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Apple Chai Pancakes

September 22, 2020

These Apple Chai Pancakes combine two of my favorite fall flavors: apples and chai! They’re hearty, filling and a fun twist on classic pancakes. Easily made gluten-free if desired!

Are you sick of peach recipes yet? Honestly I wish peaches were in season all year round because I cannot get enough! What do I love more than peaches though? Fall. I am so inspired by fall cooking and baking. I don’t know if it’s the fresh produce I prefer or the cooler temps but I am here. for. it. 

Pancakes might be my favorite breakfast food so naturally I needed to create a recipe that involved two of my favorite flavors: chai and apples. These pancakes are hearty, slightly sweet, earthy (in a good way!)… basically fall in a recipe. 

Here’s What You Need:

  • Apple – any kind works!
  • Oat flour – you can make your own by grinding up oats. 
  • Coconut flour
  • Applesauce – make sure you grab unsweetened!
  • Chai tea – a tea bag or loose leaf tea bags both work. 
  • Egg whites
  • Vanilla extract
  • Baking powder and baking soda
  • Spices – cinnamon, ginger, cardamom and salt.

How to Make Apple Chai Pancakes

These apple chai pancakes are super easy to make! Ditch the pre-made stuff and try this fall-flavored version of pancakes instead.

STEP 1: Make your chai tea by boiling water and steeping the tea for at least 10 minutes. 

STEP 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.

STEP 3: Combine flour, baking powder and spices and mix well. Set dry ingredient mixture aside. In a separate bowl, mix the wet ingredients – the applesauce, chai tea and egg whites. Add the wet ingredients to the dry ingredients and stir until well combined. Stir in the softened apples.

STEP 4: Spray a pan or pancake griddle with coconut oil and heat to medium heat. Add your pancake batter and cook for about 3 minutes on one side and 1.5 minutes on the other. You know your pancakes are ready to be flipped when all the bubbles have popped at the outer rim is golden brown. Top with maple syrup, nut butter and/or more apple slices!

How to Cook Perfect Pancakes

I have four main tips to perfect pancakes. The common thread through these tips is patience!

  1. Preheat the griddle. If you start with a griddle that isn’t hot enough it will mess up your cooking time so be patient and wait for your griddle to be hot.
  2. Use oil to grease the pan. No one wants to scrape their pancakes off the pan!
  3. Be patient but attentive when cooking side one. Bubbles will start to form on the top of the batter. When the bubbles pop and the edges are browning and/or look cooked, your pancakes are ready to flip! 

Cook your pancakes about half as long on side two. Cook your pancakes longer on side one for a more seamless flip. If your pancakes aren’t cooked enough, you’ll end up with a doughy, messy flip. Side two only needs half as long! The end result will be fluffy, delicious pancakes.


Apple Chai Pancakes

These Apple Chai Pancakes combine two of my favorite fall flavors: apples and chai! They’re hearty, filling and a fun twist on classic pancakes. Easily made gluten-free if desired!

  • Author: Davida Lederle
  • 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)
  • 1/2 tbsp coconut oil + more for greasing
  • 1 cup white flour (or gluten-free flour)
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 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


  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!

Keywords: pancakes, apple chai, apple chai pancakes

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  • Reply
    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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    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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    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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    January 19, 2014 at 6:17 pm

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

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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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    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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    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.

    • Reply
      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!

  • Reply
    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!!!

  • Reply
    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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    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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    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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    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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