These vegan chickpea flour pancakes are so quick and easy to make and are loaded with flavor. Crispy on the outside and packed with veggies, these savory pancakes are spectacular topped with fresh tomatoes, avocado, and creamy chipotle sauce.
Plus they're naturally gluten free and grain free, and you won't need any eggs or dairy!
The humble chickpea in all its glory morphs into so many things - hummus and dips, baked/roasted (for snacks, tacos, burritos, rice bowls, salads or soups) or ground into a protein rich flour for baking and cooking.
Pro Tip: Make homemade chickpea flour with dry chickpeas and a Vitamix in under 2 minutes!
These savory veggies pancakes are simple to make and are super adaptable. As long as you have chickpea flour (or dry chickpeas) on hand, the rest you can make up as you go. Here's what I used for this recipe:
Vegetables - A great way to use up bits and pieces of leftover vegetables. But if no leftovers; mushrooms, onions, peppers, spinach, and beans are our favorite combination.
Drizzling Sauce - Drizzle dairy-free cashew cream over these yummy vegan chickpea pancakes. It's quick to make in under 5 minutes if you have a high-speed blender.
We also love them with sweet and spicy tahini sauce.
Optional Toppings - Juicy tomatoes, avocado chunks, and fresh green onions are the perfect combination for toppings. But sub in any toppings of your choice.
How to Make Chickpea Flour Pancakes
Easy and delicious, you will be devouring dinner in less than 25 minutes! If your family is anything like ours, you're gonna be making this simple, healthy, vegan meal regularly! Let's get into the details:
- Saute the veggies.
- Mix the pancake batter and stir in the sautéed vegetables and beans.
- Preheat oil in a skillet over medium to high heat before adding the batter.
- Cook the pancakes in batches until golden and crispy on both sides.
- Pile high with toppings and a drizzle of your choice of vegan sauce.
FAQ and Tips
Chickpea (garbanzo) flour is ground dry chickpeas. A staple in Middle Eastern recipes, it adds a nutty earthy taste to falafel, pancakes, socca, pizza crust, crackers etc. Naturally gluten free and high in protein, chickpea flour is wonderful in both sweet and savory dishes.
Although slightly different might be called besan or gram flour interchangeably.
Chickpea flour is simple to make if you have a high speed blender or coffee/spice grinder. Place the dry chickpeas (chana) into the blender and blitz until the desired texture is achieved. For a finer flour, continue to pulse/blend stopping to scrape the sides and bottom of blender. Pass the flour through a fine sieve or sifter to separate any larger pieces if necessary.
Storing Pancakes - store cooked, cooled, leftover pancakes in the fridge in an airtight container or bag for several days. Store the sauce and any toppings separately.
Leftover Pancakes - leftover chickpea pancakes are delicious hot or cold. Crisp them up in a non-stick skillet then add toppings of choice and sauce.
Try a pancake sandwich for lunch using 2 pancakes, a layer of spicy hummus, slice of tomato, avocado, some leafy greens, and a slice of pan fried or baked tofu for a delicious, high protein vegan meal!
More Easy Vegan Dinner Recipes
- Simple Chickpea Mushroom Bake - a flavorful, fuss-free, nourishing family favorite.
- Fast Fresh Tomato and Spinach Fettuccine - vegan pasta with vegan feta recipe and crispy fried capers.
- Tender Tofu Masala - Flavorful, tender tofu simmered in spicy creamy gravy.
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Simple, Savory Chickpea Pancake Recipe
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- 1 tablespoon oil (optional for pan)
- 1-2 cups veggies (mushrooms, onions, peppers)*
- handful spinach, rough chop
- ¼ - ½ cup black beans
- ½ cup cashew cream or sauce of choice
- tomato, avocado, green onions, cilantro chopped
Chickpea Pancake Batter
- 1 cup chickpea flour
- ¼ cup nutritional yeast
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder, to taste
- 1 teaspoon onion powder, to taste
- 1-3 teaspoons dried oregano, to taste
- salt & pepper, to taste
- ¾ - 1 cup water
- hemp hearts
- pinch+ hot pepper flakes
- drizzle sriracha hot sauce
- Warm oil in a medium size skillet over medium-high heat. (If oil-free, use a non-stick pan.)
