Sunday, 15 December 2013

Spiced apple pancakes (gluten free)

Happy Pancake Sunday!

It has been six months since I posted my last pancake recipe. How have I let that happen? It's a pancake sin! I fell off the pancake wagon. In fact, when I was testing this recipe it was the first stack of pancakes I'd had in a couple of months and that's just not right!

This recipe made me fall in love with lazy weekend pancakes all over again. I won't be waiting so long for my next stack this time.

I usually make my pancakes with banana when I'm opting for a fruit puree but there is something about apple and winter spices at this time of year, so I used unsweetened apple sauce instead.

These pancakes tasted like Christmas. You know how there are certain aromas, flavours and food that make you think of the holidays?

Apple, orange, honey roasted parnsnips, tart cranberry sauce, chestnuts (roasting on a open fire), mince pies, peppermint and chocolate, dried fruit, walnuts, roast turkey, smoked salmon, gingerbread, roast potatoes, Christmas pudding, Baileys, hot chocolate, Baileys hot chocolate and mulled wine.

And then there's winter spices like cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and all spice, they just make me feel warm and fuzzy inside, and they've been finding their way into most of my eats, even savoury ones and soup. They me feel all festive.

Three big fat fluffy pancakes...all for me...or all for you if you make them!

There would have been a time when I'd have felt guilty about eating a stack this big to myself, thinking it was too indulgent and that'd I'd look like a greedy pig. I'm often funny about eating in front of people, if someone who I'm out with doesn't want pudding, even if I do, I won't eat it because I am paranoid that they will think I am being gluttonous.

I still have issues with food but I don't feel guilty anymore about eating pancakes, I'll happily eat demolish a stack of homemade hotcakes where I can play with healthy ingredients and flavours.

Topped with apple lightly cooked with cinnamon and a drizzle guzzle of honey these pancakes were incredible.

I know maple syrup is the favourite pancake topping, and I do love the sweet sap on my cakes, but I felt some clear organic honey would work best with the apple. And I was right. Honey, apple and cinnamon is a winning flavour combo for me.

These babies are soft light and airy, and didn't bog me down, but were filling at the same time. They really did set me up for a horse riding lesson. I seem to be saying that a lot recently when I'm talking about my breakfasts or lunches before I head down to the farm. At the moment I'm really enjoying horse riding, I'm still going to the gym once or twice a week and doing yoga in between, but I've been riding at least twice a week and I'm loving it.

A lot of people ask me if horse riding is a good workout, and believe me my legs and butt feel it afterwards. Plus my riding instructor does not let me get away with anything, she works me hard. I work up a good sweat, and so does the horse usually!

I'd much rather go and trot and canter around than force myself to the gym these days. I made a pact with myself to do more of what makes me happy and horse riding makes me happy. It is an escape for me. When I'm riding, I'm only thinking about me and the horse, the stresses and worries of the day fade away for a while.


I used buckwheat flour in these pancakes, which I have been experimenting with recently, so not only is this stack delicious, healthy, festive, but they're also gluten free.

Spiced apple buckwheat pancakes

by Nikki Mitchell
Prep Time: 5 - 10 mins
Cook Time: 10 - 15 mins
Keywords: breakfast gluten-free vegetarian apple buckwheat Christmas winter
(Serves 1)

For the pancakes...

  • 1/3 cup (40g) buckwheat flour
  • 1/4 cup (70g) unsweetened apple sauce
  • 1/2 cup (125ml) unsweetened almond milk
  • 1 tsp cider vinegar
  • 1 tsp baking powder (gluten free to keep recipe gluten free)
  • 1 egg, beaten (preferably free range or organic)
  • 1/2 tsp coconut sugar or 1 tsp stevia (optional)
  • 1 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/2 tsp all spice
  • 1/4 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tsp coconut oil (or oil of choice)
  • 1 eating apple (I used an organic gala)
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • Honey to drizzle
  • Mix the milk and cider together in a small bowl and set aside for 5 minutes.
  • Heat the oil in a non-stick pan or skillet.
  • In a medium sized bowl, mix together the dry ingredients and spices.
  • Add the apple sauce, beaten egg,
  • Ladle/spoon the batter onto the pan or skillet and cook for about 4 minutes on each side. Repeat for the other two pancakes.
  • While the pancakes are cooking, chop your apple into cubes.
  • Once the pancakes are cooked, add the apple to the hot pan and cook for a 2 - 3 with a sprinkle of cinnamon until they have softened a little but still retain their shape.
  • Drizzle with honey or maple syrup.
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What flavours and foods make you think of Christmas? 


  1. Yummy these look soo good! I love using buckwheat flour and apple sauce for pancakes. They turn out so well.

  2. These look lovely!
    I totally agree about the horse riding thing. I don't horse ride, but I can imagine that it's so much nicer than being at the gym. The fresh air and doing something you love rather than being cooper up on a boring!

  3. Love the look of these! They look really fluffy and full of spice.

  4. I forgive you for your pancake sins because these look divine!


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