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Whole Grain Pancakes with Warm Apple Topping

    These hearty whole grain pancakes full of protein and fiber are sweetened naturally with a warm, cinnamon-scented apple topping.

    Whole Grain Pancakes with Warm Apple Spice Topping - The Lemon Bowl

    Have you gone apple picking yet this season?? We recently took our 2-year-old son to a nearby orchard and had a blast running through rows and rows of picturesque apple trees.

    Toddler in Apple Orchard - The Lemon Bowl

    Doesn’t it look like an illustration straight from a page out of a children’s book?? The weather was ideal: partly sunny with a high in the lower 60’s. We could break out our favorite fall clothes without worrying about heavy coats.

    Apple Picking - The Lemon Bowl

    We also discovered that toddlers make excellent apple pickers! In fact, he didn’t eat a single apple before we left the orchard. I wish I could say the same for our blueberry picking experience where he ate 10 berries for every 1 that landed in our bucket. :)

    Whole Grain Pancakes with Warm Apple Topping - The Lemon Bowl

    To celebrate our apple bounty I whipped up a batch of fluffy pancakes filled with lots of hearty grains, protein, fiber and other nutrients. Instead of the usual maple syrup I decided to create a simple warm apple topping full of cinnamon, ginger and cloves. My son was actually more interested in the apple topping than the pancakes! It was definitely a winner.

    What will you be cooking and baking this apple season??

    Your fork is waiting.

    Whole Grain Pancakes with Warm Apple Spice Topping - The Lemon Bowl

    Whole Grain Pancakes with Warm Apple Topping

    3.75 stars average
    These hearty pancakes full of protein and fiber are sweetened naturally with a warm, cinnamon-scented apple topping.
    PREP: 20 mins
    COOK: 20 mins
    TOTAL: 40 mins
    Servings: 4


    • 2 cups whole grain pancake mix (such as Bob’s Red Mill 7 Grain)
    • 1 medium apple (grated)
    • ½ ripe banana (mashed)
    • 2 eggs
    • 1 ½ cups fat free milk (or almond milk)
    • 2 tablespoons plain yogurt (low fat or any flavor yogurt)
    • 1 tablespoon canola oil (or melted coconut oil)
    • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves

    Warm Apple Topping

    • ½ tablespoon butter (unsalted)
    • 3 apples (cored and thinly sliced)
    • ¼ cup apple cider (or water or apple juice)
    • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
    • 1 teaspoon fresh grated ginger (or 1/2 teaspoon ground)
    • 1 teaspoon vanilla
    • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
    • ¼ teaspoon ground cloves


    • In a large bowl, stir together pancake ingredients until combined (pancake mix through ground cloves.) (Be careful not to over-mix so that the pancakes turn out light and fluffy. Lumps are ok!)
    • Heat non-stick griddle or frying pan over medium-high heat and spray with cooking spray.
    • Pour batter on to griddle 1/4 cup at a time. Flip once bubbles start to form and cook an additional minute or so until the other side is browned. Continue until batter is gone.
    • While pancakes are cooking, prepare the warm apple topping. Start by melting butter in a small sauce pot over medium heat. Begin cooking apple slices in butter for 2-3 minutes stirring frequently.
    • Add cider, cinnamon, ginger, vanilla, nutmeg and cloves then stir until combined. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to low and simmer for 15-20 minutes stirring occasionally.
    • Serve pancakes with warm apple topping.


    To make these pancakes gluten free, swap out whole grain pancake mix with your favorite gluten free pancake mix.


    Calories: 424kcalCarbohydrates: 74.3gProtein: 14.6gFat: 9.4gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 7.4gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 572mgFiber: 11.3gSugar: 24.2g
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    Liz DellaCroce

    Liz Della Croce is the creator and author of The Lemon Bowl, a healthy food blog. Since 2010, Liz has been sharing delicious recipes that just so happen to be healthy. By using real ingredients with an emphasis on seasonality, Liz has built a growing audience of loyal readers who crave good food for their families. Click Here To Subscribe to my newsletter:


    1. Greetings! This is my first visit to your site. I zipped over from Lori at Taste with the Eyes, and am I ever glad I did. These pancakes sound great. And I love the shots of your son. It’s good to hear he did so well in the orchard. I enjoy seeing the little ones getting involved and learning just where their food comes from. Congratulations on a great post!

        1. Liz,
          I’m glad to know I’m not the only one who needs to work up the nerve to bake a pie.
          Really, it’s the crust that stops me cold. Pizza dough is a cinch, but pie crust? Shudders!

          These pancakes plus the topping look delicious.
          Thank you!

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