breakfast gluten-free pancakes/waffles/french toast

Apple Chai Pancakes

January 19, 2014

It’s been almost one month since I’ve posted a breakfast recipe. Blasphemy! I’m finally following through on one of the pancake recipes I’ve promised you. The Mexican Hot Chocolate Pancakes are going to have to wait since not surprisingly I forgot to write down the recipe. One day I’ll learn…

The taste of your favorite spicy tea in pancake form with the sweetness of apples! This pancake recipe just took breakfast to a whole new level!

For as much as I love eating pancakes, they’re probably my least favourite food to photograph. Most of the time it’s because I’m ravenous and don’t have the patience to get the equipment and food props set up, but besides my impatience they’re actually quite difficult to photograph. First off, I am a terrible pancake flipper. In fact my Mom usually flips my pancakes. A serious downside to moving out! I got lucky that with this round they all ended up being relatively even and none ended up on the floor. Can’t say the same for my Orange Cheese Blintzes!

The taste of your favorite spicy tea in pancake form with the sweetness of apples! This pancake recipe just took breakfast to a whole new level!

I’ve also always wanted to master the syrup pour shot too, but the one time I tried it I drowned my pancakes in syrup and they died a sad sad death. I suppose there’s worse problems in the world! My guess is that most of you don’t possess the same food neuroses as me and would be perfectly fine with uneven apple chai pancakes loaded with maple syrup. Kudos to you! Now teach me your ways…


Apple Chai Pancakes

  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 pancakes 1x
  • Category: Breakfast
  • Method: Cook
  • Cuisine: American


  • 1 cup chopped apple (any kind)
  • 1 cup white flour (or gluten-free flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1/2 tsp baking soda
  • 3/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp ginger
  • 1/4 tsp cardamom
  • pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 3/4 cup of chai tea (1 cup of water with TWO chai tea bags or loose-leaf tea)
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 1 large egg
  • coconut oil, for greasing


  1. Boil water and steep tea for at least 10 minutes.
  2. Add 1/2 tbsp coconut oil to a skillet over medium heat. Add chopped apple and cook for 2-3 minutes or until softened and lightly browned.
  3. Combine dry ingredients and mix well.
  4. Add wet ingredients to dry and stir until well combined.
  5. Stir in apple.
  6. If batter is too thick, add in a bit more tea or non-dairy milk.
  7. Add a tsp of coconut oil to your skillet. Add a 1/4 cup of batter to skillet per pancake.
  8. Over medium heat cook pancakes for about 3 minutes on one side and about 1 min on the other side. Pancakes will be ready to be flipped once all bubbles have popped and the outer rim looks cooked.
  9. Top with maple syrup, nut butter, extra apple or preserves. Or a combination of all three!

The taste of your favorite spicy tea in pancake form with the sweetness of apples! This pancake recipe just took breakfast to a whole new level!Are you a good pancake flipper? Have you ever made pancakes with tea?


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  • Reply
    Amanda @ .running with spoons.
    January 19, 2014 at 6:21 am

    The flipping part is the reason why I gave up eating pancakes after I moved out from home — too stressful! Well, that and I’ve found that making pancakes for breakfast just takes too much effort. I do love ’em for dinner, though 😀

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    Sam @ Better With Sprinkles
    January 19, 2014 at 8:34 am

    I think I’m a decent pancake flipper. I mean, I’m sure there’s some people out there who are better than me at it, but my skills are acceptable. I’m actually making pancakes for dinner tonight 😉 Not apple chai though, now I kind of wish I had apples…or chai tea…

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    Katie @ Daily Cup of Kate
    January 19, 2014 at 9:01 am

    These look SO good. I absolutely love pancakes and actually eat one every morning but I can’t photograph them for the life of me!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:13 pm

      I’ve decided the only thing worse to photograph are smoothies! Thankfully it’s too cold here for me to worry about that problem right now!

