Gluten and Dairy Free Cinnamon Spice Apple Cassava Pancakes

apple cassava pancakes
Cheri Moore

Written by Cheri Moore

May 5, 2022

Gluten and dairy free cinnamon spice apple cassava pancakes are light and fluffy with a mouth-watering taste.

Just in time for Mother’s Day, I am sharing two secrets that make gluten and dairy free pancakes light and fluffy. One discovery occurred by accident. I ran out of coconut milk and my batter was too dry. Thankfully, I remembered my emergency backup supply of dry goat milk powder.

When I used the warm water to dissolve the dairy-free goat milk powder, I was too hungry to let it cool down. When I poured it into the mixture, I was ecstatic to notice a sudden expansion of my pancake batter! The next time I practiced making the recipe, I confirmed that the water must be very warm to the touch and not too cool. But, not so hot you are unable to touch the water.

That is when I learned that warm goat milk activates baking soda and baking powder. Of course! I use hot oil as the last ingredient in my homemade cornbread recipe to create light and fluffy gluten and dairy free cornbread. That recipe and fresh strawberry pie are coming soon.

The second secret is to beat the egg whites and fold them in at the very end of the recipe. The pancake batter immediately fluffs up.

An Easier Morning

This recipe takes a bit of work, so I dice and cook my apples the night before. If you have a large family, make sure you cook enough apples so everyone can top their cassava pancakes with cinnamon spice apples.

The pancake batter needs roughly 3 diced apples.

If you would like to serve cooked apples on top of the pancakes, I suggest cooking one apple for every two servings.

Depending on your needs and taste buds, there are two ways to serve the apples. If you prefer more of a savory breakfast, then you can prepare them as simply cooked apples. Dice and sauté them with vegan butter stirring in a few spices. However, if you have a sweet tooth you can make an apple syrup. My daughter has a delicious apple syrup recipe on her website and a video on YouTube.

Because I have to watch my sugar intake, I typically eat mine with cooked, spicy apples. Cassava flour lacks the fiber I need, so I must add Benefiber to keep my blood sugar from spiking.

Gluten and Dairy Free Cinnamon Spice Apple Pancake Ingredients

Cooked Apples

  • 3 peeled and cubed apples
  • 4 tablespoons of vegan butter
  • 1 teaspoon of sugar
  • 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice

Pancake Batter

  • 2 eggs separated
  • 1/4 cup of goat milk powder mixed in 1 cup of warm water
  • 1 tablespoon of honey
  • 1 cup of canned unsweetened coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup of organic fine sugar
  • 1 tsp of apple pie spice (or make your own using the spice mixture noted in the pancake batter recipe)
  • 1 3/4 cup of cassava flour
  • 1/4 cup of melted dairy-free butter plus more for cooking in (non-dairy soy free Smart Balance, vegan stick butter, or Ghee)
  • 2 heaping teaspoons of baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • Optional–1 TBSP of Benefiber
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Directions

Cook the Apples

Peel, core, and dice three apples.

diced apples on a cutting board

Melt 4 tablespoons of vegan butter in a saucepan over medium heat.

1 tbsp of vegan butter

Add the diced apples to the pan.

Sprinkle 1 teaspoon of sugar over the apples.

1 teaspoon of sugar

Then sprinkle 1 teaspoon of apple pie spice over the top of the apples and stir.

diced apples with seasoning and butter in a skillet

Cover the apples with a lid and reduce the temperature to medium-low.

skillet with a lid on

Allow them to cook until tender, string occasionally.

Set the cooked apples aside and prepare the pancake batter.

Prepare the Gluten and Dairy Free Cinnamon Spice Apple Pancakes

To prepare the pancake batter start by bringing one cup of water to a boil.

pot of water on the stovetop

Add 1 tablespoon of honey to the hot water.

honey going into a pot of water on the stove top

Whisk 1/4 cup of goat milk powder into the hot water.

powdered goat milk being dumped into a cup of warm water

Set the goat milk honey mixture aside to dissolve.

Then, separate the yolk from the whites of two eggs into individual bowls. Set the bowl of egg whites aside.

separating the yolk from the whites of two eggs

Next, add the following ingredients to a mixing bowl:

2 yellow egg yolks.

egg yolks in a glass mixing bowl

1/4 cup of organic fine sugar.

1/4 cup of sugar

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon.

1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon

1/8 teaspoon of ground mace

1/8 teaspoon of mace

Then add 1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves.

1/8 teaspoon of ground cloves

1/8 teaspoon of nutmeg.

1/8 teaspoon of ground nutmeg

Add 1 and 3/4 cup of cassava flour to the bowl.

cassava flour in measuring cups

Empty one can of canned coconut milk into a blender.

emptying canned coconut milk into a blender

Blend it and then measure out 1 cup.

pour canned coconut milk from a blender into a measuring cup

Add 1 cup of canned coconut milk to the pancake batter.

pouring canned coconut milk into a glass mixing bowl of gluten and dairy free apple pancake mix

Mix the ingredients together.

mixing gluten and dairy free apple pancake batter

Then, melt 1/4 cup of butter in the skillet on the stovetop.

1/4 cup of vegan butter

Pour the melted butter into the pancake batter and stir.

pouring melted butter from skillet into gluten and dairy free apple pancake batter

Next, add 2 heaping teaspoons of baking powder.

measuring out baking powder

1 teaspoon of baking soda.

1 teaspoon of baking soda

1 teaspoon of salt.

one teaspoon of salt

If you are using 1 tablespoon of Benefiber, add it to the batter now.

Stir the batter until all the ingredients are completely incorporated.

mixing the gluten and dairy free apple pancake batter

Add 1 cup of dissolved warm goat milk powder water and mix.

warm goat milk in a measuring cup with a purple whisk

Next, stir in 2 cups of cooked apples.

stirring cooked apples into the gluten and dairy free apple pancake batter

In a clean bowl, beat two egg whites on high until stiff peaks begin to form.

beaten egg whites in a stainless steel mixing bowl.

Then fold the beaten egg whites into the pancake batter.

gluten and dairy free apple pancake batter

Cook the Gluten and Dairy Free Cinnamon Spice Apple Pancakes

Pour your desired amount of batter onto a buttered preheated skillet over medium to medium-low heat.

three gluten and dairy free apple pancakes cooking in a skillet

Wait to flip it until the edges are cooked and bubbles pop on the surface.

edge of the gluten and dairy free apple pancakes are cooked and bubbles on the surface are popping

Flip and allow it to finish cooking for around a minute.

golden brown gluten and dairy free apple pancakes in a skillet cooking

Printable Recipe Card for Gluten & Dairy Free Cinnamon Spice Apple Cassava Pancakes

Topping Options

I have already shared a few ways to serve these delicious apple pancakes, but here are a few more ideas.

Maple Syrup – there is nothing like an apple pancake with a drizzle of maple syrup over the top. If you want to make it even more special, be sure to warm the syrup up.

Dairy-Free Whipped Cream – Whipped cream is undoubtedly a crowd favorite in my house. We love to use TruWhip as a dairy-free option.

Fresh Fruit – there is no better way to make a pancake breakfast light and delicious in the summer than with fresh fruit. We love strawberries, bananas, and blueberries.

Gluten and Dairy Free Cinnamon Spice Apple Cassava Pancakes

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