Gluten Free Applesauce Pancakes

Like many of my “use it up” recipes, this one came about when I had a jar of applesauce in the fridge that I didn’t want to go to waste.  So, this is what I made one morning, and I enjoyed the pancakes so much they are going to have a permanent place my breakfast rotation.

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Using a gluten free pancake mix makes this recipe a snap and no oddball ingredients to purchase!  I love Better Batter Pancake and Biscuit Mix, and you will too.  Even the gluten eaters will gobble these up.  Did you know you can save by ordering two or three packs?  It’s a great value and a mix you will use all the time.

Remember, when you shop on the Better Batter website, use my code MGFC30 to get 30% off any non-sale item!

Ingredients:

  • 150 g. Better Batter Pancake and Biscuit Mix
  • 1 tsp. cinnamon
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp. canola oil
  • 3/4 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1 tbsp. brown sugar (or sugar substitute)
  • 2/3 cup milk (I used 2%)
  • butter for the griddle

Preparation:

Whisk together the pancake mix and cinnamon.  In another bowl, beat the egg, oil, applesauce, sugar and milk.  Combine the wet and dry ingredients with a batter whisk.  Let batter rest for 5 minutes while you preheat the griddle on medium low.

Coat the griddle with butter and spoon the batter in circles, about 1/3 cup each.  Cook for 4-5 minutes per side.  They are ready to turn when the tops begin to bubble.  Continue with the rest of the batter, adding more butter to the griddle each time.

Remember, gluten free pancakes take longer to cook!  You can poke the center with a toothpick to be sure they are cooked through.

Transfer the cooked pancakes to a cooling rack (or right onto your plate!).  I usually make enough to freeze so they will get individually wrapped in plastic wrap and stored in freezer safe bags.

You can reheat them on the griddle, microwave or toaster.

I served them with a side of sautéed apples, a sprinkle of nuts and real maple syrup.

Notes ♪♫ It’s apple season and this recipe is a great way to start things off!  Check out all my apple recipes here —-> Best Gluten Free Apple Recipes!

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Gluten Free Spiced Applesauce Loaf

Don’t wait for apple season to make this delicious, Spiced Applesauce Loaf!  It’s perfect for coffee breaks, brunches, and snacks.  It would be lovely to take along when visiting a friend or neighbor.  So easy to prepare, and everyone will love it, kids and adults alike.

First, check out the ingredient list.  You probably have most of these items right in your pantry!  Then, in addition to being gluten free I also give you some options to lower the sugar and sodium, as I know many of you have these additional restrictions.

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Dry Ingredients:

Wet Ingredients:

 Preparation:

Whisk together all of the dry ingredients.  Combine the wet ingredients in the bowl of a stand mixer with the paddle attachment and beat until smooth.  Add the dry ingredients to the wet and blend together just until moistened.

Line an 8″ loaf pan with parchment and scrape the batter into the pan.

Bake for 1 hour at 350°.  When it’s done, the loaf will have risen almost to the rim of the pan and the top will crack.  If you’re not sure it’s done, check with a toothpick in the center of the loaf.

Cool in the pan for 1/2 hour, then grasp both sides of the parchment and lift the loaf onto a cooling rack.

Carefully remove the parchment and continue cooling to room temperature.  Try to resist cutting into it right away, to minimize crumbling.

You could dust the top with confectioners sugar, or drizzle with a simple icing.  Honestly though, this cake is so moist and delicious it really needs no other adornment.  Slice with a serrated knife and arrange on a serving dish.

Look at that nice moist crumb!  You’ll have to take it from me, it tastes great!

Notes ♪♫ I have always loved quick breads.  This is an old recipe of mine that I converted to gluten free.  It worked beautifully with King Arthur gluten free all-purpose flour.  Note that this flour does not contain Xanthan gum, and I did not add any.  I have not tried the recipe with other gluten free flour brands, but please be aware that if you do the results may vary.

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