One Month At A Time

Going Vegan: Pancakes!

While I haven’t been overly concerned about missing obvious things like hamburger and bacon, I have wondered about some of the stuff nobody thinks of as being non-Vegan.

Yesterday, we said good-bye to Terri, one of our copy editors, who took a job out of state, and as is tradition, a cake was brought in to sort of commemorate the event (these are some times called “cake wakes”).

It was a very pretty cake, and being a large American, I like cake, but under the new rules, I cannot have cake. Cake contains milk and eggs. The frosting is (probably) made with butter.

So, after some nice words were said and Terri was made to cut the cake, I stepped away from the baked goods, went back to my desk, and finished whatever I was working on.

I didn’t really mind, but it did sort of illustrate the kinds of things that you can’t eat as a vegan. It’s not just the main dishes, but you have to be careful about the sides and desserts.

I know… seems like a lot of work.

But… there are options out there. You don’t have to give everything up.

Around the time I bought my vitamins, I picked up an egg substitute called The Neat Egg. Made with garbanzo beans and Chia seeds, it didn’t look like much –just a grayish powder.

I’d been planning to use it to make pancakes for a couple of weeks, but had my doubts about whether it would work. Who wants to eat garbanzo bean flavored pancakes? Sounds disgusting.

But I finally got around to trying it out today. I mixed The Neat Egg according to the instructions and then added my basic ingredients for pancakes.

The color was slightly off –probably because I opted to use vegetable oil instead of my vegan butter –but they tasted wonderful.

Yes, Virginia, you can still be a vegan and eat pancakes!
Yes, Virginia, you can still be a vegan and eat pancakes!

And this was even with the crummy coconut/almond milk blend I used.

I drenched the pancakes in syrup and served them with cooked apples.

The 10-year-old picky eater who doesn’t much like my cooking to begin with had seconds.

“These are good,” he said.

Next time, I’ll try them with the meatless sausage.