Easy Apple Pancakes (VIDEO)
These fluffy Apple Pancakes are loaded with tangy-sweet apples for the ultimate breakfast treat. If you’ve never tried adding shredded apples and cinnamon to your pancakes, watch the video tutorial to see how easy it is.
We love Classic Buttermilk Pancakes and all things apples during Fall. We decided to combine the two to make these delicious Apple Pancakes. It’s been a family favorite ever since.
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Our family is always on a mission for cozy breakfast ideas, from Banana Pancakes to Fluffy Waffles. If you are a fan of easy breakfast recipes, this Apple Pancakes recipe is a must-try!
Apple Pancakes Video
Spoiler Alert! The apple dies during this video. Watch Natasha make the fluffiest homemade apple pancakes. You’re going to love dressing up your buttermilk pancakes with the flavors of fresh apples and warm cinnamon spice.
Apple Pancakes Recipe
As soon as Fall is here, we love to make good use of apples, especially after apple picking. The sweet smells of Homemade Applesauce, Apple Pie, and Sauteed Apples are so irresistibly cozy. If you love apples as much as we do, these easy apple pancakes are a great way to bring a burst of fall to your breakfast routine. Here’s why you’ll love this easy breakfast recipe:
- Quick – These zesty apple pancakes cook up perfectly golden on the griddle in minutes.
- Extra fluffy – The combination of buttermilk with baking soda and baking powder makes these apple pancakes irresistibly light and fluffy.
- Family-friendly – This recipe makes enough pancakes to feed a crowd and is sure to please even the pickiest eaters.
- Perfect for Fall – Apples and cinnamon infuse these pancakes with the best autumn flavor.
Here’s everything you’ll need to make these apple pancakes, with the full details in the recipe card:
- Flour – For consistently light, fluffy pancakes, all-purpose flour is the most reliable.
- Sugar – Regular granulated white sugar is fine.
- Baking powder and baking soda – I use both for perfectly puffed-up pancakes.
- Sea salt and cinnamon – I like to use fine sea salt, plus ground cinnamon for a hint of fall spice. Pumpkin pie spice also works great to help the apple flavors shine.
- Buttermilk – Low-fat buttermilk, or full-fat if you prefer.
- Eggs – Eggs bind the ingredients and give these pancakes their richness.
- Vanilla extract – For the best flavor, use real vanilla over imitation.
- Unsalted butter – Melted beforehand, so it’s easier to mix.
- Apples – About 2 cups of coarsely grated green apples.
- Olive oil – For sauteeing the pancakes. I find that light olive oil is the best for cooking pancakes, though canola oil or coconut oil (or even unsalted butter) will also work.
Pro Tip: You can use any apples you have on hand to make apple pancakes. Other good varieties are Honeycrisp, Cortland, and Braeburn apples.
How To Make Apple Pancakes
These cinnamon apple pancakes are perfect to whip up on a weekend morning. Here’s how easy they are to make:
- Dry Ingredients – In one bowl, whisk together dry ingredients (flour, sugar, salt, baking powder, baking soda, and cinnamon)
- Wet Ingredients – In a separate bowl, mix together the wet ingredients (buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla).
- Combine – Whisk the wet ingredients into the flour mixture. Continue to whisk while pouring in the melted butter. Finally, stir in the shredded apples. The batter should look lumpy, so don’t overmix.
- Cook – Warm a couple of tablespoons of oil in a large non-stick skillet. Saute the pancakes for 2-3 minutes per side.
Pro Tip: Use an ice cream scoop to get your pancake batter perfectly portioned, and cook them on a heavy-bottomed nonstick skillet for easy flipping.
It’s not just the tangy flavor – the acidity in buttermilk reacts with baking soda and baking powder for extra light and airy pancakes.
Don’t overmix the batter. Overmixing deflates the air bubbles and results in dense, chewy pancakes.
If you’re making apple pancakes for an even bigger crowd, absolutely.
Wait until bubbles begin to form and pop on top of your pancakes, then it’s time to flip. This usually takes between 2-3 minutes in this recipe.
