these vegan pancakes are extra special with ground hazelnuts in the mix, giving them a perfect texture and bite.
Set a baking tray in the oven and heat over warming setting or 200°F. You will place cooked pancakes in here to stay warm while you finish all the pancakes.
In a mixing bowl combine nondairy milk, apple cider vinegar and the ground flax. Set it aside to thicken and curdle slightly, about 5 minutes.
Once this mixture is thicker you can add remaining ingredients and mix until well combined.
Heat a nonstick skillet or cast iron pan over medium low. Once hot coat the middle of the pan with some vegan butter. It should be lightly sizzling. Use 1/3 cup of batter per pancake and pour the patter into the center of the pan. If it needs some shaping to be more circular spread it out gently with the bottom of the measuring cup or with a spatula. I recommend cooking one pancake at a time to get them even and so you have enough room in your pan to flip etc. If you're using a flat top griddle and have more room, go nuts!
Fry each pancake on the first side for about 4 to 6 minutes or until the batter on top is slightly bubbling and the edges are looking a bit more cooked. If the pan starts to smoke at any point turn the heat down. Gently flip the pancake with a large flat spatula and cook on the other side another 4 to 5 minutes or until very golden brown. Transfer each cooked pancake onto the baking tray warming in the oven. Keep pancakes in one layer and do not stack while keeping warm.
While pancakes are cooking you can make the candied hazelnuts in another smaller pan. Add whole hazelnuts, vegan butter, and maple syrup to the pan and heat over medium, bringing to a simmer. Heat for about 5 to 6 minutes only stirring occasionally. Then immediately remove the mixture onto a parchment lined baking sheet and separate the nuts so they don’t stick together too much. Let cool at room temperature and then roughly chop once cooled.
Serve pancakes with more vegan butter and maple syrup and top with rough chopped candied hazelnuts.