Caramel Apple Pancakes (nut free)

What is up with fall and it making me crave everything that sounds like fall? Like these pancakes. Don’t they just sound like fall? I think they do. Except I always hated caramel covered apples growing up. How are you suppose to bite into one of those things? And actually enjoy it? With sh*t in your teeth?! I mean COME ON. No one likes that. Ok, I’m done complaining. Caramel and apples together, with no stick involved, is a beautiful partnership.

So this weekend was pretty wonderful. On Friday night, Laura and I ate our favorite burger at Finley’s Pub, had a beer, and watched a movie. We are truly like a married couple. Minus the sexual attraction to each other. Or fights. We don’t really disagree about many things. But we both fit on our couch, lying feet to face, under one blanket. Lucky Laura gets my smelly feet in her face. Jokes on her!

We decided that we needed to catch up on the last season of The New Girl. Have you not watched this show? YOU HAVEN’T!? ARE YOU HIGH? You see, I don’t even really like tv shows (other than anything on the food network…obviously) but this show is pretty much the best show in the entire world. Oh wait, I love Glee too. I’m such a walking contradiction. Anyways, The New Girl is stupid hilarious. Like hold-your-crotch funny. So we watched a couple episodes since the new season starts this month.

Best line of the show, “I don’t really like being around old people. They’re like walking raisins.”

Don’t think that’s funny? Whatever.

The show did teach me an important lesson though. Don’t backslide. Ever heard of backsliding? I hadn’t either. But it’s when you go back to the person you broke up with, when you’re lonely. Being lonely always leads you back to comfort. That’s why I tend to eat ice cream on Friday nights. I’m kidding. I meant brownies. So you singles out there, get with the program. Don’t backslide. It’s dumb.

Anywho. Let’s talk about something worth talking about. I had a Nikki’s Coconut Butter Giveaway last week and it’s time to announce the winners! If you didn’t see an email from me today, you probably didn’t win. Check your spam though. Sometimes I spam people. I’m kidding. I’m not intelligent enough for that.


  1. Michael B.
  2. Sarah
  3. Megan

Check your email damnit.


Caramel Apple Pancakes (nut free)

  • Yield: 3-4 1x



For the pancakes

  • 1 cup coconut flour
  • 1 cup carton coconut milk
  • 1/4 cup coconut oil, melted
  • 7 eggs, whisked
  • 1 heaping tablespoon raw honey
  • 12 tablespoons cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • pinch of salt

For the caramel

  • 12 dates, soaked in water for 30 minutes, pits removed
  • 5 tablespoons canned coconut milk
  • 3 tablespoons water
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • pinch of salt

For the apple toppings


  1. I know, I know, it seems like a lot. It’s not terrible. Just put on your big kid pants.
  2. First make your apple topping. Add your coconut oil to a large skilletover medium heat then add your sliced apples.
  3. Let your apples cook down, moving them to around to make sure they do not burn. Let them cook for around 10 minutes until they are nice and soft/wilted, then add your coconut cream concentrate, honey, cinnamon and salt.
  4. While your apples are cooking, add your soaked dates (without the water) to your food processor and begin to puree.
  5. When the dates have begun to break down, add your coconut milk and water. Then add your vanilla extract, cinnamon and a pinch of salt. Puree until smooth and the date caramel looks like real caramel.
  6. Now mix together all of your pancake ingredients.
  7. Place a large skillet or pancake griddle over medium heat and pour your pancake mixture onto your skillet. I made my pancakes 3 inches so they were easy to flip. Cook on both sides for 2-3 minutes. My mixture made 13 pancakes.
  8. Then stack your pancakes. Pancake, caramel, pancake, caramel, then apple topping!
  9. Serve with some kind of protein, like bacon or sausage. Do it.

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86 thoughts on “Caramel Apple Pancakes (nut free)”

  1. awwww my name is Megan! i ran over to email with no emaiil :(. Guess I’ll have to be funnier.

    Those pancakes look ridiculously good

  2. I can’t look at your website for 8 weeks… I’m doing the whole life challenge and I can’t even have honey – torture. I’m doomed.

    1. I assumed they would probably have coconut in them BUT I was hoping that maybe just maybeee they wouldn’t. I have trouble digesting both nut flours and coconut flour.

      JULI, have you ever experimented with cooking with protein powder? I’ve made some OK (not amazing) protein powder pancakes but I have faith you could up with something DELICIOUS.

    2. I clicked specifically because I was hoping this would be a recipe without coconut flour, which I hate, and almond flour is expensive.

  3. I love breakfast food. and I love you, Juli! Pumpkin recipes coming soon?? Maybe a pumpkin cheesecake bar?!?! Im excited about this hypothetical fall dessert!

  4. I LOVE YOU!! My paleomg tank top is arriving in the mail today – I never wore a tank top – ever – before but just had to buy one. Can’t wait to get your cookbook as well – not really for recipes but for all the good laughs.

  5. this would have to be a dinner meal for me. there’s no way i’m motivated enough to cook fancy shit in the mornings. i just like grabbing something and then wishing i had a personal chef.

  6. New Girl is a fabulous show. Schmidt and his old people raisin comments are just too too funny! Can’t wait for New Girl Season 2 to start and I am also looking forward to seeing what “The Mindy Project” is all about that night too!

