Dairy and Gluten Free Cinnamon Spice Apple Pancakes

apple cassava pancakes
Cheri Moore

Written by Cheri Moore

February 12, 2024

Dairy and gluten free cinnamon spice apple pancakes are light and fluffy with a perfect hint of cinnamon and apples.

I am sharing two secrets that make dairy and gluten free apple pancakes light and fluffy. Use the cooking tips below to consistently make fluffy Gluten and Dairy Free Pumpkin Spice Pancakes or Old Fashion Dairy and Gluten Free Pancakes.

One discovery occurred by accident turning these dairy and gluten free apple pancakes into the fluffiest pancakes I have ever eaten. I ran out of coconut milk and my batter was too dry. Thankfully, I remembered my emergency backup supply of dry goat milk powder.

When I used the warm water to dissolve the dairy-free goat milk powder, I was too hungry to let it cool down. Thus, I immediately poured it into the mixture. I was ecstatic to notice a sudden expansion of my pancake batter! The next time I practiced making the recipe, I confirmed that the water must be very warm to the touch. But, not too hot or cool. But, not so hot you are unable to touch the water. That is when I learned that warm goat milk activates baking soda and baking powder.

Of course! I use hot oil as the last ingredient in my homemade cornbread recipe shared by my daughter to create light and fluffy gluten and dairy free cornbread.

The second secret is to beat the egg whites and fold them in at the very end of the recipe. The pancake batter immediately fluffs up.

An Easier Morning for Gluten Free Apple Pancakes

This recipe takes a bit of work, so I dice and cook my apples the night before. I cook one apple for every two people. Or, I purposely cook extra apples. Then, everyone can enjoy a bowl of vanilla ice cream topped with cinnamon apples.

The pancake batter needs roughly 3 diced, cooked apples.

Depending on your blood sugar needs and taste buds, there are two ways to prepare the cinnamon spice apples. If you prefer more of a healthy breakfast, cook apples by steaming diced apples in non-dairy butter stirring in a few spices. However, if you have a sweet tooth you can make an apple syrup. My daughter has a delicious apple syrup recipe on her website and a video on YouTube.

Because I have to watch my sugar intake, I typically eat my apple cinnamon pancakes topped with steamed, cinnamon apples without adding any sugar. I use a combination of high fiber, gluten free flours adding Benefiber to keep my blood sugar from spiking.

Cassava Flour

Interestingly, another word for cassava is tapioca.

The glycemic index is 67, moderate. A big concern that I found is that tapioca sold products have a glycemic index that ranges from 65, moderate, to 90, very high. According to PubMed, the glycemic index of tapioca ranges from 91 to 94, which is too high for those with blood sugar challenges.

In the study, researchers shared some good news. Low amounts of cassava flour, 10 to 30%, in a mixture consisting of four different flours regulated blood sugar in research participants without any health concerns. After experiencing a spike in my blood sugar, I eliminated the use of cassava within my flour mixture.

Ingredients: Gluten and Dairy Free Cinnamon Spice Apple Pancake

Cooking Apples

3 peeled and cubed apples

4 tablespoons of vegan butter

1 teaspoon of sugar or honey or maple syrup (optional)

1 teaspoon of apple pie spice or (1 tsp. ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg)

Gluten Free Apple Pancake Batter

2 eggs separated

1/4 cup of goat milk powder mixed in 1 cup of warm water; Or, 1 cup of non-dairy milk

1 cup of canned unsweetened coconut milk

1/4 cup of organic fine sugar OR 1 Tablespoon honey or maple syrup

1 1/2 tsp of apple pie spice (or 1 tsp ground cinnamon, 1/8 tsp ground mace, 1/8 tsp ground cloves, 1/8 tsp ground nutmeg)

3/4 cup buckwheat flour

3/4 cup oat flour

1/4 cup millet flour

1/4 cup of melted dairy-free butter (If using cast iron, use remaining stick)

2 heaping teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of baking soda

Optional–1 TBSP of Benefiber (regulates blood sugar)

1 teaspoon of salt

Directions for Gluten Free Apple Pancakes

Prepare and Cook Apples

Peel, core, and dice three apples.

diced apples on a cutting board

Melt 4 tablespoons of vegan butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

1 tbsp of vegan butter

Add the diced apples to the pan.

If there are no blood sugar concerns, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar, honey, or maple syrup over the apples. (optional)

1 teaspoon of sugar

Then, sprinkle 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice over the top of the apples and stir.

diced apples with seasoning and butter in a skillet

Lastly, cover the apples with a lid and reduce the temperature to medium-low.

skillet with a lid on

Allow them to cook until tender, string occasionally.

