah @ Making Thyme for Health Sep 04, 2014

    Whoa- I’m so impressed! First nacho cheese and now pancakes?! You are a microwave genius! I love it.
    That e-book could turn out to be very profitable at the rate you’re going. Keep up the good work, sister!

    Joanna @Makingmine Sep 04, 2014

    I saw your post on Instagram, and I was like “WHAT? Microwave pancakes?!” And I had to check it out haha!

    They look and sound awesome! I like the idea of making these more than a box mix! I’m going to have to show this to my husband because before he met me, he made EVERYTHING in the microwave at his frat house haha

      Kelly Sep 04, 2014

      Maybe he’ll suprise you with a microwaved-breakfast in bed? Josh was pretty similar. His diet was limited to cereal, pasta, and anything frozen that he didn’t think he could screw up too badly lol

    Monet Sep 04, 2014

    Who would have thought? I’m sending this recipe to my nephew who is starting college in a few days!

      Kelly Sep 04, 2014

      I hope it serves him well 🙂

    Ashley @ QLCC Sep 03, 2014

    Wow, I would have killed for pancakes in the dorm. Well done!

    Pamela @ Brooklyn Farm Girl Sep 03, 2014

    The idea of pancakes in the microwave never came to me but now that you bring it up I think you are a absolute genius. Cannot wait!

    Kayle (The Cooking Actress) Sep 03, 2014

    You’re epic-ly amazing!!! Cannot believe you made these awesome pancakes in the microwave!

    PassTheKnife Sep 03, 2014

    Brilliant idea! I’ll have to let my brother know who is just starting his freshman year!

    Hannah @ CleanEatingVeggieGirl Sep 03, 2014

    Um… these are the coolest thing ever!! Talk about a time-saver! These sound perfect for the mornings when I am in a hurry and/or feelnig lazy 😉

      Kelly Sep 03, 2014

      They’re most definitely perfect for a lazy breakfast! (which honestly describes most of my breakfasts lol)

    Em @ Love A Latte Sep 03, 2014

    Pancakes are at the top of my list too! Actually your pancake recipes are at the top of my list. This looks so simple I’ll have to give it a try.

      Kelly Sep 03, 2014

      Thanks, Em! Pancakes just have such a special place in my heart that I try to do them justice 🙂