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19 Easy Pancake Recipes From Around The World

Happy Pancake Day!

In celebration of this delicious day, we thought we’d mix up the lemon and sugar for some international inspiration. True, Pancake Day isn’t celebrated everywhere around the world, but pancakes themselves certainly are. And the best thing is they take different shapes, tastes and sizes as you skip from country to country.

Get a mouthful of these:

Banh Xeo - Vietnam

Vietnam is a country full of amazing cuisine. From the steaming hot bowls of Pho (noodle soup) to spicy stir fries and curries to the best coffee in the world, if you’re a foody, you need to visit this place! And we get to taste the country and culture in the best way, by cycling from Vietnam to Cambodia on an epic challenge that burns off the calories as we consume them!

For now, you can throw some Vietnamese Banh Xeo pancakes together in your own kitchen. This eggless omelette-type pancake is typically mixed with pork, shrimps and onions; but to keep the crêpes super simple and vegan, you only need the following ingredients:

Rice flour
Coconut milk
Spring onions

Get the full recipe from Cilantro and Citronella

Simple vegan Vietnamese Banh Xeo, Cilantro and Citronella

Simple vegan Vietnamese Banh Xeo, Cilantro and Citronella

Palačinke – Croatia

The pancakes in Croatia, known as palačinke (pah-lah-CHEEN-keh) are a pancake party pleaser, because they suit all tastes.

They're very thin like French crêpes and you can have them as a sweet or savoury dish. We're hoping to taste these delights when we cycle along the Dalmatian Coast of Croatia.

To keep it a little bit healthier we’re sharing the savoury version, but to make it sweet, you literally just add sugar and vanilla to the mix.

To make these very thin, Croatian crepes, all you need is:
Club soda
All-purpose flour
Butter and oil for frying

Get the full recipe from the Spruce Eats

Make it vegan:
Again, the best egg substitute to use for crepes is apple sauce or banana, but please be aware that these will make your palačinke sweet, rather than savoury. Then just swap the milk for soya milk and opt for oil, instead of butter, for frying.

Fluffy Japanese pancakes

Why not get excited about our spectacular trek from Kyoto to Tokyo and try out these small and fluffy pancakes from Japan? Made with self-raising flour and baking powder, these tall pancakes should jiggle if you get them right.

To make these jiggly pancakes, all you need is:
Self-raising flour
Baking powder
Golden caster sugar
Oil (rapeseed/sunflower/grapeseed)
Milk/plant-based milk
Vanilla extract

Get the full recipe from BBC Good Food

Canadian Pancakes - don't forget the maple syrup!

We are buzzing to be starting our incredible USA cycle in the Land of Maple Syrup, so we had to try a Canadian Pancake recipe!

There's no doubt you'll have some opportunities to tuck into the authentic sweet sauce as we cycle from Canada to Mexico, but why not treat yourself now and drizzle some over a stack of fluffy, homemade pancakes?

The mix turns out best when blitzed, so simply pop the following ingredients in your blender and fry:

  • Flour
  • Baking powder
  • Salt
  • Sugar
  • Eggs, beaten
  • Butter, melted and cooled
  • Milk
  • Butter for frying

Find the full recipe on the Canadian Family's website here.

Make it vegan:
To keep these plant-based, simply use vegetable oil or non-dairy margarine (like Pure, vegan Flora or Vitalite) and swap the egg for apple sauce or mashed banana (use 1/3 cup of apple sauce or 1/4 cup mashed banana for one egg). Use your preferred plant-based milk, but soya is probably more dependable for baking than a more watery one like almond.

Thai Coconut Pancake

We’ll come across many a coconut when we're cycling in Thailand for heart charities and we might have a chance to try coconut pancakes on this epic challenge too, but why wait till then to go coconuts? These Thai-style pancakes will bring you a little bit of sunshine today.

