Aug 28

Apple Peanut Butter Socca Pie

When the moon sun hits your eye like a big socca pie…


I’m having a serious love affair with breakfast foods like these PrOATein Pancakes or this Tiramisu Parfait.

With fall fast approaching, each week the apples are more and more delicious.  The Galas I bought at the Farmer’s Market this weekend are almost dessert-like.  Almost.

All they need is a good pie crust.  



Filling and full of protein, this breakfast could masquerade as dessert.

Sweet Gala apples topping a creamy peanut butter “frosting” could make me happy after any meal, but as a guilt-free dessert breakfast it’s even better.




I really loved the socca as the base.  It’s pancake-like texture was perfect with the juicy crunch of the apple.  The warm spices in the socca make it even more reminiscent of apple pie.


If you haven’t made socca before, this is the time to try it.  It’s not hard – easier than pancakes!  I should know – half of my pancakes become pancake scrambles.



Don’t you want to dive into that creamy deliciousness?!  

For my dairy-free and vegan friends: This can be easily made a vegan treat.  Just replace the Greek yogurt with a non-dairy yogurt.  Be sure to adjust for the added moisture (Greek yogurt is thicker than the regular stuff); you will probably not need the tablespoon of almond milk.  Alternatively, you could leave out the yogurt completely and simply have a peanut flour frosting!


Note: Make sure you are buying organic apples.  They are the top offender on the Dirty Dozen list!


Apple Peanut Butter Pie Socca

For the Socca

  • 1/4 C chickpea flour
  • 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/8 tsp allspice
  • 1/8 tsp nutmeg
  • 1/4 C water
  • 1/2 tsp vanilla extract
  • 4-5 drops liquid stevia
  • 1/4 tsp butter extract (optional)


For the Topping

  • 2 oz Greek yogurt (use soy/almond yogurt, or leave out completely to make dairy-free/vegan)
  • 2 T peanut flour
  • 1 T unsweetened almond milk
  • 1/4 tsp cinnamon
  • 2-3 drops liquid stevia
  • 1 small apple


For the Socca:

Preheat oven to high broil.

In a small bowl, combine dry ingredients.  Add wet ingredients and stir to combine.

Pour batter in a small, well-oiled (I used PAM) oven-proof skillet over med-high heat.  Allow to cook until nearly done, 4-5 mins.

Set aside, allowing to cool slightly while mixing the topping.


For the Topping:

In small bowl, combine remaining ingredients (except the apple).  Spread across the room-temp socca (still in the skillet).

Thinly slice the apple, and arrange pieces atop the socca. 

Place in oven on high broil for 3-4 mins.  Watch carefully - it will go from perfect to burnt very quickly (not that I would know…).

Remove from oven and transfer to plate.  Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!

Makes 1 serving.

Approximate Nutritionals: 3.7 g fat, 37.1mg sodium, 29.9g carbohydrates, 6.3g fiber, 13.6 g sugar, 19.3g protein


I need to place an order on iHerb for more peanut flour… any suggestions for new things to try while I’m at it?  

FYI: iHerb.com is a great place to find healthy ingredietns your grocer may not have (like peanut flour).  Use the code USO924 for $5 off your first order!

Have you ever made socca?

What  are you most looking forward to bringing back to your menu rotation this fall?



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  1. Claire @ Live and Love to Eat

    I love socca and pretty much all of your recipes – especially cinnamon-y ones! I can’t wait for the return of all things pumpkin.

    1. Laura

      Thank you so much!!! I’m all about the return of pumpkin too.

  2. Danielle

    Love this recipe! I’ve been dying to try socca but haven’t quite found the right recipe to try it with! I think this might be it! Can’t wait to try it!

    1. Laura

      Please let me know what you think!! It’s a pretty easy one to start with.

  3. Sable@SquatLikeALady

    Yum!!! You are SO creative. This sounds like a great autumn-y recipe too!!

  4. Sarena (The Non-Dairy Queen)

    We love sweet socca here too! I sprinkle the top with cinnamon and sugar for a treat! I make socca almost nightly here. Fresh rosemary added to the mix is my all time favorite though. I’m so ready for fall! I’m definitely going apple picking this year! A couple of years ago we started eating seasonally here and it actually makes me excited for the changing of the food seasons! Rutabagas were a new find for us when we started changing with the seasons. I’m mostly looking forward to pumpkin season though! I can’t wait to get to roasting my pumpkins again…I ate all that I had frozen!

    1. Laura

      That’s a great idea – like cinnamon toast socca!

      I have never made my own rutabagas… that needs to change this year.

  5. Lee

    I can’t wait for all the apples to taste good. That’s the worst when you bite into an out-of-season apple and it’s all mealy. Bleh.

  6. Parita

    Socca pizza is the best! We made sweet potato socca (courtesy of Lindsay at LGB) the other night and it was delicious! It’s funny because chickpea flour is so common in Indian cooking – I honestly never thought to use it any other way. My mom’s always shocked when I tell her about all the “new” ways of using it too!

  7. Holly

    Woah. I saw the title of this and every French traditionalist bone in my body went into convulsions. However, I’m very intrigued and I may have to try using socca as a sweet pie crust. I’d like to see how it tastes and I love the idea of using chickpea flour more because it’s got that added protein and vitamin bonus. Don’t tell my husband though, he’ll probably drop to the floor in a dead faint.

    1. Laura

      Awwwww… it’s not THAT blasphemous, is it? ;)

  8. Jenny @ simply be me

    I’ve never even heard of socca before but I’m intrigued. I do love iHerb though! I just bought some herbal supplements for a third of the price it would cost me in the local healthfood stores! I especially love that you can add a free sample of something to each order :)

    1. Laura

      It’s really great! I make pizzas with it a lot too.