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    Alison @ Daily Moves and Grooves
    January 19, 2014 at 9:04 am

    I can see why these pancakes would be so hard to photograph— I would probably inhale them before whipping out the camera 😉 I mean, making pancakes takes long enough, so waiting to take a picture of them just prolongs the time! I totally appreciate you waiting all that time to get us some gorgeous, drool-worthy pictures.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:20 pm

      Hahaha thanks girl! It was kind of torturous and I may or may not have been eating one on the side with my hands…no shame.

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    January 19, 2014 at 9:35 am

    Lol…I cannot flip pancakes. My pancakes turn into a “pancake scramble” once I’m done, and they are usually a bit burnt.
    (I’m not the best chef out there hahah)

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm

      You don’t even want to know what my eggs look like. Unless we’re talking about scrambled….there’s a reason I don’t post many egg recipes haha

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    Kelly @ Kelly Runs for Food
    January 19, 2014 at 9:46 am

    These look amazing! I’m a pretty good pancake flipper, but it’s really hard to wait until they’re ready. The temptation to go quickly is so strong!

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    D @ The Kosher Cave Girl
    January 19, 2014 at 9:57 am

    Breakfast is definitely the best meal of the day… which is usually why I eat it more than once a day, haha! These look super yummy. And now I want pancakes. Drowned in maple syrup (Canadian, of course). And chai. And green apples.

    …I might have a problem.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:22 pm

      That problem can easily be solved with a hop, skip and jump across the border…just sayin’ 😉

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    Christine@ Apple of My Eye
    January 19, 2014 at 10:07 am

    I haven’t mastered the our-and-shoot picture either haha! I’ve heard that you should really invest in a tripod for that one ;).

    These look fantastic!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:24 pm

      I have a tripod and it’s still impossible for me! I think I need a remote, but I seriously need to stop spending money on camera gear!

      Thanks so much C 🙂

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    Ang @ Nutty for Life
    January 19, 2014 at 10:11 am

    I still haven’t mastered the art of the pancake flip let alone the art of the pancake pour. Mine always turn out oblong and weird, but still delish 😉 Luckily my main pancake man, my brother, doesn’t care what shape their in as long as they’re still pancakes! I think the idea of using tea in recipes is so cool, I have to do that sometime soon.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:26 pm

      Trust me, the shape does not matter to me because it all ends up in the same place anyway. Stupid blog getting in the way of my pancakes eating. I’m shutting this thing down just so I can eat my pancakes in peace! Jusssst kidding. I love you more than pancakes. Yeah, I said it!

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    Kim @ Racing Bananas
    January 19, 2014 at 10:16 am

    This is the best flavor combination! They sound amazing!

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    Emily @smilemilegirl
    January 19, 2014 at 10:37 am

    Yum- I would never think to use tea in pancakes. What a great idea! And I’m a decent pancake flipper, but my mom is the master! Haha (:

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    Vicky and Ruth / May I Have That Recipe?
    January 19, 2014 at 11:28 am

    I always find the first pancake never comes out right after that I am pretty good. Love the flavors you infused into the pancake.

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    Amy @ Long Drive Journey
    January 19, 2014 at 11:31 am

    I love annnnnnything with apples! They are so freaking delicious, which is why it’s incredibly sad that I can’t eat them raw without upchucking. I could, however, put them in pancakes! I have never even THOUGHT of that, which is why you are brilliant. I want these with some Canadian maple syrup, so get my room ready in the new apartment because I’m coming to get them!

    P.S. I will flip them. I used to work for a charity pancake breakfast every year in high school and I am a freaking PRO at flipping, even though I never make pancakes for myself.
    P.P.S. Sorry that I used the word “upchuck” in this comment.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:29 pm

      Move in with me. You already have a room. Free rent for pancake flipping??? I’d say that’s a fair deal!

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    Megan (The Lyons' Share)
    January 19, 2014 at 12:14 pm

    I laughed at the thought of you calling your mom in to flip your pancakes :). You are too cute!

    • Reply
      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:30 pm

      If only it were actually cute…I also don’t know how to iron. I think I’ve failed at life!

