I miss Japan. Since traveling there in early 2015 my desire to return has gotten stronger and stronger every day. The people in Tokyo and Kyoto––the two cities I visited––were so kind and especially patient with my no-Japanese-speaking-butt. Of course I still dream about the food. From the fresh mochi to the aged-tofu, I loved every bit of it.
This recipe for vegan Dorayaki is very close to my heart because I made it in collaboration with one of the lovely people I met in Japan. My friend Ryoya from Peaceful Cuisine and I did a cross cultural collab on Youtube. He made a southern American classic, Pecan Pie, and I made a Japanese traditional sweet, Dorayaki. Dorayaki is a Japanese pancake with sweet adzuki red bean paste (anko) sandwiched between two. Usually it is made with eggs and milk, but I found the perfect vegan recipe to replicate this classic.
Unlike Americans who eat pancakes exclusively for breakfast, Japanese people usually eat them for dessert. I remember seeing Japanese pancakes on the dessert menu at restaurants and being shocked. Japanese pancakes are also much fluffier than the American version. The pancakes for Dorayaki look a lot like American pancakes, but they should have a smooth brown finish––not the uneven coloring, and crispy edges I’m used to. These vegan Dorayaki are fluffy, and light, and the red bean paste in the middle is sublime. In America we are beginning to use beans in “healthy” desserts (ex. black bean brownies or cookies and aquafaba desserts). Japanese cooks have been using red bean paste as a sweetener in desserts for ages in everything from Dorayaki to mochi/daifuku to anmitsu. The paste has sugar added, so it’s not a sugar-free sweetener.
After you check out my video, be sure to watch Ryoya’s fantastic vegan Pecan Pie video here. You can find my version of the same recipe here. And be sure to subscribe to both of our Youtube channels, mine Sweet Potato Soul, and Ryoya’s Peaceful Cuisine.
- 1/2 cup sifted cake flour I used bleached white flour
- 2 tbsp powdered sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/3 cup soy milk
- 2 tbsp mirin or maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp soy sauce
- grapeseed canola, vegetable, or coconut oil for the pan
- 1/2 cup red bean paste preferably chunky (mine is not chunky, but worked fine)
- Sift the flour, powdered sugar, and baking powder into a mixing bowl.
- To another bowl add the soy milk, mirin/maple syrup, and soy sauce.
- Pour the dry mix into the wet, and stir to make a smooth batter. It should not be too thick, but thin enough to pour. Let it sit for 10 minutes.
- Add a little bit of oil to a non-stick skillet or non-stick pan, and warm it on medium-high heat. Use a paper towel to spead the oil evenly.You want only the smallest amount to help the pancakes brown and not stick.
- Reduce the heat to low, and pour about 2 tbsp of the batter onto the non-stick pan in as perfect a round as you can get. You want them to all be about the same size. I was able to fit 4 in the pan at a time.
- Cook on the first side for about 1-2 minutes, bubbles will pop on the surface and the edges will cook rather quickly. Flip and cook on the other side for about 1 more minute.
- Allow your pancakes to cool for a few minutes, and then fill half of them with a spoonful of anko, the red bean paste. Top with another pancake and sandwich it together to make your Dorayaki.
- Serve them with a sprinkle of powdered sugar, and/or with coconut whipped cream, or sliced strawberries.
Jarro Lightfeather / September 25, 2022 at 11:51 am /
isn’t two teaspoons of baking powder just a tad too much? i made it just like the recipe said and my batter had a strange chemical taste. let me know what you think.
Jeanelle / August 7, 2022 at 10:52 pm /
I dont know where to get this red bean paste. Any suggestions? Ive been to Japan as well and it seems hard to find a paste that is worthy.
fran / June 7, 2021 at 1:48 pm /
these are so delicious! thank you for sharing!!
Jennifer Lam / July 16, 2019 at 12:50 pm /
I added a pinch of egg salt to give the pancake its iconic eggy flavour! Tasted great!
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / December 18, 2017 at 12:02 am /
Thanks so much!
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / August 14, 2017 at 5:13 am /
Yay!!! I’m so happy to hear that 🙂
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / July 29, 2017 at 10:14 pm /
Thank you so much! Sending you so much love!!
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / March 21, 2017 at 11:36 pm /
Yes, unsweetened if you can 😉
Zark Fatah / October 19, 2016 at 7:34 am /
They look so good… Love Japanese food…
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / October 20, 2016 at 7:37 pm /
Thank you so much!! I love it too 🙂
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / October 16, 2016 at 1:35 pm /
Thank you so much!
Jenné @ Sweet Potato Soul / October 16, 2016 at 1:34 pm /
Yes!! Let me know if you make them 🙂