Healthy Apple Pancakes

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Healthy apple pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. They taste decadent, but are packed with protein and fiber. Great for meal prep!

I started realizing that more often than not when we go out for brunch Isaac always orders sweet options like pancakes or waffles. I think it’s because I tend to make more savory breakfasts at home (some of my go-to’s are my egg sausage casserole and egg white bites). Realizing this got my wheels turning and I decided I needed more sweet breakfast recipes to add to the countless oatmeal recipes I already have here on EBF.

And that is exactly how these apple pancakes came about! I used my cottage cheese pancake recipe as a guide to for these apple pancakes and omg, they’re delish!!

Stack of healthy apple pancakes topped with cinnamon apples. Behind the plate are some Granny Smith apples and cinnamon sticks.

Blender Pancakes

The batter for these apple pancakes is made in the blender, which makes it super easy to whip up and easy to pour directly from your blender into the skillet for cooking.

I can not wait for you to try these healthy pancakes for yourself. They’re sweet, they’re comforting and they feel indulgent even though they are 100% healthy in my book…they’re loaded with protein and fiber. One serving (4 pancakes) has 15 grams of fiber and 18 grams of protein. Boom, perfect way to start your day!

Stack of healthy apple pancakes, topped with cinnamon apples and a drizzle of peanut butter. Two apple and two cinnamon sticks are behind the plate.

Ingredients Needed

  • old fashioned rolled oats – rolled oats are the base of this recipe. Once blended, the oats turn into oat flour! I like using Bob’s Red Mill Gluten Free Whole Grain Rolled Oats, but quick oats will work as well. Oats are naturally gluten-free, but are often cross contaminated so make sure you grab certified gluten-free if needed!
  • egg whites – acts as a binding ingredient, keeps the pancakes light and fluffy and really amps up the protein! I usually use liquid egg whites (from a container) so I don’t have to crack eggs and waste the yolks. If you prefer, you can also use 2 full eggs in place of the egg whites.
  • cottage cheese – another protein booster, cottage cheese also helps to keep these pancakes moist. I haven’t tried it, but Greek yogurt would probably be a good substitute for the cottage cheese.
  • applesauce – make your own homemade applesauce or use store-bought. Just make sure it’s unsweetened if you go that route.
  • baking powder – a leavening agent.
  • cinnamon – a must for apple pancakes!
  • apples – you’ll need about 1-2 apples for both the pancakes and the topping, peeled and finely chopped into pieces. I prefer to use Honeycrisp, Pink Lady or Fuji apples, but any variety will work.
  • maple syrup – this is my favorite natural sweetener. We’re using maple syrup to make the cinnamon apples and for an additional drizzle on top.

Cinnamon Apple Topping

The cinnamon apple topping is legit the best part of this recipe (in my opinion). It’s an extra step but 100% worth it! For the cinnamon apples, I use the same quick microwave method that I use for my apple overnight oats and it works like a charm. It makes instant baked apples! Here’s what you do:

  • Chop up your apples into bite sized pieces.
  • Mix the apple pieces, maple syrup and cinnamon to a small microwave-safe bowl. Stir together to coat the apples.
  • Heat in the microwave for 30-60 seconds or until the apples have softened a bit and look like baked apples.
Bird's eye view of a stack of apple pancakes. Pancakes are topped with cinnamon apples, pecans, and a drizzle of peanut butter. A fork is resting on the plate. Maple syrup, apples, and cinnamon sticks surround the plate.

What to Serve With Apple Pancakes

We often eat these pancakes on their own for breakfast, but if you’re hosting a brunch or want a more filling meal, here’s what I recommend serving with pancakes:

Stack of apple pancakes on a plate with a bite taken out of the stack. The pancakes are topped with cinnamon apples with some extra apple chunks on the plate along with a fork. Maple syrup, apples and cinnamon sticks are in the background.

How to Store Leftover Pancakes

These pancakes store super well which also makes them great for meal prep! If I make these pancakes on a Sunday, I like doubling the recipe so we have leftovers for the week. Let your pancakes cool before putting them in an airtight container or ziplock bag (I like using my Stasher bags). Store in the fridge for up to 5 days or in the freezer for up to 1 month.

