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September 26, 2019

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Vegan Apple Cider Pancakes

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These healthy apple cider pancakes are light, fluffy and perfect for fall! They're also vegan, gluten-free and delicious topped with apples and maple syrup!

Healthy Apple Cider Pancakes

Now that it's officially Fall, we're kicking up our breakfast game with a luscious stack of autumn-inspired pancakes. Pancakes that are light and fluffy, and flavored with one of the most Fall things ever: apple cider!

That's right, we're making our pancakes out of apple cider and then we're topping them with sliced apples and maple syrup and they are everything. So good, so cozy and just these apple cider pancakes are just the absolute best way to start the day!

How to make Vegan Pancakes

Gluten-Free Flours for Apple Cider Pancakes

I've probably made at least 10 different pancake recipes here and I feel like I've finally gotten the base down pact. It's a blend of flours that works every single time, whether I'm stirring in zucchini and chocolate chips or I'm making carrot cake.

My go-to flour combo for epic vegan and gluten-free pancakes is:

  • quinoa flour
  • almond flour
  • coconut flour

The quinoa flour acts as a “whole grain” flour which makes them a little heartier. Then I like to add almond flour which makes them a little light and almost cakey. And then finally some coconut flour which adds just a teeny bit of sweetness and makes them fluffier.

Vegan Gluten Free Pancake Recipe

How to Make Vegan Pancakes

Once we sort out the gluten-free flours we're using, it's time to make our vegan tweaks to these pancakes. Making vegan pancakes is actually quite simple: you just have to replace the milk and the eggs.

I've found that any non-dairy milk will work to replace traditional milk. If you're looking to replace buttermilk, the trick is to add a splash of lemon juice or apple cider vinegar to your plant milk and let it “curdle”. The acid will also help make your pancakes even fluffier.

For the eggs, I just use my standard vegan egg replacement: flax eggs. If you've never made a flax egg before, it's so easy. Check out my tutorial on how to make a flax egg so you can see! And if you want more ideas for replacing eggs, I have an entire guide on vegan egg substitutes for you ????

And that's basically it for making vegan gluten free pancakes! Replace your flours, replace your milk, replace your eggs and you're golden!

Fluffy Gluten Free Pancakes

Fluffy Gluten-Free Pancakes for Fall

Now let's talk these apple cider pancakes! I've been thinking about remaking my applesauce pancakes for a while, but I wanted something that was a little different. I'll update those eventually, but as soon as I saw local apple cider grace my grocery store shelves I knew that was it.

We're not actually using just apple cider for our liquid – we're mixing it with some almond milk – but the apple flavor is perfect. It's not overpowering; it's subtle, it's a tad bit sweet and they're just the ultimate cozy fall breakfast. Something you can make on a lazy weekend morning or freeze and reheat for a quick weekday meal.

And to finish everything off, pancakes are all about the toppings. I've been straight-up obsessed with adding coconut yogurt onto my pancakes (as evidence of the last 5+ pancake recipes I've shared – oops!), so we're doing that as our base layer. Then we're keeping things autumnal with sliced apples on top, chopped pecans and the true star of the show: maple syrup.

Just an epic stack of healthy pancakes that I know you are going to LOVE! ????

healthy apple cider pancakes

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Vegan Apple Cider Pancakes

These healthy apple cider pancakes are light, fluffy and perfect for fall! They're also vegan, gluten-free and delicious topped with apples and maple syrup!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 288kcal
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Vegan Gluten Free Pancake Recipe
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  • Preheat a griddle over medium heat.
  • Whisk together the flax and water and set aside to gel.
  • In a large mixing bowl, whisk together the flours, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt.
  • Add the flax eggs, cider, milk, oil, and syrup into the bowl with the dry ingredients and mix until a smooth batter forms. Fold in add-ins if you're using them.
  • Lightly grease your griddle with nonstick cooking spray or coconut oil. Ladle ¼ cup of batter onto the griddle and repeat until you have filled your pan. Cook the pancakes until small bubbles begin to form around the edges, about 2 - 3 minutes. Flip and cook for another 1 - 2 minutes longer until the other sides are golden brown. Repeat until no batter remains.
  • Serve warm with sliced apple, coconut yogurt, chopped nuts, and pure maple syrup. The combo is delicious – promise!



* nutrition facts do not include toppings or add-ins


Serving: 3pancakes | Calories: 288kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 348mg | Potassium: 284mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 188mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. We cant use Almonds because of allergies. What would be a great substitute for that? I find a lot of GF recipes use this so any help would be appreciated!! I just found your web site today and already loving it!!
    Thanks for all you do,

    • I haven’t tested without almonds, but I think you could try buckwheat or oat 🙂 I don’t think that will always work in all recipes, but I do think it will work here! You might need to add a touch more milk, but the texture should still be good.

  2. Hi, We have allergies in the home to all nuts and peanuts. Would you have a recommendation for a substitute for almond flour in your recipes? Thanks for all the great work!

    • I haven’t personally substituted almonds int his recipe, but I think you could purchase sunflower seed or pumpkin seed flour on somewhere like Amazon and that would work for a 1:1 substitute 🙂


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