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Apple Pie Pancakes

Apple Pie Pancakes

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.

A small stack of Apple Pie Pancakes are siting on a white plate, and a large stack is in the background. There are 3 green apples next to the plate, alongside a gold fork.

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.

In a white kitchen there is a large stack of pancakes in the background and a white plate with a small stack of apple pie pancakes. On top of the small stack there is some chopped up stewed apples and a wedge has been cut out of it. There are 3 green apples laying on the counter top around the plate.

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.

Close up of a large stack of apple pie pancakes on a white plate.

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.
ALL The ingredients required to make easy apple pancakes separated in bowls, on a white marble counter. There is flour, applesauce, a carton of eggs, butter, milk, sugar and spices.

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.

In a white kitchen, there is a stack of apple pie pancakes sitting on a white plate. the pancakes are topped with chopped, cooked apples and maple syrup is being drizzled on top. There is another stack of pancakes in the background alongside some green apples.

How to Make Sweet and Cozy Apple Pie Pancakes

  1. In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, milk, apple sauce, melted butter, and eggs until smooth and creamy.
  2. Add the flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and cloves and mix gently until just combined. It’s ok if there are a few lumps!
  3. In a buttered skillet over medium heat, cook 1/3 cup of batter at a time. Cook each pancake until fluffy and golden brown.
  4. Continue making pancakes until all the batter has been used. Allow the cakes to cool slightly before topping them with maple syrup and enjoying!
In a glass bowl, sugar, milk, applesauce, melted butter and eggs have been combined.  All of the dry ingredients have been added but have not yet been combined. 
Next to the bowl, the empty eggs shells are sitting in the carton and the bowls that were containing ingredients are now empty.

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.

In a grey colored saucepan sits 1 apple pancake. Next to the pan is 3 more cooked pancakes. There is also a white plate with 3 gold forks on top. Some apples are left on top of the counter surrounding the other items.

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

In a white kitchen there is a white plate with a small stack of apple pancakes, topped with cooked apples, which is out of focus. Someone has cut a wedge out of the stack and that wedge is on a gold fork,  front and center of the picture, it looks like it is about to be eaten by the photographer.
  • 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.
In a white kitchen there is a stack of apple cinnamon pancakes topped with stewed apples and maple syrup. The edge of the plate is outside of the frame so only half of the stack can be seen. In the background there is another large stack of apple pancakes.

FAQs

What do you put on apple pancakes?

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.

What apples are best in these pancakes?

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.

Can you make these apple pie pancakes vegan?

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.

View from above of easy apple pancakes. There is a stack on a white plate and they have been topped with cooked apples and maple syrup.
On top of the white marble counter is some gold forks, green apples, cinnamon sticks and a pink and white dish cloth.

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!

If you have made my best Apple Pie Pancakes at home, I’d love to know! Leave a message in the comments or tag me on Instagram or Facebook!

Apple Pie Pancakes
Yield: 2 dozen

Apple Pie Pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

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.

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In a small mixing bowl, whisk together the sugar, milk, apple sauce, melted butter, and eggs until homogenous.
  2. 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.
  3. Cook 1/3 cup of pancake batter in a buttered down skillet or pan for about 4 minutes on each side, or until browned.

Notes

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.

Nutrition Information

Yield

24

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 140Total Fat 4gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 33mgSodium 146mgCarbohydrates 22gFiber 1gSugar 6gProtein 4g

Chloe

Wednesday 7th of September 2022

This recipe is SO delicious! I'm normally a bit useless at making pancakes, but I really loved these!!!!

Betsy Eves

Thursday 8th of September 2022

That's awesome to hear, Chloe! Thank you for sharing your feedback. :)

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