Sweet or Savory Vegan Corncakes

Good afternoon my little pancake stacks! Anyone notice that I went missing yesterday? Well, I “unplugged” for the day and went out to enjoy the fresh (and hot…and humid…and…I’m not complaining, I swear) air! I hope you’ve all gotten the chance to relax this weekend and maybe indulge in a little vitamin D absorption!

So today, I have something a little different for Pancake Sunday

who’s up for some cornmeal pancakes?!

Maybe it’s the thought of my newest sandwich, or maybe it’s that I’m beginning to run out of ideas for Pancake Sunday, but when I woke up this morning, I had corncakes on the brain!

I don’t know about you guys, but I am a texture freak! I love combining textures and finding surprise bites in my food so I thought I’d have a little fun with this recipe and add a little “extra” in the texture department! I also decided to make them vegan AND gluten-free for all my bloggy buddies out there who are dairy or gluten “challenged”! ;)

Vegan Cornmeal Pancakes: (serves 1)
Inspired by this recipe in Runner’s World Magazine

  • 1/2 flax egg (1/2 tablespoon ground flax + 1 1/2 tablespoons warm water)
  • 1/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/8 cup brown rice flour*
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 cup creamed corn
  • 1/4 cup non-dairy milk (I used soy) + 1 teaspoon vinegar = “buttermilk”
  • sweetener if desired (I omitted since I knew I wanted sweet toppings)

1. Combine flax and water in a small bowl and allow to set.
2.Pre-heat non-stick skillet to medium heat.
3. Combine dry ingredients in a medium-sized bowl and stir to break up any lumps.
4. Stir the corn, “buttermilk”, and flax egg together.
5. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir until just combined.
6. Coat skillet with non-stick spray and scoop batter out by 1/4 cupfuls.
7. Cook for about 4-5 minutes per side or until lightly brown on top and bottom.

*whole wheat flour works too for those of you who do not have a gluten preference.

Top as desired, but I highly recommend butter (non-dairy of course for my vegan friends) and maple syrup…simple and delicious!

Or maybe even a few bloobs! :) 

For staying power, I amped up the protein in this breakfast with a little Greek yogurt and bloob action!

Anyone tried the Honey Vanilla Bean flavor of Voskos?

It’s amazing!

Now, I said sweet OR savory, right? Don’t worry, I wouldn’t dare leave you hanging on this one!

These babies were so good, I HAD to find a way to incorporate them into my lunch as well! I used the same recipe as above, but I threw in a little bit of Mrs. Dash crack and BAM!…savory corncakes!

I used about 1/2 teaspoon of Mrs. Dash Southwestern Chipotle Seasoning, but you could add just about anything you have in your spice cabinet…chili powder, smoked paprika, or maybe even some turmeric for a fun twist!

After the photo sesh, I also added 1/4 of an (very ripe and un-photogenic) avocado and some nutritional yeast to the previous topping of freshly diced tomato…it was absolutely perfect!!

And since the other side of my plate was JUST as tasty, I thought I’d share! A simple combo of steamed kale and a tri-blend bean mix topped with this:

Appalachian Piccalilli

I found this at the farmer’s market yesterday.

Ingredients: Green tomatoes, cabbage, corn, green beans, pinto beans, cauliflower, sweet peppers, celery, jalapenos, sugar, vinegar, salt, spice, turmeric, citric acid

Could they fit any more deliciousness into one jar?!

I think I’m in love!

Ok, I seriously can’t think of a question right now, so tell me what your favorite color is!

Mine is GREEN…are you surprised?

