Delicious Alternative Pancake Day Recipes Perfect For University Students
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Delicious Alternative Pancake Day Recipes Perfect For University Students

Jasmyne Jeffery February 17, 2023

Although the ingredients to make pancakes are pretty limited, getting hold of some eggs at the moment is a little tricky. Plus, sometimes you want something a little different. Perfect for students, here are some alternative pancake day recipes that will be well within budget.

Pancake Day is almost here and you can almost hear the nations’ growling stomachs in anticipation. Unfortunately, you’ve probably heard that there’s a shortage of eggs at the moment, which makes traditional recipes harder to follow. Plus, if you’re vegan then you won’t want to use milk or eggs anyway. We’ve gathered some alternative recipes you can use to still get involved with the day, as well as a few options to spice up your pancakes.

Don’t worry, we’ve always got a students’ budget at the back of our minds. We’ve got ideas to use stuff already in the back of your cupboards so you don’t spend much extra.

Pancake Recipes Without Eggs

Most recipes will recommend getting an egg substitute to make pancakes, but these can cost £3 or more from your local supermarket; if you’re planning on spending that much, then you might as well go out for them instead of them being homemade.

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Instead, there are cheaper things you can use when you might already have a home. Perhaps your flatmate attempted a roast last week, or you never got around to that banana loaf. All of this will make sense once we explain.

Eggs work as a binding agent in pancakes, so all you need as an alternative is something that does the same job.

Easy alternatives to use can be mashed bananas, applesauce, or even flax or chia seeds if you have any health-conscious uni friends. It’s more than likely you’ll already have one of those, and even if you don’t, they are a lot cheaper than egg alternatives. The only key difference is that they’ll add a little flavour to your pancakes, but that sounds like a win to us.

To make them, prepare your wet ingredients first. This will be your milk and egg alternative, and some vanilla extract and butter if you’re feeling a little bougie. The vanilla flavour will help mask any additional flavours if you’re not keen on your pancakes being fruity.

Then, combine your dry ingredients: flour, a pinch of salt and a dash of baking powder to get them light and fluffy. Get your pan nice and hot before mixing all the ingredients together. Once you’re happy there are no lumps and bumps, it’s time to cook!

This cheap alternative pancake recipe will give you some delicious thick pancakes.

Cheap Alternative Recipes Perfect For Students

Sometimes, traditional pancakes, scotch or crepe, just don’t cut it. However, a student budget doesn’t allow for much extravagance, so we’ve got some cheaper options for you.

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If you’re on a bit of a health kick, or just want a lighter option to celebrate the day, then try some oat banana pancakes instead. Made without flour, and even without the eggs if you would rather, these are a tasty option whatever’s in your cupboard.

Combine oat milk (or regular), a banana, porridge oats, baking powder, some vanilla extract and two egg yolks in a blender. Mix until smooth. Whisk the egg whites until they have stiff peaks and add two tablespoons to the pancake batter. Add a touch of oil to a pan and heat, and add the pancake mixture, simple!

If that sounds up your street but you’re not keen on bananas, then maybe it’s coconut flour pancakes for you. Combine some coconut flour, or desiccated coconut (No more than £1.50!), into a bowl with baking powder and a pink of salt. If you have some in the back of the cupboard, a sprinkle of cinnamon wouldn’t go amiss here either. Add eggs and milk and mix together without knocking the air out of the batter. After that, it’s a case of cooking and adding some of your favourite toppings!

If you’re looking for a cheap, cheerful and chocolatey student pancake recipe, then we have that too. No need to melt any chocolate or even buy chocolate powder — using your hot chocolate mix will be perfect. Whatever version you have, these hot chocolate pancakes are delicious eitherway. However, if you have a slightly different flavour, then lob some of that in to make your recipe. Make it extra special for no extra cost.

Combine eggs, flour and a pinch of baking powder with milk in a bowl. Add a few heaped tablespoons of hot chocolate powder (approximately 70g) and combine until smooth, but airy. Get your pan hot, add a few tablespoons of the mix and cook for a couple of minutes on both sides. Delicious!

These student pancake recipe ideas are perfect for those on a budget but still want some tasty pancakes! Pick any of the above and add your fave toppings and eat as many as you want.

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Jasmyne Jeffery is a full-time Entertainment and News Writer on university-themed website Freshered and HITC, and joined the company having previously worked in a freelance role. She attended the University of South Wales where she was also a student blogger and graduated in 2022 with a first-class honours degree in English and Creative Writing. Now, she puts her creativity to use reviewing university bars, Love Island episodes and the latest apps any 18-25-year-old is using.