Paleo Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes Recipe

So this paleo breakfast recipe is a tribute to my boys. When they were youngsters, their favorite flapjacks were apple and cinnamon. I whipped those up for them at least once a week…

I remember making all kinds of delicious things for the kids, but a steaming short stack of apple-cinnamon pancakes was by far the most requested breakfast item on mom’s menu.

Of course back then, I made the pancakes out of Bisquick or some other kind of wheat flour. And as you all know, since going paleo, that’s in the past – nothing with refined flours or sugars gets on our table these days.

What if I told you it was possible to make an awesome pancake with no flour and no sugar? You’d love that right? Well ta-da, check out this very easy paleo pancake recipe below.

We made these this morning and they are awesome! One of the best things about these pancakes is you won’t feel bloated or like there’s a big lump stuck in your tummy after you eat them. Enjoy these paleo pancakes, and your body might actually thank you. [av_sidebar widget_area=’Lockerdome’ av_uid=’av-2dehm2′]

And keep in mind this recipe can easily be doubled or tripled if you have a lot of hungry mouths to feed.

You can make these now, and enjoy them later too. In fact, when the kids were growing up, I used to freeze extra pancakes when I made a batch on the weekends. That way I could quickly serve the boys a delicious hot stack anytime during the week. You can do the same…just heat and eat and know everyone’s enjoying healthy, hearty, 100% paleo goodness!

Try these out! Top them with a little raw maple syrup – don’t try to replicate the picture, that’s just for show. Or you can go even lighter but still sweet with just a little fresh fruit for your topping. And keep in mind that pad of butter on these is not exactly paleo. But if you’re primal and don’t mind dairy, then I say go for it!

Hope you enjoy, and as always, let me know what you think!

Paleo Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes

Yield: About 8 small pancakes

Paleo Apple-Cinnamon Pancakes


  • 2 eggs, whisked
  • 2 bananas, mashed
  • 1 peeled apple, diced small
  • 2 Tbsp almond butter
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
  • A little coconut oil for cooking the pancakes


  1. Mash the 2 bananas with a fork
  2. Whisk 2 eggs in a medium bowl
  3. Add banana mash to eggs
  4. Core and dice 1 apple. We used Fuji – choose your favorite
  5. Stir bananas, eggs and apple chunks together
  6. Next add the almond butter, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla
  7. Combine into a pancake batter
  8. Heat a thin layer of coconut oil in a skillet to medium low. Pour the pancake batter in - keeping the pancakes no wider than your spatula. When one side is golden brown, gently turn over to cook the other side.
  9. Makes about 8 small pancakes Recipe can be easily be doubled or tripled to make more pancakes
  10. Top with fresh fruit or raw maple syrup


Keep the size of your pancakes just a little smaller than your spatula head. That will make them easier to flip over without falling apart.



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  1. I made these this morning and they were delicious! I loved!

    1. Thank you so much Margarita! :)

  2. Is the Recipes for one person or 2?

    1. Hi Eddie, I would say two.

  3. These didn’t work for me at all. They never set, so I couldn’t flip them. I made them once with just banana and eggs. I’ll stick with that. Oh well. I don’t know what I could have done wrong or differently than for those of you it worked for.

  4. Went and bought almond butter to make these today they are delicious!!! Think I will add coconut flour next time as they broke up when I was flipping them still yummy tho?

  5. We LOVE pancakes and make them a few times a week. We are gluten/dairy free, but also make lots of grain free ones too. I did add 1.5T of coconut flour and applesauce instead of apple, but still had problems with the even cook and flip. I make all my pancakes in a large stainless skillet, but I’m thinking of investing in one of the eco friendly non-stick pans specifically for my paleo pancakes! Ha! Anyway, I wanted to tell you that I put all the broken pancakes on to a plate and mashed them all together and greased my mini muffin tin with coconut oil and made mini muffins with my failed pancakes. SUCCESS! Kids are eating them as I type. Your recipe was great, I just couldn’t get the finished product to turn out as lovely as your photos. Thankful the back-up plan worked so we could still enjoy all the yummy flavors :)

  6. Would like to know nutritional value. I try to watch my carbs, and am curious to know. I have a great cottage cheese & ground oatmeal pancake recipe that my sister gave me. Yum!!

