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Vegan Blueberry and Cinnamon Pancakes

An easy recipe for vegan pancakes served with a simple blueberry compote and served with a dollop of lightly sweetened vegan cream cheese.

Vegan Blueberry and Cinnamon Pancakes

Vegan Blueberry and Cinnamon Pancakes

Pancake Day is approaching so it's time to think about fresh ways to try this breakfast or brunch sweet treat.

These vegan pancakes are simple to make and taken to a whole new level with a simple blueberry compote and a dollop of lightly sweetened vegan cream cheese.

Nobody will say no to these.

Thanks to Violife for sharing the recipe!

So get flipping!

What is Pancake Day?

Pancake Day, also called Shrove TuesdayFat Tuesday or Mardi Gras happens every year before the Christian festival of Lent begins.

It's a time when the world goes crazy for pancakes.

But why pancakes?

Lent is the name for the time used to prepare for Easter. It starts 40 days before Easter and mirrors the 40 days Jesus was said to have spent in the desert.

It is a time of reflection and fasting.

The day before Lent is the day when people would try to use up their luxuries such as eggs, butter and milk. Hence the pancakes. 

Pancakes have now become a big part of the Shrove Tuesday tradition for everyone, not just those who are religious.

In countries where it is known as Mardi Gras it is celebrated by a carnival instead of pancakes.

When is Pancake Day?

Pancake Day always falls on a Tuesday in February or March.  In 2020 it falls on Tuesday 25 February.

It's always the day before Lent begins, which is called Ash Wednesday.

It is 47 days before Easter Sunday each year and precedes the 40 days of Lent before the Easter festivities begin.

Vegan Blueberry and Cinnamon Pancakes on a tray with a jar of blueberry compote

Can pancakes be made without eggs?

Yes pancakes can be made without eggs or dairy.

The eggs can be left out or replaced with flax eggs, chia eggs, apple sauce or mashed banana.

Eggs help with the structure and texture, but this can be replicated without eggs.

These vegan pancakes are made with flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, vanilla extract, cinnamon and a plant-based milk such as almond milk or oat milk.



Blueberries are the perfect fruit to serve with pancakes or to be mixed into the pancake batter before the pancakes are made.

Blueberries are always a good choice to add to recipes or to eat as a snack as they are so healthy.

Why blueberries are so good for you:

  • They are a good source of Vitamin C.
  • They are a source of fibre.
  • They are full of antioxidants called Phytochemicals which help fight against disease.
  • They are low calorie (100g = 57 calories).
Love blueberries? Try my Vegan Scottish Blueberry Scones.

blueberry compote in a glass jar

Blueberry Compote

Blueberries can be quite tart, but cook them lightly with a little sugar and a squeeze of lemon and suddenly you have a completely different texture and taste.

A simple compote is easy to make and really brings out the flavour of the fruit as well as drawing out the juice and giving a lovely soft texture.

Uses for blueberry compote

Blueberry compote is a wonderful fruity sauce which is very versatile and so much healthier than shop bought fruit sauces which are full of sugar and preservatives.

Serve blueberry compote:

  1. on pancakes
  2. on yoghurt
  3. on ice cream
  4. with custard
  5. on rice pudding
  6. on porridge

Tub of Violife Original Creamy

Vegan Cream Cheese

Violife kindly sent me over this recipe to try for Pancake Day.

They topped their pancake stack with a dollop of their creamy original, which is their version of vegan cream cheese.

As you know, if you read my blog regularly, we are big fans of Violife and my husband particularly likes this cream cheese substitute on toast, toasted bagels and in sandwiches.

I use it to make vegan cheesecake, in mini pastry parcels, in stuffed pasta shells and in my recent recipe for vegan microwave macaroni along with many other recipes.

Violife just added a dollop of their original creamy on top of their pancakes, but I prefer to sweeten it first and add a little vanilla extract.

Of course other vegan cream cheeses are available.

Wooden breakfast tray with stack of pancakes topped with blueberry compote and cream cheese

When to serve pancakes

  • Serve pancakes for breakfast
  • Serve pancakes for brunch
  • Serve pancakes for dessert
  • Serve plain pancakes in lunchboxes
  • Serve pancakes as a snack

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Vegan Blueberry and Cinnamon Pancakes

Vegan Blueberry and Cinnamon Pancakes

Easy vegan pancakes served with a simple blueberry compote and a dollop of lightly sweetened cream cheese.
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 10 Mtotal time: 20 M


For the compote
  • 200g blueberries
  • 1 tbsp icing sugar
  • 2 tsp lemon juice
For the pancakes
  • 150g/1 ¼ cups plain flour
  • 2 tbsp caster sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 150ml/2/3 cup oat milk
  • 1/2 tbsp vegetable oil
For the cream topping
  • 200g/7/8 cup Violife Original Creamy (or other cream cheese)
  • 3 tbsp icing sugar (confectioners sugar)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract


How to cook Vegan Blueberry and Cinnamon Pancakes

  1. First make the compote. Place the berries into a small pan with the icing sugar and lemon juice and cook on a low heat for 5-10 minutes. 
  2. While the compote is cooking, whisk the cream cheese ingredients in a bowl, the cream cheese, the icing sugar and the vanilla extract, then set aside.
  3. In a mixing bowl, add the four, caster sugar, baking powder and a pinch of salt and mix to combine.
  4. Pour in the vanilla extract, cinnamon and oat milk and whisk until you have a smooth batter.
  5. Heat a non-stick frying pan over a medium heat with a spray of oil. Once the pan is hot, add a heaped tablespoon of the batter into the pan and cook the pancakes in batches for 3-4 minutes on each side or until golden.
  6. Serve the pancakes with the compote and a dollop of the vanilla cream cheese topping.
  7. Enjoy!


The compote can be made ahead and warmed before serving.

You could add blueberries into the pancake batter and skip the compote.

The creamy topping is delicious but optional.
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Disclosure: Violife sent me this recipe to try. I was not paid and I was not sent any products. I have worked with them in the past, but they did not expect a positive review and any opinions expressed are my own.


  1. The blueberry pancakes and the blueberry compote look so good together. And they're vegan too! I'm swooning. :)

  2. These look so fluffy and delicious. I really like how easy they are to make too.

  3. These are so yummy, can't wait to make them again!

  4. The vegan cream cheese addition sounds delicious. I love that I don't have to feel guilty eating this!

  5. You’ve been so creative with these vegan pancakes, I love the idea of cream cheese and blueberry compote with pancakes.

  6. I love love love blueberry pancakes and this compote was amazing!

    1. Yes it is rather fabulous and perfect on pancakes.

  7. I love the idea of topping pancakes with cream cheese in general. Def going to try this!

  8. These were absolutely delicious. Great to be able to make them for my vegan friends.

  9. This recipe looks delicious! I was wondering how much cinnamon to put in as it doesn't show in the ingredients list? Thank you in advance ��

    1. Oh shoot can't believe I missed that. 1/2 to 1 teaspoon depending on how strong a flavour you want.


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