The Best Apple Pancake Dippers (Gluten Free, Vegan)

Prep: 3 minutesCook: 7 minutesTotal: 10 minutes
Yield: 3 dippersCategory: Breakfast
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These delicious Apple Pancake Dippers make a really fun breakfast and are a great way to sneak a few extra portions of fruit in.

I am a big fan of eating seasonally and am always very happy when Autumn rolls around because of all the apple themed recipes that I can create. In these dippers the chunks of apple stay sharp and crisp but are encased in fluffy, golden pancake batter making this a really delicious breakfast. As the name suggests, the dippers are perfect to dip into maple syrup, however, once cooked they retain their shape quite well meaning you can simply remove the skewers, drizzle with maple syrup and eat with a knife and fork if preferred.

I typically get three skewers from one apple but the amount this yields will obviously depend on how large your chunks of apple are. You could chop it into large pieces and just make two skewers, however, you will have some pancake batter leftover.

This recipe is based on my 10 Minute Healthy American Style Pancakes which you can find here. I did have to tweak the amounts used to create a thicker batter so that it stuck to the apple pieces instead of dripping straight off. If desired you can pour the batter straight over the skewers, however, I did find that pouring the batter onto a plate and rolling the skewers in it had the best results. When frying, you may find that some pieces of apple do not touch the pan due to them being different sizes, if this is the case simply press down on them with a spatula or spoon to ensure the batter cooks.

I like these dippers made using red apple but you could try green instead. I do not remove the skin or core of the apple, only the stem and the pips, but you could just use the flesh if you preferred. You could also put a spiced twist on these by adding cinnamon and ginger to the batter to make these dippers a little more seasonal. If you like the sound of these but aren’t overly keen on apple, why not try using other fruit? I think raspberries, blueberries and maybe even pineapple could work well.

If you like these pancake dippers you may also like my Spiced Apple Pancakes which you can find here – they have all the same flavours with less of the fuss. Alternatively, if you like the flavours in these pancake dippers and were hoping for more apple recipes why not try my Cinnamon Apple Crumble Bars which you can find here or my Healthy Caramel Apple Oat Cookies here.

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Ingredients

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  • 1 red apple
  • 50g 1/4 cup + 1 tbsp gluten free plain flour
  • 1/2 banana
  • 50ml 3 tbsp soya milk
  • 1/2 tbsp flax seed
  • 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
  • 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • splash olive oil for frying

Method

  1. Roughly chop the apple into small pieces
  2. Arrange the pieces onto skewers until all the apple is used up, taking care not to pierce the apple too close to the edges so the pieces break
  3. Add the banana to a food processor or blender and blitz well
  4. Add the flour, soya milk, flax seed, maple syrup and baking powder to the banana and blend until a thick batter forms
  5. Pour the batter out onto a plate so it forms a puddle
  6. Roll the skewers in the batter turning them over so the apple pieces are evenly coated
  7. Heat some olive oil in a large frying pan and add the skewers, fry over a moderate heat turning every minute or so until golden and crispy. Press down on certain areas using a spatula if needed to ensure all of the batter cooks

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