Because this has the classic Buttermilk Pancakes Base, you can easily customize the batter with your favorite pancake add-ins. Here are some ideas:
- Fresh or frozen blueberries
- Raisins, currants, or craisins
- Chocolate chips
- Toffee bits
- Shredded coconut
These easy apple pancakes make the perfect breakfast served with:
- Toppings – Sauteed Apples, butter (or Honey Butter), maple syrup, Caramel Sauce, honey, Greek yogurt, Nutella.
- Bacon – Pair pancakes with a side of Crispy Air Fryer Bacon or Oven-Baked Bacon.
- Eggs – Apple pancakes go great with scrambled eggs or Poached Eggs.
- Fruit – Chopped fresh fruit, bananas, or berries.
- Breakfast Potatoes – We love this recipe with our Breakfast Potatoes.
Here’s how to properly store apple pancakes so that they stay fresh for serving:
- Keep Warm: Apple pancakes can be kept warm in a 200˚F oven for up to 45 minutes before serving. I don’t recommend leaving them in there longer, as this can dry them out.
- To Refrigerate: Store leftover cooled pancakes in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.
- To Reheat: Pancakes are great to reheat in the toaster or in a skillet on low until warmed through.
Can I Freeze Pancakes?
Apple pancakes can be kept frozen for up to 2 months. Once your pancakes have cooled, store them wrapped tightly in plastic or otherwise airtight, then place them in the freezer. Thaw the pancakes in the fridge before reheating them.
Cinnamon Apple Pancakes are such an easy, fun way to spice up any morning. Do you have a favorite autumn breakfast recipe? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
More Apple Recipes to Try
Apple season is my favorite season, and if you love these apple pancakes, check out these other wholesome apple recipes:
Easy Apple Pancakes Recipe
Fluffy apple pancakes are loaded with tangy-sweet shredded apples and a hint of warm cinnamon spice for the ultimate breakfast treat. These are wonderful drizzled with maple syrup and topped with Sauteed Apples.
- 2 cups all-purpose flour
- 2 Tbsp granulated sugar
- 2 tsp baking powder
- 1/2 tsp baking soda
- 1/4 tsp fine sea salt
- 1/4 tsp ground cinnamon
- 2 cups low-fat buttermilk
- 2 large eggs
- 1 tsp vanilla extract
- 3 Tbsp unsalted butter, melted
- 2 green apples, or 1 lb, peeled and coarsely grated (2 cups)
- 2 Tbsp light olive oil, plus more as needed to sauté
In a large mixing bowl, combine the dry ingredients: flour, sugar, baking powder, baking soda, salt, and cinnamon. Whisk together and set aside.
In a separate medium mixing bowl, add buttermilk, eggs, and vanilla and whisk until blended. Add these wet ingredients to your dry ingredients and whisk everything together until just moistened.
While whisking, add melted butter and stir until incorporated then fold in the grated apple. The mixture should be lumpy (don’t overmix).
Heat a large heavy-bottomed skillet or cast iron pan over medium/low heat, or heat a griddle to 325-350˚F. Add 2 Tbsp oil. If you plan to keep cooked pancakes warm for a bit, preheat the oven to 200˚F.
You can make the pancakes as large or small as you prefer. We portion 1/4 cup or a 2 oz ice cream scoop of batter for each pancake. Saute for 2-3 minutes per side and flip when the pancakes are golden brown on the first side and you see bubbles form and start to pop on the surface. If they are browning too quickly, reduce the heat.
Transfer pancakes to a baking sheet and keep warm in a 200˚F oven for up to 45 minutes or until ready to serve.
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Hi Natasha! Would it be possible to grate the apples without peeling them? Would love to add fiber and save time 🙂
Hi Leor! If you prefer the skin on, that would be fine. 🙂
These pancakes are spectacular. They have just the right amount of sweetness and an amazingly fluffy texture. My husband, always suspicious of new foods, absolutely loved them as much as I did.
Thank you for your great comments and review!
I just made these for dinner–because why not have pancakes for dinner–and there are none left now. Even the teething toddler went to town on them. 🙂
That’s wonderful! I’m glad they were a hit. 🙂
These look delicious, can I use the same recipe for waffles.