To reheat, I like to pop them in the toaster oven so they get a little crispy, but you can also reheat them in the microwave. If serving with the apples, I’ll make more cinnamon apples the morning of. I also like eating the pancakes cold, straight out of the fridge. I’m weird like that!

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Healthy Apple Pancakes

5 from 14 votes
Healthy apple pancakes made with oats and cottage cheese. They taste decadent, but are packed with protein and fiber. 
Stack of healthy apple pancakes topped with cinnamon apples. Behind the plate are some Granny Smith apples and cinnamon sticks.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 8 pancakes

Ingredients

  • cup old fashioned rolled oats
  • ½ cup egg whites
  • ½ cup cottage cheese
  • ¼ cup applesauce
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • ½ cup diced apples
  • maple syrup, for topping

Cinnamon Apples

  • ½ cup diced apples
  • 2 teaspoons maple syrup
  • ¼ teaspoon cinnamon

Instructions
 

  • Add oats, egg whites, cottage cheese, applesauce, baking powder and cinnamon into a blender and process until the batter is relatively smooth with a thick consistency. Stir in diced apples.
  • Heat pan or griddle to low-medium heat and spray with non-stick spray.
  • Once hot, scoop out about a quarter cup of batter at a time and pour onto pan. You should be able to make about 8 small pancakes.
  • Cook until little bubbles form and the edges of the pancakes are solid enough to put a spatula underneath. Flip the pancakes and cook for one to two additional minutes.
  • While pancakes are cooking, prep cinnamon apples by adding diced apples, maple syrup and cinnamon in a microwave safe bowl. Stir to combine and microwave for 30-60 seconds or until apples are soft and look similar to baked apples.
  • For serving, place four pancakes on each plate, top with warm cinnamon apples and drizzle with maple syrup and/or nut butter.

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Notes

  • Egg whites: You can use 2 whole eggs in place of the egg whites if needed. 
  • Cottage cheese: I haven’t tried it, but Greek yogurt would probably be a good substitute for the cottage cheese. 
  • For meal prep pancakes: Make pancakes as instructed in the recipe. You can also prep the cinnamon apples, but store those in a separate container. Let pancakes cool and place in a sealed storage container in the fridge for up to 5 days. When ready to eat, eat cold with toppings of choice OR reheat the pancakes until warm in the microwave (should only take 30 seconds or so), in a toaster oven or on the stovetop.

Nutrition

Serving: 4pancakes, 1/2 recipe Calories: 278kcal Carbohydrates: 49g Protein: 18g Fat: 3g Sodium: 438mg Fiber: 15g Sugar: 14g
Course: Breakfast
Cuisine: American
Keyword: apple pancakes

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    42 comments
    1. Cleo
      July 23, 2021 AT 9:56 pm

      Hi. Would this recipe work for making waffles? Would I need to make any modifications? Thanks

      1. Brittany Mullins
        July 24, 2021 AT 2:50 pm

        I’ve never tried using it to make waffles but I love the idea and I think it would work just fine. Let me know if you try it!

    2. Nicola
      February 14, 2021 AT 2:45 pm

      5 stars
      Looks so yummy!! I’m a huge fan of oatmeal. Can I ask what you use for applesauce?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        February 14, 2021 AT 7:13 pm

        Hey Nicola – Do you mean what brand I use?

    3. Melissa
      December 14, 2020 AT 10:43 pm

      What kind of apples do you suggest?

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 14, 2020 AT 11:32 pm

        Any types of apples will work, but I prefer Honeycrisp, Fuji or Pink Lady.

    4. AZwannaBecook
      December 11, 2020 AT 6:53 pm

      5 stars
      I loved these pancakes! They are totally satisfying even though they are sugar free! Love it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 12, 2020 AT 12:35 am

        Ahh yay! So glad you’re a fan of these pancakes. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

    5. Jason Wood
      December 9, 2020 AT 10:30 am

      5 stars
      Love this recipe! This weekend we mixed it up a bit and added a quarter cup of shredded carrots and a dash a ginger. Then topped with toasted coconut flakes, walnuts and raisins. Turned out to be the perfect carrot cake pancakes to start the day!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        December 10, 2020 AT 12:35 am

        Woo! So glad this recipe was a hit. Thanks for coming back to leave a review. I so appreciate it!

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