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Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
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Warm Vegan Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

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.
Course Breakfast, Brunch
Keyword apple, apples, breakfast, brunch, cinnamon, classic, dairy-free, easy, fall recipe, fluffy, healthy, holiday, holidays, homemade, indulge, pancakes, plant-based, recipe, southern, spices, sweet, vegan
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 6 pancakes
Author Shanika | Orchids + Sweet Tea

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!

Notes

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.