Apple Cinnamon Paleo Pancakes

Apple Cinnamon Pancakes!

Happy Sunday, friends! I cannot believe it is already the 8th of September… the end of this summer went waaay to fast, mainly due to the fact that my life has been flip-turned upside down (if you get that reference we are now besties.) I have been a bit absent lately because in the past couple months I have moved, been in two weddings, including one in Mexico, become newly single, started trying to figure out what I want to do with my life/career in the next several years, began looking at new apartments in Minneapolis, and a few other things I will get to in the next few posts hopefully!

I have come to realize that for or some reason 25 is the age where everything changes… some good, some not as good.  This summer was the season of change in my life and the lives of most of my friends and I sure hope that all the decisions we have made are the right ones moving forward, but how can you be sure? Guess we just have to wait and see what happens and cross our fingers! Anyone else in the same boat as me right now? The saying “when it rains, it pours” should be the title of my 25th year I guess. Oofta.

Anyways, 99% of the time my breakfast consists of: diced zucchini, onions, peppers, kraut, sun-dried tomatoes, or a combination of a few of them sauteed in ghee and then scrambled up in 3-4 pastured eggs.  If I am still a little hungry I may eat a piece of fruit like an in-season peach, half a grapefruit, or a few strawberries.  But on occasion, especially on a lazy Sunday like today I like to switch it up! These Apple Cinnamon Pancakes are totally a worth-it splurge!

Fall makes most people think of pumpkin spiced everything, but for me apples are the king of autumn.  I grew up picking apples down the street at our neighbors orchard (the road I grew up on is called Orchard Park Road) and then pressing them with my family with our antique apple cider press.  We also always made apple pies, apple crisp, apple butter, ANYTHING apple 😀 I even worked at a local apple orchard one season that my mom and grandma have worked at part-time for as long as I can remember.  Me and apples go way back.

Although they are more time consuming and more dish-washing intensive, they are totally worth it! I served mine with pure, local maple syrup from my CSA and homemade apple butter from my brother’s girlfriend, but these would be PURE decadence topped with this caramel from The Urban Poser that I have been dying to make!  I also paired them with some local, pastured bacon and a few pieces of musk-melon also from my CSA! If you try the recipe please stop back and let me know how you like them! I always appreciate feedback from my lovely readers 🙂

Sweet Potatoes and Smiles, The Freckled Foodie


Maple Syrup, aw yeahhhh

Appley goodness!

Apple Cinnamon Paleo Pancakes (Grain/Gluten/Dairy free)

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  • Yield: 3-4
  • Difficulty: easy
  • Recipe type: Breakfast, Entree, Treat


  • 1/3 c Coconut flour
  • 1/4 c Almond meal/flour
  • 1/4 tsp Baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp Sea salt
  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • 1 tsp Nutmeg
  • 4 Eggs
  • 1/2 c full fat Coconut milk
  • 1 tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1 Tbsp pure Maple syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Ghee, melted (could sub grass-fed butter like Kerrygold but wouldn’t be dairy free)
  • 2 medium Zestar or Pink Lady Apples, skinned and shredded
  • 1/4-1/2 c Water
  • Coconut oil for greasing the skillet


  1. Sift or whisk your dry ingredients in a large bowl, set aside
  2. In a medium bowl combine eggs, coconut milk, vanilla, maple syrup, and melted butter and whisk thoroughly
  3. Add wet ingredients to the dry and stir to combine
  4. Fold in the shredded apple and stir until it is evenly distributed throughout the batter
  5. Let the batter sit for 5 minutes and then add enough water for the consistency of your liking, I used a little more than 1/4c for the ones pictured
  6. Heat your skillet to 300 degrees and lightly coat with coconut oil
  7. Using a 1/4c measure pour the batter onto the skillet (use slightly less than a full 1/4c for best results)
  8. Let cook for 4-6 minutes or until the bubbles on the top pop and you can easily get a spatula underneath
  9. Flip and let cook for another 4-5 minutes
  10. Serve with maple syrup, apple butter, almond butter, a sprinkling of walnuts or by themselves!
  11. Recipe makes ~16 pancakes

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Comments: 20

  1. Susan September 16, 2013 at 10:46 pm Reply


  2. Lynn September 29, 2013 at 12:58 pm Reply

    Love this recipe! I was a bit reluctant to add all 2 Tbsps. of the cinnamon, but WOW….what an amazing flavor! Also, they have a good consistency and are very moist! This is definitely a make-again recipe!

    • thefreckledfoodie September 29, 2013 at 6:25 pm Reply

      Lynn, SO glad you loved them 🙂 I hope they can become a regular rotator or your fall breakfasts!

  3. Maria Jean October 1, 2013 at 8:40 am Reply

    First time reading your blog! I love it..Looks so yummy!

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  5. daniel November 27, 2013 at 10:26 am Reply

    Would this batter keep over night in a fridge?

    • thefreckledfoodie November 27, 2013 at 1:57 pm Reply

      Daniel, I have never tried it but I would assume it would. It might work best to mix the wet and dry and keep them separate until you are ready to go! Let us know how it works out 🙂

  6. Diesel December 26, 2013 at 1:59 pm Reply

    Hey, you might want to take the ‘dairy free’ advertisement off of this recipe. Butter is dairy. Grass- fed and kerrygolds is great butter, but you may just fix the title to help those people out who are learning about new found allergies. Looks like a good recipe!

    • thefreckledfoodie December 26, 2013 at 3:47 pm Reply

      Diesel, I’ll make the change, thanks for poiting that out!

  7. Amy February 27, 2014 at 1:37 pm Reply

    So ghee is just clarified butter, therefore this recipe is still not “dairy free”. I don’t eat dairy so I substituted with coconut oil and they were impossible to flip without breaking. Is this because I didn’t use the butter?

    • thefreckledfoodie February 27, 2014 at 8:51 pm Reply

      Amy, ghee is typically considered dairy free because it is casein/lactose free after the clarifying process. I always make mine small and make sure they set up enough before trying to flip them. I haven’t tried them with coconut oil, so I can’t be of more help there.

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  10. Sunshine September 14, 2014 at 12:27 pm Reply

    Amazingly delicious!!! I went apple picking a few days ago and was jonesing for some apple pancakes this AM after being up all night with teething twins – thank you!! I maybe exhausted but my tummy is so happy!A+ 🙂

    • thefreckledfoodie September 14, 2014 at 4:52 pm Reply

      Sunshine, So glad they turned out for you! I can’t imagine having twins and then making more than eggs and bacon for breakfast, kudos 🙂

  11. Lindsey October 9, 2014 at 7:10 pm Reply

    The person I would like to make this for is allergic to nuts. Can the almond meal be substituted for more coconut flour instead or is there another alternative?

    • thefreckledfoodie October 11, 2014 at 1:00 pm Reply

      Lindsey, you can’t replace nut flours with coconut flour as it absorbs moisture in a different way. You can make sunflower seed flour by grinding sunflower seeds until they resemble flour or meal!

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