Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

Now that fall has officially arrived, all I can think about is APPLES. We go to the farmers market or a local farm stand every weekend to buy fresh, local apples, and I eat them until my stomach hurts.

A stack of pancakes with spiced apple maple compote on top, on a white ceramic plate. Closeup image.

I’ve made cider, muffins, and now, apple pancakes. These may be my favorite! The pancakes themselves technically don’t have any fruit in them, but they do have plenty of cinnamon.

A collage of photos stitched together to show the ingredients used to make an autumn-themed breakfast recipe.

The key flavor component here is the topping. The apples are added after cooking in the form of a sweet, warm, syrupy compote that has been cooked on the stove for just a few minutes to soften the fruit. More cinnamon is added to the syrup, just to make it that much more amazing.

A stack of homemade spiced pancakes with a pat of butter on top.

With every single bite of these, all I can think is FALL – which I’m pretty sure is my favorite season. Isn’t it everyone’s?

Unfortunately, the weather here still hasn’t gotten the message that it’s autumn. It has been HOT recently, with temperatures reaching the triple digits.

There is still no rain in the forecast, which is a huge bummer. I’m still doing my rain dances regularly, hoping to get some moisture out of the sky.

A stack of homemade cinnamon spice pancakes with apple maple compote being poured on top.

AJ and I have decided that if the drought continues for another couple of years (which isn’t all that unlikely), we’re outta here and moving to Washington. I’ll get my fill of rain there, from what I hear.

I know, I know, I sound like a spoiled California brat to those of you who have to deal with “real” weather year round, but let’s be real…

A stack of homemade cinnamon spice flapjacks on a white porcelain plate with a chunky apple maple compote applied on top.

How would you feel if it didn’t snow at all one winter? Not one single storm, not even a flurry? You’d probably be worried, craving just a little bit of snow, because it lends a bit of normalcy to your life.

That’s how I feel. So can one of you please send me some rain now?

Apple cinnamon flapjacks on a white porcelain plate with a glass decanter of maple syrup in the background.

Until the weather decides to finally turn, I’m going to keep on pretending with these pancakes. SO MUCH YUM.

We actually ate the whole stack between the two of us. It’s was a stretch, but we are kind of definitely piggies. You might feed 3 or even 4 with these if you eat a normal amount, but come on… what fun is that?

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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

  • Author: Raquel Smith
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 10 small pancakes 1x


The perfect pancakes for fall! An easy pancake recipe that cooks up nice and golden on the stove, and a maple apple compote that is to die for!



For the Pancakes:

  • 1 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 cup almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tbsp butter or vegan margarine, melted (I used Earth Balance)
  • 1 Tbsp canola oil

For the Compote:

  • 2 small or 1 large apple, chopped (about 1 heaping cup)
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup


  1. Combine the flour, sugar, baking powder, salt, and cinnamon in a large bowl. Set aside.
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the milk, cider vinegar, and egg, and mix well with a fork or whisk. Add the melted butter while continuing to stir, then add the oil and stir to combine.
  3. Pour the dry ingredients into the wet mixture and stir until just barely combined – a few lumps are okay! Set aside for a couple minutes to thicken.
  4. While the batter thickens, preheat a heavy pan (we used our cast iron griddle) or electric griddle over medium-low heat. Combine the compote ingredients in a small saucepan and set over medium heat. Stir occasionally, cooking until the apples are soft. You may want to turn the burner to medium-low to prevent from burning.
  5. Oil your pan and wipe the excess away with a paper towel. Use a ladle to pour a little bit of the batter onto the pan. Quickly spread it into an even circle. Cook until the top begins to look dry on the edges and small bubbles appear. Flip, then cook until the bottom is golden brown.
  6. Continue until all of the batter is cooked, adjusting heat as necessary.
  7. Serve pancakes with some butter, if desired, and with apple maple compote on top.
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 mins
  • Category: Pancakes
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: Breakfast

Keywords: fall, pancakes, autumn, maple, comfort food

Tell us in the comments below how you like to enjoy seasonal fruit at home in the fall, and don’t forget to give this recipe a five-star rating if you loved it.

And make sure to check out our other apple recipes and if you love pancakes, have a gander at these:

Photos by Raquel Smith, © Ask the Experts, LLC. ALL RIGHTS RESERVED. See our TOS for more details. Originally published October 6th, 2014. Last updated: October 25, 2020 at 23:38 pm.

Nutritional information derived from a database of known generic and branded foods and ingredients and was not compiled by a registered dietitian or submitted for lab testing. It should be viewed as an approximation.

About Raquel Smith

Raquel is a whole foods enthusiast, an avid mountain biker, and a dog lover. She works by day at Food Blogger Pro and formerly maintained her food blog "My California Roots" (now merged into Foodal).

10 thoughts on “Apple Cinnamon Pancakes”

  1. Yup, Fall has gotta be everyone’s fav season! I love it, except it’s been HOTTTT over here. Me and you both, we are CA brats ;). I’ve made pumpkin pancakes this Fall, but still have yet to make some apple ones. Thanks for the idea!

    • Thanks, Trang! Yep, we’ve been having 90 degree weather here. Thankfully its starting to cool down! And that’s funny… I have yet to make pumpkin pancakes! They’re on the list 🙂

  2. I wish I was waking up to a stack of these pancakes tomorrow morning.. they look wickedly delicious! Pinned!

  3. Those pancakes look delicious! I love anything apple flavored during the fall season – and you’re right, it’s the best time of the year! I hope you’ll get some fall weather soon!

  4. A hot stack of flapjacks with tasty apple topping?! Don’t mind if I do! This looks like the perfect breakfast to make over the weekend. Beautiful, my dear!

  5. I’m totally with you – let’s eat like it’s fall to help beckon to us! The pancakes look like the most decadent apple pie FOR BREAKFAST – I love that teetering stack and all those warm cinnamony apples – yum!


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