Apple Peanut Butter Pancakes with Sautéed Cinnamon Apples
Take your favorite snack duo to breakfast or brunch with these egg-free apple peanut butter pancakes. Your weekends have never been better!
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Did you know that October 22nd is National Nut Day? Well I didn’t until I saw the theme for this month’s Recipe ReDux theme!
A Nutty Nut Day
While technically not a nut (DYK peanuts are actually legumes?), peanut butter is by far my favorite nut butter and one of my favorite ways to eat it (besides straight from a spoon), is with an apple. So a couple of weekends ago when we went apple picking and came home with dozens of apples, I knew I’d be eating my fave snack for a while. Little did I know I’d make something new out of apples and peanut butter.
Ingredients & Preparation
The morning after we brought home our apples, my girls asked for pancakes for Sunday breakfast. I had recently seen my fellow RDN friend Julie’s Apple Walnut Buckwheat Pancakes recipe and thought it would be fun to make the girls pancakes with apples. But of course I had to use peanut butter.
Without an exact recipe in hand, I set out to make apple peanut butter pancakes. My husband insisted we use our KitchenAid mixer, which we rarely use, and as the batter was coming together, it was so thick that we almost shifted gears to make it an apple peanut butter cake.
I’m sure my girls would have loved eating cake for breakfast, but I was set on making them pancakes. We thinned out the batter a bit and got cooking. The end result was delicious, albeit a little dense and somewhat raw on the inside. I’m a fan of cookie dough and cake batter, so the rawness didn’t bother me, but it wasn’t up to snuff for posting here.
When I saw this month’s ReDux theme, I knew it was the perfect time to try making these apple peanut butter pancakes again. This time, I used a hand whisk, which left the batter a little less cake-like and a little thinner, and I changed the amounts of certain ingredients. Believe it or not, I didn’t even use any eggs, making this an egg-free pancake recipe!
I was also a little more strategic in cooking the pancakes – I used a heat-proof silicone spatula to flatten out the batter on the griddle, which helped keep the pancakes from being too thick.
End result: Same delicious taste, fully cooked inside, and a fun new way to enjoy my favorite snack combination!
Since we had so many apples, I sliced up a couple extra and sautéed them in butter with some cinnamon for a delicious warm apple topping. The sautéed cinnamon apples add a nice sweetness, so if you’re not someone who likes overly sweet breakfasts you probably won’t even need any maple syrup on top!
While I normally serve pancakes with yogurt to add some protein and prevent a carb-overload slump after breakfast or brunch, I didn’t feel the need to up the protein with these pancakes thanks to the peanut butter. If you’re someone who does need a high-protein breakfast though, I would suggest adding some breakfast meat or yogurt to your plate!
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Apple Peanut Butter Pancakes with Sautéed Cinnamon Apples
Take your favorite snack duo to breakfast or brunch with these apple peanut butter pancakes. Serve with sautéed cinnamon apples on top.
- 3/4 cup whole wheat flour
- 3/4 cup all purpose flour
- 1/4 cup sugar
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 1 tablespoon ground cinnamon
- 1 1/2 cups nonfat milk
- 1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce
- 1/2 cup peanut butter, (I used creamy, natural, unsalted PB)
- 1 cup diced apples, (I left peel on)
- 2-3 teaspoons unsalted butter
For sautéed cinnamon apples (optional):
- 1 teaspoon unsalted butter
- 1-2 sliced apples
- Maple syrup,, for serving (optional)
To make pancakes:
- In a large mixing bowl, whisk together both flours, sugar, baking powder, and cinnamon.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk together milk, applesauce, and peanut butter.
- Whisk the wet ingredients into the dry ingredients, making sure to incorporate everything well, but be careful not to overmix. Fold diced apples into the batter.
- Over medium-low heat, melt butter on griddle - use just enough to coat the griddle (you don't want to use all the butter at once). Using a 1/4 cup measuring cup, drop the batter onto the griddle and smooth with the spatula. Cook until the edges are set and the batter begins to bubble in the middle, about 4 to 5 minutes. Flip and cook on other side for another 4 minutes or so.
- Repeat with remaining batter, adding butter to griddle as needed. Keep pancakes warm in a toaster oven. (Note: I make two pancakes at a time on my griddle.)
To make sautéed cinnamon apples:
- Melt 1 teaspoon butter in a sauté pan. Add sliced apples, cinnamon, and a few teaspoons of water. Cover and stir occasionally until apples are soft and somewhat caramelized.
- Serve pancakes with sautéed cinnamon apples and maple syrup, if desired.
* You can use 1 1/2 cups white whole wheat flour in place of combining the two flours listed.
