Apple Crisp Pancakes


In case you don’t know, breakfast is my favorite meal of the day. I’ve never really understood the people who don’t want to eat breakfast since I’m practically dreaming about it all night long. Ok, I don’t think I’ve ever had a dream about breakfast but I get excited thinking about what I can make to jump start my metabolism and get going for the day. I’m always trying to find new ways to make pancakes and recently my friend Erin shared one of her recipes that now I’m going to share with you!

As a kid I grew up on pancake mix from a box and the kind of syrup you definitely want to avoid. Here’s why: syrup

The first ingredient on many popular “maple flavored” syrups is high fructose corn syrup. Sure, real maple syrup has a lot of sugar but at least it’s not HFCS. There are other things you can top your pancakes with of course: fresh fruit, honey, agave, natural peanut butter, applesauce, pumpkin puree, Greek yogurt, the list goes on. I’m sure those are all better options than that above.

Moving on, my recipe today is for apple crisp pancakes. While these aren’t as crispy as many people’s favorite fall dessert, they have apples and oatmeal and that’s why I chose that name. Here’s the recipe! This is a great way to use older bruised apples, of which I have several since I was a bit overzealous when I went apple picking this fall! 

Mix dry ingredients:
1/2 cup of whole wheat flour (can substitute buckwheat or almond)
3/4 cup of oats
1 tsp of baking powder
1/2 tsp of baking soda
1 teaspoon of cinnamon
pinch of salt

IMG_2596Add wet ingredients:
1 tablespoon of maple syrup (the real stuff!)
1 cup of coconut milk (or milk of your choice)
1 egg
2 tablespoons of applesauceIMG_2597 IMG_2598Add wet and dry ingredients. Next slice an apple into very thin strips. I keep the skin on for extra flavor and fiber! Add to your bowl with 2 more tablespoons of oats. IMG_2599 IMG_2600Mix well and pour 1/3 of a cup onto pan or griddle. I use coconut oil instead of non-stick spray or butter to keep the pancakes from sticking. IMG_2602 IMG_2603

Cook for a few minutes on each side and then serve with a little applesauce on top! I also put some raw honey on the other!
IMG_2604Do you have a favorite way to eat pancakes or a favorite, healthy topping for pancakes! Consider trying this recipe for your next breakfast and remember, breakfast is the most important meal of the day!