Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

It’s that time of year where apples are starting to turn up everywhere.

From caramel apples to apple pie to pancakes that taste like apple pie.

Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup - Just as good as apple pie but healthier & way less work!

I confess, I’m not much of a pie-maker. We really don’t need a whole pie at once, and I tend to make bars and cookies because they seem to disappear quicker than a whole pie does.

These pancakes are the answer to my pie-less prayers. And they’re much faster to make than making a pie. I know you won’t miss rolling out pie crust.

Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup - Just as good as apple pie but healthier & way less work!

The recipe is adapted from my friend Adrianna Adarme of A Cozy Kitchen’s new cookbook, Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack.

Adrianna’s recipes are written in a way that leaves nothing to guess, which is so appreciated. I try to write my recipes with lots of detail, and I always appreciate it when I read blogs or cookbooks that are the same.

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In the opening chapter of the book, she offers lots of tips. For example, preheating your pan is really important for perfect pancakes, and if you’re making a big batch, keeping the finished pancakes in a low, preheated 200F oven keeps the first ones warm while you cook your way through the batch.

I am just blown away by how creative she got with the recipes. Carrot Cake Pancakes, Red Velvet, Coffee, Cinnamon Bun, and Banana Bourbon Pancakes all caught my eye.

There’s also Dinner Pancakes, like Jalepeno Corn Cakes and Smoked Gouda Sweet Potato Latkes.

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But since it’s approaching fall, and since I have sweet teeth, I went with Apple Pie.

It’s standard pancake-making, a bowl of dry ingredients, a bowl of wet poured over dry, and then one grated apple is stirred into the batter before griddling them.

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The only changes I made to the recipe were with the spices. I added more cinnamon and nutmeg, and threw in a pinch of cloves.

She also suggested peeling the apple but I didn’t bother. Fiber never hurt anyone.

I added vanilla extract to my maple syrup to bring out that apple pie flavor profile. And I suggest Vanilla Maple Butter, which is stunningly good. I wanted to make something new, but Vanilla Maple Butter is my favorite pancake, French toast, or waffle topper.

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The cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves pair so perfectly with apples. Your house definitely will smell like fall after making a batch of these.

The bits of grated apple lend just a touch of texture to the otherwise soft, fluffy, and lightweight pancakes.

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Although summer is my favorite season, if I have to ring in fall, pancakes that remind me of apple pie are always welcome.

And so are sky-high fluffy stacks.

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Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup - Just as good as apple pie but healthier & way less work!

Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup - Just as good as apple pie but healthier & way less work!

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Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup

The pancakes are a perfect breakfast on a fall morning or anytime you want to savor the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves, which pair wonderfully with apples. The bits of grated apple lend just a touch of texture to the otherwise soft, fluffy, and lightweight pancakes. Your house will smell incredible after making a batch of these easy pancakes that remind me of apple pie.

Yield: 7 to 8 pancakes

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: about 5 minutes

Total Time: 15 minutes


Dry Mix
1 cup all-purpose flour2 tablespoons light brown sugar, packed
1 teaspoon baking powder
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon (original recipe calls for 1 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg (original recipe calls for 1/8 teaspoon)
1/2 teaspoon ground clove (not included in original recipe)
1/8 teaspoon salt

Wet Mix
1 cup whole milk
1 large egg
1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 teaspoon vanilla extract

1 cup grated apple (about 1 medium apple, original indicates to peel apple but I didn't)
Butter or vegetable oil for skillet

Vanilla Maple Syrup (not included in original recipe)
about 1/2 cup maple syrup, warmed gently
1 teaspoon vanilla extract or the scrapings of 1 vanilla bean


