Sunday 3 March 2019

Pounded Yam Pancakes | Vegan and Gluten-Free

My blog has a decent number of pancake recipes, from banana oat pancakes, to hemp pancakes, to malted plantain pancakes, to sweet potato pancakes, to classic French crepes. Things are about to get more interesting with this recipe...

When it comes to sweet breakfasts, pancakes absolutely top the list for me and with pancake day just around the corner (as well as the collaborative pancake party I'm hosting on Tuesday), I've been experimenting with yet another variation that is not only vegan but gluten-free as well. Gluten-free pancakes can be tricky. You have the texture to consider (we only care for light, fluffy pancakes round these parts), and how well the pancakes hold shape, etc.

I had low expectations when I began experimenting with this particular recipe using Olu Olu's pounded yam (iyan) flour. Pounded yam is a classic Nigerian savoury dish eaten with a side of vegetable stew. Check out the recipe here. It's unheard of to use this flour in sweet dishes, but the result was an absolute revelation; a surprise on all levels. I'd even go so far as to say that this is currently my favourite vegan pancake recipe.

Check out the video below to see how it's made, and let me know if this is something you'll be trying for yourself!

(makes 6-8)
- 1/2 cup poundo flour (click here to buy)
- 1-2 tbsp sugar
- Pinch of salt
- 1 and 1/2 cups soya milk
- Sunflower oil

Place the flour, sugar, salt and soya milk in a large mixing bowl and whisk until smooth. Leave to stand for 15-20 minutes.

Heat some sunflower oil in a large frying pan and fry the pancake batter for a couple of minutes on medium heat. Flip and brown on the other side.

Drain on some kitchen paper. Serve with your favourite toppings (berries, syrup, bananas, peanut butter, chocolate sauce, jam, lemon, cinnamon... etc.)


  1. Wow....I'm surprised you used yam flour and got an amazing result. Well done Tomi.
    Have you tried corn flour for pancakes before? Maybe the result will be this beautiful too

  2. its really great that you used yam flourrr i tried it and it is my new favourite way to make pancakes thank you

  3. I will try yam flour as I've been thinking about it. I'm allergic to regular flour. Thanks for this post

  4. I'm gluten intolerant­čśú and I've been searching for gluten free pancakes recipes. Would try this­čĄ×

  5. I'll try mine also