- Sauté mushrooms, onions, and red peppers until soft and starting to caramelize (4-5 minutes).
- Add a handful of chopped spinach and black beans right at the end and stir until the greens wilted. Transfer to a bowl. Wipe out pan.
- If using leftover veggies, skip the sauteing, chop the veg and add to batter.
- Prepare toppings - chop tomatoes, slice green onions, dice avocados, and chop cilantro. Set aside.
- Make cashew cream or sauce of your choice - try smoky option.Another family favorite is Sweet and Spicy Tahini Sauce
Chickpea Pancake Batter
- Meanwhile, mix chickpea flour, nutritional yeast, spices (garlic powder, onion powder, dry oregano, s&p) in a medium bowl. Add ¾ cup water* and whisk until fully incorporated. If too thick, add a tablespoon at a time until desired consistency is met (pancake batter).
- Stir in the sautéed (or leftover) veggies and beans.
Cooking Crispy Pancakes
- Heat oil in skillet on medium high with 1 tablespoon oil. OR if oil free - leave oil out and use a non-stick pan.
- Scoop the batter into 4 even pancakes in the hot pan - gently spreading slightly with the back of a spoon.
- The size of the pan and how big you make each pancake will determine how many batches. (I made 2 batches with 3 pancakes in each)
- Cook until brown and crispy (3-5 minutes). Flip and cook on other side. You may need to reduce the heat to medium if the pan is running too hot.
- May need to add oil before frying additional batches.
- Serve the pancakes with the toppings (chopped tomatoes, green onions, avocado, cilantro), a sprinkle of hemp hearts and red pepper flakes, and a drizzle of cashew cream/sauce and sriracha.
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Original post May 2018 - updated October 2021
Danielle and Rob
These are a favourite for sure!! Such a delicious meal packed with lots of veggies and topped with the (yummy) cashew cream and toppings. We love them!!! Amazing:)
Thank you, Danielle and Rob! They are so delicious and versatile.
These chickpea pancakes are dynamite! So easy and so incredibly delicious!
Thank you so much! They are so easy and so delicious aren't they!
Hi, can I use all purpose flower instead of chickpea flower?
I haven't used all purpose flour for this particular recipe, but I'm sure it would be fine (the flavor and texture will be different). Check out the savory green pancakes recipe (ap flour) but go ahead and add the veggies you enjoy.
Is it possible to leave out the nutritional yeast
Good morning. Yes, you can make without the nutritional yeast. It's just a flavour enhancer so it will change the flavour profile a bit but will still be delicious! Enjoy!
I make this recipe almost weekly for my husband and I (who is not vegan). He is usually skeptical of my “healthy cooking” but he really likes these (among many other recipes from this blog). Thanks!
Thank you, Sally. I'm so happy you and your husband enjoy the pancakes!!
Mine came out with a yummy flavor, but super dense. How do I make them a little fluffier? Would adding more water help? I haven’t made these types of pancakes before so I was a little unsure of how much to add. I used a bit more than 3/4 of a cup.
So happy you enjoyed the pancakes. Yes they are definitely a denser pancake. A couple things that can make chickpea pancakes lighter/fluffier - try adding more water, a flax egg or a couple tablespoons of aquafaba (chickpea liquid). We tested them using baking powder as well and it made them a little fluffier (1 teaspoon). Good luck - let me know how they turn out.
I make a double batch of the pancake mix ahead of time and keep it in an airtight container in the frig. I prefer to cook them as omelets and stuff the veggies in after they are cooked as they seem to cook better. I also use whatever veggies I have on hand. Delicious recipe. Thank you !!
Sounds amazing! It's so nice to just use up whatever veggies you have in the fridge or pantry - we love that too.