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!

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.


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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172 comments on “Apple Pie Pancakes with Vanilla Maple Syrup”

  1. These pancakes look amazing! Apple pie for breakfast is my favourite :D

  2. YUM! I am a nut for pancakes! My favorite recipe is my dad’s. it makes a denser, thinner pancake, although light fluffy ones have their place and time, too:)

  3. I would like one of each recipe please. They all look amazing.

  4. I’m not really a pancake person, much preferring waffles for the texture and butter-catching squares. ;) This looks delicious, though, and maybe I will give it a shot in a waffle iron.

  5. Cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves–the perfect spice trio for fall fruits and squash! I love the generous amounts of them in this pancake recipe…and the size of the batch too. I can handle flipping 7 pancakes. I could also eat one of these smeared with peanut butter and rolled up. I like to make applesauce and sautéed apples when I come into an abundance of them. I just tried an apple cucumber smoothie with mint and ginger yesterday…different and very tasty.

    • apple cucumber smoothie with mint and ginger <-- sounds like you're one step away from going on a juice cleanse :) That sounds awesome and like many of the juices I drink when I juice. Normally mint is either absent or very subtle and they use a lot of lemon (I'd prefer mint though!) And I am SO NOT a pancake flipper either but this batch size is nice and manageable :)

  6. These sound perfect for these fall like mornings. Awesome combination of flavors. Yum!

  7. LOVE Adrianna’s book! I haven’t tried these yet from it, but this post is definitely making me crave them! Your photos look so gorgeous – I can practically taste how light and fluffy these are!

  8. Oh pan cakes! I am not pie marker my self, due to the fact I am bit scared of pastry and apples never seam to last long enough to go into pie! i am apple addict, not the computer kind;)
    i am looking forward to trying these when I get better!

  9. These are so THICK and decadent looking! I am going to feature this on Saturday with my husband as the main taster (and me as well). :)

  10. Seriously, these look AMAZING! The photos are gorgeous!

  11. I am always looking for new pancake ideas – these look SO good! Aaand, I am the biggest fan of fall and can’t wait to start making all sorts of apple recipes! :)

  12. This is one perfect looking stack of pancakes! I cannot wait to get some amazing crisp fall apple soon! We are not big on fruity pies either, but pancakes? We love pancakes! I have been dreaming about Adrianna’s book for weeks. I need to order it! I mean a book all about pancakes? Now that is right about there with a book all about peanut butter!

    These look awesome and so fall like. I can’t wait to make them soon!

    • And if you knew the next book I’m writing, you’d probably be the happiest :) But yeah, go on a little Amazon field trip. Cheap thrills girl. That’s how I look at all the cookbooks I buy. Even if I never make a single recipe, the $12 or $20 bucks I spent provided me dozens and dozens of hours of reading (I read them like novels!)

  13. Pancakes are so comforting! I always add lots of spices, but apple sounds like a great addition. Always keep my pancakes warm in a low oven – works like a charm. You should totally make pie now and then. it’s such treat and you can freeze the leftovers.

  14. I bet those smell heavenly. And I always add more cinnamon than a recipe calls for. That and vanilla.

  15. I love pancakes and just need to make more of them!! And the addition of cloves with nutmeg and cinnamon is always nice. I bet these are delicious!

  16. I’m tempted to add a scoop of vanilla ice cream to the top of these pancakes. No one will ever know, right? :)

  17. good flipping crap, lady. Those look amazing. How can I order up some in 5 min before I send this kiddo off to school?

  18. I’ve actually been craving pancakes for WEEKS now. This just solidified it. I’m awn it.

  19. Back in my pancake eating days, I could put away a stack in no time. I ate them for breakfast almost daily for about a year, and if a resetauarant served breakfast all day, it was my favorite restaurant. And a no-brainer order. These….DAMN. I’d have ordered these in a heartbeat.

    I’m not ready to concede summer yet and embrace the fall flavors, since my tomatoes are just starting to ripen, but in a month or so? I’ll be all over this.

    • I found a recipe I didnt post from when I was in Aruba. It’s going up tomorrow. It’s full on summer. No apples or pumpkins at all :)

      It’s hot as all get out here. Like 90F every day the past week. Last week was oppressively hot. It’s always like this, this time of year. It’s surreal to think some people are baking fall stuff. And in June, when it’s freezing here, it’s surreal to see posts about ice cream. I’m still drinking hot chocolate!

  20. These pancakes look and sound amazing!

  21. Love this idea. Apple picking begins around here this weekend. I’m sure we will be putting together some apple pizza. Like pie just simpler and disappears much faster.

    • Your idea sounds about perfect. I put a recipe in my cookbook for a ‘peanut butter pizza’ – same idea with peanut butter, drizzle of chocolate sauce, some apples or bananas on tortilla shells, bake it, and done. So much faster & easier than a pie!

  22. Absolutely gorgeous pancakes! I think I need a big stack all to myself!

  23. Averie! These look so incredible. I love the addition of vanilla in the maple syrup! Yum. Thank you so much for sharing. And thank you for your super kind words. Much love! xo

    • The book is a joy to read and I adore how your personality shines through in all the recipe headnotes and the attention to detail in which you wrote all the recipes. Nothing is left to the imagination (i.e. no room for error) – which is so appreciated. You should be so proud. Job well done my friend!! :) xoxo

  24. yum! pancakes are my dad’s favorite and these sound awesome so I’m going to have to make these for him for sure!