  9. Alex @ therunwithin

    chickpea flour is def on my bucket list of things to try.

  10. Ashley @ Freckles & Spice

    I love getting apples and hot cider at the market on fall mornings. And I did purchase my first can of pumpkin this weekend. Bring on the chicken soup, fresh baked bread, and warm apple pie.

    I have chickpea flour and have been meaning to make socca forever – but I don’t have a cast iron skillet so I’ve been trying to fig. out the best way to do it- just do it pancake style on the stove or bake it in a non skillet oven safe pan.

  11. Allie

    I can’t believe I’ve never made socca for breakfast before. I mean, I think I’ve made EVERY other possible socca option, and I never thought breakfast?? This needs to change. Like, tomorrow morning…

  12. Carol @ Lucky Zucca

    Not to be cliche but definitely most looking forward to pumpkin!! And other winter squashes as well- especially butternut. Yum! I’ve never even heard of socca before… must do some research.

  13. Sam @ Better With Sprinkles

    I’ve never even heard of socca before, let alone eaten it – most definitely intriguing!

    So so excited for pumpkin and apples. Best parts of fall, in my humble opinion. :-)

  14. Kammie @ Sensual Appeal

    I have never heard of a socca before! But I love this. Woooo makes me happy for Fall.

  15. Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning

    I’ve never made socca! I remember seeing it on the pure2raw twins site forever ago, and putting it on my list of things to make. Still haven’t…
    I’m glad to see that you are using that bag of chickpea flour! I opted to just make my own, because I wasn’t sure what else to use it for (although I did bake my dogs’ birthday cakes with chickpea flour last year, since they’re gluten-free!)

    1. Laura

      I can’t believe you haven’t! I like it as pizza crust too. You can really blend any flavor into the batter.

  16. Heather (Where's the Beach)

    Looks fantastic. I’ve not tried a dessert socca.

  17. Liz @ IHeartVegetables

    This sounds heavenly! I love how you used greek yogurt and peanut flour to lighten it up!

  18. Jed Gray (sportsglutton)

    My menu rotation for this football?? hmmmm. Football, football, and more football (and all that entails). :-)

  19. Lisa

    I love socca!! Never tried it in a sweet recipe though, just savoury stuff!
    Oh man, I can’t wait for the fall time pumpkins, squash, apples, hot drinks, all that fun stuff!

    1. Laura

      Ohhhh… that reminded me of hot apple cider. Cannot wait!!!

  20. Candy @ Healthy In Candy Land

    It’s been awhile since I’ve made socca–it used to be a friday pizza night staple for me. Thank you for reminding me to bring it back. I am loving the idea of a breakfast version, especially with an apple! You also reminded me to restock some peanut flour–something I have been wanting to do for weeks now. What is my deal?

    1. Laura

      Life wouldbe so much easier if TJs would still carry it!

  21. Alysha @Shesontherun

    What are your thoughts on liquid stevia vs. the powdered stuff? I just bought the packets to put in my tea. I’m trying to get used to the taste. I’m so used to regular sugar!

    1. Laura

      I like the liquid more. It dissolves/blends better and – it may be in my head – I think the taste is better.

  22. Heather @ Better With Veggies

    Fall foods are so exciting – anything pumpkin, baked apples, spiced — I actually can’t wait to smell the fall spices in the air. I *heart* Fall!

  23. Paula@paulasplate.net

    I’ve actually never even heard of Socca, but I can’t wait to try this! I love apples baked in anything, and this sounds right up my alley. Plus, I just got my first bag of peanut flour from iHerb and I LOVE experimenting with it! (I made some tasty peanut butter pancakes with a SF strawberry jam syrup. It was delish!) Please keep these amazing recipes coming :)

    1. Laura

      So glad you are loving the peanut flour! Welcome to the addiction. :)

  24. Tina @ Best Body Fitness

    This looks so good and gets me all excited for fall coming!

  25. Debbie (Accidently Delish)

    do you think coconut flour would work in place on chickpea? i just bought coconut and have never baked with it so i have no idea how alike/different they are.

    1. Laura

      I’ve never tried it, but I don’t see why not. you may need more liquid because coconut flour is more absorbent. Let me know!

  26. Tessa @ Amazing Asset

    This is such a delightful fall recipe! Cinnamon and apples is such a comfort to me and definitely= the fall season :)

  27. Brittany @ Delights and Delectables

    I need to give socca a second chance! I LOVE pumpkin and butternut squash… I have already broken them out!

  28. Lindsay @ The Lean Green Bean

    umm loving this idea!

  29. Meg

    this looks amazing, twin :) I LOVE IT. I left my chickpea flour in London and since I will be back there THIS WEEKENDish I shall try your recipe when I get there! :D

    This looks phenomenal hunnie! PHENOMENAL!

  30. janet @ the taste space

    Love your savoury socca! Cinnamon and nutmeg, ya! :)
    Of all flours, chickpea is definitely my favourite. :)

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  32. Choc Chip Uru

    I am actually unfamiliar with socca but boy do I want to try it :D

    Choc Chip Uru

    1. Laura

      You could make a rockin’ dessert with it! :)

  33. Purelytwins

    you know we would love this ;)

  34. Sarah @ The Smart Kitchen

    I bought garbanzo flour perhaps over a year ago, intending to actually make socca. Has this happened? Of course not. This frosting, though…I don’t know if I can wait on that…

    1. Laura

      Sarah. Try the socca too before the flour goes bad! :)

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