Apple Pie Pancakes are an easy way to add some fun Fall festivity to breakfast time! Packed with sweet and tangy applesauce and warm spices, these moist and flavorful pancakes are sure to bring a sense of coziness to any crisp fall morning.
Why I Love These Easy Apple Pancakes
Want a quick and easy way to jazz up a weekend or holiday breakfast? Ditch your regular pancake recipe and make these apple pie-inspired fluffy apple pancakes instead!
All you’ll need to get started is some applesauce and a few pantry staples.
In just 20 minutes, you’ll have a heaping stack of warm and chewy apple pie pancakes, ready to be topped with a drizzle of maple syrup.
One of the best parts about this recipe is how mess-free it is. Because this Apple Pie Pancake batter can be made in a single mixing bowl, you’ll hardly have any dishes to wash afterward!
Plus, your kids will think you’re the coolest for letting them have “pie” for breakfast.
And, if your sweet tooth is acting up, you can even top these pancakes with some apple pie filling and homemade whipped cream!
Ingredients and Substitutions
These Apple and Cinnamon Pancakes are loaded with flavor! It’s hard to imagine that they are a healthy(ish) version, there’s only a little sugar and each pancake is only 140 calories!!
- Apple Sauce—Gives these pancakes just a hint of sweet, tangy, and fruity goodness. Also adds plenty of moisture and a subtle chewy texture.
- Flour—An all-purpose, whole wheat or gluten-free flour blend will work well.
- Sugar—We used granulated white sugar, but maple sugar, coconut sugar, or stevia would all be good substitutions.
- Whole Milk—Thins out your pancake batter. Feel free to use your favorite plant-based milk instead!
- Butter—Adds the perfect amount of richness to these fruity pancakes.
- Eggs—These are the main binding agent that holds all the other ingredients together. Can be easily swapped out for additional apple sauce.
- Spices—A blend of cinnamon and cloves helps give these pancakes a cozy warmth.
Equipment You’ll Need
The only thing better than enjoying a delicious breakfast is knowing that the clean-up afterward will be super easy!
You’ll only need to dirty five items to make these scrumptious Apple Pie Pancakes: a mixing bowl, a whisk, a pancake turner, a 1/3 measuring cup, and a nonstick skillet.
How to Make Sweet and Cozy Apple Pie Pancakes
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, milk, apple sauce, melted butter, and eggs until smooth and creamy.
- Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and cloves and mix gently until just combined. It’s ok if there are a few lumps!
- In a buttered skillet over medium heat, cook 1/3 cup of batter at a time. Cook each pancake until fluffy and golden brown.
- Continue making pancakes until all the batter has been used. Allow the cakes to cool slightly before topping them with maple syrup and enjoying!
How to Store Leftover Apple Pie Pancakes
It’s doubtful that you will have any of these moist and tasty apple pancakes left over, but if you do, they’re quite easy to store and reheat!
To Store: Place completely cooled pancakes in a ziplock bag or airtight container and keep in the fridge for up to 6 days.
To Freeze: Wrap your pancakes in tin foil or plastic wrap before placing them into a ziplock bag or airtight container. When stored properly, they should stay fresh in the freezer for up to 3 months.
To Reheat: Place your chilled or frozen pancakes in the toaster, microwave, or a warm skillet, and heat until warmed through.
Apple Pie Pancakes Expert Tips and Tricks
- This Apple Pie Pancake batter is a thick one! I recommend having a silicone scraper nearby to help you transfer the batter from the measuring cup to the skillet. Alternatively, you can add a few extra tablespoons of milk to thin out the batter.
- Love warm spices? Try adding a little bit of nutmeg, ginger, and cardamom to your pancake batter.
- You can make your own apple pie filling/topping by cooking together diced apples, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon until gooey and thick.
I think these pancakes are best served with a few spoonfuls of apple pie filling on top. However, they are also delicious on their own or topped with maple syrup, fresh apple slices, caramel sauce, or homemade whipped cream.
We used store-bought applesauce made of Honeycrisp apples in this recipe. You can use your favorite premade applesauce or even make a homemade version to use in these pancakes. If making your own applesauce purée, we suggest using softer apples like golden delicious, granny smith or fuji.
Absolutely! Simply swap out the milk, butter, and eggs for your favorite vegan-friendly alternatives. Try using almond milk, adding a flax egg, or swapping out the butter for additional apple sauce.
Crazy for Apple?
If you absolutely loved the taste of these tangy easy Apple Pancakes, and you are mad for apple, then check out some of my other recipes:
- Apple Filled Donuts – soft sugar coated donuts stuffed with warm spiced chunky apple pie filling.
- Traditional Apple Pie – classic and best, delicious apples served in a golden buttery pastry everyone knows what it is, and everyone LOVES it!
- Apple Fritters – crisp pointy edges, a sweet glaze on top and the juicy apples in the center of the chewy dough, it’s seriously out of this world yummy!
Maybe you are looking for more fun and unique breakfast ideas, and in that case you should try my exciting Breakfast Muffins, with Bacon and Peanut Butter – trust me, it’ll change your life!
- 3 ¾ cups flour
- 1/3 cup sugar
- 6 tsp baking powder
- 2 tsp cinnamon
- 1 tsp cloves
- 3 cups whole white milk
- 1 cup apple sauce puree
- 6 Tbsp unsalted butter – melted
- 3 large eggs
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, milk, apple sauce, melted butter, and eggs until homogenous.
- Once the wet ingredients are fully combined, whisk in the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and cloves until the batter is smooth and no dry clumps of flour remain.
- Cook 1/3 cup of pancake batter in a buttered down skillet or pan for about 4 minutes on each side, or until browned.
If your batter seems too thick, you can add a tiny bit of milk to the mix. I have made this recipe in both high and low altitudes. In higher altitudes, I typically need to add 2-3 tablespoons of milk to the batter.
These pancakes are great served with apple pie filling on top. You can either make your own by heating up diced apples, butter, brown sugar, and cinnamon in a pan or buying premade canned filling.
You can store these pancakes for up to 6 days in the fridge.
Alternatively, you can store these pancakes in the freezer for up to 3 months. You can either reheat them in the microwave from frozen or allow them to thaw in the fridge.
Other spices that go well with this recipe include nutmeg and ginger.