Of course, to make these, you’ll need to add a bit of coconut to your average pancake ingredients:

Coconut milk
Shredded coconut
Eggs (or mashed banana/apple sauce for vegans)
Coconut oil or melted butter
All-purpose flour
Baking powder
Oil for frying

Get the full recipe from the Spruce Eats

Roti - Nepal and India

You probably know the Indian and Nepalese Roti. Halfway between a flatbread and a pancake, these thin, wheat wonders are traditionally used to scoop up curry, but as there’s no distinct flavour, they can go with everything, sweet or savoury.

You’ll be sure to come across rotis on our challenges in this part of the world, cycling through Rajasthan, Kerala and from Mumbai to Goa, trekking the Nepalese Himalayas and all the way to the iconic Everest Base Camp.

For this simple, sugar-free and vegan recipe, all you need is a frying pan and the following ingredients:

Plain flour – white, wholemeal or half and half
Veggie oil

Get the full recipe from Good To Know.

Indian Roti pancakes, Good To Know

Indian Roti pancakes, Good To Know

Pönnukökur- Pancakes from Iceland

Did you know that pancakes have been a big part of the food culture in Iceland since the 17th Century?

It's believed that the common Icelandic people of the past kept their pancakes thin like crepes, as they couldn't afford the butter needed to make them fat and fluffy.

We don't need to feel too naughty then as we try these tasty sweet treats while we're trekking in Iceland! Saying that, we should feel no guilt no matter what we eat there - we will sweat it all off hiking through the mountains for five days!

Let Iceland inspire you this Pancake Day and rustle up a few Pönnukökurs of your own with the following ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Baking soda
  • Eggs (or mashed banana/apple sauce for vegans)
  • Vanilla extract
  • Whole milk (or a plant-based alternative, like soya)
  • Salt
  • Butter (or vegan butter/margarine)
  • Coffee if you like
  • Sugar to dust

Get the full recipe, plus loads more Icelandic inspiration, from Your Friend in Reykjavik here.

Make it vegan:
Again, the best egg substitute to use for crepes is apple sauce or banana, which will add a tad of sweetness too. Then just swap the milk for soya milk and opt for vegan margarine, instead of butter, for frying. Also, remember to make sure you use a vegan vanilla extract as some brands like to add animal-derived ingredients.

Chorreadas - Costa Rica

Costa Rica loves its corn, the sacred food of the Maya, Inca and Aztecs. So it comes as no surprise that the Costa Rican pancakes are made from the delicious, golden plant. If you join us on our unbeatable treks and cycle in Costa Rica, you’ll find Chorreadas on the menu for snack shops and restaurants.

But you can make it in cold and frosty England with the following ingredients:

Fresh sweet corn on the cob
Yellow corn meal or corn flour (masa)
Salt and pepper to taste
Oil for frying

Get the full recipe from Tico Times

Costa Rican Chorreada pancake, image by Aleat88

Costa Rican Chorreada pancake, image by Aleat88

Pancakes from the Valley of the Incas

We've found an easy and delicious pancake recipe straight from the Valley of the Incas!

Sourced from a kitchen in Ollantaytambo, a fascinating Incan fortress nestled deep in the Sacred Valley, these sweet treats will give you a taste of our Inca Trail Trek!

We'll spend some time exploring Ollantaytambo, so if you get a chance, why not visit the chocolate museum to taste the real deal?

Right now, you can make them at home with these basic pancake ingredients:

Butter or margarine (for frying)
Eggs (or mashed banana/apple sauce for vegans)
Whole milk (or a plant-based alternative, like soya)
*Optional: banana or other fruit slices
*Optional: Sugar or spices on top

Find the full Peruvian recipe on the Dame Cacao website here and then join us on the Inca Trail!

Get the full recipe on the Dame Cacao website.

Get the full recipe on the Dame Cacao website.

Kenyan Style Pancakes

These Kenyan-style pancakes are made with only a few easy ingredients and turn out much fluffier than the ones we have in the UK. Why not make it super tasty by throwing in a touch of cinnamon or cardamom?

Perhaps we’ll come across some of these while trekking or cycling in the land of the Lion King, but they’re easy to make yourself today.