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    Elise @
    January 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    I could go for all that fluffy goodness right about now.. and I seriously wonder how people do get those great maple syrup shots! lol

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    January 19, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    These pancakes look absolutely delicious! I can’t flip pancakes well either- my Mum usually does that job too! 🙂

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    January 19, 2014 at 3:17 pm

    These pancakes look delicious! I love Chai!!!
    I pretty much suck at making pancakes and let Chris handle it – I will make the batter and he can do the work!!!

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    Jess @ JessieBear What Will You Wear?
    January 19, 2014 at 3:23 pm

    Mmm there’s a couple bloggers who I just consider “pancake queens” and you’re definitely one of them.

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:34 pm

      Thanks girl! I consider Heather to be the ultimate master! I need to hire her to flip my pancakes!

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    Nicole @ Foodie Loves Fitness
    January 19, 2014 at 5:41 pm

    Well these pancake pics look pretty fabulous to me! I feel like with 90% of the recipes I post, I’m starving and trying to snap a few shots quickly so that I can inhale some food haha maybe one day I’ll be more professional, but that’s somewhat doubtful 🙂 I’ve never used tea bags with pancakes, but I love chai tea and am sure I’d love these!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:36 pm

      I may or may not have been eating one on the side with my hands while I was shooting these haha

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    Arman @ thebigmansworld
    January 19, 2014 at 5:55 pm

    Why do you do this to me? Do you hate me that much you post such an amazing looking recipe just when I packed up my kitchen?

    It took me ages to master the art of pancake flipping and I think I finally worked it out! low heat, covered and time consuming. 😉

    PS Got some loving from the spoon- I should get her to give you a tutorial for your phone, the apple people thought I was a noob!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:39 pm

      I don’t have the patience for low-heat. Give it to me hot hot HOT. Speaking of hot. Stop going MIA on me. I take precedence over moving and Jo and Spoons.

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    January 19, 2014 at 6:17 pm

    Yum-YUM! I’ll flip yo’ pancakes any day any time, baby! ;P

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    Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen
    January 19, 2014 at 6:19 pm

    Love the flavours in these! And I can totally relate to your pancake photographing woes. One time I tried to do the pouring syrup shot, but I ended up pouring the syrup not on the pancakes, but all over the table. It was a mess! 😛

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    Alex @ Kenzie Life
    January 19, 2014 at 7:13 pm

    I have not made pancakes with chai or any other tea, but I’ve wanted to! They sound delicious. I absolutely love pancakes but haven’t made them in a while (I ran out of my GF mix). There’s nothing better than that salty/sweet mix of butter (or earth balance) and syrup! Have a great rest of your weekend!

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    Sarah Pie
    January 19, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    I’m an excellent pancake flipper… my problem is pouring them roundly into the pan 😉
    BF and I have been making sunday morning pancakes a thing and I’m adding these to the to try list!!

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    Suzanne @ hello, veggy!
    January 19, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    We need to have a breakfast party some time. Seriously!

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    January 19, 2014 at 7:43 pm

    I love chai pancakes, and did I see Kusmi Tea? They are everywhere in Paris! Pancakes are easy to photograph, you can add whatever you like on it, put some gooey sauce, decorate it with flowers and crushed nuts, etc. imagine it as a tall cake! Anyway how are you? I’m so sorry for the delay, I’m back on track and I look forward to catching up your posts! x Rika

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:45 pm

      It’s everywhere in Paris! When I lived there for a few months I got addicted and brought so much back! They opened a store in Montreal and it’s been a godsend!

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    January 19, 2014 at 10:05 pm

    Davida, adding chai tea to pancake batter is very creative. Now if only you would’ve posted these on Friday when I made my vitacost w/ the quinoa flour I told you i’d be ordering – I could’ve included some chai tea. Next time for sure 🙂

    p.s. I love flipping pancakes. However, now I have a waffle maker that is waffler maker on one side & omelet/pancake maker on the other. Takes care of all the work for me.

