Sift flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt together in a mixing bowl. In a separate bowl, whisk together water and oil. Make a well in the center of the dry ingredients and pour in the oil and water mixture. Stir until just blended. Mixture should be just a little lumpy.
Spoon heaping 1/4 cups of batter onto an oiled and heated griddle. Cook until bubbles form and edges brown, then flip and cook until golden brown.
Serve with fresh maple syrup and some earth balance! (Or some almond butter and agave nectar! Or fruit!)
Batter makes about 6-8 pancakes.