Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

If you think that dairy-free pancakes means you’re going to be eating lead balloons, think again.

The pancakes are soft, light, fluffy, and are new all-time favorites.

Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes - Healthier pancakes that are soft, fluffy, light & just bursting with blueberries!

In the past I’ve tried making dairy-free pancakes and have ended up with items (can’t even call them pancakes) that ranged from thin and flimsy to dense and heavy. And all of them went directly into the trash.

I’ve had good luck with other blueberry and fruity breakfast items like Blueberry Dutch Baby PancakeBlueberry Muffins and Buttermilk Pancakes CakeStrawberry Pancakes, Apple Pie Pancakes, and I’m glad I attempted dairy-free blueberry pancakes again.

Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes - Healthier pancakes that are soft, fluffy, light & just bursting with blueberries!

The pancakes are easy and follow standard pancake-making protocol. A bowl of dry ingredients, a bowl of wet, fold the wet into dry, fold in the blueberries, and fry them up.

For the wet ingredients, I used Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk. I swear by this stuff. It only has 30-calorie per 8 ounces, tastes great, and if I need a vegan milk, this is my absolute go-to.

Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes - Healthier pancakes that are soft, fluffy, light & just bursting with blueberries!

I’ve used it in so many recipes including Vegan Chunky Apple Cinnamon Muffins, Fluffy Vegan Coconut Oil Banana Muffins, Soft Vegan Pumpkin Cake50-Calorie Copycat Skinny Caramel Frappuccinos and more.

All Silk products are dairy-free and gluten-free and I like that Silk is committed to and believes in the benefits of a plant-based diet.

Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes - Healthier pancakes that are soft, fluffy, light & just bursting with blueberries!

To keep them dairy-free, rather than using melted butter in the batter, I used coconut oil. The pancakes don’t taste like coconut, but substitute with another oil if you’re concerned.

I fried them with just non-stick cooking spray. No butter pools or puddles of oil needed. Pancakes are like sponges, just soaking in all those unnecessary fat grams and becoming dense and heavy. For my dense, heavy, and unnecessary fat grams, I’d prefer them in the form of this, but not for breakfast.

Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes - Healthier pancakes that are soft, fluffy, light & just bursting with blueberries!

The blueberries are sweet, juicy, and add such a nice touch. I never want plain pancakes again after having an abundance of blueberries in every bite of these fluffy stacks.

My 7-year old who’s taste-tested her way through a couple cookbooks and 5 years of blog posts said these are my best pancakes to date. I happen to agree.

Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes - Healthier pancakes that are soft, fluffy, light & just bursting with blueberries!

Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes

If you think that dairy-free pancakes means you’re going to be eating lead balloons, think again. The pancakes are soft, light, fluffy, and are new all-time favorites. They’re easy and follow standard pancake-making protocol. I used unsweetened vanilla almond milk, melted coconut oil in the batter, no butter or oil to fry with and instead use non-stick cooking spray. It helps save on fat, calories, and the pancakes don’t become oil-soaked sponges. The blueberries are sweet, juicy, and I never want plain pancakes again after having an abundance of blueberries in every bite of these fluffy stacks.

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Ingredients:

1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons granulated sugar
1 tablespoon light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking powder
1 teaspoon baking soda
pinch salt, optional and to taste
1 cup Silk Unsweetened Vanilla Almond Milk
1 large egg
2 to 3 tablespoons liquid-state coconut oil (canola or vegetable oil may be substituted)
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 1/2 cups blueberries (I used frozen and if using frozen, do not thaw because frozen berries run/bleed less; fresh may be used)
maple syrup for serving, or your favorite topping (try Mixed Berry & Lemon PreservesVanilla Maple Syrup, or Ginger Molasses Maple Syrup)

Directions:

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk to combine the first 6 dry ingredients (through optional salt); set aside.
  2. In a glass measuring cup or small bowl, whisk to combine almond milk, egg, coconut oil, and vanilla.
  3. Pour wet mixture over dry, and stir gently until just combined; don’t overmix. Batter should be fairly thick. If your batter needs a bit extra flour or splash of almond milk so that it’s a nice scoopable consistency for scooping onto skillet, tweak as necessary.
  4. Gently fold in the blueberries. The less you stir, the less they will run and bleed and turn the batter blue-green; set bowl aside.
  5. Preheat a non-stick skillet over medium-high heat and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  6. Using a 1/4-cup measure or  large cookie scoop, scoop batter onto warm skillet. Cook for about 3 minutes, or until small bubbles form on the surface and pancakes are set enough to flip. I cook covered for better results, but cook the way you normally cook your pancakes.
  7. Carefully flip over and cook for about 2 to 3 more minutes, or until done and cooked through.
  8. Tip- If cooking in batches (my skillet only comfortably holds 3 pancakes at a time), place cooked pancakes on a baking sheet and place in a preheated 175F to 200F oven to keep warm until all pancakes have been fried.
  9. Repeat the frying process with the remaining batter, wiping out the skillet with a paper towel in between batches or as needed. Add more cooking spray to wiped skillet before starting next batch.
  10. Pancakes are best warm and fresh, but will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 6 months and can be gently reheated in a toaster oven. Serve with maple syrup or your favorite topping.
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95 comments on “Dairy-Free Soft and Fluffy Blueberry Pancakes”

  1. Good golly, those pancakes look divine!

  2. Blueberry pancakes are my favorite. They are simple, classic and delicious. I LOVE that yours are dairy free and they look HUGE and fluffy, my kind of breakfast! Pinned :) Happy Tuesday Averie!

