Peach Upside-Down Pancakes (vegan, nut-free, soy-free)

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These vegan peach pancakes are like an upside-down cake that you can eat for breakfast! The vegan pancakes are light and fluffy with tender, sweet, caramelized peaches hiding under each one.

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These are fluffy, simple pancakes, but I level them up by adding a layer of peaches and brown sugar on one side, so they are a peach upside-down cake kind of pancake. The peaches cook down and caramelize with the brown sugar, making this a decadently delicious breakfast.

This recipe is so versatile! You can make these gluten-free by using my gluten-free almond flour pancakes instead of the regular flour pancake batter here. Follow the same process for adding peaches to one side. 

You can also make these with other thinly-sliced fruit, such as pineapple, pear, apple, orange, etc. Or, you can make them into a plain pancake by omitting the fruit and the brown sugar and just cooking the batter. 

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Why You’ll Love these Peach Pancakes

  • fluffy pancakes with caramelized peaches
  • easy, 30-minute breakfast or brunch
  • so versatile! Use other fruits or make it gluten-free.
  • naturally nut-free and soy-free as long as you use nut-free or soy-free non-dairy yogurt, butter, and milk as needed.
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Peach Upside-Down Pancakes

These vegan peach pancakes are like an upside-down cake that you can eat for breakfast! The vegan pancakes are light and fluffy with tender, sweet, caramelized peaches hiding under each one.

Prep Time10 minutes

Cook Time20 minutes

Total Time30 minutes

Course: Breakfast, brunch

Cuisine: American

Keyword: peach pancakes, vegan peach pancakes

Servings: 4

Calories: 299kcal

Author: Vegan Richa

Ingredients

Dry Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups (187.5 g) all-purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons tapioca starch or cornstarch
  • 2 ½ teaspoons baking powder
  • ¼ teaspoon baking soda
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • ½ teaspoon cinnamon
  • ¼ teaspoon salt

Wet Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons non-dairy yogurt
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ to 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 tablespoon melted vegan butter or oil
  • 1 cup (236.59 ml) plus 2 tablespoons non-dairy milk

For the Peach Layer

  • 1 peach peeled and thinly sliced. I use a mix of yellow and white peach. You can use either of those.
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions

Make the pancake batter.

  • Add all of the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix really well until combined. Then, in another bowl, mix the wet ingredients really well.

  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and fold in gently. You don’t want to overmix the batter, because overmixing will cause the air to dissipate too much. There’ll be a bit of aeration happening, because of the lemon juice and baking powder, and you want to keep that air in the batter for the fluffiest pancakes.

  • Let the batter sit for 2 minutes while you prep the rest of the ingredients and preheat the skillet.

Make the pancakes.

  • Preheat a skillet over medium heat, and add a little bit of oil.

  • Once the skillet is evenly hot, spread ¼ cup or more of the batter in the skillet.

  • Place the sliced peaches on top to cover the pancakes, then mix the cinnamon and brown sugar in a bowl and sprinkle some of that on the peaches.

  • Repeat for all the pancakes that can fit in the skillet, then cover the skillet with a lid. (Covering the skillet will allow the pancakes to rise more, because of the heat being more focused inside the skillet.) Once the pancakes are starting set on the edges, the batter will get bubbly in the middle, anywhere from 2 to 3 minutes.

  • Open the lid and flip the pancakes carefully, and cover with the lid again. Continue to cook for another 1 ½ to 2 minutes, then check the bottoms of the pancakes. If the peaches are not golden yet, then continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes.

  • Once the peaches are golden and you can see that the batter is well set, then carefully remove the pancakes from the skillet and place them on your serving plate with the peach side up or down, whichever way you like. Repeat for the remaining batter.

  • Serve: Serve with vegan butter and a warm maple syrup drizzle. Since these are pretty sweet, you won’t need too much maple syrup. You can also serve with a whipped non-dairy cream or a whipped vegan cream cheese and sugar mixture, because they’re basically an upside-down peach cake in pancake form!

  • Store: Store in a closed container refrigerated for upto 5 days. Freeze for months. Reheat on a skillet or microwave)

Notes

We are cooking these pancakes on a slightly lower heat. Cook them over medium or even slightly less than medium heat, because otherwise the peaches and the sugar will burn really easily. You also want to cook them for a longer amount of time to cook the peaches down.
Variations: make these with other thinly-sliced fruit, such as pears, apples, oranges etc. Or, you can make them into a plain pancake by omitting the fruit and the brown sugar and just cooking the batter. Once the edges set up, the middle will still be pretty wet, so flip carefully and continue to cook until golden on the other side.
To make these whole grain, use a mix of 1 cup whole grain flour — like wheat or spelt — and then ½ cup of all-purpose flour instead. You will need another 1 to 2 tablespoons of non-dairy milk in the batter if you’re making whole grain pancakes.
This recipe is naturally nut-free. It’s soy-free as long as you use soy-free non-dairy yogurt, milk.
Gluten-free: use my gluten-free almond flour pancakes. Follow the same process for adding peaches to one side.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts

Peach Upside-Down Pancakes

Amount Per Serving

Calories 299
Calories from Fat 45

% Daily Value*

Fat 5g8%

Saturated Fat 1g6%

Sodium 287mg12%

Potassium 443mg13%

Carbohydrates 57g19%

Fiber 2g8%

Sugar 14g16%

Protein 7g14%

Vitamin A 481IU10%

Vitamin C 8mg10%

Calcium 222mg22%

Iron 3mg17%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Ingredients and Substitutions

  • all-purpose flour – See notes for gluten-free. You’ll be making a totally different batter.
  • tapioca starch – You can use cornstarch instead, if needed. A bit of starch lightens up the pancakes.
  • baking powder, baking soda, and salt – To condition the batter.
  • sugar – For sweetness in the pancake batter.
  • cinnamon – Seasons the pancake batter and the peaches.
  • non-dairy yogurt – Adds moisture and tang. Use nut-free and/or soy-free, if needed.
  • lemon juice – Reacts with the baking soda to make these pancakes super fluffy.
  • vanilla extract – To flavor the batter.
  • melted vegan butter – Adds moisture and fat to the batter. Use nut-free and/or soy-free, if needed, or use oil instead.
  • non-dairy milk – Adds more moisture to the batter. I like oat milk, soy milk or almond milk. Use nut-free and/or soy-free, if needed.
  • peach – A peeled, sliced peach is key to these pancakes! You can use other fruits instead, like apples, pineapple, orange, etc. Or omit the fruit for plain, fluffy pancakes.
  • brown sugar – Helps caramelize the peach slices on the bottoms of the pancakes.

🍑 Tips For Making The Best Peach Pancakes

  • Cook these pancakes over medium or even a slightly lower heat, especially the peach side. 
  • Cook these long enough for the peaches to cook down and so that the batter around the peaches is no longer soggy.
  • Use a really good nonstick skillet here to prevent the peaches from sticking. If the peaches are sticking, it means your skillet isn’t as nonstick. In this case, mix the peaches into the batter instead.

How to Make Vegan Peach Upside-Down Pancakes

Make the pancake batter. 

Add all of the dry ingredients to a bowl and mix really well until combined. Then, in another small bowl, mix the wet ingredients really well. 

mixing dry ingredients togethermixing dry ingredients together
adding non-dairy yogurt to the wet ingredients in a mixing bowladding non-dairy yogurt to the wet ingredients in a mixing bowl

Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and fold in gently. You don’t want to overmix the batter, because overmixing will cause the air to dissipate too much. There’ll be a little bit of aeration happening, because of the lemon juice and baking powder, and you want to keep that air in the batter for the fluffiest pancakes.

adding dry ingredients to the wet in the mixing bowladding dry ingredients to the wet in the mixing bowl

Let the batter sit for 2 minutes while you prep the rest of the ingredients and preheat the skillet. 

Make the pancakes.

Preheat a skillet over medium heat, and add a little bit of oil. Once the skillet is evenly hot, spread ¼ cup or more of the batter in the skillet.

spreading pancakes batter into the panspreading pancakes batter into the pan

Place the sliced peaches on top to cover the pancakes, then mix the cinnamon and brown sugar in a bowl and sprinkle some of that on the peaches. 

covering the pancakes in peachescovering the pancakes in peaches
peach pancakes after sprinkling on brown sugar and cinnamonpeach pancakes after sprinkling on brown sugar and cinnamon

Repeat for all the pancakes that can fit in the skillet, then cover the skillet with a lid. Covering the skillet will allow the pancakes to rise more, because of the heat being more focused inside the skillet. Once the pancakes are starting set on the edges, the batter will get bubbly in the middle, anywhere from 2 to 3 minutes.

Open the lid and flip the pancakes carefully, and cover with the lid again. Continue to cook for another 1 ½ to 2 minutes, then check the bottoms of the pancakes. If the peaches are not golden yet, then continue to cook for another 1 to 2 minutes. 

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Once the peaches are golden and you can see that the batter is well set, then carefully remove the pancakes from the skillet and place them on your serving plate with the peach side up or down, whichever way you like.

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Repeat for the remaining batter, then serve with vegan butter and a warm maple syrup drizzle. Since these are pretty sweet, you won’t need too much maple syrup. You can also serve with a whipped non-dairy cream or a whipped vegan cream cheese and sugar mixture, because they’re basically an upside-down peach cake in pancake form.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Is this recipe allergy friendly?

This recipe is naturally nut-free. It’s soy-free as long as you use soy-free non-dairy yogurt, butter, and milk.

You can make these gluten-free by using my gluten-free almond flour pancakes instead of the regular flour pancake batter here. Follow the same process for adding peaches to one side. 

Why are my pancakes gooey?

There can be two things at play. First, you may have overtaxed the batter, which will make them come out gummy and dense. The other possibility is that they’re just undercooked. The peaches release moisture, so you need to let them cook down to avoid mushy pancakes.





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