Apple Sausage is KEY for making this sweet and savory, healthy breakfast bake! Gluten Free chicken apple sausage combined with maple syrup, gluten free pancake mix, eggs, and more. It’s a wholesome breakfast bake that’s a meal in itself. Great for breakfast on the go, brunch, and more. Easy, protein packed, and DELICIOUS!
*This Apple Sausage Breakfast Bake recipe is sponsored by my friends over at Al Fresco All Natural. Thank you for allowing me to share their healthy gluten free chicken breakfast sausage products!
Well, I think I’m officially ready. I’ve put the Summer season behind me (even though it’s 90F today) and shifted my mind in into baking mode. I’d like to thank Al Fresco All Natural for the apple maple breakfast inspiration. Yes, time to bust more yummy warm breakfast bake dishes!
It’s like “no wearing white after labor” rule but with food. Cool creamy frozen tropical treats out (except my banana soft serve, that’s the exception. Mmmm k?). All the red, orange, and warm colored foods in. Not to mention ALL THE BAKING. Did I say that already? Haha yes, baked Apples, Pears, and Pumpkins galore. BRING IT ON!
Okay I lied. I might a few more cool salad type dishes to share, but they involve Fall fruit. So…. I’m good, right?
But let’s back up the baking train for a moment. You see, part of the reason we all love Summer is for simplicity. Fresh meals made in one bowl or pan. Yep, done. Let’s eat, fork or hands allowed.
Why not keep this concept going through Fall and Winter. One dish. One meal. Healthy. Nourishing. Ahhh yes, the breakfast bake. Protein, veggie/fruit, carbs, and more goodness BAKED to perfection.
Hence this Apple Sausage Breakfast Bake. A breakfast bake that looks like bread or dessert but actually can substitute for a FULL meal. And with minimal ingredients I might add.
Think of it as Dutch apple pancakes and a side of maple chicken sausage COMBINED! Butter and syrup included.
Except this Breakfast Bake can be made ahead of time. It can be frozen for later. Use it for brunch, breakfast, or dinner. Yes, a breakfast bake that takes the cake. —> I know, corniness factor slipped in. Go with it.
You probably think ….”cool, but how long does this apple sausage breakfast bake take to make?” Really, we all look at the time commitment first, don’t we?
Well, I know I do. I love to cook, but when it comes to baking, I want make it in an hour or less.
This Apple Sausage Breakfast bake will fit that criteria. Duh! I made my rules, I must follow.
All you need to do is combine your favorite gluten free buttermilk pancake mix (or other flavor of choice), diced apples, and then pre cooked maple chicken sausage.
The sausage is of course KEY here. Today I’m using Al Fresco Natural Breakfast Chicken Apple Sausage.
The kiwi and I LOVE chicken apple sausage. For one,they are sweet and savory, the best of both worlds. These Chicken Apple sausages (in particular) are just made for breakfast. Hence the whole breakfast break idea. But what I also love about Al Fresco’s apple sausage is the real food ingredients. Ahhh, makes me feel so good just reading the simple ingredient list.
They casein free, gluten free, dairy free, and made with pure Vermont maple syrup and unsulphured apples. Which makes them great for those who are intolerant to casein or have a sulphite sensitivity!
Light in calories and made with lean, skinless chicken meat. Oh and the fact that they are FULLY cooked to begin with is super duper handy, don’t you think?
Which is what makes this apple sausage breakfast bake EVEN MORE super duper easy. Oh yea people, we are combing convenience with healthy delicious WHOLESOME food!
Alright, ready to rock and roll this Fall inspired breakfast?
I should *note* –> this apple sausage breakfast bake is so easy to make PALEO.
Just use your go to paleo pancake mix or flour (almond/coconut).
Easy Apple Sausage Breakfast Bake (Gluten Free, Healthy)
- 4 oz (about 1 cup chopped) gluten free maple or apple sausage (we use Al fresco fully cooked chicken sausage breakfast links)
- 2-3 tsp butter or non dairy butter (divided)
- 1/3 to 1/2 cup plus 1 tsp maple syrup for cooking sausage.
- 1 apple, chopped and cored
- 2 cup gluten free apple or buttermilk pancake mix (See notes for substitutions)
- 2 eggs
- 1 cup almond milk
- 2 tbsp -3 tbsp walnuts (to be chopped)
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1/4 tsp sea salt
- 1 tsp vanilla
- melted Butter and additional maple syrup for topping.
- Optional apple slices on top
- First brown your your sausages in a skillet with 1 tsp butter and maple syrup. If you are using fully cooked sausage then this will only take a few minutes on medium heat until they brown.
- If you are using uncooked, then be sure to brown and check the internal temperature to reach 160F (uncooked takes about 10-12 minutes).
- Once cooked, remove from heat and set aside.
- Next preheat oven to 350F.
- Chop your apple. Leave skin on if desired. Feel free to save a few thin apple slices for the top of the bake. See pictures.
- Next chop your walnuts or whatever nut you are using.
- Once sausage is cooled, chop it into smaller pieces to mix.
- Place pancake mix, spices, apple, and nuts in a small bowl. In another bowl, whisk your egg, 1/3 cup maple syrup, milk, and extracts together.
- Pour your egg mixtures in with the pancake/apple mix and then fold in your sausage.
- Let this sit for about 5 minutes if you are using pancake mix.
- While that is sitting, grease a 8x8 baking dish.
- Then after 5 minutes pour the mix into the baking dish.
- Place optional apple slices on top. Drizzle a little melted butter on top and extra cinnamon if desired.
- Bake for 40-45 minutes or until center comes out clean.
- Let cool for 5 minutes.
- Slice and serve with butter/maple syrup for a breakfast bake.
- You can also let this cool and keep for later. Just wrap with foil and store in fridge. Warm in oven when ready to serve.
- Make a great sweet/savory breakfast bread to go as well.
If you don't have pancake mix, feel free to use a gluten free multipurpose flour or a paleo flour mix. Be sure to add in 1-2 tsp baking powder if the mix doesn't have it already in there. Baking times might need to be adjusted. Check at 30 minutes to be safe.
additional toppings You can also serve this with baked apple sliced on top of this instead baking fresh on top. Just slice apple sprinkled with cinnamon and baked on a greased baking sheet at 350F for 20 minutes. Bother topping work great!
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Yes, this is one EPIC FALL WHOLE MEAL breakfast bake! I mean, what’s not to like? Sweet, savory, easy, protein packed, and of course…. portable.
I wasn’t lying when I said it’s like breakfast sausage and apple pancakes all wrapped up into one dish.
Ever tried apple sausage or any other breakfast style chicken sausage? Favorite way to eat it. Do tell! mmk?