Apple spice pancakes

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It’s pancake day! I don’t usually eat pancakes this often I swear, but I’m kind of playing a little game with myself of how many different seasonal iterations I can come up with. We’ve done pumpkin. Twice. So, this time around I did apples and spice (that really wasn’t meant to rhyme.)  Sweet potato and butternut squash did enter my mind, but in the end I was craving something a bit sweeter.

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It’s almost like a lazy man’s apple crisp with softened apples, brown sugar and cinnamon in and on top of the pancakes.

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The pancakes themselves aren’t super sweet, more spice-like, because the topping takes care of that. I also knew I’d be drizzling maple syrup on top. Winking smile

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The house smelled like cider donuts when these were cooking and that was through my congested head cold nose. If that’s not impetus enough to make them, I don’t really know what else to say.

Enjoy your Sunday!


Apple Spice Pancakes

Yield: 5 small pancakes (about 1 serving)

  • 1 apple, chopped
  • pat of butter
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon, divided (1/2 +1/2)
  • pinch of brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1/4 cup oats
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1/8 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup almond milk


In a small pan over medium heat sauté apple, butter, 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon & brown sugar for about 5-7 minutes until softened. In a medium bowl combine remaining ingredients and whisk. Once apple mixture is softened, add half to batter and set the rest aside. Pour batter onto pancake pan or griddle over medium-medium high heat. Flip once after about 1 1/2 minutes. Once pancakes are cooked, use remaining apple mixture as topping.

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  1. 1

    These look delicious :)

  2. 2

    Beautiful pictures!!! And I like the idea of seeing how many different seasonal pancake recipes you can come up with ;-)

  3. 3

    these look so tasty. i love the combination of oats and flour in any pancake recipe… i’ve made my own tasty concoctions at my blog… i can’t wait to add this to the list!

    - katie at

  4. 4

    gorge. ous.

    and the house smelling like cider doughnuts is totally reason enough to make them =) I wish i had the ingredients right now!!!

  5. 5

    Oh my, you had me at your description of their smell. They sound so good, I’m going to try these soon. I love how you can adapt pancakes to every season, but fall has to be the best, there are so many delicious flavors :D

  6. 6

    WOW!! I just ate and looking at those made me hungry…why didn’t I see this before I ate ha! I will have to make them asap!

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    I recently came across your blog a few days ago, I gotta tell you I am really loving all the recipes you’ve posted. You’ve inspired me to bust out my wheat flour that’s been sitting in the pantry for more than 3 months! Thanx! =)

  8. 9

    These look incredibly fluffy!! Mmm :)

    Hope you feel better, Gina! Also wanted to say – the quinoa crack balls are something I have to try this week!!

  9. 10

    Yummy! Apples are one of the most perfect foods.

  10. 11

    These look great :D so happy I found your blog :D I made butternut squash pancakes at the beginning of the season!

  11. 12

    I would just jump right into the apples and screw the whole patience with the pancakes.

  12. 13

    So simple but looks just mouthwatering!

  13. 14

    These look amazing! I’m actually looking forward to getting up on Sunday morning and making these. Thanks for sharing!

  14. 15

    these look so good! Gosh your pics are so awesome too! I need photography skills!!


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