Caramel Apple Pancakes

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These pancakes were inspired by Snooze AM Eatery here in Denver. Last week, the bf was oh so lovely to take me to breakfast randomly. This is an exciting thing. You see, on the weekends Snooze has a line ALWAYS that’s at least an hour or longer. Always. No matter if you get there at 7am or 2pm, they will have a wait. But if you go at 7:00am on a Tuesday, they’ll at least have a table or two. They’re obviously quite popular. And for good reason. They have some of the best breakfast items available in Denver. Now don’t go thinking this is a strict paleo place just because I eat paleo. No no. They have gluten free stuff, but it is in no way strict paleo. So before you get your panties in a twist, I’m warning you now.

Back to the point. Last week when I was surprised with Snooze, we shared a gluten free caramel apple pie pancake. It was honestly probably the best thing I’ve ever tasted. I say that at least once a week about something I stuffed in my face, but this is the real deal. They definitely had lots of sugar in them, butter, and also a big dollop of whipped cream, but every bite was completely worth the sugar coma. For real. Anywho, this pancake inspired me to make my own. And thanks to Primal Palate’s amazing soft caramel recipe, I poured it all over my pancakes. And face. Wait, what?

So I did it. I signed up for the CrossFit Open. I didn’t really want to. I used to work my ass off in the gym when I was training for the open and then Regionals, but nowadays…I just eff around in the gym. So when our head coach asked me to sign up, I said “you want me to spend $20 on working out? you’re high.” Then you know what I did? I signed up. I really like to be stubborn and I hate doing what people tell me to do, but I gave in. Because deep inside, I still love the CrossFit Open even if I don’t train like I used to. It just gets so many people excited about working hard in the gym and creating goals within their own life. Anywho, on Friday I did the first workout. It was a 10 minute AMRAP of 30 double unders and 15 power snatches at 55lbs. I got 307 reps. I wish I could remember what I got 3 years ago when I first did that workout, but I have no memory. Shucks.

Could Charlize Theron look any angrier at the Oscars? Answer: no.

Caramel Apple Pancakes

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PREP 30 mins
COOK 20 mins
TOTAL 50 mins
Yields 2-3

INGREDIENTS :

DIRECTIONS :

  1. If making the caramel for the pancakes, make the caramel first from Primal Palate.
  2. Once caramel has begun to bubble and cook down, place a medium sized sauté panover medium heat. Add butter and apples, along with maple syrup and cinnamon. Add a pinch of salt then mix to coat the apples. Cook for less than 5 minutes, until soft. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Clean out the pan with a paper towel.
  4. Mix together batter: in a large bowl, add eggs, almond milk, honey, and vanilla extract and whisk together. Then add coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, and baking soda, along with a pinch of salt. Mix well. *If the batter seems thick, add a bit more almond milk until the batter is creamy and smooth.
  5. Now place the sauté pan (or a pancake griddle) over medium heat. Grease the pan with butter or coconut oil. Use a ladle to pour a pancake onto the pan surface, smoothing out the top to spread it out. Then place 5-6 apple slices onto the top of the pancake. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side. Repeat with the rest of the batter and apples, leaving some apples to garnish pancakes. My batter made five 5" pancakes.
  6. Top pancakes with caramel sauce, leftover apple slices, and even maple syrup (if you'd like).

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INGREDIENTS :

DIRECTIONS :

  1. If making the caramel for the pancakes, make the caramel first from Primal Palate.
  2. Once caramel has begun to bubble and cook down, place a medium sized sauté panover medium heat. Add butter and apples, along with maple syrup and cinnamon. Add a pinch of salt then mix to coat the apples. Cook for less than 5 minutes, until soft. Remove from pan and set aside.
  3. Clean out the pan with a paper towel.
  4. Mix together batter: in a large bowl, add eggs, almond milk, honey, and vanilla extract and whisk together. Then add coconut flour, tapioca flour, baking powder, and baking soda, along with a pinch of salt. Mix well. *If the batter seems thick, add a bit more almond milk until the batter is creamy and smooth.
  5. Now place the sauté pan (or a pancake griddle) over medium heat. Grease the pan with butter or coconut oil. Use a ladle to pour a pancake onto the pan surface, smoothing out the top to spread it out. Then place 5-6 apple slices onto the top of the pancake. Cook for 3-4 minutes per side. Repeat with the rest of the batter and apples, leaving some apples to garnish pancakes. My batter made five 5" pancakes.
  6. Top pancakes with caramel sauce, leftover apple slices, and even maple syrup (if you'd like).

