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!
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Heather @ Polyglot Jot says
Yum! I could go with either but pumpkin is my favorite!
I mean.. you know what team I’m on.. 😉
Mixed Reviews says
Apple cinnamon pancakes sounds so tasty!
Kristy from Southern In Law says
Why hello fall! These look soooooooo good – and they’d make your house smell incredible too!
Yes! They smelled like FALLLLL!
Susan @ Culinary Envy says
YUM! I am so wishing I had apples right now for your scrumptious looking pancakes. Looks like I will have to try them over the weekend instead! It’s tough being patient sometimes! Pinned
They’re worth the wait, trust me!
I’m so all over big stacks of pancakes; they are one of my most favorite things to look at and eat. 🙂
You can’t go wrong with carb covered in butter and maple syrup 😉
The Geeky Mama says
I don’t even know what to say right now… but that I want some of that in front of me now. haha. It looks so delicious. Lets see if I can make it look just as good.. 🙂 Thanks so much for sharing at the #happynowlinkup !
They’re so easy, too! Just grate an apple and you’re on your way!
Jamie Marie says
YUMMY! Thanks so much for sharing with us on the Homesteader hop!
Yum! I love apples in the fall. Pumpkin is great, but I think I’m definitely team apple. There’s nothing like munching on a crisp sweet apple when you get a craving. I may just have to get over my fear of making pancakes (I always burn them….always) and try this recipe out. Thanks for sharing at the #happynowlinkup!
The best part of apples is that I have yet to meet a kid who doesn’t like them! And I’ve burned my fair share of pancakes – the more you practice, the better you’ll get! 😉
Sandra Garth says
We eat way more apple than pumpkin and these pancakes would be a great treat. I think maybe even picky my granddaughter would eat them. Thanks for joining us this week at Celebrate Your Story and sharing your links.
I’m a big fan of both, but you can’t go wrong with apples!! These are great for kiddos since there’s no sugar other than the maple syrup!
Paticia @Sweet and Strong says
I love mornings where I have the time to make a good breakfast, which is almost always pancakes. I’m probably more team pumpkin than apple, but I do love them both!
Right? it’s rare with the boys, but when I do I feel like the morning starts off on a good foot!
Mrs. AOK says
OH MY THESE LOOK AMAZING!! Thank you for sharing with us at #MMBH 🙂
Delicious and very nice, thanks for sharing with Hearth and soul blog hop, pinning and tweeting.