Monday, April 19, 2021

Easy Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes With Buttery Apple Topping (Recipe)

Easy Vegan Apple Pancakes With Buttery Apple Topping (Recipe)

Yes you can make pancakes without eggs or dairy! And not just any pancakes - tasty, fluffy, homemade, healthy, vegan apple cinnamon pancakes with shredded apple and a luscious, buttery, fried apple topping!

A fresh, whole apple on its own makes for a delicious, portable and healthy snack. But apples also contribute beautifully to a host of sweet and savoury recipes, giving plain old recipes a boost in nutrients and taste. Maybe you're a fan of homemade apple pie, for example, but you don't think pie is breakfast food? (I mean, I think any food can be breakfast food, depending on the day and your mood.) Then these easy, healthy vegan apple cinnamon pancakes with buttery apple topping are just the recipe for you! 

I crafted this apple pancake recipe with tasty Organic Washington apples. Washington State is known as one of the premier apple-growing areas in the world. Growing conditions make Washington the finest place to grow organic apples. (Next time you're at the grocery store, have a peek at the little sticker on the apples and you'll see that many of them come from Washington.) The nutrient-rich soil, arid climate, plentiful water and advanced growing practices provide the right ingredients for producing top-quality fruit.

*This post is sponsored by Organic Washington apples. All opinions are authentic and my own. Thank you for supporting the awesome companies that partner with Woman in Real Life.*

Easy Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes With Buttery Apple Topping (Recipe)

Can pancakes be made without eggs? What can I use instead of eggs in pancakes? What about dairy?

Whether you are allergic to eggs, you're vegan or just don't have any eggs in the house at the moment, pancakes can definitely be made without eggs. Even more important, pancakes can be made without eggs and still be delicious, fluffy and tasty. Alternatives that have the same binding ability as egg include commercial powdered egg replacer, chia seeds and flax. Applesauce or mashed banana (fruits with pectin, a type of fibre) can also be used to add moisture and a binding effect in place of eggs and even in place of oil. In addition, ingredients such as baking powder and vinegar add a leavening effect, so you can have fluffy, healthy pancakes without the use of eggs. 

To create pancakes without dairy, simply sub in your favourite non-dairy milk, either homemade or store-bought. I like to use almond, oat or soy beverages, but any kind of non-dairy milk should work. 

Easy Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes With Buttery Apple Topping (Recipe)

How to make apple pancakes

The beauty of pancakes is they are so easy and fast to whip together. (Actually there are many beautiful things about pancakes, first among them being the taste.) To make these easy vegan apple cinnamon pancakes, first select a flour. I tend to prefer light spelt flour, which has very similar results to all-purpose white flour, another suitable choice. I think whole wheat flour would work well too, with slightly more "wholesome" seeming results. 

This apple pancake recipe calls for grated fresh apples rather than applesauce. The apples should be grated finely, seeing as pancakes have a relatively short cooking time. To keep things super simple, use the shredder attachment on a food processor to grate the apples. If you don't have a food processor, grate the apples finely with a hand grater.

To make tasty apple pancakes, stir dry ingredients (including brown or coconut sugar and tasty apple pie spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg) in a large bowl. Whisk together ground flax and almond milk for a minute or so. Stir in vinegar, oil and vanilla and then fold in grated apples. Mix the wet ingredients into the dry and then let the batter sit for 10 minutes. Letting the pancake batter "rest" will result in fluffier, lighter pancakes. (Quotes around rest because the batter is actually doing its work to give you better pancakes.)

Easy Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes With Buttery Apple Topping (Recipe)

How to make buttery apple pancake topping

Heat the griddle or fry pan while the batter is sitting. It's important to have a well-heated pan before you get started. It's also a good time to prepare the buttery apple topping. This topping is optional but highly recommended. It takes just a few minutes to make and brings your apple pancakes to the next level. To make the apple topping, slice one Organic Washington apple into thin slices. Add vegan margarine to a small pan over medium heat. When the margarine has melted, stir in brown sugar. Add apple slices and saute for 5 to 10 minutes, until apples are tender. Sprinkle with cinnamon.

