If you are ready for a bit of fall coziness, then these healthy apple pancakes are going to be your new favorite breakfast! They are made with whole-grain flour, oats, buttermilk, and shredded fresh apple and spices! They cook up to be light and fluffy yet hearty!

a stack of pancakes with maple syrup being poured over them

Why We Love These Apple Pancakes

These apple pancakes are a healthy way to start your weekend morning. They have a few simple ingredients you probably already have on hand in your refrigerator and pantry. What's more, you can reheat them for busy weekday mornings.

The batter is made with fresh shredded apple and cinnamon and spices to give them a cozy fall flavor profile. They are perfect topped with rich maple syrup!

Ingredients in This Healthy Apple Pancake Recipe

ingredients with labels on a white surface
  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour: Here we like to use white whole-wheat flour. It has a less strong flavor, but is just as nutritious as regular whole-wheat flour. Use white whole wheat flour in recipes the same way as you would regular whole-wheat flour. Look for it in the baking isle of large supermarkets and health food stores. Purchase online at King Arthur Flour.
  • ½ cup all purpose flour: To lighten the batter, we used a half cup of all-purpose flour. This helps keep the pancakes from being too dense and chewy.
  • ½ cup oats: For added soluable fiber and texture we added in a half cup of rolled oats. Look for “Old Fashioned” or “rolled” oats for the best rustic texture. Substitute unsweetened quick-cooking oats. Note that they will make the batter more thick and hard to spread.
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder and ½ teaspoon baking soda: We used a combo of baking powder and baking soda to give these pancakes plenty of rise to make them fluffy! Make sure to run them through a sifter or sieve if they are clumpy.
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon and ½ teaspoon nutmeg: For classic fall taste they have a blend of cinnamon and nutmeg.
  • ¼ teaspoon salt: Use regular table salt to help balance the sweetness.
  • 1 ⅓ cup buttermilk: The acidity in the buttermilk helps to give rise to the batter and keep the texture tender. You can use 1 ¼ cup plant based or regular milk mixed with 1 tablespoon lemon juice instead.
  • 2 eggs: The eggs help to give the pancakes structure and a little additional protein.
  • 4 tablespoons neutral cooking oil, such as avocado, divided: We recomend avocado oil because it has a high smoke point, and heart healthy fat profile.
  • 2 large apples, peeled and shredded (about 2 cups): We chose a hard and crisp sweet apple variety. Look for Honey Crisp, Pink lady, Gala or Fuji at the market or orchard.

Step By Step Instructions to Make This Recipe

mix the dry ingredients and the wet ingredients in separate bowls

Step 1: Mix Dry Ingredients

Whisk together the whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, oats, spices, leaveners, and salt in a big bowl. Set them aside.

Step 2: Mix Wet Ingredients

In a separate bowl, whisk the buttermilk, half of the oil (2 tablespoons), and eggs.

stir the batter together and let sit and shred apples

Step 3: Stir Pancake Batter Together

Add the dry mixture to the wet ingredients and stir it together with a silicone spatula until it is just combined. It will not be completely smooth but should be free of large clumps of the dry mixture. Set it aside for 5 minutes to allow the oats and flour to soak up some of the liquid. The batter will become thicker as it sits.

Step 4: Peel and Shred the Apple

While the batter is resting, peel the apples with a vegetable peeler. Shred them with a box grater, leaving the core behind. You will have about 2 cups of shredded apple.

mix the apple into the batter and coat the griddle with oil

Step 5: Add Apples to the Pancake Batter

Gently fold the shredded apple into the batter. It will loosen the batter a bit. Do not over-stir it.

Step 6: Preheat the Griddle and Oil It

For best results, it is best to preheat the griddle thoroughly. We suggest pre-heating it over low heat while you let the batter rest and shred the apple. Then just before cooking the batter, turn the heat up to high and brush it with some of the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil.

spread the batter out into rounds and flip after two to three minutes

Step 7: Add Apple Pancake Batter To Griddle

Scoop up ¼ cup of batter with a measuring spoon and drop it onto the hot griddle. Spread the batter into rounds about 3 ½ inches wide. Make sure to space them out so they don't run together.

Step 8: Flip the Pancakes

Flip the pancakes after they are nicely browned on the bottom, the edges are dry, and the bubbles are popped. Allow them to cook through for 2 to 3 minutes longer. Press down on the center of the pancakes to see if they are set up or still uncooked in the center. If they feel like uncooked liquid batter in the center, continue cooking for another minute or so.

Tips for Making the Best Apple Pancakes

What Temperature Should I Cook Apple Pancakes?

The griddle or skillet will heat up more and more as you cook so you may have to adjust your heat down. Start with high for a gas range or medium-high for electric. Then, after the pancakes are flipped, if they seem to be browning too quickly you can turn the heat down to medium. If the oil starts to smoke, it is likely that your griddle or pan is too hot. Simply turn the temperature down a quarter turn or so, to allow it to cool down.

Can This Recipe be Made Using An Electric Griddle?

For an electric griddle use 400 degrees F to start. Electric griddles do not tend to need to be turned down the way stovetop griddles do. We tested this recipe with an electric griddle and it was fine the whole time set at 400 degrees. If the oil starts to smoke, or the pancakes are browning too quickly, turn it down 25 degrees F.

