These are the "Perfect Pancakes" from page 87 of Vegan Brunch by Isa Chandra- the recipe is also on page 31 of Vegan With a Vengeance (same author). They're a bit indulgent as there's maple syrup IN the batter- but the name doesn't lie. They are perfection. The darker color comes from the cinnamon in the batter (yup, that's in there too!). The recipe lists it as optional, but I have never omitted it. It's too dang good to leave out.
This is one that involves mixing the wet and dry separate and adding wet to dry. I mix the wet together with a wisk b/c of the oil and water factor. I have no idea if this helps, but I'm always thinking that if the wet goes into the dry one at a time- things won't mix properly.
Anyway- they're delicious and super sweet and totally worth buying either book for. I like to couple it with soy sausage or something savory to balance the sweetness. Also, if you make more than you can eat at one sitting, just undercook the last batch or two and make them small enough to fit into the toaster. Let cool and freeze them. They toast up uber yummy later on.