To cook the apple pancakes, spray the pan or griddle with nonstick cooking spray. Use an ice cream scoop or ladle to pour batter onto the griddle. I have zero patience when waiting for pancakes to cook, so I like to set my timer to 4 minutes before I flip them. That's usually about the right amount of time for the first side to cook. Look for dry edges and bubbles across the top. Cook the flip side for about 3 minutes.

Easy Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes With Buttery Apple Topping (Recipe)

Apple pancake variations

Make these apple pancakes your own! Add chocolate chips if you wish - my kids like to have chocolate chips in every type of pancake. Add chopped walnuts, pecans or raisins to the pancake batter or topping mix. Serve warm pancakes with the buttery apple topping AND sweet, tasty maple syrup. You can't have pancakes without maple syrup in my (very Canadian) opinion.

Can homemade pancakes be frozen?

Cooked homemade pancakes can absolutely be frozen. I like to store them in a tightly closed container with a layer of wax paper or parchment paper between each pancake. That makes it easy to take out just as many pancakes as you want for reheating. Heat the pancakes in a toaster or toaster oven. The buttery apple topping is best eaten right away (ie. not frozen). No worries, it's quick to prepare so you can make more apple topping when you reheat your frozen pancakes. Or serve the pancakes with homemade applesauce. 

More about Organic Washington apples

Organic Washington apples are available in all of your favourite varieties, including Red Delicious, Golden Delicious, Granny Smith, Gala, Fuji, Cripps Pink, Honeycrisp and Cosmic Crisp®. One medium apple (180g) has only 72 calories, 19 carbohydrates, is a source of fibre and is a source of Vitamin C, making apples a very healthy snack choice. (But I think we all knew that!)

Canada’s Food Guide recommends 7 to 10 servings of fruit and vegetables per day, and a medium apple is a single fruit serving. So, you get one serving of fruit with each serving (4 pancakes) of these apple cinnamon pancakes with buttery apple topping.

Questions for you

So, apple pie or apple pancakes? Or healthy apple pancakes that taste like apple pie? Or both apple pie and apple pancakes? (That's my preference.) 

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Easy Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes With Buttery Apple Topping (Recipe)

Easy Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes With Buttery Apple Topping (Recipe)

8 pancakes/2 servings

  • 1 cup all-purpose or light spelt flour

    2 teaspoons baking powder

    2 tablespoons brown or coconut sugar

    ½ teaspoon cinnamon

    ¼ teaspoon salt

    ¼ teaspoon nutmeg

    1 tablespoon ground flax

    1 cup of almond (or other non-dairy) milk

    1 teaspoon vinegar

    1 tablespoon grapeseed oil

    1 teaspoon vanilla extract

    1 cup grated Organic Washington apples

    Nonstick cooking spray for pan

    For the buttery apple topping:

    1 tablespoon vegan margarine

    1 tablespoon brown or coconut sugar

    1 Organic Washington apple, sliced

    ¼ teaspoon cinnamon


In a large bowl, stir together flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, salt and nutmeg.

In a medium bowl, whisk together the ground flax and the almond milk for a minute or so. Stir in the vinegar, oil and vanilla and mix well. Fold in the grated apples.

Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir until just combined. Let the batter sit for 10 minutes. 

In the meantime, preheat a griddle or a pan over medium-high heat. Prepare the buttery apple topping, below.

Spray the griddle or pan with nonstick cooking spray. Using an ice cream scoop or ladle, pour batter onto a hot griddle or pan. Cook for 3 or 4 minutes until bubbles form across the top. Flip carefully. Cook for about 3 minutes longer, until lightly browned.

For the buttery apple topping:

Heat a small saucepan over medium heat. Add vegan margarine. When melted, stir in sugar. Add apple slices. Saute for 5 to 10 minutes, until tender. Sprinkle with cinnamon. 

Serve with buttery apple topping and maple syrup.


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