Make fluffy healthy apple pancakes filled with wholesome ingredients for breakfast! It takes 5 minutes to get this easy apple pancake recipe on the stove. It's made with fresh apples, cinnamon, maple syrup, whole wheat flour, oats and quinoa flour.
The best healthy apple pancakes - and it's an easy recipe
We love this healthy apple pancake any time of the year, but it's particularly fitting as a fall breakfast idea. When apple season comes along, and cravings for cinnamon spice hit an all time high, these healthy apple pancakes need a place on your breakfast table.
I love sharing easy homemade pancakes, and this one sure fits the bill. You can get these easy apple pancakes on the stove in 5 minutes!
How do you make apple pancakes
This is a very simple pancake recipe, and you can prepare the pancake batter in 5 minutes.
- You'll need one bowl to mix the dry ingredients: whole wheat flour (or spelt flour), oats, quinoa flour, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- And you'll need one bowl to mix the wet ingredients: eggs, milk, maple syrup.
- Then, you beat the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, and stir in one grated apple and some raisins.
- Once you have the batter done, simply cook the healthy apple pancakes on the griddle. I use about ¼ cup batter per pancake.
What makes this these easy apple pancakes recipe healthy?
This easy apple pancakes recipe makes a healthy breakfast the entire family will enjoy! I've given a lot of thought to the ingredients, and packed in wholesome ingredients.
These healthy apple pancakes are made with whole wheat flour
There is no refined flour in this apple pancake recipe. Instead, the base ingredient is mainly whole wheat flour.
Whole wheat pancakes are better for you than pancakes made with white flour. Using whole wheat flour makes these apple pancakes healthy because whole wheat flour contains nutrients and fiber that is typically missing in processed white flour.
You can also use spelt flour for these pancakes
Alternatively, you can make these into spelt flour pancakes. Spelt flour is also a good source of fiber, minerals and vitamins.
Feel free to make these whole wheat apple pancakes or use spelt flour. You can swap the two types of flours interchangeably in this recipe.
Healthy Pancake Tip: If you want to make any pancake healthier, swap out the all-purpose flour with spelt flour, and add a tad more liquid.
Both whole wheat flour and spelt flour seem to absorb the same amount of liquid from the pancake batter, so you won't have a problem with the batter becoming too thick or thin.
I love the taste of the whole grains in these healthy apple pancakes. But inevitably, you might be caught off guard without whole wheat flour or spelt flour. In that case, if you must swap out the whole wheat flour or spelt flour for all-purpose flour, you will likely need to reduce the amount of milk a bit.
This simple pancake recipe also contains quinoa flour
In addition to the whole wheat flour (or spelt flour) in these pancakes, I also used quinoa flour in the recipe. In case you aren't familiar, quinoa flour is stone ground from the quinoa seed.
Quinoa flour contains all the nutrients from the seed, meaning it's very healthy. It's rich in fiber, protein, calcium, iron, a whole list of other minerals, antioxidants and amino acids (you can read more about the health benefits of quinoa).
Because I wanted to harbor those health benefits, I add 2 tablespoons of quinoa flour into these healthy apple pancake. I don't go overboard with the quinoa flour though, so the taste is hidden. You'd never be able to guess there was quinoa in the pancakes!
Healthy Pancake Tip: We love Quinoa flour. Easily make just about any pancake recipe healthier by swapping out a bit of the all-purpose flour for quinoa flour.
This is a no refined sugar pancake recipe
This healthy apple pancake recipe contains no refined sugars. Instead, it is lightly sweetened with a touch of maple syrup and a handful of raisins.
And of course, the fresh apples provide natural sweetness as well. Between all the natural sweeteners, there's absolutely no need to add any sugar to this homemade pancake recipe.
Your entire family will love these healthy apple pancakes!
My family loves when these healthy apple pancakes make an appearance on the brunch table. Even if they are still sleeping when I start cooking, they know the pancakes are coming because the flat will start smelling of apples and cinnamon.
We gather around and dig in. These easy homemade pancakes are hearty and filling because of the whole grains and oats, so they keep us full.
As a mom, I love making these pancakes for my toddler because they are full of wholesome ingredients and there is no refined sugar in the pancakes. He also loves raisins, so he will just keep eating and eating these pancakes until there are no more left.
Wondering what jam is on top of the pancakes in the photos? It's this very healthy blueberry jam with chia seeds, and it pairs wonderfully well!
I really hope you love this recipe too, and these pancakes become a regular on your breakfast table. As always, let me know if you have any questions about making them.
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- In a large bowl, mix together the dry ingredients.
- In a medium bowl, beat the eggs, milk, and maple syrup together using a hand beater.
- Make a well in the dry ingredients and pour in the wet ingredients. Beat together until a batter forms. Using a fork, stir in the apples and raisins.
- Heat a griddle or non-stick frying pan on medium to medium-high heat. Add in a bit of oil. Spoon on about ¼ cup of the batter for each pancake. Using the back of the spoon, gently help the batter lightly spread into a circle.
- Cook until the sides of the pancake are starting to look dried, and there are bubbles on the surface, about 2 minutes. The bottom of the pancake should also be golden-brown at the same time. If the bottom is browning too fast, turn down the heat. Gently flip the pancake and cook on the other side until the bottom is golden-brown.
- Serve with maple syrup, this easy blueberry jam with chia seeds, or yogurt.