Recipe inspired by Apple Walnut Buckwheat Pancakes at RDelicious Kitchen.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 245
I am with ya on the PB, it’s my favorite! Pancakes are one of the best comfort breakfasts in my opinion and these look so good!! Fall is the best!
Thanks Alanna! I miss the warmth of summer, but I love fall foods! Enjoy!
I’m glad it worked out this time. Your pics look so good! PB + apples is one of my favorite snack combos, so I know I would love it in breakfast form!
Thanks so much Brittany! I was glad too 🙂 Hope you try the pancakes soon (how about this weekend?!) 😉
I love apples with peanut butter. I’d enjoy these for breakfast and the leftovers as a pre- or post-workout snack!
Marisa, these would definitely be a great post-workout snack! Thanks for stopping by!
I am an apple and peanut butter lover for life! These pancakes sound like the perfect breakfast! I’m glad you were able to perfect it for me 🙂
Haha..i’m glad i did too 😉 Enjoy!
Peanut butter and apples?! YES PLEASE! Need to try this and going to sub for GF flour. Thanks for the amazing breakfast idea!
Thanks so much Chrissa! Would love to know how it comes out with the sub! Hope you enjoy!
The recipe sounds so good – I can’t wait to try it out soon. I did have one question though; would you recommend using red or green apples for this recipe? I see that you used red on top… but I’ve personally always preferred the PB & green apple pairing. Let me know!
Hi Amira,I say use whatever apples you like best! Can’t wait to hear how you like the recipe!
Looks wonderful! I like how using the sautéed fruit would either cut down on the amount of syrup needed or fill in for the syrup.
Thanks Sally! You’re right – the sauteed apples really make a nice syrup on their own as long as you don’t overcook them!
Gotta love the peanut butter on these pancakes, great way of getting plant-based protein along with carbs 🙂
Agreed! I need protein in my pancakes and this was a fun way to get it in!
Oh YUM! These look delicious!
Thanks so much Julie!
YUM! I’m not a big fan of maple syrup on pancakes so I love that apple topping!
Thanks Rachael! It’s a great way to cut down on the added sugar!
These sound wonderful! Love the addition of the sauteed cinnamon apples- totally worth the extra effort 🙂
Thanks Caroline! The apples are actually so simple and can be done in the time it takes to cook all the pancakes!
This looks so good, I need to try this recipe
You’ll love it! 😉
So much goodness! Love it… and have pinned for later 🙂
Thanks so much Liz! Appreciate the pins!
Ohmygoodness these look so darn good! I need to make em’ soon! *-* I suck at making pancakes, but these look too good–I gotta at least try! 😛
Thanks so much Farrah! I’m not gonna lie – I don’t love making pancakes either – lots of work and I hate flipping them! I’d rather make a Dutch baby! That said, these are delicious! Hope you give them a try!
Yummy! One of my favorite combos of all time! Peanut butter and apples are just simply delicious and always hit the spot!
Thanks Sarah! I totally agree! Hope you give these a try and enjoy!
This sounds so good. Will be aiming to make this over the weekend. Thanks.
Thanks! Hope you enjoy it!
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Any form of cake is always makes my breakfast (and husband) very happy! haha! Especially when it’s with peanut butter! This looks absolutely phenomenal, and I love how you paired the peanut butter with the apples…Yum!
Haha. Definitely can’t go wrong with pancakes and peanut butter. Hope you give these a try soon!
This looks so delicious! Now to convince my hubby to wake up early to make them for me!
Ha! That’s definitely the challenging part for me!
Cinnamon apples are one of my favorite pancake toppings! I love the way you infused apple in the pancakes, too – and a perfect pairing with pb.
Thanks Alisa. Hope you’ll give them a try soon!
Apple and peanut butter is such a delicious combo and I love the idea of having them together on pancakes. Something for the weekend!
It sure is! Let me know if you give it a try!
You’ve made me so happy! Apples and peanut butter and maple syrup. Yum!
Love hearing that! Enjoy.
I need to try this ASAP!
Hope you do Rebecca!
There is nothing like a big stack of pancakes! And I love the idea of adding apples and cinnamon right into the mix! So yummy!
Agreed, Andie! Hope you enjoy!
Apples with peanut butter are one of my absolute favorite snacks! I bet these pancakes are SO good.
Mine too! They sure are Jordan. Give them a try!
These look so good and would have hit the spot this morning when I was craving pancakes! Love the apple and peanut butter combo, it’s a favorite that never gets old!
Oh my gosh these are making my mouth water and I just finished lunch!! That PB goo though… yyass
Haha…peanut butter will do that to you! And so will pancakes 😉
These look delicious!!! I admit I’m a bit of a pancake fan. Honestly though I don’t think I’ve had them with apple, so I’m looking forward to trying this combo!
Thanks Di. Hope you’ll give them a try soon!