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Cinnamon Pecan Sheet Pan Pancakes

June 29, 2021

Stacked cinnamon pecan sheet pan pancakes with syrup container in background.

The easiest, most tasty pancakes EVER. Cinnamon streusel swirled throughout a pancake batter that makes 10-12 servings in one bake? Yes, please! We aren't here to take the fun out of flipping pancakes, but these sheet pan pancakes offer the opportunity to infuse a delicious streusel through each piece, which we think takes the "cake." Plus, sheet pan pancakes offer a variety of perks that will have you adapting pretty much every pancake recipe you have in your recipe box. 

overhead view of cinnamon pecan sheet pan pancakes in pan and on plate

What makes these cinnamon pecan sheet pan pancakes extra special

Baking pancakes in a sheet pan means you can make a large batch at one time, allowing you to entertain for brunch with ease. No more jumping up from the table each time someone finished their stack early, or allowing pancakes to cool before getting served. 

Their unique shape is so much fun...perfect for kids or adults who want to mix things up a bit.

Add more tasty ingredients to the recipe. We love dropping berries in the bottom of the pan, for a "berry" surprise base in each bite. Or, try swirls of different flavors, like the cinnamon, pecan, sugar mixture that runs throughout. 

Get a beautiful rise and fluff with each pancake, so nobody gets short-changed at the breakfast table. 

Make the batter the night before (and refrigerate), for an even easier morning. 

These pancakes taste just like a buttermilk sheet pan pancake, but are actually vegan friendly

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Ingredient List

Dry Ingredients

All-purpose flour: We will leaven this batter with a few different ingredients, so there is no need for self-rising flour. You are welcome to substitute with whole wheat flour, for a nuttier alternative. 

Baking soda: Use as for leavening with the acidic plant-based buttermilk. 

Cornstarch: The addition of cornstarch allows the sheet pan pancakes to develop a more tender crumb. 

Baking powder: Inserted as the main leavening agent. 

Kosher salt: We used Pink Himalayan, but you are welcome to use the salt of your choice. If possible, avoid a coarse sea salt. The finer-grained salt will distribute throughout the batter more evenly. 

Wet Ingredients

2 cups plant-based milk: When combined with lemon juice, this creates a buttermilk alternative that tastes like the real thing, while keeping the recipe vegan!

Juice of 1 1/2 lemons: This does not need to be exact. Use medium-sized lemons. 

2 flax meal eggs (2 tbsp flax meal, 6 tbsp water; combined, stirred, and placed in the refrigerator): Stir thoroughly to combine and place in the refrigerator to allow the mixture to thicken and adopt the consistency of eggs. 

Pecan oil: We adore pecan oil, as a neutral-flavored oil that is packed with nutrients. However, you are welcome to use the oil of your choosing (olive oil, etc.). Just make sure the oil flavoring isn't overpowering. 

Extra Ingredients

1 cup pecan halves, lightly toasted and chopped: Reserve 1/4 cup to sprinkle on top of batter before baking. We toast ours in a skillet (no added oil or butter) over medium heat for about 4 minutes. Allow to cool for a few minutes before chopping.

1/4 cup light brown sugar: Gently pack the brown sugar for the proper measurement in this recipe. Substitute with dark brown sugar for a more robust flavoring. 

2 1/2 tbsp granulated sugar, reserved from earlier: Use 2 tbsp for the cinnamon streusel and the final 1/2 tablespoon to sprinkle over the top of the batter for a little carmelization in the oven. 

1 tbsp ground cinnamon: A special spice that makes these extra tasty and will fill your home with delicious aromas!

overhead image of cinnamon pecan sheet pan pancake slices stacked on plate

Tips for the perfect cinnamon pecan sheet pan pancakes

Mix the wet ingredients and dry ingredients separately, before whisking the dry ingredients into the wet. Use a slightly larger bowl for the wet ingredients, so you don't run out of space. 

Lightly toast the pecan halves in a dry skillet over medium heat, before chopping. This will unlock their nutty undertones and add a flavor kick to the pancakes. 

Stick close to the oven while baking; these only need 14 minutes to bake. Insert a toothpick or knife in the center to test doneness.

Acceptable Substitutions

If you are not concerned with following a vegan-friendly diet, you are welcome to use traditional buttermilk instead of the plant-based milk and lemon juice mixture. You can also substitute the flax meal eggs with regular eggs. Both the buttermilk and egg substitutions are 1:1 substitutions, so no adjustments are necessary. 

If you don't have pecan oil handy, olive oil or another neutral-flavored oil of your choosing will work fine. 

For those limiting sugar intake, you are welcome to use coconut sugar in place of light brown sugar and Stevia sweetener in place of granulated sugar. 

Personalize your sheet pan pancakes with these ingredient ideas

  • Chocolate chips: Who doesn't love a hint of chocolate flavor? If you are vegan, look for vegan chocolate chips at the grocery store. 
  • Mixed nuts, in addition to pecans: Consider adding walnuts and sliced almonds for an extra-nutty mixture! 
  • Seeds: Pumpkin seeds, hemp seeds, and sunflower seeds are all healthful and tasty options to make a very unique sheet pan pancake.
  • Spices: To compliment cinnamon during the holiday season, consider adding a teaspoon or two of ground cloves or nutmeg for a holiday flair. 

 

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