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29 Responses to Sweet or Savory Vegan Corncakes

  1. Uuuuuuuuuuummmmmmmmm I love the idea of savory pancakes. Especially cornmeal pancakes. Have I mentioned that in New Mexico, you can often get blue corn cornmeal pancakes? Yes…

  2. Whoa, that piccalilli sounds ridic!! My favorite color is purple… duh? ;) Corncakes rock my face off… I want to come visit you so you can cook me amazing foods (and so I can enjoy your company, and stuff). :D

  3. mmmm, yummy! i am loving bloobs and yogurt, especially now it’s summer :)

  4. Ma Ma Megan says:

    My fav color is orange. I love bright colors, they are so happy :)
    I’ve been lovin’ cornmeal anything lately so I so want to try these! Both savory and sweet version :D

  5. Yay! I’m so excited you posted this. I’ve seen cornmeal pancakes on a few different menus lately and I had no idea what they were. Hooray for this recipe!

  6. yay! vegan corncakes!!! :) good work; these look SO GOOD! Especially paired with that Appalachian Piccalilli. Sounds awesome!!

  7. Oh, I love corn-y foods! And its so cool that you can both eat them with sweet stuff, and savory! Looks delicious!

  8. Oh my goodness I love this post because I am obsessed with corncakes! Especially topped with maple syrup! SO GOOD. Also has anyone ever told you you have pretty hands/nails? You do! =P

    • Really?? Oh my gosh, I hate my hands/nails! Haha! My fingers are so long…everyone always asks me if I play the piano! No, sorry I just have abnormally long fingers! Haha! Thank you!

  9. mmm, corn cakes! these look rad, girl. both sweet and savory.

    in FOOD, my favorite color is definitely green. everything else? pink ;)

  10. Okay…are we the same person lately or something? Because it’s starting to freak me out :P I’ve been all about my little cornmeal-oat pancakes lately (even had some with dinner tonight) and here you go posting your new recipe! haha. I love it. I think we’d get along well ;)
    My favorite color…hard question! when it comes to my favorite color to wear, it’d be magenta-pink-ish or turquoise. Which is weird because I’m so not a “pink person,” and I’ll almost always choose black for things ;)

    • Haha! Oh yeah, I can see us having a blast together! Maybe you could even teach me not to be afraid of being on a horse! Haha!

      I wear a lot of black too. Although I do like the color pink, I’m not much on it when it comes to clothes, but I think that pink workout top you just got is the perfect color on you!

  11. I love the idea of sweet or savory! That’s how I treat my oatmeal all the time ;) Throw in a banana and some chocolate and almond butter, and you got a nice sweet meal. Throw in some nooch, cheese, hummus, and veggies, and you’ve got a nice savory one :D Don’t knock it till you try it!

    Fave color? Lavenderish/greyish purple.

  12. Heehee, the pancakes swing both ways :) I’ve made savory corncakes before and loved them, but they look even more delicious with maple syrup! I’m thinking melting some cheese on top and then drizzling with maple syrup… YUM!

  13. Natalie says:

    these look great! im obsessed with cornbread, and these seem like cornbread in pancake form – which im totally down for. love the sweet-savory options too =)

  14. Chelsea says:

    My favorite color is green too =D people never expect it though due to how much pink that I own lol

  15. thebeautynotebooks says:

    My boyfriend’s mom, my mom and I went through this whole day-long process last summer of shucking, cooking, and grating corn. The results were so good! My boyfriend’s mom makes the best corncakes with that fresh corn. such a great summer treat!

  16. Those pancakes look fabulous! I’m definitely a sweet fan… love the blueberry toppings! And what a neat find at the farmer’s market. That’s going to be simple to use up ASAP. ;)

  17. Mowenackie says:

    Hahaha! Bloobs! That struck me funny. So cute. Those corncakes look great.

  18. Crazy – I just had the honey vanilla flavored greek yogurt plopped atop some pancakes (not corncakes, but that woulda been yum!) today, myself!

  19. Ooooooooooh it just looks fantastic! Cornmeal pancakes…? Savory wonderfulness. I’d love the sweet ones too. ;)

  20. what a healthy pan cake you have there. Love to try this =)

  21. I wish I could live in your mind and be so creative with putting meals together! You’re genious!

  22. beatriceqq says:

    i did try on new canned food today too!! it was tomato salsa…

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