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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

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These perfectly sweet, apple cinnamon pancakes will remind you of an apple cider donut! Made with whole wheat flour, apple cider, warm spices and a fresh apple compote, this is a healthy, family-friendly breakfast that everyone will love!

stacked apple cinnamon pancakes on white plate, with diced apple compote on top

When it’s fall, one of our family traditions is to visit an orchard, go apple picking, and get some warm apple cider and donuts. Last year, an orchard we visited made apple cider donuts and they were amazing!! I wanted to recreate those classic fall flavors in the form of fluffy pancakes that I could serve for a holiday brunch or weekend treat.

These apple cinnamon pancakes are filled with fall spices like cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and ginger, and are lightly sweetened by … apple cider of course! They literally taste like an apple cider donut and are the perfect healthy, family friendly breakfast that everyone will enjoy.

Top them this big stack of pancakes with grated apple for an extra special treat! I use Granny Smith apples because they are a bit more tart, and it helps balance the warm sweet flavors of the pancake batter. I guarantee these will be some of the best pancakes you will ever make!

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👩🏽‍🍳 Why This Recipe Works

  • Healthy apple pancakes!
  • Tastes like an apple pie!
  • Beautiful apple flavor!
  • Caramelized apple topping!
  • Gluten-Free Option
  • Vegan Option
  • High in Fiber
  • Rich in Nutrients
  • Warm fall flavors!

🥘 Ingredients

These easy apple pancakes can be made with pantry staples or ingredients from your local grocery store!

For The Apple Cinnamon Pancakes Recipe

  • The Basics: Melted butter (or extra virgin olive oil, coconut oil, or ghee), brown sugar, eggs (use flax eggs for a vegan apple pancake recipe), baking powder, whole wheat flour (or oat flour for a gluten free option)
  • The Liquid: Water, lowfat milk or unsweetened almond milk (or any non-dairy milk) would all work here. You’ll also need apple cider for that apple flavor! If you don’t have apple cider, you can use apple juice!
  • The Spices: Vanilla extract, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, ground cloves, ground ginger, salt.

For the Apple Cinnamon Topping

Diced Apples, Maple Syrup, Apple Cider, Vanilla, and Cinnamon combined together create a delicious apple style compote to top these pancakes!

🍽 Equipment

📖 Variations

  • Make it Gluten Free: You have two options to make gluten free pancakes. You can either use a 1:1 Gluten Free all purpose flour substitute like this one, or you can use gluten free oats, grind them into an oat flour using a food processor, and use that as a 1:1 substitution.
  • Make it Vegan: To make these pancakes vegan you’ll have to make two substitutions: Use extra virgin olive oil instead of the butter, and use flax eggs in place of the eggs in this recipe.
  • Apple Banana Pancakes: Instead of the apple cider, add 1/4 cup mashed banana + 1/4 cup apple cider to these pancakes! Top with diced banana in addition to the apple compote!
  • Apple Blueberry Pancakes: Add 1/2 cup blueberries to the apple topping mixture. Cook down and then top with additional fresh blueberries! You can also drop some blueberries into the pancake batter while it cooks!
  • Pumpkin Pancakes: Replace the apple cider with 1/2 cup pumpkin puree!

🔪 Instructions

Step 1: In a large bowl mix melted butter with brown sugar. Add eggs, water (or milk/non-dairy milk) vanilla extract and spices and beat to combine. 

butter, brown sugar, eggs, vanilla mixed in a bowl for pancakes

Step 2: Mix in apple cider and add whole wheat flour and baking powder. Mix until everything is well incorporated and there are no lumps left.

apple cider, spices, whole wheat flour mixed in a bowl for pancake batter

Step 3: Heat a large skillet or hot griddle over medium heat. Pour a bit of oil to coat the surface, or use olive oil cooking spray. Pour around ⅓ Cup of batter and cook for 2 minutes or until tiny bubbles form on top. Flip pancake and cook for 1 more minute. Reduce to medium-low heat and cook 2 more minutes. Remove from skillet and repeat the process with the remaining batter. 

pancakes being cooked on a skillet

Step 4: While the pancakes are cooking make the topping. In a small saucepan over medium heat mix apples with apple cider, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon.

stacked apple cinnamon pancakes on white plate

Step 5: Cook the cinnamon apple filling for 8 minutes or until apples are soft. Place the apple mixture on top of the pancakes.

stacked apple cinnamon pancakes on white plate, with diced apple compote on top, cut into with a knife

❓Recipe FAQs

Are Apple Pancakes Healthy?

The answer is: it depends! Most flavored pancake recipes aren’t the healthiest for you thanks to the refined carbs and added sugars! But this apple cinnamon pancakes recipe is fluffy and delicious with these healthy swaps that make them better for you:

Whole Grains: These pancakes use whole wheat flour instead of white flour, giving you a healthy dose of dietary fiber and complex carbs in every bite.

Less Sugar: Most cinnamon apple pancakes call for a cup or more of apple cider, along with more sugar in the batter itself. We cut the sugar in half which still gives these pancakes a nice sweetness, without giving you dessert described as breakfast.

Low Calorie: A classic pancake recipe will run you about 200 calories per pancake! But these pancakes are only about 100 calories per serving which means that you can enjoy seconds and thirds completely guilt free!

Are These Easy Apple Pancakes Kid Friendly?

Absolutely! Honestly, I haven’t met a kid who doesn’t like this recipe. The nice thing about these pancakes is that you can replace maple syrup with the fresh fruit compote for the topping – which makes them even more nutritious for little tummies!