  3. I can’t believe these are dairy free! They look so good :-)

  4. Your pancakes always look fluffy and so uniform in size–the perfect stack to take a fork to. Blueberry pancakes are probably my favorite–they remind me of Sunday brunch when I was growing up.

  5. The texture of these looks incredible!! YUM!

  6. These pancakes look so good…I use that same almond milk and love it. I love blueberry pancakes because you can get away with using less syrup since they are sweeter with the berries. I love maple syrup so anything to control its consumption is good. That plate is beautiful love the flowers.

    • Thank you for noticing the plate! It’s an antique and bought it on Etsy about 6-9 months ago, never knowing what I’d use it for but I thought it was just perfect with the colors for these pancakes :)

      And yes about loving maple syrup…I am the SAME way :)

  7. Holy cow. These pancakes look PERFECT! Blueberry pancakes are my favorite kind of pancake and I’m pretty sure I could demolish a tall stack of these in minutes flat. LOVE how thick and fluffy they look and I’m amazed that they’re dairy-free. That being said, it’s totally ok to have these for bfast every morning right? *wink* Pinned!

  8. I can’t believe how fluffy and delicious these look while being dairy free! Awesome recipe Averie! Love all the blueberries and dripping syrup :) Pinned!

  9. I always make pancakes this way. Almond milk is a staple in my diet and I’ll always pick oil over butter. I know most bloggers would think I’m crazy but when a recipe calls for buttermilk, I usually sub almond milk with no issues at all.

    • I just have to say that for anyone reading this comment, please don’s sub almond milk for buttermilk in my recipes at your discretion because the recipe may or may not turn out! :)

      But for these pancakes, thoroughly tested and the almond milk works great as it does is so many of my vegan baked goods that I’ve tested that way, too. Glad you’re a fan too, Laura!

  10. I’ve already had my breakfast today but I sure could go for a nice, tall stack of these beauties! They look awesome.

  11. These look so juicy and sweet! So tasty! Pinned

  12. i don;t think i have ever seen pancakes that look that good. You have outdone yourself yet again and you just made breakfast the best meal of the day!

  13. I love how thick, soft, and fluffy these are! They almost like buttermilk pancakes but with less calories- a win-win in my book. Silk is my go-to for nondairy milks as well; just no other brand can compare. Pinning these!

  14. Oh my goodness I’m dying Averie. I neeeeeed these!!

  15. They look so moist and fluffy, I love this dairy free version!

  16. These really do look fluffy and delicious! Who needs buttermilk? :)

  17. Pancake perfection! I love blueberry pancakes, and these look like the ultimate dairy free ones!

  18. It’s a breakfast perfection, Averie! Love that they are dairy free! Pinned!

  19. My mouth is literally watering just look at these pictures. Is this an appropriate time to quote Despicable Me? “It’s so fluffy I’m gonna die!!” That’s kind of how I feel looking at these pancakes.

    Weird question for you: I made your vegan banana muffins for Easter a few weeks back that also used coconut oil, and they turned out great. However, I had one HECK of a time trying to get my jar of coconut oil open! It took two roommates and a lot of coaxing to finally get the top off the jar. I figured it was just sticky, so I wiped it off before closing the jar, but then when I went to open it again the same thing happened! I opened it awhile ago and have a lot leftover, so I don’t want to throw it all away! Do you ever have trouble getting jars of coconut oil opened, and if you do, do you know if there’s any good way to keep this from happening again?

    • That’s never happened to me and it sounds like a flukey jar and it could have been anything, just happened to be coconut oil. Some lids are just…strange! I’d chalk it up to just a random fluke. Glad you like the pancakes and the muffins. And you could always just pour your coconut oil into a scrupulously clean glass mason jar or other container to save yourself the trouble til it runs out!

  20. Wow this looks sooo fluffy! Yum! Dairy free is a big plus. Would definitely want these for breakfast ; ) blueberry perfection <3

  21. Lead balloons and flimsy things unworthy of the title pancake: yes, I can relate! Thank goodness for this recipe because I had given up on pancakes! These are everything but flat!

  22. Just gorgeous, love the glistening syrup!

  23. Blueberry pancakes are such a classic! These look delicious!

  24. OMG I want to make a brunch with these so bad!!

  25. As much as I hate to sound like everyone else, these photos are stunning Av.
    I need to make more recipes with blueberries.

    • Thank you for saying that! I appreciate it! I work super hard on that piece of it, with sticky syrupy hands everywhere and all over my camera, so it’s good to know that someone appreciates them :) xo

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