Sep 21, 2013

Gluten-free, Vegan Caramel Apple Pancakes + New Product Review


There’s a new gal in town. And her name is The Date Lady. She was the inspiration for this amazing breakfast treat. Well, not her directly, but her new DATE SYRUP. Nothin’ but dates. Yeah. I don’t know how she does it but this stuff ROCKS. Seriously. It reminds me a little of molasses, only better… more mellow. And of course being made from dates, it’s loaded with minerals and other good stuff. Since I use dates predominantly in my sweet recipe treats, I thought I’d give her a try. I’m glad I did. And so were the others in my house who devoured these! And by the way, The Date Lady also sells caramel sauce already prepared but I tried my hand at making my own using her date syrup and it turned out great!


photos ripped from the Date Lady’s site
So… these pancakes. Wait. Let me back up a bit. I know that pancakes aren’t the healthiest food in the world to eat. But since my son (now 18) was a child, I almost always made pancakes on Sundays. It was a tradition. And if you’ve been following my blog for any length of time you know that I’ve been striving for a vegan, oil-free, gluten-free perfect pancake recipe for a long time…


Well, I’m still working on it in order to keep that tradition alive. I have not yet reached perfection in a pancake, Johnny cake, griddle cake or any other cake cooked on the stovetop. Yes, my Buckwheat Pancake recipe is really  close, but being the perfectionist that I am in the kitchen, I’m not quitting until I have the ultimate vegan pancake. 
All that said, these were good enough to share. The apples inside add a lot to help out the texture but—really—the caramel sauce is the star of the show in this recipe. 
So here you go…

~ for the pancakes:

  • ¾ cup rice flour
  • ½ cup millet flour
  • ½ cup tapioca flour
  • ¼ cup potato starch
  • 1 apple, finely chopped (make SURE you chop it finely—I made the mistake of leaving the apple chunks too big and they interfered a bit in the flipping process!)
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1 tsp baking powder


  • 2 TBS almond butter
  • ½ cup apple sauce
  • 1 cup soy milk or other non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp apple cider vinegar
  • 2 TBS flax meal + 4 TBS water
  • a tiny amount of spray oil to prevent sticking unless you have a non-stick griddle
  • 3-4 sliced apples for topping

~ for the caramel sauce:

  • ½ cup date syrup
  • ¼ cup brown rice syrup
  • ¼ cup unsweetened soy milk or any non-dairy milk
  • 1 tsp pure vanilla extract
Check out these beauties… 10 pounds of organic apples for $5 at my local Farmer’s Market!


  1. Mix the flax meal and the water and set aside.
  2. Get a griddle hot on medium heat.
  3. Mix all of the dry pancake ingredients together in a large bowl.
  4. In a separate bowl combine all wet ingredients.
  5. When the griddle is hot, add the wet ingredients into the dry and stir well to combine.
  6. Add a small amount of oil to prevent sticking, unless you have a high quality non-stick griddle. Drop batter by ¼ cup onto the griddle and cook until the edges are dry and the bottoms are golden brown. Flip and cook until the bottoms are golden brown.
  7. Heat the caramel sauce ingredients in a small pot until warm.
  8. Top the pancakes with the extra apple slices and the warm sauce.
Makes about 15 pancakes. Enjoy!
Healthy trails,


3 responses to “Gluten-free, Vegan Caramel Apple Pancakes + New Product Review”

  1. masaravati says:

    Thank you for working on a pancake recipe. My family really misses them!

  2. Helyn says:

    You're welcome! 🙂

  3. Awesome – they look divine!

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