    1. Debbie, At this time I don’t calculate carbs or nutrition on my recipes.

    2. I’d like to know the cottage cheese oatmeal recipe – sounds yummy :)

  7. Laurelle J says:

    I made these this morning and they were delicious! I felt like I couldn’t do straight up eggs this morning and really wanted something sweeter. I’ve only ever tried one paleo pancake recipe before, and it just tasted like eggs and banana and I couldn’t eat it:( So I was definitely a little wary this time around but was very happy with the results! Even my husband enjoyed them (although I think he put icing sugar on a couple of them haha). Only thing I changed was I added 2 T of coconut flour after reading a few of the comments. Thanks for the great recipe:)

    1. Hey that’s awesome Laurelle…glad you like them! You know, I haven’t made these in awhile myself so I’ll have to try your version with a couple of tablespoons of coconut flour and see how they turn out. Thanks so much for your comment and suggestion :)

      1. Hello! I’m trying to make these for my parents who have high cholesterol so I was wondering whether I could take out the egg yolks and just use egg whites in this? Would it affect the overall pancakes drastically? Thank you!

        1. Hi there…I really don’t know if this would work without the egg yolks…if you do try it, I’m guessing whipping the egg whites into peaks then adding to the mix might give you a better shot at making it work. Good luck!

  8. For impatient people like me for home making a zillion small pancakes is not an appealing option, I have a cheat. I pour out a full sized pancake and cook it on the burner till the bottom is done and then pop it in the oven under the broiler to finish off the top. Works like a charm. When they are fully cooked they hole up to transfer to a plate. Easy peasy. I use the toaster oven so I don’t have to turn on my big oven. Loverly.

  9. I used one large banana and added a half cup of Red Mills gluten free all purpose flower. I also blended my mix in the lowest setting in my Vitamix blender. I recommend using a bit less nutmeg but they were pretty delicious.

  10. I made these today and they turned out great! Even my picky 6 year old loved them. I made just a few changes, I used all natural apple sauce instead of the diced apples. Instead of mashing the bananas, I threw them in my ninja blender with the Apple sauce and added that mixture to the eggs before adding the dry ingredients as you suggested.I also added just a little bit of coconut flour to thicken up my batter. They turned out crispy and golden brown, just like your picture. I didn’t have any trouble getting them to flip. I will definitely make these again, thanks so much for the recipe. I really appreciate your blog!

    1. Thanks Emily! Apple sauce is a great trick! Thanks why I love readers like you. It’s always helpful for the Newbies and I appreciate your kind words! :)

    2. How much apple sauce did you use?

      1. I used about 1 cup

  11. Made these this morning and they turned out pretty good. My son loved them but my daughter (the sugar queen) no so much. I found that they had to be cooked “very well done” for them to hold the shape. I had a problem blending the almond butter, found clumps of it when I started to pour the mix. Can I melt the almond butter so it will mix better? Thanks for the recipe it will be saved to use again!

    1. Monica, there have been a few comments from readers that you might find helpful. Add a little coconut flour or almond flour. I haven’t had problems with the almond butter. It usually mixes right up, but I know there are several different types out there. Mix it with the eggs. That should thin it out. :)

  12. Just made these this morning – they were really good! I’m excited to try sweet potato and pumpkin to change it up occasionally.. Have you tried making a large batch and refrigerating it to use through the week? It would be nice to have it ready to cook for a few days at a time.

    1. Holli, They are fine in the fridge and even freeze well! :) Thanks for your comment!

      1. OK – thanks! I may do that too, but actually what I meant to ask was have you mixed up batter and refrigerated for use throughout the week? BTW I wanted to add, they surprisingly filling and stuck with me until lunch!

