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.

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Caramel Apple Pancakes (nut free)

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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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  1. Caitlin says:

    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.

    1. juli says:

      add the coconut flour tablespoon by tablespoon next time, mixing in between. that stuff will soak up liquid like a sponge!

  2. Candy says:

    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. juli says:

      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!

  3. melissa says:

    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.

  4. Karen says:

    Whoa, Nelly! These are amazing! I put the apples/caramel on my banana pancakes, with a side of sausages and I’m in a happy stupor. Thank you!

  5. Tara says:

    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?

  6. Jessica says:

    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?

  7. Dorothy Greco says:

    Every time I’ve tried coconut flour, it tastes like cardboard. Do you have one brand you recommend?

    1. juli says:

      i use coconut flour from tropical traditions. sifting the coconut flour also helps break it up

  8. Corina says:

    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!!

  9. Isabela Herrera says:

    Could you substitute coconut flour with almond flour?

    1. juli says:

      you could but i don’t know the exact measurments

  10. Michele says:

    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.