Thank you! They sure are. I think it could work in the waffle maker.
Looks delicious! Do you have a recipe for GF. Is their a special GF flour you use.
Hi Bill, I have not tested these with GF to advise on the outcome. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.
Natasha, there is only my husband and myself so I was wondering if the left over batter can be frozen for later use. I know I can halve the recipe but for convenience sake I would rather freeze the extra batter if possible. I love everything you present to us.
Hi Sandra, we prefer the pancakes fresh. Generally, pancakes freeze well, but I can’t say what the outcome would be like with apples in the mix. If you try it out, I’d love to know how you like it!
I find this recipe makes 24 pancakes using 1/4 cup measure-delicious.
Thanks for sharing, Carol. We hope you enjoyed the cupcakes!
Thank you for the great recipe! Tasty pancakes!
Already stored to the favorites!
That’s wonderful! I’m glad to hear that.
These pancakes are pure delight. They are easy, quick and super tasty. Thank you Natasha!
You’re welcome! Thank you for your good comments and feedback.
These pancakes are amazing! With the sauteed apple topping they were a huge hit for our family. What a delicious breakfast treat, thanks for another great recipe!
So wonderful to hear! Thanks for the great review, Amanda.
I love apple pancakes!
I love the apple sauce to.
Can I use honeycrisp apples intead of green? That’s what I have at hand 😅
Hi Claudia, I haven’t tried this with Honeycrisp, but I bet that could work! If you happen to test it out, I’d love to know how you like that!
Delicious Natasha. I really love all your recipes. I cut the recipe in half and made 6 nice size pancakes. So yummy.
So glad you love my recipes, Mary! Thank you.
Ohh, Sharkie was almost missed but saw him at the last minute on your hand as you were folding in the apples! 🙂 So eager to try your recipe!
Great catch and I hope this recipe becomes your new favorite!
I love all of your recipes. For this pancake mixture, can I make it in advance and store in the fridge until ready to use. If so, how long?
Hi Sharron, I have not tried making the mixture way in advance to advise. I have added some make-ahead tips in the recipe though, hope that helps!
I have homemade chunky Apple sauce, I wonder if I could substitute that foe the apples?
Hi Linda! I haven’t tested it but let us know how it turns out if you try. 🙂
What if you don’t have any butter milk / lactose intolerant
Hi Lynn! I have not tested any dairy-free alternatives to advise. The buttermilk is what gives these not only a great taste but excellent fluffy texture. You can make your own buttermilk with 1 cup milk and 1 tbsp white vinegar. Stir and let sit until curdled.
Natasha, I made these and they were loved by one and all. S harken was in your left hand as you started to mix.m.
I also want to compliment your videos. I so appreciate that you utilize the voice over when you are putting your recipes together. No stumbling, no confusion and you create easy to follow videos. Most others talk while they are cooking. So distracting.
Thank you, Paula! I’m so glad to hear that.
These are the most heavenly pancakes!! The apple flavor is delicious!! My family loves these!
Thank you, Kristyn! I’m so glad you loved these!
Yum – my family loves your recipe. Im making it again this weekend.
That is the best when the family love what we moms make. That’s so great!
Oh that sounds amazing Natasha, thanks for the recipe. That should also work great with homemade waffles when my waffle maker comes in tomorrow. Awesome really looking forward to that. But I have to get it a few more ingredients like vanilla and buttermilk. But should be good thank you darling!! BTW What’s or where is the home made recipe for the vanilla extract you mentioned?
I’m so excited you got a waffle maker! We love ours! I hope you love this recipe! You can find the Vanilla Extract recipe HERE.
Hi Natasha, yeah I just got mine in today and made two beautiful waffles with it. Is the 8 inch Oster Belgian waffle maker. I use blueberry pancake waffle mix with it with came out really good. But now I’ll have to look over a recipe again and try that. Thank you very much for the vanilla extract recipe. You’re the best and the cutest too! ;-*
You’re welcome! I hope you’ll love all the other recipes that you will try.
Yum, yum, yum! Such a fabulous weekend recipe. Thanks for sharing.
You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Erin!