Add a fruity twist to a breakfast classic with this quick and easy recipe for Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes topped with sautéed apples.

Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes Recipe

Fall is in full force, and while I’m all for the season’s freshest fruit taking on starring roles in desserts of all kinds (especially Easy Caramel Apples), it’s about time apples had their place in the breakfast spotlight. Welcome to the main stage, Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes!

Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes Recipe

I’ve taken my go-to recipe for Light and Fluffy Pancakes and given them a spiced spin with the addition of ground cinnamon (a dash of nutmeg would also be spectacular). And to the wet ingredients, I’ve added a full cup of applesauce to lend a touch of sweetness and really intensify the moisture factor of these flapjacks.

So here’s where you can keep this recipe as simple or as snazzy as you desire. Opt for your favorite brand of store-bought applesauce or go the extra step and whip up Slow Cooker Applesauce from scratch.

Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes Recipe

If you’ve never tried warm homemade applesauce, allow me to casually suggest you drop everything you’re doing and run to the store for a dozen of your favorite apples. It. Is. That. Good.

But for all those with prior engagements, you can still enjoy warm apples in the form of a quick-fix topping for your applesauce pancakes. This is a totally optional add-on for the recipe, but I’ve included instructions below if applesauce pancakes topped with warm sautéed apples is you sorta thing. (Hint: It’s mine!)

Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes Recipe

You could also spoon said apple topping over ice cream, finish it off with a drizzle of butterscotch and oh. em. gee. this pregnant lady needs to just stop typing. We made it from pancakes to ice cream in less than four sentences. My job here is done!

Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes Recipe

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Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes

Add a fruity twist to a breakfast favorite with this fast and fresh recipe for Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes.
4.23 from 22 votes
Cinnamon Applesauce Pancakes Recipe
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Servings 4 servings


  • 1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 2 Tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 cup applesauce
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 Tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract


  • In a large bowl, whisk together the flour, cinnamon, baking powder and brown sugar.
  • In a separate medium bowl, whisk together the milk, applesauce, egg, vegetable oil and vanilla extract. 
  • Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and mix just until combined. (The batter should be lumpy.)
  • Place a nonstick pan or griddle over medium-low heat. Drop dollops of the batter onto the hot pan. Once bubbles form, flip the pancakes once and continue cooking 1 to 2 more minutes until the pancakes are cooked throughout. Serve immediately with maple syrup or other toppings.

Kelly's Notes:

  • Do not overmix the batter or the pancakes will be dense and flat rather than light and fluffy.
  • As an optional topping, add 2 tablespoons unsalted butter and 3 tablespoons brown sugar to a sauté pan set over medium-low heat. Once the butter has melted, add sliced apples and cook, stirring, until the apples have softened slightly. Spoon the topping over the pancakes and serve. 
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Calories: 339kcal, Carbohydrates: 52g, Protein: 8g, Fat: 10g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Cholesterol: 47mg, Sodium: 47mg, Potassium: 392mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 14g, Vitamin A: 175IU, Vitamin C: 0.6mg, Calcium: 174mg, Iron: 2.7mg

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  1. 5 stars
    I made the cinnamon pancakes with the apples. They were delicious. Every few weeks a make pancake and I like to try different types.

  2. 5 stars
    These are wonderful. I had some pears that didn’t ripen well, so I made pear sauce out of them and used it instead of applesauce. And I substituted gluten free flour because I have celiac, it worked well. I would add a pinch of salt next time.

  3. We really like this pancake recipe. We make them at least a couple times a month.

    We substitute almond milk for whole milk to make them dairy-free pancakes.

  4. 5 stars
    I really enjoyed this recipe. I modified it slightly by using buttermilk and adding 1/2 a teaspoon baking soda. The pancakes came out great and were very good.

  5. I substituted oat flour and omitted the sugar because the apples were very sweet. Made applesauce with some over ripe Macintosh apples. Pancakes were delicious and we gobbled them up!

  6. These pancakes were delicious! I halved the recipe and so I didn’t use as much oil because I still used the egg and they were some of the best pancakes I’ve had! super fluffy and a little apple-y!
    and I am not a great chef!

  7. 1 star
    I followed the recipe and instructions perfectly. The pancakes were close to tasteless and very flimsy. I was looking forward to them, but it’s a bummer of a recipe.

  8. 5 stars
    OMG these are delish, I used some of the Applesauce I made the other day. I did do some adjustments, I used 2c Flour and used 1tbls. Brown Sugar and 1tbls. White Sugar and I did add about 1/4c more milk.

  9. 5 stars
    Amazing pancakes! I made the apple topping and it just added to the already wonderful pancakes. Thank you so much! My home smelled like downtown Disney. Lol.

  10. My grandkids love these as dessert. They are wonderfully light and fuffy and with our own maple syrup as a topping, who can ask for anything more. Delicious!

  11. 4 stars
    I’ll never waste applesauce left over from baking again- and now I have a good excuse to make pancakes on the weekend! Thank you, these are good!

  12. I modified the recipe some based on other applesauce pancake recipes. Add up to 1/2 cup more flour, decrease applesauce by half. Came out perfect. If you want more applesauce add a dollop in pancakes as they cook.

  13. 5 stars
    Excellent recipe! These are the fluffiest applesauce pancakes I’ve ever eaten!
    I didn’t add any sugar to my batter because I figured my applesauce was sweet enough, and I added a splash more milk than called for because, idk, it seemed a bit dry to me. I was scared of having burnt outsides and undercooked insides like other commenters mentioned, so I cooked it on real low heat and waited for all the bubbles to come up before flipping.
    The end result was wonderful. The applesauce pancakes I’ve made in the past were quite dense and flat, but these were wonderfully light. Thank you so much for the recipe!

  14. 4 stars
    Needed a recipe for my brother’s birthday and this looked like what I wanted. Since I already add cinnamon to almost everything I put in 3/4 tsp instead of a half. Also added chopped walnuts and they were delicious like that.
    Some people commented that they weren’t done on the inside and it seemed that way to me too, so I turned the heat down a bit and waited to flip a while after the bubbles appeared on the top and then flipped again and this helped. If you still have a problem, put them in the microwave. But for me (and family) they were delicious. Did our own topping (maple syrup and/or fruit salad).

  15. 4 stars
    Tasty, but I am going to lesson the baking powder a little as I think it caused a bitter after taste. The batter was thick, so needed to cook the cakes on a cooler griddle so the insides were fully cooked. Husband really liked them!

  16. 1 star
    Same thing happened to me, cooked them on medium low until they were basically burnt but they were still gooey and raw on the inside. This batter is too wet imo

    1. Hi Anna – I’m sorry you experienced this issue. We haven’t had this problem but we’ll test the recipe again.

  17. 5 stars
    Made these for my 4 kids tonight for dinner!! They LOVED them. Also made the sauteed apples!! It’s a keeper! Thanks for the recipe

  18. 5 stars
    Tasty pancakes! I think there might’ve been a little too much vanilla, but otherwise great! I used coconut milk instead of whole milk and buckwheat flour instead of flour and the recipe still tasted great.

  19. 3 stars
    These tasted okay but like they are missing something. I might try buttermilk or adding some lemon juice to the nilk next time.

    1. Thanks for your comment, Hannah! Lemon juice (or zest) would be a great addition! Would love to hear your results if you give it a shot :)

  20. 5 stars
    I prepared these pancakes for the kids in the group home I work for. The kids love them and the turned out perfect. Thanks for the recipe

  21. 1 star
    These were to gooey on the inside for my family. My husband and child thought they were raw. After completing them to burnt they still had the same inside texture. Sorry not for us.