Gluten-free Apple Teff Pancakes with Homemade Date Caramel Syrup

Gluten-free Apple Teff Pancakes with Homemade Date Caramel Syrup

What if you could have a caramel apple for breakfast? These teff pancakes are my healthier version that you really can start your day with. The pancakes are full of whole grains and can be made with no added oil. They are sweetened with fresh apples and a little of the date caramel syrup. Try them in the morning before you head out to the fair or go on a long autumn walk.
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Keyword apple teff pancakes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 8 pancakes
Calories 172kcal
Author Kathy Hester


Date Caramel Syrup Ingredients:

  • 1 cup chopped dates
  • 1 1/2 cups water more if needed
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla

Wet Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened nondairy milk
  • 2 tablespoons ground flax mixed with 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon mild oil optional
  • 2 tablespoons date caramel syrup or maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 cup peeled and minced fresh apple

Dry Ingredients:

  • 1 cup Maskal Ivory Teff Flour or brown teff flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt


  • Make the Date Caramel SyrupAdd the dates and water into a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Then turn the heat to low and simmer for 5 minutes.
  • Carefully pour into your blender with the vanilla and blend until smooth. Add extra water, ¼ cup at a time, to thin the syrup if it’s too thick.
  • Make the PancakesAdd the nondairy milk, flax mixture, oil (if using), sweetener of choice, vanilla to a mixing bowl and mix well. Then stir in the minced apple.
  • Mix the Maskal Ivory Teff Flour, baking powder, cinnamon, and salt in a separate medium-sized mixing bowl.
  • Heat a nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add the wet mixture to the dry and mix well. The batter mixture will be thick, but you can thin it by stirring in some extra water a tablespoon at a time as you need it.
  • Scoop a heaping ¼ cup of batter and spread in a thick circle and cook until the bottom edges start to look dry. Flip and cook on the other side until it browns. Repeat until all the batter is cooked.
  • Serve topped with Date Caramel Syrup or maple syrup if you prefer.


Calories: 172kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 3g | Fat: 3g | Sodium: 94mg | Potassium: 305mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 2.9mg | Calcium: 127mg | Iron: 1.7mg