Once the apples are cooked, turn off the burner. Keep the lid on the pot so the apples stay warm. Make sure there is enough liquid in the apples.

Prepare the Gluten and Dairy Free Cinnamon Spice Apple Pancakes

Warm Milk

If using goat milk powder, boil one cup of water. If using a different non-dairy milk, warm one cup on low.

pot of water on the stovetop

Add 1 tablespoon of honey to the hot water.

honey going into a pot of hot water

Whisk 1/4 cup of goat milk powder into the hot water.

powdered goat milk being dumped into a cup of warm water

Set the goat milk honey mixture aside to dissolve.

Separate Egg Whites from Yolks

Then, separate the yolk from the white of egg into individual bowls. Set the bowl of egg whites aside.

separating the yolk from the whites of two eggs

Make Dairy and Gluten Free Apple Pancake Batter

Add the following ingredients to a mixing bowl:

2 yellow egg yolks.

egg yolks in a glass mixing bowl

1/4 cup of organic fine sugar.

1/4 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon of ground mace

1/8 teaspoon of mace

And, 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves.

1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves

Also, an 1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg.

1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

Mill Flours

3/4 cup of Oat Flour

3/4 cup buckwheat flour

3/4 cup of Buckwheat Flour

3/4 cup of Buckwheat flour

1/4 to 1/2 cup Millet

1/4 cup millet flour

Prepare Milk Mixture

Empty a can of coconut milk into a blender.

emptying canned coconut milk into a blender

Blend it and then measure out 1 cup. If too thick, add about 1/4 cup of the warm goat milk or milk of your choosing.

measuring blended coconut milk

Add 1 cup of canned coconut milk to the pancake batter.

pouring canned coconut milk into a glass mixing bowl of dairy and gluten free apple pancake mix

Mix the ingredients together.

mixing dairy and gluten free apple pancake batter

Then, melt 1/4 cup of butter in the skillet on the stovetop.

1/4 cup of vegan butter

Pour the melted butter into the pancake batter and stir.

pouring melted butter from skillet into dairy and gluten free apple pancake batter

Next, add 2 heaping teaspoons of baking powder.

measuring 2 heaping teaspoons of baking powder

1 teaspoon of baking soda. Never add more than 1 teaspoon, because baking soda is bitter.

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt.

one teaspoon of salt

If you are using 1 tablespoon of Benefiber, add it to the batter now.

Stir the batter until all the ingredients are completely incorporated.

mixing all ingredients together to make the dairy and gluten free apple pancake batter

Add 1 cup of dissolved warm goat milk powder water and mix.

warm goat milk in a measuring cup with a purple whisk

Next, stir in 2 cups of cooked apples.

stirring cooked apples into the dairy and gluten free apple pancake batter

Beat Egg Whites

In a clean bowl, beat two egg whites on high until stiff peaks begin to form.

beaten egg whites in a stainless steel mixing bowl.

Then, gently fold the beaten egg whites into the pancake batter. While griddle of cast iron pan preheats, let batter rest. You will see an amazing change in the batter.

Folding egg whites into dairy and gluten free apple pancake batter

Cooking Gluten Free Apple Pancakes

Pour your desired amount of gluten free pancake batter onto a buttered preheated skillet over medium to medium-low heat.

Cooking three dairy and gluten  free apple pancakes in a skillet

Before flipping gluten free apple pancakes over, wait until edges are cooked and bubbles pop on the surface.

The edge of the dairy and gluten free apple pancakes are cooked and bubbles on the surface are popping

Wait about a minute before serving dairy and gluten free apple pancakes.

cooked, golden-brown, dairy and gluten free apple pancakes in a skillet

Topping Options for Gluten Free Apple Pancakes

I have already shared a few ways to serve these delicious apple pancakes, but here are a few more ideas.

Maple Syrup – there is nothing like an apple pancake with a drizzle of maple syrup over the top. If you want to make it even more special, be sure to warm the syrup up.

Dairy-Free Whipped Cream – Whipped cream is undoubtedly a crowd favorite in my house. We love to use TruWhip as a dairy-free option.

Fresh Fruit – there is no better way to make a pancake breakfast light and delicious in the summer than with fresh fruit. We love strawberries, bananas, and blueberries.

Dairy and gluten free Cinnamon Spice Apple Pancakes topped with cooked apples. Sliced boiled egg is also on the plate.

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