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Vegan Applesauce Pancakes

There’s nothing better than a stack of fluffy pancakes on weekends! These vegan applesauce pancakes are quick & easy to make. No eggs and no bananas!

stacked vegan applesauce pancakes with maple syrup

You know I love pancakes. And I know you do too because pancakes are always among my most popular recipes on the blog! :)

Usually, I use a mashed very ripe banana (instead of eggs) in my pancake batter, but I know there are people who don’t like bananas, so I wanted to create a banana-free pancake recipe using apple sauce!

They turned out great! They are just as fluffy as my other pancakes and I love the applesauce + cinnamon combo!

How to make Vegan Applesauce Pancakes

The ingredients

You will need:

  • flour
  • cinnamon
  • baking powder
  • applesauce
  • plant-based milk
  • maple syrup (for drizzling on top)
  • baking spray or oil (for the pan; optional)

The basic steps

Making these vegan Applesauce Pancakes is actually really easy.

Here are the basic steps:

flour, cinnamon and baking powder

Step 1: Combine the flour, cinnamon powder, and baking powder in a bowl.

ingredients for applesauce pancakes

Step 2: Add the applesauce and plant-based milk.

pancake batter in a bowl

Step 3: Whisk until combined. Try not to overmix.

pancakes in a pan

Step 4: Brush/spray a pan with oil. Use an ice cream scoop to add the pancake batter to the pan (over low to medium heat). Once the corners have set, it’s time to flip. Let the pancake cook on the other side until golden. Repeat until you’ve used up the pancake batter.

stacked applesauce pancakes

You can get creative with toppings and add-ins! Fruits, chocolate, coconut flakes, cocoa nibs are just a few ideas. I’ve topped mine with more applesauce, cinnamon powder, and maple syrup.

Pancake FAQ

What can I do if my pancakes are raw inside?

If your pancakes are golden brown on the outside but not cooked all the way through, reduce the heat! That way they have more time to cook properly.

What can I do if my pancakes aren’t fluffy?

Add more baking powder! This will make them fluffier. Mashed bananas + baking powder = are a good recipe for fluffiness! :)

My pancake batter is spreading too much/not enough?!

No worries, you can easily adjust the batter! If the batter is spreading too much in the pan, whisk more flour into the batter. If your pancake batter isn’t spreading enough, add a bit more plant-based milk!

Are vegan pancakes healthy?

These pancakes are made completely without white sugar. They are sweetened only with applesauce and maple syrup. So I consider these pancakes to be a much healthier alternative to traditional pancakes. Also, they don’t contain any animal products! And there’s only minimal oil (only for the pan). If you want to make these pancakes even healthier, you can use a mix of spelt and wheat flour or use whole wheat flour.

How to make pancakes without eggs and dairy?

Pancakes without eggs and dairy? Easy! And you don’t even need any weird egg replacement powders. For these pancakes, I’ve used applesauce instead of eggs and a bit more baking powder than usual. This results in the fluffiest pancakes ever! And they hold together perfectly. As for the dairy, I’ve simply used plant-based milk (in this case oat milk but you can use any you want!).

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stacked vegan applesauce pancakes with maple syrup

Vegan Applesauce Pancakes

Bianca Haun | Elephantastic Vegan
There's nothing better than a stack of fluffy pancakes on weekends! These vegan applesauce pancakes are quick & easy to make. No eggs and no bananas!
4.5 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 2 stacks à ~3 pancakes
Calories 316 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

Ingredients for the pancakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder + more to add on top
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup applesauce + more to add on top
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plant-based milk e.g. oat milk
  • 1 teaspoon maple syrup for drizzling on top
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil for the pan

Instructions
 

  • In a bowl, combine the flour, cinnamon powder, and baking powder. Whisk.
  • Add in the applesauce and plant-based milk. Whisk until incorporated. Let the batter sit for a few minutes.
  • Spray a flat pan or griddle with oil and heat it up to medium to low heat. Add an ice cream scoop full or a small ladle of pancake batter*. Let it cook until the middle becomes bubbly and the corners set, then flip with a spatula. Let it cook on the other side until done. Repeat for all the pancakes. You should be able to get about 6 pancakes out of the batter.
  • Stack the pancakes, top with more applesauce, cinnamon powder, and drizzle with maple syrup.

Notes

*If the batter spreads too much in the pan, whisk a bit more flour into the batter. If it doesn’t spread enough, add a bit more plant-based milk.
Tips for making the perfect vegan pancakes: 
  • Flip the pancakes when you see small bubbles in the center.
  • If your pancakes are golden brown on the outside but not cooked all the way through, reduce the heat!
  • Not fluffy enough? Add more baking powder.
  • If your pancakes stick to the pan, make sure you use a non-stick pan or griddle and to spray the pan with oil before adding the batter.

Nutrition

Calories: 316kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 7gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 28mgPotassium: 415mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 3mg
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Ali

Wednesday 17th of February 2021

Where are the quantities??

Janene

Monday 15th of February 2021

I'm not sure if its normal, but my pancakes turned out a bit rubbery feeling. But, I'm sure like most vegan switches, I'll come to love the alternative.

I'm nursing a toddler who has a many many allergies including: dairy, soy, egg, banana, strawberry, coconut, pumpkin, and tomato. So pancakes made with applesauce is our savior. It was a hit with my son because this was his first time having pancakes in his life. If I made it right, then it's something to get used to for sure. They're good.

Hazel

Sunday 24th of January 2021

These turned out amazing! I substituted half of the flour for oat flour to make them taste a little more interestint and my family loved them! (My brother even said they tasted like they eere from some fancy restaurant and he is a very picky eater)

Sammy

Tuesday 19th of January 2021

I had a really hard time with these...the batter was WAAAAAAAY too thick and would not cook evenly.

Samantha

Sunday 22nd of November 2020

Made these this morning! 🥞 They turned out great. I used spelt flour and used a 1/3 measuring cup to divide the batter for cooking. It yielded two pancakes each for my husband and I. Perfect! We topped ours with frozen blueberries while they were on the griddle.

Bianca

Tuesday 24th of November 2020

awesome, thank you so much for the review! :)