Part breakfast and part dessert, these Apple Pie inspired pancakes use my favourite one pan, one bowl fluffy pancake recipe to create a cloud like pancake stack that is guaranteed to impress! This showstopper takes only 30 minutes to make and with minimal washing up, makes it the perfect treat for pancake day, or even a sharing dessert with your loved one.
What you are going to need to make these fluffy apple pie pancakes
White Self-Raising Flour: using self-raising flour is important as the added rising agents help to give the pancakes their cloud like consistency. If you only have plain white flour in the cupboard, add an additional tsp of baking powder to the flour. Same if you are swapping to a gluten-free variety like buckwheat flour
Coconut Flour: I’ve used coconut flour here as it helps create a soft springy pancake due to the flours absorbency, but am aware not everyone will have this at home. This can be swapped for the same quantity of self-raising flour, but you may find you need a little less dairy free milk, as coconut flour is a lot more absorbent than regular flour. Or swap for oat flour, by blending the same quantity of oats, as coconut flour in a blender to get a fine milled flour
Baking Powder: this acts as a rising agent for the pancakes
Cinnamon: the powdered cinnamon adds that warming flavour that is synonymous with apple pie
Dairy Free Milk: you can use any variety of dairy free milk in this recipe. For the pancakes that are pictured I used oat milk, but cashew, soya, almond, coconut will all work. Just try to pick an unsweetened version to avoid adding additional sweetness to the pancakes, for a similar reason also avoid barista milks when making these pancakes
Apple Puree: see more details below for how to make this, but this acts as an egg replacer in the batter to bind the mixture together
Maple Syrup: this adds a subtle sweetness to the batter, but any other liquid sweetener will work
Olive Oil: I’ve opted for an extra virgin olive oil in this recipe, but other similar oils like avocado or macadamia nut oil will work, or even coconut oil if it is melted
Apple Puree Method and Recipe
If you are opting to make your own apple puree (which I highly recommend) rather than using a jarred version, I’ve listed the full method below:
- For this recipe you are going to need about 4 standard sized eating apples. Any apple will work, but I tend to find Bramley Apples work best as they are slightly tart
- Core the apples and chop them into 2 – 3cm pieces. You can keep the skins on for those extra nutrients, you’ll just need to do one final blend of the apples at the end
- Pop the apple pieces in a pan with a splash of water and cook on a medium heat for about 10 minutes. They should start to cook down and get mushy. If they get too dry at any point, just add a little more water.
- After about 10 minutes you should start to get a thick puree
- The final step is to allow this to cool and then blitz in a blender to get a smooth consistency
The toppings for these Fluffy Apple Pie Pancakes are what takes this dish to the next level. However, they are far from complicated and can easily be swapped out for whatever you have handy in the cupboards:
Apple Puree: this helps to really deliver that intense apple flavour to the dish, sandwiching them between each pancake helping to glue the stack together. Whilst I have include a recipe and method to make your own, if time is of the essence you could use apple sauce from a jar too
Biscoff Crumb: I’ve taken a couple of Biscoff biscuits and crumbled them up with my fingers and sprinkled them over the finished stack. This helps give the dish a crunchy texture but also adds those cinnamon warming flavours you associate with an apple pie. If you don’t have Biscoff biscuits at home, no worries, just swap out for whatever biscuits you have in the cupboard
Vegan Vanilla Ice Cream: now this is optional, but a great addition! However, if you are eating these for breakfast you probably want to swap out for yoghurt instead of ice cream (although no judgement here if you eat ice cream for breakfast). Again, other ice cream flavours will work too if that is what you have handy; try caramel or butterscotch for extra indulgence.
You could also try adding pecan or walnut pieces or a sprinkle of seeds or flaxseed if you are eating these for breakfast.
Fluffy Apple Pie PancakesCourse: Breakfast, Dessert, BrunchCuisine: Pancakes, Sharing DessertDifficulty: Easy
Part dessert, part breakfast, this apple pie inspired pancake stack uses my favourite one pan, one bowl fluffy pancake recipe to create a cloud like pancake stack that is perfect for sharing!
Ingredients (makes 8 pancakes)
- Dry Pancake Ingredients
170g Self raising flour
30g Coconut flour
1 tsp Baking powder
1.5 tsp Cinnamon
- Wet Pancake Ingredients
250ml Dairy free milk
2.5 tbsp Smooth apple puree (see above for method)
1 tbsp Maple syrup
1tbsp Olive oil
2 Lotus Biscoff biscuits, crumbled
Vegan vanilla ice cream or yoghurt
- Place all of the dry ingredients in a bowl and combine together
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir lightly to create a pancake batter (you are aiming for a thick yet spoonable batter than you can pour)
- Heat a non-stick pan over a medium heat with a little olive oil
- Using an ice cream scoop (or similar), add a spoonful of batter to the centre of the pan, cooking one pancake at a time (use the back of the scoop to spread out the batter and shape into a disc). You are aiming to get 8 pancakes out of the batter
- Cook for 1 – 2 minutes on each side until golden (you will know when they are cooked as you’ll start to see bubbles forming on the top of the batter)
- Stack the pancakes onto a plate as you cook them and cover to keep warm
- Once the pancakes are all cooked, layer apple puree between each pancake to create an epic stack and top with crumbled Biscoff crumb and vanilla ice cream
- Double the recipe quantity for 4 portions
- These are best eaten as soon as they are made, but will store in an air-tight container in the fridge for a day or so, just pop them in the oven at 160oc for 10 minutes to warm through before eating
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