Gluten-Free Apple Ring Pancakes

SundaysGluten-Free Apple Ring Pancakes | Life Healthfully Lived are meant for a slightly fancier breakfast.  You aren’t rushing off to work or school and you can take the time to put a little extra effort into your morning meal.  I usually make Adam a huge plate of hash browns, eggs, and then pancakes or waffles depending on what I have on hand.

Lately, I have been craving his pancakes.  I usually make his with whole wheat flour and that is a no go for me.  So I decided to combine a few ideas and came up with this pancake.

I had seen apple ring pancakes online and always thought they looked delicious, so I thought that these pancakes would be good with a little taste of apple in them.  The actual pancake part is gluten free and dairy free, plus they can be made vegan if you use a flax or chia egg instead of regular eggs.Gluten-Free Apple Ring Pancakes | Life Healthfully Lived

I also left the pancake a little less sweet than normal because the apple adds enough sweetness for me.  Other than that, these pancakes are a fun breakfast to make and serve, plus they look extra fancy without being that difficult to put together.  So if you want to serve up a tasty twist on pancakes, try these ones out!  Oh and if you need an idea of what to top it with, try my peanut-apple butter sauce.

Gluten-Free Apple Ring PancakesGluten-Free Apple Ring Pancakes | Life Healthfully Lived

  • 1 large yellow plantain
  • 2 eggs or 2 tbsp ground flax seeds mixed with 6 tbsp water
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened almond milk
  • 2 tbsp pureed pumpkin
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp peanut or coconut flour
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1 medium granny smith apple
  • chopped pecans, optional
  1. Wash and dry the apple.  Cut out the core and cut the apple into thin rings.  Make sure you keep them thin or the pancake won’t cook right.
  2. Place the plantain, eggs, almond milk, pumpkin, and maple syrup into a blender.  Blend until you have a smooth mixture.
  3. Add all the dry ingredients (not the pecans) into the blender and blend until combined.
  4. Heat a little coconut oil in a skillet over medium heat.  Once the oil is hot, place one apple ring into the skillet and then pour a little batter over the ring making sure it is completely covered.  If you’re using the pecans, sprinkle a little onto the pancake.
  5. Cook for about 3 minutes and then carefully flip the pancake.  It’s ok if the pancake breaks a little, it took me a few tries to get the pancake to flip perfectly.
  6. Keep cooking until all the apple rings and batter is gone, keeping the finished pancakes on a plate in a warm oven.
  7. Top with maple syrup, your favorite nut butter, or the peanut apple butter sauce below!

Peanut-Apple Butter Sauce

  • 2 tbsp apple butter or apple sauce
  • 1 tbsp peanut flour or peanut butter (could sub almond butter too)
  • 1 tsp maple syrup
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. Mix everything together until you have a smooth sauce and spread onto your pancakes! Gluten-Free Apple Ring Pancakes | Life Healthfully Lived

Other than making these pancakes, what other plans do you have for this weekend?  Adam and I are going to see Elf the musical to celebrate our anniversary and I’m very excited!  Elf is one of my absolute favorite movies and I can’t wait to see the musical version.

Happy weekend everyone!

Apple-Banana Muffins

IApple-Banana Muffins | Life Healthfully Lived like to eat, eat, eat, eeples and baneenees.

If you have no clue what I am talking about, you need to spend more time in pre-school.

Last week I went to the apple orchard with my dad and came home with a whole peck of apples.  I’ve already made a huge batch of my squash apple butter, eaten as many raw as I can, and a tart is in the works.

I also wanted to try making a bread with my apples and I had a few over-ripe bananas sitting on my counter so I thought an apple/banana combo was in order.  Two baked goods in a row on the blog… Lucky you!Apple-Banana Muffins | Life Healthfully Lived

While my baking is getting better, I still run into a few problems now and then.  When I made my first batch of my bread concoction, the flavor and texture were right but it did not hold together very well.  My second time around I tweaked a few things and decided to make them into muffins instead of one loaf.


I ended up with a yummy fall inspired muffin that also happens to be gluten free, dairy free, egg free, and refined sugar-free.  Pretty impressive if I do say so myself!

Apple-Banana MuffinApple-Banana Muffins | Life Healthfully Lived

  • 1 cup almond meal
  • 1/2 cup coconut flour
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp pumpkin pie spice
  • 3 tbsp date sugar or coconut sugar
  • 1/2 cup almond milk
  • 2 large ripe bananas (the riper they are the sweeter the muffin will be)
  • 1 tbsp molasses or maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp macadamia nut butter or almond butter
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large apple, shredded (more subtle apple flavor) or small diced
  • 16-18 whole pecans, optional
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 and line a muffin tin with paper liners
  2. Combine all of the wet ingredients and mix well until you have a smooth batter.
  3. Combine all of the dry ingredients into a large bowl and whisk together.  Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and stir to combine.  The batter will be a little stiff, that is ok.
  4. Add in the shredded or diced apple and stir to mix everything together
  5. Spoon a little over a tablespoon of the batter into each muffin well and press down just a little.  Press one pecan onto the top of each muffin.
  6. Bake the muffins for 20 to 25 minutes, until the top is slightly brown and batter is set.
  7. Let the muffins cool in the muffin tin for 5 minutes and then move to a wire rack to cool completely.

These are kind of like fall in a muffin wrapper and that isn’t a bad thing. You could also try making this into two mini loaves if you really wanted bread.Apple-Banana Muffins | Life Healthfully Lived

Anyone have fun plans for this weekend?  Adam and I are planning on just hanging around our neighborhood and relaxing.  Oh and if you’re keeping count, only 8 more days until my birthday.  Delicious food presents welcome…

Happy weekend friends!