Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

August 21, 2017

These Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes are the perfect, healthy twist to kick start your day! Completely fluffy, airy, and oil-free, these pancakes are truly irresistible—especially with the burst of Fall spices and bold apple flavor. Made in just a few short steps and under 25 minutes. Gluten-free option available.

Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

These pancakes were the best start to my day—in all honesty. Usually, I wouldn’t be the one to attest to anything with Apples as the “star” ingredient (they aren’t my first choice of flavor), however, these pancakes has won me over!

I’m hooked!

Not only are these pancakes light and fluffy, but they are bursting with cinnamon and apple flavors which makes them so GOOD for the Fall season.

To top it all off, by adding the warm caramelized apples as the topping has made this dish even more amazing!

Trust me, this is a recipe that will put a smile on even your little one’s face—-one for the entire family.

The great thing about these pancakes are that they aren’t too sweet, so you won’t need an entire jug of water to wash everything down so early in the morning! Haha!

Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

On my journey of clean eating (especially with leaning more towards a vegan diet), I’ve learned that things aren’t necessarily difficult to eat because of the so-called “restrictions” that a diet may have.

It’s definitely all about being creative and being willing to experiment.

If you can do either, you’ll be surprised at how amazing food can really taste without the need for eating EVERYTHING.

Besides, there are a ton of substitutions that can leave you feeling completely satisfied and not deprived with your dish.

Awesome Meat Substitutes to Try This Year is all about finding out the various ways that you can substitute meat on those days where you just feel like giving your usual eating habits a break or for those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate in your diet.

Plant Protein–the latest trend that has been transforming 2018 into a year of “no-meat” is just one of the many ways that you can say ‘yes’ to eating a whole diet and ‘no’ to eating meat if desired.

Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

The Best Healthy Sugar Alternatives + Substitutes list is all about finding better ways to enjoy your favorite sweets without compromising your healthy lifestyle. For those who follow a vegetarian and/or vegan lifestyle, this lists offers a few great ideas to incorporate healthy sweeteners into your diet.

Since we’re on the topic—-let’s talk PANCAKES!

I chose to use whole wheat flour for these pancakes, specifically because I rarely use it and secondly, because these Whole Wheat Strawberry Pancakes were absolutely delicious! Granted, Whole Wheat flour is a bit thicker than regular All-Purpose flour, however, when used in the right recipes, it adds a nice weight and texture—-especially in pancakes.

These Healthy Pumpkin Quinoa Pancakes + Praline Syrup are the best thing that you’ll ever encounter for breakfast. In true Fall fashion, these vegan pancakes come loaded with pumpkin + spice flavor and topped with a sweet, dairy-free + vegan praline sauce that is packed with toasted pecans. Completely easy to make and can be whipped together in just 30 minutes. Bon Appetite!

These Thick + Fluffy Sweet Potato Pancakes are healthy, dairy-free, and are the perfect way to kick-start your day. Whether you want an awesome seasonal flavor or just something sweetly homemade, this recipe makes for a great breakfast or brunch dish in just 25 minutes–total.

Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

FYI—I’ve included a few ingredient substitutions for you below, however, you can find a ton more substitutions on our Ingredient Hacks page:

  • Milk: can be substituted with soy milk, rice milk, coconut milk (my NEW Fave!), oat milk, hemp milk, + a few others.
  • Cheese: can be substituted with vegan cheese (I haven’t tried it yet, but I’ve heard mixed reviews!).
  • Eggs: can be substituted with tofu, “flaxseed egg” mixture, mashed bananas, oat or soy flour, rolled oats, + a few others.
  • Butter: can be substituted with vegan butter, sunflower oil, olive oil, + a few others.
  • Mayonnaise: can be substituted with vegan mayo
  • Cream Cheese: can be substituted with cashews (soaked + pureed)
  • Honey: can be substituted with agave, maple syrup
  • And there are many more substitutes available, Ya’ll!

Need more ideas for your clean eating goals? You can see more really great vegan breakfast recipes below:

This Superfood Overnight Oats: Maca, Cacao, + Chia Seeds recipe is a healthy satisfying and energizing option for the perfect grab-n-go breakfast. These Oats boasts their creaminess, thickness from the thickly cut oatmeal used, jam-packed nutrients from the superfoods, chocolatey-ness, and generous nutty flavor from the delicious Maca powder + Peanut butter; which all create quite the experience in just one jar. All vegan and Gluten-Free.

These Homemade Vegan Apple-Cinnamon Pop Tarts are nothing short of flaky, naturally sweet, and bursting with comforting spice flavors, both inside + out and topped with a beautiful Maple frosting. Complete homage to the classic childhood favorite, these pop tarts are a sure crowd-pleaser, especially for Apple lovers. The perfect bite for breakfast, brunch, or a nice in between snack. All Vegan ingredients and easy to make. Gluten-Free Version available.

This Banana Peanut Butter Overnight Oats recipe is a healthy way to kick start your day and is beautifully textured. These Oats boasts it’s creaminess, thickness from the thickly cut oatmeal used, and generous nutty flavor from the delicious peanut butter; which all create quite the experience in just one bowl. All vegan and Gluten-Free.

These Gluten-Free + Vegan Buckwheat Waffles + Blueberry are the perfect option for allergy sensitivity to grains and gluten. Made in just one bowl, these waffles are naturally sweetened, fluffy, thick, airy, and topped with a delicious Blueberry compote that creates a killer flavor profile! The perfect breakfast or brunch dish with the perfect taste for your mornings!

NEED MORE FALL RECIPE IDEAS?

When it comes to delicious vegan options, these Top 25 Vegan Fall Go-To Recipes come rich in flavor, unique ingredients/combinations, Fall spices, from savory to sweet, and much more. This roundup is offers healthy, easy methods are cozy for those chilly Fall days.

Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Whelp, let’s dig right into these pancakes, shall we?

Start by whisking together the organic all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, all spice, and sea salt in a large bowl and set aside.

In a separate bowl, add the Almond milk and apple cider vinegar and whisk together until well combined. Set aside for 5-10 minutes.

Next whisk in the apple puree into the milk-vinegar mixture until well incorporated. **NOTE: The mixture will thicken, that’s OK!** Add vanilla, maple syrup, and melted butter and continue whisking.

Now, add the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until well combined. NOTE: Batter shouldn’t be too runny or too thick. Try to find it somewhere in the middle. **Try not to Over-mix.**

Add a thin slice of vegan butter to a heated medium skillet and pour 1/3 cup of batter unto the surface of the skillet. Cook for about 1-2 minutes (until batter begins to bubble) and gently flip pancake to it’s opposite side, cooking another 1-2 minutes. Be sure to gently press down on pancake to ensure that center cooks through.

Once cooked and lightly brown, remove pancake from heat and repeat steps until all batter is used.

In the meantime, make your Caramelized Apple topping.

Caramelized Apple Topping:

In a saucepan on medium-high heat, add the butter and heat until melted. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt and stir until combined and everything begins to bubble, about 2-3 minutes. Add sliced apples, tossing everything until apples are well covered and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. **NOTE: Sauce should thicken and become “caramelized” within this time without burning.** Once done, remove from heat and serve immediately.

To serve, stack pancakes onto one another and add Caramelized Apples and lightly drizzle with maple syrup, if desired.

Bon Appetite!

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Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 20 mins
Total Time: 25 mins
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Ingredients

Apple Pancakes:

  • 1 cup organic All-purpose flour (I use Bob's Red Mill)
  • 1 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1 Tbsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/8 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp sea salt
  • 1 cup Almond milk (You can use your fave plant-based milk!)
  • 2-3 Tbsps pure maple syrup (See Notes!)
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 Tbsp vegan butter, melted butter (I use Earth's Balance)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1/2 cup Apple puree (See Notes!)

Caramelized Apple Topping:

  • 2 Tbsps vegan butter
  • 1/2 cup organic brown sugar
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • pinch of sea salt
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled + sliced

Instructions

  • Start by whisking together the organic all-purpose flour, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, ginger, all spice, and sea salt in a large bowl and set aside.
  • In a separate bowl, add the Almond milk and apple cider vinegar and whisk together until well combined. Set aside for 5-10 minutes.
  • Next whisk in the apple puree into the milk-vinegar mixture until well incorporated. **NOTE: The mixture will thicken, that's OK!** Add vanilla, maple syrup, and melted butter and continue whisking.
  • Now, add the wet ingredients in with the dry ingredients and stir together with a rubber spatula until well combined. NOTE: Batter shouldn’t be too runny or too thick. Try to find it somewhere in the middle. **Try not to Over-mix.**
  • Add a thin slice of vegan butter to a heated medium skillet and pour 1/3 cup of batter unto the surface of the skillet. Cook for about 1-2 minutes (until batter begins to bubble) and gently flip pancake to it’s opposite side, cooking another 1-2 minutes. Be sure to gently press down on pancake to ensure that center cooks through.
  • Once cooked and lightly brown, remove pancake from heat and repeat steps until all batter is used.
  • In the meantime, make your Caramelized Apple topping.

Caramelized Apple Topping:

  • In a saucepan on medium-high heat, add the butter and heat until melted. Add the brown sugar, cinnamon, and sea salt and stir until combined and everything begins to bubble, about 2-3 minutes. Add sliced apples, tossing everything until apples are well covered and cook for 8-10 minutes, stirring occasionally. **NOTE: Sauce should thicken and become "caramelized" within this time without burning.** Once done, remove from heat and serve immediately.
  • To serve, stack pancakes onto one another and add Caramelized Apples and lightly drizzle with maple syrup, if desired.
  • Bon Appetite!

Tips & Tricks

SWEETENER: If you choose to opt out of pure maple syrup, you can always substitute with Agave as well.
GLUTEN-FREE VERSION: To make these pancakes GF, I recommend using a GF Flour Blend (Bob’s Red Mills has a great version!). **NOTE: If the batter is too ‘thin + runny’, simply add additional GF flour, 1/4 cup at a time.**
APPLE PUREE: In a saucepan, add diced apples (about 2 medium ones), 1 tsp lemon juice, 2-3 Tbsps organic brown sugar, 1 tsp vanilla, and cook on medium-high heat, stirring until they release their juices and things begin to bubble. Continue cooking until apples have softened. Add a pinch of cinnamon. Once completely softened, remove from heat and let cool for 5 minutes. Now, add apples to a high-powered blender and blend until mixture is fully pureed, about 1-2 minutes (having chunks are fine, if desired). Continue with recipe.

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  1. Blended some rolled oats to make oat flour and used it to sub half of the all-purpose flour. Baked some apple slices with lemon juice, maple syrup, and cinnamon for 20 minutes on 350 and layered then with the pancakes. Threw some banana slices on top as well and it was delicious!

    • Hi Alexa! Wow, that sounds absolutely delicious! So glad that you enjoyed these pancakes! 🙂

  2. These look fantastic! I love pancakes. We eat them every Saturday for breakfast. I have never tried vegan pancakes before, so I am excited to give these a try.

    • Hi Sarah! Thanks so much! We definitely enjoy pancakes or waffles in my house on the weekends also! Vegan pancakes are my go-to! Be sure to let me know how these turn out! 🙂

    • Haha! Not at all Emma! Some breakfast dishes make the best dinner dishes! I do hope that you try this and enjoy! 🙂