Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes are light and fluffy, lightly sweetened with applesauce, with a hint of cinnamon. If you’re craving some fall flavor, these dairy-free applesauce pancakes fit the bill.
Cinnamon applesauce pancakes are the perfect breakfast treat for fall. With a hint of cinnamon and a hefty dose of applesauce, these pancakes will have you ready for falling leaves and colder weather.
Applesauce is a great addition to pancakes if you’re looking for a dairy-free pancake recipe. Not only does applesauce moisten these pancakes, but it adds a hint of apple flavor too.
I love to top these pancakes with a pat of butter and a hefty dose of maple syrup. However, whipped cream, applesauce, jam, or fresh fruit are a few more great choices.
How to Make Applesauce Pancakes
Homemade pancakes are incredibly easy to make, and require only a few simple ingredients.
For this recipe, you’ll need unsweetened applesauce, baking powder, an egg, granulated sugar, all-purpose flour, vanilla extract, and cinnamon.
If you aren’t a fan of cinnamon, feel free to omit it from the recipe to make vanilla applesauce pancakes instead.
First, add all of your dry ingredients to a bowl. Whisk together to remove any lumps.
Next, add your wet ingredients. Whisk to combine. If your batter turns out too thick (this will vary based on how thick/thin your applesauce of choice is), at this point you can add anywhere from 1-3 tablespoons of water.
Your batter should be thick, but not too thick to pour and spread in your pan. I added two tablespoons of water to the batter shown.
Next, using a 1/3 measuring cup, pour your batter into a hot, greased skillet.
Pancakes will tell you when they’re ready – the edges will set and no longer look shiny, and bubbles will form across your pancakes.
If you’re not sure, lift up an edge of your pancake to check the color. Your pancake should look golden brown, like shown.
I usually cook with stainless steel cookware. However, there are a few instances when a non-stick skillet comes in handy. Pancakes and eggs are both great examples of this.
Applesauce Pancake Troubleshooting
Pancake batter should be thick, but not too thick to pour. Due to differences in applesauce brands (or homemade vs. store bought), your pancake batter may need a bit of extra moisture.
If your pancake batter looks too thick, don’t be afraid to add anywhere from 1 to 3 tablespoons of water to your batter to thin it out. Keep in mind, the thinner the batter, the thinner the pancakes will turn out.
You’ll also want to keep in mind that thick pancakes take longer to cook than thin pancakes.
Are your pancakes browning too fast, and/or aren’t cooked through in the middle? This is a sign that your heat is too high.
Every stove is different, but you’ll want to cook your pancakes between medium heat, or medium-low heat. Adjust as needed.
More Sweet Breakfast Ideas
Love a sweet breakfast? Try some of my other sweet breakfast recipes:
- Fluffy Buttermilk Pancakes
- Banana Oatmeal Pancakes
- The Fluffiest Blueberry Pancakes
- Quick 30 Minute Cinnamon Rolls
- Cinnamon Muffins From Scratch
Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes
- 1 cup all purpose flour
- 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
- 1 large egg
- 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
- 1-3 tablespoons water as needed
- In a bowl, combine all dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon. Whisk together to remove clumps.
- Add egg, applesauce, and vanilla to the dry ingredients. Stir until JUST combined. There will be lumps in the batter, this is what you want. You don't want to over-mix the batter because this is what makes the pancakes light and fluffy.If your batter looks too thick, add 1-3 tablespoons of water at this time.
- Let the finished batter sit for 5 minutes. During this time, heat up a skillet or griddle over medium-low heat and grease lightly with butter or cooking spray.
- Measure about 1/3 cup of batter into your hot skillet for each pancake. Once you see bubbles across your pancake and the sides start to look dry, flip the pancake over (this will take around 2 minutes depending on the heat of your skillet). Cook the second side until lightly browned. Repeat with remaining batter.
- Serve pancakes with your favorite maple syrup, whipped cream, or fruit compote.
- Are your pancakes browning too quickly, or aren't cooked in the middle? This is a sign that your heat is too high. Turn your heat down slightly.
- Pancake batter should be thick, but not too thick to pour. Due to differences in applesauce brands, you may need to add some water to your batter to thin it out.
- If your pancake batter looks too thick, add anywhere from 1 to 3 tablespoons of water. Keep in mind, the thinner the batter, the thinner the pancakes will turn out.