Skip to Content

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!

Vegan Applesauce Pancakes

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!

I’ve topped the pancakes with warm, stewed apples, which makes it the perfect breakfast for cold or rainy days! Plus, the whole kitchen will smell like apple pie.

Vegan Applesauce Pancakes
Super thick and fluffy applesauce pancakes!

How to make Vegan Applesauce Pancakes

The ingredients

You will need:

  • flour – I am using all-purpose wheat flour.
  • cinnamon powder
  • baking powder
  • applesauce – I am using store-bought applesauce without added sugar.
  • plant-based milk – I am using oat milk but you can also use rice, soy, almond, whatever milk you have at home.
  • 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.

Vegan Applesauce Pancakes
These pancakes are delicious with warm, stewed apples on top! The salted butter, maple syrup, and cinnamon in the sauce brings out the flavor even more.
stacked vegan applesauce pancakes with maple syrup
On another occasion, I’ve topped mine with more applesauce, cinnamon powder, and maple syrup.

Frequently Asked Questions – Pancakes

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. Applesauce + 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!).

More delicious vegan Pancake Recipes

Love it? Rate it!

I hope you enjoy these applesauce pancakes as much as I do! Let me know if you give them a try!

If you don’t want to miss out on new recipes, sign up for my weekly newsletter, join me on Instagram and Facebook.

Cheers, Bianca

Vegan Applesauce Pancakes

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!
4.43 from 61 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American, Vegan
Servings 2 stacks à ~3 pancakes
Calories 316 kcal


Ingredients for the pancakes

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 cup applesauce
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened plant-based milk e.g. oat milk
  • 1 teaspoon canola oil for the pan


  • 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 them with stewed apples; or with more applesauce, cinnamon powder, and maple syrup.


*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.


Calories: 316kcalCarbohydrates: 65gProtein: 7gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 28mgPotassium: 415mgFiber: 3gSugar: 11gVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 155mgIron: 3mg
Tried this recipe?Mention @elephantasticvegan or tag #elephantasticvegan!
Affiliate Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links, which means I may earn referral fees if you make a purchase through my link. While clicking these links won't cost you any extra money, they will help me keep this site up and running!
Recipe Rating


Sunday 12th of May 2024

These were tasty, but the batter was incredibly thick. It needed almost a cup of milk instead of a half cup.

Epi Rodriguez

Sunday 13th of August 2023

Love these!!


Saturday 18th of February 2023

Hi Can you use allpurpose flour for these pancakes


Monday 13th of February 2023

These were good. I made them because I was out of eggs and milk and didn’t want to run to the store before breakfast. They did turn out dense—kind of a chewy texture, but good. I would agree with the comment to add a pinch of salt and probably vanilla for flavor. I also subbed water for plant based milk because again I was out of milk

Brenda Thompson

Friday 10th of February 2023

I was struggling to find a good recipe for vegan pancakes and I am so happy to say I found it!!! other recipes that use a mashed banana I found did not result in a good pancake texture, and were not fluffy at all. This recipe gave me good tasting and fluffy pancakes. apple sauce is such an easy substitute for eggs... the cinnamon compliments the apple really well.... I probably added 2-3 tsp of baking powder, which gave me really fluffy pancakes, so I'd say don't be afraid to go heavier on the baking powder. tysm!!