Pancakes make any day more delicious. Topped with fresh fruit, creamy butter, and rich maple syrup, pancakes are a true breakfast delight. Pancakes can be eaten any way you like them. From these super-clean Hearty Healthy Wholewheat Pancakes to these rich Red Velvet Pancakes, your options for breakfast are endless.

But who says pancakes have to be eaten only for breakfast? Breakfast for dinner is an awesome way to switch up your daily meals, but why not switch up your pancake game as well? Skip the sweet and start making savory pancakes. Not only super tasty, savory pancakes can also be eaten for nearly any meal. Here are five hearty, savory pancakes to give a shot:


Corn Cakes

Mexican Corn Pancakes With Homemade Salsa [Vegan]

Corn cakes are so simple to make, and even more satisfying to eat. Using cornmeal, water and spices, corn cakes taste great alone with some vegan butter, or can be doctored up. These Corn Fritters make a versatile base for any variation on your pancakes. My favorite way to eat corn cakes is with a scoop of vegetarian chili on top. Try this Three Bean Chili Over Skillet Corn Cakes. For a true cowboy breakfast, add Coconut Sour Cream too. If you can handle the heat, jalapeños or sriracha make the perfect final touch.

Potato Pancakes


Potato pancakes aren’t just for Channukah. If you have any leftover potatoes, making them into little cakes is a resourceful way to use them up. You can have your potatoes shredded for a latke-style pancake like these Vegan Latkes. You can also use mashed potatoes to make pancake batter. For a nutrient dense cake, use sweet potatoes instead. Try out these Sweet Potato Pancakes. Pair your potato pancakes with something naturally sweet like Homemade Applesauce, or this Roasted Beetroot and Ginger Chutney.

Chickpea Pancakes

Savory Chickpea Flour Pancakes with Tamarind Syrup [Vegan]


Get all the protein you need from chickpea pancakes. Chickpea pancakes can be made from chickpea flour, making them completely gluten-free. Containing about 7g of protein and 3g of fiber from 1/4 cup of chickpea flour, these pancakes make an extremely filling meal. Try out these Tomato, Chive and Chickpea Pancakes and top with avocado and salsa. You can also finely chop vegetables such as bell peppers and onions and mix right into the batter. These Chickpea Flour Pancakes are native to North India and are similar to an omelet. Try out one of these Infused Olive Oils to coat your skillet to prevent sticking.


Zucchini Cakes

Zucchini Chickpea Fritters [Vegan, Gluten-Free]

Don’t stop with zoodles- zucchini tastes awesome in so many other dishes! Zucchini pancakes use up all of that leftover summer squash to fry up to crispy perfection. What’s awesome about zucchini pancakes is that you can get all your vegetables in a meal. Any vegetable like shredded carrots, chopped spinach or corn can be mixed into the batter for extra texture and taste. Try out these Zucchini Corn and Red Pepper Pancakes, and either eat alone or make a fresh plant-based sauce like this Lemon Basil Cashew Cream to go along with it. Any of theses Sauces and Condiments would pair well with your zucchini cakes. 

Scallion Pancakes

Potato Leek Hash Brown Pancakes with Homemade Ketchup [Vegan]


Go international and make this Chinese classic. Scallion pancakes make one of the best veggie options for Chinese food. Skip the takeout, however, because homemade scallion pancakes can contain way less oil and additives. These pancakes make a great appetizer, side dish or even main course. Try adding your own spice blend to your pancakes for bursting flavors. You can eat these pancakes with a simple soy sauce or this Ginger Miso Sauce. Ginger and scallion are a killer combination. Plus, ginger packs a serious nutritional punch!

Are you cooking up a stack of pancakes yet?! These savory ideas are just five beginnings for your pancakes. Get imaginative and throw some bold spices in your next batter! For more pancake inspiration check out these 10 Killer Vegan Pancakes. Do you enjoy eating breakfast for dinner? What’s your favorite way to eat a savory pancake?


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