Applesauce Pancakes

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Warmly spiced applesauce pancakes are a delicious and fragrant breakfast treat perfect with honey butter or vanilla pancake sauce.

pancakes stacked on small blue plate next to apples

Applesauce Pancakes

Soft yet fluffy with a hint of cinnamon and apple, applesauce cinnamon pancakes are a delightful breakfast treat. The natural sweetness of the applesauce is brought out with just a bit of brown sugar.

Have you ever found cinnamon or cocoa powder to be challenging to mix into your batter when making pancakes or other things? I have found that the key to incorporating it evenly is to whisk or sift it together with my flour. This will result in an even distribution within your batter.

You might find that these pancakes take a moment or two longer to cook, as the applesauce adds more moisture to the pancakes. Test a pancake and make sure they are cooked through before removing them from the griddle.

Often you can get away without oiling or buttering your pancake pan or griddle. Do not skip this step with applesauce pancakes. The natural sugars of the apple sauce will cause these to easily stick. However, with a light brush of oil that will not be an issue.

Maple syrup is the classic choice for topping pancakes. However, we like to change it up with all things from savory to sweet. Apple pie filling would also be amazing on top of these cinnamon apple sauce pancakes.

close up of pancakes on plate with vanilla sauce

Pancake Toppings

For these applesauce pancakes my family was divided between liking them best with Vanilla Pancake Sauce or with whipped honey butter with a bit of added cinnamon and a drizzle of maple syrup.

The vanilla sauce is a family recipe passed down by my grandmother. It is a warm vanilla gravy-like sauce we love on pancakes and waffles. Sweet, buttery, and delicious you will want to eat it with a spoon.

There is a light, but distinct applesauce flavor to these pancakes that we really enjoyed along with the hint of cinnamon. Next time I might dice up a fresh apple to add to the batter as well.

Applesauce Pancakes with Cinnamon Honey Butter

Applesauce Pancake Recipe

You’ll need these ingredients to make these easy pancakes.

  • all-purpose flour
  • baking powder
  • light brown sugar
  • ground cinnamon
  • kosher salt
  • milk
  • vanilla extract
  • egg
  • butter melted
  • unsweetened applesauce
Applesauce Pancake Batter

How to Make Applesauce Pancakes

  1. Whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. Add the milk, vanilla, and eggs. Stir to combine. Add the melted butter and applesauce. Stir once more and then let the batter rest while the griddle or pan heats.
  2. Heat a flat-bottom nonstick skillet or electric griddle over medium heat. Butter the skillet or griddle lightly (this is not optional for these pancakes) and then pour about ¼ cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake.
  3. Let cook undisturbed until they begin to bubble on top and they are lightly browned on the bottom. Flip and cook second side just until golden brown. Serve warm with the toppings of your choice.
fork bite of Pancakes with Vanilla Syrup

If you make pancakes often, nothing beats a great electric griddle for streamlining the cooking process. A few years ago, when my 15-year-old griddle finally died, I tested every single griddle I could get my hands on. When I finally tried this extra large electric griddle, I knew I’d found THE ONE. It’s a little on the spendy side, but I am telling you now, it beats all the others hands-down.

This nylon flexible turner is a pancake-making must-have, as is a dough whisk. If you aren’t familiar with the awesomeness that is a dough whisk for pancakes and waffles, you are missing out. It’s a crazy-looking tool, but it stirs the batter just enough without overmixing it.

I’ve tried pretty much all of the nifty pancake-pouring gadgets out there, and I stand by a good old measuring cup as the easiest way to make pancakes. I use the ¼ or ⅓ cup sizes for most pancake making – this set that I use every day will allow you to improvise for all kinds of sizes.

When making standard-size 4-inch pancakes, the large scoop in this set of cookie scoops is my favorite way to dispense the batter. The medium scoop works perfectly for smaller-sized pancakes.

pancakes made with applesauce

Fluffy pancakes are possible even when they’re made a little bit healthier with whole wheat flour and oatmeal! You’re going to love this twist on the classic pancake breakfast.

Breakfast is way more fun in miniature form, especially when buttery, tasty silver dollar pancakes are on the menu. (Any pancake can be made a little more fun by making them smaller and more snackable too!)

Banana nut pancakes are slightly sweet and deliciously nutty. This is an easy breakfast-time treat for your favorite people. Banana Coconut Pancakes topped with butter and syrup are a sweet and tasty way to change up the weekend pancake routine.

Fluffy, buttery, sweet pancakes filled with bursting juicy berries are possible with a minimal amount of effort. Enough pancakes for the whole family can be cooked all at once on a single sheet pan.

Funfetti pancakes are colorful, lightly sweet pancakes with a hint of a cake flavor to them. Not only are they pretty to look at, but they’re delicious too!

Pancakes are meant to be topped with more than just maple syrup. Brown Sugar Butter Syrup is amazing along with pie-fillings, like blueberry.

pancakes made with applesauce

Applesauce Pancakes

Warmly spiced applesauce pancakes are a delicious and fragrant breakfast treat perfect with honey butter or vanilla pancake sauce.
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8 4-inch pancakes

Ingredients 

  • cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 tablespoon baking powder
  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¾ cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • cup applesauce unsweetened

Instructions

  • Whisk together the flour, baking powder, sugar, cinnamon, and salt. Set aside. Add the milk, vanilla, and eggs. Stir to combine. Add the melted butter and applesauce. Stir once more and then let the batter rest while the griddle or pan heats.
  • Heat a flat-bottom nonstick skillet or electric griddle over medium heat. Butter the skillet or griddle lightly (this is not optional for these pancakes) and then pour about ¼ cup of batter onto the griddle for each pancake.
  • Let cook undisturbed until they begin to bubble on top and they are lightly browned on the bottom. Flip and cook second side just until golden brown. Serve warm with the toppings of your choice.

Notes

I found that these pancakes cook best with optimal results when the griddle is lightly oiled before cooking. I drizzle about a tablespoon of oil onto the griddle and spread it across the surface quickly with a pastry brush. Butter may be used as well, watch closely and take care that it doesn’t burn.

Nutrition

Calories: 140kcal · Carbohydrates: 22g · Protein: 4g · Fat: 4g · Saturated Fat: 2g · Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g · Monounsaturated Fat: 1g · Trans Fat: 0.1g · Cholesterol: 31mg · Sodium: 345mg · Potassium: 84mg · Fiber: 1g · Sugar: 6g · Vitamin A: 160IU · Vitamin C: 0.2mg · Calcium: 128mg · Iron: 1mg
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stacked pancakes on plate with stacked bite on fork

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