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Oh, Hi! I’m Juli.

I’m a food hoarder. And a really bad dancer. If you don’t know me well, you will probably not understand my humor. Therefore, I apologize ahead of time. Thanks for listening to my ramblings of my ever-changing life and trusting my kitchen mishaps. Your trust in me is appreciated.

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55 thoughts on “Caramel Apple Pancakes”

  1. Wow Juli, this looks so delicious. Perfect breakfast for a snow day, which today definitely is.

    Have fun with the open! I wanted to sign up but, being preggers, I didn’t think it was a good idea. I’d probably let my competitive streak get the best of me and do movements and intensities I -know- I can’t handle right now. Still having fun doing modified workouts though 🙂

  2. I make something like this a lot. I use gluten free oats ground into flour. Works really well, and I don’t get that sandy feeling that tapioca flour can sometimes give.

    1. Megan,
      Tapioca is called a flour but it’s really starch. You use it in conjuction with other GF flours (though usually not coconut or almond flours but rather other grains like buckwheat, sorghum, rice, etc.). Coconut flour is a very different animal. You can use it on its own but it requires a lot of liquid (usually eggs and other liquids like milk). Coconut flour baked goods tend to be tender and sometimes ‘eggy’. These pancakes should turn out great with the combo of coconut and tapioca (for fluffiness).

  3. Oh man, these look so good — and pretty fluffy, considering they’re gluten-free! I feel like I have a hard time getting gluten-free pancakes to fluff, but clearly you’ve managed it.

    The fact that you did 307 reps of that is blowing my mind. Making me want to start CrossFit again — I forgot how I always felt like a superhero, doing things I thought were literally physically impossible before I started them 🙂

  4. I LOVE Snooze! My sister lives in San Diego and I had their Pineapple Upside Down pancakes. They will change your life.

  5. Hi Juli, I have a couple of questions for you – I think you said that you injured your shoulder previously during the CrossFit games. Did you end up needing any medical intervention (surgery, cortisone, etc.) to heal? If so, did you like your doctor and would you pass their name on to me? And finally what did you do to workout when you were unable to lift? Ok, I guess that’s three questions. Thanks in advance!!

    1. I just did ART when I was in California but mostly on my hips. My shoulder healed by itself. So no surgery. And I just modified all my workouts for a while and went way lighter

    1. Pancake Tuesday for my family, and I doubled these and made them…perfect texture and extremely yummy! The vanilla flavor really shines through.

  6. I was just at Snooze last Thursday when we went out to Denver for skiing. Our server surprised us with one of these pancakes and we could not stop talking about how amazing it was the rest of the trip! I was wondering if I would happen to see you in Denver since I love your recipes so much. Sounds like we just missed each other!

  7. Hi Juli,

    This recipe looks amazing can’t wait to try it!!

    Side note: I emailed you to see if i could buy an autographed copy of your new cookbook for my twin sister’s 26th Birthday!? She absolutely loves you! Thanks sooo much!!

  8. 307 reps. That great! Well done. And that goes for the awesome recipe you created. These look very good, so i will just have to steal it from you and add it to my weekly menu arsenal hehe. Thanks and great work!

  9. Yum I just made these without the caramel and apple and used coconut milk instead of almond milk. Very Tasty!

  10. Omg 307 is like so good!!! Especially since you are not taking your training crazy serious anymore! Way to go girl 😀 When are you gonna do the 14.2? I’m just praying that I can do at least 1 rep of the over head squats lol. These pancakes looks amazing btw! Gotta give it a go I think 🙂

  11. Charlize Theron was tied with Liza Minelli for “angriest Oscars face”. Though at least Liza was slightly justified…

    Ugh, Snooze AM sounds like it really needs to come to NY. Guess, I’ll just be making this recipe every weekend until it does!

    Also, this is a little random for this post, but breakfast reminded me… what do you think about making a paleofied version of the Morning Sunshine Breakfast Cookie! (http://www.lisaharrispantry.com/brands/Morning-Sunshine-Breakfast-Cookie.html)

    My mom is really into them, but has been trying to convert to paleo, that whole 80/20 situation at least. So, I thought it might be cool to attempt! Well… for you to attempt, and me to reap the delicious benefits 🙂

    There’s a compliment in there somewhere… Keep it up JB! Love you, the blog, and the food!

  12. Charlize Theron was tied with Liza Minelli for “angriest Oscars face”. Though at least Liza was slightly justified…

    Ugh, Snooze AM sounds like it really needs to come to NY. Guess, I’ll just be making this recipe every weekend until it does!

