Whole Grain Pancakes with Warm Apple Topping

Prep Time20 minutes
Cook Time20 minutes
Total Time40 minutes

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

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These hearty pancakes full of protein and fiber are sweetened naturally with a warm, cinnamon-scented apple topping.
PREP: 20 minutes
COOK: 20 minutes
TOTAL: 40 minutes
Servings4

Ingredients
 

  • 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

Instructions
 

  • 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.

Notes

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

Nutrition

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

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24 responses to “Whole Grain Pancakes with Warm Apple Topping”

  1. Tina Avatar
    Tina

    These sound delicious and healthy, i’ll be trying them soon.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh good let me know how you like them!!

  2. Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker Avatar
    Rochelle @ Oh So Sweet Baker

    These pancakes look soo delicous and the photos of the apple orchards are just beautiful

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you so much Rochelle!!

  3. Adri Avatar
    Adri

    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 DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh I’m so glad you said hi!! Thanks so for stopping by! Let me know if you try any of my recipes!

  4. Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction Avatar
    Jessica @ A Kitchen Addiction

    We’re hoping to go apple picking this weekend! Then I can make these pancakes!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      OH good!! I hope you have so much fun!!!

  5. steph@stephsbitebybite Avatar
    steph@stephsbitebybite

    Oh my gosh! I wish we had a little apple farm to go to! The pancakes look incredible!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      I wish you did too!! I should’ve thrown some spelt in these bad boys!

  6. kelley {mountain mama cooks} Avatar
    kelley {mountain mama cooks}

    These look delicious! We must make pancakes at least twice a week and I’m always looking for a way to jazz them up! We don’t get to do much apple picking in Utah but I did just pick up a 5lb bag from the farmers market!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      You would love the apple topping. It was pretty much like eating the inside of an apple pie. :)

  7. Erin | The Law Student's WIfe Avatar
    Erin | The Law Student’s WIfe

    I have 6 pounds of apples in the fridge waiting to be used! (The first 4 went into a pie, lol). These pancakes are definitely on the apple-baking-palooza list. Thanks Liz!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh yes you have got to try this then Erin! It’s funny I’m trying to work up the nerves to make a pie. ;)

      1. Kirsten Avatar
        Kirsten

        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!

        1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
          Liz DellaCroce

          That’s too funny- pizza dough is so much scarier to me!!! Yeast!! hahah

  8. Katie | The Hill Country Cook Avatar
    Katie | The Hill Country Cook

    I don’t even LIKE apples (well apple pie type stuff), but this looks YUMMY. AND it’s good for me too!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      It’s funny I’m not a *Huge* apple fan compared to strawberries or blueberries but this topping was like eating apple pie!!

  9. Sue Lau Avatar
    Sue Lau

    Looks delish! What a perfect autumn breakfast!

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Thank you Sue! Let me know if you try it sometime!!

  10. Erin @ Texanerin Baking Avatar
    Erin @ Texanerin Baking

    These sound amazing! Yummy. :) Love that they’re whole grain. Woohoo!

    And hooray for apple picking! I can’t wait for a sunny weekend day. :)

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      Oh I hope you get a sunny weekend day soon!!! We have been lucking out lately!!

  11. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg Avatar
    Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg

    I’m am so making these. We love pancakes around here and I like the ingredients you added to the mix.

    And those apples are so enticing. I’ve never seen apples that beautifully red. Must be the Michigan air.

    1. Liz DellaCroce Avatar
      Liz DellaCroce

      There is just something about fall and pancakes that goes so well together!! :)

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