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!

Plantain Porridge Breakfast Bowl

I love breakfast.  It’s one of my favorite meals of the day and sometimes, I eat it for more than one meal of the day.  Sorry, I’m not sorry.  I usually have a rotation of a few different breakfast dishes that I go through depending on my mood for the day.  One of my favorites is oatmeal.  It’s just so hearty, plus you can put literally ANYTHING into oatmeal (meaning I put spoonfuls of peanut butter in mine) and make it taste amazing.  As much as I love oatmeal, sometimes in the summer you don’t want a bowl of oatmeal.  You want something a little lighter and a little cooler.  Enter plantain porridge.  The idea of eating porridge made from fruit might seem a little strange, but trust me it tastes really good.  The best thing about this breakfast is that just like oatmeal, you can mix in an assortment of toppings.  And let’s be honest, I’m all about the toppings.  Give this quick and easy breakfast a whirl and tell me how you customize your bowl!


Plantain Porridge Breakfast Bowl


  • 1 large plantain or 2 small plantains, yellow or black skinned (NOT green!)
  • Toppings of your choice (I like peanut butter, flax and chia seeds, raisins, goji berries, toasted buckwheat groats, and cinnamon)







1. Peel the plantain by slicing of one end and then cutting a slit down the center.  Slice the plantain into smaller chunks.

2. If your plantain is soft enough you can mash the slices right in the bowl until it is a creamy almost yogurt-like texture.  If it is a little firmer, place in a blender or food processor and pulse a few times until smooth.

3. Place in your bowl and top with whatever you feel like.  Try almond butter or tahini. Try any type of berries like raspberry or strawberry.  You could add sunflower seeds, pumpkin seeds, walnuts, cashews, or even pistachios.  Get creative and try some new combos.


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