How Do I Make Apple Pancakes in a Skillet?

These can be cooked in a skillet, but you will need to make them in several batches. Use just enough of the 2 tablespoons oil to coat the skillet, and make sure to adjust the heat as necessary to prevent them from browning too quickly.

How Do I Know When To Flip Pancakes?

The pancakes should be browned on the bottom side. The edges of the pancakes will start to dry a bit and any bubbles that have formed in the batter should pop.

How long do these pancakes keep?

They can be refrigerated for two days or frozen for one month. Keep them wrapped to keep them from drying out.

Can they be made ahead of time?

The best way to make them ahead is to stir the dry mix together and leave it covered on the counter. Then mix the wet mixture together and place it in the refrigerator. Before cooking, mix the batter and then shred the apple and add it in as directed.

What is the best way to reheat apple pancakes?

We recommend heating them in the microwave uncovered for 30 seconds per pancake or until steaming hot.

Serving Suggestions

We love to serve these apple pancakes topped with pure dark robust maple syrup and unsalted butter. But there are many other options!

  • Greek yogurt, granola, and honey
  • Add on some salted peanut butter and a dollop of unsweetened apple butter
  • Sizzle apple slices in melted butter or oil and add them on top. Add on chopped nuts , raisins, and a dash of cinnamon sugar.
a stack of pancakes with a bite cut out

More Recipes To Try

If you love these healthy apple pancakes make sure to check out a few of our other recipes!

Thanks so much for reading. If you make these pancakes please let me know by leaving a star rating and review. Happy Cooking! ~Katie

a stack of apple pancakes with butter and maple syrup on top

Apple Pancakes

These light and fluffy whole-wheat apple pancakes are made with cinnamon and nutmeg and have wholesome oats and buttermilk. Serve these healthy Apple Pancakes for a weekend breakfast or re-warm them for a weekday.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup whole-wheat flour
  • ½ cup all-purpose flour
  • ½ cup oats
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • ½ teaspoon baking soda
  • ¼ teaspoon salt
  • 1 ⅓ cups buttermilk
  • 2 large eggs
  • 4 tablespoons neutral cooking oil, such as avocado, divided
  • 2 large apples, peeled and shredded , (about 2 cups)

Instructions 

  • Whisk whole-wheat flour, all-purpose flour, oats, baking powder, cinnamon, nutmeg, baking soda, and salt in a medium bowl.
    1 cup whole-wheat flour, ½ cup all-purpose flour, ½ cup oats, 2 teaspoons baking powder, 1 teaspoon cinnamon, ½ teaspoon nutmeg, ½ teaspoon baking soda, ¼ teaspoon salt
  • Whisk buttermilk, eggs, and 2 tablespoons of the oil in a large bowl.
    1 ⅓ cups buttermilk, 2 large eggs, 4 tablespoons neutral cooking oil, such as avocado, divided
  • Add in the dry mix to the wet mix and stir to combine. The batter will not be completely smooth, but there should be no large pockets of dry mix. Let batter sitfor 5 minutes.
  • Stir apples into the batter. Do not overmix as it will make the pancakes less fluffy and chewier.
    2 large apples, peeled and shredded
  • Meanwhile, preheat the griddle (or skillet) to high heat. Brush with some of the remaining 2 tablespoons of oil to coat the cooking surface.
    4 tablespoons neutral cooking oil, such as avocado, divided
  • Ladle ¼-cup of batter onto the griddle. Spread the batter into a 3 ½ inch circle with the back of the ladle. Repeat with ¼ cup-full of the batter, spacing accordingly.
  • Let cook until the edges are dry and the bubbles on top are popped, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat as necessary if the oil is smoking or the pancakes are getting too dark. Cook on the second side until the center of the pancakes feels set up when lightly pressed, 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  • Transfer the pancakes to a plate, tent with foil to keep warm. Proceed with the remaining batter, brushing the cooking surface with additional oil as necessary. Serve hot!

Notes

  1. Let cook until the edges are dry and the bubbles on top are popped, 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce heat as necessary if the oil is smoking or the pancakes are getting too dark. Cook on the second side until the center of the pancakes feels set up when lightly pressed, 2 to 3 minutes longer.
  2. Transfer the pancakes to a plate, tent with foil to keep warm. Proceed with the remaining batter, brushing the cooking surface with additional oil as necessary. Serve hot!
 

Make-Ahead Instructions

Prepare through step 2 one day in advance. Keep wet mixture refrigerated.

Electric Griddle

For an electric griddle use 400 degrees F to start. Electric griddles do not tend to need to be turned down the way stovetop griddles do. We tested this recipe with an electric griddle and it was fine the whole time set at 400 degrees. If the oil starts to smoke, or the pancakes are browning too quickly, turn it down 25 degrees F.
Serving: 1serving, Calories: 312kcal, Carbohydrates: 41g, Protein: 9g, Fat: 14g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g, Monounsaturated Fat: 7g, Trans Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 68mg, Sodium: 411mg, Potassium: 285mg, Fiber: 5g, Sugar: 11g, Vitamin A: 221IU, Vitamin C: 3mg, Calcium: 169mg, Iron: 2mg
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