Gluten Free Pancake Traybake: Apple Crumble Flavour

11th February 2021
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Right, before we get started on my Gluten Free Pancake Traybake recipe, I feel like you’re going to have some questions because yep, there’s a pancake under there!!!!

(1) What is a “pancake traybake”? With my gluten free pancake traybake, you can make one massive pancake (any flavours you like), shove it in the oven to cook, then slice it up, share it around and all eat at the same time.

(2) How was my gluten free pancake traybake born?! I created this one out of laziness but now I think its actually my FAVE pancake recipe.

Long story short, I find pancake day a bit of faff because, if you’re making pancakes for more than 1, you end up all eating at different times and you’re stood at the stove FOREVER.

(3) Does it taste any different to a normal pancake? Nope, believe it or not its just as fluffy as delish as regular American pancakes.

(4) What’s the apple pie topping like? Have you ever had a Maccy Dee’s apple pie pre-gluten free days? Well, its just like that. Sweet, soft apples with a sticky cinnamon sauce. I could eat it for breakfast, lunch and dinner!

Flavour Options

Now, I’m a BIG apple crumble pan so this was my first choice but you could easily swap it up.

You could either add something to the pancake mix before baking – blueberries, chocolate chips, raspberries, banana. I recommend you scatter a little flour over anything you’re going to bake into the pancake batter to prevent the additions from sinking to the bottom of the batter.

Or, top it with something else – syrup, ice cream, oreos. Whatever you’d put on a normal pancake will work on this!

Looking for a different pancake recipe?

All gluten & dairy free, all delish!

You could always use the apple topping in the recipe below on any of the pancakes!

Or have I persuaded you to try these beauties…

Gluten Free Pancake Traybake: Apple Crumble Flavour

Prep Time10 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Servings: 6 servings (see notes at the bottom for tin options)
Course: Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: american pancakes, free from pancakes, gluten free pancakes



  • 250 ml milk - – if you're dairy free, use something full fat like soya
  • 200 grams self raising flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Pinch of salt
  • Dash of vanilla essence
  • 1 egg

Apple toppings

  • 4 apples
  • 2 heaped tbsp of butter/spread
  • 3 heaped tbsp of light brown sugar/whatever you’ve got
  • 2 tsp cinnamon
  • 2 tsp cornstarch


Apple Topping

  • Cut the apples into slices.
    > I like them to all be slightly different thicknesses so that some go really soft and some stay crunchy
  • Add the butter to a pan and melt
    >Don’t allow it to burn
  • Add the apple to the butter and give it a good mix around. Leave the pan on a medium heat, stiring every 30 secs, until the apples are just starting to soften. Takes about 3 mins.
  • Add the rest of the ingredients to a mug/jug. Add 75ml of water and mix together and much as possible.
  • Add the ingredients in the mug to the apples.
  • Leave on a low-medium temperature for another 1-2 mins, so the sauce it’s generating has thickened to a syrup. Set aside


  • Preheat your oven to 180oC
  • Add the egg, milk, salt and vanilla to a bowl. Whisk until smooth.
  • Add the flour and baking powder. Whisk until smooth.
  • Line a baking tray/casserole dish/cake tin with baking paper.
  • Pour the mix into the tin and place into the centre of the oven for 13 mins.
  • Remove the pancake from the oven, pour the apple mix over the top and return to the oven for 7 mins.
  • Remove from the oven, leave to sit for 3 mins and then slice up and eat!!
  • Tip: it’ll hold its shape really well, so if its easier, lift the baking paper and pancake out of the tin and slice on a chopping board.


Tin options:
*22-25cm circular cake tin OR *Approx. 20 x 30cm casserole dish/baking tin.
*If you’re using something smaller, don’t use all the mix (you could save it to make traditional pancakes or put it into another dish and bake two!). The mix should only sit approx 1cm high in the tin. Any higher and it won’t produce such a fluffy pancake!
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