Anyone else have kids who LOVE eating pancakes? I think my family would be okay with a rotation of pancakes and waffles for breakfast everyday of the year. In fact, they frequently make an appearance as an easy weekend lunch too. Today, I have a recipe for whole wheat apple pancakes to switch things up a bit. They are still super easy and if you want to use good old all purpose flour, you can. 😉
Whole Wheat Apple Pancakes
This apple pancake recipe is fairly standard recipe but with the addition of some cinnamon (yum) and grated apples!
If you prefer chopped apples, go for it. I find taking a couple washed apples, with the peels still on, to a box cheese grater is the quickest way to get it done. If your apples are super large, you might only need one. I ended up using 1 1/2 apples (my 3 year old gladly helped me out by eating the remaining half).
My girls love these pancakes topped with maple syrup. I recommend making extra and keeping them in the freezer to a fast weekday breakfast. Reheat in the toaster or microwave. Yum!
These whole wheat apple pancakes are also the perfect thing to use up those bruised or slightly past their prime apples. You know, those ones your kids refuse to eat. What they don’t know won’t hurt them. 😉
I know this calls for whole wheat flour (and it’s definitely a great recipe to use it in) but as I mentioned earlier you can definitely sub all purpose flour. If you do choose to use whole wheat flour in this apple pancake recipe, I highly recommend using the soft white variety! It really does make a big difference.
I have young kids, so I don’t make huge pancakes (I know all the other moms out there understand that philosophy) and I got 12 pancakes out of 1 batch.
This batter is fairy thick so I spread the batter out slightly after placing it on the preheated skillet.
One more tip before we get to the recipe.
When you are baking with fruit, or other ingredients that add moisture, you often have to turn down the temperature and cook slightly longer to ensure no doughy middles or overcooked exteriors. These really do pretty well but I keep an I on how quickly they are cooking because no one likes a burnt pancake.
Apple Pancake Recipe
- 2½ cups flour (I used white whole wheat)
- 1 tablespoon baking powder
- ½ teaspoon salt
- 2 tablespoons sugar (I used sucanat)
- 1 teaspoon cinnamon (or apple pie or pumpkin pie spice)
- 2 cups milk
- ¼ cup butter, melted
- 2 eggs
- 2 teaspoons vanilla
- 2 cups grated apples (I left the skins on)
- In a large bowl mix the flour, baking powder, salt, sugar, and cinnamon.
- In a small bowl whisk eggs, milk, melted butter, and vanilla.
- Add the wet ingredients to the dry and stir gently. (I just use a fork.)
- Fold in the grated apples.
- Cook pancakes over medium heat (or slightly lower).
- Top with butter and maple syrup.
This post for whole wheat apple pancakes was originally published November 17, 2013.