    Also, this is a little random for this post, but breakfast reminded me… what do you think about making a paleofied version of the Morning Sunshine Breakfast Cookie! (http://www.lisaharrispantry.com/brands/Morning-Sunshine-Breakfast-Cookie.html)

    My mom is really into them, but has been trying to convert to paleo, that whole 80/20 situation at least. So, I thought it might be cool to attempt! Well… for you to attempt, and me to reap the delicious benefits 🙂

    There’s a compliment in there somewhere… Keep it up JB! Love you, the blog, and the food!

  13. Well, I royally F-ed up this recipe! I started mixing my wet ingredients, then realized as I was pulling out all the dry, I don’t have Coconut Flour. Doh! So I started searching for a possible sub. We have a Gluten free flour or Cashew meal. I decided on Cashew Meal. It was too runny (reading online, I found out Coconut Flour is very absorbent) so I thought, hmm, maybe I’ll put a little of that Gluten Free Flour in to thicken it up. I added, then added a bit more, THEN read the package I was pouring in…I’d grabbed the Bread Flour. Geez! Turns out, they aren’t horrible, just no longer paleo. Next time I’ll pull out ALL the ingredients before I start!

  14. This was the best paleo-friendly pancake recipe I’ve tried to date (and I’ve probably tried 3 or 4 others already)! Thank you for posting this. Loved it!

  15. I don’t usually leave comments, but these are a huge hit at my house. I’ve made them three times in the last week. The kids practically beg for them.

  16. Charlize Theron was tied with Liza Minelli for “angriest Oscars face”. Though at least Liza was slightly justified…

    Ugh, Snooze AM sounds like it really needs to come to NY. Guess, I’ll just be making this recipe every weekend until it does!

    Also, this is a little random for this post, but breakfast reminded me… what do you think about making a paleofied version of the Morning Sunshine Breakfast Cookie! (http://www.lisaharrispantry.com/brands/Morning-Sunshine-Breakfast-Cookie.html)

    My mom is really into them, but has been trying to convert to paleo, that whole 80/20 situation at least. So, I thought it might be cool to attempt! Well… for you to attempt, and me to reap the delicious benefits 🙂

    There’s a compliment in there somewhere… Keep it up JB! Love you, the blog, and the food!

  17. Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us. I plan on making these for my fiancé tomorrow AM. I picked up all the ingredients and am psyched to surprise her. The photos really give me something to aim for in terms of presentation so thank you for those too!!!

    ~A

  18. I made these this morning at it was delicious! Thank you for such a great recipe, my family and I are new to Paleo and everyone loved the pancakes. I do have a question for you though: The pancakes kept getting stuck to the pan. I used both a nonstick and a regular pan with coconut oil and it was the same problem. Any suggestions?

  19. oh my word! So good! I literally just finished making these! The flavours of the vanilla & apple/cinnamon were so good! We didn’t use the caramel sauce, just ate them plain & that was good enough! The only problem I did have was that it seemed like it didn’t cook through, I even added 1 1/2 cups almond milk to make it a bit thinner (instead of 1 cup) & same thing, so I’m assuming it’s supposed to be like that? I started putting apples on the top, then got lazy & mixed them through the batter in the bowl – next time I’d stick to laying them on top, definitely better! Does take a long time to cook as well – 8min per pancake (4 min per side)! but so worth it 😉

  20. The website has a “recipe box” where you can save recipes…. But I can’t figure out how to save anything!! Help anyone??

    1. i’m so sorry about this marilee. I’ve had some sort of fluke with my website and haven’t been able to fix this issue. it somehow disappeared and no one can figure out the problem. still working on it.

  21. If you like Snooze, I would definitely go to The French Press (I’ve only been to the one in Aurora). Their food is amazing. I go atleast once a week. I recently moved out to Denver and am absolutely loving the food here!

    I absolutely love your website by the way! It’s my go-to for most of my meals, especially your slow cooker ones.

  22. Not to be a downer or anything, but I don’t think pancakes or caramel existed in the Paleolithic era. Just because a recipe is gluten free does not mean it is healthy.

    However, this is definitely healthier than your standard pancakes, but the total amount of carbs and sugars is probably still higher than what a typical paleo diet meal should consist of.

    My two cents.

    1. You’re just stating the obvious. Just because you eat a more paleo/clean diet doesn’t mean you can’t treat yourself once in awhile 🙂

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