Gluten Free Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

These gluten free apple-cinnamon pancakes are fall brunch perfection on a plate!

My father is obsessed with little hometown diners. They're a great option when you're out of town, but I just don't see the major appeal otherwise. And don't get me wrong, there are some wonderful diners. Maybe if I couldn't or didn't like to cook, I'd be a frequent flyer too. There's one near my house and the parking lot is always packed!

A few years ago, I ventured inside, ready for a plate full of homestyle comfort food. Since it was fall, they added a few seasonal specials. Apple-cinnamon pancakes caught my eye! Basically, there were chunks of apple inside my pancake. They were edible, but not great. Ummm...this was definitely not what I had pictured.

Someone hold my apple cider, because I can do much better.

Picture a tall stack of fluffy, buttery, gluten free pancakes with apple crisp filling on top! That's right!

It's fall brunch time!

Stack of gluten free pancakes with apple crisp filling

Ingredients in Gluten Free Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

  • Applesauce
  • Butter
  • Milk: You can use dairy free.
  • Apple Cider
  • Vanilla
  • One Egg
  • Brown Sugar
  • Baking Powder
  • Cinnamon
  • Gluten Free Flour Blend
  • 10-Minute Apple Crisp

What is the secret to fluffy pancakes?

Well...gluten helps, which is not great news. Other methods include folding in whipped egg whites or adding an acid with baking soda (ie. mayonnaise.)

Are gluten free pancakes vegan?

Gluten free pancakes can also be vegan if you use a replacement for the egg and non-dairy milk.

        ♦ Chia seed eggs

        ♦ Flax seed eggs

        ♦ Bob's Red Mill Gluten Free Egg Replacer

What can replace wheat flour in pancakes?

There are a number of terrific alternative flours. I usually recommend a blend. Many companies make 1-1 gluten free flour blends. You can also buy and mix your own. My favorites include oat, almond, tapioca, and cassava flour.

Gluten Free Apple-Cinnamon fall pancakes on black plate

Gluten Free Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

These gluten free apple-cinnamon pancakes are fall brunch perfection on a plate!



  • 1/2 c. applesauce
  • 1 Tbsp. butter, melted
  • 3/4 c. milk
  • 1/4 c. apple cider
  • 1/2 tsp. vanilla
  • 1 egg
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 c. gluten free flour blend (I used 1/2 c. oat, 1/4 c. almond, 1/4 c. cassava)

Apple Crisp Topping

  • 2-3 tsp. coconut oil
  • 2 large apples, peeled and diced
  • 1 Tbsp. orange juice
  • 1/2 tsp. cinnamon
  • 2 Tbsp. brown sugar
  1. Heat a large skillet or griddle over medium heat.  Meanwhile, in a medium mixing bowl, whisk all of the ingredients together. Test skillet by splashing a few drops of water in the pan.  If the water sizzles, the pan is ready.  Pour batter to make individual pancakes. Cook on each side for 2-5 minutes.
  2. Using the same skillet, heat the coconut oil over low heat. Peel and dice the apples. Then, add to the skillet and raise the heat to medium-high. Stir in the orange juice and cinnamon. Next, sauté for 4-5 minutes. Once apples are fork tender, turn off the heat. Then, sprinkle the apples with the brown sugar and stir. Serve warm.


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