  25. Averie…I’m 100% serious when I say that I could live off these.

  26. Those pancakes look absolutely incredible. Bookmarking and trying!

  27. i’m drooling over these gooey pictures … Love Adrianna’s pancakes book!

  28. You made pancakes! I know you said that you rarely make them, but these look so perfect, love how puffy they are.

  29. I just made apple pancakes this morning! How funny! But, um, after looking at these, I could totally go for another stack! Gorgeous, Averie.

  30. I am truly, madly, deeply in love with these pancakes, Averie! … And yes, I just quoted a 90’s song title. Amazing recipe!

  31. OMGawd. You know how much I love pancakes. I NEED these! Pinned!

  32. I am SO going to make these this weekend. Apple pie is welcome in my life at any time and in pancake form?! With no pastry to make?! Totally awesome. My husband adores apple flavoured food so he’ll go nuts over these. Love your photos too, Averie. Your pancakes look unbelievably thick ‘n fluffy.

  33. Yum! I love pancakes so much and I love apple pie, but I’m with you and never have the time to make a pie (also I don’t want my husband and I to get stuck eating the whole thing). This is the perfect way to get the flavor. And pie for breakfast? I’m in!

  34. I think I just died a little bit on the inside. I adore apple anything, and these sound like little round fluffs of heaven. The photos are delicious and I’m saving this for future reference. >:)

  35. That is one glorious stack of pancakes! And the vanilla maple syrup – love. Pinned!

  36. These look great. I think I might try them with a little whole wheat flour. Fantastic photos, thanks for sharing!

  37. I’d choose these pancakes over apple pie!! They look SO GOOD! Gorgeous photos, Averie!

  38. Oh my gosh! I need a stack, right now! Not ready for fall just yet, but this is tempting :)

  39. So tempted to lick my screen right now. These look absolutely perfect!

  40. OMG. That is all.

  41. Seriously, grab me a fork cause I want to inhale these right now! Your photos are gorgeous!

  42. When I treat myself to gluten foods, I always go for pancakes.
    It’s that warm pancake with the crispy edges and the pure maple syrup that kills me.
    So glad you made an apple pie version!

  43. How wonderful these look. I just picked an entire paper grocery bag of honey crisps from my tree and their are many many more waiting. I will be trying this recipe with these apples!! Thanks so much for the lovely post.

  44. These look beyond fluffy and fabulous. Is it wrong to drink syrup with a spoon???

  45. Oh, Averie, these pancakes look so good! So fluffy! I am drooling just thinking about apples & spice with vanilla maple butter…

  46. pancakes are BIG at my house, and these will be perfect for the weekend :)

  47. I am so with you when it comes to loving summer. But there is something about the move to fall that makes me feel so much closer to home, as in where I grew up in Alaska! I have such fond memories of the change of weather: we had the state fair and warm, thick sweaters and delicious apple and pumpkin treats! I love to bake with apples. Every year, I make apple butter from our friends’ orchard, although last year I didn’t. Our next door neighbor has an apple tree and just gave us a paper sack full of delicious pink apples. I am definitely going to give these pancakes a test TOMORROW morning! Funny thing, pancakes was already on the menu! I have made thousands of pancakes and never even follow a recipe anymore, but I am going to have yours next to my stove and follow it exactly. Everyone of my guys is going to LOVE these. They LOVE apple pie! Can’t wait to make them!! :-)

    • I am so impressed that on your fast, you’re cooking. Ironically the DAY I started a 3 day juice cleanse last week, I made these. Do you see those little triangles in the picture? I ate 1 triangle so I could write about them and it was the best 1-inch bite of my life. My daughter hit the jackpot with these :) Lmk what your boys think! And your apple butter/neighbor’s apple tree – wow, incredible!

      • Well, I made these pancakes for breakfast this morning, vanilla maple syrup and all! They were absolutely delicious, according to the men in this house! I doubled this recipe and believe it or not, they all got eaten! I followed the recipe exactly and they turned out just like your photos. I wish I had good photography skills and a decent camera. I would have taken a photo just to share – somewhere! I LOVED the way our house smelled when these were cooking. Smelling it was almost like eating them! Almost…:-)

      • So glad you loved them and with your gang, I can see a double batch being gone pretty darn fast! And if you ever want to take a pic, just post it to my FB wall with the link to the recipe you made – it’ll probably inspire others! xoxo

  48. So can you please pass that plate of stacked pancakes?! I NEED IT! Jason and I are in SF in a hotel room and even though we had an amazing french soul food type dinner, it doesn’t beat these pancakes!

    • just pinned your tomato post without commenting on it :)

      And SF has the BEST restaurants. Omg that town. You are making the right call…wow, so awesome and excited for you guys!

  49. Averie these are beautiful pancakes! Apple pie is my very favorite dessert and has been for a long time. We just had some for my friends birthday when we were in Chicago last weekend. I love apple season and I’m so happy it is here! These pancakes make me jump for joy because they remind me of something my mom used to make when I lived at home after college. Yes, she’d make me pancakes every so often when I was 23 haha.

    Brown sugar, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon – and that syrup? I wanna drink it. I am dying for a huge stack of these this early morning!!

  50. They look so appetizing that I want to try to make them by myself. The recipe is really easy and I like that apples are involved, because they add special taste to these pancakes. I wonder, what other topping can be added?

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