  1. Pancakes - In a medium bowl, whisk together the dry ingredients.
  2. In a measuring cup or small bowl, measure out the milk. Add the remaining wet ingredients and beat until combined.
  3. All at once, add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients, and mix until just combined. The batter should have some small to medium lumps; don't overmix or try to stir them smooth.
  4. Gently fold in the grated apple.
  5. Preheat your skillet over medium heat and brush with 1 1/2 teaspoons of butter or 1 teaspoon vegetable oil.
  6. Using a 1/4-cup measure, scoop batter onto warm skillet. Cook for 1 to 2 minutes until small bubbles form on the surface of the pancakes, and then flip.
  7. Reduce the heat to medium-low and cook on the opposite side for about 1 minute, or until golden brown. (My pancakes were slightly larger than 1/4-cup of batter each, and I yielded 7 rather than 8; and they took slightly longer to cook than recipe indicates).
  8. Transfer cooked pancakes to a baking sheet and place in a preheated 200F oven to keep warm.
  9. Repeat the process with the remaining batter, adding more butter or oil to the skilled when needed. Serve immediately.
  10. Vanilla Maple Syrup - Stir together the syrup, vanilla, and serve over pancakes. Optionally, serve with Vanilla Maple Butter.

Recipe reprinted with permission and adapted from Pancakes: 72 Sweet and Savory Recipes for the Perfect Stack

Recipe from Averie Cooks. All images and content are copyright protected. Please do not use my images without prior permission. If you want to republish this recipe, please re-write the recipe in your own words, or simply link back to this post for the recipe. Thank you.

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148 Responses to “Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup”

  1. Rachel @ Baked by Rachel — September 5, 2013 at 7:21 am (#

    Obviously I want a giant stack of these!

  2. Jamie @ lifelovelemons — September 5, 2013 at 9:04 am (#

    I would kill for these pancakes right now

    • Brian — August 16, 2014 at 1:32 am (#

      Sorry, year later, almost, but I’ll volunteer to make you a stack and you won’t have to kill anybody in the process. :)

  3. tahnycooks — September 5, 2013 at 9:43 am (#

    I would take pancakes that taste like apple pie any day!!

  4. Mimi @ Culinary Couture — September 5, 2013 at 12:53 pm (#

    These look absolutely gorgeous! I love me some apple pie in any shape or form!

  5. Donna — September 7, 2013 at 5:57 am (#

    INSTANTANEOUSLY PINNED….OMG…Avery….FIRST Sky-High Apple Muffins…now “Sky-High Apple Pancakes”….These are Sunday Brunch…that is all…Bravo for the exquisite recipe and superlatively photographed results…a stunner and a keeper.

    • Averie Sunshine — September 7, 2013 at 1:24 pm (#

      Thanks for instantly pinning :) And if you make them on Sunday, please LMK how they went over! I’ve already had a few people make them and were really pleased!

  6. Liz (formerly VeggieGirl) — September 7, 2013 at 5:58 am (#

    Apple Pie in breakfast/brunch form? I’m sold.

  7. Nutmeg Nanny — September 8, 2013 at 8:21 am (#

    I can’t think of anything I’d rather have for breakfast :) these pancakes look incredible!

  8. anna @ annamayeveryday — September 9, 2013 at 3:10 am (#

    These look fabulous, I’ve put the recipe into my recipe box – we’ll be making these at the weekend for breakfast, perfect!

  9. Valerie — September 9, 2013 at 6:26 am (#

    I kind of love the fuss and drama that’s involved in pie making but I’d happily put down the rolling pin for a batch of these!! (Your plates are lovely!)

    • Averie Sunshine — September 9, 2013 at 8:42 am (#

      Thanks! I got them at the thrift store for about a buck each. That’s about my limit for plates I know will be used one time, maybe twice :)

  10. Brian @ A Thought For Food — September 9, 2013 at 6:29 am (#

    Very nice, Averie! These look FAN-FREAKIN-TASTIC!

  11. Jocelyn — September 10, 2013 at 9:56 pm (#

    As if the apple pie pancakes weren’t delicious enough, you went and made vanilla maple syrup?? Holy goodness right there girl!

    • Averie Sunshine — September 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm (#

      I keep thinking about your gorgeous bread/topping/chocolate work. That’s holy goodness!

  12. Emily @ Life on Food — September 11, 2013 at 3:05 am (#

    These pancakes are so fluffy and thick, just how I like them. Sigh! I wish someone would make them for me this morning.