  7. Totally unrelated comment: I made a total throwback recipe – zoodles pizza casserole with ground beef and it was EPIC. Seriously, is there nothing that sun dried tomatoes can’t make better??

  8. Juli, I am totally making this recipe this weekend. I was just saying how I haven’t found a pancake recipe that I absolutely love and this one just might be it! I’m almost done with the Whole 30 and this is one of those recipes that I can’t wait to make. YUM!

  9. Bro, can you put in volume measurements for ingredients? I’m up north of the 49th parallel and we have different size cartons and packages than you guys do. Thanks!

  10. Everytime I’ve tried to make paleo pancakes they come out looking and somewhat tasting like ass. No i’ve never tasted ass but if I did, I’d imagine it to taste like my pancakes. Yours looks so nice and lovely and mine look like garbage.

  11. I love The New Girl!!! It is HILARIOUS! These pancakes look to die for. I was planning on making pancakes for dinner…and I have lots of apples…hmmm…

  12. Hi Juli great recipes keep them coming – question, can these pancakes be considered a legit meal or a treat? get confused sometimes with use of fruit and sugar content 🙂

  13. i’ve been trying to tell people this for a……couples months. some people just don’t understand how amazing New Girl is, I can’t wait for the new season to start(for all who are wondering that would be September 25, yes yes next tuesday)

  14. Can other flours work including nut based? If you have a guess, I can try it. I made pancakes with hazelnut flour before and they were great. I assume that would work here?

  15. just WOW – i made these last night for morning’s consumption and just could not resist tasting as the recipe went along. THANK YOU for sharing this. I now have three amazing paleo recipes for pancakes, yummy “caramel” and even home-made coconut butter (hope my neighbors were not too upset while i had food processor on for 10min).
    One observation – I think next time I might add more milk to the pancake batter as it turned out quite thick. Wonder how much more milk can be added to make crepes?

  16. Augh! The food pr0n! I can’t take it anymore! ..just kidding.

    I think I’ll be making these for Sunday brunch. Better get my big kid pants out. 😉

  17. Hi there,

    I just tried this recipe here at home, and I loved the way the date caramel topping turned out, as well as the apples. Delicious.

    However, my pancakes ended up having quite a different texture than I expected. They reminded me a little bit more of biscuits or shortcakes than pancakes. I used only 5 eggs, but extra milk. Is this why they turned out like this. I didn’t think using those extra 2 eggs would make much of a difference as long as the pancake batter was ‘wet’ enough. Hope that makes sense.

    Any ideas why my pancakes turned out a little thicker than they should be?

  18. Very good! Will have to add more milk. I could make a ball out of them. I can think of some good fun with balls of food. 🙂

  19. my ingredients were limited so i made banana pancakes (banana and egg- that’s it) and made your apple topping. it was the bomb! i topped it all off with some shredded coconut and macadamia nuts. holy marbles. i am making it again this morning for breakfast.

    wish i could get my ass to go food shopping cuz i’d love to try the date topping with it.

  20. Made these this weekend! I am new to cococut flour so was wondering if the batter should be as thick as it was? It was more like spreading them on the pan than “pouring” them?
    They were plenty tasty though not fluffy like ol’ flour pancakes! Loved the date “caramel”!

  21. These so did not work out for me. The batter was super thick so I had to keep cutting it with more liquid. Then they never quite cooked through and the taste was nasty. The apples were delicious though. I think I will try again with 2/3 less of the coconut flour.

  22. I attempted these this morning and they did not work out =( I had the same problem as Caitlin, the batter was super thick – I scooped the batter and basically smooshed it to make a pancake shape. When I tried to flip them, they just crumbled… any suggestions besides adding the coconut flour tablespoon by tablespoon? I will say that the “crumble” didn’t taste bad and I will definitely be trying these again.

    1. Try cutting back the coconut flour a bit next time, and adding them tablespoon by tablespoon just like you mentioned until you get that perfect consistency. Adding a bit of melted coconut oil as well wouldnt hurt!

  23. Hi, I am very new to the paleo diet. I just tried to make them and found them to be ok. They do come out a little thick but I cut them with water.

  24. I love the apple topping and the caramel sauce, but I think I’m going to make coconut flour crepes instead of pancakes next time. My pancakes turned out way too thick and dense despite my doctoring with more coconut milk. Does anyone else feel super bloated after eating stuff made with coconut flour or is it just me?

  25. I am making these this morning they look so good!!! I wondered if it mattered if you peeled the apples first of just threw them in the pan with the skins on them?

  26. Marvelous recipe!! Loads of flavor! I subbed almond milk for coconut milk. I WAS worried at first, the batter WAS very lumpy, but with a little elbow grease & hunger induced determination, it smoothed out!!!! I even had one pancake solo & it was yummy!! Thank you for creating amazing recipes!!

  27. The apple topping and caramel came out good , not the pancakes , too dry like previous posts. Had to add more coconut milk. Hard to flip also.

  28. I’m trying my best to adopt the paleo lifestyle bc I was recently diagnosed with an autoimmune disorder and everything I have read said this is the way I should eat. I have one problem… IM ALLERGIC TO COCONUT!! AHHHHHH!! And everything seems to have coconut oil/butter/four etc in it. What can I substitute it with, if anything?

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