        1. Oh! gotcha! I haven’t done that before…great idea though. If you try it, let me know. And I’m a happy girl knowing the little cakes stuck with ya! :)

  13. what can i use as a substitute for nutmeg?

    1. You can just leave it out. It will still be awesome!

  14. I’m gonna have to work on the flip technique for these for sure! I just have to say that out of all the banana egg pancakes on pinterest these are flavored the best by far! Believe me when I say I’ve pretty much tried them all! The apple and nutmeg make a huge difference. Love them!

    1. Jessi, these pancakes just need to be made a bit smaller. If they are a “sloppy flip” just add a little almond flour. Glad you liked the recipe! :)

  15. So I’m not a great cook. Period. I’m having a hard time keeping these looking like a pancake when I go to flip them. They sort of mash together and then sometimes break apart when I go to flip. I’m sure that’s the nature of the beast. Any suggestions? Thanks

    1. Rebecca, add a little almond butter or almond flour to the mix if you need. It will thicken it up. :)

  16. Has anyone figured out an egg free option for these? :)

    1. I made mine with chia seeds and it came out just fine

  17. Just made these this morning and loved them! As a dietitian, I love real food recipes. I’ve been experimenting with flourless pancakes and these are the best yet. Thanks :)

    1. Stephanie thank you! I appreciate your kind words! :)

  18. These looked so good this morning I had to try them! My eyes didn’t fool me. The only problem I had was the pancakes basically fell apart. Maybe the bananas I used weren’t big enough so the consistency didn’t hold them together. Although I’ve never been a good pancake maker lol. They were very delicious though. Thank you for the recipe!

    1. You can try with your heat turned up a bit, or add a little almond butter if you need to. Im glad you liked our recipe!

  19. They were so good that I made them two days in a row! And, I brought the leftovers in to work, wrapped in foil, and heated them up in the oven at 330 for about 8 minutes. They were yummy all over again.

    So nice to have a substitute for eggs. Sometimes just the thought of an egg in the morning makes me gag!

    1. Jerrine, Thank you so much! Sometimes there’s nothing better than a good pancake. Thanks for taking the time to let me know you like the recipe. :)

  20. Can I make creeps with this recipe instead of pancakes?

    1. I meant crepes

    2. Yes Cindy, you sure could! :)

  21. Can you freeze any extras for later?

    1. LeeAnn, I have never frozen them. I never have left overs. :) But I think they would be just fine to freeze.

  22. So this may be silly…can I sub peanut butter for almond butter? My gluten sensitive kiddo is highly allergic to almonds (but not peanuts, thankfully).

    1. Stephanie, you can add peanut butter. It is not considered Paleo though. If you would like another alternative, sunflower butter works well and tastes a lot like peanut butter. :)

  23. Just made these and they are absolutely delicious! Doubled the recipe so I could use the last of my bananas and to also have extras for my husband and I this weekend :)
    So far all your recipes I have made have been equally delicious!

    1. Marybeth, haha! This is a favorite in our house and we do the same! Those pancakes are addicting! :) I’m glad you and your hubby like them!

  24. Oh my god, wow these pancakes are amazing. So tasty, and my house smells like cinnamon. Thank you for the recipe.

    1. You’re welcome Peter! Glad you like them! :)

  25. Just made these this morning and they were great!! A little hard to flip over because I think they were a little too big but they were delicious! I grated the apple and that worked nicely. Excellent with blackberries and almond butter. Yum! Thanks for the recipe!!

    1. Laura, sounds awesome! They are a little hard to flip if they are made too big, but so yummy! Thanks for giving them a try. :)

  26. I use the same basic egg/almond butter base, sometimes use combos of cooked sweet potato, apple sauce, or banana, vanilla, and maple syrup from my own maple trees. Great for a paleo grab and go breakfast or snack. Makes wheat-free easier.