  13. Sarah@WholeAndHeavenlyOven — September 11, 2013 at 6:44 am (#

    Can’t wait to try these! They look absolutely perfect for this season. :D

  14. Robyn — September 15, 2013 at 10:38 am (#

    I make pancakes once a week for my son and thought this looked like a wonderful new variation that he would love! However, I made them this morning and they were all seemed undercooked and “doughy” no matter how long I cooked them for. Any suggestions on what went wrong? I re-read the recipe and it seems like I followed it correctly. Thanks!

    • Averie Sunshine — September 15, 2013 at 1:44 pm (#

      Hmmm, not sure what to say. I had a couple people write this morning to say they made them with great success. The recipe is from the cookbook mentioned and I didn’t adapt it other than to change the level of spices. If they seemed doughy no matter how long you cooked them, maybe make smaller pancakes, like silver dollar size and on the thinner side, so they have the best chance of cooking through. I didn’t have any issues though.

    • Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen — September 15, 2013 at 9:17 pm (#

      Hi Robyn,

      I’m not sure what happened. It bums me out to hear you had trouble with this recipe. The only thing I can think of is that maybe you forgot to preheat your pan? Or maybe you used too much baking soda/baking powder resulting in super thick pancakes, which usually is the reason behind doughy pancakes? It has me puzzled–definitely want to help.

    • Averie Sunshine — September 15, 2013 at 10:27 pm (#

      Thanks, Adrianna, for chiming in! Not often that the author of a cookbook is around to help troubleshoot – so appreciated that you are! :)

    • Melissa B in IL — September 26, 2013 at 3:54 pm (#

      I had the same problem. They tasted great… but the texture was doughy. Very bummed. I double checked ingredients as I went and preheated the pan. And my baking soda was fairly new. Wonder if my apple was just very juicy?

    • Averie Sunshine — September 26, 2013 at 4:01 pm (#

      I just forwarded the author of the cookbook your comment and someone else had the issue you did, and she said to preheat the pan, which you said you did. All I can think is to cook smaller sized dollops of batter, try silver dollar pancakes (maybe a huge ‘wad’ of batter is the culprit but a small amt would be better?) And yes, your apple could have been super juicy, adding moisture to the batter and leeching out as it cooked. Thanks for trying them!

  15. Nancy @ gottagetbaked — September 15, 2013 at 12:13 pm (#

    Averie, I had to tell you that i made these this morning and they were absolutely delicious! The Husband and I inhaled them. It was seriously like eating apple pie for breakfast. (but so much easier to make). This is going into my regular breakfast rotation. Thank you thank you thank you :)

    • Averie Sunshine — September 15, 2013 at 1:37 pm (#

      Glad you enjoyed them and that they’re going into your regular breakfast rotation – that’s wonderful. And that the hubs inhaled them. Love it!

  16. Donna Michaels — September 23, 2013 at 10:53 pm (#

    Delectable! Looking at the pictures made my mouth water!

  17. Abbie @ Needs Salt — October 3, 2013 at 9:06 am (#

    Wow, Averie you are making me so hungry over here! Those pancakes look fabulous. I would like a whole stack, please. :)
    They are so perfectly puffy and thick. ahhh, in love with these!

  18. Jan K — February 28, 2014 at 12:57 pm (#

    Any idea if these are any good with dehydrated apples? I’d like to make the dry mix to send to someone so they can add the wet ingredients and be ready to be floored.

    • Averie Sunshine — February 28, 2014 at 2:02 pm (#

      I haven’t tried it that way but it would probably be okay.

  19. Bella @ Domingos Gourmet — March 4, 2014 at 7:59 am (#

    Happy Pancake Day! We just had these for breakfast, delish! You won me over with “pancakes taste like apple pie”. :)

    • Averie Sunshine — March 4, 2014 at 5:48 pm (#

      Oh that’s awesome! Thanks for trying these on Pancake Day!

  20. Emily — October 4, 2014 at 4:27 pm (#

    So I just made these (to freeze and reheat for my toddlers’ breakfast during the week). I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out with almost no flavor. They didn’t fluff up when cooking and were almost rubbery. Any idea what I might of done wrong?

