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Apple Ring Pancakes

As a kid there were a few phrases that take an ordinary day and give it a bit of a sparkle. Like hearing the name of YOUR school being read over the radio as a closure for a Snow Day. Or hearing: "Let’s go get ice cream!" or, one of my favorites: "Breakfast For Dinner!!" 

And now that I am a mom, I want to have breakfast for dinner too. It’s fun. But then I have the responsibility of an entire humans future health on my hands. That’s a lot of pressure. The way I reconcile these two things is by taking an ordinary pancake and filling it with a slice of fruit. Breakfast for dinner and a serving of wholesome fruit. 

These babies only have 60 calories each. And you don’t even need massive amounts of syrup, the apple in the middle has the flavor and moisture to compensate. 

Apple Ring Pancakes

2 large apples (I used Fuji Apples)

1 cup of flour

1/4 cup brown sugar

1 tsp baking powder

1/4 tsp nutmeg

1 tsp cinnamon

1/4 tsp salt

1/4 cup reduced fat (or fat free) sour cream

1 egg

1/2 tsp vanilla extract

3/4 cup sparklink water or club soda

(yields about 20 apple ring pancakes)

Preheat a griddle to 375, or use a large skillet. Coat with butter flavored cooking spray prior to cooking pancakes. 

Peel and core the apples (I use this apple corer all the time). Cut the apples into 1/4 to 1/2 inch slices. Thicker slices will give you a crispier apple once cooked and a thinner slice will give you a softer apple once cooked. 

In a large bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, nutmeg, cinnamon and salt until well mixed. In a separate bowl, add the sour cream, egg and vanilla, mix until well combined. Make a well in the dry ingredients, add the wet ingredients and stir until just barely combined. Add the sparkling water and stir. One at a time, dip the apple slices into the batter and place on the hot griddle. Allow the pancakes to cook until the edges start to look dry and then flip over, cooking on the other side until golden brown, about 3 minutes per side. Repeat for all apple slices. 

You don’t need syrup for these little guys but I couldn’t resist using the last of that Coconut Caramel Sauce that I made the other day. So good. 

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Choc Chip Uru March 7, 2012 um 10:46 am

What a gorgeous batch of apple pancakes – wonderful idea, I am smitten 🙂

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RavieNomNoms March 7, 2012 um 10:49 am

Holy apple heaven! That looks fantastic!


Michelle March 7, 2012 um 11:11 am

Ummmmm yes, amazing idea!


Tina@flourtrader March 7, 2012 um 12:35 pm

Cinnamon battered apples-yum! The best thing about these is that there is more fruit than bread, which you cannot find in a regular pancake. Creative and delicious-I luckily have one apple, so this will make tasty use of it! Have a great day.


Cassie March 7, 2012 um 2:40 pm

Oh yes, I’m a huge fan of breakfast for dinner! These are adorable too. Love the flavors!


Julie @ Table for Two March 7, 2012 um 6:31 pm

these are so clever!! I never ever would’ve thought of these. I love the last picture. Looks like a tower of amazing goodness!!


chinmayie @ love food eat March 8, 2012 um 6:53 am

These look awesome! I am not a great pancake fan but with apple in the middle, I might just like it 😉


Liz March 8, 2012 um 4:46 pm

Oh, wow, these sound amazing!!! I rarely eat pancakes, but these are right up my alley…I love cooking with apples 🙂 Thanks for sharing these yummy wonders 🙂


Sarah March 9, 2012 um 10:10 am

Holy crow that is BRILLIANT! I love apple fritters but hate the frying, this will be a hit for sure


Baking Serendipity March 14, 2012 um 3:36 pm

Breakfast for dinner is still one of my favorites! I am a (huge!) pancake lover, but have never tried these before. Bookmarked!


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Jordan July 12, 2013 um 4:04 pm

I want to preface this comment by saying I only discovered this website a week ago, and devoured the entire thing in one sitting. In that week, I’ve made these pancakes not once, but twice. They are amazing. The second time, I replaced half of the white flour with whole wheat. Fantastic! A new go-to recipe!


Jackie July 12, 2013 um 6:30 pm

Yaaaaay! So glad you liked these 🙂


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