Whole Wheat Pancakes with “Baked” Apple Topping

Happy {Pancake} Sunday lovies!

I hope you are all doing well and enjoying your time off before the week starts (with or without us) tomorrow. Ugh, I seriously need to find a way to make a decent living off flipping pancakes and snapping 100+ pictures of them…ahh, but that’s a whole other post entirely.

When I woke up this morning craving pancakes (seriously, it’s like my body just KNOWS it’s overdue for syrupy cakey goodness) and started looking through the pantry for ingredients, I realized I’ve never actually posted a basic pancake recipe.

After eyeing the Honeycrisp apples in the fruit basket, it took me all of about 5 minutes to decide what to make:


Whole Wheat Pancakes with “Baked” Apple Topping: (serves 1)

    Vegan AND Sugar Free!

  • 1/3 cup whole wheat pastry flour
  • 1 tablespoon wheat germ (optional)*
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 modified flax egg (1/2 tablespoon ground flax + 1 1/2 tablespoons warm water)
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 tablespoon butter, melted (I used Earth Balance vegan spread)
  • 1/3 cup + 1 tablespoon milk* (I used Almond Breeze unsweetened vanilla)

1. Heat a non-stick skillet over medium heat and coat with cooking spray.
2. Prepare flax egg and allow to set.
3. Whisk together the flour, wheat germ, baking powder, and cinnamon in a medium-sized bowl.
4. In a separate bowl, combine flax egg, vanilla, butter, and milk.
5. Add wet ingredients to dry, stir until all flour is distributed.
6. Pour batter into greased skillet (I made 4 silver dollar pancakes) and allow to cook about 2-3 minutes per side or until crisp and brown.

*If omitting the wheat germ, also omit the extra 1 tablespoon of milk

“Baked” Apple Topping:

  • 1 medium sized sweet apple, diced with peel (I used a Honeycrisp)
  • water
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon

1. Place diced apple pieces in a microwave-safe bowl and add just enough water to cover the bottom of the bowl.
2. Cover top of bowl with plastic wrap, leaving a small vent on one side to allow steam to escape.
3. Cook on high for approximately 1 minute, drain, and sprinkle with ground cinnamon.




Apple topping


Cinnamon-Maple Walnut Syrup
(1 tablespoon walnut butter + 2 tablespoons maple syrup + 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon)

I like a little pancake with my apples! 😉

What would be a good name for my dream breakfast/pancake restaurant?

I’m thinking “Lick My Spatula” just doesn’t portray the right feeling… 😉

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23 Responses to Whole Wheat Pancakes with “Baked” Apple Topping

  1. You are the pancake queen, Heather! I think these are going to be joining last weekend’s S’mores pancakes in my “To-Make” list! 🙂

  2. Brittany says:

    Oh my gosh these look AMAZING!!! I cannot wait to make these 😀

  3. As always, these pancakes look wonderful! I make a similar “baked” apple topping for my oatmeal sometimes – except I add in some maple syrup too.

    Umm yes PLEASE do open a pancake restaurant. I will move to your city just so that I can eat breakfast there every morning. 😀

  4. How did you know baked apples are my newest obsession!? =) I’ve eaten them every day this weekend! annnnd now i need them on pancakes. can you bake my cakes please and thank you!!!

  5. er….. or fry them on a skillet…. doesnt sound as fun 😉

  6. Missy says:

    I love the Honeycrisp! But I really love the lovechild of it and the Zestar apple – The Sweet Tango!

    Hmm, maybe you could call your place “I Flip For You” (you’d be flippin pancakes!)

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I should have known you’d come up with a good one Missy! I love it! I’m a total sucker for puns!

      And I have yet to find a tango apple, but you better believe I’m snatching one up as soon as it’s spotted!

  7. I think you would be amazing at that! Have you been to The Pancake Pantry in Nashville? I’ve been there once before and had the sweet potato pancakes (so long ago)! That plate looks like a perfect plate of fall flavors! That’s how you celebrate a beautiful fall morning!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      Thank you Sarena! You are so sweet! And I actually just laughed out loud…I’ve only been to The Pancake Pantry twice but the first time I ever went, I ordered…the sweet potato pancakes!! And so far, they’ve been the best ones that I’ve tried!

  8. Rach says:

    Mmm these look amazing!

  9. These look so freaking delicious! No shocker, though, no shocker. You are the pancake queen, after all.
    Rock on, sista!

  10. Ohhh man those pancakes look EPIC. I’m love love loving honey crisps. I Got some from the store and they are MASSIVE but I’m not complaining 😉 I’ve been eating mine with almond butter but I bet they’d be delicious over pancakes!

    • kissmybroccoli says:

      I know what you mean! It’s like “the season of the mutated honeycrisps”!! Every time I’ve been to the store, I have to dig for the “smaller” ones aka, the ones that are ONLY the size of my hand instead of my HEAD! Haha!

  11. Lauren says:

    Save me a staff position at your pancake restaurant!

  12. lizzie says:

    girl! you make me intensely crave pancakes every sunday! i’m just too lazy to make them 🙁

  13. katie says:

    I love these!!!

    The cinnamon maple syrup is amazing ! I want to do that!

    I love apples so much and have never used apples on pancakes besides dried apple crisps! I need to use a fresh apple!


  14. Allie says:

    Ooo, I bet that “baked” apple would be amazing on top of oatmeal! I have a huge bag of pink ladies that are just begging to be creatively used. Yeaah, apple + PB + oatmeal–I think have breakfast for tomorrow lined up!

  15. Christine says:

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