    • Averie Sunshine — October 4, 2014 at 4:50 pm (#

      Sounds like your baking powder could be old/expired if they didn’t puff at all. That would create the rubbery texture, so can overmixing. If you don’t think the flavor is strong enough, add more spices, to taste. Make sure your spices are high-quality and fresh too as that really impacts final results, too!

    • Emily — October 4, 2014 at 4:57 pm (#

      Thank you. I think I need to buy new spices as well. I was excited about these and it seems I am the ONLY one who has had a problem with them. I will buy some new baking stuff and try again tomorrow. Plus the Vanilla I had was weird…Bought it brand new, doesn’t expire until 2015 and it was thick & syrupy. I’ve never seen vanilla like that before.

    • Averie Sunshine — October 4, 2014 at 7:53 pm (#

      When I read the comment, I just had a feeling you probably just need to scrap things and start fresh! Glad that you’re doing that!

    • Emily — October 4, 2014 at 9:32 pm (#

      I will let you know how they turn out. I was reading some other comments about them being to “doughy” which mine were as well and some of the replies stated too much baking soda….is there baking soda in this recipe? If so it isn’t mentioned in the directions. I just added baking powder.

    • Averie Sunshine — October 4, 2014 at 10:43 pm (#

      The recipe is directly from the cookbook that I sited. If you’d like to ask the author of the cookbook these questions, she blogs at

      I had no issues with them and they worked out great for me but for detailed inquiries, she’s the pancake expert!

  21. Kathy E. — October 19, 2014 at 6:56 pm (#

    I just made these tonight for a late supper. I had apples just picked from the tree! I didn’t have cloves and used skim milk, but we both loved them! I have just enough for a serving for breakfast…for me!

    • Averie Sunshine — October 20, 2014 at 2:42 am (#

      Glad you loved them and have just enough for breakfast! Perfect timing for your freshly picked apples :)

  22. Morgan — November 1, 2014 at 6:37 am (#

    Made these this morning and they were absolutely delicious! I think the strawberry sprinkle pancakes are next on my list.

    • Averie Sunshine — November 1, 2014 at 4:45 pm (#

      Glad they came out great for you and that you have the strawberry sprinkles on your list!

  23. cassie — December 31, 2014 at 2:47 pm (#

    i just made this recipe. it is fantastic!!! i will make them again tomorrow too. YUMMY!!!!

    • Averie Sunshine — December 31, 2014 at 2:48 pm (#

      So glad they’re a hit and are going to be made again tomorrow!

  24. Keely Kitchings — January 3, 2015 at 8:07 am (#

    Just made these and they were amazing! Had some apple butter handy as well and added a dollop to the batter in the pan and folded the pancake over like a turnover!! SOoo Yummy :) Thanks for the recipe!

    • Averie Sunshine — January 3, 2015 at 9:15 am (#

      Glad they turned out great and love the ‘turnover’ idea!

  25. Yuri — January 11, 2015 at 11:27 am (#

    hello, thanks for the recipe. My pancakes came out doughy and the clove overpowered the dish. If I were to try it again I would omit the clove and maybe more baking powder.

    • Averie Sunshine — January 11, 2015 at 12:56 pm (#

      The recipe is from the cookbook. If you have issues with it, you may want to write to her for trouble-shooting advice.

  26. Jessica — January 14, 2015 at 8:08 am (#

    Please open a pancake restaurant in Lima, Peru!!!!!

  27. Tamara — January 18, 2015 at 8:04 am (#

    Oh. Em. Gee! Just made these and they were lovely!!! I used an ice cream scoop to dollop out the pancakes and spread them out a wee bit. This is huge for me because I don’t usually like pancakes. Thanks for sharing, Averie!!!!

    • Averie Sunshine — January 18, 2015 at 1:32 pm (#

      Glad you loved them, even though you said you don’t typically even like pancakes – awesome news!

  28. Sylvia — July 17, 2015 at 5:40 am (#

    looks great! whats the recipe for the Vanilla Maple Butter? its not uploading :/

  29. Sylvia — July 18, 2015 at 11:28 am (#

    thank u! :)

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