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Apple Pie Pancakes

It is officially time to start making apple themed desserts around here, or in this case, breakfast items! These apple pie pancakes are the perfect way to bring extra apples around during these cooler fall months. They’re fluffy and soft and just sweet enough. Plus they’re topped with an unbelievable apple pie filling! Whether you want these for breakfast or dessert, they will most definitely satisfy your sweet tooth! 

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What are apple pie pancakes?

Apple pie pancakes are the perfect way to switch up your traditional pancakes during the fall time! They’re your classic American style pancakes with a delicious apple pie filling on top. The pancakes themselves are completely eggless because they are made with applesauce instead. So if you or anyone you’d like to share with is sensitive to or can’t have eggs, these will be perfect for you! The topping is pretty much exactly what you would find in a regular apple pie – cooked apples covered in a decadent and gooey cinnamon mixture. If you’re looking for a way to eat dessert for breakfast, this is it!  

Ingredients 

  • all-purpose flour 
  • white sugar 
  • brown sugar 
  • baking powder
  • salt 
  • milk 
  • unsalted butter 
  • unsweetened applesauce
  • vanilla extract 
  • apples 
  • lemon juice 
  • cinnamon 
  • nutmeg  
  • cornstarch 

How to make apple pie pancakes 

Prep

There may be a few steps to make these delicious apple pie pancakes but I promise they’re easy peasy! Let’s start by making the pancakes themselves. The first step is to do a little bit of prep, measure out your milk and applesauce and let it come to room temperature. This may take around an hour or so. Then, when you’re just about ready to start, melt the butter and let it cool for a few minutes. Having the ingredients at roughly the same temperature makes the mixing process totally seamless and everything combines really well. 

Mix the ingredients

Next, start bringing your dry ingredients together. In a medium to large mixing bowl add the flour, sugar, baking powder, and salt. Mix together until everything is well combined. In a separate mixing bowl add the milk, butter, applesauce, and vanilla extract. Again, mix together until all the ingredients are fully combined. Then slowly add the wet ingredients to the dry and mix gently with a silicone spatula until everything is just combined. When that’s done, let the batter rest for 15 to 30 minutes. 

Cook time

To cook your apple pie pancakes, bring a skillet to medium heat and spread a small amount of butter or oil over the pan to cover the surface. Next, scoop about ¼ cup of batter out for each pancake and pour it onto the skillet. Cook each pancake for 3-5 minutes on each side. The edges will begin to cook when it’s about ready to flip. You can check that the underside has cooked by gently lifting up the edges to see the bottom of the pancake. When it’s a golden brown, you’re ready to flip. Repeat this process until all the batter is gone. 

an overhead view of the final product in a plate

Apple pie topping

You can choose to make your apple pie topping while the pancakes are cooking, or before or after, it’s entirely up to you! I personally like to prep everything for the topping while the batter is resting and then do them both simultaneously. To make the topping start by peeling and chopping your apples into small pieces. Any apples you have will work here. In a small bowl add your cornstarch and water and mix together until they have fully combined together. Then to a small saucepan add the apples, lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, brown sugar, and cornstarch mixture. Mix until everything is combined well and has fully covered the apples evenly. 

Bring your saucepan to the stove and bring to a low heat. Let the apples cook for a few minutes until the mixture begins to thicken, stirring intermittently. After that, cover the pot and lower the heat to a simmer. Cook your apples for around 3-5 minutes or until they are as soft as you would like. For firmer apples cook for less time, for softer apples cook for longer. You can test your apples by taking one piece out and letting it cool a little bit before tasting. When they are cooked to your liking, remove them from the heat and add the vanilla extract. Mix well and the topping for your apple pie pancakes is ready! 

Plate and dig in

Add this topping to your pancakes as liberally as you would like. You can also add your favourite maple syrup, whipped cream, or any other yummy toppings you see fit. And now you have some incredible apple pie pancakes that are perfect for the fall season! 

How to store apple pie pancakes 

These babies are best served right away but if you have any left over you can keep them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Whenever you’re ready to have one, I highly recommend warming them up in the microwave and then digging in. The same goes for the topping, it can be stored in the fridge for the same amount of time and is fantastic warmed up right before eating. If you would like to keep your apple pie pancakes a little bit longer, you can freeze them. Just store them in a freezer safe bag or container and they’ll keep well in there for up to 3 months. When you’re ready to eat them you can either take them out and let them thaw to room temperature or you can pop them in the microwave for 1-2 minutes. 

I have not tried to freeze the topping but I don’t think it would be as good as when it’s freshly made. I definitely recommend remaking some of the topping when you’re ready for it if you have some extra pancakes in the freezer! 

syrup being poured on top of apple pie pancakes taken from a head on view

Apple Pie Pancakes

It is officially time to start making apple themed desserts around here, or in this case, breakfast items! These apple pie pancakes are the perfect way to bring extra apples around during these cooler fall months. They’re fluffy and soft and just sweet enough. Plus they’re topped with an unbelievable apple pie filling! Whether you want these for breakfast or dessert, they will most definitely satisfy your sweet tooth! 
Prep Time30 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time1 hour
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple, apple pie, apple pie pancakes, eggless, pancakes
Servings: 9 pancakes
Author: Gianna

Ingredients

Pancakes

  • 1 ¼ cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tbsp white sugar
  • tsp baking powder
  • tsp salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 tbsp unsalted butter melted and cooled
  • ¼ cup unsweetened applesauce
  • ½ tsp vanilla extract
  • butter or oil of choice for cooking

Apple Pie Topping

  • 2 medium apples peeled and chopped
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • ¼ tsp nutmeg
  • ¼ tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp cornstarch +⅓ cup water
  • 1 ½ tsp vanilla extract

Instructions

Pancakes

  • Measure out the milk and applesauce and let sit out to come to room temperature.
  • Melt butter and set aside to cool.
  • Mix dry ingredients together – flour, sugar, baking powder, salt – in a large mixing bowl.
  • In another bowl mix wet ingredients together – milk, butter, applesauce, and vanilla extract.
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry, mix gently with a silicone spatula until just combined.
  • Let batter rest for 15-30 minutes.
  • Bring a skillet to medium heat and add a small amount of butter or oil to the pan, spreading a thin layer to cover the surface.
  • Scoop about ¼ cup of batter out for each pancake and pour onto the skillet. Cook for about 3-5 minutes on each side, ensuring that the edges are starting to cook and no longer wet before flipping.

Apple Pie Topping

  • Peel and chop apples into small pieces.
  • In a small bowl mix cornstarch and water together until the two have fully combined.
  • Add to a saucepan with lemon juice, cinnamon, nutmeg, salt, brown sugar and cornstarch mixture. Mix until well distributed.
  • Place the saucepan on the stove over low heat. Let apples cook for a few minutes until the mixture begins to thicken. Stir intermittently.
  • Cover the pot and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook apples for around 5 minutes until slightly soft or until apples are cooked to your taste.
  • Remove apples from heat and add vanilla extract. Mix and add apples to the top of pancakes as desired.

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Raspberry Pancakes

Sweet Cream Pancakes

Mango Pancakes

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