    1. Paula, seriously? You have your own maple trees? I am so jealous, you lucky girl! I like the options you included. I have done banana but not sweet potato. That sounds great!

  27. I made these this morning and wow — these are for sure better than the bisquick pancakes I missed. My non-paleo roommate ate three, but I had the other 7 (!), and don’t feel too full ! Thanks for the great recipe.

    1. Wow! Thanks Matt! Glad you and your roommate liked them! And thanks for taking the time to comment!

  28. These were awesome!!! And filling! My hubby can usually eat 3-4 traditional pancakes. He had 2 and was full. This amount was perfect for 2 adults and one young teen. Thanks.

    1. Thanks Cheri! I always love when I hear the whole family enjoyed the meal! ;) thank you so much for your comment!

  29. Remember, it’s not what they look like, it’s what they taste like. Just made these and they didn’t look anything like the photo, but they were delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

    1. Bre, I’m glad you liked them. They not be pretty, but they’re pretty tasty. :)

  30. I just picked up unsweetened pumpkin apple butter yesterday….going to try it!

  31. As long as you are eating PURE 100% organic/natural maple syrup, you are still eating raw, so that is considered ok in moderation. Your body knows how to digest natural sugars, just not the refined/processed versions. :)

    1. Thanks much for your response Danna and setting the record straight!

  32. Is natural maple syrup something you can have on occasion? I thought paleo was NO sugar? I’m a new newbie! These look amazing!

    1. You’re right, it is no sugar. And truthfully the pancakes would be great with fruit. We have been Paleo for 9 months and yes, occasionally I will use a little maple syrup or raw honey. Some paleo people never use either. I am 90 percent paleo and will never be 100. I enjoy a little sweet every now and then. :)

  33. Hi, These look amazing. Can you think of anything I can substitute for banana? I can’t have them. They give me migraines….maybe pumpkin puree? Thanks. Holly

    1. Hi Holly…I think substituting the bananas with pumpkin puree might be a good solution! Since it would be about the same consistency as mashed bananas, it should work. Keep in mind pumpkin puree doesn’t have much flavor, so you might want to taste the batter and adjust your spices accordingly…maybe add a little more almond butter too. If you try these, please let me know how they turn out!

  34. Wonderful! These look delicious, and I wondered the same thing about the syrup, but I’m sure where there is a will there is a way to make some healthy form of it. Regardless, love the idea and can’t wait to try it. I’m more so on a wheatbelly lifestyle, which is a minor paleo, but this suits my lifestyle perfectly. Thank you again!

    1. Hi Zane…thanks so much for your comment. Do try these wheat-free pancakes, I think you’ll love them. We often top ours with a cup of frozen mixed berries heated in the microwave. Or you could take a good jam you have in the fridge and heat that up as a topping. Or even chop a little extra apple when you make these, and place in a small bowl with some butter and cinnamon, then microwave for a delicious hot apple topping. No one should feel “stuck” with just using maple syrup when serving these pancakes!

      1. Hi!! I’m new at Paleo way, and today I`ve Tried this pancakes receip, they are delicious, but they get smashed (sorry for my bad english, I’m from Mexico), they could not get form, What am I doing wrong? I have used coconut oil instead of almond butter…

        1. The almond butter is very important part of the recipe. Also, you could add almond flour instead until you get a thicker batter.

  35. And I was referring to the syrup, not the pancakes themselves. They look real good.

  36. Look delicious, but how can that be called Paleo with a straight face?

    1. Hi Wheat Is My Crack. Thanks for your comment. The short and sweet answer is the maple syrup is just an option. Our blog readers are smart and know maple syrup isn’t particularly paleo. Not everyone’s on a strict paleo diet here, so we leave it up to our savvy readers to decide if they want to dribble a little of the sweet stuff on these 100% paleo pancakes, or not. :)

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