With Fall just around the corner, I thought I would celebrate with one of my favorite seasonal flavor combinations: apples and cinnamon. Fall is my favorite time of the year for cooking because the crisp air always inspires me to make something warm and cozy in the kitchen. It is also home to the most delicious day of the year–Thanksgiving–and I’ll use any excuse to make a meal that tastes like pie.
These spiced apple pancakes definitely do the trick because they have real pieces of apple cooked right inside and are brimming with all of the spices you would find in a traditional homemade apple pie. By dicing the apples into very small pieces, they cook through on the griddle and each bite of pancake is filled with delicious bits of soft and sweet apple. A touch of molasses intensifies the cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and clove flavors and gives the pancakes a rich, spicy quality.
This recipe also provides a healthier alternative to traditional homemade pancakes and mixes. While most recipes call for butter or oil, this one uses applesauce instead because it serves the same purpose and adds even more apple flavor. Plus, the apples themselves are a good source of soluble fiber and Vitamin C. You can also substitute whole wheat flour for the all-purpose flour, which would give the pancakes more fiber, vitamins, and minerals. Even the spices have nutritional benefits because cinnamon and ginger both have anti-inflammatory properties and are rich in anti-oxidants.
One of the best things about this recipe is the unbelievable smell the pancakes give off as they are cooking. You’ll have even the latest sleepers wandering into the kitchen wondering what you’re up to. My favorite way to eat these pancakes is topped with some thinly sliced apple and a drizzle of pure maple syrup. I hope this recipe can help you give the Fall season a delicious welcome!
Spiced Apple Pancakes
- 2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoons packed brown sugar
- 2 teaspoons baking powder
- 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 3 teaspoons cinnamon
- 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
- 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 1 1/2 cups + 3 tablespoons unsweetened vanilla almond milk (or your milk of choice)
- 3 tablespoons unsweetened applesauce
- 1 teaspoon vanilla
- 1 tablespoon molasses
- 1/2 apple, finely chopped
In a large bowl, combine flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, spices, and salt. In a separate bowl, whisk the egg, milk, applesauce, vanilla, and molasses. Pour the wet mixture into the dry mixture and combine. Add the chopped apples and mix well. Pour desired amount of batter on a preheated griddle (the amount depends on what size of pancake you want). Cook for 1-2 minutes until the bubbles in the batter being to burst and the edges no longer look wet. Flip the pancakes and finish cooking for another 1-2 minutes until both sides are golden brown.