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    Katie @ 24 Carrot Life
    January 19, 2014 at 10:21 pm

    Yum! Now we just need the Mexican Hot Chocolate ones for my life to be complete!

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    Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
    January 20, 2014 at 2:21 am

    Pancake flipping definitely takes LOTS of practice…and every now and then I STILL botch one in a batch! As for the syrup pour, it’s all about having it pre-measured so you don’t end up needing life-preservers for your little cakes! 😉

    I actually HAVE made chai pancakes before (, but totally FORGOT about them until I stumbled over an old post a few weeks ago! Fist…palm! Now I just need to fish the pics out of my external harddrive so I can add them to my Recipage! Thanks for reminding me!

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      Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli
      January 20, 2014 at 2:22 am

      Umm, FACE…palm! Omg, see how these pancakes have me flabbergasted?! I can’t even speak properly! Lol

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        January 20, 2014 at 3:32 pm

        I was going to say…is this some kinky new fetish I wasn’t aware of. We need to talk. 😉

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          Davida @ The Healthy Maven
          January 20, 2014 at 4:50 pm

          Seriously guys you two have some weird fetishes what with Heather and her fist (ing-gah ew) and Meghan and her cheese (yeah Meg I know what you do with your cheese…)!

          And obviously Heather you’ve done the tea bag in pancakes before. You’re the pancake queen. Please move in with me. Meghan you can come too I guess 😉

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    Jan @ Sprouts n Squats
    January 20, 2014 at 4:53 am

    I’ve tried many times to flip my pancakes too early and suffered the consequences as a result!

    These look absolutely fluffy and delicious! Chai being one of my most favourite things to have, I have one every day instead of coffee so I am totally on board with this flavour combo. I can’t say I’ve ever put tea in pancakes before though 🙂

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:51 pm

      Girl don’t I know you drink your daily chai 😉 I always think of you when I make something chai flavoured…and chocolate peppermint since I know that’s your fav lol

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    Heather @Gluten-Free Cat
    January 20, 2014 at 8:57 am

    What a great idea to use a chai tea bag! I love your whimsical pancake pictures. You’re right, pancakes are so hard to shoot, but you did it expertly!


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    January 20, 2014 at 8:59 am

    Truthfully, I’m a pretty bad pancake flipper. I either undercook or overcook my pancakes.

    I bought a ton of Sugar Cookie tea with the purpose of making pancakes/oatmeal but haven’t yet. The extra steps intimidate me. I just need to do it!

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      Davida @ The Healthy Maven
      January 20, 2014 at 4:53 pm

      Is Sugar cookie tea allowed on 21DSD? I feel like no but that would be an epic way to beat the system lol

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    January 20, 2014 at 3:34 pm

    I would happily drown my pancakes in maple syrup, pour shot or not. Mmm….I’d dip those apple slices in it too.

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    January 21, 2014 at 11:34 am

    I am terrible at making pancakes! I wish I were better!

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    January 21, 2014 at 4:10 pm

    these look awesome! I can’t wait to try them out this weekend!

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    Gabby @ the veggie nook
    January 22, 2014 at 8:05 am

    I am with you- I am horrible at making pancakes and most of the time end up with a gooey, mis-shapen mess! It’s actually quite incredible that I have so many pancake recipes on my blog all things considered haha. I think these look beautiful though 🙂

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    January 24, 2014 at 10:28 pm

    Coconut flour and cardamom! Lovely! …except I suck at pancakes.

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    Luv What You Do
    January 25, 2014 at 12:15 am

    What a great idea for a combination for pancakes!!! I have some chai seasoning I have been wanting to use!

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    November 12, 2014 at 9:53 am

    These look wonderful! However, I am doing the Paleo diet and I cannot have the oats… any ideas of a good substitution? I am dying to make these for breakfast

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      Davida Kugelmass
      November 12, 2014 at 1:47 pm

      Almond meal might work! I actually plan on making them with almond meal this weekend. I’ll keep you posted how they turn out 🙂

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