Start your morning right with a stack of these Healthy Apple Oat Pancakes. All you need are 7 ingredients and you can whip up a healthy breakfast within minutes. Not only are these pancakes easy to make, they are also packed with vitamins, minerals, and fiber to help keep you full throughout the morning. These pancakes are made with a delicious combination of flavors from apples sautéed in apple butter and the sweet, toasty goodness of oat flour. Can you smell the aroma?! These Apple Oat Pancakes are also oil and dairy-free and can easily be made gluten-free. I can't think of a better way to kick-off apples season then with these irresistible pancakes!
What You Need To Make Healthy Apple Oat Pancakes
The star of these pancakes is the apple butter! I can't get enough of it right now! Next time you're out, I highly recommend make you stock up on this delicious seasonal gem!
I'm also a little obsessed with my Dash mini pancake maker. I love how easy it is to use, there's practically no clean up and the pancakes come out perfectly shaped and so fluffy! But you can use this recipe on any griddle.
So, let's get to it:
- Oat Flour- I love using oat flour with apples. The combination of flavors and texture is perfect for this seasonal favorite.
- Egg- Used to help bind everything together. You could also keep this recipe vegan by making make a flax egg (mix 2.5 tablespoon water + 1 tablespoon ground flax seed and allow to thicken 5 minutes).
- Apples- You'll need 2 small or one large apple for this recipe (preferably a sweet variety).
- Apple Butter- Apple butter is just apples cooked with spices and sugar. The apples are sautéed in the apple butter for a few minutes which gives them a ton of flavor. And there's an added bonus...your house will smell ahhhhmazing!
- Sugar- I add just a teaspoon of sugar to the mix. But you can leave any additional sugar out of the recipe if you prefer.
- Baking powder- Makes the pancakes nice and fluffy!
- Plant-Based Milk- I have used both almond and oat milk when testing this recipe and both work well.
- Salt- You'll need just a bit of salt to balance out the sweetness.
Why These Pancakes Are Better
Let's start with the oat flour.
Oat flour is made from whole oats and is less refined then regular flour and therefore contains more fiber. Fiber rich foods can help keep you full for longer periods by slowing down digestion. This is particularly helpful if high blood sugar is a concern.
Oat flour is packed with nutrients like iron, magnesium and zinc, one of the many reasons whole grains can be such an important part of a healthy diet..
This recipe also uses apple butter to replace oil/ butter, which is useful if you are cutting back on saturated fat. Cutting back on certain types of saturated fat (like butter) in recipes may help if you're trying to keep cholesterol levels in check. Oats are a good source of soluble fiber, which can help reduce the absorption of LDL cholesterol in the blood. (see reference here).
And we all know what they say about an "apple a day!"
Healthy Apple Oat Pancake Substitutions and Variations
If you don't have oat flour, you can definitely use regular flour and/or regular milk for this recipe, but the nutritional aspects will obviously be different.
To make this recipe completely gluten-free make sure to use gluten-free oat flour.
If you want to keep the recipe dairy-free, but still like the flavor of butter on your pancakes, simply use a butter alternative.
You can serve these pancakes with some protein-packed yogurt or sprinkle them with your favorite low-sugar granola to make this breakfast even more filling and nutritious!
Healthy Apple Oat Pancakes
- 2 small apples or one large peeled and cut into small cubes
- 1 cup oat flour
- 2 tablespoon baking powder
- ¼ tsp salt
- 1 egg beaten
- 2 tablespoon apple butter
- 1 tsp sugar
- ¾ cup plant-based milk recommend almond
- non-stick cooking spray
- In a medium size bowl, combine the dry ingredients (flour, baking powder, salt).
- In a separate smaller bowl, combine egg, sugar, apple butter and milk and whisk together.
- Pour the wet ingredients into the dry and gently fold together until combined. Do not over mix. Set aside.
- Heat a small sauté pan on medium heat. In the pan combine the apples with the apple butter. Allow apples to soften about 3-4 minutes then remove from heat.
- Spray a non-stick griddle with cooking spray and heat on medium heat.
- Pour ¼-1/2 cup batter (depending how large you'd like your pancakes) onto griddle. Add a teaspoon or so of the apples right onto the pancake batter. Cook for about 2-3 minutes until golden brown then flip and cook the other side.
- Serve warm with syrup or your favorite pancake toppings and enjoy!