Healthy Apple pancakes will win over the whole family. A fun breakfast, these apple packed flapjacks are a better for you way to start the day. Packed with freshly grated fruit and a healthy dose of spice, these apple cinnamon pancakes contain no refined sugar.
Healthy Apple Pancakes for Apple Picking
There is nothing that screams fall more to me than going apple picking in NJ.
Traipsing through a cool orchard in flannel and boots – I’m pretty sure that’s the required uniform and they won’t let you in otherwise.
Grabbing a cup of cider and a fresh-made apple cider donut – it’s a magical experience. But the absolute best part about apple picking is the bounty you bring home.
Which brings us to this healthy apple pancake recipe! When cooked, apples caramelize and add a fresh sweetness to everything they touch. They let us add a touch of that sweetness without going overboard.
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Tips for Making Healthy Apple Pancakes
- Substitute the milk and vinegar combo for buttermilk. It is definitely easier and tastier, but we rarely keep buttermilk stocked on hand, so I usually end up doing milk/vinegar.
- Any apple is great for this! Try Granny smith if you want less sweet pancakes.
- Skip the grater. You can also toss the apple chunks into your food processor and grate them that way.
- Use the juice that comes from the apples! I usually grate the apple directly into the mixing bowl – less dishes and you don’t lose the liquid.
- Feel free to use whole wheat flour. You may need to add a bit more liquid if using. Another option is subbing in 1/4-1/3 oat flour.
Want to sneak in some veggies?
Replace some of the apple with grated zucchini or yellow squash. Since your kids are expecting the extra texture to some extent and there is so much flavor in the apple pancakes, they’ll never know, but you’ll love knowing you’re serving healthy pancakes.
Another option is grated carrot. While it’s a bit more obvious, they add a lovely layer of sweetness.
Toppings for healthy apple pancakes:
Here are some of our favorite pancake toppings.
- Maple syrup – make sure it’s REAL maple, not artificial.
- Honey for kids over the age of 1.
- Sugar free cream cheese frosting
- Greek yogurt – we like it mixed with a hint of cinnamon and maple syrup.
- Apple butter
- Nut butters
Healthy Apple Pancake Recipe
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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
Packed with freshly grated apples and a healthy dose of cinnamon, these Apple Cinnamon pancakes will be a win with the whole family.
- 1 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- .5 teaspoon baking soda
- .25 teaspoon salt
- .5 tablespoon cinnamon
- .75 cup .75 cup milk
- 2 tablespoons white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons butter melted
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 1 large apple grated
- 1 egg
Combine dry ingredients and set aside.
Add in milk until the juice and milk mixture makes 3/4 cup. Stir in vinegar and allow to curdle for at least 5 minutes before adding in the butter, honey, and egg and stirring. Fold the wet mixture into the dry mixture until no more dry spots are seen. The batter will be lumpy, do not over mix.
Grate your apple on a plate using a box grater. Squeeze excess liquid from the apples into a measuring cup and set aside drained, grated apple. A
Heat a greased pan and pour about 1/4 cup of batter into the pan. Cook about 2-3 minutes until bubbles form in the center of the pancake and flip. Cook another 2-3 minutes. Enjoy!
So tell me – do lazy mornings make you think of pancakes? Are you team apple or team pumpkin? Let me know in the comments!