All you need is:
Self-raising flour
Eggs (or applesauce/mashed banana for vegans)
Milk (or a plant-based alternative, like soya)
Butter/margarine/vegetable oil

And optional extras:
Ground cardamom or cinnamon (optional)

Get the full recipe from Kenyayote.

Bing - China

A healthy, zesty mini pancake from China is called the Bing, made from just flour, salt, veggie oil, water and spring onions.

It’s more of a dough than a batter, which means you use only minimal oil to fry them. Traditionally served with soy sauce, this is a contrast to our sweet treats in the UK.

It’s more of a dough than a batter, which means you use only minimal oil to fry them. Traditionally served with soy sauce, this is a contrast to our sweet treats in the UK. Definitely worth looking out for when we're trekking the Great Wall of China!

All you need to make bing at home is a frying pan and the following ingredients:

Spring onions
Vegetable oil (in this recipe, they use canola)
All-purpose flour

Chinese Bing pancakes, Zesty South Indian Kitchen

Chinese Bing pancakes, Zesty South Indian Kitchen

Coconut Pancakes from Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka is known for its stunning Ceylon tea fields, where we'll be trekking and cycling in 2022 and 2023, but did you know the locals often like a pancake as a tea-time snack? For extra flavour, they stuff it with a sweet coconut filling and leave you craving for more!

Why not whet your appetite for our adventures and fry up a plate of Sri Lankan coconut pancakes? And don't forget to brew yourself a cup of Ceylon tea to enjoy with them.

All you need is the following: 

For the sweet coconut filling
Grated fresh coconut or desiccated coconut
Dark brown sugar

For the Pancake Batter
All-purpose flour

Eggs (or applesauce/mashed banana for vegans)
Coconut milk
Turmeric powder
Vanilla Essence (optional)
Oil for frying

Get the full recipe on Hungrylankan

Crêpe - France

We cannot write a blog post about pancakes without mentioning the exquisite French crêpe. Not the healthiest of options, but ooh-la-la, are they delicious - and you can taste them fresh in la belle Paris after conquering our Women V Cancer London to Paris Bike Ride!

Make them now using only a frying pan and these ingredients:
Milk/plant-based milk
Eggs (or apple sauce or mashed banana)
Butter (either dairy or vegan)

Get the full recipe from Martha Stewart.

Make it vegan

As with the recipes above, to keep it free from animal products, just swap the milk for soy milk and the eggs for apple sauce or mashed banana.

Fancy a healthier, plant-based spin on the traditional crêpe? We've just stumbled across this vegan recipe from Jen Reviews and it's to die for!

Jen's Water Spinach Crêpes with Coconut Cream Sauce are not only delicious but they're also packed full of veggie goodness - so guilt-free in every way. You can gorge on these and get your fix of anti-oxidants, iron, magnesium and much more.

Get the full recipe from Jen Reviews.

Farinata - Italy

Italy isn’t all pizza and pasta! You can enjoy some delicious (and delightfully simple) pancakes in this country, too, ideally to reward the burn in your muscles after cycling from Milan to Venice and from Italy to Slovenia on our exquisite bike rides in 2022 and 2023

Chickpea flour, olive oil and water are all you need for this mix - and as you bake rather than fry them, they’re guilt-free in every way: vegan, gluten free and low in fat! Just mix the ingredients together with water and a pinch of salt, let it sit and then bake.

All you need is a pan and the following ingredients:

Chickpea flour
Ground black pepper
Olive oil
(Optional) Onion and rosemary

Get the full recipe from the New York Times.

Italian Farinatra pancake, New York Times

Italian Farinatra pancake, New York Times

Peanut Pancakes - Malaysia

Before you settle for crepes with peanut butter, get your peanut dose from these tasty Malaysian crepe-style pancakes. You can discover a new favourite food and think ahead to trekking in the jungles of Borneo!

