Pancakes – 2 Ways (Mango Lassi & Cherry Garcia)

I love pancakes. I think it has something to do with my grandpa, who turned pancake making into an event.

He would sit me and my twin brother on the counter, where we would get to stir and measure. Then, my grandpa would make fun shapes with the batter – everything from Mickey Mouse to Harry Potter’s lightning bolt-shaped scar. Everything about it was magical. 

Since the holiday season is around the corner and you might be missing someone special too, it seems to be the perfect time to make some quirky pancake magic. 

Here are two rather whimsical flavors. Maybe you’ll even be inspired to invent your own flavor and share your recipe with someone special. 


1-1/4 cup white whole wheat flour (you can also use oatmeal flour, just blend up some oatmeal in a food processor)

2 tsp baking powder

1 tsp cinnamon (optional)

2 Tbsp applesauce

1/3 cup water

1-1/4 cup of your favorite non-dairy milk

2 Tbsp maple syrup

1 tsp vanilla extract

Mango Lassi

1 ripe mango, peeled and cubed

1 tsp ground cardamon 

Cherry Garcia

1/2 cup, frozen dark cherries, thawed and cut in half

1/2 cup vegan chocolate chips or chunks


Makes 8 five inch wide pancakes
  1.  Heat a non-stick skillet for a few minutes, while you prepare the batter.
  2. Mix the flour, baking powder, and cinnamon together in a large mixing bowl. 
  3. Form a well in the dry ingredients and add the applesauce, water, non-dairy milk, maple syrup, and vanilla extract to the well. 
  4. Stir batter to combine. 
  5. Fold in the ingredients for the Mango Lassi or Cherry Garcia pancake flavor.
  6.  Using a 1/4 measuring cup, pour some of the batter onto the skillet and make it round by spreading out the batter from the center with the back of the measuring cup. 
  7. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes or until the top of the pancake looks almost dry. Flip the pancake and then cook for another minute or two on the other side. Repeat until you’ve used up all the batter. 
  8. Serve with maple syrup, fruit preserves, and/or fresh fruit. 
  • I usually double this recipe, so that I have pancakes for the next few days.
  • Steps 1-4 are the steps for classic flavored pancakes. You could divide the batter into two separate bowls and then add half of each flavor into each one. You’ll get the same number of pancakes but can try both flavors.
  • You are very creative. If you’ve thought of your own fun pancake flavor, swap out my flavor ingredients for your own in step 5. 

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