Pancakes | Viva!



Makes 8 pancakes | 10 minutes to weigh and mix batter, 10-15 minutes to make pancakes 

These are really easy to make. For an easy breakfast, mix the batter the night before - make it in a large jug, cover and refrigerate and give a quick stir before using in the morning! This recipe can be used for sweet pancakes or with savoury fillings. Try: 


  • apples stewed with cinnamon
  • tofu blended with spinach, herbs, nutmeg and salt/soya sauce
  • banana and a little agave syrup
  • 175g/6oz fine wholemeal flour, sieved
  • 2 tbsp chickpea flour - also known as gram or besan flour. It is available in large supermarkets such as Tesco and Asda - or health food shops or ethnic grocers
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 175ml/6fl oz soya milk
  • 175ml/6fl oz water
  • 1 tbsp sunflower oil
  • Pinch of salt
  • Additional oil or oil spray for frying (but go very easy with it)

1 Pre-heat the oven to 160ºC/300°F/Gas Mark 3.

2 Sieve all the dry ingredients, especially the gram flour, which can be very lumpy.

3 Blend all of the ingredients, except the oil for frying, until smooth. Alternatively, add the liquid a little at a time and whisk by hand until there are no lumps. Add more water if the mixture looks too thick - aim for crêpe-style pancakes.

4 Heat a small amount of oil or oil spray in a frying pan until piping hot. Mop up any excess oil with a piece of kitchen towel.

5 Using the ladle, pour enough of the batter mixture in to the frying pan to thinly cover the bottom. Gently swirl the batter to cover the base of the pan. Don't worry if the first pancake is a bit dodgy - the rest will be fine.

6 Fry on one side for about a minute. Loosen the edges with a non-scratch spatula or fish slice and flip the pancake.

7 Fry the flip side for another minute or until done - as the frying pan gets hotter, this will take less time.

8 Remove the pancake from pan and keep warm in the oven - you may want to cover the pancakes with a bit of tinfoil.

9 Add more oil to the pan if and when necessary.

10 Repeat steps 4 to 7 until all of the mixture is used up. Serve hot.