Can You Freeze These Pancakes?

Yes! These easy apple cinnamon pancakes are super freezer friendly. Just let them cool to room temperature, then transfer them to an airtight freezer safe container. When you place them in the container, add layers of parchment paper in between the pancakes so they don’t stick.

To reheat, let them defrost in the fridge overnight, then heat in the microwave or on a skillet until warmed through!

stacked apple cinnamon pancakes on white plate, with diced apple compote on top

🧊 How To Store

You can easily make a big batch of these cinnamon apple pancakes to eat throughout the week! They are a great recipe for feeding a large crowd. Once the cooked pancakes have cooled, transfer them to an airtight container and place in the fridge for up to 4 days. Reheat in the microwave, toaster oven, or on a skillet on low heat until warmed through!

👪 How to Serve

Now obviously, you have to serve apple cider pancakes with apples! But one thing I like to do with pancakes is put out a “toppings bar” — so everyone can choose any combination of toppings they like. Here are some of my favorite options to serve with apple pancakes:

  • Fresh berries (blueberries/strawberries/raspberries)
  • Diced banana + nut butter or apple butter
  • Plain, with just a dusting of cinnamon sugar and nutmeg on top
  • Diced pears, either served raw or cooked into a compote-like mixture
  • Warm maple syrup and butter (for a more decadent, dessert like feel)
stacked apple cinnamon pancakes on white plate, with diced apple compote on top, cut into with a knife

💭 Expert Tips

  • To reduce the amount of lumps in your batter, first mix your dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Then, make a well in the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients, and stir a few times. Be gentle – overmixing will result in flat pancakes!
  • Let the batter sit for about 10-15 minutes while you heat your griddle or skillet.
  • Use a cookie scoop or pancake dispenser, to measure out the portions.
  • Flip the pancakes only when the edges look a little dry and you see bubbles on top. They are ready when both sides are golden brown!
  • Wipe off the skillet in between pancake batches — it’s inevitable that some parts of the pancake might flake off and burn, or the unused oil will burn when you’re cooking the pancakes. To avoid any off-tasting or burned bits attaching to your next batch, wipe the skillet clean in between!

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stacked apple cider pancakes on white plate, with diced apple compote on top
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Apple Cinnamon Pancakes

These perfectly sweet, apple cinnamon pancakes will remind you of an apple cider donut! Made with whole wheat flour, apple cider, warm spices and a fresh apple compote, this is a healthy, family-friendly breakfast that everyone will love!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time30 mins
Course: Breakfast, Brunch
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free, Low Calorie, Vegan, Vegetarian
Servings: 8 panakes
Calories: 109kcal
Author: Anjali Shah

Ingredients

For The Pancakes

For The Topping

  • ½ Fuji Apple diced
  • ½ Tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1 Tbsp Apple Cider
  • ½ Tsp Vanilla Extract
  • ½ Tsp Cinnamon

Instructions

  • In a bowl mix melted butter with brown sugar. Add eggs, water or milk, vanilla extract and spices and beat to combine. 
  • Mix in apple cider and add whole wheat flour and baking powder. Mix until everything is well incorporated and there are no lumps left.
  • Heat a skillet over medium heat. Pour a bit of oil to coat the surface. Pour around ⅓ Cup of batter and cook for 2 minutes or until bubbles form on top. Flip pancake and cook for 1 more minute. Remove from skillet and repeat the process with the rest of the batter. 
  • While the pancakes are cooking make the topping. In a small pot over medium heat mix apples with apple cider, maple syrup, vanilla and cinnamon. Cook for 8 minutes or until apples are soft.
  • Top pancakes with poached apples. 

Video

https://youtu.be/qJQkw9z_4aU

Notes

Top Tips for Making Apple Cinnamon Pancakes
  • To reduce the amount of lumps in your batter, first mix your dry ingredients and wet ingredients separately. Then, make a well in the dry ingredients, pour in the wet ingredients, and stir a few times. Be gentle – overmixing will result in flat pancakes!
  • Let the batter sit for about 10-15 minutes while you heat your griddle or skillet.
  • Use a cookie scoop or pancake dispenser, to measure out the portions.
  • Flip the pancakes only when the edges look a little dry and you see bubbles on top. They are ready when both sides are golden brown!
  • Wipe off the skillet in between pancake batches — it’s inevitable that some parts of the pancake might flake off and burn, or the unused oil will burn when you’re cooking the pancakes. To avoid any off-tasting or burned bits attaching to your next batch, wipe the skillet clean in between!
Nutrition facts are based on two regular eggs, water in the batter, and whole wheat flour

Nutrition

Calories: 109kcal | Carbohydrates: 14.6g | Protein: 3.1g | Fat: 4.9g | Saturated Fat: 0.9g | Cholesterol: 46.5mg | Sodium: 41.9mg | Potassium: 47.5mg | Fiber: 1.7g | Sugar: 5.4g

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18 responses to “Apple Cinnamon Pancakes”

  1. Apple and cinnamon are a perfect flavor combination in my book. I love to make and freeze pancakes so they’re always available for my kids. Homemade pancakes are so much better than store bought. Thanks for a great recipe.5 stars

  2. These pancakes are light and fluffy, yet healthy too! The apple compote on top is perfect! No need for extra maple syrup!5 stars

  3. Can’t go wrong with apples and cinnamon! It’s such a great way to start with morning off with these pancakes!5 stars

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