NOTE: If you still have a box of Aunt Jemima pancake mix and you are confused, all these tips apply to that mix, too. In fact, it is the same mix, only the name has changed.
Pearl Milling is a ready-made pancake mix that you can activate with nothing other than water. It is completely dairy and egg-free, which makes it completely vegan. However, many Pearl Milling pancake recipes call for eggs, and adding eggs is recommended to enrich the flavor and stabilize the consistency. So, how to make Pearl Milling pancakes without eggs?
Mashed banana, applesauce, flaxseed gel, chia seed, oil and water mixture, baking soda, and apple cider vinegar are suitable egg substitutes. Making Pearl Milling pancakes without eggs is doable, though using an egg substitute would be better than nothing.
Making pancakes vegan isn’t the simplest thing, but it isn’t the most complicated either. Since there are many vegan options for milk, the problem arises when we need to substitute for eggs. In the following paragraphs, I will explain the best eggs substitutes for Pearl Milling pancakes and how to make them vegan.
How to Make Pearl Milling Pancakes Vegan?
Since Pearl Milling pancake mix is vegan, making vegan pancakes with it is easily doable. There are many vegan substitutes for milk, so this is not a problem. The only thing to keep an eye on is the egg substitutes and the toppings.
When it comes to desserts, applesauce is an excellent substitute for eggs. It is by default vegan, but still, you should take a closer look at the brand, just in case. Mix 1/3 cup of applesauce with 1/3 cup plant-based milk, and you have your egg substitute.
The applesauce and plant-based milk combination will mash-up nicely, giving your pancake batter the consistency and bond the egg would provide.
When mashed, bananas release a sticky liquid very similar to egg white, and therefore it is a great egg substitute. One mashed banana can replace one egg. It will allow for the dry ingredients to bond and enrich your pancakes with the expressive yet subtle banana flavor.
You can mix the mashed banana with some plant-based milk or olive oil, but you don’t have to. However, the additional ingredients will make the mash creamier and allow for better ingredient bonding.
Soaked Chia Seeds
When soaked, chia seeds release a gel-like substance that is an excellent substitute for eggs. You can mix one tablespoon chia seeds + 2.5 tablespoons of water to get one chia egg. Since chia seeds are very small, and when soaked, they are very slippery, it isn’t recommended that you separate the gel from the seed. Therefore, you can add the seeds to your batter.
They will not only be a great egg substitute but will also be an incomparably healthier option. So, you will not only get a perfectly bonded Pearl Milling pancake batter, but you will also get highly nutritious and healthy pancakes.
Just like chia seeds, flaxseed also releases a gel-like substance that doubles as eggs. However, you can’t soak them to get the gel, but you have to boil them. Mix one tablespoon of flaxseed meal and three tablespoons of water to get a substitute for one egg.
You can grind the flaxseed and boil it or boil the seeds whole. If you cook ground flaxseed, you won’t have to strain it. If you decide to boil the flaxseeds whole, you will have to strain them to separate the seeds from the gel.
You will get a perfect egg substitute and a nutritious bomb for your pancakes, no matter your choice.
Mix Oil and Water
Mixing oil and water can be a great egg substitute and an excellent batter bonding agent—mix 1½ tbsp oil and 1½ tbsp water with ½ teaspoon of baking soda.
The water and oil with pair to make a bonding agent and the baking soda will make up for the foaminess of the egg, which contributes to the fluffiness of the Pearl Milling eggless pancakes.
Mix Apple-Cider Vinegar and Baking-Soda
One teaspoon of baking soda mixed with one teaspoon of apple cider vinegar makes up one egg. The effect of this mix is very similar to that of the oil and water mixture. However, the result will be foamier and zestier. Because who doesn’t like fluffy Pearl Milling pancakes?
There is a wide range of store-bought and homemade vegan pancake toppings, so finding the one that is just right for you isn’t a problem.
Nuts, honey, dark chocolate, and fruit are always a good and vegan-friendly idea. There are also many creams and whipped cream substitutes you can use for your pancakes and make them even richer and juicier than their non-vegan counterparts.
Can You Make Pearl Milling Pancakes by Just Adding Water?
You can make Pearl Milling pancakes by adding water and oil, but water and oil won’t add any flavor. Therefore adding milk, vegan or non-vegan, or eggs or egg substitutes is preferable, if not necessary, to make your pancakes flavorful, rich, and fluffy.
If you make your Pearl Milling pancakes only with water, they will be good, but you will feel the lack of taste. However, the toppings can always make up for whatever taste the pancakes lack.
Is It OK Not to Put Egg in Pancake?
Yes, it is ok not to put an egg in pancake, but you need to have an egg substitute at least, as it is the primary bonding agent. You can substitute the milk for sparkling or still water, but you still need liquid.
The same applies to eggs too. Either an egg or an egg substitute, something has to go in the pancake batter to bind the dry ingredients better. Also, eggs/egg substitutes add elasticity to the pancakes, meaning they won’t fall apart when you shape them.