Go ape in the kitchen with the following ingredients:

Milk/soy milk
Veggie oil for frying
Cream of sweet corn
Roasted & grounded peanuts
Sugar for sprinkling

Get the full recipe at Cook Eat Share

Cuban corn pancakes with mango butter

The Caribbean's biggest island is all about its Cubano sandwiches, so it was tricky to find a pancake recipe, but we're just too excited for our cycling and trekking challenges in Cuba that we couldn't resist digging one out.

Your taste buds will be Havana party when you try these exotic Cuban corn pancakes topped with sweet whipped mango butter

Grab your frying pan and get cooking:

Fresh or frozen yellow corn
Eggs (or apple sauce or banana)
Buttermilk (vegans, simply whisk some dairy-free milk or water with either plant-based sour cream or yoghurt until you get the right consistency)
Butter (either dairy or plant-based)
Yellow cornmeal
All-purpose flour
Brown sugar
Baking powder
Baking soda
Vegetable oil for frying

Get the full recipe from ICuban.com, plus a recipe for homemade mango butter.

Raggmunk - Sweden

Skip the chips and get your potato fix with these thick, Swedish potato pancakes. Not the healthiest of options, but by spud, they are good!

Replicate them in the comfort of your own kitchen following the below recipe. To keep it simple, we've found a recipe with minimum ingredients.

These can be made both vegan or non-vegan with these ingredients:

Raw grated potato
Non-dairy milk (or cow's milk if you prefer)
Baking powder
Margarine (either dairy or plant-based)

Get the full recipe from the vegan barbie blog.

Swedish Raggmunk pancakes, Thibeault's Table

Swedish Raggmunk pancakes, Thibeault's Table

Gambir - Mongolian Pancakes

If you're a jam fan, you need to try the Gambir in Mongolia! These doughy pancakes, filled with butter and sugar and served jam will give you ample energy for even the toughest days of our trek.

As a signature sweet dish in Mongolia, we're excited to taste real Gambir as we venture through their homeland, but you can make them today with traditional pancake ingredients. The difference is in the way you make it, as you actually roll the butter and sugar into the dough.  

Grab your pan, mixing bowl, rolling pin and these simple ingredients:

  • Flour
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • Butter/vegan butter/margarine/oil

Now don't forget to serve your Gambir with jam after following the recipe on the Mongol Food website here.

Injera - Ethiopia

In Africa’s Ethiopia, home to the stunning Simien Mountains, the spongy, savoury Injera pancake is the staple for most meals, enjoyed with stews and eaten with your hands. The real deal is made from teff flour and fermented for several days. But as with most recipes, you can cheat and make a quick and simple alternative.

All you need is a skillet and the following ingredients:

Teff or whole-wheat flour (a finely milled type, like whole-wheat pastry flour, works well)
Unbleached white flour
Baking powder
Soda water

Get the full recipe from Exploratorium.

Ethiopian Injera pancake, image by Rama

Ethiopian Injera pancake, image by Rama

Having trouble flipping?

Wherever on Earth you are flipping pancakes, having the right pan makes the world of difference. From skillets to sauté pans, pretty much anything will do. Yet a good frying pan can really help make your life easier..

Griddle pans are defined by their flat surfaces and very low sides, so low they are more lip than side. This makes them unsuitable for cooking with lots of liquid as it will spill over! But the low lips are perfect for getting a turner under your pancake, helping you flip it or lift it onto a plate.

The low sides also let you cook your pancakes close to the edge, and still be able to use a turner—giving you more space to prepare more at once. Now, being able to prepare two pancakes instead of one can be a lifesaver when you have family or friends waiting, impatiently, for breakfast.

Have a delicious day

We hope you have fun making these global pancakes in the comfort of your own kitchen. But as we well know, international dishes always taste better when you try them in their country of origin! When in Rome, do as the Romans do and all that!

All our overseas challenges give you the amazing opportunity to not only taste the local food, but they also give you a real feel for the local lifestyle, trekking or cycling off the beaten track to quaint countryside, sleepy towns and rural villages. 

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