Vegan Truck Stop Pancakes

Vegan truck stop – now that’s an image I enjoy more than I probably should. Having grown up with truck-driving uncles (I’m talking Smokey and the Bandit era truckers), I can’t help but laugh at the thought of them pulling in to fuel up at a roadside stop run by vegans. While that’s something I’m unlikely to witness in my lifetime, I’m willing to bet that if my uncles were served a stack of these fluffy vegan truck stop pancakes, you wouldn’t hear a word of complaint from any of them. These golden griddle cakes are among the best I’ve ever eaten, vegan or otherwise.

Vegan Pancakes - Whole Grain, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free

We didn’t eat in restaurants a lot when I was a kid, but when we did, it was often a brief stop at a roadside diner to break up the long trip to visit one of my grandparents, or on our way to the nearest city with a mall suitable for back-to-school shopping (I lived in a very small town during my formative years). I was a big fan of the simple, satisfying food in those places, and pancakes were my go-to, if it was early enough.

The pancake experience was made even more magical by those shiny syrup dispensers that snap closed when you release the trigger, and those little packets of peanut butter (have I mentioned my penchant for peanut butter on pancakes?) – oh, those packets of peanut butter!! We were never allowed to have that kind at home, so it only made me want it more. There was something about that unnaturally smooth, slightly sweet creaminess that was akin to the forbidden fruit to my young self. Of course, I grew up to be the kind of person who wouldn’t dream of feeding that stuff to her own kids, so I guess I picked up a thing or two from my mom over the years.

We often have pancakes for breakfast on the weekends (they sometimes even serve as a weeknight dinner, when the cupboards are bare), so this was a recipe that had to be veganized if we were going to be happy. I tried many vegan pancake variations in my search, but they were often dry, flat, or just plain lacking.

Vegan Pancakes - Whole Grain, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free

Finally, I decided to try a combination of things to replace the egg, which was just the ticket – ground chia seeds bind everything together, and mashed banana adds a moist tenderness to the finished product (without adding much of a banana flavour). I knew when I stirred everything together that I had it – a good batter often has a lustre to it, and this has that.

Now, I realize that no trucker worth his mudflaps would go anywhere near a vegan pancake, let alone one made with whole wheat flour, but I usually make these with a combination of sprouted spelt and unbleached flour. I also add frozen blueberries when we have them, dropping them over the surface of the pancake batter after putting it on the griddle rather than stirring them directly into the batter; this way, I know that each pancake has the same amount of fruit, and they don’t turn the batter blue (not that I have anything against blue pancakes!).

Vegan Pancakes - Whole Grain, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free

We usually eat these with peanut butter and syrup (either good quality maple, or homemade), but other times, when the season permits, we’ll top them with homemade coconut yogurt, sliced fresh strawberries, and/or peaches. 

Vegan Pancakes - Whole Grain, Egg-Free, Dairy-Free

But honestly, these don’t need much in the way of embellishment – though a rugged vegan trucker couldn’t hurt.

Edited to add: These were originally made with banana and chia, but lately I’ve been using applesauce instead of banana as that’s something we make from our own apples, and I find it makes for fluffier pancakes. Flax has also become our go to instead of chia, but feel free to use your favourite egg replacer in place of the flax/chia and water.

Vegan Truck Stop Pancakes - Whole Grain, Egg and Dairy Free
5 from 2 votes

Vegan Truck Stop Pancakes

Fluffy vegan pancakes as good as any you’d find in a classic roadside diner – minus the dairy and handlebar moustaches!

Course Breakfast, Brunch
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Calories 320 kcal


  • 1/2 cup applesauce (or one banana, mashed)
  • 1 tbsp ground flax seeds (can sub ground chia)
  • 3 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp vinegar (white or apple cider)
  • 2 cups non-dairy milk, minus 1 tablespoon (see instructions) (I prefer soy)
  • 1 tsp vanilla
  • 3 tbsp non-dairy butter (melted)
  • 2 1/2 cups flour (use a combination of sprouted spelt and unbleached)
  • 1 tbsp baking powder (sifted if lumpy)
  • 2 tsp baking soda (sifted if lumpy)
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1/2 tsp (heaping) salt


  1. In a medium bowl, combine flax and water, whisking together, and then combine with the applesauce. Put vinegar in measuring cup, and top up with non-dairy milk to make 2 cups. Stir in to banana mixture, along with melted butter and vanilla.

  2. In a large bowl, combine flour, baking powder, baking soda, sugar, and salt. Stir until well mixed. Gradually stir wet ingredients into dry, folding until well combined (do not over mix).  The batter will be fairly thick.

  3. Heat pan or griddle to medium/medium-low heat. When hot, grease with margarine or oil, and add batter to the surface in heaping 1/4 to 1/3 cup portions. When pancakes start to look set, and the bottoms are golden (about 3 – 4 minutes, flip them and cook for another 3 or 4 minutes. Keep pancakes on a plate in a warm oven while you cook the rest. 

    Makes approximately 12 pancakes.

Recipe Notes

These were originally made with banana and chia, but I’ve been using applesauce instead of banana lately as that’s something we make from our own apples. Flax has also become our go to, but feel free to use your favourite egg replacer in place of the chia and water.

Nutrition Facts
Vegan Truck Stop Pancakes
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 320 Calories from Fat 88
% Daily Value*
Fat 9.8g15%
Carbohydrates 50g17%
Fiber 4.9g20%
Protein 9.23g18%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Vegan Truck Stop Pancake Recipe - Fluffy, tender, and delicious!

10 thoughts on “Vegan Truck Stop Pancakes”

  • I love the healthy substitutes you have used for your recipe – chiaseeds for eggs. Your pancakes look so fluffy and delicious. Great recipe! Thanks for sharing.

  • Ha, I love your idea of a vegan truck stop! Really enjoyed reading this post – it’s well written and very visual, especially remembering those little peanut butter packets! Great recipe!

    • They taste slightly of banana, but you might not even notice it if you didn’t know they were in there. You could always add slices of banana (instead of blueberries) if you wanted to increase the flavour.

  • Thanks! I’m actually interested in decreasing the banana flavor. A slight taste is fine and should be easily masked by maple syrup.

    • I assumed that’s what you were asking, but wasn’t totally sure. πŸ™‚ I didn’t want them to be “banana-y” at all, and they’re really not. I hope you enjoy them if you give them a try!

    • Hi Abby! You could try adding a little more banana or some applesauce. I have made pancakes without oil before, and they’re fine, they just look a little drier. The fruit puree should help though. I’d love to hear how it goes! πŸ™‚

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